RIP: John J. ‘Wacko’ Hurley, Boston St. Pat’s parade organizer

www.bostonherald.com/news/obituaries/2015/11/john_j_wacko_hurley_85_st_pat_s_parade_organizer

John Joseph “Wacko” Hurley of South Boston, longtime organizer of the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, died Tuesday. He was 85.

Mr. Hurley was a lifelong resident of South Boston.

He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.

He served for many years as a leader of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, a member of the Disabled War Veterans Council, Chapter 22, American Legion Post and the South Boston Castle Island Association.

Mr. Hurley was the organizer of the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade for more than 50 years. Mr. Hurley won a landmark 9-0 decision at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1995 that gave his veterans’ organization the sole power to decide who marched in South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1995.

He was presented with the Bishop Cheverus Award for Community Service by Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley in 2008.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Molly) Deveney, formerly of Mission Hill; three sons, John Jr. of Hingham, Michael of Billerica and Patrick of Milton; four daughters, Anne McDavitt of Weymouth, Margaret of South Boston, Lisa McDonough of Milton and Jacqueline Delaney of Quincy; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was also the brother of the late Mae Albert and Peggy Albert, and Michael and Al.

Visiting hours will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at O’Brien Funeral Home, South Boston.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Brigid’s Church, South Boston.

Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

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5 comments on “RIP: John J. ‘Wacko’ Hurley, Boston St. Pat’s parade organizer

  1. Only Wacko kept the queers out of the parade. His successors wimped out.

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

  2. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace, Amen.

  3. Requiescat in pace/May his memory be eternal.

  4. The St. Patrick’s day parade that Mr. Hurley organized and was, rightfully so, very proud of has been hijacked by the fags and their anti-Catholic liberal enablers in the Massachusetts media and by the Boston elite politicians.

    The current parade held on March 17 is a farce.

    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him.

  5. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
    May his soul through the mercy of God rest in peace, Amen.

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