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Joseph A. Abrams

Loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother

Joseph A. Abrams, 76, of New London, Connecticut, formerly of Lowell, died Monday, December 18th at Hartford Hospital in Hartford. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Nancy (Brennan) Abrams who died in 2002.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 20, 1941 a son of the late George and the late Marie J. (Johnson) Abrams, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1958.

Before retiring, Joseph was employed as an Executive Director with the New London Housing Authority from 2006 to 2009. Previously, he served in that same capacity from 1980 to 1991 at the Nashua Housing Authority in Nashua, NH and was also a former News Director with the Lowell radio station WCAP and a member of the Lowell School Committee in the 1970’s.

Joseph is survived by a daughter Elizabeth Madden and her husband David of Lowell; two sons Joseph G. Abrams and his wife Erin and Gregory T. Abrams and his wife Nicole all of Lowell; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister Beverly Patsourakos of Lowell; and his significant other Elaine Maynard Adams of New London, CT along with her daughter Jennifer Adams of Cranston, RI.

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 on Saturday morning at SAINT RITA PARISH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell.  E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768. 


Condolences (6)
  • Ed Schwartz
    Elaine and the Abrams family, I just got the sad news. Joe and I went back to his hiring as ED at Nashua Housing Authority. Will miss his sense of humor and willingness to teach others how to live honestly.
  • Nick Economou
    Beth, Joe, Greg & Elaine. Joe and I met and traveled the New England states trying to make our fortune by selling baseball cards. We didn't accomplish our goal, but out of that developed a true friendship with one of the most special people I have ever met. I have lost a very dear friend. 'Kids' he was so very proud of you and Elaine you stepped into his life and that classic smile returned. Thank you all for sharing this wonderful person. RIP my good friend Nick Economou
  • Gary Frascarelli  - Joe gave me my first radio job
    Joe was the person who hired me as a weekend news guy at WCAP when I was just 16 yrs old (1969). Taught me a lot about the radio industry. Last time I saw him was at the CAP 55th birthday celebration in 2007. Rest in peace my friend, condolences to his family.
  • bob hatem
    Our heartfelt condolences to all who loved Joe Abrams.My friend, countryman and highly respected member of the Lowell community...You will be missed. joanne and bob hatem
  • Sean Sullivan & Family, Clearw
    Dear Abrams Family, Your father was a dear friend of my Dad beginning with Joe serving on the Lowell School Committee when my late father Doug worked in the school department. My Dad worked for your Dad years later at the Nashua Housing Authority and they remained friendly until my Dad passed away in 2002. Our family truly respected your Dad as a distinguished gentleman with a perfect voice for radio. Please accept our sincere sympathies. Joe and Nancy will be together once again in Heaven.
  • James & Nancy Bucknavage
    Our deepest sympathy to you Elaine, Jenn and Joe's entire family. Joe was such a wonderful man. Very proud of his family and especially his grandchildren. We loved him and will miss him terribly. Love, Bucky & Nancy
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