Obituaries Notices
Bertrand H. "Red" Durgin, III Print E-mail

Bertrand H. “Red” Durgin, III

Lifelong Lowell Resident, Korean War Veteran, 86
 
 Bertrand H. Durgin, III, 86, of Lowell and recently of Braintree, MA, peacefully left us on his birthday, Saturday, April 25th, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton. Beloved husband of the late Sophie (Kalogeropoulos) Durgin who died October 23, 1983, he was a loving and dedicated father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. 
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on April 25th, 1929, the son of the late Bertrand H., Jr. and Mary (McNamara) Durgin, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School, Class of 1946. He also attended Lowell Technical Institute (now known as UMass-Lowell) where he studied Chemistry.
 A veteran of the Korean War, Bert proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force. His career with Joan Fabrics, Inc. of Lowell as a Traffic Manager spanned over 35 years where he also enjoyed participating in the company bowling league. His greatest passions were his family, especially his grandchildren and movies and musicals of the 1940’s, especially those featuring Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. He also enjoyed his beloved New England sports teams, especially the Boston Red Sox. His contagious smile, sense of humor and humility, along with his love of the Catholic faith and willingness to help those in need, were truly an inspiration to all.  
 Bert is survived by a daughter, Mary K. (Durgin) McCarthy, and her husband Brian of Henrico, VA; a son, John C. Durgin and his wife Maureen (Gralton) Durgin of Quincy, MA; five grandchildren, Lauren McCarthy, Timothy Durgin, Daniel McCarthy, Bridget Durgin and Eileen Durgin; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Mary (Durgin) Ross and the late Katherine Durgin.
 Heartfelt thanks to the staff and residents at Sunrise of Braintree, Assisted Living for their exceptional care and friendship.
 Relatives and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9 to 10:30 A.M. Friday. His Funeral Mass will follow at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the St. Patrick Church Renovation and Restoration Fund, 282 Suffolk St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.  
 
Phillip F. O'Brien, Jr. Print E-mail

Phillip F. O’Brien, Jr.

 
 Phillip F. O’Brien, Jr., 73, a well known resident of Tyngsboro, died Wednesday, April 22nd at Lowell General Hospital with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of the late Phyllis V. (Gilchrest) O’Brien who died May 13, 2006.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 7, 1941, the son of the late Phillip F. O’Brien, Sr. and the late Eileen E. (Nichols) O’Brien, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1959.
 After retiring from General Motors in Framingham, Phil established and was owner and operator of Borough Sewer Service and O’Brien Transportation both in Tyngsboro. Most recently he worked as a school bus driver with North Reading Transportation based in Dracut.
 An active member in his town government, he was also currently employed as an Assessor with the Town of Tyngsborough for over 30 years. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Tyngsboro Senior Center.
 Among his many enjoyments, Phil was an avid New England sports fan, especially of the Bruins and Patriots. He also loved traveling, in particular to Marco Island in Florida. He was a member of the Tyngsboro Sportsman’s Club as well as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in town.
 Phil is survived by a daughter Darleen A. Charland and her husband Roland of Dracut, MA; a son Daniel M. O’Brien and his wife Lynn of Tyngsboro, MA; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister Patricia A. Ciampa and her husband Joseph of Merrimack, NH; an aunt Virginia Gattenby of Lowell, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
 He was also father of the late Colleen M. O’Brien who died September 7, 2008.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. MARY MAGDALEN CHURCH in Tyngsboro at 9 o’clock. Burial in Tyngsboro Memorial Cemetery.  E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to S.T.E.P. (Special Teams for Exceptional People), P.O. Box 8857, Lowell, MA 01853. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 
 
Thomas F. Craib Print E-mail

Thomas F. Craib

Beloved father, grandfather and brother;
 
 Thomas F. Craib, 54, of Lowell, but formerly of Nashua, NH, died Monday April 20th at Lowell General Hospital after a brief illness.
  Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 9, 1960, the son of the late William F. and the late Barbara A. (Rourke) Craib, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Greater Lowell Vocational Technical High School in 1978.
  For over 37 years, Tom was a milk man delivery driver for Garelick Farms in Lynn, Massachusetts.
  A sports enthusiast who loved NASCAR, the Patriots, Red Sox and country music, he also enjoyed the outdoors. However what gave him the most pleasure was time spent with his family, especially, his children, grandchildren and sisters.
  Tom is survived by three daughters Katie A. Kelley and her husband Christopher of Fort Hood, TX, Robyn L Craib of Nashua, NH and Melissa S. Boff and her husband Kenneth of Nashua, NH; three grandchildren Ayden Craib, Ava Boff and Brody Craib; three sisters Linda DeMont and her husband Donald of Lowell, Kristine “Tina” Duchesne and her husband Steven of Mont Vernon, NH and Charlene Toohey and her husband Michael of Salem, NH; two nieces and a nephew Deborah Michaud, Jennifer Duchesne and Nicholas Michaud; and an aunt Mary Donnelly of Lowell. He is also survived by his former wife Donna M. Craib of Nashua, NH,
  He was also the uncle of the late Tabatha Michaud.
  Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Celebration of Life Gathering at O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Committal Services will be private. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to  the Lowell General Hospital Teamwalk for Cancer Care, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.

 
Evanthea "Eva" Phasoulas Print E-mail

Evanthea “Eva” Phasoulas

A legacy of service, over 30,000 volunteer hours with Community Teamwork, Inc.

Evanthea “Eva” Phasoulas, 96, a lifelong resident of the Acre Section of Lowell, died Friday, April 17th at Heritage Nursing Center in Lowell.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Peter and the late Panagiota “Penny” (Kazis) Phasoulas, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

Before retiring, Eva was employed as a waitress at the former Epicure Restaurant, a downtown Lowell landmark at the time. Previously, during World War II, she worked at the Remington Armory where she loaded bullets for our servicemen.

She was a member of the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Lowell and of the Philoptochos Society.

Dedicated to others, Eva donated much of her time to several charitable and service organizations throughout her life highlighted by over 30,000 volunteer hours through Community Teamwork, Inc. in Lowell

Among her many activities, Eva was former President of the Army and Navy Auxiliary, a member of the Lowell Senior Citizen’s Center, was a volunteer at the Merrimack Repertory Theater, the Lowell Memorial Auditorium and the Coalition for a Better Acre.

Eva is survived by several nieces and nephews; several grand nieces and nephews; her close friend and caregiver for over 15 years Lynne Brown – Zounes and her family, her dear friend Beverly Ghareeb all of Lowell.

She was also sister of the late Mary Soukaras, Anna Girouard and Charles Phasoulas.  

Relatives and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 10 A.M. to 11:45 A.M. Tuesday morning. Her Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home immediately following visitation at 12 o’clock. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers,  contributions in her memory to the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 62 Lewis St, Lowell, MA 01854 or Community Teamwork, Inc.
155 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 

 
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