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.