July 10, 2019

MARGARET MARY (GRADY) CLERICO

Margaret Mary (Grady) Clerico, 82, of Mashpee, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at JML Care Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts on June 28, 2019 comforted by her loving husband and family. She was the beloved wife and life partner of Joe Clerico, to whom she was married for 50 years this Aug. 23. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Gilleran) Grady and a Friend of Bill for 50 years.

Margaret was born April 24, 1937 at the Mount Royal Hospital in Montreal, the fourth and last in John and Mary’s family. Born in Canada to American parents, her cousins often called her “the Canuck.” Her beloved sister, Mary Jane, said throughout her life she was the “baby of the family.” Margaret had the nickname of Margie, which all the family and friends used throughout her life. Margaret loved all her siblings.

Margaret referred to Mary Jane as the best sister anyone could ever have. She admired and loved her older brothers John and Tommy. Margaret’s extended family stayed very close throughout her life and had a warm and loving relationship.

Margaret grew up in Drummondville, Quebec, where her father was the Managing Director of the Dennison Manufacturing Co., responsible for the firm’s Canadian operations. Her memories of her early childhood, particularly when her siblings were young, were sweet and loving. Her father said that these were the best times of his life. Margaret agreed. When she was 16, she returned with her parents to Framingham, Massachusetts, where her father served on the Dennison Board of Directors and as Plant Manager for its major manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts.

She completed her education at St. Michael’s Academy, a Catholic girl’s school in Hudson, Massachusetts, where she made some of her most treasured and deep friendships.

After Margaret’s education was completed, she worked as a secretary for several firms. She met her life partner, Joe on Dec. 10, 1964, when she was secretary to the IT Director of Zayre Corp., at the department store’s Christmas party at the Framingham Motor Inn. From that day until the end of her life, there was no one else for her in her life. For Joe, who was serving in the Army at Fort Devens at the time and working part-time in the Zayre computer room, it was the beginning of the most amazing and lifelong love story he could have ever imagined. Margaret and Joe married on Aug. 23, 1969 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Framingham.

During their almost 50-year marriage, Margie and Joe lived together in Framingham, Wayland, North Falmouth and Mashpee, with vacation homes in Dennis, Orleans, Falmouth, Key West and West Palm Beach, Florida, at various times. No matter where they lived or vacationed, she created the sanctuary that Joe returned to after his working day. There was no space between them. They loved each other throughout the 54 years they were together no matter those storms that come and go during such a long relationship. In fact, during each work, family or medical trauma, their love and relationship deepened. Margie was the center of the marriage, the source of relief and faith in this marriage. She was the anchor that kept Joe moored when his business world would turn upside down and chaotic. Joe always told Margie he felt safe when he returned home after hours or days creating his Framingham-based IT consulting firm. Wherever Margie was, that is where Joe had his home. With her passing, one could say she left first to prepare their eternal home with Jesus and would come back for Joe when it was ready.

Margaret Clerico’s was a life well-lived. Margie was Joe’s most trusted friend and advisor throughout their relationship. She was a devoted daughter of Christ and carried His message to all not just by her words but through her actions. She was beautiful not just on the outside but on the inside. She was extremely proud of being a Friend of Bill for 50 years beginning on her wedding day. In fact, Margie and Joe celebrated a double anniversary every Aug. 23 to honor the two most significant events in their lives.

Although Margie and Joe were not blessed by God with children, they had many “children” in their nieces and nephews. They adored them all. Loved them as their own and, when needed, helped them in whatever way they could. She was the much-loved Aunt Margie to all. She was a woman of dignity and grace. Hers was a life well-lived.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sisters, Jean Rookhuyzen and Dorothy Grady; brother-in-law, Thomas Coburn II; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and her dearest lifelong friend, Joanna Brady Schmida. She is predeceased by her brothers, John and Thomas Grady; sister, Mary Jane Coburn; godmother, Eva LeMere; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Alice and Joe Clerico.

Her husband and her family would like to express their love and gratitude to Dr. Mir Shuttari and the amazing caregivers at Falmouth Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the JML Care Center, who cared for Margaret and supported her family throughout the 26-day whirlwind of her illness. Words can never express her husband’s feelings for each one of them.

Visiting hours were at Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave. (off Route 151) Mashpee, on Tuesday, July 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass was celebrated at Christ the King Church, 3 Job’s Fishing Road, Mashpee on Wednesday, July 3, at 10 a.m., followed by burial at St. Anthony Cemetery in East Falmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Independence House, Inc. at independencehouse.org and/or to the Pine Street Inn at pinestreetinn.org. For online guestbook and directions, please visit http://www.ccgfuneralhome.com.