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George B. Leahey, Esq. Print E-mail

George B. Leahey, Esq.

78, respected Lowell attorney;

George B. Leahey, Esq., a well known gentleman and highly regarded attorney died peacefully at his home in Tewksbury on Wednesday surrounded by his wife and sons.George was the husband of Donna M. (Gilooly) Leahey, with whom he would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on August 29th. After they met as infants, they were destined to be together. She was the love of his life and Donna and George were a wonderful couple.

A fifth generation Lowellian, he was born on August 20, 1939, to the late Dr. Brendan D. Leahey and the late Mary Josephine (O’Donnell) Leahey and was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Attorney Leahey attended Lowell public schools. After serving in the United States Coast Guard, he graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1962. In Lowell and at Georgetown, he treasured his educational pursuits and made friendships that lasted his lifetime. In 1966, Attorney Leahey earned his Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School.

He then practiced law in Lowell for the next fifty two years. From 1966 to 1976, Attorney Leahey was an associate and then partner of Goldman, Goldman, Curtis, Leahey and Latham. In 1967, he served as a special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County for a year. From 1976 until his death, he maintained his own practice with a concentration of estate planning, estate administration, real estate law and business law. For almost thirty years, he was trust counsel for Enterprise Bank & Trust.

Besides his family and friends, his loves included golf, dancing, travel, history, genealogy, sweets, all things Lowell, Georgetown, Rye and, of course, Vesper. George enjoyed life, a good conversation, and the rum punch at Barnacle Billy’s(a family favorite). He valued fairness, integrity, honesty, respect, and the courage to do the right thing.

An active member of several legal organizations, Attorney Leahey was a member and past President of the Greater Lowell Bar Association; former Director of Merrimack Valley Estate and Business Planning Council; member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Merrimack Valley Conveyancers Association, and the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, Inc.

He was also an active member of various civil and fraternal organizations, Attorney Leahey was past President of the Trustees of The Ayer Home; Trustee of the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank; member of the Board of Governors of Lowell General Hospital; Corporator of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell; past President of the Lowell Association for the Blind; former Vice President and Treasurer of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce; former President and Director of Vesper Country Club; former Trustee of Saints Medical Center, Inc.; and former Director of the Lowell Rotary Club. He also held memberships at Long Meadow Golf Club and Abenaqui Country Club. Attorney Leahey was also active in Voices of the Faithful.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Attorney Brian W. and Sophia C. (Cigliano) Leahey, of Lowell, and Attorney Mark B. and Stephanie M. (O’Connor) Leahey, of Washington, D.C.; two grandchildren Parker M. Leahey and Meritt C. Leahey, of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Alice D. Leahey and her husband Robert P. Congdon, of Venice, California; a brother, Dr. Alan B. and Kathleen S. (Smith) Leahey of Sunset, South Carolina; three nieces, Kelly Leahey Schoepke, Colleen Leahey McKeegan and Jennifer A. Leahey; his aunt Ann M. (Muras) O’Donnell of Lowell and many cousins.

George was also the father of the late G. Brent Leahey, Jr., Esq. and brother of the late Grant A. Leahey.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Tuesday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 11 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury (Please Meet at Church). E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make donations in his memory to the or mail checks to Dana Farber Cancer Institute c/o Jessica Hogan, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.



Craig M. Maxfield Print E-mail


Craig M. Maxfield

Beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend;

Craig M. Maxfield, 23, of Lowell, a member of a widely known Lowell family, died unexpectedly Saturday morning August 11, 2018 in Lowell.

He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 30, 1995, a loving son of Brian J. and Carole L. (Keaney) Maxfield.

Craig attended the Immaculate Conception Grammar school and was a graduate of Lowell Catholic High School in the Class of 2013. He went on to graduate from Merrimack College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance.

Craig worked as a Compensation Specialist at Commonwealth Financial in Waltham.

A dedicated athlete, Craig loved all sports, especially baseball, hockey and golf. While at Lowell Catholic High School, he was the starting shortstop on the 2013 State Championship baseball team and was also awarded the 7th Player award from the Varsity hockey team. His love for street hockey took him on many family trips, including Niagara Falls. Craig was active in intramural sports at Merrimack and was a Junior Member of Long Meadow Golf Club.

Craig had an infectious smile and contagious energy, which endeared him to everyone he met. He was deeply caring and compassionate. His wit was forever present and was a testament to the connection he had to those he loved. Craig will be missed by his devoted best friend Max McCabe along with dozens of friends through his sports and school. He will be especially missed by his “brothers” from Belvidere and Merrimack College.

Besides his parents Brian and Carole, Craig is survived by his younger brother Eric J. Maxfield of Lowell; his maternal grandmother Marjorie Keaney of Lowell; his paternal step grandmother Theresa Maxfield of Leominster; three aunts Patricia Bergin of Woburn, Lisa Contreras of Leominster and Lynne Boyce of Fitchburg; several cousins and his girlfriend Olivia Boudreau.

The family wishes to extend thanks to the amazing outpouring of love and support from relatives, friends and the community. We would especially like to thank the Lowell Police for their commitment to our family.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 10 o’clock followed by burial St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. (Please meet at Church). E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Lowell Catholic Memorial Fund, 530 Stevens St., Lowell, MA 01851.  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Maureen E. "Sissy" Bishop Print E-mail

Maureen E. “Sissy” Bishop

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin and friend
    Maureen E. “Sissy” (Herron) Bishop, 71, of Tyngsboro, died Friday, August 10th at Wingate at Belvidere in Lowell following a long and courageous battle with lung disease for many years.
    Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, January 25, 1947, the daughter of the late Thomas F. and the late Kathleen (Mahoney) Herron, she received her education in the Salem, New Hampshire school system. She later made her home in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts which she shared with her treasured dog Darby.
    Sissy attended the Free Christian Church in Andover where she leaves many Christian friends. She also found her strength from knowing God as He walked with her through her journey for transplant and recovery and knew she would one day be home.
    Before retiring, she was employed as a Quality Control Technician with MA/Com in Lowell. Previously, she worked at Raytheon Corporation in South Lowell for over 13 years.
    Sissy is survived by a son Christopher Miller of Somerville, MA; a daughter Paula Miller of Pittsfield, NH; four grandsons Ronnie Collins, Christopher Lebel, Michael Espinola and Adam Miller; six great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law Kathleen Herron; and cousins Eileen Melvin and Cathy Morin.
    She thanked God for giving her her best friend Suzanne Kuszek (her angel without wings)…”thanks for all the help and being with me when I needed you the most. God Bless You!” Also Janine Mellinakas, Sue Borrilli, Lucy Oliveria and Phyllis Bonaduci…”thanks for the memories and road trips, we had some fun and laughs didn’t we?”
    Sissy was also sister of the late Tommie Herron who died September 29, 2008.
    Relatives and friends may call for a Memorial Visitation at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 Pawtucket Street at Fletcher in Lowell from 4 to 6 P.M. on Wednesday immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 6 o’clock. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Michael J. Makarewicz Print E-mail

Michael J. Makarewicz

Loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle;

       Michael J. Makarewicz, 93, of Lowell, died Monday, August 6th 2018 at his residence with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann J. (Madore) Makarewicz who survives him and with whom he recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on June 12th of this year.
       Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 16, 1925, a son of then late Emil and the late Dominica (Sarwicka) Makarewicz, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1943. Michael served honorably in the U. S. Army Air Corps in Germany in World War II and in the U. S. Army 2nd Armored Division in the Korean War.
       Before retiring, Michael was employed as a glazier with Demers Plate Glass in Lowell for many years. Previously, he worked as an airplane and jet engineer and mechanic for General Electric Company in Lynn.
       Among his many interests, he enjoyed gardening, airplanes, jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with his family.
       In addition to his wife Mary Ann, Michael is survived by two sons Mark A. Makarewicz of Lowell, and Steven R. Makarewicz and his wife Carma of Tyngsborough; two daughters Ann Marie E. Champagne of Salem, NH and Erika Connor of Seabrook, NH; six grandchildren Rhianna, Derek, and Craig Cohen, and Tania, Nyles, and Hannah Connor; two great-grandchildren Cameron Ross and Albert Cohen; a sister Florence Marchand of Pelham, NH; a brother Francis Makarewicz of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.
       He was also father of the late Michael F. Makarewicz and brother of the late Adele Vieira, Edward, Walter, and Aloysius Makarewicz.
       Friends may call the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 5 to 8 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be held Saturday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 10 A.M. Burial in the Holy Trinity Polish Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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