Eileen T. (Cleary) Dowd, age 82

of Braintree

Eileen T. (Cleary) Dowd, age 82

Braintree, Eileen T. (Cleary) Dowd, age 82, of Braintree, formerly of Dorchester, died peacefully, Friday, October 12, 2018, at home, in the comfort of her loving family.

Eileen was born in Boston to the late Patrick and Theresa (Murphy) Cleary. She was raised and educated in Dorchester and was a graduate of Cathedral High School, Class of 1954. She had lived in Braintree for fifty-two years.

Eileen began her career at Boston Edison before getting married, and later worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield. She was employed with the Town of Braintree for over ten years, serving as a clerk in the Town Clerk’s Office.

Eileen was a parishioner of Saint Joseph’s Church in Quincy where she sang in the choir. She enjoyed exercising and was a fixture at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy for many years.

Most of all, Eileen was devoted to her family, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife for fifty-eight years of Edward S. Dowd.

Devoted mother of Stephen P. Dowd and his wife Jean of Hanover, Christine M. Dowd of Braintree, and Cynthia A. “Cindy” Kineavy and her husband Roger J. Kineavy, Jr., Capt., Q.F.D. of Hanover.

Loving grandmother of Ryan and Brendan Dowd; Roger, Zachary, Thomas, Haley, Hannah, and Bridget Kineavy.

One of eight siblings, she was the sister of Kevin Cleary of Rockland, Elaine Pearson of Texas, Anne Mullen of Hingham, and was predeceased by Thomas Cleary, Patricia Loring, Mary Magill, and Virginia Dexter. Eileen is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Thursday, October 18th at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Joseph’s Church, 550 Washington Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home on Wednesday 4 – 7 p.m. Interment Braintree Cemetery.

For those who wish, donations in Eileen’s memory may be made to Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, 321 Manley Street, W. Bridgewater, MA 02379 or by visiting www.oldcolonyhospice.org.

The Dowd family would like to acknowledge the staff of Old Colony Hospice for their compassionate care.


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  • God called a beautiful woman to His heavenly home. Sleep in peace dear cousin Eileen. Our sympathy to Eddie and the family.

  • My deepest condolences to the Dowd family, may you find comfort in prayer and the beautiful words of Revelation 21:3,4 where God promises us that He will soon eliminate all death and suffering.

  • I am sorry for your loss. During this difficult time, look to God for comfort and strength. He promises to heal the broken hearted. Psalms 147:3

  • To the kindest, gentlest and most loving sister any person could ever wish to have, I wish for you to rest in the peace and love of Christ our Saviour and may you forever enjoy the fruits of His paradise.

  • Could not have grown up with a better role model. Mom, thank you for your love and kindness. Until we meet again, love you always❤️💞🙏