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Christos Demetriou Print E-mail

Christos Demetriou

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend;

       Christos Demetriou, 92, a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, died Saturday evening August 4, 2018 at Lowell General Hospital. He was the loving husband for 63 years of Christine (Economopoulos) Demetriou, who survives him.
       Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 30, 1926, a son of the late George and the late Elizabeth (Goulas) Demetriou, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in 1946.
       After high school Christos entered the U.S. Army – Air Force during World War II and proudly served his country.
       Following the war, he came back to Lowell and attended Fitchburg State College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1953. He continued his education attaining his Masters in Education also from Fitchburg State College.
       Prior to his retirement, Christos was a school teacher and an adjunct professor. He taught at the Bartlett Junior High School and Lowell High School for almost 40 years. Simultaneously, he taught Engineering Drawing at Lowell Technological Institute (NKA U/Mass Lowell)  for the evening division for over 30 years.
       Christos loved fishing and being with his family, especially his grandchildren.
       Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons Steven C. Demetriou, D.M.D and his wife Jan (Jeanne-Marie) of Lowell and Gary C. Demetriou, D.M.D. of Westford; three grandchildren Samantha C. Demetriou and her husband Michael Raumer of Arlington, VA, Gregory S. Demetriou of Melrose and Timothy J. Demetriou of Lowell; several nieces and nephews among them George Demetriou, Christopher Andros, Elizabeth Costello, Kathy Economopoulos, Elizabeth Economopoulos, Karen Guzelian and Diane Kalbarczyk.
       Christos was also the brother of the late Stephen Demetriou and Portia Demis.
       Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Service to be held Thursday morning at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in North Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Holy Trinity Renovation Fund, 5 Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768. 

Raymond F. Ralls Print E-mail

 Raymond F. Ralls

Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend;

Raymond F. Ralls, 79, a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, died August 4 at Mass General Hospital in Boston surrounded by his loving family.
He was the beloved husband of the late Pauline C. (Morin) Ralls who died May 5, 2013.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 17, 1939, a son of the late Edward T. and the late Florence (Kershaw) Ralls, Ray was a lifelong resident of Lowell.
Ray served his country as a member of the U.S. Army and Massachusetts National Guard.
Ray was a manager with the printing division at Raytheon Corporation in Tewksbury where he worked for almost 40 years. In addition, he was the owner and operator of the former Bellview Printing Company in Lowell and a part owner of the former National Security Company, prior to his retirement.
Active in his community, Ray was very humble in nature but generous with his time especially helping those in need. He was part of a group which formed both the Middlesex Shelter and the Lowell Food Pantry. Ray also helped St. Patrick’s Church in Lowell and was recently awarded the “Irish Man of the Year” by the parish.
A person of great faith, he was a proud communicant and longtime supporter of the Immaculate Conception Church. He was a founding member of the Oblate Mission Guild at the Immaculate Conception Church and was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of his parish. He was also a former Board member of the Lowell Housing Authority and the YMCA where he was also an honorary member.

Ray’s biggest joy was spending quality time with his family and friends. Ray treasured his vacation time spent at the beach with his family as well as time spent boating with his wife Pauline. Ray was blessed to have a strong network of close friends with whom he enjoyed both charitable endeavors as well as many card games in both Las Vegas and on their riverboat.
Ray is survived by his daughter Patricia Mullally and her husband Timothy of Quincy; a son-in-law Peter J. Goyette of Lowell; six grandchildren Matthew Goyette, Shane Goyette, Finley Mullally, Molly Mullally, Tyler Ralls and Angelina Ricadelli; a brother Austin Ralls and his wife Carolyn of Chelmsford, four sister-in-laws Mary Ralls of Lowell, Jeannine Dunn and her husband John of Dracut, Lorraine Baroni of Billerica and Muriel Maher of Dracut: and many nieces and nephews.
He was also the father of the late Sharon M. Goyette who died April 9, 2018 and the late Thomas E. Ralls who died March 10, 2018. 

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. His Funeral will take place from the Funeral Home Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock followed by his Funeral Mass at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the Immaculate Conception Church, 3 Fayette St., Lowell, MA  01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978 or 866) 458-8768.



James Edward Haley Print E-mail


James Edward Haley

Raytheon Retiree; 81

James Edward Haley, 81, a native of Lowell and a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, unexpectedly passed away Friday morning July 27, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, NH.

Jim was a loving husband, father, step-father, grandfather, brother and friend.

He was the beloved husband for 36 years of Julie M. (Sullivan) Haley of Nashua, who survives him.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 5, 1937, a son of the late John James and Lillian Catherine (Quinn) Haley, he received his education in the Lowell school system.

Prior to his retirement, Jim was a millwright with the Raytheon Corporation at their Lowell, Bedford, Tewksbury and Andover plants for over 40 years.

An avid NASCAR fan, Jim locally was a sponsor and co-owner of several race cars over the years on the New England circuit. In addition Jim enjoyed wintering in Florida with his wife, camping and spending time at his summertime home in Meredith, New Hampshire.

Besides his wife, Jim is survived by two daughters Cheryl Haley-Beaudry and her fiancé Keith Rudy, Sr. and Karen Flynn and her husband Thomas of Dracut; two sons John Haley and his wife Kristine and Paul Haley and his wife Deidre all of Lowell; four step children Michael Sullivan and his wife Ann of Nashua, NH, Kathleen Sullivan of Virginia, Sharon Vancoppenolle and her husband Dan of South Carolina and Gary Sullivan and his fiancée Gail Caron of Salisbury; eight grandchildren Emile Beaudry, Jr., Haley and Jacob Flynn, Nathaniel and Aleksandr Haley, and Ella, Fiona and Lola Haley; two sisters Joan Garneau of Lowell and Carol Enis of New Hampshire; several nieces, nephews and cousins; his good friends George and “Choppy” Baldwin of Lowell and Keith Walton of Tyngsborough; and his cat Midnight.

Jim was predeceased by his siblings John “Jack” Haley, Marie Tousignant and his step children Cindy Sullivan and Donald Sullivan.

At his request, private Funeral Services were already held for his family. E-condolences at . Those wishing to make contributions in his memory to Project LEARN, 8 Kirk St., 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852, Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.





John C. "Jack" Donohoe, Jr. Print E-mail

John C. “Jack” Donohoe, Jr.

Retired General Counsel to the MBTA;

John C. “Jack” Donohoe, Jr. of Marblehead, MA, formerly of Chelmsford and Lowell, passed away on Thursday July 26 at age 73.

Jack was the son of the late John Corbett and the late Kathleen (Prindiville) Donohoe. He was a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce Law School.

Jack is survived by his much beloved wife, Missey (Rutter) Donohoe, his adored daughters Catherine Corbett Bresner, Seattle WA and Margaret Corbett Donohoe (fiancé Michael Smith) Dover NH; his cherished stepchildren Elizabeth Cutler (William), Norwood and William Kirby, Southborough; step grandson Samuel Cutler, Norwood; and his sister Joan O’Neil, Rye Beach NH.

He was predeceased by his sisters Anne Sheehan and Barbara Newton.

Jack was a faithful friend of Bill W. for over 47 years, during which time he helped countless people rebuild their lives. He was a devoted husband, father, and brother. His many nieces and nephews delighted in his Irish wit and wisdom. He was a thoroughly entertaining raconteur, an avid student of history, and a political enthusiast.

Carrying on the family legacy, he practiced law for many years in Lowell and Chelmsford and, more recently, as a General Counsel to the MBTA. In retirement, he relished the opportunity to counsel young men in recovery when he worked for the Lawrence Correctional Alternative Center. All who knew and loved him will miss Jack’s vibrant spirit, but his presence will endure through his stories, which will be passed on for generations to come. Jack’s philosophy in life was a simple one: to be kind. He lived his life by this maxim, as evidenced by his longstanding friendships, his contributions to his community, and his fierce love for his family.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Visitation to be held at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 3 to 7 P.M. Thursday August 2, 2018. His Committal Services will be private. The family will host a Life Celebration in his honor in Marblehead at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Lowell House, 555 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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