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James Warren Flood, Jr. Print E-mail

James Warren Flood, Jr.

Well known Greater Lowell attorney;

James Warren Flood, Jr., 74, of Lowell, a widely renowned and respected attorney in the Merrimack Valley for nearly 50 years, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Mass General Hospital in Boston surrounded by his family.

He was the beloved husband of Judith A. (McCluskey) Flood, his wife of 48 years, who survives him.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, January 6, 1944, son of the late James W. Flood, himself an attorney, and Catherine J. (Whelan) Flood, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1962. Jim then studied at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, NH, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

He then focused his studies on law, first earning his Juris Doctor from the Boston College Law School and later his Master of Laws from Boston University School of Law.

After decades of practicing law in and around Lowell, Jim eventually formed a partnership with his son James and daughter Catherine, both attorneys, creating Flood Law Office, PC in Lowell

In addition to his work as an attorney, Jim was a longtime affiliate of the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, serving as an incorporator, director, clerk, and, ultimately, member of the Executive Committee of the Bank.

When he wasn’t working, Jim could often be found golfing at Vesper Country Club - where he served as Club President in 1991 - and Long Meadow Golf Club.  His exploits on the links involved several appearances in the Lowell City Golf Tournament - “The Cities” - in which he made his debut at the age of seventeen.  He never won, but he always had a good time.

His passing will be a great loss to his family, his friends, and, more broadly, pretty much anyone who made his acquaintance.  He possessed a rare, natural affability and couldn’t help but make friends everywhere he went.  Even while in the hospital, Jimmy Flood was making new friends.

Upon learning of Jim’s passing, his dear friend Jack Donohoe wrote a tribute, of sorts, to his character.  It reads, in part:

“Jim’s priorities were his family, his friends, his city and his profession. He cared about them so deeply...let’s make no mistake about it, Jim and his family are Lowell’s best foot forward. People like Jim are what make Lowell so special. Ultimately, it brought out the qualities that made Jim Flood so special. At the end of our journey in life, it’s about helping another. Jim Flood knew and lived this truth. He helped scores and scores of people. I know. I was one of his biggest beneficiaries. His life was a blessing that death can never erase.”

In addition to his wife Judy, Jim is survived by four children, all of whom brought him great joy: James W. Flood III and his wife Alanna of Lowell; Catherine J. Flood and her husband Christopher Huse of New Hampshire; William P. Flood of Lowell; Thomas F. Flood of Denver, CO; two grandchildren, Patrick Michael Flood and Ainsley Jane Flood; a sister, Anne White and her husband Wayne of Lowell; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful four-legged friend, Buddy.

The Flood family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff at Mass General Hospital for the professionalism, dedication, and compassion shown during Jim’s time in their care.

The family would also like to thank the Monastery of St Clare of Andover. The constant prayers and steadfast faith of the Poor Clare Sisters sustained Jim and his family during this challenging time.

Family and friends will be received at LONG MEADOW GOLF CLUB, 165 Havilah St., in Lowell Wednesday evening from 4 to 8 P.M for a Memorial Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass Thursday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock (Please meet at Church) followed by his Committal services at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jim’s memory to the Monastery of St. Clare, 445 River Road, Andover, MA 01810.Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978)-458-8768.  


Mary B. Burns Print E-mail


Mary B. Burns

Retired Clerk Middlesex County Registry of Deeds;

Mary B. (Ziemba) Burns, 74, formerly of the Centralville section of Lowell, died peacefully Friday afternoon at Lowell General Hospital.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 15, 1943, a daughter of the late Thaddeus and the late Vera (Dejniak) Ziemba, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

Mary was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Prior to her retirement, she was a Clerk at the Middlesex County Registry of Deeds in Lowell for several years.

Among her many interests, Mary enjoyed cooking and arts and crafts.

Mary is survived by a daughter Allyson Thompson and her husband William of Maynard; a son Jonathan Burns of Las Vegas, NV; two grandchildren Anna and Jason Thompson; a sister Irene Z. DeFreitas of Lowell; three brothers Thaddeus J. “Ted” Ziemba of Dracut; Brian W. Ziemba of Lowell and John P. Ziemba and his wife Deborah of Wentworth, NH; and many nieces and nephews.   She was also the mother of the late Thomas Burns and sister-in-law of the late Norma Ziemba and the late Joesph DeFreitas.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:00 to 10:45 A.M. on Wednesday morning followed by her Funeral Service at the Funeral Home at 11 o’clock. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in North Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Jude’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768    

George Sarkisian Print E-mail

George Sarkisian

Retired missile designer Raytheon Corporation;

 George Sarkisian, 90, of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully Monday February 12, 2018 at Lowell General Hospital. He was the beloved husband for 67 ½ years of Beatrice R. (Arakelian) Sarkisian, who survives him.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 27, 1927, the son of the late Charles and the late Arondi (Mogdarian) Sarkisian, he was a graduate of Lowell High School, at age 16, with the Class of 1944.
 A veteran of World War II, he proudly served his country as a Corporal and member of the U. S. Army Air Force. He was stationed in Japan as a weatherman.
 Prior to his retirement, George was a missile designer with Raytheon Corporation where he worked for over 35 years.
 A member of Vesper Country Club for 40 plus years, he enjoyed golfing with his friends and was a champion bowler having won several trophies over the years. George was a member of the Armenian’s Veteran’s Association and the Masonic Lodge in Lowell.
 Besides his wife Beatrice, he will be fondly remembered by his sister Margaret Sarkisian of Lowell; and his nieces and nephews Anthony Der Garabedian, Katherine Coughlin, Karlene Lefebvre, Carol Hildebrand, Lee Ann Murray and Fred Arakelian, Jr.; and 11 grand nieces and nephews.
 At the family’s request, all Funeral and Committal Services will be held held privately. E-condolences at wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Vartanantz Armenian Church, 180 Old Westford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.. Those

Virginia F. Mellen Print E-mail


Virginia F. Mellen 

Retired Supervisor Treasurer’s Office U/Mass Lowell; 

Virginia F. (Gorman) Mellen, 81, of the Centralville section Lowell, died Monday evening at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Chelmsford with her loving family by her side.

She was the loving wife for some 65 years of John P. “Jack” Mellen, who survives her.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 5, 1936, the daughter of the late James L. and the late Julia T. (Ward) Gorman, she attended St. Michael’s Grammar school and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

Virginia worked at the former University of Lowell (nka U/Mass Lowell) for over 31 years retiring in 2002 as a Supervisor in the Treasurer’s Office.

Among her many interests, she enjoyed reading, knitting and shopping but her true joy was the time she spent with her family especially her granddaughters.

Besides her husband, Virginia is survived by her daughter Kathleen A. Lima and her husband Bradley of Sandwich, MA; two granddaughters Ashley K. Lima of Sandwich and Courtney M. Arki and her husband Andrew of Falmouth.

The Mellen family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Sunny Acres Nursing Home for the personal care, compassion and concern they extended to Virginia during her stay.    

Relatives and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. Saturday morning followed by her Funeral Mass to be celebrated at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH at 11 o’clock. Burial Services will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Sunny Acres Activity Fund, 254 Billerica Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) -458-8768.

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