Barbara McTernan

Barbara M. McTernan

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
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It is with deep sorrow and heartache, the family and friends mourn the loss of Barbara M. McTernan of Medfield, Massachusetts on August 18, 2020. She passed away peacefully at home with her family. Barbara was born on January 20, 1969 in Dorchester, MA. She lived in West Roxbury for many years, and has resided in Medfield for 37 years.

She is preceded in death by her father, John Vincent McTernan. Barbara leaves behind her mother, Mary A. McTernan, Brother, John W. McTernan and his wife Kathy M. McTernan and nephew Brendan Jacob McTernan of Norwood, the Clancy family of Norwood, MA and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews throughout Ireland, England and Scotland.

Barbara was a very happy child with great personality which she had all through her life. She loved animals from the beginning and owned several dogs, cats and rabbits. During her teenage years she became an accomplished equestrian. She made friends with everyone wherever she went.

She became a Flight Attendant for U.S. Airways which later became American Airlines, for several years. She had the opportunity of seeing most of this beautiful United States and much of Europe. She was working for U.S. Air during that tragic day of 9/11. Luckily, she was safe in Seattle with her crew. The airline industry has experienced many changes since then.

Reflecting back, she was thankful for the exciting and wonderful life she experienced. Barbara had a great sense of humor. Some of her favorite television programs were “Bugs Bunny, The Three Stooges, The Jefferson’s and Sponge Bob.” She read every book that was ever printed about “All Creatures Great and Small” several times over. Her motto was “don’t take yourself too seriously”. Barbara, life will not be as happy without you. We will love and remember you forever, Mom, John, Kathy, Brendan, and all whom ever knew you.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 11:30 AM, at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 133 Spring St., Medfield, MA 02052, after which the family will attend a private burial.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 11:30am
    St. Edward the Confessor Church
    133 Spring St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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    Face coverings will be required, and the church has set up social distancing guidelines.
  • Interment

    Vine Lake Cemetery
    625 Main St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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    The graveside prayers and burial will remain private.



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Private Condolence

Wendy Gilbert

Posted at 11:45pm
Barbara was my dear wonderful friend throughout my years in Boston. We had some of the best times of my life dancing, traveling to Montreal, London, Caribbean and the Cape. Many late nights spent laughing watching cartoons into the wee hours. I have missed your kindness and friendship and am so sad that we will not sit on a porch someday together reminiscing about our adventures. Rest now Friend.


Posted at 08:43am
To Mary, John, Kathy and Brenda.

Our sincere condolences over the loss of Barbara. Thinking of you all today.

The Connole Family
Co Clare.

Kari Powell

Posted at 07:40am
Barb was extremely well loved by her USAirways family of co-workers in the Boston/Philadelphia bases! Her bubbly, happy spirit was infectious to anyone near her. She will be dearly missed. Heaven has gained a gem and a treasure. Rest In Peace..........🙏🏻✝️

Mark & Marianne O'Neill

Posted at 05:43am
To Mary, John, Kathy & Brendan.

We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Barbara. We are thinking of you all today.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

Thomas J. Feeney

Posted at 10:22am
Barb and I met flying at USAirways while based in Boston. She excelled at her job, was always sharply dressed and everyone loved her happy spirit and strong Irish work ethic.

Her family meant everything to her, rightfully proud to be part of the McTernan and Cannole family, relatives in Ireland from Letrim to Liscannor.

On overnight in San Francisco in 2006 after roller blading to the Golden Gate, the crew met for dinner at a classic diner Tommy’s. Barb caught my attention, beautiful, intelligent and the life of the dinner party. I fell for her hand over heels and was blessed that she took to me as well. Shortly after I scored some tickets to my favorite musician Mark Knopfler in 2006 at the Boothbay Opera House in Maine for our first date. We have been best of friends ever since.

Barb was one of a kind, an incredible upbeat and gentle spirit. She loved sharing episodes of her favorites including Bugs Bunny, The Three Stooges, Carol Burnett, The Jefferson’s, Seinfeld etc. Her memory, recollection and insight was amazing. I am so grateful for all the hugs, laughs, kisses and smiles we shared.

A favorite saying she preached often was “So worry not about tomorrow, for today’s troubles are enough.” Rest in peace my Angel.

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