Grace A. (Tabacco) McGill-Gora, 76, died Wednesday, May 29, after a courageous battle against multiple myeloma.
Born in Lawrence, MA to Joseph J. and Tina M. (Sicurella) Tabacco, she graduated from Shrewsbury High School, became a registered nurse from MGH School of Nursing, and earned both a BS and MS in Management from Lesley College, as well as her Certification in Occupational Health Nursing.
Grace held RN positions with hospitals in MA, GA, NC, and Germany. She was Head Nurse OB-GYN at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lowell. She worked as an Occupational Health Nurse at Wang, Loral, Osram-Sylvania, and HP, and was Chair of the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses from 1997-1999. In retirement, she served as President of Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary Governing Board, was on the Board of Kings Way Ladies Golf League Nine-Holers, and played piano with The Senior Sensations.
A resident of Tewksbury for 30 years, she moved to Yarmouth in 1998. As a parishioner of St. David’s Episcopal Church, she was a Vestry member, belonged to the choir, and was a substitute organist. She had been a member of Christ Church, Andover.
Previously deceased by her first husband, Howard L. “Jack” McGill, Grace’s survivors include her husband, Joseph C. Gora; two daughters, Cynthia L. Charlwood and her husband, Craig, of Marlborough, and Deborah L. Harrington and her husband, Dennis, of Washington, NH; a son, David W. McGill and his wife, Erin, of Roswell, GA; a brother, Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr. and his wife, Peggy Schmidt, of Portola Valley, CA; a sister-in-law, Kathy Lanza and her husband, John, of Hingham; grandchildren Devyn, Elizabeth, Patty, Stephanie, Amanda, Jackson, Logan, Julia, and Sage; several nieces and nephews; and her devoted cat, Marley.
Calling hours are from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 4 at Morris O’Connor Blute Funeral Home, 58 Long Pond Dr., South Yarmouth. A funeral service will be celebrated at 11 am on Wednesday, June 5 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 205 Old Main St., South Yarmouth.
Donations in Grace’s memory may be made to St. David’s Church or to aid MGH myeloma research. Find the donation link under Support The Center for Multiple Myeloma here: https://www.massgeneral.org/cancer/services/treatmentprograms.aspx?id=1175