George T. Robitaille
Retired Captain, Lowell Fire Department, 92
George T. Robitaille, 92, of Lowell, died Tuesday, March 4th at Lowell General Hospital. He was the beloved husband of the late Sally M. (Witts) Robitaille who died July 7, 2009.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 19, 1922, the son of the late Samuel T. and the late Marie (LaFleur) Robitaille, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.
A veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict, George proudly served his country as a Corpsman with the U.S. Navy. He actually landed on Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. history, on his 23rd birthday. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, American Theatre Campaign Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.
Before retiring as Captain, George was with the Lowell Fire Department for over 30 years.
Among his many enjoyments, George was an avid golfer and was a former member of the Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell. He was also a dedicated New England Patriots fan. Following his retirement, he and his wife Sally enjoyed some extensive traveling.
George is survived by a daughter Marianne Estes and her husband Blynn of Hudson, NH; two sons James P. Robitaille of Hudson, NH and Paul G. Robitaille and his wife Carol of Londonderry, NH; five grandchildren Karen Gallagher of Litchfield, NH, Jamie and Amy Robitaille both of Hudson, NH and Marc and Andrew Robitaille both of Londonderry, NH; four great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law Cynthia Witts of Chelmsford, MA and Christine Witts of Methuen, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also grandfather of the late David Gariepy, father-in-law of the late Barbara Robitaille and brother of the late Cecile Arcand, the late Herve Robitaille and the late Normand Robitaille.
The Robitaille family would like to thank George’s neighbors, Eileen & Bill Paquin and their son Billy (and Lucky their dog) for their many years of friendship.
In keeping in accordance with George's wishes, there were no calling hours and all Funeral Services were held privately. Burial took place in St. Joseph Cemetery in Chelmsford. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL - (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Rita A. Ypya
loving mother and grandmother, of Lowell, 57
Rita A. (Gonsalves) Ypya, 57, of Lowell, died Tuesday, February 25th at her home. She was the beloved wife of the late Roger Waino Ypya who died January 16, 2014.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 13, 1956, a daughter of Rita E. (Rondeau) Gonsalves of Lowell and the late John Gonsalves, she attended Lowell schools and was a Graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1974.
Before a disability forced her retirement, Rita was employed as an Expense Coordinator with the TJX Corporation in Woburn for over 32 years.
Among her many activities, Rita loved music of all kinds, enjoyed reading and was an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan. She was also a member of the Dom Polski Club in Lowell.
Being all about family, she absolutely loved spending quality time with her grandchildren.
In addition to her mother, Rita is survived by a son Andrew R. Ypya and his wife Chelsea of Salem, NH; two grandchildren Hailie Ypya and Logan Ypya; four sisters Marcy Coco and her husband Anthony of Lawrence, MA, Kathy Gonsalves, Karen Stopyra and her husband Andy of Lowell, MA and Antoinette Robbins and her husband Jason of Nashua, NH; six brothers Ken Gonsalves, John Gonsalves and his wife Reta “Dee”, Chris Gonsalves, Michael Gonsalves and his wife Tina and Thomas Gonsalves all of Lowell, MA and David Gonsalves and his wife Allyson of Billerica, MA; his special cousins who were also her caregivers Natalie and Bill McCann of Lowell; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Tuesday morning at ST. FRANCIS CHURCH in Dracut at 9 o’clock. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the St. Francis Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 609, Dracut, MA 01826. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Lucille (Walker) Choate
Beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother;
Lucille (Walker) Choate, 75, of Lowell, died Sunday morning peacefully at her home. She was the wife of the late Jules A. Choate, Sr.
Born in Shelby, North Carolina, July 9, 1938, the loving daughter of Kathleen Durham and the late Paul Walker, she attended Shelby schools and was a graduate of Cleveland High School in Shelby.
Prior to her retirement, she worked as an office administrator at Wang Labs in Lowell. In addition, she served as a teacher’s aide for the Lincoln School.
Lucille was a proud and active member of the New England Pentecostal Church in Pelham, NH.
Besides her mother, Lucille is survived by two daughters Judy Choate-Morin and her husband Robert of Dracut and Jocelyn Choate of Boston; a son David Choate, Sr. of Dracut, 18 grandchildren and 19 great and 1 great-great grandchild.
She was also the sister of Doris Hazard of RI, Patsy Choate, Dorothy Hardin, Edon Hartford, Germaine Stokes and Carol Durham all of Lowell, Joseph Durham of Shelby, NC and Harold Durham of Lowell; Lucille represented the 2nd of 6 generations of a loving family; and many dear friends, among them, Shirley Peak-Thomas and Lela Boykins-Hall.
Friends may call at the New England Pentecostal Church, 955 Bridge St, Pelham, NH for a Memorial Visitation from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday February 28, 2014. Her Memorial Service will follow at 7:00 P.M. in the Church. E-condolences/directions atwww.odonnellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers please make contributions in her memory to New England Pentecostal (NEP) Outreach Food Pantry or Lowell General Cancer Center c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’Donnell Funeral Home, Lowell, Ma. (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Philip J. Salome
Retired Lowell Police Officer;
Philip J. Salome, 62, a resident of Tyngsborough and a well known retired Lowell Police Officer, died Wednesday February 12, 2014, in West Palm Beach Florida with his loving wife Chrissy at his side.
Phil was the beloved husband of Christine A. (Robinson) Salome with whom he recently celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 18, 1951, the cherished son of Muriel C. (Flory) Salome of North Chelmsford and the late John J. Salome, he attended St. Margaret's School and was a graduate of Keith Academy in the Class of 1969.
He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science Degree at the Mass College of Pharmacy in 1978 and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services at New Hampshire College with the Class of 1988.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Phil served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant and a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Phil was appointed a Police Officer, late night shifts, for the City of Lowell on September 10, 1978 and retired on August 31, 2003 after a 25 year career.
In addition to his police career, Phil was a former partner for many years of Roark Irrigation in Chelmsford with his friend Frank Roark. Later he worked for Chelmsford Well and Pump for several years.
Phil had many talents and interests in his life. He was a renowned singer who entertained his family, friends and even strangers over the years. He loved to sing and everyone loved to listen to him.
He also had a passion and love for the game of golf. Over the years Phil made many friendships through golf and was always an upbeat, funny and competitive player in any foursome. He was a longtime member of Vesper Country Club and recent member of Bear Lakes Country Club in Florida.
Besides his wife and mother, Phil is survived by two sisters Barbara J. Dowling and her husband Michael J. of Dracut and Martha J. Shay of Lowell; a brother John "Jack" Salome and his wife Kathi of Helena, Montana; his father-in-law Ralph L. Robinson of Nashua, NH; his brother-in-law Arthur E. Robinson and his wife Michelle of Gilbert, AZ; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He as also the brother of the late Kevin M. Salome who died December 19, 2013 and brother-in-law of the late Deborah L. (Robinson) Appel who died in 2001 .
Relatives and friends are invited to attend A Celebration of Life for Phil Salome on Friday May 16, 2014 at Vesper Country Club in Tyngsborough.[The time of the service will available on the O’Donnell Funeral Home website as of March 15th 2014 and in a future edition of the Lowell Sun.] E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Lowell General Hospital Cancer Care Center, c/o The Philanthropy Office, 296 Varnum Ave,, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL - (978 or 866) 458-8768.