Danvers, MA — Elias J. Mackey Jr., 88, longtime Danvers resident, passed away at his residence on November 18, 2013. He was the loving husband for 63 years to Edith (Turenne) Mackey, who passed on Oct. 28, 2013.
Elias was a true professional who dedicated his life serving families in the funeral business for over 60 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 Division, during WWII. He was the No.1 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, and Daniel and his wife, Krista; and two close family members, Kathy and Sandy Mackey. He also leaves 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. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert; a grandchild, Rachael E. Mackey; and a daughter in-law, Christine.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visitation on Thursday, in the Mackey Funeral Home, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Elias on Friday, at 9 a.m., in St. Mary's Church, Danvers. Burial will follow in Annunciation Cemetery, Danvers. The family requests that memorial donations again be made as they were for Edith to the Danvers Food Pantry, so that a needy child, or family can enjoy the upcoming holidays. Please send to P.O. Box 2076, Danvers, Ma 01923. www.mackeyfuneralhome.com