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Ruth Ann Concannon
  • In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Framingham State University, in care of Development and Alumni Relations, 100 State Street, PO Box 9101, Framingham, MA 01701-9101. In the memo line please write "In memory of Ruth Concannon."

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“("Ronnie" is the name by which I was known in those days.)I am one of the many fortunate persons to be taught in first grade by Ms. Concannon. I have...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Ronnie Alpert - Student

“She was truly one of a kind. I student taught for her in 1984. She taught me so many things that have guided me through my life and helped me become...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Regina(Betteker) Appleby - FL

“I am so saddened to here this news. Ms Concannon(as I will always know her) was my first grade teacher many years ago at Mason-Rice. She was my...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Kathleen Murphy - Newton, MA

“Ruth is my first cousin and one of the brightest ladies I've known . She loved her student's so much and her memory of them and all their names was...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: ann Roderick - Newton, MA

“Deepest condolences to all the family and friends. She was my favorite elementary teacher, and I always remembered her, even after fifty-five years. ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Tom Kovar - Florence, MA

“57 years ago I set foot in Classroom 4 in Mason Rice as if it were yesterday and I was the beneficiary of the greatest teacher I ever had. I remember...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Kevin O'Malley - Groton, MA

“Even close to six decades later, I still remember vividly Room 4 at the Mason-Rice School and my wonderful teacher, Ruth Concannon. I still have my...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Patty Summers Lank - Newton, MA

“My condolences to the family. I had Mrs. Concannon for for 1st grade in 1977- she made a remarkable impression on me and my parents- before moving...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Molly (Counihan) Rodriguez - RI

“There are no words to describe Ruth's extraordinary gifts as a teacher and friend. They don't make them like that anymore! She was the best. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Marcia Karp

“Miss Concamnon was my daughters first grade teacher at Mason Rice. What a wonderful experience. Ruth was everything a teacher should be. May her...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“I student taught under Miss Concannon in the early 1970's. She was a lovely woman who taught me compassion for my future students. Not only was she...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: lynn shriber - peabody, MA

“I student taught under Ruth in the early 1970's. I learned so much from her. She was a lovely woman, a caring teacher and a great mentor. Years...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Lynn Shriber - Peabody, MA

“Where to begin... I haven't seen this woman in 50 years. However, she influenced every part of my being. I have so many memories of her. One of my...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Suzi Veaner Schnars - Austin, TX

“To the Concannon Family:Please accept my deepest sympathies. You are in my thoughts and prayers.Sincerely,Michael Sullivan ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Michael Sullivan - Cambridge, MA

“Miss Concannon was my favorite teacher of all time. My whole family loved her!!My son Zach got to go to the Mason Rice school in 1st grade and she...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Robert Veaner - Millis, MA

“You've added your light to the sum of light, Miss Concannon. For this, we are extremely greatful. Godspeed to Heaven. ❤ ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Christopher Arthur Leacu - MA

“Ruth was a master teacher with a quick wit and a storehouse of wisdom. One could always count on her to tell where the best deals were for clothing,...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Ken Roberts - Newton, MA - friend

“My deepest sympathies to all of the Concannon family. May Ruth now rest peacefully. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Marie Connolly - Falmouth, MA

Ruth Ann Concannon, 89, longtime resident of Newtonville, MA passed away on December 5, 2017 in Weston, MA. She was born in Newton on July 23,1928 the daughter of Thomas and Anne (Connolly) Concannon. She graduated from Newton High School in 1946, and went on to achieve a degree from Framingham State University, 1950, with additional degrees from Boston University and Boston State College.
She dedicated her life to teaching in Newton for 42 years. Her first job was at the Rice school which was later combined with the Mason School in 1959 and housed in a new building. That year she moved into classroom number four at the newly named Mason-Rice Elementary School and that is where she remained until her retirement in 1992. That year she was interviewed by a Boston Globe Reporter who wrote, "to her every child is a wunderkind." Speaking of the children she taught Ruth told the reporter, "they know I like them, that's why they trust me. I've always had fun, and I've never been bored." She had a incredible talent for remembering every child's name whom she taught, even decades later.
Ruth's love of children extended to her beloved nieces, great nieces, and great nephews whom she loved to spend time with. Her favorite activities including reading, trips to her summer home in Pocasset, and shopping excursions with her nieces. In her retirement she also spent time volunteering at the Newton Free Library.
Her surviving members include her brothers Thomas B. Concannon Jr., William Concannon (wife Mimi), and her nieces Kate Concannon, Megan McGrath, Sara DeSimone, Maureen McDonald, and Sheila Butze. Her two sisters Nancy (Anne) Concannon, and Joan Concannon predeceased her.
A wake will be held at Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home on December 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 11 at 10:30 AM in Our Lady Help of Christians Newton.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Framingham State University, in care of Development and Alumni Relations, 100 State Street, PO Box 9101, Framingham, MA 01701-9101. In the memo line please write "In memory of Ruth Concannon."

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