Cornelius J. McLarney
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North Andover - Cornelius (Connie) Joseph McLarney, age 93, a longtime resident of Andover, died peacefully at Brightview Assisted Living in North Andover on October 4, 2019, after a long and happy life. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Barbara (Keenan) McLarney. Cornelius was born in Lowell, Mass., to the late Cornelius P. and Ethel (Myers) McLarney, the oldest of seven children. He was raised in Dracut, Mass., and graduated from Dracut High School in 1943. Connie was a member of the Greatest Generation and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 16 years old during World War II. He served three years on the aircraft carrier USS Hancock in the Pacific Theater as a gunner on a SBC dive bomber; receiving numerous medals, including the Purple Heart. He returned to the U.S., following his discharge, and graduated from Boston College.
He started his career with the U.S. government as a computer programmer at the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C., where he met his wife Barbara. He returned to Massachusetts and followed his government service with a career as an engineering scientist working on defense systems with RCA, Polaroid, and General Electric, retiring in 1990. Connie was a longtime communicant of St. Augustine's Church in Andover, Mass., and he volunteered as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, coached youth hockey and served as the President of the Andover Skating Club at Phillips Academy in Andover for many years.
Connie had a great love of sports and the outdoors. He played basketball, football, and baseball, in high school, followed by a short career playing semi-pro baseball and football. He was a lifelong, loyal Red Sox and BC Football fan. The highlights of his fandom were rewarded when he was lucky enough to witness Doug Flutie's famous Hail-Mary pass at the 1984 Cotton Bowl, and when the Red Sox finally won the World Series in 2004. However, his greatest love was always his family. He was the quintessential family man, a devoted son, brother, uncle, husband, father, and grandfather. There was nothing that made him happier than filling up the station wagon with as many people as possible and spending a day outdoors with his family and friends at a cookout, playing softball, watching a ball game, swimming at the lake or hiking. Every adventure always topped off with a trip for a large ice cream cone. His favorite place of all was his home in Andover where many fun days were spent storytelling, skating, playing ball, puttering in his gardens and palling around with his faithful companion Max.
Connie was the eternal optimist and always saw the humor in everything. He woke up each morning singing a happy tune with a smile on his face. He loved life, never having a bad day or a bad word to say about anyone. He always made time in his day for a conversation and a positive word and made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. What we will miss most is his kindness, generosity, patience, wisdom and encouraging words.
In addition to his wife Barbara, he is survived by his six children: Mary Joan McLarney and her partner Judith Anderson of Methuen, Kathleen Block and her husband James of Basalt, Colo., Amy Davidson and her husband Peter of Ipswich, Patrick McLarney and his wife Kristin of Methuen, Jane McCarthy and her husband Paul of Westwood and Sarah Walsh and her husband Donald of Andover; nine grandchildren: Matthew, Sean and Susan McCarthy, Addison and Anna McLarney, Emily Davidson and John (Jack), Katherine and Thomas Walsh. He was predeceased by his beloved son Terrence C. McLarney, his siblings Paul McLarney, Mary Lou Corbin and Francis McLarney. In addition he also leaves his siblings Richard McLarney and his wife Judith of Chelmsford, Edith Nahill of Winchester, Sally Healy and her husband Jack of Goffstown, N.H.; sister in-law Janice McLarney of Tyngsboro; sister-in law Madeline Lopes and her husband Richard of Falmouth; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude to all of the staff at Compassus Hospice Care, Brightview Senior Living, Holy Family Hospital, MGH, and The Meadows for the kindness and care provided to Cornelius at the end of his life.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours between 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street, Methuen. A funeral Mass for Cornelius will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover. Interment will follow in West Parish Cemetery, Andover. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans. For directions or to leave a condolence, please visit
Published on October 10, 2019


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Art Martineau
Oct 10, 2019
I met Connie while working as an engineer on a utility project on Kirkland Dr. He quickly became my favorite part of the job. I enjoyed his stories, optimism, and company. Always have felt grateful to have known him.
Ann Cavagnaro
Oct 08, 2019
I met Connie 5 months ago when I started working at BrightView and he stole my heart! You could immediately tell how proud he was of his children and grand children as he told many stories of his family. I so enjoyed listening about his amazing life ...such a distinguished man and of course an avid Red Sox fan! He’s always had the Red Sox on when I came in to give him his medications . He would let me know how good or bad we were doing that night ! I feel blessed that I knew Connie even if it was for such a short time. God bless you Connie! You will be missed !
Jeanne (Nahill) Kempthorne
Oct 08, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Aunt Barbara and to my cousins. One of my fondest memories of Uncle Connie was an afternoon skating at PA’s rink. I was maybe 8 or 10, I don’t recall. I had no idea he was (or became) president of the Skating Club, but I do remember what a beautiful skater he was, banking curves with perfect crossovers. I never learned to skate so well, but his was the form I strived to achieve.

I also remember staying at the house in Andover when I was four years old, when my mother was in the hospital birthing Ann. Cocoa Puffs for breakfast, which we never had at home, is my most indelible memory of that long-ago visit, but also the non-stop jokes and teasing by my uncle. He was
... always the life of the party, the person who made everyone shriek or groan with laughter.

His was a life well lived. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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Thomas Corbin
Oct 07, 2019
Uncle Connie taught me a lot about sports,fair play,and toughness. Always felt safe around him and family. Wish my aunt and family all the best and share in their loss. We will miss him.
Emily Guerriero
Oct 07, 2019
I got to know Connie and Barbara while I worked at Brightview. I could spend hours in his room listening to stories about his grandchildren, his children, his wife, and his passions for history and sports. And most importantly, the jokes he loved to tell. He truly was the most compassionate and selfless person I have met. He brought so much joy and positivity to everyone he talked to. May he Rest In Peace.
Emily Guerriero
Oct 07, 2019
I got to know Connie while working at Brightview. I could sit in his room for hours while listening to his stories about his grandchildren, children, and passion for history and sports. He truly was one of the most selfless and compassionate people I have ever met. I will always remember the positive light he shed on everyone he talked to. May he Rest In Peace.