Edward J. Maher of Mashpee, who was known as Jack, died January 5. He was 88.
He was the husband of 51 years of Maureen F. (Conway) Maher, who died in 2009.
He later married Eileen A. (Coughlin) Halligan, who died in February 2020.
Born in Woburn, he was the son of Denis and Margaret (Taylor) Maher. Following his graduation from Woburn Memorial High School in 1952, he enlisted in the US Navy and served during the Korean War.
After his military service, he worked with his father at the D.L. Maher Co., which was known as New England’s leading water well-drilling and pump services company. He succeeded his father as president in 1980, a position he held until his retirement in 1989.
He and Maureen Conway were married June 7, 1958, and they made their home in Woburn and raised their family of six boys there. The family was deeply committed to supporting the Woburn Boys & Girls Club., and Mr. Maher served for many years on the club’s board of directors as well as serving a term as president.
In 1968 Mr. Maher built a summer home at Popponesset Beach that would later become their full-time residence. He was an avid golfer and an early member at New Seabury Country Club. The couple also loved to travel and retirement led them to Scottsdale, Arizona, where they spent many winters.
Mr. Maher had a wide range of interests that included building and renovating homes, gardening, photography, sketching and painting.
He leaves his sons, Kevin Maher of North Andover, Robert Maher of Woburn, Brian Maher of Milton, Peter Maher of Winchester, John Maher of Wilmington, and David Maher of Newburyport; two siblings, Carol Murphy and Denis L. Maher Jr., both of Woburn; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his sister Margaret Gaffney.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 22, at 10 AM at Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee.
Burial is private, with a celebration of his life to take place at a later date.