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Obituary: Beloved Family Man, WWII Veteran, Raymond F. McGourty, 89

The following is an obituary from Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home

Raymond F. McGourty, a retired Atlantic Gelatin employee passed away on Thursday morning, December 12, 2013. He was 89 years old. Ray was born in Woburn, the son of the late Michael and Catherine McAllister. He grew up in Woburn and was a 1942 graduate of Woburn High School. He enlisted in the Army in April of 1943 to fight in World War II. He served as a Private First Class in Battery C, 634th Anti Aircraft Artillery Battalion. He fought in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, and the WW II Victory Medal. 

Ray and his wife Shirley settled in in Burlington 51 years ago. He retired from Atlantic Gelatin where he had worked as a technician and trouble shooter for 40 years. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus. Ray was a big baseball fan and played softball for many years. He was a man of deep Catholic faith and a was a longtime parishioner of Saint Margaret’s Church. He had great circle of friends. He was devoted to his family and lovingly cared for his wife, Shirley. 

Ray was the beloved husband of Shirley T. (McDonald). He was the loving father of James “Jimmy” McGourty of Burlington. He was the brother of Paul McGourty of Burlington, the late Henry McGourty and Mary Rice. He was the proud grandfather of Robert McGourty, Christopher and Derek Volpicelli. Ray was also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral from the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn Street, BURLINGTON (exit 34 off Rt. 128/95, Woburn side) on Tuesday, December 17 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret’s Church at 10 a.m. Visiting hours Monday from 6-8 p.m. Interment in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials in Ray’s name may be made to St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington, MA 01803


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