Obituaries 02-08-2024

Deidre Ann Malloy

Charlestown Realtor — A Larger-Than-Life Individual – And a Rare Human Being

Deidre Ann Malloy of Charlestown and formerly of Holliston passed away in Naples, Florida on January 5, 2024. Deidre leaves her husband, Michael Giltrap of Athy, County Kildare Ireland; her sisters, Melissa Malloy Ford and Patricia Malloy, brother-in-law, Bernard Cutler, her niece, Meeghan Ford Larrivee and her husband, Paul;  nephew, Michael Ford and his wife, Elizabeth, as well as grand nieces and nephews, Matthew Larrivee, Isabel, Henry and Harrison Ford, all of Holliston, Massachusetts. 

Deidre graduated from Holliston High School in l968; received an RN  degree in 1970,  a BA in Education/Theatre from UMass Amherst in l974; and an MBA in l988. 

She began her nursing career as Director of Nurses at Fernald State School, went on to Director of nursing at Mt. Auburn Hospital and did several stints at John Hopkins in Baltimore. Her mother, Lucy Malloy suffered a debilitating stroke. Dede took care of her, installing a handicapped unit in one of her buildings- -all while purchasing and renovating real estate in Charlestown- her true passion.

She purchased her first building in l971 in Charlestown and has been very active in real estate working as a broker for Coldwell Banker for many years there as well. She had many friends in Charlestown and in the real estate industry as well as in Truro, spending summers at her cottage in Truro for the past 20 years, she was a very active participant at St. Mary’s By the Harbor Church in Provincetown.

Rarely will you meet anyone with as much zest and enthusiasm for life and happiness. She loved people, work, laughter, travel, and real estate. She would take her niece and nephew and friends to Vermont yearly for ski trips; and took them to Ireland, Italy, and many other trips throughout their lives. Her family, although small, was a very important part of her life. Having many friends from all walks of life, she would often be found visiting, counseling people on health issues, real estate information and/or renovating their property. Always wanting to help; always a caring, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. 

Her unique personality, love of life, and people showed even more when she and her friends and family planned and executed a Celebration of Life with her in attendance!  In 5 days, it went off without a hitch! Yacht club, catered luncheon; roses, live music – amazingly – 135 people attended – mostly contacted via word of mouth, emails, and phone calls!  She was thrilled to see all who attended- and she was able to enjoy seeing and talking with them. Unique and courageous – that was Dede!  She was a larger-than-life individual – and a rare human being – she will be missed by family and friends always.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 17, at 10 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Church, 55 Warren St. Charlestown. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.comv

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