MARY S. BULGER
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BULGER, Mary S. (Foley) Passed away peacefully at home on June 7, 2020 at age 84, surrounded by her family. Mary was devoted to her large family, Catholic faith, and community. She was born to the late Martin and Sarah (Barrett) Foley, immigrants from County Galway, Ireland, and was proudly a lifelong resident of South Boston. Mary graduated from Gate of Heaven High School and went on to marry her senior prom date, William M. Bulger. During their 60 years of marriage, she devoted herself to raising their nine children. She delighted in being Nana to a multitude of grandchildren, and she loved hosting gatherings of family and friends at her home. She was an exceptionally talented baker and gardener. Mary dedicated herself in service to her church and community. No task was too great or too small, from leading fundraising efforts to crafting the perfect wreath bow. Her sole purpose in these endeavors was to improve the lives of others. She went about her work quietly and tirelessly, never seeking recognition for her many contributions. She leaves her beloved husband, William, and their nine children: William, Jr., James, Mary Bulger Hurley, and Daniel and his wife Michelle of South Boston, Sarah Piscatelli and her husband Patrick, and Kathleen Webb and her husband Charles of Hingham, Patrick and his wife Anne of Norwell, Christopher and his wife Margaret of Hanson, and Brendan and his wife Caroline of Illinois. She is also survived by her 33 cherished grandchildren. Mary was the loving sister of Claire Noenickx of Quincy, and her late brothers Martin, Jr., John, James, William, and Thomas Foley. She is also survived by many caring brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Due to current restrictions, a private Funeral Mass was held. A public Celebration of Mary's Life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions to honor Mary may be made to the St. Brigid of Kildare Church, 841 East Broadway, South Boston, or the Catholic Charities Labour? Center, 275 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127. O'Brien Funeral Home

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To the Bulger family, i offer my heartfelt condolences to you all/
Carol Dolan (daughter of Mary's cousin Catherine Barrett Dolan of Mweenish, Carna)
Carol Dolan
July 1, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to the Bulger family
From Gary and Noeleen Mc Carney
Gary Mc Carney
Friend
June 28, 2020
Muge Arseven
June 18, 2020
So very sorry to hear that Mrs. Bulger passed away. She was such a lovely lady, so gentle and kind. Thinking of all of you and keeping you in my prayers. God bless, Laura (Lindenfelzer) O'Grady
Laura O'Grady
June 18, 2020
Im very sorry for your loss
Rick Pond
June 16, 2020
To the Bulger family so sorry for your loss. No words can describe the loss of a mother.She will be missed but never ever forgotten. I shared many beautiful moments in popponesset. Paul Mahoney and Shamus Connelly were all dear frienda. May God bless the faithfully departed.
Carmine Ferrara Vigorito
June 16, 2020
Sincere condolences for your loss. Love is eternal.
Kathleen Clinton
June 15, 2020
Billy and family, so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful wife and mother to your beautiful children. Have great memories living on East 3rd Street. Mary will be dearly missed. Love and prayers, JoAnne (Kelly) Hawkes and family
JoAnne Kelly
Friend
June 15, 2020
In reading Bill's autobiography While the Music Lasts I see the life of Mary and Bill was a great love story. My condolences and prayers..
Anne D'Arcy
June 14, 2020
Dear Mr. President, my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Dan Eramian
Daniel Eramian
June 14, 2020
Bill, Joanne and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your much beloved wife, Mary. She personified grace and charm and brightened every place she went. I know she was a comfort and constant support for you as you endured the slings and arrows of public service and all who knew her or even just met her, count themselves as blessed. Our deepest sympathies to you, Mr. President, and to all the members of your wonderful family and the many people whose lives that Mary and you touched over your long and productive career in public service. Mary - and you, are in our prayers.
Senator Richard Moore
June 14, 2020
Deepest sympathy to Brendan and entire Bulger Family. She was a lovely lady. Thinking of the family in their time of grief.

Thomas J. Garvey
resident at
Bear Mountain Nursing Home
Andover, MA
Thomas Garvey
June 14, 2020
Dear Bill & Family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your beloved wife Mary, doting mother and grandmother and a valued cousin and friend to all of us lucky enough to have known her.
Mary Bulger was an exceptional person. I have fond memories of visiting her in her home in the company of her dear father Martin(my mother's brother) during my visit to Boston in 1971. She was so kind and welcoming. Indeed, my son Ciarán, who spent some time in the State Senate House at the invitation of President. Bill in the summer of 1986 have spoken highly of Mary Bulger and wishes to be associated with this message also.
We wish you strength and love to help you through this great loss.
May the good Lord comfort you and your family.
Pádraic & Annette Ó Gaora (Geary), Blackrock, Dublin.
Pádraic Ó Gaora (Geary)
June 13, 2020
President Bill Bulger and Family,
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to all.
We have such fond memories of Mary with times spent at Poppy.
She was a very special woman!! May she rest in peace.

Bud and Carole Scollins
June 13, 2020
Dear Bill and Family, So very sorry for the loss of Mary. She was a lovely and devoted woman who loved her family dearly. You will all be in my thoughts at this difficult time of loss, but celebrate her life with gusto and sweet remembrance.
Ann Zmudsky
Neighbor
June 13, 2020
Joanne Hart
June 12, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Bulger Family.
Mary Lamey
Acquaintance
June 12, 2020
So sorry for your loss. My mother Mary Irwin loved your mom.

Jack Irwin
Jack Irwin
June 12, 2020
President Bulger,

I am so sorry for the loss of Mrs. Bulger. She was such a kind and gentle person. I still remember the day she offered me homemade soup and milk when I came to do some IT work at your house. May she rest In Peace and may your wonderful family memories bring you comfort at this most difficult time.

Sincerely,
Julie Kenny
UMass
Julie Kenny
Friend
June 11, 2020
Dear Billy and family,, Sending our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful Mary!!
The Whalen family of 143 N' Street
Florence Whalen Higgins
June 11, 2020
Please accept my condolence . I am having a Mass said for your wonderful wife and mother.
Joan D'Arcy Sheridan
June 11, 2020
Rest in heavenly peace Mrs.Bulger
Charles Malgioglio
Friend
June 11, 2020
President Bulger and family -- I extend my deepest sympathy to you all at this difficult time. May the good Lord hold Mary in the palm of His hand.
Neil Harrington
June 11, 2020
Dear Bill (Jr),
My condolences to you, your father and all your family on your mother's passing. She was a gracious woman.
Carol Matyka
June 11, 2020
To Bill and Mary's many loved ones.

Know of my shared sorrow and understanding of your sense of emptiness upon the loss of a loving lady so central to your lives. Mary's warmth and quiet dignity touched all who were ever in her presence.
May the memories of Mary's love and our prayers for your strength see you through all the days ahead.
Paul Kirk
June 11, 2020
Dear Mr. Bulger, Marys beautiful children and grandchildren I was so sad to hear this news. You were truly blessed with the best of the best. Although you had a large family your mom always welcomed others into your home and trips and Im so blessed to have been one of those person over the last 50 years. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all. Her love, spirit and faith will be with you always. God bless her sweetest soul.
Jayne Costello
Friend
June 11, 2020
Mary, so sorry to read of the loss of your mother. I will be keeping you all in my prayers. With love, Beth Marchand
Beth Marchand
June 11, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Bill a d family. May Mary rest in peace with God.
Cathy and Buddy Rooney
Friend
June 11, 2020
My deepest condolences to Mr Bulger and the entire Bulger family. Mrs Bulger was a classy and wonderful woman.
Brian Sheehy
Friend
June 11, 2020
God bless you mrs. Bulger and your beautiful family.
Kevin Lee
Friend
June 11, 2020
I am very sorry to hear of your loss.
Joe Toomey
Joe Toomey
Neighbor
June 11, 2020
Billy and family,

We are all so sorry and sad to hear of Mary's passing. We will hold her in our prayers and our hearts. On behalf of my whole family please accept our deepest sympathies.
Peggy Mahoney Murtagh
Daughter of Ed and Peg Mahoney
Peggy Murtagh
June 11, 2020
My condolences to the Bulger family. Very sorry for your loss
Robin DeVoy
June 11, 2020
Such a Beautiful and Gentle Soul
Rest In Peace Mary
Jimmy Callanan
Friend
June 11, 2020
My deepest sympathies during your time of sorrow. May she rest in eternal peace.
Patricia Ritz
Acquaintance
June 11, 2020
Such a Beautiful and Gentle Soul .
Rest In Peace Mary
Jimmy Callanan
Friend
June 11, 2020
condolences to the entire Bulger family RIP Mary you will be missed
Frances Devlin
June 11, 2020
She was kind and gracious to all of us.Love and condolences from the Martin and Marjorie Foley family of Galway,South Boston,Quincy,Pembroke,and Cumberland Foreside,Maine
MICHAEL FOLEY
June 11, 2020
God Bless You Mary.

My deepest condolences in Mary's passing. It has been a great pleasure to have worked with Mary and the Bulger family over the years. Mary was always so kind and pleasant. She will be greatly missed.

Michael O'Hart
Hart Brothers Catering
June 11, 2020
Heartfelt condolences from myself and my family to the entire Bulger clan, especially Billy Sr. I have considered it an honor and a privilege to work alongside Mary on so many important issues in the South Boston Community - she was truly an inspiration. Her commitment to her convictions, and her love for family remained unwavering throughout the years. Mary, your quiet presence cast a great shadow, and I will be forever blessed to have called you friend.
Helen M. Allix
Helen Allix
Friend
June 11, 2020
Very sorry to hear this. Mary Bulger was an extraordinary person--kind, caring, smart, and able with common sense, good humor, and compassion to help others even if they did not realize they needed help. I will never forget our many conversations in the years we have known her. Our sons always enjoyed stopping by her house after she had made brownies or cupcakes. Our lives are brighter for having known Mary Bulger.
Bob Allison
June 11, 2020
My condolences to the entire Bulger family. Mrs. Bulger was a truly wonderful women. Im very sorry for your loss.
Jamie Kelly
Friend
June 11, 2020
A GREAT LADY.CONDOLENCES TO THE BULGER FAMILY.
DAVID BALFOUR
June 11, 2020
Sending my sympathy and condolences to William Bulger, former president of the University of Massachusetts, and his family. I have very good memories of his presidency. Janice Rittenburg Rossbach UMass 1949
June 11, 2020
My deepest sympathies to the entire Bulger family. I will always remember our trip to Israel and seeing the sites and shopping with both of you. Mary's was a life well lived.
Rest In Peace.
Linda H Sherman
Linda Sherman
June 11, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Christopher OBrien
Neighbor
June 11, 2020
Christopher OBrien
June 11, 2020
Mr President and family

We were so sorry to hear of Mrs Bulger's passing. She was a truly kind and generous women of great integrity. She will be missed. Joe and Diane Lally
Diane Lally
June 11, 2020
My condolences to the Bulger family. God Bless you at this difficult time.
Matt McGrath
June 11, 2020
Billy and children, condolences i was shocked to hear of Mary passing
Jeanette Foley
June 11, 2020
To Bill, Jr.,
Your mother was a special person who lived a long and fruitful life. Prayers for you and your family.
John & Jane Wilson
June 11, 2020
Sorry to hear of Mary's passing, condolences to the family Jeanette Foley
June 11, 2020
Dear President Bulger and family.
So sorry to hear about Mary's passing. She was a wonderful giving person. It was a pleasure getting to know her and you while supporting Catholic Charities over the years.
Matt Strauss
June 11, 2020
Dear Bulger & Foley Families,
We are saddened to hear of the loss of Mary. May many wonderful memories help ease your sadness at this difficult time. It was always a pleasure to run into Mary & Bill, usually outside of St. Brigid's, often speaking of our Carna ties.
Our love & prayers to all.
Fondly,
Katie (Foley), Jim & Matthew Flaherty
Daughter of the late John (Dudso) & Julie Foley
Katie (Foley) Flaherty
June 11, 2020
Molly Superfine
June 11, 2020
Dear President Bulger and family, I am very sorry and sad to hear of Mary's passing. She was a wonderful person and always treated me and my family with kindness and respect. I hope that you are consoled by the many memories of her acts of goodness to all. Bob Goodhue and family
Robert Goodhue
June 11, 2020
President Bulger and Family:

I am sorry for your loss

Francis A. Ford
Worcester, MA
June 11, 2020
Sorry to hear of passing of Mary. My prayers and thoughts to Billy and family. I remember seeing Mary everyday at Mickey's. Great lady. Ma was so find of her and Billy.
Chico, Sandy and Linda.
Burton Malkofsky
Friend
June 11, 2020
A dear friend to my parents and a great volunteer for many causes.
I have fond memories of trading Irish Soda Bread recipes with Mary. The recipes were all Galway!
A beautiful woman will be missed by many, but we know she is in heaven, giving us all a smile.
Matt Mulvey
June 11, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Mary Bulger's death. It is a grievous loss to her family. I remember her quiet grace and great dignity. May her memory be a blessing for all of those she loved.
Chris Black
June 11, 2020
Chris and family very sorry for your loss. Paul Lucci North Reading , MA
June 11, 2020
My family Is very sorrow to hear of Mrs. Bulgers passing. Mary was a saint on earth that always had a bright smile and warm words to say. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Paul Costello
Friend
June 11, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Mrs Bulger's passing. She was such a gentle person and always had a kind word to offer. It was clear that she was the light of Bill's life. Mrs Bulger will be greatly missed.
Peter Lewenberg
June 11, 2020
Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Mrs. Bulger was always so kind and gracious. With sincere condolences, Betsy Miller
June 11, 2020
My prayers and thoughts go to Billy and the whole family. I used to see Mary at Mass every morning. May she rest in peace. Kathy Hangis
June 11, 2020
DEAR BILL AND FAMILY WE ARE SADDENED TO HEAR OF MARY'S PASSING. WE WILL KEEP HER IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. GOD BLESS. JACK AND DOTTIE GERAGHTY
JACK & DOTTIE GERAGHTY
June 11, 2020
To the Bulger family, May your mother rest in peace so sorry for your loss
Honey Earner
June 11, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Bulger family. (With two of my four grandparents named Foley and Barrett from Galway I always thought we could be related.)

Jerry Burke
(Franna's son)
Major (ret.) MA SP
(Dep. Supt. Metropolitan Police)
Jerry Burke
June 10, 2020
Peter DeSaulnier
June 10, 2020
Rest in Peace. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Bulger Family during this heartbreaking time.
Mr Peter DeSaulnier
Friend
June 10, 2020
Dear Billy and Family,

I was saddened to hear of your dear Mary's passing. May she rest in peace.
She will forever be in the hearts of those who loved her.
Cathy Kudla Fisher
June 10, 2020
Rest in Peace. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Bulger Family during this heartbreaking time.
Jack Fowkes
June 10, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Ann Whitney
Family
June 10, 2020
OooSo sorry for your loss she was a Beautiful Lady
Ann Whitney
June 10, 2020
The world lost an amazing, giving and caring person this week. I send my love to the entire Bulger family on your loss. My favourite memory of her was that she played a mean Irish drum...oh, and her cheddar chicken. Much love, Brita Lind, Canada
Brita Lind
June 10, 2020
Rest in Peace Aunt Mary. I will always remember your generosity and kindness. My condolences and sympathy to the Bulger family.
Kerri Foley
June 10, 2020
To the Bulger Family:

Please accept my deepest sympathies. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

Michael Sullivan
Michael Sullivan
June 10, 2020
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