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THOMAS P. HENNESSEY Obituary
HENNESSEY, Thomas P. Of Orleans, formerly of Brookline on July 22, 2012 peacefully after a brief battle with cancer. Cherished husband of Mary E. (Salmon) Hennessey. Loving father of Sara Berney and husband Scott of Needham, Christine Hennessey and husband Tim Goldstein of Radnor, PA., and Maria Hennessey and fiance Eric Larsen of Boulder, CO. Beloved son of the late Dr. James A. and Gertrude Z. (Welch) Hennessey. Dear brother of James A. Jr. and wife Carol of New Seabury, Dr. John W. of Dorchester, Michael and wife Donna of No. Reading, and the late Gertrude (Trudy) Hennessey. Devoted Papa of Alex, Caroline and Nick Berney, and Ryan, Lauren and Tommy Goldstein. Also survived by his cousin, Ann-Marie Carroll of No. Falmouth and many nieces and nephews. Always an outstanding athlete, he captained three sports at Brookline High School and went on to be one of Holy Cross's most memorable football players. He played two years as a professional football player with the Boston Patriots, and then began his twenty-eight year career as an educator in the Boston School System. He started as high school math teacher followed by many years as headmaster, first at Madison Park High School then at Boston High School. He served on Brookline's Board of Selectman and School Committee. In retirement he and Mary moved to their summer home in Orleans where he enjoyed fun-filled times with family, grandchildren and good friends. Funeral from the Bell-O'Dea Funeral Home, 376 Washington St., BROOKLINE, Friday morning at 10:10 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Brookline at 11:00. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours in the funeral home on Thursday from 4 - 8. Interment Holyhood Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Flr, Brookline, MA 02445. For guestbook and directions www.bellodeafuneralhome.com

Published in The Boston Globe from July 25 to July 26, 2012
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