Terrence M. McNabb

Terry McNabb has passed boldly into another world where he is finally free of the ugly and torturous grip of Alzheimer’s. Happily for both Terry and his family, he died as he lived, surrounded by family, friends, and the community he served for fifty years. For those of us that loved him, draw comfort from the words of James Joyce, one of Terry’s favorite poets who wrote, better that, than to ‘fade and wither’ with age.

Terrence M. McNabb was born in Worcester, September 17, 1940, a second son to John H. and Charlotte L. (Busby) McNabb and has resided in Townsend for over 50 years.

He grew up in Brookline, NH, was a 1958 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Fitchburg and, in 1962 graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston.

For the next five decades Terry owned and operated McNabb’s Pharmacy in Townsend Center, a tradition that his family continues today.

Always a supporter to the communities he served, he was a longtime member and one time President of the Nashoba Community Hospital Board of Trustees, was a founding member of the PAT Youth Hockey Program, served as an assistant coach to the Fitchburg State College Hockey program and was honored as a recipient of the 2009 William E. May Endowment Award.

He enjoyed harness racing, biking, running, traveling, gardening (especially in Townsend Center), and was enormously proud of his Irish background.

He leaves his wife of 53 years, Bette A. (Pease) McNabb; two daughters and sons in law, Kathleen L. and Michael Hatch of Colchester, VT, Karen E. and Peter Noon of Townsend; four sons, Terrence M. McNabb, Jr. and his wife, Diane of Stowe, VT, Timothy C. McNabb, Daniel G. McNabb and his wife, Kelly, all of Townsend, Colin M. McNabb of Brighton; three brothers, John C. McNabb of Pepperell, David McNabb of Sarasota, FL, Harold McNabb of Brookline, NH; ten grandchildren, Liam Hatch, Charlotte Hatch, Nicole McNabb, Alex McNabb, Lily Noon, Garrett Noon, Rebecca Noon, Finneas McNabb, Declan McNabb and Jillian McNabb.


A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 Am Saturday, April 23rd at St. John’s Church, 1 School Street, Townsend. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Townsend.

Calling hours will be held 3-7 PM Friday, April 22nd in St. John’s Church.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Townsend Ecumenical Outreach at http://townsend

The Anderson Funeral Home, 250 Main Street, Townsend Center is assisting the family with arrangements. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.