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Philip P. McGonagle, Jr.
  • James M. McGonagle II Scholarship Fund C/O Brookline Bank
    461 High St.
    Medford, MA 02155

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“Thank you for your service and God Bless you! ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Kathleen Porter - Foxboro, MA

“Jimmy and Family,So very sorry for your loss. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Kevin Boyle - Wakefield, MA

“I enjoyed working with Phil for many years at MWH. He was in Radiology and I worked in the ED. He was a wonderful co-worker, always a smile on his...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Maurine Garipay - Melrose, MA

“Dear Patti and familySo sorry for your loss. He was a nice man and I remember him From The Beebe School.You are in my thoughts.GAil Rabin ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Thinking of you all, Jimmy and Mary Ann and family, and keeping you all in our prayers. Love, Deb Fallon & George Romvos ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Deb & George - Malden, MA

“Phil was one of the nicest, sweetest gentleman I have ever met. The world was a better place because of him. May you all be comforted by his warm...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Darlene Houde - Hampstead, NH

“Tom and I are saddened to hear about your great loss.We always remember him putting a big smile on everyone's face with his humor and wit. He was not...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Lahneen Visco - Saugus, MA

“I was an ER nurse in the 80's when Phil was an xray tech. He was agreat friend and family man. My condolences. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Lu Conway - Winchester, MA

“Kathy, Mike & the entire McGonagle family my deepest sympathies for your loss. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Bill Holland - Coral Springs, FL

“Phil was an amazing man. always smiling,always ready to share a joke, always positive about life. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. I will...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Kathleen Connors - Malden, MA

11 of 14 | Posted by: DOT VOCINO - MEDFORD, MA

“Thoughts and prayers to the entire McGonagle family. Phil AKA Bumpa was one of a kind and will be missed by all.Love Joanne and Michael Ryan ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Joanne Ryan - Nashua, NH

“To The McGonagle Family,Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Phil served his country and community. He loved...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Kevin, Maria & Meaghan Doherty - MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague

Philip P. McGonagle, Jr., of N. Berwick, ME, formerly of Malden, Phil, more well-known to all as "Bumpa", was a member of "The Greatest Generation" and served his family, his country and his community giving much to all. Phil grew up in Medford and attended Medford High School, graduating with the class of 1942. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and served with the U.S. Army Medical Corps, 44th Field Hospital in the China-Burma-India Theater as a surgical technician rising to the rank of sergeant. There, he helped treat the sick and wounded troops, including Merrill's Marauders and the 475th Infantry. For years he rarely spoke of the war, but as he grew older, he did share stories of his experiences with his family and friends. While in his eighties, he participated in a World War II project with students from the Malden Public Schools in which an oral history of the war was taken and submitted to The Library of Congress. Educating the younger generation about the sacrifices that were made so they could enjoy the freedoms they have was very important to him. One of the best days of his life came a few years back when he was reunited with a fellow soldier from the war whom he had not seen since the day he returned from the war. The two shared a day looking over old photos, sharing stories, and remembering those who never made it home.

Phil met the love of his life, Mary (Russell), after he returned from the war and they married on May 2, 1953. Together they raised five children at the family home on Emerald Street. Having lost his own mother at ... READ MORE →