James F. O'Malley

James F. O'Malley
of Gardner, Army Vet; 68

GARDNER -- James F. O'Malley, 68, of Gardner, formerly of Fitchburg, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester.

James was born in Fitchburg on March 15, 1946, a son of the late Callistus and Katherine (Morand) O'Malley. He graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1965 and was drafted in 1966 to serve in the Vietnam War. In 1967, he was serving in Germany. James reenlisted in the Army and the National Guard, until his 5 honorable discharges, three from the Army and two from the National Guard. James last served with the 272 Chemical Co. as a Staff Sgt. in Woburn. He served with the Gardner and Leominster Armories, Fort Devens National Guard and Army Reserve, and the Lexington National Guard.

While his son was active in the Boy Scouts, James helped with Troop 41 in Fitchburg. James worked for Fitchburg State University for 24 years until he got injured on the Job.

He loved the outdoors and always prayed for a house on the lake and he finally got his wish. James loved his beloved dog, Ginger.

James leaves his wife of 43 years, Gloria M. (Debasitis) of Gardner; a son, Brendon O'Malley and his wife, Michelle of Lowell; a grandson, Aidan O'Malley of Lowell; a brother, Patrick O'Malley and wife, Mary of Lunenburg; nieces and nephews.

O'MALLEY -- The funeral Mass will be held in Holy Cross Church, 25 Lake Ave., Templeton, on Friday, June 27 at 8:30 AM. Burial will follow in the MA Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon. Calling hours will be held Thursday, June 26, from 5-7 PM in Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to the 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701, the 330 Congress St #501, Boston, MA 02210-1258, or to the Vietnam Veterans of Mass., 27 Beacon St., State House Room 546-2, Boston, MA 02133.

Funeral Home

Brandon Funeral Home
305 Wanoosnoc Road Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 343-4444

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on June 26, 2014