Margaret B. McGillicuddy

  • Born: September 4, 1923
  • Died: September 10, 2021
  • Location: Burlington, Massachusetts

McDonald Funeral Home

19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
Tel. (781) 334-9966

Tribute & Message From The Family

Margaret McGillicuddy (Doyle), passed away peacefully on September 10, at 98.

She was born to parents Edward Doyle and Alice DeWitt, on September 4, 1923 in Boston, Massachusetts. For most of her life she resided in Winthrop and Burlington, Massachusetts.

Margaret graduated from Revere High School where she was a cheerleader and involved in many sports and activities. She loved being at the beach or boating on the ocean and she enjoyed playing tennis and golf. An avid sports fan, she excelled at sports trivia. As a breast cancer survivor, she became an advocate for breast cancer research as well as a spokesperson for many other social and political issues she felt strongly about. She was a dedicated volunteer and supporter of Neurofibromatosis Northeast.

Following high school Margaret worked as a switchboard operator for the telephone company and from there moved on to a career in airlines reservations, retiring from Delta Airlines. Many of her longtime friends were those she met while working for the airlines, and with whom she travelled extensively to many parts of the world. Most of all, she loved to share travel with her children and grandchildren, and she provided many unique and unforgettable experiences for them.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband Daniel McGillicuddy, her son Sean McGillicuddy and her brother Edward Doyle. She is survived by her son Daniel McGillicuddy of Burlington, and her daughter Karen McGillicuddy Peluso and her husband Bert of Lynnfield. She was the adored Nana to 8 grandchildren, and she was thrilled to welcome 4 great grandchildren in recent years.

Margaret lived life to the fullest and was active until the last year of her life never missing an opportunity to be with friends and family sharing good food and good times.

The family wishes to thank the hospice professionals from Care Dimensions and Kaplan House, the staff at Arbors Assisted Living in Stoneham, and Margaret's many friends who faithfully stayed in touch and visited.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Neurofibromatosis Northeast, 9 Bedford Street, Burlington, MA 01803 To share condolences online, visit,

Private services have been held.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and especially to Karen Peluso┬┤s family. May she RIP. She was a remarkable person and friend to all!

Posted by Barb & Jeff Hollis - Friend   October 23, 2021

Dear Karen,
My deepest and sincerest condolences. So loved your moM! I have such wonderful memories of her when we were growing up together. She was such a loving and kind person.
Sending love and hugs.

Posted by Marie Williams O'Rourke - Friend   October 16, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Margaret's family. We worked together at Delta Air Lines for many, many years. Margaret was always so caring and loving to everyone....and she was so admired and loved by all of us. Always upbeat, always smiling and laughing....and will be remembered with love. Again, my deepest, deepest sympathy.

Posted by Anne Marie Mitchell-Diamond - Wakefield, MA - Coworker   October 05, 2021

My deepest sympathy for the family. I worked with Margaret for many years at Delta Air Lines. She was a remarkable person always so upbeat and I can hear her laugh if I close my eyes we had wonderful times together a few years ago we used to meet and go to the movies and out to dinner with so many close friends from Delta. She was just one wonderful person who I will never forget. Love you Margaret

Posted by Mary Ann Rummel - Revere, MA - Friend   September 24, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family. Margaret was a caring and loving person. I enjoyed working with Margaret at NE/ Delta Air Lines for many years we had so much fun together. I will not forget her laughter,smiles and words of encouragement to many. R.I.P

Posted by Roberta Platt - Boston, MA - Coworker   September 20, 2021

To the family of Margaret McGillicuddy...My deepest expression of sympathy to each of you. I worked with Margaret in Delta's Boston Reservations office from '84-'89. She was such a very special person! I remembered her immediately. She was so kind and always shared her thoughts! I know she will be missed by all. Do take care. I certainly will remember her in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

Posted by Sandy (Ross) Patton - Cold Spring, KY - Coworker   September 19, 2021


Dearest Margaret,
We shared many laughs at Delta Res. I will NEVER forget what a wonderful human being you were. Always upbeat, laughing, telling great stories. This world was a much better place with you here. I am so glad also that we had a chance to get together at the Arbors shortly before you passed in Heaven. That was a great laugh fest as well !! God Bless you Margaret, you are now in Heaven, right where you should be.

Posted by Linda Peters - Lynn, MA - Friend   September 19, 2021

so sorry to learn of margaret's passing-she was such a good friend to dottie donnelly-she will be missed-back in the day we played tennis and attended her charity events-sincerely pat king dl retiree.

Posted by patricia king - PEABODY, MA - Coworker   September 19, 2021

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