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Mary F. (O'Day) Mulcahy

Mary Frances Mulcahy died at her long time home in Hamilton on December 23, 2008, one week shy of her 88th birthday. 

Born Mary Frances O’Day on December 30th 1920 in Brookline, MA to John R. O’Day and Mildred Dyer O’Day, she attended Miss May School and became the first class president of the newly formed Brimmer and May School.  A former Boston debutante she was presented  in 1940. In 1943 she married Charles William Mulcahy Jr. a  naval aviator who after World War II graduated from law school and then joined his father’s firm.  The couple lived in Chestnut Hill, MA with their four children where Mary cared for her family and volunteered at the Boston Lying-in Hospital.  In 1971 they moved to Hamilton, MA. Longtime members of the Myopia Hunt Club, Mary was an enthusiastic supporter of Myopia Polo and could be seen any given Sunday summer afternoon at ‘the field’ cheering on her son ‘Billy.’ She also enjoyed spending summer days with her children and friends knitting on the beach at the “B & T” in Magnolia. 

Dubbed “Whamo” by the first of her seven grandchildren, Mary would become the ultimate grandmother. She loved nothing more than the sound of children laughing in her home and often with their help provoked her unique brand of  benign chaos.  An eager co-conspirator in their numerous childhood adventures, Mary was their very own “Auntie Mame.”

She is survived by her four children Ann Mulcahy Andrew of Gloucester, Charles William Mulcahy III of Hamilton, Carol Kennedy and husband B. Mack Kennedy of Alameda, CA, and Joan Hersey and her husband Dana of Ipswich. Along with her seven grandchildren, she is also survived by a brother John O’Day of Framingham and a sister Ann O’Day Farrington of CA. She was the sister of the late Walter Chapin, formerly of CT, George O’Day, formerly of Dover and Dorothy O’Day Noyes, formerly of Darien, CT.

Her enormous heart, profound sense of humor and  unconventional manner  were inspirational  to all who knew her.  She lived to brighten the world of those around her and will be so dearly missed.

A private graveside service will be held at the Walnut Hills Cemetery in Brookline. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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