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Barry R. McDonough
  • In lieu of flowers memorials in Barry's name may be sent to St. Joseph Parish, 1382 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492 or to St. Joseph Preparatory High School, 617 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02134.

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“Dear Diane,Our heartfelt sympathy to you and all your family.Please be assured of our fond memories and prayers.Peg and Dick Haberlin ”
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“Dear McDonough family,My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. May you find comfort in your happy memories of time spent together. He was a...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Lauren Salters Gillenwater - MA

“Barry was a true man of the Cross! a wonderful classmate.Bill TullyChester, NJ ”
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“Mrs. McDonough and family,For over 30 years Barry represented KONE Inc. and was recognized as a man of integrity and honor. He built and left a...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Diana Himes - Moline, IL

“Heartfelt sympathies and prayers for Barry and the family. i know he will be missed by all his loved ones.Vinod and Christy Nazareth (friends of...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Vinod Nazareth - Woodinville, WA

“A GREAT CLASS MATE AT HC --ENJOYED HIS WORK ON THE CLASS NOTES---OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: JOHN PHILIP ONEIL - BEACHWOOD, OH

“Mrs. McDonough and Family: I was saddened to learn of Barry's passing. As a very junior associate for about two years with McDonough, Hacking &...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: George Georgountzos - Stoneham, MA

“DIANE AND FAMILYWE ARE SAD TO LEARN OF BARRY'S DEATH. YOU HAVE OUR COMPLETE SYMPATHY. WE WILL BE AWAY AND NOT ABLE TO ATTEND HIS WAKE OR FUNERAL, BUT...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: MICHAEL KELLY - NEEDHAM, MA

“Diane and family, Barry will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched. A nicer man I've never met. My condolences on your loss. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Scott Griffiths - Braintree, MA


Barry Richard McDonough of Needham, MA passed away peacefully on October 11, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Born in 1933 to Dr. Eugene F. McDonough, Sr. and Abigail (Barry) McDonough, he was the second of three children. Raised in West Roxbury, Barry frequently accompanied his father on his many house calls, often coming as far as Needham. Barry leaves behind his sister, Abigail (McDonough) Sullivan and her husband David L. Sullivan of Towsend, MD. He is predeceased by his brother, Eugene F. McDonough, Jr. and leaves behind his sister-in-law, Ingrid (Barrett) McDonough of Dedham, MA.

Barry was the proud alum of St. Sebastian's School ('50), the College of the Holy Cross ('54), and Boston College Law School ('57). In the years following his graduation, he remained active in alumni events and a life-long champion of these institutions. Barry was the youngest recipient of Holy Cross' prestigious In Hoc Signo award and served as President of the Holy Cross Alumni Association.

In April 1960, Barry married Mary Diane Russell of Pleasant Ridge, MI, and they settled first in his hometown of West Roxbury, then later in Needham, where they lived for over 50 years. Between the years 1961 and 1972, Barry and Diane welcomed 6 children: Barry Jr., Mary Eileen, Vincent, Frances, Eugene, and Bridgid. Barry was a devoted father, always available to his children, placing family first. In later years, he became the beloved father-in-law to Rosanne, John (Hanna), Paul, Julie, and John (Coyle). He was blessed with 17 grandchildren: Rachel (Kelly), Constance, and Christopher McDonough; John ("Jack"), Michael, and Thomas Hanna; Barry and Darryln McDonough; Andrew, Molly, and Kathryn Jaskot; Natalie, Peter, and Claire McDonough; and Caroline, Catherine, and Abigail Coyle. In 2016, Barry welcomed his first great grandchild, Mary Eleanor Kelly. Above all else, however, he loved his wife Diane unconditionally. During their 56 years of marriage, the two shared a commitment to family, to God, and to community.

After graduating from law school, Barry embarked on a career as an attorney, eventually becoming a senior partner at the firm Parker, Coulter, Daley, and White before establishing the firm McDonough, Hacking, and Lavoie in 1994 (where he worked until retiring at the age of 77). He loved the law, and lectured frequently on a variety of legal topics; he was widely recognized as an experienced mediator and arbitrator, and served at the request of the Supreme Judicial Court as a Judicial Hearing Officer. Barry was a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Committed to God and accepting of the challenge to love one's neighbor, Barry was an active parishioner of St. Joseph's Parish in Needham for over 50 years, and served as Chairman of the Parish Finance Council and Co-President of the St. Vincent de Paul chapter. His lifelong service to the Catholic community was recognized in 2009 when he was the recipient of the Archdiocese of Boston's Cheverus Award Medal for "service to the Church and God's people."

In addition to his work in the parish, Barry was active in the Needham community, serving as a member of Town Meeting for nearly three decades, during a time of considerable growth and change in the town.

During Barry's illness, he impressed family and hospital staff alike with his bravery, his humor, and his determination to fight his affliction. Even in his final days, he served as a wonderful example to those around him of Christian love and fortitude.

Throughout his life, Barry never missed an opportunity to give to others – not just materially, but through his time and his love, without condition nor with expectation of reward. He touched the lives of many with his generosity and his warmth, and serves as an example to his children and grandchildren of what it means to be disciple of Christ. As members of his family, we are eternally grateful for every moment we had with him.

Visiting hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home 1351 Highland Ave, Needham, on Friday, October 14th from 4-8 PM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 1362 Highland Ave Needham, on Saturday at 10 AM. Interment to follow at Needham Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials in Barry's name may be sent to St. Joseph Parish, 1382 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492 or to St. Joseph Preparatory High School, 617 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02134.