George P. Triantafel
George P. Triantafel of Andover, Massachusetts, sadly, quietly and peacefully departed from our earthly home to enter into a heavenly one on Monday, January 19th.
The beloved and devoted husband of Theda (Laganas) Triantafel, George was blessed with the gift of years, celebrating 94 birthdays and 65 years of a beautiful marriage.
George emigrated to our United States from Greece at the age of fourteen, and quickly embraced the American culture with focused dedication, gratitude and work to realize a most successful journey. George was a devoted son of the late Peter and the late Catherine (Apostoles) Triantafel.
George spent his very early years in Boston before establishing residency with his family in Brattleboro, Vermont. He treasured his many years in Brattleboro and these years always remained in his heart. He was an entrepreneur, establishing the Holiday Restaurant, the heartbeat of the town welcoming friends and visitors…always with genuine warmth, a smile and sincere interest in their lives. It was his joy to reunite with growing families and college students who always visited the Holiday on their Vermont ski trips through the years. It was a reciprocal “gift” of true friendship!
George embraced sports with a passion…a dedicated Red Sox fan, he also relaxed on the golf course.
Reading was a source of not only information for him, but also enjoyment in many dimensions…biographies, global situations and the world of sports.
Nature and the outside world gifted him with pleasure…tending his garden, tinkering with his antique cars and maintaining their home with meticulous care, gave him the satisfaction of accomplishment.
George was a member of the Grand Mason Lodge of the State of Vermont and was honored for his 65 full years of devoted service.
George will be sadly missed by his wife Theda, his brother Arthur Triantafel, two brothers bonded by heartfelt love and friendship, and his wife, Kiki, of Lynn; his sisters-in-law Olga and Toula Laganas of Lowell; Patricia Dukakis of South Natick; his brother-in-law Charles P. Sarantos of North Andover; nieces and nephews Peter Triantafel, Kathy, Elias, Kiki, and George Kostolias of Lynn; Cathy, Rick, Nicholas and Matthew Dippel of Bedford, New Hampshire; Constantine, Elizabeth, Alyssa and Christopher Sarantos of Andover; his goddaughter and niece, Anastasia, and her husband Cengiz Taskin of New York City; and Amalie Ann George of Needham.
George was also predeceased by his loving brother Nicholas Triantafel.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday morning at the HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 62 Lewis St. in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. For those who wish, expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 601 Sherman St, Canton, MA 02021 or the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 62 Lewis St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Stephen L. Gervais, Sr.
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother; President of Gervais Ford in Ayer;
Stephen L. Gervais, 77, of Lowell, a well known Greater Lowell businessman, died Thursday, January 15th at his home with his loving family by his side.
He was the beloved husband of Maureen R. (Reardon) Gervais, who survives him, and with whom he recently celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on August 13, 2014.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 14, 1937, the son of the late John J. Gervais, Sr. and the late Margaret (Reynolds) Gervais, he attended the Immaculate Conception School and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1955. He then went on to attend Lowell Commercial College, and proudly served his country in the 187th Army Reserve Unit Infantry Brigade.
Steve started an automobile business with his brothers in 1961 following his military service, and sold many different brands in Ayer, Billerica and Lowell. For most of his career he served as President of Gervais Ford in Ayer and had worked in the automobile industry for over 53 years.
A lifelong communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell, he was active with his parish, having served on the Immaculate Conception Finance Committee and was a Past Chairman and current member of the ICS Golf Tournament Committee.
Among his many activities and accomplishments, he was past President of the Ayer, Harvard and Shirley Rotary Club, the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, and was a board member of Nashoba Deaconess Hospital. He was also a former board member of the North Middlesex Savings Bank, the New England Ford Dealers Council, the Devens Enterprise Commission and AUSA (Association of the U.S. Army).
A former member of the Board of Trustees of Saints Medical Center, he was a longtime member of Vesper Country Club where he also served on the Executive Committee. He was also a member of both Long Meadow Golf Club and the Lanam Club in Andover.
A humble and private supporter of his church and his community, Steve never sought recognition for his efforts, but was nonetheless honored with the first ever Immaculate Conception Distinguished Alumni Award, the Lowell Catholic High School Bishop McNamara Award, the Archdiocese of Boston Cheverus Award and several other accolades from the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to his wife Maureen, Mr. Gervais is survived by three sons Stephen L. Gervais, Jr. and his wife Alison (Fisher) of Lowell, MA, Michael D. Gervais and his wife Samantha (Andersen) of Ayer, MA and John F. Gervais and his wife Jennifer (Brennan) of Groton, MA; six grandchildren, Catherine and James of Lowell, Sophia and Olivia of Ayer and Jacqueline and Jacob of Groton; two step-grandchildren Taylor and Joseph Panarelli of Ayer; two sisters Janet (Gervais) Reilly of Peterborough, NH and Judith (Gervais) Pfeiffer and her husband Melvin of Amherst, NH; a brother, Robert V. Gervais and his wife Ann (Reilly) of Lowell; sisters-in-law Norma (Kenyon) Gervais of Chelmsford, and Eleanor (Reardon) Sullivan, of Lowell; a brother-in-law James F. Reardon of Dracut, MA; a cousin Paul Gervais and his partner, Gil Cohen of Lucca, Italy; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
He was also brother of the late John J. Gervais, Jr., Phillip Gervais and David Gervais and brother-in-law of the late David A. Reilly and the late Miriam (O’Brien) Gervais.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 7 P.M. Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Tuesday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (lower church) in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Steve’s honor to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, 3 Fayette St, Lowell, MA 01852 or the D’Youville Foundation, 981 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854 or Circle Home Health & Hospice, 336 Central St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Gregory J. Murphy
Beloved brother and uncle;
Gregory J. Murphy, 63, of Lowell, died Wednesday, January 14th at his residence.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 8, 1951, the son of the late Thomas F. Murphy, Sr. and the late Helena (Byrt) Murphy, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1969. He then went on to attend Lowell State College (now known as U-Mass Lowell).
Greg was currently employed as an Information Specialist in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, having worked there for over 15 years. Prior to that, he was a sales manager with Sterling Electronics in Waltham.
A sports enthusiast, Greg was an avid Boston fan whose knowledge and interests went well beyond Boston sports.
An expert 45’s player, he especially enjoyed playing with his family and friends.
He was a lifelong communicant of St. Margaret Church in Lowell.
Greg is survived by a sister Kathleen Akashian and her husband Bruce of Lowell; three brothers Thomas F. Murphy, Jr., Garry P. Murphy and his wife Norma and Kevin J. Murphy and his wife Ann, all of Lowell; and six nieces and nephews; Brian, Kerry, and Brendan Akashian, Jason and Matthew Blodgett, and Kevin Thomas Murphy; several grand nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. His funeral will take place from the Funeral home Saturday morning at 9:30 o’clock followed by a Celebration of Life at ST. MARGARET CHURCH at 10:30 o’clock. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. E-condolence/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Thomas F. and Helena B. Murphy Scholarship Fund at LHS, 50 Fr. Morrissette Blvd., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane. (978 or 866) 458-8768.
James J. Stagnone, M.D.
James J. Stagnone, MD passed away on January 5, 2015 at the age of 82. He was born in Lowell, MA on Sept 23, 1932, the third of five sons to parents Joseph and Helen (Finnegan) Stagnone. Jim lived most of his life in Albuquerque, NM where he practiced dermatology from 1969 to 1994. He was a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of New Mexico Medical School, where each of his four sons also graduated. He devoted his medical skills and vast experience to the teaching of medical students and residents and, upon retirement, he donated his medical building to the UNM Department of Dermatology. The James J. Stagnone MD Building is now home to the Department of Dermatology and provides clinical space for the Division of Plastic Surgery at UNM.
Jim was a scholar, athlete and renaissance man and excelled at every goal he set. He was the president of his high school class, captain of his high school football team and president of his fraternity at Bowdoin, where he also played football as a pre-medical student. He went on to Yale for medical school, graduating in 1959 and later joined the United States Army for a professional career in active military service until 1969 and then continued his service in the United States Army Reserves for another ten years, where he retired as a full Colonel. Although a scholar and passionate lover of people, travel and the finer things in life, his greatest happiness came from his family and their shared love of the great outdoors. He ran numerous marathons and "collected" trophies in golf and skiing. He was a member of the Albuquerque Country Club for over 30 years where he forged countless friendships and enjoyed a wonderful celebration at the end of his medical career. Upon his retirement from his daily medical practice in 1994, he moved to his beloved Taos each winter where, as a Certified Phase II Instructor, he taught skiing for the sheer love of people, sport and the joy of giving to others. This continued until 2004 when time began to catch up and overtake his ability to conquer the mountain. During his entire time with the ski school, he continued to provide medical care free to all he could help.
Once the reality of Parkinson's disease could no longer be ignored, Jim moved to Olympia, WA to be near three of his sons, David (Dave) a physician specializing in Radiology in Olympia, WA, Edward (Ted) an Engineer with Daimler in Portland, OR and James Jr. (Jay), an engineer with Hewlett Packard in White Salmon, WA. His fourth son Gregory (Greg) is a plastic surgeon in Dallas, TX. Jim was a best friend and cherished mentor to each of his sons. As one of five children, and himself having four sons of his own, his survivors include a nearly countless number of cousins, nieces, nephews and "grandpeople" but most closely include his sons Jay, Greg, Ted and Dave, daughters in law Ellen, Misty and Karen, his grandchildren Nick, Kaitlyn, Natalie, Caleigh and Caiden and his brothers Dan, Lou, Joe and Frank. Jim's family began missing him as Parkinson's disease slowly took away his participation in the life he so embraced. They now let go with love, thanks and true appreciation for the lessons in kindness, the support and the loving guidance he shared with so many in his 82 years of a life truly well lived.
There will be a Celebration of Jim's life at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015 at FRENCH-Wyoming. Private family burial with military honors by the United States Army will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. For local condolences please go to www.odonnellfuneralhome.com.