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Jean M. (McGrail) Leary

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“very sorry for your loss jean will surely be missed ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Alan McCready - Unity, ME

“We are thinking of you all at this difficult time. God bless Jean and the family.- Doug and Ellen Waddill and Timmy Stevens ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Ellen McGrail Waddill - Tewksbury, MA

“I worked with Jean and always enjoyed our shifts together. She had the brightest smile, a wonderful sense of humor and was so caring to her patients....Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: JANICE PINI - wakefield, MA

“I am truly heartbroken, Jean was such a beautiful, supportive, loving, funny woman, who I had the great fortune of knowing my entire life. My heart...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Cheryl McGahan - Quincy, MA

“Jean has been my friend for fifty years. We shared many good times together. I will miss her laugh and her phone calls and her friendship. May you...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Jean OConnor - Foxboro, MA

“I have known Jeannie since my childhood. She has been a big part of my life and although we did not eee each other every day she was there for all of...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Donna Nicholson - Pembroke, NH

“Remembering my friend of fifty years with love. We shared many good times together. You will be missed and always in my heart. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Jean OConnor - Foxboro, MA


Long before the advent of 'social media' Jean Leary lived it.

Always inquisitive about the well-being of others she was the person who made you smile when she walked into a room . . . but she was happier to see you. Whether in person or on the phone Jean always kept up with her family and her friends . . . some from her childhood days in Cambridge and Belmont to nursing school to work to her large and close band of relatives.

She would tell you that her life's greatest happiness was seeing the birth of her grandchildren, Cole almost two years ago and Sophie just a couple of weeks ago. She beamed with love and delight. And those that loved her were so happy to see her so cheerful.

Jean M. (McGrail) Leary was born in Cambridge, the oldest of four children born to the late Joseph and Mary (Scannell) McGrail. She was ten when the family moved to Belmont.

After graduating from Mount Trinity Academy she went to Cardinal Cushing Academy where she earned a degree in Geriatric Nursing and after that went to LPN school at Youville Hospital School of Nursing in Cambridge.

A Waltham resident for more than thirty years Jean worked for years at Brookhaven in Lexington and before that at Neville Place in Cambridge. She died on Monday, August 6, 2018 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

She leaves her son, Jay Leary and his wife, Kristin, of Acton; her grandchildren, Cole Joseph Leary and Sophie Elizabeth Leary; her sisters and brother, Beth Coughlin and her husband, John, of Watertown, Anne Sheehan and her husband, Tim, of North Dartmouth and Joe McGrail and his wife, Pam Grant, of Wayland and her nieces and nephews, Brendan, Sarah, Jonathan, Max, Leigh, Tyler, Morgan, Sam, Wilson, and Griffin.

Family and friends will honor and remember Jean's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, August 10th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. on Saturday before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.