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“Suzanne, I just heard of John's passing. My heart fell. God seems to always take the best ones first. John was by far one of the nicest guys I have...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy BLACK - Woburn, MA - Friend

“I was just a customer of John's in Rite aid/Osco. So sorry to hear of The passing of John, just found out today when I was in the store seeing the...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: andrew m

“Dear family of John,I was just a customer of John's in Rite aid/Osco. I am deeply saddened by his loss.He was always helpful, kind and nonjudgmental...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Denise O'Connor

“So sorry to hear of The loss of John. I worked with him at Osco Drug for many years. I will always remember his warm Irish smile, his dyed green...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Sharon O'Rourke

“AS NICE A MAN WE HAVE EVER DEALT WITHOUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILYWE SO MUCH MISS SEEING HIM AT THE STORE..IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE HOW THE WHOLE FAMILY...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Bill & Joyce Sellers - Bedford, MA

“Cousin Nancy, and the Mullaney family, I am so sorry for your loss. This comes on the heels of the recent passing of the patriarch of the Mullaney...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Michael Grigorakos - Waltham, MA

“Sorry for your loss!❤ ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Barbara Lacerra - Watertown, MA

“I've known John as a pharmacist for 25 years. He was always efficient, super helpful, and always ready to share a joke with a wide smile and...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Charlie Marcotty - Winchester, MA

“Every Christmas Eve John and Nancy opened up their home and welcomed anyone and everyone, family and neighbors; which I have never seen anywhere...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Patrick Doyle - Waltham, MA

“Dear Nancy & family,It has been many years since I saw John last, but he is truly someone that I have never forgotten. From our early days at Osco, I...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Anne Flynn

“John was a great mentor whom I very much admired and loved. He was fun to work with and learn from and I am not sure I would not have looked at...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Mellisa Oei-Royle - Swanville, ME

“Dear Mullaney Family;We are so sad for you all; less than a month ago, you were celebrating the passing of Dad, John. Cannot imagine your grief. God...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Joanne, Doug, and children Pettengill - MA

“Tim:I have no words to express how sorry I am for the loss of your older brother. I know you just lost your dad less than a month ago. I am so very...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Kerri Egan - Chelmsford, MA

“Dear Nancy and family how saddened we are to hear of dear John's passing. May knowing he is at peace with God be a source of comfort to the ache in...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Sheila Callaghan - Woburn, MA

“Dear Nancy and family:I am so honored to have had the opportunity to meet John. It took only moments in his presence to see and sense the love he had...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Sharon (Grigorakos) Mattos - MA

“John Mullaney a good man with wonderful human qualities always with a smile and a chuckle. made me and everyone he touched feel like you were his...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Bob marcou - Waltham, MA - Friend

“Nancy and family,My sincerest sympathy on the loss of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather. I have so many great memories of John. May you rest...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Patricia Monsignore - Woburn, MA

“Nancy, Tobi, Mandy & Family. My deepest Condolences on your loss. I have so many fond memories with John. He truly could light up a room with his...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Ann Vellante - Waltham, MA

“Dear Nancy, Tobi, Mandy and the Mullaney Family,I am so sorry for your loss. I remember John as a kind and generous person with great love for his...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Amy Brady - Old Saybrook, CT

“John you will always remain in our hearts forever love Joe and Trisha Lazaro ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Joe Lazaro - Tewksbury, MA


John Mullaney's life was centered on 'his girls', his grandchildren and his neighbors whom he considered family. And they were with him when he died peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68.

Born on December 19, 1949 in Waltham John was one of twelve children of the late John J. Jr. and Hilda C. (Besso) Mullaney. John graduated from Waltham High School with the class of 1968. He then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy becoming a registered pharmacist in 1975 following in his father's footsteps. In 1958 his father purchased the Thomas M.R. Allen Drug Store on Main Street in Waltham and changed the name to Mullaney's Pharmacy. They worked together for many years before John took a position with Rite Aid where he worked nearly forty years in Woburn in its pharmacy. He was a respected and familiar face amongst the staff and people who routinely frequented the pharmacy. He willingly provided advice and instruction about medications coupled with a dose genuine care and a nice smile and the result…friendships!

John married his high school sweetheart, Nancy H. Lazaro in Saint Julia's Church in Weston on January 13, 1973. They made Waltham their home and later welcomed two daughters into their family. He always considered Nancy his 'Queen' and daughters, Mandy and Tobi his 'Princesses.' When grandchildren were born he willingly surrendered his golf clubs so as to be a part of their lives…to babysit...cheer on from the sidelines of their games or be part of their activities. In the end his needs were simple and satisfied…if his family was happy so was John!

He loved his home on Lexington Street…tinkering around the house with a project at hand and tending to his yard and gardens. John was a much loved neighbor and a man who loved traditions of holiday's with his family, especially Thanksgiving which included annual walks around Walden Pond in Concord while dinner was being prepared. He loved all genres of music and while he was working in the yard it was often Jimmy Buffet's 'Margaritaville' that kept the mood fun and relaxed. John loved an excursion to Mohegan Sun, time on the beach in York, Maine nearby Nubble Light, a vacation to 'One Happy Island' in Aruba or the magnificent sunsets in Hawaii.

In addition to his wife of 45 years, Nancy he leaves their daughters, Mandy H. Mullaney-Kazan (Chris) of Wilton, Connecticut and Tobi M. Egirous (Michael) of Waltham; his grandchildren Cameron and Lucy Egirous, Kendall, Kayden and Keegan Kazan; his siblings Suzanne Saulnier of Waltham, Kathleen Pierce Mullaney of Mashpee, Deborah LeBlanc of Canada, Barbara Mullaney of Newton, Margaret Spencer of North Reading, Sharon Gulla of Moultonborough New Hampshire, Timothy Mullaney of Maynard, Kevin Mullaney of Needham, Patrick Mullaney and Christopher Mullaney both of Waltham, and the late Thomas Mullaney; his in-laws Marshall 'Buddy' Lazaro of Braintree, Marsha Corbett of Nashua, New Hampshire, Judith Lazaro-Levine of Stow, Vermont and Joseph Lazaro of Tewksbury; also survived by aunts, uncles, many 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 Monday, September 24th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Tuesday morning when his funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Newton Cemetery.

Memorials in his name may be made to the Salvation Army, 33 Myrtle Street, Waltham, MA 02453.

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