Josephine M. (McDermott) Tinney, age 92

of Quincy

Josephine M. (McDermott) Tinney, age 92

Josephine M. (McDermott) Tinney, age 92, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Saturday, August 1, 2020, in the comfort her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Josephine was born in Quincy, to the late Christopher J. and Josephine M. (Macalini) McDermott. She was raised and educated in Quincy.

She was employed as a Traffic Supervisor for the City of Quincy for twenty-three years.

Josephine was a member of the Emblem Club of the Quincy Lodge of Elks for many years.

Josephine loved to travel, Ireland being her favorite place to visit. She also loved visiting her niece, Jane Hilton and her husband Frank, in Butner, N.C. Sunday afternoons were spent at the former Beachcomber in Quincy, dancing to Irish music with her friends and family. Josephine also loved a good apple martini. Most of all, she was devoted to her family and was a good friend to many.

Beloved wife of the late J. Joseph Tinney.

Devoted mother of Joseph Tinney and his partner Ann of Walpole, Patricia Tinney of Braintree, Daniel Tinney, Edward Tinney and his wife Andrea, Jo-Ann Tinney, all of Quincy, and the late M. Eileen Tinney.

Loving grandmother of Yasmina Maria Tinney, William Joseph Tinney, Cristina Tinney, Aimee Tinney, and John Joseph Tinney.

Cherished great-grandmother of Jack Richardson.

One of seven siblings, she was the dear sister of Anne Griffin of Mashpee, and was predeceased by Mary Boyd, Dorothea Basney, Christopher McDermott, James McDermott, and Kathryn Hager.

Josephine is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Special friend of Kay Calabro.

Josephine is also survived by her Italian girls, Marylou, Gail, and Linda; her Irish sons, Tommy Byrne and Denis O’Gorman; her Irish girls, Teresa Gilmore of Galway, Ireland and Ann Grealy of Quincy.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Wednesday, August, 5, from 4-6 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 Thursday, August 6, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Josephine’s memory may be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.


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  • Desde Chile la familia Salvatierra Tapia les mandamos nuestras mas sinceras condolencias a toda la familia Tinney. Yo Bernardita y mi papa Alberto Salvatierra tuvimos el agrado de conocerla, y compartir un bello momento juntos, una muy linda persona. Que en paz descanse.

    From Chile, the Salvatierra Tapia family sends our sincere condolences to the entire Tinney family. I Bernadette and my father Alberto Salvatierra were pleased to meet her, and share a beautiful moment together, a very nice person. Rest in peace.

  • She was a wonderful person and I will miss her every day.

  • My fondest memory of my aunt was her sitting at our kitchen table in Westwood, singing about Uncle Joe, and hearing her unmistakable laugh. Makes me smile every time I think of that. She was one of the strongest woman I have ever met and I always admired that. My heart is heavy to know that her light is gone from this world. She will be greatly missed! My sympathies go out to the entire family.
    Love, Margaret

  • Patty, so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Mother. John and I send our heartfelt sympathy to you and the entire family. May memories comfort you now and always. God Bless….Maureen and John Smith

  • Condolences to Josephine’s family. A true lady. May her gentle soul rest in peace. Sadly missed but never forgotten. The Murphy’s in Galway, Ireland xxx

  • To the Tinney Family,
    I have so many memories of Mrs. T. She was the best. Memories of The Beachcomber,
    Elks Meat Raffle, Sheraton Tara, The Irish Village and of course, Ireland.
    My Mom Kay always did the bus trips to Mohegan Sun, best friends forever.
    It’s not every day you meet an angel she is back with God now.
    Miss you, Mrs. T. Love You,
    and for the last time
    Sorry Mrs. T.

    Linda Calabro Donovan

  • To all the Tinneys and family members: Mrs. Tinney was like our second mother. Going back over 65 years at Water Street. Your were our extended family. Always smiling. We’ll always remember the Beachcomber, Elks Meat Raffle and trips to Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day and Irish music will never be the same! One last time–“Sorry, Mrs. Tinney.” We love you.

    Mary Lou, Bill and Family

  • She is now flying with the angels, flashing her wonderful smile and sparkly eyes. I will miss her wonderful greetings! She was one special lady. My condolences to the family.


  • Dear Josephine, such sweet, kind and lovely lady. I will always have you in my mind and in my heart. I’ll love you forever!

  • Josephine had a remarkable spirit and an amazing gift of compassion. She was so willing to see to the well being of my family when we were very young and lived in Quincy and Fall River. Our oldest son was just a baby then and it was a comfort to know he and my wife could fall on Josephine and her family for anything while I was at sea or on duty in port. I have always taken pride in knowing my children are defendants of such a fine and strong family heritage. I loved Her mom dearly as well as her siblings. I was especially fond of Joe Tinney and their children as well. Their kindness will never be forgotten. God bless all the family.