John graduated from SS. Peter and Paul’s School, Msgr. Coyle High School, and Bryant College. He attended Suffolk University School of Law. Mac married his beloved Dede (Dolores N. Falvey) on June 17, 1946.
A World War II veteran, John served in the United States Army Air Corps as a ground school instructor. He was comptroller of Mason Furniture Company in Fall River for many years until his retirement.
John’s life was one of selfless service to God, country, community and family. John was invested as a Knight of Malta, the highest office to which a lay Catholic can be elevated, by Pope Paul VI. A founder of the Father Joseph Boehr Council of the Knights of Columbus in Tiverton, he was its Charter Grand Knight. He donated his time and talent to countless activities and efforts on behalf of his parish of St. Christopher in Tiverton.
A long-time member of the Tiverton Democratic Town Committee, John served as Tiverton town treasurer from 1960 to 1974. He was an officer of the Tiverton Yacht Club and relished his life on the waters of Narragnasett Bay and centered on the Tiverton Basin. A proud son of St. Patrick, John was a long-time member of the Clover Club of Fall River.
A life-long athlete, Mac never went anywhere without his golf clubs. When he left for military service his father built a special shipping crate for those clubs, and wherever Mac went they were put to frequent use. He was member of The Counry Club of New Bedford and Montaup Country Club.
An avid skier who requested new skis for his 80th birthday, John enjoyed ski trips with his children and grandchildren well into his 87th year.
In addition to his wife, John is survived by eight children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: daughter Susan and her husband, John F. Pimental, and their son John McGreavy Pimental; son John and his wife Kathleen (Richards), and their children: Bridie McGreavy and her husband Brian Roche, Kate (James) Becker, and Anna McGreavy; son Edward “Ned” McGreavy, his wife Connie (Mallon) and their son, Myles John McGreavy; son Joseph McGreavy; daughter Mary, her husband Michael Sullivan, and their daughter Erin Sullivan; son Christopher and his wife Lisa (Poirier), and their daughters Elizabeth and Madeleine McGreavy; daughter Margaret and her daughters Emily Pratt and Amy (Ian) Ballingall; and son Timothy and his wife Celeste (Pilotte) and their daughters Meredith and Molly McGreavy. His great-grandsons, Nolan and Eliot Becker also survive him. He leaves one sister-in-law, Eileen (Behan) McGreavy and many nieces and nephews. His infant son Michael pre-deceased him. John was the brother of the late Catherine, William, Edward, Mary (Berube), Francis, and Irene (Soares) McGreavy.
His funeral Mass will take place at 10 am on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at St. Christopher’s Church on Main Road in Tiverton. Calling hours are scheduled on Monday, Feb. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Connors Funeral Home 55 West Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to Amos House in Providence.