Chief Neary, Natick, Mass., Dead
Chief John H. Neary, Natick, Mass., died on January 18 at his home in his fifty-first year.
He was a veteran of the World War and had been a noted athlete. Although in failing health for the past year, he had continued on active duty until he was seized with the fatal attack on January 16.
He was born in Natick and attended the Natick High School, where he became a noted basketball player, later serving as basketball coach for the University of Maine.
On several occasions he took part in the famous Marathon Run of the Boston Athletic Association from Hopkinton to Boston. When the United States entered the World War he joined the 102nd Machine Gun Battalion, of the 26th Division, and served overseas, where he was wounded and gassed. He was cited for bravery and awarded the Purple Heart decoration for heroism in action.
Chief Neary served for sixteen years as head of the Natick Fire Department and was for nineteen years President of the Natick Firemen’s Relief Association. He belonged to the New England Association of Fire Chiefs, and to the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He was a member of the Elks, Eagles, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and Massachusetts State Firemen’s Association.