Donald T. “Tommy” MacPhail, age 86

of Braintree

Donald T. “Tommy” MacPhail, age 86

Donald T. “Tommy” MacPhail, age 86, of Braintree, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, December 25, 2022 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

Tommy was born in Boston and raised in Dorchester. He lived in Braintree for over three years, previously in Quincy for most of his life. He earned an Associate’s degree from Quincy College.

He served in the United States Army during the late 1950s and was stationed in Germany.

Tommy was employed as an iron worker with Local 7 for over thirty years. After retirement, Tommy worked as a substance abuse counselor at the Gavin House in South Boston for ten years.

Tommy was proud of his forty-four years of sobriety and his ability to assist others in their recovery.

Tommy was a loving father, grandfather, and friend to many.

Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Wednesday, December 28, from 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, at 11:15 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tommy’s memory may be made to the Gavin Foundation Development Department, 675 East 4th Street, P.O. Box E-15, South Boston, MA 02127.


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  • My heart is shattered but I know and seek comfort in the fact that you are now my angel. There are no words for the love and joy you have brought to my life over the last 30 years. We had an amazing run together that I will forever cherish. I promise to always remember to look down at my feet and never forget the words of encouragement that you have given me. I hope I will continue to make you proud.. I’ll see you on the flip side..♥️

  • “You are a pissa..beautiful..unique..individual. And don’t let anybody tell you any different “. “Don’t take this cartoon too seriously.”..,Tommy you helped save my life. Love Ya


  • Only if I knew you were ill in a hospital setting I would have come to visit. When I came back from relapse in 2007, I was introduced to the Farm Group where I met Tommy. I thought all you were crazy & I was about to leave before I heard “crazy Tommy” share. I was blown away from your rigorous honesty & wisdom of this process. Ever since the I have stayed & continue to use your teachings in my everyday life. How grateful & thankful I am.

    You’re going to be greatly missed but never forgotten! Love you

  • Words alone simply are not enough to express
    The gratitude i have for the friendship and
    Guidance you gave from the heart
    I cherish the memories of all those days
    And nights of laughter and sharing
    Thank you

    May you be reborn in the pure land

    Om Mani Padme Hum 🙏🏻

    ❤️ JC