WEBSTER – Dennis J. McGeary, 70, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in UMass/Memorial Healthcare surrounded by his family.
He leaves his wife of 47 years, Rosanne M. (Tremblay) McGeary; twins Kimberly A. Berthiaume and her husband Brian of Webster, and Jeffrey M. McGeary and his wife Kathleen of Holden; 5 grandchildren, Jack, Drew and Morgan Berthiaume, and Sean and Aidan McGeary; 2 brothers, Thomas H. McGeary and his wife Pamela, and Ronald J. McGeary and his wife Jane, all of Webster; a sister-in-law, Patricia L. O’Donnell and her husband Michael of Northbridge; nephews and nieces.
He was born and raised in Webster, the son of John J. and Doris (Larochelle) McGeary. He graduated from Bartlett High School in 1965 and then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from North Adams State College in 1969. He was later awarded a Master’s Degree in Science from Worcester State College. He lived in Southbridge when he married in 1970 until returning to Webster in 1976.
He served in the National Guard in the Army Corps of Engineers for 6 years.
Mr. McGeary spent his life as an educator. He started his career at Charlton High School and then taught biology at Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley. He served as the head of the science department for over 25 years. He developed the bio-technology program at the school and enjoyed taking his students to the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research to further their knowledge. He also taught driver’s education at Shepherd Hill. He was honored as the teacher of the year by the Quo Vadis Club. He retired in 2005.
Mr. McGeary was a member of the former DeTriana Knights of Columbus Council #199 in Southbridge. He also belonged to the Kosciuszko Society in Webster.
Dennis was a coach and supporter of the Webster Little League for many years. He played softball in the Jack Benny League. He was an ardent Red Sox and Patriots fan. His favorite pastime was spending quality time with his grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Monday, July 17, at 10:30 AM in Scanlon Funeral Service, 38 East Main Street. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Sunday, July 16, and again from 9:30 to 10:30 AM Monday, July 17, in the funeral home. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery. The Webster-Dudley Veterans Council will provide the military honors. Donations in his name may be made to the Webster Little League, PO Box 702, Webster, MA 01570-0702.