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R. Terence McSweeney

R. Terence McSweeney, 81, of Groveland, longtime resident of Payne Street, Ipswich, husband of the late Frances Ellin (Burns) McSweeney, died November 25, 2008, at Beverly Hospital following a brief illness.

Born in Brattleboro, Vt., September 14, 1927, he was the son of the late Roland E. McSweeney, M.D. and Martha (Terrien) McSweeney. Raised in Brattleboro, he was a 1945 graduate of Worcester Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts and Yale University, Class of 1950. He served in the U.S. Army in the Medical Corps. After graduation, he was briefly employed as a bank clerk in Brattleboro, where he worked until his marriage in 1951. He left banking to become an FBI agent shortly afterwards. For most of his working life he was employed in chemical sales and sales management, enjoying a long career with the E.I. DuPont Company.

The McSweeneys lived in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Indianapolis, western Massachusetts and in Delaware before moving to Ipswich in 1963. After a brief stay in California in the mid 1980s, the McSweeneys retired to North Carolina before returning to Massachusetts in December 2005.

Mr. McSweeney was a former communicant of St. Joseph Church In Ipswich. He helped found the Barrelstavers Ski Club, and served as an alumni applicant interviewer for Yale University. In North Carolina he volunteered in the local schools and participated in a reading for the blind program. He was a member of the Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C., and was currently a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Georgetown.

He was an avid golfer, enjoyed all sports and faithfully followed the Red Sox and Patriots.

Mr. McSweeney is survived by a son, R. Michael McSweeney and his wife, Nancy Ziemlak, of Reading; four daughters, Deedie Beidler and her husband, Gary, of Groveland, Ellin McSweeney and Patricia McSweeney, both of Newburyport and Susan McFayden and her husband, Jody, of Ajax, Ontario, Canada; five grandchildren, Brian McSweeney of Reading, Allison Brouillette of South Boston, Tech. Sgt Jason Brouillette, USAF of Georgia and his wife Jodi, Jessica McFayden and Michael McFayden, both of Ajax, Ontario, Canada; a great-grandchild, Brendon Brouillette of Georgia; and many nephews and nieces.

He was the brother of Martha Conant and her husband John, of Conway and Jane Wishart and her husband Robert, of Georgetown South Carolina.

His funeral will be held Monday, December 1, at 10 a.m. from Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Andover Street, Georgetown. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday, November 30, 2-6 p.m. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts Chapter 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, 02472 or to the Ipswich Humane Group, Box 873, Ipswich, MA 01938.

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