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Obituary: Father Robert McAuliffe, one time pastor in Lynnfield and Methuen


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Father Robert J. McAuliffe died on Feb. 4 at St. Patrick Manor, Framingham where he had been living for several months. Born in Boston on March 9, 1928 and raised in Malden he was a son of the late John and Amelia (Rose) McAuliffe and also a son of Immaculate Conception Parish there. Following his graduation from Malden Catholic High School he enlisted in the United States Navy in years immediately following the Second World War.

On his return home he entered Boston College from which he would graduate in the class of 1952 with a B.S. degree, majoring in mathematics. Father Kevin Toomey, pastor of St. Raphael Parish in Medford where Father McAuliffe frequently assisted in his retirement years, and who is currently on sabbatical in Rome, recalled a remark by Father McAuliffe "My four years at Boston College were the happiest of my life." Father Toomey went on to say "I think he liked coming here because I have Jesuits assisting here and it connected him again to BC."

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