Philomene McGourty
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Philomene G. McGourty

SHREWSBURY - Philomene Gilman McGourty, 89, of Westborough, formerly of Shrewsbury, died Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Phil was the wife of Lawrence McGourty, who died in 1998.

Phil was the daughter of John and Philomene Gilman. She grew up in Wellesley Hills and spent many summers in Tiverton, R.I.

Phil graduated from Newton Country Day and Manhattanville College. She studied Asian Art and Philosphy at Boston University. Besides raising four children, Phil was an avid horseback rider, photographer, and gardener. She was a prolific writer. Phil was a committed volunteer who believed that it was your obligation and duty to give back to the community.

Phil leaves her four children, her son Lawrence McGourty and his wife Michele of Wolfeboro, N.H., her daughter Maura Coulter of Telluride, Colo., her son Eric McGourty and his wife Jacqueline of Grafton, and her daughter Martha Kelleher and her husband Michael of Shrewsbury. She was blessed with nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial Mass Saturday, September 23, at 11 a.m. in St. Anne's Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. Other funeral arrangements are private. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Rose Monahan Hospice Home, 2 Judith Road, Worcester, MA 01602.

The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, is directing arrangements.


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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Sep. 21 to Sep. 22, 2017.
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February 12, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the McGourty family on the loss of your mother. I just learned of her passing over the weekend after the McGourty name came to mind and her obituary appeared after a google search. I remembered your mother well when she would come into our Thom McAnn office to visit your father, Larry. Anyone who knew them understood their love and loyalty to one another and their family. It was an honor for me to have known them and their devotion to what mattered most in their lives. Your mother was a gifted artist and I admired her talent at the many art venues over the years. Both parents left you an incredible legacy by which to live and love. May you carry on their spirit and inspiration always. God Bless. Cindy Fedeli
Cindy Fedeli
January 27, 2018
Very sorry to have missed this until now. She was a good friend who gave me much great advice over the years. So many wonderful memories.
Elsie Rodney
Elsie Rodney
September 25, 2017
Martha and Maura, to your siblings and family, my deepest condolences to you. I know this was a very long journey, your mom battled a long time. You were there Martha physically and Maura, I am sure in spirit. She's in a better place now. You can take time to heal and get some needed rest now , knowing you did everything for her. My prayers are with you. Sincerely, Joan Antognoni
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