John F. “Doc” Flynn, Jr.
Decorated Veteran of WWII and Korean War;
John F. “Doc” Flynn, Jr., 89, a longtime resident of the Acre section of the City, died Monday morning at the Wingate at Belvidere Nursing Center in Lowell.
He was the husband of the late Irene A. (Lord) Flynn who died May 12, 2004.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 1, 1925, the son of the late John and the late Julia G. (Newton) Flynn, Sr., he attended St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Lowell High School.
A proud veteran of World War II and the Korean War, John served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Reeves in the North Atlantic on escort duty and after the ship was renamed the APD-52 was sent to the Japan invasion area where it undertook anti submarine, anti aircraft, underwater demolition duties and the repatriation of former P.O.W. held by the Japanese.
Doc worked as a laborer for the city of Lowell for many years and was a member of the Association of State County and Municipal Employees.
He was also a member of the Disabled American Veteran’s Association.
John is survived by a granddaughter Sheri Boland of Lowell; two brothers James R. Flynn and his wife Valerie, William R. Flynn; three sisters Madeline Venne, Margaret Delorme and Patricia Farrell; a former daughter-in-law Stella McAuliffe; and members of the Foster and Lord families; and many nieces and nephews.
He was father of the late Linda Boland and the late John F. Flynn, III, was the brother of the late Richard Flynn, the late Thomas Flynn and the late Gertrude Ragland, brother-in-law of the late Ruth Flynn and Sheila Flynn (who died December 14, 2014),
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9 to 10:45 A.M. Friday. His Funeral Service will follow at the Funeral Home at 11 o’clock. Burial will follow at Tyngsboro Memorial Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Contributions in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Margaret A. "Peggy" Smith, C.R.T.T.
Margaret A. "Peggy" (McCue) Smith, C.R.T.T., of Billerica, died Saturday morning at Lowell General Hospital with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Glenn D. Smith with whom she recently celebrated their 38 wedding anniversary on July 31, 2014.
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the daughter of the John T. and the late Mary R. "Mae" (O'Neill) McCue, she attended St. Margaret Grammar School and was a graduate of Keith Hall. She went on to graduate from Northeastern University with a Degree in Respiratory Therapy.
For over 35 years, Peggy worked as a Respiratory Therapist in Lowell. Prior to her retirement, she worked in the Pulmonary Rehab Department at the former St. Josephs Hospital.
Among her many interests, she liked knitting, crafts and music. Peggy also enjoyed travelling, going to the beach and camping. But her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family, especially her grandsons.
Besides her husband, Peggy is survived by her son Shawn D. Smith and his wife Allison of North Andover; two grandsons Aidan D. Smith and Dylan M. Smith of North Andover; her brother in law Lance S. Smith and his wife Naomi B. of Azle, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also the mother of the late John T. Smith who died December 14, 1978.
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 attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated Thursday morning at the Funeral Home at 10 o'clock. Burial will follow at the Fox Hill Cemetery in Billerica. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Diabetes Assn., P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or the Lowell Assn. for the Blind, 169 Merrimack St., 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
John J. Gill
Veteran of WW II; 101 years old;
John J. Gill, 101, a resident of the Pawtucketville section of the City, but originally from the Acre, died Monday morning at Lowell General Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 16, 1913, the son of the late Thomas F. and the late Ellen (McDermott) Gill, he attended the Bartlett school and went on to graduate from Lowell High School.
John entered the U.S. Army during World War II and served with the 252nd Combat Engineers in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Following the service, John worked for the Commonwealth of Mass Department of Public Welfare as a Custodian for over 32 years.
Active with his parish, John served as an usher at the Shrine of St. Rita Church.
He was a member of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and the Association of Retired State, County and Municipal Employees.
John enjoyed walking all over the City and was a familiar site to the many people who saw him on his walks. He also made daily visits to join his extended family at Macheras Service Mart where Dan, Peter and John Macheras and the rest of the group gathered.
He is survived by two nephews John O’Hearn and his wife Veronica of Knoxville, TN and Peter T. O’Hearn and his wife Jody of Lowell; two nieces Marion O’Hearn, R.N. of Lowell and Judy (Gill) Patrick and her husband Cecil “Pat” of Goffstown, NH; many grandnieces and grandnephews.
John was also the brother of the late Marion Gill, the late Helen O’Hearn and the late Walter, Thomas and Joseph Gill.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 8:00 to 8:30 A.M Friday morning. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the SHRINE OF ST. RITA CHURCH at 9 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. 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.
Arthur John Manelas
Arthur John Manelas, 71, of Pelham, NH, formerly of Lowell, MA, died Thursday after a 2 year plus battle with complications suffered from a brain aneurysm in September 2012
He was the beloved husband of Poppy C. (Chiklis) Manelas who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on June 12, 2014.
Born in Eptahori, Kozani, Greece on June 22nd 1943, he was the son of Irene (Kapsouris) Manelas and the late John Arthur Manelas.
Arthur graduated college in Greece before coming to America at age 18 to seek further education in upstate NY and eventually graduated from Lowell Technological Institute (now known as U/Mass Lowell). He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
He worked his early years as an engineer for the US space program on the Apollo 13 mission which sent the first man to the moon.
Arthur was an entrepreneur owning many businesses throughout his life. He owned and operated his Solar Engineering Company in the 1970’s for which he holds 17 US patents. He was a General Contractor building many houses and neighborhoods in Lowell and Dracut, MA. The past 15 years he dedicated his life to his lifelong dream of supplying free energy to the world. He developed a system that produced more energy than it consumed. A true over unity energy device that powered his house and his home made electric car without having to be plugged in to any power source.
When he wasn’t solving the world’s energy problems, he enjoyed being with his family and especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities from hockey, baseball and lacrosse to dance and cheerleading competitions.
He was a lifelong member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell.
Arthur also enjoyed restoring and driving classic American muscle cars. He restored over 50 1957 Chevy Bel Airs as well as numerous Camaros, Chevelles and Corvettes.
Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by a son John A. Manelas and his wife Karen of Pelham; a daughter Rena DeBrum and her husband Charles of Pelham; six grandchildren Nicole Manelas, Samantha DeBrum, Rachel Manelas, Jared Manelas, John DeBrum and Nicole DeBrum; three sisters Voula Shanks and her husband Glenn of Dracut, Sylvia Karafilidis and her husband George of Lowell and Lea Foster and her husband Paul of California; a brother James Manelas of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher form 3 to 7 P.M. Sunday. His Funeral will take place from the Funeral Home Monday morning at 10 o’clock followed by his Funeral Service at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH at 11 o’clock. Burial in the Westlawn Cemetery. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Father Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978 or 866) 458-8768.