Eileen M. Leahy, age 74

of Quincy

Eileen M. Leahy, age 74

Eileen M. Leahy, age 74, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Tuesday, December 21, 2021, in the comfort of her home.

Eileen was born and raised in Quincy. She was a graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School in Weymouth, Class of 1966, and the former Holy Ghost School of Practical Nursing in December 1967. In 1972, Eileen earned an Associate’s degree from Massasoit College and in 1984, a Bachelor of Science degree from Emmanuel College in Boston.

She was employed as a registered nurse and during her fifteen-year career, she had worked at Carney Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts N.E Medical Center, and the former Quincy City Hospital.

Eileen was a woman of faith and a lifelong active member of Saint John the Baptist Parish in Quincy, where she sang in the choir and taught CCD.

Eileen enjoyed traveling, making trips throughout the United States, as well as Ireland and Israel. Eileen was well-known as an avid, professional-quality knitter, making sweaters and various items for family and friends. She also liked jigsaw puzzles.

She was always active and had attended many concerts at Boston Symphony Hall where she loved the Concert Series performances. She was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.

Eileen was a remarkable woman who overcame many medical and physical challenges. She never gave in and lived her life to the fullest. She set the bar and enhanced the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Beloved daughter of the late Mary Frances (Flanagan) and William J. Leahy, Sr.

Devoted sister of Margaret M. Frawley and her husband David of Stoughton, William J. Leahy, Jr. and his wife Carol of Middleboro, and her twin sister, Kathleen M. Sullivan and her husband Thomas Sullivan, D.M.D. of Spencer.

She was the loving aunt of thirteen nieces, nephews, and many great-nieces and great-nephews, including Kevin J. Frawley of Dorchester and his sons, Kevin, Jr. and Nolan Patrick.

Eileen is also survived by her dear friends, Patricia Young of Philadelphia, Pa., Faye Clay of Randolph, and Joan Fuller of Norwell.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, December 26, from 2 – 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Monday, December 27, at 10 a.m. The Archdiocese of Boston requires a mask or face covering be worn in church. Interment to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Eileen’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451-8950 or to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Attn: Orthopedic Dept., 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215.

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  • Auntie what an amazing life you shared with myself, KJ and Nolan. We will miss you terribly. Our hearts are hurt but we had so many great adventures: Until we meet again stay strong and keep a close watch over us!

    Love
    Kevin. Kj and Nolan

  • Eileen and I attended the former Saint John’s Elementary School together. In June of each school year, when warm summer months beckoned, swimming, bike riding, and all the fun activities the 1950-1960’s kids enjoyed; Eileen was off to the hospital for yet another surgery…and a summer of recovery and not so easy physical therapy. She was blessed to have a saintly Family that took loving care of her. Eileen certainly had her cross to bear but did it with dignity and a smile on her face. Over the years I would run into Eileen here & there and she always had a tale about Ireland, her other travels, or knitting. And, of course, she always talked about her Family, especially her nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews whom she was so proud of and loved dearly.

  • Eileen and I went to The Holy Ghost Hospital and Children’s Hospital together.
    She was luminous. Eileen had so much energy and an enthusiasm for life. Always smiling, always making her little children smile. Some people you never forget and Eileen was one of them.Goodbye Eileen. You have no idea how many people you touched throughout your life.
    Thank you,
    Jane

  • Dear Aunt Eileen, I have so many happy memories of things we did together throughout my childhood. Trips to shows at the South Shore Music Circus, watching tennis at Longwood, Christmas shopping and decorating the house with you and Nana. I am so grateful you were there to see me get married and spend time with my Mary. Mary’s favorite ornament on our tree is the ceramic elf you made and painted for me when I was little. I know you are happy in heaven now with Nana and Grampa. Be at peace. Love always, Susan

  • Dear Auntie, your sudden loss came as a terrible shock to us all. You were in our thoughts and prayers at Christmas Eve Mass, especially when Father Chris sang “O Holy Night,” one of your favorites. I will miss riding in the car with you, listening to Frank Sinatra; vacationing “up North”; celebrating birthdays and holidays; enjoying cookouts at Kevin’s; and of course, shopping! Thank you for welcoming us into your family and including us in special family traditions like Canobie Lake Park and Little Christmas. Thank you too for your sound advice about all sorts of things, and above all else, your power of example that you can do anything you set your mind to. We like to think you are dancing in Heaven, finally freed from the physical limitations of your life on Earth. We will never forget you and will be forever grateful to have known you. Love always, Kim, Austin, Liam and Landon.

  • I was fortunate to have met Eileen last year. She was truly amazing woman. RIP. You will be greatly missed by so many.

  • Kevin,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Eileen, my heart aches for all of you. She was such a wonderful friend to my sister Jeannine. I am so sorry I missed the opportunity to extend my condolences in person. Eileen was a bit of a spit fire who stood up for what she believed in. Jeannine and her became fast friends that would last through their life time. I played her in cribbage once or twice, or course she beat me! I thought of her often and called when I could as I promised Jeannine I would. I enjoyed our conversations and she was always, always talking about you, Nolan and KJ. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

  • Eileen was a close neighbor to us on Bradford Street when the Blizzard of ’78 hit. Many may recall when Governor Dukakis closed the state to none other than emergency vehicles for a solid week until streets and highways could be cleared of snow and abandoned vehicles. While out shoveling, we heard the whir of an engine on the quiet street as Eileen stepped through the snow and onto the awaiting ATV! Undeterred, she considered herself ’emergency personnel’ and headed to work at Quincy Hospital.

    It is such a hard time of year to lose a loved one. We send our sincere condolences to family and friends.

  • It was with great sadness that I read about Eileen’s death!
    I was blessed to be one of her teachers at Sacred Heart HS Weymouth!
    They were days of great blessings for me.
    I remember Eileen very well, she was an example of great courage and love of life! As I read these remarks I am not surprised that her life was full, strong and richly blessed! May she enjoy eternal blessedness, so well deserved!
    To dear Kathy and William, my students also, I embrace you with my prayers and deepest sympathy! You were all special! Peace and blessings to all! 🙏🏻❤️