SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 27, 2012

Speaker Thomas W. McGee


Lynn, MA — Thomas William McGee, 88, of Swampscott, formerly of Lynn, died Friday, December 21st, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, Ma. He was the son of the late Thomas A. McGee and Mary A. (O’Shea) McGee. A World War II veteran he served in the 4th Marine Division seeing action at Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. He served the people of Lynn as a city councilor, state representative and as the longest serving speaker in the history of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Grace (DeClerico). He is also survived by his former wife, Ann (Sorrenti) and their children. State Senator Thomas McGee and his wife Maria of Lynn, Shawn McGee and his wife Sheryl of Georgetown, Michael McGee of Danvers and Colleen McGee Kavanaugh and her husband Gerry of New Bedford and Washington, DC. He was the grandfather of Kelly Carter and her husband Mike, Marianne McGee, Shawn Patrick McGee, Erin McGee, Casey Stanton and her husband Felipe Witchger, Gordon Stanton, Thomas McGee and Katherine McGee as well as the great-grandfather of 6. He was the brother of Mileen Schlenker of Marco Island, FL, and the late Francis McGee and Margaret Irwin. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: A private burial has already taken place. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at St, Mary’s Church, 8 South Common Street, Lynn, MA. at 11AM. His children will hold a visitation for friends and relatives at the church from 9-11AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McGee Substance Abuse Unit at Hillcrest Hospital, 725 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Directions & guest book www.solimine.com.