December 5 2018

Obituary: World War II Veteran, Beloved Family Man, John T. Mooney, 92


A longtime Burlington resident, World War II veteran and former police officer passed away this week, less than months after his wife of 68 years also passed.

John T. Mooney, born January 26, 1926, a man dedicated to his community and a true patriot, passed away at the Lahey Clinic Hospital & Medical Center on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the age of 92 years old. John passed away just seven weeks after the death of his wife Virginia who passed away on October 11.

John was born the son of Irish immigrants John and Julia and was raised and educated in Somerville.

From February 6, 1943 until February 4, 1947 he was a member of the United State Navy serving his country in World War II and achieving the rank of Gunner’s Mate 3C. John was the recipient of the Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Theatre Medal, European African Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Medal.

During his time with the Navy he travelled all over the world. His love of this country was an important part of his life and after the war he served in the Navy Reserves for 15 years. John was also a member, and held several leadership positions, in the American Legion Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of the Allied Veterans Council and served as its longtime treasurer. He never missed an event in town that involved the veterans from the Veterans Day Services, Memorial Day, selling Poppies on Election Day or placing flags on veterans’ graves.  He was also a regular participant in the annual July 4th Parade in Burlington.

John had a long and successful 33-year career as a Metro Police Officer (MDC) serving in and around the City of Boston. As well as patrolling the Boston Harbor on The State Police Boats for 15 years. In his job he patrolled of the Roads, Highways, Charles River, wooded Parklands and Harbor Islands under jurisdiction of the State. When John retired in 1991, he retired under the auspices of the State Police.

John was a quiet man who settled in Burlington with Virginia in 1959 to start what would become quite a large family which he loved to spend time with. He also enjoyed spending time with friends and fellow veterans at the local Dunkin Donuts.

Read his full obituary from Sullivan Funeral Home here.


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