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Charles Anthony Mackey

Charles Anthony Mackey of Ipswich, loving husband of Mary (Bakula) Mackey with whom he shared 59 years of marriage, passed away Monday, February 7, 2011 after a very brief illness.

Born in Ipswich  August 7, 1916, he was the son of the late John Z. and Mary (Rataj) Machaj. After graduating from Ipswich High School he served as a Technical Sergeant in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations with the 304th Bombardment Wing of the 15th Air Corps during WWII.  He received a Bronze Battle Star and a Purple Heart during his 50 missions of service. Cardinal Cushing gave the family a plaque in recognition of the six members of his family who served during WWII.

After the War he went to work for the United States Postal Service in Ipswich where he later served as the assistant Post Master. Married on October 20, 1951, the Mackeys raised their family in Ipswich where he was a communicant of the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Hope Churches. While working for the Postal Service and later after retiring he spent many enjoyable years working at Castle Hill in Ipswich.

He will always be remembered as a loving son, husband, father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family and grand children.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Dennis Mackey and his wife Elizabeth of Hamilton, and Douglas Mackey and his wife Denise of Hawaii. He was greatly loved by his grandchildren Steven, Christopher and Jason Mackey of Hamilton. He is also survived by his brother Anthony Mackey of Ipswich and many loving nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Stanley W Machaj M.D. formerly of Portsmouth N.H., Frank Mackey formerly of Ipswich, Theodore Machaj M.D. formerly of Bethel Park Pa., Edward Z Mackey formerly of Ipswich and Walter Mackey formerly of Ipswich and Minneola Fla.; and Victoria A Mackey and Charlotte Mackey formerly of Ipswich.

His funeral will be held Friday February 11, 2011 at 8 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass at 9 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Interment with military honors will be in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Thursday February 10 from 4 to 8 pm.

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