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Josiane Y. Guillemette Print E-mail

Josiane Y. Guillemette

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt

 Josiane Y. (Candoré) Guillemette, 85, of Lowell, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 11th at Willow Manor Nursing Home with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond R. Guillemette.
 Born in Chalons-sur-Marne, France, April 8, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Silvio and the late Marielouise (Laurency) Candoré.
 Before retiring, Josiane was employed as an Inspector with the USCI Division of CR Bard in Billerica for over 15 years.
 Among her many interests, she loved bingo and music, solving crossword puzzles and traveling to the beach to soak up the sun. However, above all else, being all about family, she cherished the quality time she was able to spend with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Josiane is survived by three daughters Betty Ann McMeniman and her husband Richard of Candia, NH, Tina Marie Merritt of Lowell and Carol Jean Casella of Lowell; three sons Raymond R. Guillemette, Jr. of Hookset, NH, Johnny Oozonian of Florida and Armand Oozonian of California; eleven grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
 Relatives and friends may call for a Memorial Visitation at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher in Lowell from 12 until 2 P.M. on Saturday, January 20th. Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Richard P. Rourke Print E-mail

Richard P. Rourke


Retired restaurateur and community leader


Richard P. “Ricardo” “Dick” Rourke, 74, a member of a well known Lowell family, died unexpectedly Sunday morning in Savanna, GA on his way home from vacation in Florida with his wife.


He was the beloved husband of the Catherine P. (Alley) Rourke, who survives him.

Born in Lowell on June 16, 1943, he was a son of the late Lowell Mayor and State Representative Raymond F. and Florence Rita (Lacoss) Rourke.  Richard was a graduate of Keith Academy
and received an Associate Degree from Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

His life was spent working in the food industry.  Richard began in research with Hood Ice Cream and Commodore Foods.  Nineteen years ago, Richard opened Ricardo’s Café Tratoria in Lowell and became known around Lowell as “Ricardo”.  His hard work at the restaurant had folks lined up to dine enjoying the food, great wine and Ricardo’s conversation with each table.

He later, having a vast knowledge of wines from around the world, opened Tutto Bene Wine and Cheese Shop in Downtown Lowell.  If you were at the restaurant or at the cheese shop Ricardo always greeted you with a smile and if you had the time a story and discussion would follow.

Richard was a very giving person supporting many charities in the Greater Lowell area.  He gave his time and monies to support the Lowell Folk Festival, Winterfest and the Salvation
Army to name just a few.  He served on the Board of Directors at the Greater Lowell Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank.

Richard was a big Boston sports team fan, enjoyed playing golf and traveled around the world with Italy being his favorite destination.  Religion was an important part of Richard’s life and was an active member of the
Immaculate Conception Church.

Besides his wife Catherine, he is survived by two sons, Patrick Rourke and his wife Abigail Brunt of Norfork, VA and Colin Rourke of Nashua, NH; a stepson, Glen M. McDevitt of IL; a granddaughter, Sydney Rourke of Lowell; a step grandson, Jack H. McDevitt of IL; two brothers, Raymond R. Rourke of Faquay Varina, NC and Jack Rourke and his wife Elaine of Chelmsford; two sisters, Maureen A. Cohen and her husband Joel  and Nancy L. Viera and her husband John both of Lowell; two sisters in law, Geraldine Rourke of Andover and the former State Representative Susan Rourke of Meredith, NH and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Richard was also the brother of the late Arthur Rourke and the late State Representative Timothy Rourke and brother in law of the late Jill Rourke.


Relatives and friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 until 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.  Burial in St. Mary Cemetery.  E-condolences/directions at  Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Immaculate Conception Building Fund, 3 Fayette St. Lowell, MA 01852.


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 Directions at 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 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.

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