OBITUARY: Joan E. (McMaster) Dineen, 80

WILMINGTON, MA — Joan E. Dineen (McMaster), age 80, of Wilmington, passed away on August 3, 2018, at Peregrine Senior Living in Tewksbury.

Joan was born on October 25, 1937, in Malden, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Henry and Margaret McMaster. Joan was raised and educated in Medford, MA and a graduate of Medford High School with the Class of 1955.

While skating with friends at the Bal-a-Roue skating rink in Medford on April 23, 1952, Joan met a dashing young man, John Dineen; it was love at first sight. The two skated together and she agreed to give him her phone number. He called the next day and the rest is history.

While John was on a 30-day leave from the Air Force Joan and John were married on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1955. Joan and John spent 66 wonderful years together and made countless memories that will be treasured.

After John was discharged from the Air Force they lived in Medford for several months with Joan’s family before buying their dream home in Wilmington in 1967 where they raised two wonderful sons Paul and Steve. Joan was a very devoted and loving mother; she loved to watch “her boys” as they played hockey, little league baseball, or whatever other sport they were involved in. Joan enjoyed family gatherings, barbeques, vacations or just getting together with her family and friends.

Joan was also a very hard worker; she started as a data entry operator but throughout the years she became very knowledgeable with computers. Joan was for the most part self-taught and was very ahead of her time in the computer industry; she was extremely approachable and helpful with others in the field; Joan always knew how to find a solution to a problem. Joan worked for the Hewlett Packard Company as a consultant for many years; she was a very dedicated and faithful employee. Joan was never afraid to try something new and share it with others. Joan was one of the first to do computer illustration and became quite good at it. Joan had her own computer illustration business, which she was very successful at.

Joan will be remembered as quite a lady; she was beautiful inside and out, smart, helpful, kind and willing to go out of her way to help others. Joan showered her family and friends with unconditional love and she will forever be in their hearts.

Joan was the beloved wife of John J. Dineen, devoted mother of Paul Dineen & his wife Jennifer of Fort Morgan, CO and Steve Dineen & his wife Stacie of Wilmington, Loving grandmother of Sam Dineen. Cherished daughter of the late Henry and Margaret (Powers) McMaster, dear sister of Pauline “Polly” Salter of Medford, the late Robert, Lorraine, John “Jack”, and Larry McMaster. Joan is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, August 18th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Joan’s memory may be made to Peregrine Senior Living, Memory Unit, 2580 Main St., Tewksbury, MA 01876 – which provided the great care that Joan required or to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Joan E. (McMaster) Dineen
Joan E. (McMaster) Dineen

(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)

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