James T. McDonough, 93, of Falmouth Heights died of natural causes on September 12.
He was the widower of Louise (Flynn) McDonough. The couple wed in 1957 and had shared 45 years of marriage at the time of her death in September 2002.
Mr. McDonough spent his professional career as a civil engineer with Whitman & Howard Engineers & Architects of Boston. He earned certification as Professional Engineer in 10 states and, later, a full national certification. His specialty was wastewater treatment plants and processes. After 35 years he retired from Whitman & Howard as senior vice president.
The son of Patrick J. and Elizabeth (Parsons) McDonough, he was raised in Mattapan and graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1944. The next year, after he had enlisted in the US Marine Corps, the war ended just as he finished training. He then served as a military guard patrolman at Portsmouth Naval Base Disciplinary Barracks in New Hampshire, until his honorable discharge.
Mr. McDonough acknowledged that G.I. Bill benefits were to thank for his education and resulting career. He graduated from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1951, earning a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.
He and his wife made their home in Quincy for 30 years while raising their four children. He served in the Holy Name Society for his church, Our Lady of Good Counsel, while living in that community.
He enjoyed his nearly 35 years of retirement and loved Falmouth, spending many days on his boat with family and friends, fishing for bluefish and striped bass. He also made 39 trips to Ireland, where he built close relationships with cousins and did genealogy research.
Mr. McDonough also volunteered as a consultant and served as commissioner for the Town of Falmouth Department of Public Works.
He leaves two daughters, Marie McDonough of Westborough and Patricia Henderson of Pembroke; two sons, John McDonough of Attleboro and Stephen McDonough of Falmouth; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other family.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 24, from 4 to 7 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, September 25, at 10 AM at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street in Falmouth.
Burial will follow at 12:30 PM at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, 20 Sea Street in Quincy.