John J. Leahy, Jr.
Loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, 85
John J. Leahy, Jr., 85, of Nashua, formerly of Lowell, died Sunday, November 22nd at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. He was the beloved husband of Martha A. (Smith) Leahy who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 21st of this year.
John was born in the homestead on Oakland Street, Lowell, Massachusetts on February 2, 1930. He was the fourth of six children and the first boy for John and Elizabeth (Powers) Leahy.
John graduated from Keith Academy in 1947 and entered Maryknoll Seminary. He graduated from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy. In 1959, he earned a Master Degree in Counseling at Boston College. John was the recipient of a General Electric Fellowship to Syracuse University. He was drafted into the Navy and was assigned to Squadron VF-14 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forestall and honorably discharged in 1957. He spent the next forty years in the field of education as a teacher, guidance counselor, School Psychologist, Director of Pupil Personnel in Manchester, NH and as School Psychologist in Lowell.
As the first certified school psychologist in New Hampshire, he established the first chapter of the National School Psychology Association in the state. John was President of the NH Psychology Association, a board member of the Easter Seal advisory committee, a board member of the Merrimack Valley Samaritans, and on retirement a Court appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children (CASA).
John was very proud of his Irish citizenship and enjoyed his travels to Ireland especially the family trip in 2005. He thoroughly enjoyed many summers on Cape Cod.
John is survived by his wife of more than fifty years, Martha (Smith) Leahy, son Sean and his wife, Sachiko of Nashua, NH, and his son, Patrick of Bourne, MA. His life was greatly enriched by the birth of his three grandchildren, Ethan James Leahy of Bourne, Aiko Rose and John Ichiro of Nashua.
He leaves his four sisters, Elizabeth Nangle, Elinor O'Connor, Marilyn Gill and her husband, Peter and Joan Lenzi and her husband, Albert all of Lowell. John is survived also by his only brother, Atty. Daniel P. Leahy and his wife, Gloria also of Lowell. John leaves his brother in law, Joseph P. Smith and his wife, Donna, and a sister in law, Mary E. Howe. Many nieces, nephews and their children are also left.
He was predeceased by brothers in law, William F. Nangle, James R. O'Connor, Robert A. Smith and Richard P. Howe
The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Joseph Hospital and the Courville Community in Nashua for the compassion ad care they bestowed upon John.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 5 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
James J. McLaughlin, III
James J. McLaughlin, III, 54, of Punta Gorda, Florida, formerly of Lowell, died November 12, 2015 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Colleen H. (O’Malley) McLaughlin, who survives him.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 11, 1961 the son of the late James J. and the late Lorraine T. (Griffin) McLaughlin, he attended the Reilly School and was a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School in Lowell with the Class of 1979. He then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Lowell Class of 1983.
James was employed as a Business Account Executive with Comcast in Florida.
In addition to his wife Colleen, James is survived by a daughter Sara B. McLaughlin of Punta Gorda, FL; a sister Elizabeth C. Delpidio and her husband Steven of Derry, NH; a brother-in-law Kenneth J. Gonsalves of Lowell, MA ; an aunt Eileen Griffin of New Port Richey, FL; and several nieces and nephews. He was also brother of the late Diane S. Gonsalves.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday DECEMBER 2, 2015. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. (Please meet at church). Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Gerald S. “Jerry” Pennaman
Retired systems analyst for Raytheon;
Gerald S. “Jerry” Pennaman, 86, a resident of Pelham, NH died Friday morning at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Beverly A. (Boyle) Pennaman with whom he shared 41 years of marriage.
Born in Dracut, MA on June 13, 1929, a son of the late Turre and the late Mary (Sharkey) Pennaman, he grew up in Dracut and received his education in the Dracut school system.
A proud veteran of the Korean War, Jerry served in the U.S. Army.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a systems analyst for Raytheon Corporation for over 40 years.
Jerry was a communicant of St Patrick’s Church in Pelham, NH and was a member of the American Legion Post 100 and the John H. Hargreaves Memorial VFW Post 10722, both in Pelham.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf but most of all spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife Beverly, Jerry is survived by his sister in law, Elinore Laverty of Lowell and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his first wife Carolyn (Pond) Pennaman and his brother, Turre Pennaman.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in PELHAM, NH at 12:00 Noon. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Daniel E. “Ed” Murphy, Sr.
Loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, 98
Daniel E. “Ed” Murphy, Sr., 98, of Framingham, formerly of Lowell, died Tuesday, November 17th at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice (McOsker) (Dolan) Murphy and the late Claire (Heafy) Murphy.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 31, 1917, a son of the late Patrick Joseph and the late Catherine (Riordan) Murphy, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Keith Academy where he was also Class Valedictorian.
A veteran of WW II, Dan proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and saw action in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, a Bronze Star Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. While in the army, he proudly held the title of Heavyweight Boxing Champion at Ft. McLellan in Alabama.
Before retiring, Dan was employed as a Letter Carrier for the United States Post Office in the Highlands Section of Lowell for over 43 years. He was the oldest living member of the USPS Union in the entire United States.
Among his many interests, Dan was an avid reader and enjoyed bowling and softball. He was a huge New England sports fan whether it was professional or college. He also loved all things Irish and traveling to Ireland.
He was a member of Catholic Charities, the Sacred Heart Men’s Club, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and was a proud usher at the former Sacred Heart Church in Lowell.
Dan is survived by two daughters Maryjane Mitchell and her husband Brian of Boston, MA and Nancy O’Connell and her husband Jack of Worcester, MA; a son Daniel E. Murphy, Jr. and his wife Gail of Westford, MA; five stepdaughters Mary Regan and her husband Joe of Lowell, MA, Ann Kerr and her husband Bob of Littleton, CO, Ellen Stokinger and her husband Chuck of Hudson, NH, and Kathy Whitney and her husband Gerry and Peggy Kane and her husband Jim all of Lowell; three stepsons Jim Dolan and his wife Sharon, Tom Dolan and his wife Kathy and Jack Dolan and his wife Karen all of Lowell, MA; thirty grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a sister Margaret “Peggy” Lally of Lowell, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also father of the late John “Jack” Murphy, grandfather of the late John Murphy, Jr. and Erin Murphy, and brother of the late Dennis “Joe” Murphy, H. Alice Warrington, Catherine “Kay” Coleman and John Murphy.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 11 A.M. Saturday. His Funeral Mass will follow at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 11:30 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 701 Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.