SOUTH BOSTON - George H. McDonough, 85, born in Roxbury on March 31, 1928, died Christmas morning from brain cancer.
George taught English Literature at Shaw Preparatory School, an alternative high school in Boston. He was active in community theatre and played the trumpet. He loved books. He always had, what he considered "the honor" of having a dog by his side and rescued English Bulldogs until the very end of his life.
George served in the Marine Corps.
He was a lifelong Democrat. George believed in social justice, the social contract, and being kind and helpful to his fellow human beings. He was ecstatic by the Courts' support of gay marriage and hoped he would live to see equality be the law of the land. He lobbied feverishly to end the death penalty. He was grateful to have lived to see our Country elect an African-American President ("such an intellect" he would reflect when discussing Obama). He hoped to "Vote for Hillary". George believed in reparations, equal rights and gun control.
His parents were Ethel Murphy McDonough, a homemaker, and George H. McDonough, a pharmacist.
He was predeceased by his sister, Jane McDonough Hayden and two half- brothers, Robert Dolley and John Dolley.
He leaves his wife of 39 years, Rosemary McDonough, of South Boston and three daughters; Leslie McDonough of Buckland, Pamela Donovan of Abington and Cynthia McDonough of Brattleboro, Vermont. He leaves one grandchild, Jillian Donovan of Abington, and a brother, Richard McDonough of Irvine, CA. He also left numerous nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service may be held in the spring.
The Casper Funeral Home in South Boston handled cremation arrangements.
If you'd like to join the family in celebrating George's life, please donate to the animal shelter of your choice.
Published in The Recorder on Jan. 3, 2014