John E. Grissett
Former owner of 4 Star Construction;
John E. Grissett, 68, of Lowell, died Wednesday January 20th at Wingate at Belvidere in Lowell after a period of failing health.
Born in Freeport, Texas, December 8, 1947, the son of the late Earl and the late Catherine (McCormack) Grissett, John attended Billerica schools and was a graduate of Billerica High School in 1965.
John was the former owner and operator for 4 Star Construction in Amesbury, MA.
He is survived by a sister Bonnie J. Grissett of Lowell; two brothers Peter J. Grissett of Lowell and James Grissett and his wife Kim of Allentown, NH; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Thomas Grissett.
Private Funeral Services will be held at a later date. E-condolences at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Evelyn M. Ferron
Beloved sister, aunt, grandaunt and friend;
Evelyn M. Ferron, 82, a longtime resident of the Pawtucketville section of Lowell, she died peacefully in her sleep at home, Tuesday, January 26th, following a lengthy period of health challenges .
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 11, 1933, the daughter of the late Alfred and the late Beatrice (Rocheleau) Ferron, she received her education in the Lowell school system.
Before retiring, Evelyn was employed as a Supervisor with the former Cardinal Shoe in Lawrence.
Previously, she worked at Grace Shoe and Robbie Shoe, both in Lowell. She worked a combined 55 years with all 3 companies.
During her retirement, she worked at LaFountain’s Variety Store on University Avenue in Lowell for several years until their closing.
Evelyn is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and a great grandniece; and her dear friends Constance Noel of Lowell and Joanne and Frank LaFountain of Florida.
She was the sister of the late Joseph A. Ferron, Jr. and the late Rita M. Duchesne and her husband the late Louis P. Duchesne.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 4 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Committal Prayers on Monday morning at St. Joseph Cemetery Chapel in Chelmsford at 10 o’clock. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Care Center c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Frances A. Ellis
Frances A. Ellis, 89, of Chelmsford, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 13th at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell. She was the beloved wife of George H. Ellis who survives her and with whom she celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on October 8, 2015.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 7, 1926, the daughter of the late Elmer F. and the late Annabelle (Bryant) Haight, she received her education in the New Orleans school system.
Before retiring, Frances was employed as an Inspector with Raytheon Corporation in South Lowell for over 35 years.
She was a long time member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell.
In addition to her husband, Frances is survived by her half-brother Frank Haight as well as several nieces and nephews.
In accordance with her wishes, there were no calling hours and her Funeral Service was held privately. Burial took place in the family lot at Westlawn Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Bowers St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978 or 866) 458-8768.
James T. Keefe, Jr.
well known local businessman
James T. Keefe Jr., 86, a former longtime and well known Lowell resident, died Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, NH.
He was the husband of the late Blanche A. (Deveau) (Donovan) Keefe and was predeceased by his first wife, Therese (Bourgeois) Keefe who died in 1989.
Born in Hartford, CT on February 20th, 1929, the only child of the late James T. and the late Catherine (Cogger) Keefe, he spent his early childhood with his parents in the Highlands section of Lowell on Pine Street where he attended St. Margaret's School before moving later on to the Pawtucketville section of Lowell, MA and went on to graduate from Lowell High School in 1946.
An Eagle Scout Commendation from the Boy Scouts of America, Jim went on to attend Bowdoin College where he graduated in 3 years with a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Chemistry in 1949. At Bowdoin he was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity.
A veteran of the Korean War, he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953.
Jim then went to work at Upjohn through 1956, Grace Chemical until 1961 before starting the James T. Keefe Company in 1961, a Graphic Arts dealership located first on Jackson Street and then moved to Perkins Street in Lowell. He later merged his company with DM Products of Rockland, MA where he was President from 1979 to 1995. He continued in Sales for several Graphic Arts Dealerships, and shared office space with his son Ray since 1986, until stricken with Parkinson's Disease in 2010.
He spent his winters with his second wife, Blanche in Highland Beach, FL to whom he was married for thirty years until she passed away in 2007.
Jim was on the Board of Directors for the Boston Litho Club from 1962 through 1966 and was President of the D'Youville Manor from 1969 to 1970. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Lowell Chamber of Commerce from 1966 to 1969 and a member of the Catholic Charities Bureau in 1970. Jim was a member of the AA Fellowship for 39 years and helped hundreds of members along the way by sponsoring new members and speaking at meetings all over the region. He was truly loved in that Fellowship. He was a past Patriot and Bruins Season ticket holder and attended the Masters Golf Tournament as a guest of his dear friend Jim Cook of Concord, NH for over ten years. He loved all sports and was a member of Vesper Country Club for sixty-seven years.
Jim is survived by a daughter Ellen M. Johnston and her husband Scott of Lowell, MA; two sons James T. Keefe III of Honolulu, HI and Raymond C. Keefe and his wife Lisa of Hollis, NH; eight grandchildren Gregory Keefe of Dracut, MA, Jackie Keefe of Montana, James, Casey and Lainey Johnston all of Lowell, MA; Tanner Keefe of Silver Spring, MD and Isabel and Miles Keefe both of Hollis, NH; three stepdaughters Jane McInerny of Beaufort, NC, Betsy Noyes and her husband Peter of Lynn, MA and Kathey Donovan of Concord, NH; and his nieces Martha Otterbeck and Janet Bourgeois. Five step grandchildren, Kelly and Sean Noyes, Raymund Casieri, Michelle Sayani & pre-deceased by Ali Sayani.
He also leaves eaves a dear friend, Joan Hackett of Highland Beach, FL.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (Upper Church) at 12 o’clock noon. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd, Suite 100, Sarasota, FL 34232. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.