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John Francis Tarrant Print E-mail

John Francis Tarrant

Decorated WWII Navy veteran, 94

 John Francis Tarrant, 94, of Carefree, Arizona, formerly of Lowell, Massachusetts and Sun City Center, Florida entered into eternal rest on Saturday, May 14th at Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center in Scottsdale. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Theresa (Shanahan) Tarrant who died in 2006.
    Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, September 15, 1921, a son of the late James Joseph and the late Mary Christine (Moran) Tarrant, he attended Haverhill schools and was a graduate of St. James Catholic High School. Eager to further his education, following his Honorable Discharge from the military, he went on to graduate from Burdett College in Boston with the Class of 1947.
    A veteran of World War II, John proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Pharmacist’s Mate First Class and was awarded the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 bronze stars, the American Defense Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (9 stars).
    After many years with the General Electric Company in Lowell, he joined the Internal Revenue Service of the Department of the Treasury. In 1965, he was assigned to the Lowell office as an Auditor. John retired from the IRS in 1982 as Chief, Compliance Division, Brookhaven Service Center in Holtsville, New York. During his assignment at Brookhaven, he was awarded the Albert Gallatin Award for faithful and honorable service to the Treasury Department.
    Upon his retirement, John and Terry relocated to Sun City Center, Florida where for 30 years he lived out his dream of golfing just about every day. He was also extremely proud to serve as an Adult Altar Server at the Prince of Peace Church in Sun City Center.
    John loved anything that had to do with golf whether it was playing, watching or reading Golf Magazine. He was also an avid boxing fan and enjoyed playing the stock market. Above all else though, being all about family, he cherished the quality time he spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    John is survived by two daughters Mary-Jean Godbout and her husband Ronald of Northfield, NH and Patricia A. Melnicki and her husband L. Stephen of Scottsdale, AZ; six grandchildren James Godbout and his wife Jillian of Coeur d’Alene, ID, Jon Godbout and his wife Lori of Londonderry, NH, Lisa Powell and her husband Ronald of Waldorf, MD, Alexis C. Melnicki of Portland, OR, Emily A. Bacchetti and her husband Stephen of Portland, OR and Stephen P. Melnicki of Chicago, IL; five great-grandchildren Angus Godbout of Mont Vernon, NH, Declan Godbout of Carlisle, MA, Ethan and Evelyn Godbout of Londonderry, NH and Jameson Patrick Bacchetti of Portland, OR; two brothers George Michael Tarrant of Phoenix, AZ and Robert James Tarrant and his wife Jeanne of Merrimac, MA; two cousins Elizabeth and Florence Holton both of Lowell, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
    He was also father of the late John Michael Tarrant and Bernard Anthony Tarrant and brother of the late James Joseph Tarrant, Jr., Christine (Tarrant) (Paquette) Newton and Elizabeth (Tarrant) Pyatt.
    There will be no calling hours. His Funeral will take place from the funeral home on Tuesday, June 21st at 12 o’clock noon followed by a Funeral Mass at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 1 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, John’s family suggests that contributions may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 or the Autism Society of America, 4340 East West Hwy, Suite 350, Bethesda, MD 20814. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Arthur Philip Gallagher Print E-mail

Arthur Philip Gallagher, C.P.A.

Member of a well-known Greater Lowell family;

Arthur Philip Gallagher, C.P.A., 62, of Edgartown, Massachusetts, but formerly of Lowell, died Monday June 13th 2016, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after a brief illness.
He was the beloved husband of Vera A. (Quinlan) Gallagher, with whom he just celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on October 11, 2015.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 2, 1954, the son of the late Charles A. and the late Elizabeth A. (Barrows) Gallagher, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1972.
Arthur went on to receive his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University in 1976. He later attained his Masters in Accounting, also from Suffolk.
He began his career as an auditor with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and in 1981 he proudly passed the Massachusetts CPA exam.
Currently, Arthur was the Town Accountant for Oak Bluffs, MA on Martha’s Vineyard. Previously, he was the town accountant for the communities of Bedford, Framingham, Wilmington and Weymouth.
In addition, he served as the Auditor for the City of Lowell from 2001 to 2003.
A true family man, Arthur most enjoyed time spent with them . He loved movie classics ,music and historical documentaries and was a member of the Suffolk University Alumni Association.
Besides his wife, Arthur is survived by two sons Brice T. Gallagher of Lowell and Shane Q. Gallagher and his wife Shelagh (Walsh) of Tewksbury; three sisters Mary E. Lukas of Chelmsford, Margaret A. Dorr of Lowell and Anne C. Gallagher of Chelmsford; a brother Charles F. Gallagher of Chelmsford; two aunts Effie (Bikos) Barrows of Methuen and Margaret (Barrows) Flannery of Wellesley; an uncle Leo Foley of Lowell; his in laws Mary Margaret Ahearn of Dracut, Rosemary B. Brewster and husband Bruce of Lowell, Katherine W. Breen of Lowell, Kerry A. Deveau and her husband Jeffrey of Lawrence, Francis X Quinlan, Jr. and his wife Dorothy of Lowell, Michael H.W. Quinlan and his wife Deborah of Bedford, NH and Patrick T. Quinlan of Lowell ; and many nieces, grandnieces, nephews and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his mother and father-in-law Vera (Cadigan) and Francis X. Quinlan Sr., a brother-in-law David “Nip” Ahearn and sister-in-law Laurie E. Quinlan.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 10 o’clock. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, No. Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Monastery of the Monastery of Saint Clare, 455 River Rd., Andover, MA 01810. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768        







Shirley L Doulames Print E-mail


Shirley L. Doulames 

Beloved wife and mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend;

Shirley L. (Miller) Doulames, 86, a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, died Sunday June 12th at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.
She was the wife of the late John Doulames who died March 25, 1997.
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts on June 24, 1929, the daughter of the late Ellswood and the late Margaret (Brown) Miller, she attended Chelmsford Schools and was a graduate of Chelmsford High School.
Shirley spent her life working side by side with her beloved husband John in their family owned businesses, The Three Copper and Jon-Lames Real Estate.  While residing in Florida she worked as a real estate agent, and in her later years working in the assisted living business with her daughter Pamela.

Shirley was an amazing wife and mother who always put her family first.  A friend to many, she will be deeply missed by all of those who had the opportunity to know her.
She is survived by two daughters Pamela Tatro and her husband William of St. Petersburg, FL and Johannah “Jodie” Doulames and her fiancé Gerard Beausoleil of Lowell; a son Stephen John Doulames and his wife Casey of St. Petersburg, FL; four grandchildren William Tatro, Jr. and his wife Marie and Ryan John Tatro and his wife Carrie all of St. Petersburg, FL, Katrina Doulames and Juan Cintron of Lowell and Devyn Doulames of St. Petersburg, FL; two great grandchildren Lexiana Cintron and Ecko Tatro ; two sisters Lorraine Gregoire and her husband George of Chelmsford, and Naples, FL and Arline Palmer of Chelmsford; two brothers Forrest Miller of Chelmsford and Lawrence Miller and his wife Nancy of Cape Cod and Naples, FL; and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service Friday afternoon at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY in Lowell at 12:30 P.M. Burial will follow at the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to THE HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY, Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01852.  Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 or 866) 458-8768. 

James D. Sullivan Print E-mail

James D. Sullivan

Loving father, grandfather, brother and friend;

James D. Sullivan, 73, of Chelmsford, a well-known former local businessman, died Saturday June 11th at the Palm Center in Chelmsford.

Born June 24, 1942, in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of the late Dr. John A. and the late A. Agnes (Dillon) Sullivan, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1961.

He went on to graduate from the College of Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1965.

Jim was the owner and operator of Handi-van/Care Ambulance, as well as the former Dillon’s Cleaners in Lowell. Prior to his retirement, he was the Transit Manager for First Transit in Toledo, OH.

A member of the Chelmsford Senior Center and the Holy Cross Alumni Association, Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing and was an ardent fan of the band U2 and an ice cream connoisseur.

Jim is survived by a daughter Meg Sullivan Staknis and her husband David of Bedford; three sons John D. Sullivan, a Lt. with the Lowell Fire Dept., and his wife Mary Jo of Chelmsford, James C. “Jay” Sullivan of Chelsea, and Paul V. Sullivan of Chapel Hill, NC; three grandchildren James Staknis, Grace Sullivan and Owen Sullivan; a sister Carol Spong and her husband Frederick of LaJolla, CA; and several nieces and nephews.He was also the brother of the late John A. Sullivan, Jr.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Friday morning at the Immaculate Conception Church at 10 o’clock. Committal Services will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.







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