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Theodore Sarantos Print E-mail





Theodore Sarantos


Loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend

Theodore (Ted) Sarantos, lifelong resident of Lowell, passed away at his home on Friday, Sept 7, 2018 at the age of 96, while in the loving care of his family. Ted was the beloved husband of Constance (Tina) (Pouleas) Sarantos who predeceased him by 10 years. Born in Lowell on July 7, 1922 to the late Peter and the late Mary (Gickas) Sarantos, he graduated from Lowell High School in 1940 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and commenced training.

As a World War II Army Air Corps, 9th Air Force member, Ted flew 28 missions in the European theater. He was the lead bombardier for the “Bridge Busters,” 599th Bombardment Squadron, 397th  Bombardment Group. As bombardier, he was in the nose of a B-26 Martin Marauder.  In his flight log for 2/14/1945, Ted recorded, “Toughest mission – intense flak and very accurate. Two flak holes in nose and one above head … Two planes went down.”

Ted joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1951 as an electrical engineer working on communication satellites for 39 years, retiring in 1990. He was called out of retirement multiple times. He was on the team that was able to provide the scientists and crew members of the vessel USCGC POLAR SEA with very valuable Internet e-mail service throughout the first surface expedition to the North Pole, as well as to send the commands to turn off one of his earlier satellites.

 After retirement Ted and Tina spent winters in Tarpon Springs, FL. He was a member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, the AHEPA, and the Greek-American Legion.

Family was first to Ted. He was a dedicated father to his three daughters, Maria and husband Andrew Kowal of Stonington, CT, Pamela Sarantos of Melissa, TX, and Elaine and husband Robert Masse of Dracut, MA. He was a devoted grandfather to his grandsons, Donald LeRiche and wife Julie of Liberty Hill, TX, Zachary Kowal and wife Dorothy of Petaluma, CA, and Theodore Masse of Brighton, MA, and to four great-granddaughters, Megan and Sydney LeRiche, and Farrah and Georgia Kowal. He was happiest when surrounded by his family, helping with household projects and vacationing together. He was always counted on for his lamb shish ka-bobs for family cook-outs.
Ted was a loving and doting “Papou.” He proudly attended all graduations and numerous grandsons’ baseball and soccer games. Memorable grandson trips included Washington, DC and baseball in Cooperstown, Boston and Toronto.
The eldest son of eight siblings, he is survived by his brothers Charles and George, and sisters Despina Dinopoulos, Elizabeth Lemondes, and Nora Vlahakis, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his brother Fr. John Sarantos, pastor at Lowell’s Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, and his sister Christine Economou.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visitation at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 25 FR. JOHN SARANTOS WAY in Lowell Wednesday morning September 12, 2018 from 10 to 11 A.M. followed by his Funeral Service at the Church at 11 o’clock Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854, or online at or to the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell, 657 Middlesex St., Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) – 458-8768.


Thomas M. Shanahan Print E-mail


Thomas M. Shanahan


loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend


Thomas M. Shanahan, 69, formerly of Lowell, died peacefully at his home Monday September 3, 2018 in Manchester, NH with his loving family by his side.

Tom was the beloved husband of Dorothy Jean "Jeannie" (Page) Shanahan, who survives him, and with whom he recently celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 22, 1949, a son Lena (Fortuna) Shanahan of Lowell and the late Daniel J. Shanahan, Tom attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1966.

Prior to his retirement, Tom was a teller at Washington Savings Bank in Lowell for several years. Previously, he was the Deli Manager at Alexander's Super Market (nka Hannaford Super Market) in Dracut for many years.

A lifelong communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Lowell, Tom was an active and passionate member of the parish. He worked onstage and backstage for the St. Patrick Church Variety shows over the years. He also assisted during the annual Irish Cultural Week and brought joy and humor to all he encountered.

In addition, Tom was a longtime member of the Camelot Players, a theatre company in Tyngsborough.

Besides his wife and mother, Tom is survived by his daughter Katherine P. Shanahan - Samson and her husband Christopher of Manchester, NH; a son Sean T. Shanahan and his companion Melanie Staples of Tewksbury; six grandchildren Jeremy, Ryan, Kylee, Caleigh, Aidan and Audrey; three sisters Patricia Shanahan of Lowell, Laura Shanahan-Rowe and her husband Earl of Hampton, NH and Maureen Aubrey and her husband Frank of Lowell; many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Daniel J. Shanahan, III and the late John Patrick Shanahan.

Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell for a Memorial Visitation from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in LOWELL at 10 o'clock. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Committal Services will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Patrick Church Renovation Fund, 24 Suffolk St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) -458-8768.




Norma M. McQuaid Print E-mail

Norma M. (Manchester) McQuaid

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother

 Norma M. (Manchester) McQuaid, 97, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, died Sunday, August 26th at the Pleasant Valley Nursing Center in Derry. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond L. McQuaid.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts August 27, 1920, daughter of the late Royal J. and the late Ethel M. (Hayes) Manchester, she attended Lowell schools and was graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1938. Eager to pursue a career in nursing, she then went on to graduate from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Lowell, Rivier College in Nashua with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and Boston University with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration.
 Before retiring, Norma was employed as a Professor of Nursing at the University of Lowell (now known as U-Mass Lowell). Previously, she was Director of Nursing at the former St. Joseph Hospital in Lowell for many years.
 Norma was an active volunteer and lecturer for the American Heart Association and was a member of a strategic team that established an ICU and Kidney Dialysis Units at the former St. Joseph Hospital in Lowell.
 Among her many interests, she was an avid reader, enjoyed camping, knitting and sewing and loved all animals, especially dogs. She was also an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.
 She was a former longtime communicant of St. Rita’s Parish in Lowell.
 Norma is survived by a daughter Linda (McQuaid) (Thibeault) Janson and her husband William of Londonderry, NH; two grandsons Scott Thibeault and his wife Deborah of Lowell, MA and Shawn Thibeault and his partner Samantha of Dunstable, MA; and four great-grandchildren Tiffany, Takara, Joshua and Kyleigh Thibeault.
 She was also mother of the late Raymond D. McQuaid, grandmother of the late Justin L. Thibeault, great-grandmother of the late Kevin Bickmore and sister of the late Royal Manchester.
 In accordance with her wishes, there were no calling hours and all Funeral Services were held privately. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.

Rom Bin Print E-mail


Rom Bin

Beloved father, brother and friend;

Rom Bin, 53, of Lowell passed away unexpectedly while visiting Cape Cod.

Born in Cambodia, December 2, 1964, a son of the late Muth Bin and the late Neun Noun, he received his education while living in Cambodia.

Prior to his retirement, he had worked as a technician for Atronic Corporation in Billerica, MA.

Among his many interests, Rom enjoyed fishing.

Rom is survived by five children Julie Yim, Judy Yim, Jenny Yim, Tommy Yim and Sandy Yim all of Lowell and his brother Ray Bin and his wife Chantha of Lowell.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends will gather at the Funeral Home Saturday morning at 8 o’clock and will leave by 8:30 A.M. for the Cremation Service at the Linwood Crematory Chapel in Haverhill, MA at 9:30 A.M. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr.

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