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Philip E. O’Brien, Jr. Print E-mail

Philip E. O’Brien, Jr.

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law;

Philip E. O’Brien, Jr. 81, of Lowell, Massachusetts, and a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday February 1, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the loving husband for over 58 years of Brenda A. (Blazonis) O’Brien of Lowell, MA, who survives him.

Born in New York City, November 7, 1941, the son of the late Philip E. and the late Lillian T. (Tomasulo) O’Brien, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1959 where he was awarded the Carney Medal. Phil went on to attend Boston College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1963.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Phil proudly served his country as a Lieutenant with the U.S. Navy.

Prior to his retirement, Phil enjoyed a second career as an antique dealer operating Arbor Antiques in Lowell. Previously, he was well-known as a stockbroker in Greater Lowell for many years.

Active in his community, he was a past President of the Lowell Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Lowell Redevelopment Council, and Lowell Flicks Film club.

In addition, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was also a Lowell Youth hockey coach and enjoyed antiquing, sports, historical artifacts, and traveling to 49 of the 50 states and all 10 Canadian Provinces.

Besides his wife, Philip is survived by a son David O’Brien and his wife Stephanie of Hanover, MA; a daughter Elizabeth (O’Brien) Feury and her husband Matthew of Lynnfield, MA; four grandchildren Harry and Griffin O’Brien and Ella and Anna Feury; three siblings Joanne (O’Brien) Reilly of Boston, MA, Kevin O’Brien of Lowell, MA, and Mary Elizabeth “DeeDee” O’Brien of Quincy, MA; a sister-in-law Hedy Colburn of Tyngsboro, MA; He is also survived by a niece and four nephews.

Relatives and friends will be received at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST.  in Lowell on Monday February 6, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. All other services will be held at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing to, may make contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Francis R. "Frank" Diaz Print E-mail

Francis R. "Frank" Diaz

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, in-law, and friend.

Francis R. "Frank" Diaz, 83, of Chelmsford, MA passed away peacefully on Friday January 27, 2023, at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA surrounded by his loving family.

He was the loving husband for 55 “wonderful” years to Maureen (Mullen) Diaz, who survives him. Frank and Maureen also enjoyed spending their winter months at their home in Clearwater, FL.

Born on October 24, 1939, in Billerica, Massachusetts, the son of the late Anthony R. and the late Helen (Story) Diaz, he attended Billerica schools and was a graduate of Billerica High School.

Frank was a longtime member of St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Lowell.

Prior to his retirement, Frank held the position of New England Manager for LaFarge North America Cement and Construction Materials, where he worked for many years.

A member of the Country Club of Billerica, he enjoyed playing with his golf buddies, not to mention his “hole in one”.

Besides his wife, Frank is survived by his daughter Theresa and her husband Don Roche of Southborough, MA; his grandsons Keenan Roche of West Newton, Ma and Nolan Roche of Somerville, MA; his nephews Stephen and his wife Dianne Diaz of Billerica, MA and Anthony and his wife Susan Diaz of Northford, CT, a dear cousin Doris Joncas of No, Billerica, MA; a very dear life-long friend Bob Sullivan of Billerica, MA.

Frank is also survived by his favorite in-laws Barbara and Bob MacNicholl of Chelmsford, MA, James Mullen of Clearwater, FL, Richard and Kathy Mullen of Chelmsford, MA, Ray Jurewicz of Pelham, NH and also many nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to mention but never forgotten.

He was the brother of the late Anthony R. Diaz.

Frank will always be remembered as one of the good guys by all who knew and loved him.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL on Thursday evening February 2, 2023, from 4 to 7 P.M.. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday morning at ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND CHURCH in LOWELL at 10 o'clock followed by his burial at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Shirley M. Huard Print E-mail

Shirley M. Huard

Beloved mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmothe


Shirley M. (Anderson) Huard, 91, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Thursday January 19, 2023, at Lowell General Hospital with her family by her side.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 11, 1931, the daughter of the late Herbert and the late Eva R. (Willette) Anderson, she was the last survivor of the Anderson’s twelve children. She received her education in the Lowell School system.

Prior to her retirement she worked as a crimper at the Bard Corp in Billerica for many years.

A devoted mother, Shirley enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.

Shirley is survived by three children Dana L. Huard, of Dracut, Diane L. Tanguay of Lowell, and David A. Huard of Sandia Park, NM; nine grandchildren Randy Huard, Kevin J. Tanguay and his wife April, Keith L. Tanguay, Shannon Capen, Shannon Harris and her husband Mike, David J. Huard and Michelle R. Huard, Chelsea Tousley and her husband Garrett, Brooke Duda and her husband Garrett; twelve great grandchildren; one great great grandchild.

She was the mother of the late Dennis C. Huard, who past way in 2020.

Relatives and friends may attend her Visitation on Friday morning January 27, 2023, at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST., LOWELL, MA, from 9 to 10:45 A.M. followed by her Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 11:00 o’clock. Burial to follow at Westlawn Cemetery in Lowell, MA. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA - (978) 458-8768.

James A. Sullivan Print E-mail

James A. Sullivan
Retired Treasurer of The University of Massachusetts Lowell;


James A. Sullivan, 87, of Westford, Massachusetts and formerly of Chelmsford, a devoted husband and father, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday January 15, 2023, at Lowell General Hospital with his family by his side.

He was the loving husband for over 61 years of Dorothy F. (Donahue) Sullivan, who survives him.

Born in Andover, Massachusetts, September 3, 1935, the son of the late Augustine P. and the late Mary T. (Picard) Sullivan, he was a graduate of Central Catholic High School Class of 1953 and received his Bachelor of Science in Science from Merrimack College in 1957.

Jim went on to receive his Master’s in Business Administration from Fitchburg State College.

He proudly served his country as a Sergeant First Class with the U.S. Army and continued his service as a Reservist with the National Guard.

Jim's 48 year career in the University system began at Lowell Technological Institute, then the University of Lowell, ultimately working years as the treasurer of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. After a brief retirement, he returned to work part time for the Dean of Arts and Sciences until age 78.

An active member of his community, Jim served as the former Chairman of the Chelmsford High School Building Committee and was a former communicant of St. Mary’s Church where he also taught religious education. He enjoyed golfing and was a past member of Vesper Country Club.

Jim was an avid tennis player for over 50 years and coordinated the Tuesday Night Tennis League every week at Trull Brook Tennis Club.

Jim also had his private pilot’s license. His children fondly recall the flight to Martha's Vineyard for lunch as a great adventure.

His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family, especially his children, grand and great grandchildren. Telling each how much he loved them with regularity.

Besides his wife, Jim is survived by four children Dorothy F. Semonian and her husband Ralph G. of Westford; James A. Sullivan Jr and his wife Wendy Bean of East Burke, VT; Ellen M. Grondine and her husband Thomas of Westford; and Catherine M. Olszowy and her husband Andrew of Westford; eight grandchildren- Edward R. Flood, III, Matthew J. Flood, Elizabeth C. Flood, LT Victoria D. Medved, Thomas J. Grondine, Catherine M. Grondine, Ellen F. Olszowy and Olivia V. Olszowy; three great grandchildren Mackenzie B. Flood, Cash E. Flood, and Fiona F. Flood; a brother John “Jack” Sullivan and his wife Ellen of Andover and many nieces and nephews, near and far.

He was the brother of the late Elizabeth Cotting and the late Ann Marie Rae.

Relatives and friends may attend his Visitation on Friday morning January 20, 2023, at ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA CHURCH, 107 North Main St., Westford, MA from 10 to 11:15 A.M. followed by his Funeral Mass in the church at 11:30 A.M. Burial to follow at St. Mary Cemetery in North Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 107 North Main St., Westford, MA 01886. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA (978) 458-8768.

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