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Ruth D. Burns Print E-mail

Ruth D. Burns

Loving mother and grandmother;

Ruth D. (I’Anson) Burns, 89, for many years a resident  of the Pawtucketville section of Lowell, died Thursday April 9th 2015 at Lowell General Hospital.

She was the wife of the late Philip G. Burns who died in 1995.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 5, 1926, the daughter of the late Harold and the late Hazel (Muldoon) I’Anson, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

Prior to her retirement, Ruth was a secretary in the Clerk’s office at the Lowell District Court where she worked for over 25 years. Previously, she also worked at the former Courier Citizen in Lowell.

She was a communicant of St. Rita Church in Lowell.

Ruth had several interests among them, going to bingo, playing keno and trips to Foxwoods with family and friends. She was also a member of the Women’s Auxilliary for the V.F.W. Walker Roger’s Post 662 in Lowell.

However, her favorite time was spent with her children and their families.

Ruth is surived by two daughters Beverly Bourque of Brookline, NH and Brenda Bellerose of Winchester; her son Bruce P. Burns of Lowell; 11 grandchildren Donald L. Bourque , Jr. and his wife Michele, Eric Bourque, Robert E, Burns, Jr., Kelly Burns, Douglas Burns and his wife Crystal Derek Burns and his wife Jen, Heather Slane and her husband Trevor, Philip Bellerose, Tami and her husband Scott and her husband Robert Lee, Angie Estright and Bruce P. Burns, Jr.; her sister Joan Palavras and her husband James of Chelmsford; three sister-in-laws Ruth I’Anson of Chelmsford, Margaret Burns of Dracut and Beatrice Burns of South Carolina; a brother-in-law Walter Burns of Lowell.

She was also the mother of the late Robert E. Burns, grandmother of the late Beau James Bellerose and sister of the late Harold I’Anson.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Tuesday morning at St. Rita Church in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial to follow at the Lowell Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 or 866) 458-8768. 

Dr. Edward J. Farley Print E-mail

Dr. Edward J. Farley


Life-long Lowell resident; Retired Tewksbury School Administrator

Lowell—Dr. Edward J. Farley, 87, joined his beloved wife in heaven on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.  For 56 years he was the devoted husband of Margaret “Peggy” (Griffin) Farley, who predeceased him in 2011.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 6, 1927, the son of the late John and Emma (Vachon) Farley, he was known as a kind, patient and gentle man who was deeply loved and respected.
As a lifelong learner and educator, Ed spent much of his life in educational pursuits. His early education was at St. Patrick Boys School in Lowell and then on to Miramar Seminary in Duxbury, MA.  Following graduation, he entered the novitiate in Techny, Illinois and attended St. Paul’s College in Iowa.  Ed then returned to Lowell to complete his undergraduate degree in English at Merrimack College.
Upon graduating from Merrimack College, Ed served his country in the United States Army 261st Signal Company.  Following his military service, he was grateful to be able to further his education through the GI Bill. He earned his Masters Degree in Education in Public School Administration from Boston College. He continued his studies while teaching and raising his children and earned his Doctor of Education degree from Boston University.
Ed began his classroom teaching in 1955 at Varnum Junior High School in Lowell and continued on to Lowell High School as a Latin and mathematics teacher.  In 1959, he began his proud 31-year administrative career in the Tewksbury School System and served as Principal of Tewksbury Junior High School, Principal of the Heath Brook School and as Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Curriculum and Instruction from 1965 until his retirement in 1990.
Upon his retirement, Ed combined his love of church, learning and education by becoming a founding member and later President of the Massachusetts Chapter of International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS). He was a scholar of ITMS for over 20 years and amassed a large library of works of Thomas Merton. In 2001, Ed was honored to receive The ITMS Society Award for Distinguished Service.  He was also an active member of LIRA (Learning in Retirement Association at UMASS Lowell). Ed and his wife traveled the country in the Elder Hostel program.
Ed was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Parish and later Immaculate Conception Parish. He was a choir member and, with his wife, led younger couples in Pre Cana and Marriage Encounter. In his final months he attended Mass at the D’Youville Senior Center Chapel. 
A loving father, Ed, is survived by his seven children: Margaret Lombardi and her husband Norman of Tyngsboro, MA; Edward Farley, Jr. and his wife Robin of Tewksbury, MA; Maura Farley and her husband John of Lexington, SC; Kathleen Vargeletis and her husband Richard of Ashby, MA; Sheila Gibbons and her husband Michael of Derry, NH; Daniel Farley and his wife Suzanne of Mooresville, NC; and Thomas Farley and his wife Karlene of Lowell, MA.
Also surviving him are his 16 grandchildren: Allison and Steven Lombardi; Robert and Corie Farley; Grace, Rosemary and John Farley; Emily, James and Brendan Vargeletis; Anne, Mary, William and Daniel Gibbons; Ryan and Elizabeth Farley.  Ed is also survived by his brothers: Francis Farley of Yarmouth, MA; Fr. John Farley SVD, of Techny, IL; his sister Sr. Joan Farley SND of Manchester, CT and three nieces and two nephews.  His sister Lillian Farley of Lowell, MA, predeceased him in 2012.
Ed’s family would like to thank the staff of D’Youville Senior Center, Commonwealth Nursing, Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health Hospice for their exceptional love and care.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday 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 Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, 3 Fayette St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.


Lawrence R. "Larry" Martin Print E-mail

Lawrence R. “Larry” Martin

Former Dean of Admissions U/Mass Lowell; well known area golfer;

Lawrence R. “Larry” Martin, 81, of Lowell, died Sunday, April 5th at his home. He was the husband for 48 years of Margaret L. “Maggie” (Brennan) Martin who survives him.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 3, 1934, he was the son of the late Lawrence S. and the late Helen (Bagley) Martin. He was the sixth of seven children and as he liked to point out, the only red head.
Larry served as an altar boy at the Immaculate Conception Church and later attended Keith Academy where he was an unlikely basketball star and an “end-man” in their famous minstrel shows. After serving in the Marines during the Korean War, he used the GI bill to complete his BS from Boston College (59’) and later his Masters in education administration from Salem State College.
After a short stint as a golf pro, Larry joined Lowell Technological Institute as an Admissions Officer. Thirty years later he retired as the Dean of Admissions from UMASS Lowell. During those years he guided many students toward their graduation and successful careers.
Throughout his life, Larry was involved in public service including serving as a Lowell City Councilor, Chairman of the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, and a board member of the Lowell City Tournament Committee and The Owl Diner Charities. In election years he could be seen at the Reilly School holding campaign signs to support his daughter Connie’s School Committee bid.
Known as “Red” on the golf course, his achievements include seven Lowell City Tournament Championships and 14 Vesper Club Championships. His many wins in the Vesper Father/Daughter tournaments are less known but were equally highly prized.
After his retirement, Larry spent most mornings sitting at his regular table at the Owl Diner arguing about local politics, solving the world’s problems with his large circle of friends, many of whom he’d known since grade school. During his final days Larry enjoyed visits from his family and many good friends.
In addition to his wife Maggie, Larry is survived by two daughters Connie A. Martin and Leslie A.  Martin and her husband Matthew Fleming all of Lowell; a sister Mary M. Sayer of Lowell; and a sister-in-law Ruth Martin of Hudson, NH. He was also a favorite uncle to his many nieces and nephews.
He was also brother of the late Ellen L. Martin, the late Ann Keller, the late Alice Bishop, the late John B. Martin and the late Robert Martin.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Friday 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 For anyone wishing to make a donation in Larry's memory , a contribution to his favorite charity would be appreciated. The Owl Diner Charities, c/o To Shanahan, 244 Appleton St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.


John L. O'Neill Print E-mail

John L. O’Neill

decorated World War II Veteran 

John L. O’Neill, 88, of Tyngsboro, former longtime resident of the Pawtucketville section of Lowell, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Northwood Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Lowell. He was the beloved husband of the late Constance F. “Connie” O’Neill who died May 26, 2014.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on June 22, 1926, the son of the late Julia (Nealon) (O’Neill) Richardson and step son of the late George Richardson, John received his education in the Lowell school system and was a 2010 graduate of the Greater Lowell Technical High School. 

A decorated World War II veteran, John enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee on October 29, 1943. He served in the Aleutian Islands where he assisted with building bases and Quonset huts, bulldozing and paving miles of roadway and airstrips. He was discharged in 1946.

John met his wife, Connie Bello, in Pawtucketville when they were both kids. The two married on September 8, 1946 and were able to spend 67 wonderful years together. They enjoyed frequenting their favorite restaurants and taking trips with the Lowell Senior Citizens. 

Before retiring in 1985, John worked at the Lowell Gas Company as a meter reader where he played an integral role in starting their union.

Among his many hobbies, John was an avid coin collector; he also loved putting around his workshop building hope chests, and custom made necklaces, among other things. After Connie, John's second love was spending time with his family.

John is survived by three sons Steven P. O’Neill and his wife Vicki of Tyngsboro, MA, John L. O’Neill and his wife Kelly of Ashby, MA and Anthony J. O’Neill and his wife Jeanne of Lowell, MA; seven grandchildren Jarred O’Neill and his wife Kristine, Ashley O’Neill, Stephanie O’Neill, Thomas Burke, Julia O’Neill, Timothy O’Neill and Molly O’Neill; a great-grandson Matthew O’Neill and his mother Ana Alcantara; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his beloved cat Tinkerbell.

He was grandfather to the late Derrick S. O’Neill and brother of the late Lillian Angove 

The family wishes to give thanks to the wonderful nurses and staff at Northwood Rehabilitation & Health Care Center who provided John with exceptional care. 

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 3 to 7 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at ST. RITA CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.  E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Alzheimer's Association can log on to
or send checks c/o Alzheimer's Association to 480 Pleasant Street Watertown, MA 02472 with a note indicating team leader Stephanie O'Neill as part of "Grammy and Papa's Gang."  Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.



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