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JOSEPH P. HERLIHY


1937 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
JOSEPH P. HERLIHY Obituary
HERLIHY, Joseph P. (Formerly of Wellesley, MA) passed away peacefully in the Boxford, home he loved, on June 15th, surrounded by his wife and sons. Joes love of life was surpassed only by the love he had for his wife Judy, his children, nieces his stepchildren, his fourteen grandchildren (and an occasional cold beer). Born in 1937 in Haverhill, MA, the son of the late William F. and Ruth I. (Jennings) Herlihy. Joe grew up in Bradford, MA and their family spent summers in Hampton, N.H. He was forever a New Englander who loved the seasons, particularly snowy winters. Joe was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (Class of 1954) and Harvard University in 1960 (Class of 58), taking a hiatus from Harvard to serve two years in the US Army in Korea. After attending one year of business school at Babson College, Joe joined his fathers business, Lowell Counter, Corp., eventually taking over the business with his two brothers, Jack Herlihy of Atkinson, NH, and Bill Herlihy of Hampton, NH (both predeceased). The brothers changed the focus of the company and moved to Lawrence, MA, changing the name to Lowell Molding, Corp. A long-standing fixture in the American footwear industry, Joe became a marketing agent and sales representative for various textile manufacturers until he served as the president of Drynamic Inc. - a moisture control fabric company and a partner in Sintec Industries - a producer of thermo-polymers for commercial fire safety. He was a passionate husband and father who enjoyed spirited conversation and laughter with his family and close friends. He was an avid athlete who loved skiing, cycling, tennis and beating himself up with daily work outs at Cedardale Athletic Club in Haverhill. Joe was legendary for pushing himself to the limits, whether it was waking up at 4 a.m. to get fresh tracks skiing (or skiing in sub-zero temperatures), riding his bike in numerous 50 to 100 mile bike tours, or working out at Cedardale where he was known for his strenuous 2-plus hour workout routines. For his 50th reunion at Exeter, Joe impressed his fellow alumni by cycling 50 plus miles to the reunion. In the last few years, one of his greatest joys was skiing with his grandchildren. Joe is survived by his wife and best friend of 30 years Judy, his three sons, Scott and his wife Gina of Providence, RI, Brian and his wife Vera of Redondo Beach, CA, Colin and his wife Kathleen of Hopkinton, MA, his four step-daughters, Chris Farias of Seattle, WA, Lynn Flamand and her husband Ben of Medfield, MA, Amy Manson and her husband Pat of Superior, CO and Beth Legacki Stainton of Austin, TX, and his 14 grandchildren. Other family members include his cousins Judge Kevin Herlihy of Haverhill, MA, Gerard Herlihy of Framingham, MA, Mary Gearan and her husband Mark of Geneva, NY, Mary Agnes-Caren and her husband John of Haverhill, MA, his sister-in-law Laurie Herlihy of Atkinson, NH, the mother of his sons, Deirdre (Dede) OBrien Ulbrich and her husband Richard of Weston, MA, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Honoring Joes wishes, his life will be celebrated with his immediate family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to support the research and exceptional efforts of the many dedicated doctors and nurses at the Mass General Multiple Myeloma Cancer Center, who extended his well lived life beyond all expectations. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal. - Irish Proverb. To share a memory or offer a condolence please visit www.odonnellfuenralservice.com O'Donnell Funeral, Cremation & Memorial Service Danvers & Salem 978-774-6600
Published in The Boston Globe on June 17, 2014
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