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“Pauline, I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Renee Webb (Godin) - Epsom, NH

“Pauline, so so sorry for your loss. I didn't get to know John well but what did know is that is was a very friendly kind person. I'll never forget...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Paula Sadowski - Clinton, MA

“Pauline ,Very sorry to hear of Johns passing out thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Dennis Gedziun - Weymouth, MA

“Johnny & I grew up together at 159 School St. Waltham. We were a month apart in age and shared many adventures fishing and exploring Waltham. I was...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Joe Potter - Family Friend

“Farewell my brother, forever in our hearts ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: David Mac Neill - The Villages, FL

“Thank's Uncle Johnny " I'm almost " 60 now and it is been "YEARS" but remember and won't forget but it was you ...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Robby MacNeill - South Boston, MA

“Bye Brother John, we love and will miss you terribly ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Jean Jones - Weston, MA - Sister

“My condolences to Pauline MacNeil and family. My prayers for you all.John will be in our memories at the Cancer Center at Marlborough Hospital.Rose ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Rose Chisholm - Marlborough, MA

“My thoughts are with you as we all remember John. His memory will live forever in our hearts and minds. He was our favorite patient and we loved him. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Laurie LaDou - Marlborough, MA

Clinton – Mr. John A. MacNeill, of Clinton, died Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Clinton Hospital. He was 76.

John was born in Waltham on December 9, 1940 to the late Winfield and Margaret H. (Walsh) MacNeill. He was raised in Waltham and was a graduate of Waltham High School. Until his retirement he worked as a foreman for Boston Scientific in Watertown and before that held the same position with the W.H. Nichols Company in Waltham.

He would tell you that his best day came on September 9, 1964 when he married Cambridge native Pauline A. Kavolis in Immaculate Conception Church in Cambridge. Clinton residents for the past four years they had previously lived in Summerfield, Florida, in Marstons Mills and Mashpee on the Cape, Waltham and in Hudson.

In retirement John enjoyed playing golf whenever the opportunity arose and was proud of having achieved a hole-in-one at a course in Florida. A skilled craftsman all his life, John had the know-how and the tools to create all sorts of projects for family and friends.

In addition to his wife of fifty-three years, Pauline, he leaves his children, Suzanne M. Forbes and her husband, Peter, of Waltham and John A. MacNeill, Jr. and his wife, Rebecca, of Acton; his grandchildren who affectionately called him "Grampa", Peter A., Julia E., Mary C. and Lauren A. Forbes and Elsa K. and Alex W. MacNeill; his siblings, Robert MacNeill of Brockton, Jean Jones of Weston, Arleen Brennan of Poland Spring, Maine and David MacNeill of The Villages, Florida and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember John's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, March 16th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Watertown.

Memorial donations may be made to the UMass Memorial Cancer Center at Marlborough Hospital, 157 Union Street, Marlborough, MA 01752 or online at