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Bruce W. Blair Print E-mail



Bruce W. Blair




Longtime artist and carpenter;




Bruce W. Blair, 73 years young, of Lowell, passed away peacefully Saturday November 10, 2018 at Lowell General Hospital. He also lived in Tyngsboro, and Dracut MA.

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 14, 1945, a son of the late Arthur R. and the late Eleanor R. (Corbett) Blair, he attended Cambridge public schools and was a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin school in1963. He studied art under the teacher and artist, Rita Ritterbush. 

After serving our country, Bruce went on to graduate from Massachusetts College of Art where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1974.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Bruce served in the U.S. Navy as a Russian Interpreter.  He trained in Monterey Language School in California. Bruce would send home his paychecks to assist with the financial needs of his siblings.  Santa Bruce was good to us. 

Prior to his retirement, Bruce was a carpenter for the Fred L. Webster Company, Inc. for many years.

In addition, he was a longtime local artist who was commissioned to create works of art for local commercial projects. 

Bruce is survived by his three siblings Bryan W. Blair and his wife Nancy of Framingham, Deborah R. Blair of Rotonda West, FL and Denise R. (Blair) Yuse and her husband Steven of Hampton, NH; and the following nieces and nephews;  Jacob Blair, Elizabeth Klausner, Benjamin Yuse, Adam Yuse, and Katheryn Arnold.  Bruce had many delightful great-nieces and nephews,

Private Services were held for the family. Family committal services will be held at a later date. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA. Funeral Arrangements by the O’Donnell Funeral Home






Gail C. Norton Print E-mail


Gail C. Norton

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend;

Gail C. (Trachim) (Bower) Norton 65, of Hudson, NH, but formerly of Lowell, MA died unexpectedly Saturday morning November 17, 2018 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

She was the wife of the late Peter J. Norton.

Born in Concord, Massachusetts, April 28, 1953, a daughter of the late Walter and the late Constance (Burk) Trachim, she attended Maynard schools and was a graduate of Maynard High School in the Class of 1971.

A proud and active mother of six, Gail also had a very busy work career as a dispatcher with Health Tech Ambulance in Andover and later in the Deli Department at the Market Basket in Hudson, NH.

Gail loved to play bingo but mostly enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters Mildred “Millie” (Bower) Melo and her husband Carlos of Litchfield, NH and Jaime Rich and her husband Thomas of Lowell; four sons Ralph “Sam” Bower and his wife Patricia of Hudson, NH, Patrick Norton and his wife Michelle of Nashua, NH, Walter Norton and his girlfriend Tiffany Perry of Hudson, NH and Paul Norton of Hudson, NH; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a sister Claudia Dellovo and her husband Charlie of Bedford; three brothers Walter Trachim and his wife Martha of Manchester, NH, Jay Trachim of Nashua, NH and Robert McConn of Raymond, NH; her best friend Louise Kennedy of Dracut and several nieces and nephews.

 She was also the mother of the late Shannon Bower and grandmother of the late Dylan “LaLa” Rich.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 5 to 8 P.M. TUESDAY. Private Funeral Services will be held for the family at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 267 Hanover St., Hanover, MA 02339. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Richard E. "Rick" Delisle Print E-mail



Richard E. "Rick" Delisle

Beloved brother and uncle;

Richard E. “Rick” Delisle, 71, of Lowell died Tuesday morning November 14, 2018 at Fairhaven Nursing Home.

Born in Concord, NH, June 3, 1947, the son of the late Lawrence and the late Arlene (Hamel) Delisle, he attended Tyngsboro schools.

Prior to his retirement, Rick was an over the road truck driver with the Cargo Trucking Company for many years.

An avid Red Sox fan, Rick enjoyed playing cards, all types of animals, the outdoors, fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his sister Doris D. Bonacci of Lowell and two nephews James E. Normandin of Lowell and Michael J. Normandin and his husband Roberto of Boston.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Funeral Service to be held Wednesday morning at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell at 11:30 A.M.. Burial services will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to any animal charity of your choice. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.   

Frederick T. Abraham Print E-mail

Frederick T. Abraham

A member of a well-known Lowell family;

Frederick T. Abraham, 96, of Lowell, died Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Palm Center in Chelmsford with his loving family by his side.

He was the beloved husband of Florence T. (Salem) Abraham who died August 14, 2015.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 15, 1922, a son of the late Joseph and Martha (Joseph) Abraham, he grew up in the Acre and attended St. Patrick’s Boy’s School and Lowell High School. He went on to attend Merrimack College in North Andover. 

A proud veteran of World War II, Fred served his country as a member of the U. S. Navy. 

Prior to his retirement, Fred was employed as an Electronic Inspector with Raytheon Corporation in South Lowell, Andover and Waltham for over 25 years. He was a member of the IBEW, Local 1505 in Woburn. 

Fred was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Delaney Council and the Chelmsford Lodge of Elks. He was an avid fan of all Boston sports teams, especially the Patriots and the Red Sox. 

Fred loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He was a communicant of both St. Patrick Church and St. Rita Parish in Lowell. 

Fred is survived by his daughter Joyce A. Corbett and her husband Mark of Hamden, CT; two sons Brian P. Abraham and wife Cheryl of Glendale, AZ and Frederick P. Abraham and wife Kim of Taunton, MA; daughter-in-law Kathryn (Dolan) Abraham of Londonderry, NH; six grandchildren Jennifer Ferreira and  husband Joseph of Pelham, NH, Megan Donovan and  husband James of Derry, NH, Matthew Corbett and  Crystal Bashore of Mystic, CT, Stephen Corbett and his wife Amy of Spring, TX, Thomas Corbett and wife Emily of Hamden, CT and Benjamin Abraham of Taunton, MA; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

He was also the father of the late Warren J. Abraham and brother of the late Edward J. and Louis T. Abraham. 

The Abraham family would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to Lynn Schwartz for her many years of caring for Fred and, prior to that, his wife Florence.  Her compassion and kindness toward each of them helped make their lives much brighter.

Family and friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Friday followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Patrick Church, Suffolk St. in Lowell at 11 o'clock. Burial to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Friends of Lowell Council on Aging, 276 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854 Please put on check memo in memory of Frederick Abraham. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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