Obituary: James Anthony Lally Jr.

He was a decorated World War II veteran.

The following obituary is from Dyler-Lake Funeral Home's website:

James Anthony Lally Jr. of Carrier Avenue in South Attleboro, died March 17 at the Golden Living Center – Garden Place in Attleboro, where he had been a resident for the past 15 months. He was 87.

Lally was the beloved husband of Mary Theresa (O'Leary) Lally, to whom he was married Feb. 24, 1957. Born in Boston May 1, 1925, he was a son of James Anthony Lally Sr. and Mary Agnes (Gray) Lally. 

He was raised in Chelsea and Brighton and was a 1943 graduate of the former Commerce High School in Boston and later attended the former Salem State College. 

Lally was a proud veteran of the United States Navy, having served from his enlistment on July 27, 1943 until his honorable discharge on May 17, 1946. He was the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theatre Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal with one star. 

In earlier years before his marriage and following his military service, Lally served for eight years with the Jesuits as a religious brother. He was employed as an accountant for the former Typographic House in Boston for more than 25 years prior to his retirement. 

A resident of Attleboro for the past four years, Lally was previously a resident of Brockton for 42 years. Since residing in South Attleboro, Lally was a communicant of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church. 

His favorite pastimes included listening to classical music, gardening and reading. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Anne P. St. Pierre of Berkley, Loretta E. Lazarus of Marietta, Ga., James S. Lally of Brockton; Mary T. Nedder with whom he resided in Attleboro, Michael G. Lally of Warren, Maine, Brian P. Lally of Attleboro and David F. Lally of Attleboro; 15 grandchildren; one great grandson and several extended family members. 

He was the brother of the late Catherine Twoomey, Margaret Lally, Loretta "Etta" Lally, Mary Ostler and Joseph Lally. 

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend visitation with Veteran's Honors March 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home—the national historic Colonel Obed Robinson Home, located at 161 Commonwealth Ave. in the Village of Attleboro Falls in North Attleboro. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to join the funeral cortege with Veteran's Honors on March 21 at 8:30 a.m. from the Memorial Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church, with the 
Rev. Jon-Paul Gallant officiating. 

Burial with military honors will follow in Newell Burying Ground in South Attleboro. 

Following cemetery services, an invitation will be extended to join the family for a time of continued fellowship and refreshments at a location to be announced. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Lally's name may be made to the Dyer-Lake Charitable Foundation, Inc., a registered 501 (c) 3 organization, 161 Commonwealth Ave., North Attleboro, MA 02760 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. 

For additional information or to send the family a written expression of sympathy, please visit www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com


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