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MANNION, Deacon John James Age 89, of Framingham, died Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at his home in Framingham surrounded by his family. He was the devoted husband of 60 years to the love of his life, the late Mary T. (McHugh) Mannion. Born in Tullemore, Ireland, he was the son of the late John J. and Ellen (Cosgrove) Mannion .In June of 1965 he emigrated to the U.S. from Ireland with his wife Mary and their three children. In 1986 he was ordained as a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, and worked for over 20 years as chaplain at Walpole State Prison and a Deacon at St. Lawrence Church in Dover for many years. He was an active parishioner at St. George Church in Framingham for over 50 years and served as a Deacon for many years at the Church. Deacon John, who earned the title master mechanic, worked for many years at Volkswagen in Brookline. He was an accomplished athlete and loved all sports. He was part of the first crew from Galway to win an All-Ireland Cup in rowing. He won numerous cups in rugby and would have been part of the Irish team for rugby except for a shoulder injury. He had an enormous love of the sea and owned many different boats. He spent many happy years with dear friends at Marina Bay in Quincy. He was an avid traveler and cruised around the world with his wife. He was the devoted father to Paul Mannion and his wife Linda of Hudson, Sean Mannion and his wife Deborah of Berlin, Della Larsen and her husband Ron of Canton; loving grandfather to Erin, Allison, William, John, Michael, Kara, Matthew and Katherine. He is also survived by his siblings, James Mannion of Framingham, Patrick Mannion of Maynard, Mary Martyn of Wilmington and many friends of the parish of St. George. He was the brother of the late Helen Vaitkunas. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass on Wednesday, April 27, at 10 AM in St. George Church, 75 School St., Framingham. Burial will follow at St. Stephen Cemetery, Framingham. A prayer vigil at St. George Church will be Tuesday at 4 PM with visiting hours from 5 PM to 8 PM at the church. Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St., FRAMINGHAM. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to St. George Church, 75 School St., Framingham, MA 01701. For online directions and guestbook, please long onto www.nortonfuneralhome.com. Norton Funeral Home Framingham, MA
Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 23, 2016
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