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Rodger Francis Martin Print E-mail

Rodger Francis Martin

Loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather
 
            Rodger Francis Martin, 90, a member of a well-known Lowell family, died Saturday, April 7th at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine M. “Kay” (Bailey) Martin who died in 2004.
            Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 8, 1927, a son of the late John A. and the late Julia (Rodgers) Martin, he attended St. Patrick’s Grammar School, he attended Lowell High School but like many of his contemporaries he had interrupted his high school time with service in the US Navy and was a proud veteran, he then graduated from Lowell High in the class of 1945. Eager to further his education, he then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees in Education from Fitchburg State College.
            Before retiring, Mr. Martin was employed as the Director of Industrial Arts for Lowell public schools, where he worked for over 44 years.
            Rodger was an honorary member of the Lowell YMCA for 50 years as well as a Lifetime member of the Lowell Lodge of Elks. He was also a former member of the Longmeadow Golf Club and Commissioner of the James S. Martin Golf tournament.
He played baseball at Lowell High School and baseball and soccer at Fitchburg State College. He was a tremendous handball player at the YMCA where he enjoyed the friendship and the competition of the other players. He was also an avid tennis player.
      However his greatest joy was being with his family. He especially loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His grand-children and their friends called him “Bumpa”, a name that was initially given him by his first grand- child Katherine Whittaker Walsh. He enjoyed watching his children, grand-children and great grand-children in their activities whether it was baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse or football games, dance recitals or school plays.  He always made an effort to get to the event.
      Mr. Martin is survived by four children Kathleen Whittaker and her husband Forrest of Lake Forest, IL, Brian J. Martin and his wife Elise of Lowell, MA, Elizabeth McNamara and her husband Kerry of Osterville, MA and David P. Martin and his wife Melissa of Cary, NC; two daughters in law, Linda Martin of Tewksbury MA. and Lainey Martin of Lowell MA. He also had twenty-two grandchildren; and twenty-six great-grandchildren.
      He was also the father of the late Rodger F. Martin, Jr., James S. Martin and Peter F. Martin and brother of the late John A. Martin, Jr. and Brenda Finnerty. He also had a special relationship with his nephew, Hugh Murphy of Gardner MA. 
      Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday April 13. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Saturday morning, April 14th at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial at Lowell Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Rodger F. Martin Lowell High School Scholarship Fund, c/o Lowell Community Foundation, 100 Merrimack St, Suite 202, Lowell, MA 01852.  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
Robert C. Maguire Print E-mail

Robert C. Maguire

 Former Mayor and Lowell City Councilor; Retired LRTA Administrator

Robert C. Maguire, 89, formerly of the Highland’s section of Lowell and a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, died peacefully on Saturday, March 31st in Dracut surrounded by his loving family.

A resident more recently of Daytona Beach, Florida and Dracut, he was the beloved husband of 43 years to the late Helen T. (Melancon) Maguire who died in 1997.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 25, 1928, a son of the late Joseph and the late Margaret (McDonough) Maguire, he attended St. Michael Grammar School and was a graduate of Keith Academy with the Class of 1945. He then went on to attend Providence College in Rhode Island.

 A veteran during the Korean Conflict, Bob proudly served his country as a Corporal in the U.S. Army in Germany and throughout Europe.

Before retiring, he was Administrator of the Lowell Regional Transit Authority. Previously, he was employed as a Field Accountant for New England Power Service Company for many years. 

Dedicated to public service, Bob served as the Mayor of Lowell twice, first as the 68th Mayor from 1968-1969 and later as the 74th from 1980-1981. In addition, he served on the City Council for 16 years. He was also a candidate for Congress in 1968.

A communicant of St. Margaret Church most of his life, Bob was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council # 72.

A proud husband, father, grandfather, and brother, he cherished the time he was with his family. He also enjoyed travel, politics, American history, reading and writing and was an avid New England sports fan. 

Among his many interests, Bob loved golfing at Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell, where he was an Honorary Life member and Past President. Bob was also a member of the Westminster Country Club, Daytona Beach Country Club in Florida and Orleans Country Club in Vermont.          

In addition, he was a founding member of the Keith Academy Men’s Club and the Society of Evelyn in Fife, Scotland.

Mr. Maguire is survived by four children Michael Maguire and his wife Anne (Lussier) of Dracut, MA, Lynne Lantagne and her husband Stephen of Wethersfield, CT and Patricia Maille of Dracut, MA and Robert C. Maguire, Jr. of Lowell; ten grandchildren Matthew and Meghan Maguire, Bridgette, Molly, Emily and Luke Lantagne and Michael, Rachael, Rebecca and Daniel Maille; a sister-in-law Shirley (Morin) Maguire of Lowell; a brother-in-law Al Turcotte of Dracut, MA; many nieces and nephews; and a wide circle of friends.

He was also brother of the late Joseph Maguire and the late Herbert Maguire.

The Maguire family would like to thank his Daytona Beach friends and neighbors for keeping him fed in the winter months, the staff at Ashland Farms Assisted Living and Compassionate Care Hospice for their kindness and care and a special thanks to Norm Anderson for his care and assistance.

               In closing, while socializing with friends, “The Shooter” would raise a glass:

                                             “Come tarry here and friendly be,

                                             To quaff the foaming brew.

                                             A friendly smile, a song, a dance,

                                             To cheer the heart of you.”

        

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 8 P.M. on Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Saturday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Family burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Salvation Army, 150 Appleton St, Lowell, MA 01852.  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 
Denise M. Quinn Print E-mail

  Denise M. Quinn

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and cousin

 

Denise M. (Matte) Quinn, 67, of Lowell, died peacefully on Monday, March 26th surrounded by family. She was the beloved wife of 47 years to Thomas J. Quinn who survives her.

Born in Lowell on March 23, 1951, oldest daughter of Omer and Camille (Labrecque) Matte of Dracut, she attended St. Michael Grammar School and was a graduate of Dracut High School with the Class of 1968. 

Denise went on to earn her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology from Lowell State College (NKA U/Mass Lowell) in 1972, and a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from Lesley University in Cambridge in 1996.

Before retiring in 2011, Denise was a devoted school teacher until a bold career change later in life led her to become a Director of Human Resources.

Among her many interests, she was an avid reader, loved the beach and traveling the world over, including faraway places like Egypt, Russia, Budapest, Australia, Switzerland, Ireland and England just to name a few. She was very proud of being a friend of Bill for 23 years, volunteering for local domestic violence programs and reading for the blind. However, her greatest joy in life was being the world's best Mimi to her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Denise is survived by two daughters Courtney Ahearn and her husband William and Katie Quinn all of Dracut, MA; three grandchildren Liam and Avery Ahearn of Dracut, MA and Michaela Mentzer of Watertown, MA; two sisters Carol Fennell and her husband William of Pepperell, MA and Lisa Matte of Tewksbury, MA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

QUINN – In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Monday April 2nd at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock in the morning. KINDLY MEET AT CHURCH. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in Denise’s memory to Lowell General TeamWalk for CancerCare, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.

 

 

 

 

 
Diane E. Dolce Print E-mail

Diane E. Dolce

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt

Diane E. (Pronovost) Dolce, 87, a lifelong resident of the Highlands section of Lowell, died Wednesday, March 21st at Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus following a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred R. Dolce who died March 28, 2006.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 25, 1930, the daughter of the late Raymond and the late Marion (Irwin) Pronovost, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1948.
Before retiring, Diane was employed as a Nurse’s Aide at Heritage Nursing Home. Previously, she was a homemaker, raising her four daughters for many years.  She was a kind, nurturing person with a good sense of humor and a quick Irish wit. She enjoyed cooking, camping, traveling, square dancing, tending to her house plants and taking care of her many pets. She loved decorating for the holidays and hosting holiday dinners, especially Christmas Eve when she served her famous lasagna. She was also an avid Red Sox fan. However, her greatest joy was her family. She cherished the quality time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Diane is survived by four daughters Lynne E. Dolce-Brouwer and her husband Ron Brouwer of Chicago, IL, Marcia A. Dolce and her companion Patrick McNally of South Hamilton, MA, Susan E. Dolce of Lowell, MA and Mary L. Dolce and her companion Brian Provencher of Amherst, NH; seven grandchildren Jessica Spanos and her husband Charles of Midlothian, VA, Michelle Omowaiye of Richmond, VA, Julianne and Robert Hilton both of Amherst, NH and Sophia, Caroline and Daniel Brouwer all of Chicago, IL; three great-grandchildren Charles and Adelia Spanos and Jaxson White; a brother John Pronovost and his wife Carol of Chelmsford, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. on Friday, March 30th. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated on Saturday morning at ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 260 Gorham St. in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell Humane Society or the Practical Nursing Program at Greater Lowell Technical High School. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
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