Stephen H. Neary Jr., 88, Westport

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Stephen H. Neary Jr., 88, of Westport, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at home. He was the husband of Gertrude D. (Spooner) Neary.

Born in Acushnet, son of the late Stephen H. and Alice (Methot) Neary, he had resided in New Bedford before moving to Westport.

Prior to his retirement, he worked as the head groundskeeper for the New Bedford School Department-Sargent Field. A veteran of World War II, he served his country in the United States Navy.

Mr. Neary was a member of and served as deacon emeritus for the First Congregational Church, Lunds Corner, New Bedford.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 166 of Fairhaven, the N.R.A. and the New Bedford Rod & Gun Club, where he also volunteered. He enjoyed boating, fishing and quahogging.

Survivors, along with his wife, include his daughter, Helen E. Levesque and her companion Michael Souza of Fairhaven; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Doris Lyons.

Graveside service, to which relatives and friends are invited, will be on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Beech Grove Cemetery, Westport, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church Lunds Corner-Memorial Fund, 2195 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, MA 02745, or to Southcoast VNA, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Potter Funeral Home, Westport.

To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.potterfuneralservice.com.

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