Judith McGillicuddy June 17, 1936 - June 1, 2021

Judith McGillicuddy, 84, of Milton, MA (OFD) passed away peacefully on June 1, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

A lifelong educator, she shared her passion for history, language arts and the world with her students at Ursuline Academy in Dedham and in Boston Public Schools.

Born and raised in Dorchester, MA by the late Leo F. and Mary C. (Philbrick) McGillicuddy, Judith graduated from Monsignor Ryan Memorial High School ’53, Boston State College ’57, and earned her Master’s degree at Fitchburg State College in 1995.

An historian at heart, Judith’s knowledge of Boston, Dorchester and Milton was ever-present in the many stories she shared with her family, students, and local authors.  She was a voracious reader and a devoted supporter of the JFK museum, greater Boston public libraries and local historical societies.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren, Saturday morning excursions to Filene’s Basement and a good yard sale.

Mother of Maura Humphrey and her husband Herbert of Milton, Brian Scanlon and his wife Annika of Reading, Deirdre Sassaman and her husband Brad of Franklin, and Cara Scanlon and her wife Michelle of Weymouth.  Cherished grandmother of Ryan and his wife Carolyn, Zachary, Kevin, Mae, Caroline, Bridget, Cole, Nathaniel and Michael.  Great grandmother of Anna. Sister of Robert McGillicuddy, David McGillicuddy and the late Leo Paul McGillicuddy.  She was also blessed with many nieces and nephews. Her life was enriched by her Old Colony Hospice team and caregivers, especially her dear friend Suze Joseph.

Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, Milton, Wednesday, June 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Mark Church, 1725 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, Thursday, June 10 at 10:00 AM. Family and friends invited. Burial at Milton Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boston Children’s Hospital in memory of Judith McGillicuddy at bostonchildrens.org/givenow. Or mail checks, payable to Boston Children’s Hospital, to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215-5301. Please include Judith’s name in the memo line.

Visiting Hours
Wednesday June 9th from 6-8 PM
Family and Friends Invited

Dolan Funeral Home
460 Granite Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday, June 10th at 10:00 AM

Saint Mark's Church
1725 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124

Burial Milton Cemetery will be private


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    Anonymous says

    Maura and Family, from my family with love, accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. The Jenkins Family, RI.

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    Carol Yomase says

    I hold many wonderful memories of teaching with Judy at Ursuline Academy. She was a true educator and a beautiful woman who gave so much to her students.
    My sincere sympathy to her family,
    Carol Tomase

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    Ann Lombardi says

    Oh, Cara and family, my heart aches for your loss! You have all been so devoted to her care and happiness. May fond memories keep her close! Big hugs to you all!

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    Beth and Nikki Humphrey says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Judith was a lovely lady who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
    With love,
    Beth and Nikki Humphrey

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Judith's memory to

Boston Children’s Hospital Trust
401 Park Drive Suite 602
Boston, MA 02215-5301
Please include Judith’s name in the memo line and make checks payable to
Boston Children's Hospital