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Clifford L. Grant Print E-mail

Clifford L. Grant

 

Decorated World War II Navy veteran
 
 Clifford L. Grant, 95, of Lowell, died Wednesday, August 17th at his home with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary T. (White) Grant who died in 2001.
 Born in Boston, Massachusetts, October 26, 1920, a son of the late George and the late Laura (Lewis) Grant, he received his education in the Jamaica Plain school system.
 A proud veteran of World War II, Clifford proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater as a Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class aboard the USS Helena (CL-50) where he participated during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. During his 20 year career in the navy, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal (twice), American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
 Following his retirement from the navy, he then went on to enjoy a 30 plus year career as a warehouse worker with the former Purity Supreme in Billerica.
 Among his many activities, Clifford enjoyed building model ships and reading just about anything about the World War II era. He also enjoyed solving word search puzzles and watching football on television, especially the annual Army/Navy game. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 8819 in North Billerica.
 Above all else though, being all about family, he cherished the quality time he was able to spend with his children and grandchildren.
 Clifford is survived by two daughters Nancy Ahlin and her husband Kai of New Durham, NH and Karen A. Woodman and her husband Allen of Lowell; two grandchildren Tyler G. and Kelsey L. Woodman. and several nieces and nephews.
 He was also brother of the late Evelyn Moore, Arlene Grant, Mildred Peterson and Leslie Grant and step-father of the late Allen, David and Robert Hanlon.
 In keeping in accordance with his wishes, there will be no calling hours and all Funeral and Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave, Suite 2, Norwood, MA 0206224. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978 or 866) 458-8768.
 
Mary E. Farley Print E-mail

Mary E. Farley

 
Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend;
 
 Mary E. (Donnelly) Farley, 88, a member of a well-known Lowell family, died peacefully Thursday morning at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell with her loving family by her side.
She was the wife of the late Leo J. Farley, former mayor of Lowell, who died in 1984.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 12, 1928, the daughter of the late Joseph F. and the late Josephine H. (Connelly) Donnelly, she attended St. Patrick’s Grammar School and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1945. She went on to graduate from Burdett Junior College in Boston.
 Mrs. Farley held various professional positions, most memorably that of medical secretary for Dr. Roger and Dr. Lilly in the Pathology Department at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital.
 An avid reader and talented artist, Mary loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her family will never forget her home-cooked meals.  She also loved to maintain volumes of family photo albums while adding her creative touches.
 She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Monaghan, and her husband Brian of Lowell. Three sons, Leo J. Farley, III and his wife, Jean, of Braintree, Michael F. Farley and his wife Marguerite of Lowell and James G. Farley and his partner, Jessica Costantino of Milton. Eight granddaughters: Maghan Monaghan Hickok of Lowell, Jennifer (Monaghan Forever) Broderick of Lowell, Katie Monaghan Crowder of Groveland, Kristin Farley of Lowell, Lisa Shepard of Lowell, Emily McGovern of Dorchester, Sarah Farley of Dorchester and Mary Farley of Lowell; two grandsons Brian Leo Monaghan and Michael Farley, Jr. both of Lowell, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
 She was the sister of Judith Larocque of Lowell, and the late Kathleen F. Donnelly, R.N.
Her family will remember her incomparable resilience, her pride in her family, her appreciation for tradition, and her desire to live life on her own terms. 
 The members of the Farley family would also like to thank the staff at D’Youville Senior Care Center in the Belvidere Lane unit for excellent and compassionate end of life care.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Burial to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell Boys and Girls Club at http://lbgc.org/. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.       
 
Helen "Neno" Vulgaropulos Print E-mail

Helen S. Vulgaropulos

 
Beloved mother and grandmother;

 Helen “Neno” (Sakellarios) Vulgaropulos, 96, of Andover, died unexpectedly at her home Friday morning.
 
She was the wife of the late Peter “Vou” Vulgaropulos who died in 1988 and with whom she was the former Co-Owner and Operator of Olympos Bakery in Lowell.
 
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 30, 1919, the daughter of the late Dionysios and the late Panagiota (Kintzios) Sakellarios, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1938.  She was also a member of the Girl Officers.
 
Helen lived a full and active life and enjoyed being with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved to cook and had a lifetime tradition of hosting family and friends at her home for Sunday night dinners.

She also enjoyed pottery, ceramics and her friends in the Flicks movie club, a group of women who went to the movies and travelled to New York City on a regular basis.
 
Additionally, Helen was a longtime member of the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity.
 
She is survived by two daughters Mary Muldoon and her husband James of Lowell and Denise Papanastasiou and her husband Peter of Dracut; her son Dr. Spyros P. Vulgaropulos and his wife Jan of Cary, NC; eight grandchildren Elena Flores and her husband Gilbert of Brooklyn, NY, Mary Bellerose and her husband Dan of Newburyport, James Muldoon and his wife Jennifer of Rockville Center, NY, Stephen Papanastasiou, Danielle Papanastasiou and Alethia Papanastasiou all of Lowell, Zoe Vulgaropulos of Washington, DC and Maya Vulgaropulos of Los Angeles, CA; seven great grandchildren Sarah, Danny, Jack, Isabel, Andrew, James and Olivia; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
 
 She was also the sister of the late Angelos Sakellarios and the late Florence Lanides.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Wednesday morning. Her Funeral Service will follow at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY at 11 o’clock. Burial in the Edson Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the John R. Sakelarios Scholarship Fund, 4 Robin Hill Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.

 

 
Daniel P. Leahy, Esq. Print E-mail

Daniel P. Leahy, Esq.

 Former State Senator, City Councilor, Clerk Magistrate and Humanitarian;

 
 Daniel P. Leahy, Esq., 81, a lifelong Lowell resident, died Wednesday, August 10th at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell. He was the beloved husband of Gloria J. (Secchiaroli) Leahy who survives him and with whom he celebrated 57 years of marriage on June 6th of this year.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 10, 1935, a son of the late John J. Leahy of Ireland and the late Elizabeth (Power) Leahy of Lowell, he attended St. Margaret Grammar School and was a graduate of Keith Academy in the Class of 1952. Following his honorable discharge from the armed forces, he then went on to graduate from Boston College with the Class of 1960 and Suffolk Law School.
 A veteran during the Korean Conflict, Dan proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.
 Dan was a retired local attorney; he served in the Massachusetts General Court as a Massachusetts State Senator for two terms, from 1994-1998.  He believed in term limits and imposed them upon himself after his second term in the Senate. Dan was also a member of the Lowell City Council, elected in 1999, then worked as a Clerk Magistrate in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
  Dan was very active in many clubs and associations, among them: Lowell Bar Association, serving as President, a Board member of Ironstone Farm’s Challenge Unlimited, the Friday Night Card Players, the Saratoga Sojourners, and many more.  He is perhaps best known as founder of Thanksgiving: A Celebration of Life! which he began in Lowell with his brother-in-law Al Lenzi to aid the ministry of Fr. Gregory Ramkisson in Kingston Jamaica.  Celebration of Life, founded in 1984, was the forerunner of Mustard Seed Communities, the international ministry which continues today to support Fr. Gregory’s work in Jamaica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe, helping to feed, clothe, and shelter poor children. Helping the poor was a cause close to his heart, and an intrinsic dimension of his Christian faith. 
 A loving husband, father and grandfather, Dan is survived by two daughters Kathleen Ramirez and her husband George of Lowell and Lynda Cudnohufsky and her husband Niels of Ashfield, MA; three sons Daniel P. Leahy II and his wife Joyce of Lowell, John J. Leahy and his wife Joni of Lowell and Mark A. Leahy and his wife Liana of Lexington, MA; 11 grandchildren Georgeanna, Christian and Juliann, Amanda, Michael, Sarah, Delane, Madeline, Jack, Lilly and Griffin; four sisters Elizabeth Nangle, Elinor O’Connor, Marilyn Gill and her husband Peter and Joan Lenzi and her husband Albert all of Lowell; a sister-in-law Martha Leahy of Nashua, NH; and many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.
 He was also father of the late Francis X. Leahy who died in 1965 and brother of the late John J. Leahy who died in 2015.
 Dan’s family wishes to express their deep appreciation to the staff of D’Youville Senior Care Center for the loving, compassionate care he received throughout his time there.
 Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher in Lowell from 2 to 6 P.M. on Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o'clock. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Mustard Seed Communities, C/O Mustard Seed USA, 29 Janes Avenue, Medfield, MA, 02052. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
 
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