John E. McNally Sr. (PaPa John) passed quietly at home on Sunday, March 17, 2024, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Louise “Wheezie” (Dubois) McNally of Carver, formerly from Roxbury. Father of John McNally, Jr. of Dorchester, Patrick McNally of Plymouth, and the late Kathleen McNally Coleman and Irene “Renee” McNally Cote. He also leaves his stepchildren Melissa Munroe Austin and her husband James of Rochester, and Mollie Munroe Naughton and her husband Michael of Milton. Brother of Mary (Patsy) Hart of Dedham, and the late Robert McNally, Joan E. McNally, Judith Powers, Joseph McNally, and Paula McNally. He was the husband of the late Irene (Leach) McNally. Son of the late Robert L. and Mary E. (Downey) McNally. Beloved grandfather of Krystale (Cote) Ottino, Amanda Munroe, Samuel & Benjamin Austin, Connor Luke and Jack Naughton. He also leaves behind Danielle McNally of Hartford, CT, Christopher Gonsalves of Brockton, the late Anthony Gonsalves, and their children. Mr. McNally leaves many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is the super proud “great grandfather” to Quinn Joseph Ottino.

Mr. McNally was a retired Boston Firefighter, Engine 21 where he worked for 37 years. He also was employed by Hood & Co., and served as a bartender at the American Legion, Plymouth.

After his retirement, John enjoyed traveling with his wife, family, and friends. One of his greatest joys was his dog Murphy, who literally saved his life on two occasions. John and Wheezie moved to So. Meadow Village, Carver in 2010 and soon became part of the extended family in Cluster 31. Mr. McNally served in Korea after joining the US Army. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 40, Plymouth, VFW, Post 1822, and the Cold Springs Club, Plymouth.

Visitation with the McNally family will be held on Monday, March 25, 2024 from 9 a.m. 12 p.m. in the Cartmell-Davis Life Celebration Funeral Home, 619 State Rd., Plymouth. Services will be held at 12 p.m. Interment will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated in his memory to Cranberry Hospice, 36 Loring Blvd., Plymouth, MA. Guestbook at

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