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James C. Shannon, Jr. Print E-mail

 

James C. Shannon, Jr.

Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University;

 

James C. Shannon, Jr., 91, a member of a well-known Lowell family and a longtime resident of the Belvidere section of the City, died peacefully Saturday afternoon January 6, 2018, at the Saab Residence at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell surrounded by his loving family.

He was the beloved husband for over 64 years of the late Margaret M. “Peggy” Shannon who died October 23, 2014.

Jim was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, July 20th, 1926, a son of the late James C. Shannon, former Governor of Connecticut, and Helen M. (McMurray) Shannon.

A proud veteran of World War II, he served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy as a part of the Seabees unit.  He later served in the U.S Army where he was a First Lieutenant with the Adjutant General’s Corps.

After attending Connecticut schools and serving in the U.S. military, Jim graduated from Georgetown University with an AB in History in the Class of 1950.

A beloved and active alumnus of Georgetown University his entire life, he was a respected advisor and confidant to several University Presidents having served as past Chairman of the Board of Directors, as Chairman and member of the school’s Board of Regents and as a President of Georgetown University’s National Alumni Association.

In recognition of his years of service and commitment to the school’s ideals and traditions, Jim was awarded the prestigious John Carroll Medal named after the founder of Georgetown University.

Locally, Jim was a former member of the Boards of Lowell Five Cents Savings Bank and Lowell General Hospital. Additionally, he served as a past President of the Lowell Rotary Club where he was also a Paul Harris Fellow and as a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.He was also a member of Vesper Country Club.

A devout Catholic and communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell for over 65 years, Jim served as a Eucharistic Minister, a Senior Acolyte, as a mentor to the altar servers program, and as an usher and counter for the church. He also was a former member of the parish council and the finance committee of the Church.

Prior to his retirement, he was a stock broker with Smith Barney in Boston for over 30 years. Previously Jim was the owner of the former Kenney Florist Shop in Lowell. 

Jim was beloved by many for his constant smile, helping hand, quick wit and passionate devotion to his family, his faith, his friends and his community. For those who knew him well he will be deeply missed.

He is survived by three daughters, Helen S. Russo, C.P.A. and her husband Gregory, Esq. of Cedar Knolls, NJ, Margaret M. Shannon, M.D. of Newport Beach, CA and Monica S. Brems, R.N. and her husband John M.D. of Mentor, Ohio; three sons James C. Shannon, III, C.P.A. and his wife Kathleen (Sullivan) of Lowell, Joseph E. Shannon and his wife Joanne (Thibeault) of Dunstable and Arthur J. Shannon and his wife Rebecca (Hollas) of Chester, NJ; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; a dear sister-in-law Helen M. McNamee of Lowell; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Honorable John H. Shannon and the late Claire Richards. 

Friends may call at the MAHONEY FUNERAL HOME 187 NESMITH ST. in LOWELL from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 10 o’clock. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, North Tewksbury. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Directions at www.mahoneyfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Immaculate Conception Building Fund, 3 Fayette St., Lowell, MA, 01852 or to the Saab Residence at D’Youville Senior Care, 981 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854.    

 
Madeline K. Anton Print E-mail

 

Madeline K. Anton

Loving Matriarch of Anton Family

Madeline K. (Kanavos) Anton, 91, of North Andover, a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family died Saturday morning at The Meadows at Edgewood in North Andover, surrounded by her loving family.

She was the loving wife, for over 66 years, of Arthur C. Anton, the former President of Anton’s Cleaners, who survives her,

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 1, 1926, the daughter of the late John and the late Diane (Panagetopoulos) Kanavos, she attended Boston Latin High School and was a graduate of Boston University, Class of 1948.

She was a longtime member of the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity and held membership in the Philoptochos Society.

Along with her husband Arthur, Madeline was active in the community with several philanthropic and charitable organizations and was a member of the Chelmsford Garden Club and the Whistler House Museum.

Beloved by many, Madeline was always a great hostess to countless friends and family. As her high school yearbook inscription so accurately captured “Loving, warm hearted and kind, a truer friend you’ll never find”.

Besides her husband, she is survived by four children Diane Wilmot and her husband Gunnar of Bronxville, NY, Susan Pasanen and her husband Wayne of North Andover, Charles Anton and his wife Tami of Lincoln and Arthur Anton, Jr. and his wife Nina of Carlisle; ten grandchildren Gunnar Wilmot, Jr., Madeline Wilmot, Zachary Pasanen and his wife Alexandra, Christina Pasanen, Alexandra Pasanen, Austin Anton, Jacqueline Anton, Spencer Anton, Olivia Anton and Steven Anton; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late George Kanavos.

Friends may call the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 3 to 7 P.M. Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be held Tuesday morning at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY at   11 o’clock. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Burial will be private. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854 or St. Constantine and Helen Church, 71 Chandler Rd., Andover, MA 01810.

 
Marjorie L. Rafferty Print E-mail

Marjorie L. Rafferty

Retired Customer Service Representative, Hewlett Packard
 
 Marjorie L. Rafferty, 82, of Tyngsboro, a member of a widely known Greater Lowell family, died Thursday January 4, 2018 at Lowell General Hospital with her loving family by her side.
  Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 23, 1935, a daughter of the late John E. and the late Ann R. (Clark) Rafferty, she attended Tyngsboro Grammar schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1952.
  Marjorie was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in North Chelmsford.
  Prior to her retirement, she served as a Customer Service Representative for over 20 years with Hewlett Packard in the Andover Offices.
  Among her many interests, Marjorie loved being with family. In addition she enjoyed watching all the New England Sports teams.
  Marjorie is survived by her brother Brian K. Rafferty and his wife Francine of Lowell; her sister-in law Elinor Rafferty: nieces Patricia Riley, Margaret Allard and her husband Robert, Mary Ann Rafferty; nephews Thomas Ryan and his wife Denise, Sean Ryan and his wife Christine; John Rafferty and his wife Donna, Brian Rafferty, Robert Rafferty and his wife Becky, Michael Rafferty; and many grand nieces and nephews; a cousin Barbara Marchand.
  She was preceded in death by her sister Patricia Ryan and her husband Thomas F. Ryan, and her brothers Robert F. Rafferty, Gerald C. Rafferty and John Rafferty; and nephew Thomas “Butch” Riley.
  Relatives and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Tuesday. Her Funeral Mass will follow at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Jude’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
Frederick J. McSwiggin Print E-mail

Frederick J. McSwiggin

 

 

Retired Lieutenant, with Lowell Fire Department over 38 years;

 

Frederick J. McSwiggin, 97, of Lowell, a retired Lowell FireFighter, and a member of a well known Greater Lowell family, died Monday January 1, 2018 at D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell surrounded by his loving family.

Fred was a devoted and doting husband of the late Dorothy C.(Boyle) McSwiggin who died in 2001.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 18, 1920, a son of the late Frederick J. and the late Abby (Dean) McSwiggin, he grew up on Concord Street in Lowell and later lived in the Centralville section of the city for many years. He was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church.

Fred attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1938. As a star athlete in high school, Fred excelled in both baseball and football receiving many accolades for his achievements.

A veteran of World War II, Fred proudly represented his country in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate, 2nd Class and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Theatre Medal.

A man of many interests, Fred loved to be with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed reading, and watching the local sport teams, especially the Red Sox.  He and Dorothy had many wonderful friends from Lowell and beyond. They treasured the summers they spent on Cape Cod, and wintering in Largo, Florida.

Fred, along with his late wife Dorothy, often demonstrated their passion and talent for ballroom dancing. For many years, they could be seen dancing most weekends through out the Greater Lowell area. Both also enjoyed their social membership at Mt. Pleasant.  Fred continued dancing with his daughter until his very last days.

Fred is survived by two daughters Janice A. McClain and her husband Lawrence of Rockaway, NJ and Jill M. Adie and her husband Donald, of Tyngsboro, MA, whom he lived with for several years. Frederick J. McSwiggin, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Plymouth, MA and John T. “Jack” McSwiggin and his wife Geraldine of Dracut, ; twelve grandchildren Amanda Pattison and her husband Adam, Kathleen Cochran and her fiancé Robert Volz, Laurie McSwiggin McInerney and her husband Stephen, Maureen McSwiggin, John T. McSwiggin, Jr. and his wife Kara, Kathryn Ventricelli and her husband Carl, Abbey McClain, Michael McClain, Alyssa Cyr and her husband Matt, Kirsta Adie, Donald M. Adie III and William F. Adie; 11 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Charles McSwiggin.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Fred's many caregivers and the staff at D'Youville Senior Care Center.

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 ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by his burial at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the D’Youville Senior Care Center, 981 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) -458-8768.         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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