John G. “Jack” Flood
loving husband, brother and uncle; WW II Vet, 91
John G. “Jack” Flood, 91, of Lowell, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 25th at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband for 25 years of Sharron Newell, who survives him.
He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 18, 1922, one of five children of the late Patrick and the late Sabina (Cromey) Flood. He attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1942. Several months after the start of WW II, at the age of 17, Jack enlisted in the U.S Army.
Assigned, as a lone scout, to the 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion, Jack saw combat in North Africa, landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day, fought in Rötgen/Hürtgen Forest region (the Forgotten Battle) in October of 1944, and was deployed in the early days of the Battle of the Bulge to stop the German advance. Jack was the recipient of a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, Three Purple Hearts, and the Croix de Guerre, from both Belgium and France.
Before retiring, Jack was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a Mail Carrier for over 32 years.
Devoted to his church, Jack was a lifelong parishioner of St. Patrick Church in Lowell where he volunteered his time and services.
An active person his entire life, Jack enjoyed working around his home and gardens and taking trips to Ireland with his wife. He also shared a great love of horses and dogs.
In addition to his wife Sharron, Jack is survived by two sisters Helen A. Byrne of Lowell and Mary M. Vinton of Lowell; three nephews and a niece C. Emmett Byrne, Jr. and his wife Kathy, John P. Byrne and his wife Sharon, Michael J. Byrne all of Lowell and Sheila O’Hagan and her husband Thomas of Las Vegas, NV; as well as many grandnieces and grandnephews.
Jack was also the brother of the late Thomas Flood, the late Henry Flood and was uncle of the late Thomas Flood and the late Thomas Byrne.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 5 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass Friday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Patrick School, 311 Adams St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Derrick Steven O’Neill
Beloved father, son and brother
Derrick Steven O’Neill, age 32, of Tyngsborough and a member of a well known Greater Lowell family, passed away Friday August 23, 2013 in Tyngsborough.
He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 23, 1980.
Beloved by his parents, Steven and Vicki (Pissinis) O’Neill of Tyngsborough, Derrick attended the Ste Jeanne d’Arc School and Lowell Catholic.
Derrick had previously worked as a driver for Albert H. Notini and Sons in Lowell.
Derrick had several interests but his true love and joy was
the time he spent with his son Matthew.
In addition to his parents, Derrick is survived by his best buddy - his son Matthew Derrick O’Neill of Tyngsborough; his brother and best friend Jarred O'Neill and his wife Kristine (Szulga) O'Neill of Chelmsford; sisters Ashley O'Neill and Stephanie O'Neill of Tyngsborough; Matthew's mother Ana Alcantara of Tyngsborough; paternal grandparents John and Connie O'Neill of Tyngsborough and maternal grandfather John Pissinis of Tilton,NH. He also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.
Derrick is predeceased by his maternal grandmothers Beverly Gearty and Carol Pissinis.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass Thursday morning at ST. RITA CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial in the Edson Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Matthew D. O’Neill Educational Fund, c/o Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank,34 John St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. .
Rita (Gilbert) Proulx
Former Public Relations secretary, Saints Medical;
Rita (Gilbert) Proulx, 87, of Lowell, formerly of Dunstable, died Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at Palm Manor Nursing Home in Chelmsford. She was the beloved wife of the late Gerard E. Proulx, whom passed away January 19th of this year and with whom she had enjoyed 66 years of marriage.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 17, 1926, the daughter of the late Leonard and the late Ida (Gamache) Gilbert, she attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School.
Rita spent most of her professional career at St. John’s Hospital (now known as Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus) where she worked as a Secretary in the Public Relations Department for over 20 years.
She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in North Chelmsford. She was also a member of the Ladies of St. John’s and the AARP.
Rita is survived by her son Paul G. Proulx and his wife Virginia of Toms River, NJ; her two sister in laws Gertrude Lampron of Dracut, MA and Helen Breault and her husband Raymond of Lowell, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 5 to 7 P.M. Tuesday. Her funeral will take place from the funeral home Wednesday morning at 9:00 o’clock followed by her Funeral Mass at ST. JOHN the EVANGELIST CHURCH in N. Chelmsford at 10:00 o’clock. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Mary Anne Walsh
Mary Anne Walsh, 98, a lifelong resident of the City, died Saturday morning August 24, 2013, the day before her 99th birthday, at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 25, 1914, the daughter of the late Charles E. and the late Katherine A. (Calnin) Walsh, she attended St. Patrick’s Girls School and the Academy of Notre Dame.
Prior to her retirement, Mary worked as an Office Clerk at J.P. Stevens Company for many years.
A lifelong communicant of St. Margaret Church in Lowell, she also was a member of the Blessed Virgin Sodality of her parish.
Mary is survived by her nieces and nephews Shirley Wilkinson and her husband Charles of West Hartford, CT, Nancy Methot and her husband Daniel of East Granby, CT, Katherine M. Walsh and her husband Larry Murphy of Hampton, NH; her niece in law Carol Walsh of Kennebunkport, ME; many grandnieces and grandnephews; and her cousin Eleanor May Walsh of Lowell.
She was also the sister of the late John K. Walsh, the late William R. Walsh and the late Charles E. Walsh.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher Tuesday morning from 8:30 to 9:00 A.M. Her Funeral Mass will follow at ST. MARGARET CHURCH at 9:30 A.M. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com.. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Merrimack River Valley House, 520 Fletcher St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.