Paul J. Sheehy
Former, State Senator, Lowell City Manager, respected Attorney;
Paul J. Sheehy, beloved husband of Molly (Gleason) Sheehy, passed away on March 10, 2014, at his home in Lowell, surrounded by his family.
Born in Lowell on November 1, 1934, Paul was the youngest of seven children of Mary Ann (McLarnon) and Joseph A. Sheehy. He graduated from St. Patrick’s Grammar School and attended Lowell High School before graduating from Keith Academy with the Class of 1953.
In 1958, Paul earned a bachelors degree in education at Lowell State Teachers College where he played both varsity basketball and varsity baseball. As a member of the Lowell State Teachers College baseball team, Paul saw action at third base, shortstop, second base, outfield and pitcher with his batting average in 1957 at .318. He was captain of the baseball team in 1958, scoring the winning run in the title clash at Worcester State University. For his collegiate athletic pursuits, in 1981, Paul was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
While teaching in the Lowell public schools, Paul attended Suffolk University Law School earning his Juris Doctorate in 1964.
Paul served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1965 through 1972, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Education. During this time, Paul began his lifelong advocacy to expand educational opportunities for the people of Lowell and the Greater Lowell area. Among his many legislative accomplishments as a state representative are his sponsorship and instrumental role in securing the passage of legislation merging Lowell State Teachers College and Lowell Technological Institute into, what is now, the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He advocated for and obtained legislative funding for a Doctoral Program in Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Paul also authored and sponsored legislation establishing Middlesex Community College in Bedford and establishing the Greater Lowell Regional Technical High School.
In 1972, Paul was a candidate to represent the Massachusetts Fifth Congressional District in the United Stated Congress. After a narrow defeat in the Democratic primary election, finishing second in a nine-candidate field, he went on to serve as Lowell City Manager from 1974 to 1975. He later served on the congressional staff of his former House colleague, Worcester Congressman Joseph D. Early and on the congressional staff of Lawrence Congressman James M. Shannon.
In 1984, Paul was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate for the Third Middlesex District, serving on the Senate Ways & Means Committee and as Chairman of the Committee on Election Laws. As a member of the State Senate, Paul was respected and admired for his strong and forthright positions on sometimes controversial issues. Most notable among his numerous accomplishments as a member of the Massachusetts State Senate was his advocacy for and success in delivering funding for the construction of 14 new public schools in Lowell and proposing and obtaining funding necessary to locate a permanent Middlesex Community College campus in Lowell.
Paul’s passing during Lowell’s Irish Cultural Week befits his love of his Irish heritage, his frequent travels to Ireland with family and dear friends and his great interest in Irish history.
In addition to his wife Molly, he is survived by his cherished children and grandchildren, a son Timothy P. Sheehy and Kathy Masterson of Dracut, three daughters, Maria, Anne and Elizabeth Sheehy, all of Lowell; 7 grandchildren Paul J. Sheehy II of Portsmouth, NH, Daniel M. Sheehy of Canton, MA, Fiona K. Sullivan, Eilis C. Sullivan, John Q. Flood, Catherine W. Shanahan and Molly M. Flood, all of Lowell; and one great-grandson, Connor Sheehy, and many dear cousins, nieces and nephews.
Paul was pre-deceased by his children, Michael G. Sheehy, Kathleen Sheehy and a son, Edward P. “Ned” Sheehy, who died on January 28, 2013.
He also leaves a brother Thomas F. Sheehy and his wife, Patricia (Wojcik) of Tyngsboro and sisters-in-law Patricia (Cox) Sheehy of Chelmsford and Fleurette (Ayotte) Sheehy of Lowell. He was the brother of the late John E. Sheehy, Joseph P. Sheehy, Frederick J. Sheehy and Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Townsend and Dorothy A. Richards.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 7 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH at 10 o’clock. Burial in the Lowell Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Paul Sheehy Memorial Scholarship (supporting students who demonstrate a commitment to their community and who plan to transfer from MCC to UMass/Lowell), online at :www.middlesex.mass.edu/PaulSheehy or by check to Paul Sheehy Memorial Scholarship/ c/o MCC Foundation, P.O. Box 716, Bedford, MA 01730. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Kevin R. Furtado
Over 30 baseball player;
Kevin R. Furtado, 43, of Lowell, died Tuesday, March 11th at Lowell General Hospital. He was the longtime companion of Kathy Mullen of Lowell.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 10, 1970, the son of James J. and Elaine (Pelletier) Furtado of Hudson, Florida, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1988.
Kevin was formerly a painter with Gebro Painting in N.H. Previously, he was a deleader and painter at Environmental Restorations, Incorporated in Hampstead, N.H.
Among his many activities, Kevin was a member of the Over Thirty Baseball League in Lowell since 2000. He was also a former A-Shooter dart player in the Mill City Dart League in Lowell. He loved New England sports, especially the Red Sox and Bruins.
Kevin’s family is proud and thankful that his final wish was to have his organs donated so that others could live on.
In addition to his parents, Kevin is survived by two daughters Kristen E. Higgins of Lowell and Kaitlin Broadhurst of NH; a sister Patricia R. Furtado and her longtime companion Tom Cullinan of Sagamore Beach, MA; a brother James J. Furtado and his wife Michelle of Derry, NH; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass Friday morning at ST. RITA CHURCH at 9 o’clock. Committal services will be private. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the New England Organ Bank, 61st Ave., Waltham, MA 02451. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
George T. Robitaille
Retired Captain, Lowell Fire Department, 92
George T. Robitaille, 92, of Lowell, died Tuesday, March 4th at Lowell General Hospital. He was the beloved husband of the late Sally M. (Witts) Robitaille who died July 7, 2009.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 19, 1922, the son of the late Samuel T. and the late Marie (LaFleur) Robitaille, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.
A veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict, George proudly served his country as a Corpsman with the U.S. Navy. He actually landed on Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. history, on his 23rd birthday. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, American Theatre Campaign Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.
Before retiring as Captain, George was with the Lowell Fire Department for over 30 years.
Among his many enjoyments, George was an avid golfer and was a former member of the Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell. He was also a dedicated New England Patriots fan. Following his retirement, he and his wife Sally enjoyed some extensive traveling.
George is survived by a daughter Marianne Estes and her husband Blynn of Hudson, NH; two sons James P. Robitaille of Hudson, NH and Paul G. Robitaille and his wife Carol of Londonderry, NH; five grandchildren Karen Gallagher of Litchfield, NH, Jamie and Amy Robitaille both of Hudson, NH and Marc and Andrew Robitaille both of Londonderry, NH; four great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law Cynthia Witts of Chelmsford, MA and Christine Witts of Methuen, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also grandfather of the late David Gariepy, father-in-law of the late Barbara Robitaille and brother of the late Cecile Arcand, the late Herve Robitaille and the late Normand Robitaille.
The Robitaille family would like to thank George’s neighbors, Eileen & Bill Paquin and their son Billy (and Lucky their dog) for their many years of friendship.
In keeping in accordance with George's wishes, there were no calling hours and all Funeral Services were held privately. Burial took place in St. Joseph Cemetery in Chelmsford. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL - (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Rita A. Ypya
loving mother and grandmother, of Lowell, 57
Rita A. (Gonsalves) Ypya, 57, of Lowell, died Tuesday, February 25th at her home. She was the beloved wife of the late Roger Waino Ypya who died January 16, 2014.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 13, 1956, a daughter of Rita E. (Rondeau) Gonsalves of Lowell and the late John Gonsalves, she attended Lowell schools and was a Graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1974.
Before a disability forced her retirement, Rita was employed as an Expense Coordinator with the TJX Corporation in Woburn for over 32 years.
Among her many activities, Rita loved music of all kinds, enjoyed reading and was an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan. She was also a member of the Dom Polski Club in Lowell.
Being all about family, she absolutely loved spending quality time with her grandchildren.
In addition to her mother, Rita is survived by a son Andrew R. Ypya and his wife Chelsea of Salem, NH; two grandchildren Hailie Ypya and Logan Ypya; four sisters Marcy Coco and her husband Anthony of Lawrence, MA, Kathy Gonsalves, Karen Stopyra and her husband Andy of Lowell, MA and Antoinette Robbins and her husband Jason of Nashua, NH; six brothers Ken Gonsalves, John Gonsalves and his wife Reta “Dee”, Chris Gonsalves, Michael Gonsalves and his wife Tina and Thomas Gonsalves all of Lowell, MA and David Gonsalves and his wife Allyson of Billerica, MA; his special cousins who were also her caregivers Natalie and Bill McCann of Lowell; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Tuesday morning at ST. FRANCIS CHURCH in Dracut at 9 o’clock. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the St. Francis Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 609, Dracut, MA 01826. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.