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Frederick T. Abraham Print E-mail

Frederick T. Abraham

A member of a well-known Lowell family;

Frederick T. Abraham, 96, of Lowell, died Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Palm Center in Chelmsford with his loving family by his side.

He was the beloved husband of Florence T. (Salem) Abraham who died August 14, 2015.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 15, 1922, a son of the late Joseph and Martha (Joseph) Abraham, he grew up in the Acre and attended St. Patrick’s Boy’s School and Lowell High School. He went on to attend Merrimack College in North Andover. 

A proud veteran of World War II, Fred served his country as a member of the U. S. Navy. 

Prior to his retirement, Fred was employed as an Electronic Inspector with Raytheon Corporation in South Lowell, Andover and Waltham for over 25 years. He was a member of the IBEW, Local 1505 in Woburn. 

Fred was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Delaney Council and the Chelmsford Lodge of Elks. He was an avid fan of all Boston sports teams, especially the Patriots and the Red Sox. 

Fred loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He was a communicant of both St. Patrick Church and St. Rita Parish in Lowell. 

Fred is survived by his daughter Joyce A. Corbett and her husband Mark of Hamden, CT; two sons Brian P. Abraham and wife Cheryl of Glendale, AZ and Frederick P. Abraham and wife Kim of Taunton, MA; daughter-in-law Kathryn (Dolan) Abraham of Londonderry, NH; six grandchildren Jennifer Ferreira and  husband Joseph of Pelham, NH, Megan Donovan and  husband James of Derry, NH, Matthew Corbett and  Crystal Bashore of Mystic, CT, Stephen Corbett and his wife Amy of Spring, TX, Thomas Corbett and wife Emily of Hamden, CT and Benjamin Abraham of Taunton, MA; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

He was also the father of the late Warren J. Abraham and brother of the late Edward J. and Louis T. Abraham. 

The Abraham family would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to Lynn Schwartz for her many years of caring for Fred and, prior to that, his wife Florence.  Her compassion and kindness toward each of them helped make their lives much brighter.

Family and friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Friday followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Patrick Church, Suffolk St. in Lowell at 11 o'clock. Burial to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Friends of Lowell Council on Aging, 276 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854 Please put on check memo in memory of Frederick Abraham. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Mary Jayne (Ronan) Gray Print E-mail


Mary Jayne (Ronan) Gray

Retired school teacher with the Town of Tewksbury

Mary Jayne (Ronan) Gray, 79, of Laconia, New Hampshire and North Fort Myers, Florida, died Wednesday, October 31st at New London Hospital in New London, NH. Mary Jayne was the beloved wife of Richard A. Gray who survives her and with whom she recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on August 3rd of this year.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 3, 1939, the daughter of the late James S. and the late Alice (Cronin) Ronan, Mary Jayne was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Tyngsboro. Eager to pursue a career in teaching, she then went on to graduate from St. Mary's College in Manchester, NH with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and then a Master’s Degree.

Before retiring, Mary Jayne was employed as an elementary school teacher with the Town of Tewksbury teaching the 3rd and 4th grades for over 36 years.

Among her many interests, Mary Jayne loved dancing, cooking, boating on Lake Winnipesaukee and was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan. She was also a member of the Catholic College Club of Lowell.

In addition to her husband Richard, Mary Jayne is survived by a sister-in-law Cathy C. (Campbell) Ronan of Lowell, MA; a niece Elizabeth Castillero and her husband Osmar and their twin daughters Emma and Vivian all of Lowell, MA; two nephews Phillip R. Ronan and his wife Magaly and their daughter Cory Jayne Ronan of Lowell, MA and Mark Ronan of Hampton, NH; and two stepsons Donald L. Gray and his wife Sharon of Nashua, NH and David L. Gray and his partner Vinnie of Truro, MA.

She was also sister of the late J. Stephen Ronan.

In accordance with her own wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Mass to be celebrated on Wednesday morning, November 7th at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o'clock followed by burial in St. Augustine Cemetery in Andover. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the New London Hospital Nursing Education Fund, c/o Development Office, 273 County Rd, New London, NH 03257. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Francis X. Barrett Print E-mail

Francis X. Barrett

Beloved father, grandfather, uncle and friend;


Francis X. Barrett of Lowell, attorney at law, age 91, died at home in the company of his beloved family. His wife of sixty years, Eleanor Dwyer Barrett, predeceased him.

Born in Lowell, he was the son of John Lawrence and Grace Esther (Dugan) Barrett and was also the brother of the late Grace, John, Andrew, and Eugene Barrett.

He is survived by his children, Kevin and his wife, Denise Siomkin; Eleanor Krolian and her husband Dennis; Brian and his wife, Joan; Elizabeth Barrett and her husband John Frumer; and Mark Barrett; his sisters-in-law, Dorothy Barrett, Cecilia Barrett and Rose Walsh; and many nieces and nephews.

Frank is also survived by his grandchildren Timothy, Kathryn, and Anne Barrett and Alexandra Leavy and Allegra Siomkin; Elizabeth, Paul and Emily Krolian; Patrick, Sean, and Elise Barrett; Louis and Kelley Frumer; and Liam and Kieran Barrett and their mother Beatriz Van Meek.

He attended St. Patrick’s School, Keith Academy Class of 1944, University of Massachusetts and Boston College Law School and was admitted to practice before Massachusetts and federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States.

Frank proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

 Most of his business life was spent with General Electric and its affiliated companies. In 1963 he was elected President and CEO of Electric Mutual Liability Insurance Company. He was instrumental in establishing Electric Insurance Company of Massachusetts and Elm Insurance Company of Vermont, later known in the industry as the Electric Group, of which he was also President. Frank continued with the Group in that position until his retirement in 1989.

His other business activities included periods as a Director of Security National Bank and Shore Bank & Trust Co. and as President of the North Shore Economic Council and Greater Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Board of Fellows of Boston College Law School.

His community activities included service as Trustee of North Shore Community College Foundation and locally as President of the Greater Lowell Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Frank was an active parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in LOWELL at 9:30 A.M. followed by his burial at St. Mary Cemetery in North Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Immaculate Conception Building Fund, 3 Fayette St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.


Barbara A. Quinn Print E-mail


Barbara A. Quinn

Beloved mother, grandmother and friend;

Barbara A. (Roberts) Quinn, 82, of Dracut passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of the late Paul J. Quinn who died in 1988.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, March 16, 1936, the daughter of the late George R. and the late Catherine (Mahoney) Roberts, Barbara attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School. She went on to attend Lowell Commercial College.

For most of her career, Barbara was a commercial loan officer with the Lowell Institution for Savings. Later, she continued in that field with the FDIC until her retirement.

She is survived by a daughter Kathleen A. Richter and her husband Ken of Dracut; a son Brian M. Quinn and his wife Jenny of Dracut; two granddaughters Shannon L. Iaci and her husband Joseph of North Andover and Lindsey A. Richter of Dracut; and her best friend Nancy Santos of Dover, NH.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to her Committal Prayers Friday morning at St. Patrick Cemetery Chapel at 11 o’clock. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Assn., 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA, 02452. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768. 



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