Look up Deedy in Websters Dictionary and you will see the following definition - \Deed"y\, a. Industrious; active. [R.] --Cowper. But to me Deedy is simply my last name and not a very common one at that. My Father always said "find yourself in a strange city? Open a phone book, find a Deedy and give them a call - chances are they are a relative." So, for all the Deedy's out there hello and welcome. Archive Photos

I have been working on scanning some of my Father's photo albums. With Dad having been the youngest of 4 boys he does not seem to have many photos from his childhood (at least not when compared to my Mother who was the oldest of three). Being a youngest child myself, I realized that as we grow older and start having children of our own the family stories and memories tend to get lost or dispursed.

On my Mother's side of the family I was lucky that she was a horder and has kept many scrapbooks and photo albums some dating to the 1800's. But for Dad's side of the family I am working with just two black and white photo albums. While my sources might be relatively scarce, the images these two albums contain may be of interest to other Deedy's.

If you would like to see more of the photos I scanned, have some Deedy photos you would like to share or would like more information leave a comment or give my Dad (Thomas R. Deedy) a call.

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Jack Barry Celebration in Worcester!

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Who was Jack Barry and how is he related to the Deedy's? Jack Barry was married to Margaret McDonough Barry who was the older sister of Grace McDonough Deedy. Jack Barry played professional baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Red Sox. He then became the coach of the Holy Cross Baseball team. Famous friends of his like Babe Ruth and Lefty Grove would come to visit and stay from time to time at his home in Worcester, MA.

Today he was honored at a luncheon at The Hotel Vernon.

Want to read more about the connection between the Deedy's and Babe Ruth?

The Best of Baseball Digest

Page 358 "...[1996] The Day I Collected Babe Ruth's Autograph BY JOHN DEEDY
When I was growing up in the 1930s in central Massachusetts, baseball cards were for play. We pitched them against..."


The Archives

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I have been collecting and scanning images of my ancestors. The photo above in a collage of some of the hundreds of images I now have in a digital format (from both my Mother and Father's side of the family).

As the Deedy family continues to grow and dispurse we forget or lose our stories and connections to those who are now gone. If you are interested in seeing more let me know and I can work on posting more information. If you have images or stories about Mary Loftus McDonough & Patrick McDonough (parents of Grace R. McDonough Deedy) or Hannah Donovan Deedy & Edmond Brick Deedy (parents of John Gerard Deedy) or any of the other McDonough, Donovan, Brick, and Deedy's and would like to share please leave a comment, send me an Email (, or contact my father Thomas R. Deedy.

Found in the Catholic Book of Days by John Deedy

The Catholic Book of Days
By John Deedy
Copyright 1989 The Thomas Moore Press Chicago, IL

In acknowledgements
“Reproductions of 1897 – 98 1919 union records of Edward Deedy used with permission of Mrs. Louise Buckley and Elizabeth and Mae Deedy.” (Photo of union card on May 16 page in book)

From foreword of book:

“It’s also been something of a sentimental journey --- to the old practices of the faith into which I was born, the old prayers, the old traditions, the old influences. On a more personal level, it was particularly moving in dealing with the great social encyclicals of the popes to be able to invoke pictorially by way of union-membership documents, the shade of my paternal grandfather, a favorite forebear. My grandfather came out of a thatched cottage with earthen floor in Firies, County Kerry. He was a highly intelligent man, and devout in the manner of the old Irish, and when Leo XIII blessed labor unionism, he by the circumstances of emigration would be among the very first to draw, as it were, on the blessing. That was a proud thing, for him and now his descendants.”





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