Tara O’Brien-McNally ’78

Tara A. O’Brien-McNally, of Rockland, MA, died on February 20, 2020. Tara was born in Boston, daughter of the late Edward and Ann (Lewonis) O’Brien. She was raised and educated in Easthampton, MA graduating from the Williston Northampton School. Tara earned her Bachelor’s degree from Providence College and a Masters in Business Administration from The University College of Dublin.

A loving mother, raising three children and caring for her sick parents all in the same house. A dedicated and compassionate employee of the Commonwealth. A friend to everyone, someone who’d ask a complete stranger if they were okay. Tara had a fiery spirit and sought to spread good feeling, the intensity of which was matched only by her love for her husband, her children, and the large family of friends she had.

Tara is survived by her husband John, her three children Pearse, Saoirse, and Ronan; her three sisters and one brother; and three nieces and two nephews.

The O’Brien-McNally family welcomes friends and loved ones to celebrate Tara’s life at the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at The Holy Family Church in Rockland on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Services will be followed by cremation.

4 thoughts on “Tara O’Brien-McNally ’78”

  1. So saddened to hear this news. What a wonderfully bright soul Tara was that made the Williston experience so much richer for having known her. Deepest condolences to her husband and children and all of her family and loved ones. God bless your soul.

  2. RIP Tara.

    I remember Tara as kind and usually smiling. She was also a good athlete. Another piece of my WNS memories is gone.

    Condolences to her sister Shannon ‘77 and her family.

  3. What I remember about Tara was how funny she was- always joking around and in a good mood, lifting other peoples’ spirits. She was so kind. Peace be with you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
    Pray for us in Heaven Tara, as we pray for you!

  4. I’m so sad to learn of her passing. I too, remember Tara as always smiling and a lot of fun to be around. She was a good athlete also. She had a beautiful spirit that her family and friends will truly miss. May your memories give you all peace and a healing heart.

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