George B. Leahey, Esq. Print E-mail

George B. Leahey, Esq.

78, respected Lowell attorney;

George B. Leahey, Esq., a well known gentleman and highly regarded attorney died peacefully at his home in Tewksbury on Wednesday surrounded by his wife and sons.George was the husband of Donna M. (Gilooly) Leahey, with whom he would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on August 29th. After they met as infants, they were destined to be together. She was the love of his life and Donna and George were a wonderful couple.

A fifth generation Lowellian, he was born on August 20, 1939, to the late Dr. Brendan D. Leahey and the late Mary Josephine (O’Donnell) Leahey and was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Attorney Leahey attended Lowell public schools. After serving in the United States Coast Guard, he graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1962. In Lowell and at Georgetown, he treasured his educational pursuits and made friendships that lasted his lifetime. In 1966, Attorney Leahey earned his Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School.

He then practiced law in Lowell for the next fifty two years. From 1966 to 1976, Attorney Leahey was an associate and then partner of Goldman, Goldman, Curtis, Leahey and Latham. In 1967, he served as a special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County for a year. From 1976 until his death, he maintained his own practice with a concentration of estate planning, estate administration, real estate law and business law. For almost thirty years, he was trust counsel for Enterprise Bank & Trust.

Besides his family and friends, his loves included golf, dancing, travel, history, genealogy, sweets, all things Lowell, Georgetown, Rye and, of course, Vesper. George enjoyed life, a good conversation, and the rum punch at Barnacle Billy’s(a family favorite). He valued fairness, integrity, honesty, respect, and the courage to do the right thing.

An active member of several legal organizations, Attorney Leahey was a member and past President of the Greater Lowell Bar Association; former Director of Merrimack Valley Estate and Business Planning Council; member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Merrimack Valley Conveyancers Association, and the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, Inc.

He was also an active member of various civil and fraternal organizations, Attorney Leahey was past President of the Trustees of The Ayer Home; Trustee of the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank; member of the Board of Governors of Lowell General Hospital; Corporator of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell; past President of the Lowell Association for the Blind; former Vice President and Treasurer of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce; former President and Director of Vesper Country Club; former Trustee of Saints Medical Center, Inc.; and former Director of the Lowell Rotary Club. He also held memberships at Long Meadow Golf Club and Abenaqui Country Club. Attorney Leahey was also active in Voices of the Faithful.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Attorney Brian W. and Sophia C. (Cigliano) Leahey, of Lowell, and Attorney Mark B. and Stephanie M. (O’Connor) Leahey, of Washington, D.C.; two grandchildren Parker M. Leahey and Meritt C. Leahey, of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Alice D. Leahey and her husband Robert P. Congdon, of Venice, California; a brother, Dr. Alan B. and Kathleen S. (Smith) Leahey of Sunset, South Carolina; three nieces, Kelly Leahey Schoepke, Colleen Leahey McKeegan and Jennifer A. Leahey; his aunt Ann M. (Muras) O’Donnell of Lowell and many cousins.

George was also the father of the late G. Brent Leahey, Jr., Esq. and brother of the late Grant A. Leahey.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Tuesday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 11 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury (Please Meet at Church). E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make donations in his memory to the or mail checks to Dana Farber Cancer Institute c/o Jessica Hogan, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.



Condolences (7)
  • Titus Plomaritis, Sr.
    Donna, Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We all will miss his kindness and soft spoken. Dr. Titus Plomaritis family
  • Berdie Bumbulsky
    So sorry to hear of your brothers passing may the good lord take him right to heaven sending prayers for you and the family
  • Paul Demers  - My tribute to George.
    George and I first met playing baseball on Rye Beach in the summer of 1952 when we were both 14 years old and we have remained dear friends ever since. I would venture to say that something is missing from this description of George`s beautiful life: he was also a Saint. Hopefully, George will now put in a good word for us upstairs for the rest of us who could never measure up to his example and who will be talking about him down here for a long time. You got that George?
  • Claire Couillard  - Deepest Sympathies
    Dearest Donna, Brian and Mark, I was so saddened to hear of the death of George. Unfortunately I will not be able to be present as I am in Florida on vacation. Know that I hold you all in my thoughts and prayers at this time of great loss. Love to you Donna Our deepest sympathies. Love Claire and Annika
  • bob hatem  - Among the best.
    Neighbor, friend and countryman we will remember George as one of the best. So welcoming to our family when we returned to Lowell from D.C The Leahey family are in our thoughts, prayers and memories of happier days. RIP friend, neighbor and countryman. joanne and bob hatem
  • Newt Akashian
    To Donna and all the Leahey family my sincere condolences on your loss. May the many great memories help you through this very difficult time. Rest in peace my friend you are in my prayers! Newtie
  • Heather Chetley  - Donna & Family
    So very sorry to hear of George’s passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this difficult time & in the weeks ahead.
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