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Constance F. "Connie" O'Neill Print E-mail

Constance F. “Connie” O’Neill

 Constance F. “Connie” (Bello) O’Neill, 89, of Tyngsboro, former longtime resident of the Pawtucketville section of Lowell, died Monday, May 26th at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell. She was the beloved wife of John L. O’Neill of 67 years.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 19, 1925, the daughter of the late Antonio and the late Constance (Correia) Bello, she received her education in the Lowell school system.
 Connie worked in the City Mills and before retiring she was employed as a Quality Control Coordinator with Courier Citizen for 35 years.
 Among her many activities, Connie was a member of the St. Rita's Church Cadets, St. Rita’s Women’s Club and was an avid Red Sox fan. But above all else, she loved spending quality time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
 In addition to her husband John, Connie 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; four sisters Bea Belleau of Lowell, MA, Delia Floyd of Pelham, NH, Alice Newell of Lowell, MA and Carol DiRocco and her husband Norman of Lowell, MA; a brother Anthony Bello and his wife Connie of Lowell, MA and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
 She was also the grandmother of the late Derrick S. O’Neill who died August 23, 2103.
 Connie's family wishes to give thanks to the wonderful nurses and staff at D'Youville Senior Care Center who provided Connie with exceptional care. 
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 3 to 7 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Friday morning at ST. RITA CHURCH in Lowell at 9 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick  Cemetery.  E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her 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's Gang."  Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.


Albert J. "Al" Gomes Print E-mail

Albert J. “Al” Gomes

Retired from Polaroid Corp, Cambridge;

 Albert J. “Al” Gomes, 87, of Lowell, formerly of Burlington, Massachusetts, died Friday, May 16th at the Palm Center Nursing Home in Chelmsford. He was the beloved husband of the late Evelyn C. (Arenella) Gomes who died in 1970.
 Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 22, 1926, the son of the late Manuel and the late Marian (Neves) Gomes, he received his education in the Cambridge school system.
 Before retiring, Mr. Gomes was employed as a welder with the Polaroid Corporation in Cambridge for over 25 years.
 Among his many activities, Al enjoyed dancing, boxing and traveling. But above all else, being all about family, he loved spending quality time with his children and grandchildren.
 Mr. Gomes is survived by a daughter Cheryl A. (Gomes) Winward and her husband Jeff of Lowell, MA; a son John J. Gomes and his wife Gladys of Tavares, FL; three grandchildren Tara Gomes and her companion Lori Russell of Cranston, RI, Bryanna Hurley and Felicia Winward both of Lowell, MA; a sister-in-law Laura Gomes of South Dartmouth, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
 He was also father of the late Albert J. Gomes, Jr. and brother of the late John J. Gomes.

 In keeping in accordance with his wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at the ST. RITA PARISH, 158 Mammoth Rd. in Lowell at 9 o’clock. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to American Diabetes Assn., 10 Speen St., 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701 or the National Kidney Foundation of N.E., 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.   


Dr. Mary E. McGauvran Print E-mail

Dr. Mary E. McGauvran

Retired Vice President of Student Affairs, U/Mass Lowell;

 Dr. Mary E. McGauvran, 96, of Lowell, died Monday, May 12th at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Chelmsford.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 4, 1917, the daughter of the late William and the late Nora (Lynch) McGauvran, she grew up in the Acre section of Lowell and was a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame in the Class of 1935.
 Eager to further her education, Mary then went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Lowell State Teacher’s College (now known as UMass Lowell) in 1939, a Master’s Degree in Education in 1950 and a Doctorate in Education in 1955 both from Boston University.
 Mary taught in the Chelmsford and Newton Public Schools before returning to her alma mater in 1952, when she joined the Lowell State Teacher College Faculty as a Professor. She went on to serve as an administrator at Lowell State College and the University of Lowell in Admissions, Administration and most notably Vice President of Student Affairs, until her retirement in1987. Upon her retirement, the Board of Trustees agreed with the recommendation of the Student Government Association to name the south campus Student Union Building the Mary E. McGauvran Student Union Center.
 Mary also taught in the graduate school of Education at Boston University from 1957 to 1964 and was included in Who’s Who of American Women in 1959. She was granted professor emeritus status in 1988. 
 As a specialist in educational measurement, Mary co-authored the Metropolitan Reading Readiness Test and published several books and articles in her field. She received many citations and awards during her career and was most proud of the Commonwealth’s Citation for Outstanding Performance in 1986 and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University in 1997.
 Mary served on the Statewide Assessment Committee and the Institution Review Committee of St. John’s Hospital. She was the Vice Chairperson for the Northeast Regional Education Council and a member and Chairperson on the Board of Directors, Academy of Notre Dame.
 Mary is survived by her dear friend, Mary (Monahan) La Bay and Mary La Bay’s three daughters, Judith N. Zanni of Tewksbury, Michelle M. Gugliuzza of Lawrence and Ruthann Marston and her husband William of Andover as well as several cousins in the Greater Lowell area.

Friends may call Monday morning at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. Her Funeral Mass will follow at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 10 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the U/Mass Lowell Graduate School of Education Fund, O’Leary Library, 61 Wilder St., Lowell, MA 01854 or the Academy of Notre Dame, 180 Middlesex Rd, Tyngsboro, MA 01879. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 




John Anthony O'Donnell Print E-mail

John Anthony O’Donnell

 John Anthony O’Donnell, 56, of Lowell, passed away Tuesday, May 6th at Lowell General Hospital surrounded in comfort by his family following an extended illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Tracy (Sullivan) O’Donnell.
 Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he was the son of John O’Donnell and his wife Diane of Stony Point, NY and the late Jessie (Byrne) O’Donnell.
 In 1963, John’s family emigrated to the United States and settled in the burrow of Bronx, New York where he attended the Good Shepard Grammar School and the Cardinal Hayes and John F. Kennedy High Schools.
 In 1975, John enlisted in the U.S Navy where he proudly served his adopted country for 6 years.
 In 1986, John moved to Bedford, Massachusetts and began his career as an electrician at the Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Administration Hospital. He worked at the VA for 28 years, retiring in April of 2014. At the time of his retirement, John was a Supervisor in the Engineering Department.
 Among his many activities, John enjoyed sports, especially baseball. He loved to sing and dance and music was important to him. Although he made his home in Massachusetts, John remained a Bronx boy at heart and loved the fast pace of the big city. He loved New York pizza, deli sandwiches, lox and bagels and egg creams.
 However, there was nothing that John loved more deeply than his boys. He worked hard despite many, many setbacks to provide for them, even long after he had become ill. To that end, John has achieved his most important life goal, and for that, his loved ones are most proud and grateful. He will be deeply missed and remembered with love for all the unique quirks and qualities that made him loveable and impossible all at the same time.
 In addition to his father and step-mother, John is survived by three sons Evan T. Gervais and his wife Amanda of Andover, MA, Aidan P. O’Donnell and his wife Annie of Dracut, MA and Myles D. O’Donnell with whom he resided in Lowell, MA; four grandchildren Isabella and Cole Gervais of Andover, MA and Lilyanna and Charlotte O’Donnell of Dracut, MA; a sister Joanne O’Donnell-DeOlievera of Lowell, MA; a brother Joseph O’Donnell of Spring Valley, NY; a niece Nicole Simpson of Stony Brook, NY; and his former wife Colleen Cumming of Andover, MA.
 He was also brother of the late Andrea O’Donnell.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. on Tuesday morning from 9 to 11 immediately followed by a Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 11 o’clock. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at His family asks that in lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Attn: CONTRIBUTIONS, One Intrepid Place, W 46th Street & 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 or Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
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