Reading, Massachusetts

Jul 12, 1929 – May 10, 2019 (Age 89)


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CARLEY, John W. Loving husband, father, and grandfather, John William Carley, 89, of Woburn MA, died Friday, May 10. John is survived by Kathleen Hughes Carley, his beloved wife of 62 years, children Patrick and Esther Carley of London, England; Ellen and Edward Frechette of Dorchester, MA; Meg Carley and Mark Bellingham of Brisbane, Australia; Peter Carley of Hyde Park, MA; Mary Caviness and Mike Berger of Chapel Hill, NC; Lisa and John Fay of Fairfield, CT; Maureen and David Burns of Reading, MA; and the late Jack Carley. Also survived by grandchildren Ryan and Max Carley; Maggie and Kevin Gainey; Jack and Julie Frechette; Anna and Jared Frechette-Hagan; Grace and Elijah Carley; Madeleine Caviness; Henry, Meg and Elizabeth Fay; Nick and Charlie Burns; and great-grandchild, Josephine Gainey. John was born on July 12, 1929 in Boston, MA. In 1951, John received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College. In 1958, he was awarded an MBA from the University of Detroit. Forty years later, in 1991, he received a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Boston College. After working in the business sector for many years, John was Chaplain for 10 years at Beverly Hospital, Tewksbury State Hospital, Hospice Care, Inc., and Seacoast Hospice, New Hampshire. John was a veteran of the Korean War, US Army. Funeral Mass in Saint Agnes Church, 186 Woburn Street, Reading, MA, May 15th at 10:00. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's name may be made to Mustard Seed Communities ( or St. Agnes Parish, Reading, MA ( For directions and online guest book visit

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So sorry for the loss of such a strong , loving man. So many fond memories of seeing him on the front lawn of your house on Ash Hill Road while the gang of us kids played kick the can. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time...
Melissa Borden and all the Duffy family

My condolences to Kathleen and children. We have so many happy memories with John and Kay and entire family growing up. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Rest In Peace, John

Our dear friend, John, leaves an eternal legacy of love for Kay, their amazing family, friends and those he cared for with such tender compassion.

Dear Kay and the wonderfully loving Carley family:
The HEC, Handicapped Encounter Christ Community extends its condolences to you as you celebrate the life of John, a man of great faith and steadfast faithfulness. May the many memories you hold so dear in your hearts be a source of solace and peace to you today and in decades to come. Our community was blessed for many years with his presence and of course, Kay's ever present gentleness and strength. May he be at Peace.

Sorry to hear of John's passing. Many great memories from Family ministry group.

Thank You Mr Carley for the time you donated to us kids as our little league coach for Indianapolis long ago. I also remember well that Jack was a member of our team.
RIP sir, and when you see Jack again, please tell him that this Indianapolis teammate says hello.
Scott Chandler
Nashua NH

This book of memories is to serve as a record of the services you entrusted to us. We hope it will help to preserve treasured memories and that we, in some small measure, have helped to ease your burden and bring you comfort.