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Thomas Michael MacLeod, Sr. Print E-mail

Thomas Michael MacLeod, Sr.

Thomas Michael MacLeod, Sr. age 84, of Lowell, died peacefully on April 14, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Mildred Rae (Elliott) MacLeod with whom he would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 7, 1934, a son of the late John and the late Catherine (Harrington) MacLeod, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1953.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Tom proudly served his country during peacetime. Tom received an Associate’s Degree from Northeastern University and attended several business courses at Boston University. Before retiring in 2011, Tom was employed as Director of Contract Administration, International Trade Compliance and Sales Administration at TCG in Tewksbury, MA for many years.

In addition to his wife Rae, Tom is survived by a daughter Karen Parnell of Boxborough; MA; three sons Thomas MacLeod, Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Tewksbury, MA, Mark W. MacLeod and his wife Susan of Dracut, MA and Stephen MacLeod and his wife Kirsten of Pelham, NH; eight grandchildren; one sister Marion MacLeod of Lowell, MA; a brother Paul MacLeod and his wife Molly of Vancouver, WA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also predeceased his brothers the late John MacLeod, Richard MacLeod who died in 2014 and sister Elizabeth Nelligan who died in 2018.

In accordance of Tom’s wishes, there will be no calling hours and Funeral Services will be held privately. E-condolences at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s memory to Richard W. Nesto, M.D. Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – Lowell – (978) 458-8768.



Charles L. (Reardon) Wells Print E-mail

Charles L. (Reardon) Wells

Beloved husband, Brother and Friend

Charles L. “Chuck” (Reardon) Wells 81, died Tuesday April 9, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Carlton F. Wells.

Chuck was born on April 3, 1938 and raised in Lowell, the son of the late Thomas F. and the late Jeanne J. (Barry) Reardon. He graduated from St. Joseph Grammar School and St. Joseph High School in Lowell.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Chuck proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army

Before his retirement, he worked for many years as a knitter for Joan Fabrics.  

Besides his husband, Charles is survived by his brother Thomas F. Reardon of Dracut, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased siblings, Claire Evans, Jeanne Reardon and Paul Reardon.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 10 to 11 A.M. Monday morning. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday at the Immaculate Conception Church at 11: 30 A.M. Interment will be private. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Pulmonary Rehab Dept., Lowell General Hospital (Saints Campus) c/o the Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave. , MA, 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

John "Jock" Howard Pearson, Jr. Print E-mail

John "Jock" Howard Pearson, Jr.


John “Jock” Howard Pearson, Jr., 69, of Lowell, MA died on April 7, 2019 surrounded by his family.  Born in Lowell, Jock was an accomplished patent attorney, builder, banker, civic leader, and philanthropist.  He graduated from the Belvedere School, Cardigan Mountain School, Worcester Academy, University of Hartford (B.A. 1972), and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 1975). 

Jock was a senior partner with the law firm of Pearson & Pearson LLP, an intellectual property and business law firm founded in 1901 by Jock’s grandfather.  He was president of Gateway Center Corporation, and he and Nels Palm built the Gateway Center, the first “new” building in Lowell since the Beatles were famous.  Jock served as President of Butler Bank for over 30 years and helped thousands of people achieve their dreams. 

Jock served on the board of Cardigan Mountain School for 25 years, acting as both Chairman and President during that time.  In recognition of his service the school dedicated a dormitory, the Pearson House, in his honor.  Jock served as Chairman of the Board of Lowell General Hospital and of the American Textile History Museum.  He received the American Textile History Museum Community Service Award and the Merrimack Repertory Theater’s Paul E. Tsongas Award. 

Jock treasured his family.  He is survived by his wife the Hon. Barbara Savitt Pearson, daughter Ginger Bailey Pearson, son John Howard Pearson III, granddaughter Bailey Pearson Burke, sister Sally Pearson and brother-in-law Skip Millier, niece Samantha Millier and her husband, Michael Balestra, and nephew Gunnar Millier.

A private celebration of life will be held in Jock’s honor.  Internment will take place at the Hildreth Family Cemetery in Dracut. 

Special thanks to the amazing doctors and nurses at York Hospital and Brigham and Women’s.

Donations may be made to Lowell General Hospital or Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH in Jock’s honor.

Joseph D. Meehan Print E-mail


Beloved father, grandfather, husband, and community leader

       Joseph Dominic Meehan, 78, a life-long Lowell resident, CPA, tax consultant, retired federal government auditor, dedicated community activist, and leader of the Greater Lowell YMCA, passed away peacefully at Brigham & Women’s Hospital after a brief illness, surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, April 4th, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Nancy M. (Mellen) Meehan who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on July 12, 2018.
       Born and raised in Lowell, MA on May 29, 1940, he was the son of the late Joseph D. and the late Agnes B. (Burns) Meehan. He attended Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Lowell High School in 1957 where he was a track star. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Merrimack College in 1963, and achieved certification as a Certified Public Accountant in 1976. He continued to maintain his certification throughout his life.
       Joe was employed by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) of the United States Department of Defense as a contract auditor for 35 years, providing audit and financial advisory services to the Department of Defense and federal entities responsible for acquisition and contract administration. After retiring from the DCAA, he worked as a Master Tax Preparer at H&R Block for 17 years until 2018, and continued to provide tax preparation and consultative services for many friends, colleagues, and family members until his death.
       Mr. Meehan was an active contributor to several local philanthropic and community organizations. Closest to his heart was the Greater Lowell YMCA, where he was a loyal and enthusiastic member for almost 70 years. Joe joined the board of trustees in 1990, served as board chair from 1994-1997, and assumed many leadership roles including treasurer, vice-president and president. He was a key leader in the initiative to purchase 38 acres in Dunstable for YMCA Camp Massapoag in 2010. He relished being part of a team that provides opportunities for children to build character and self-confidence through outdoor experiential learning. In addition to his community work, he was a regular opinion column contributor to the Lowell Sun, as well as a practicing poet. Mr. Meehan authored two books of poetry, Radiation Residuals (2011) and Four Seasons, forthcoming in May 2019.
       His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends, enjoying memorable family trips to Aruba, Nantucket, England, and Seabrook Beach, as well as attending his grandchildren’s soccer, basketball, baseball and softball games, recitals, and theatrical productions. He enjoyed daily long brisk runs and walks through the streets of Lowell as well as countless evenings with his beloved wife and friends at his favorite Lowell restaurant, The Four Seasons.
       In addition to his wife Nancy with whom he shared 49 wonderfully happy years of marriage, he is survived by his daughter Emily K. Meehan and son-in-law Matt W. Miller of Exeter, NH, two grandchildren Delaney G. Miller and Joseph R. Miller, his nephew Scott Keith, and his brother-in-law Albert Keith.
       He was also the brother-in-law of the deceased Rosemary Keith and father of the deceased infant son, Joseph P. Meehan.
  Joe’s boundless energy, passion for life, sense of humor, infectious laughter, and genuine kindness toward others, will be sadly missed by his adoring family, many friends, colleagues, and neighbors.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences at  Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Greater Lowell YMCA, 35 YMCA Drive, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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