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Herbert Lawrence Mackey Jr.

November 16, 1928 ~ May 13, 2021 (age 92)

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SALEM – Mr. Herbert L. Mackey Jr. 92, of Salem, beloved husband of the late Florence (McInnis) Mackey, died Thursday, May 13th 2021 peacefully at home.

Born in Salem on November 16, 1928, he was the son of the late Herbert L. Sr. and Alice (Geary) Mackey. He was a graduate of Essex Agricultural School in 1948. An honorably discharged veteran, he served our country as a member of the United States Army. Herbert was the President of Thomas Mackey & Sons, Inc. of Salem. He was a long-time communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Veraguas Council #76, both of Salem.

He enjoyed welding metal art and displaying his creations at his sculpture yard on Blaney Street in Salem. He was uniquely creative, had a great talent, and was amused by watching others enjoy his conceptions.

Herb was truly a family man first. He was immensely devoted to his wife. He was a beloved father to his daughters and son in law, and was adored by his grandchildren. Herb was also a cherished and loyal friend. These were his greatest joys. He will be greatly missed by many. His gifts to others were always in kind, quiet and from the heart.

His daughters, son in law, and his grandchildren are grateful for him setting a great example, working so hard, and loving us so much. His knowledge, sense of humor, and encouragement will be sorely missed. The good times and great memories will be forever in our hearts. Faith. Hope. Love.

Herb is survived by his daughters, Elaine Mackey of Salem and Kathy Locke and her husband, Andrew of Beverly, his grandchildren, Brianna Mackey and Ryan and Reagan Locke, his sisters Alice Johnson of Peabody, Celia Berlyn of AZ and many dear nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. He was the twin brother of the late Daniel Mackey and brother of the late Mary Nabozny and Edward and Charles T. Mackey.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from O’Donnell Cremations – Funerals – Celebrations, 84 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem, Wednesday, May 19th at 9 A.M. Followed by his funeral Mass at St. James Church, Federal St., Salem at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited and must register to attend the funeral Mass by clicking the RSVP link below or by calling the funeral home (978-744-2350). All are required to wear face coverings and to practice social distancing. Burial in Annunciation Cemetery, Danvers. Visiting hours Tuesday, May 18th from 4 to 8 P.M. Donations in Herb’s memory may be made to Chelsea Soldiers Home, C/O Superintendents Office, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150 . To share a memory, offer a condolence, or RSVP visit

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May 18, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The O'Donnell Funeral Home
84 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970

Funeral Mass
May 19, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. James Church
160 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970

Please note

Attendance for the Funeral Mass at St. James Church is limited to a maximum of 200 people. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their place

Video is available for this event

May 19, 2021

11:45 AM
Annunciation Cemetery, Hobart St, Danvers

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