Elias J. Mackey Jr., 88, longtime Danvers resident passed away at his residence on November 18, 2013. He was the loving husband for sixty-three years to Edith (Turenne) Mackey who passed on Oct. 28, 2013.
Elias was a true professional that dedicated his life serving families in the funeral business for over sixty years. He was the founder of the Mackey Funeral Home in Danvers in 1970.
Eli proudly served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps., 3rd Div., during WWII. He was the number one gunner and saw action on Iwo Jima and Guam. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart for being wounded in action in March of 1945.
After marrying Edith he settled in his hometown and raised five boys. He was a member of the Danvers Rotary Club, The Thomas E. Power, K of C Council-1505, the Danvers VFW and was an active communicant of St. Mary’s Parish in Danvers. He enjoyed vacationing at the beach in Salisbury with his wife and family. A soft-spoken, gentle man, Elias will be missed by family and the many acquaintances he met while serving the public. He was the son of the late Elias J. and Alice (Powers) Mackey Sr.
He leaves his children; Vincent, Timothy, Jeffrey, Kenneth and his partner, Christine McDonough, Daniel and his wife, Krista; and two close family members, Kathy and Sandy Mackey. Also leaving a brother Dr. Richard Mackey and his wife Eileen of Westwood. He was Papa to his loving grandchildren, Holly, Andrew, Lytania, Joy, Crystal, Nicole, Josh, Brendan and Sean; and four great-grandchildren, Ryan, Josh, Camron and Ella. Also leaving many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Robert, a grandchild, Rachael E. Mackey; and a daughter in-law, Christine.
Visitation on Thursday from 4:30-7pm. Funeral Mass Friday at 9am.
Please make memorial donations to the Danvers Food Pantry so that a needy child or family can enjoy the upcoming holidays. Send to PO Box 2076 Danvers MA 01923,