Sarah J. (McCarthy) O’Maley
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing on February 24,
2021 of Sarah J. O’Maley, 81, “Sally” to all who knew her, the loving wife
of Lawrence E. O’Maley, of Choate Street, Essex.
Sally was the adored and only daughter of the late James E. and Helen M.
McCarthy. She spent her younger years in Wenham before the family moved to
Dolliver’s Neck in Gloucester. It was in Gloucester that at the age of
fourteen, she met the love of her life and husband of sixty-three years,
Larry O’Maley. Sally and Larry and their young family settled in Essex and
became well-known members of the community.
Talented and creative, Sally passionately reported the news and happenings
of the town of Essex for the Gloucester Daily Times for twenty-seven
years. During those years, there wasn’t a town meeting, Essex Elementary
School event, Easter egg hunt, baseball game, or any other town event,
when you didn’t see her with her camera and an old-school reporter’s
notebook. Every evening after putting her kids to bed, she would work well
into the early morning hours typing her stories on an electric typewriter.
This allowed her to be an amazing mother first and a reporter second.
When she was lured away from the Times to become the Director of Marketing
and Public Relations for the Topsfield Fair, she found a new passion for
sharing the many stories of the Fair as well as being involved with all of
the events and vendors. She loved her many years at the Fair with Larry
right by her side volunteering.
As faithful parishioners of Saint John the Baptist Church in Essex, Sally
and Larry worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support the church. In
recognition of their commitment to their faith and to their service to the
parish, they were honored to be awarded Cheverus Award medals by the
Archdiocese of Boston in 2013.
Sally sat as an associate on the Board of Trustees for Beverly Hospital
and during her many years at the Fair, she was very involved with the
North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau. She was also an active
member of the Essex Agricultural Society.
and Larry loved to travel to Nova Scotia, eat lobster on the coast of
Maine, and head “Down the Cape” to walk the beach and collect seashells.
One of her greatest joys was the trip she and Larry took to Ireland. Sally
loved her family, animals, flowers, a good mystery novel, being Irish,
collecting seashells, and going barefoot. Her passing leaves a huge hole
in our hearts. She will be so missed by her family and all who knew and
In addition to her loving husband, Larry, she is survived by her three
children, Daniel L. O’Maley and his wife Patricia of Rockport, Katherine
J. O’Maley and her fiancé Bruce S. Goodnow of Newburyport, Patricia M.
Byrne and her husband John of Essex and her beloved two grandchildren,
Patrick J. Byrne of Cambridge and Delaney M. Byrne of Cambridge. She also
leaves sisters-in-laws Nancy Powers, Linda King and Lois Dermody as well
as many much-loved cousins, nieces, and nephews. In addition to her
parents, Sally was predeceased by her brother, John McCarthy and his wife
Helen, her brother, Charles McCarthy and his wife Evelyn; her in-laws,
Edward and Linda O’Maley and brothers-in-law, Francis Dermody and Everett
Her funeral service will be held Monday March 1 at 11 am graveside in the
Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. For everyone’s safety, we ask that masks be
worn and that we all adhere to social distancing. There will be a Funeral
Mass held at Saint John the Baptist Church in Essex at a later date. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Regina Cleri Residence, 60
William Cardinal O’Connell Parkway, Boston MA 02114, or to the American
Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham MA 02451. Arrangements
by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home in Ipswich.
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