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Donald J. McQueen

Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend

Donald J. McQueen, 80, a resident of the Highlands section of Lowell, passed away peacefully Friday morning March 22, 2019 at Lowell General Hospital.

He was the beloved husband for 58 years of Marianne (Carufel) McQueen, who survives him.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 9, 1939, son of the late Donald and the late Viola (Pilawski) McQueen Hodge, he attended St. Peter’s Grammar School and Keith Academy, Class of 1956.

Don went on to attend Lowell Technological Institute (nka UMass Lowell) where he received his Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering in 1961. Later, he attained his Masters in Chemical Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute.

Prior to his retirement, Don was a Program Manager for AVCO/Textron Defense Systems for over 30 years.

A devoted husband and father, Don loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

An avid reader, he enjoyed traveling with his family, vacationing in Wells Beach, ME and supporting all New England sports teams.

Besides his wife, Marianne, Don is survived by his two daughters Marylou MacKenzie and her husband David of Lowell and Kathleen Sullivan and her husband Timothy of Lowell; three grandchildren Kaitlyn MacKenzie, Bryan MacKenzie and Liam Sullivan; a sister Elaine (Hadden) Drysdale of Charlottesville, VA; two sisters-in-law Judith Frongillo and her husband Richard and Martha DeSaulnier all of Chelmsford; and a niece and several nephews.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 3 to 7 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND PARISH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o the Philanthropy Office 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.


Condolences (6)
  • James Casparro  - Accept our sympathy for Donald's loss.
    Donald and I were classmates not only at St. Peter's grammar school but also classmates at Keith Academy, Class of 1956.
  • Nancy Sullivan Downes
    Kathy, MaryLou and Mrs. McQueen, I am so very sorry for the loss of Mr. McQueen. He was such a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He had such a wit and charm about him that resonated with people and a heart of gold. I always enjoyed the times I had the pleasure of his company over the years, whether it was at Finnegan's pool or during the college years. He could always make you smile, and was indeed one of the Highland's finest! Most of all, he was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Heaven is getting an incredible angel. May he rest in peace. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
  • Jim Hines  - Marianne, Mary Lou, Kathy
    I am so broken-hearted to hear of Don's passing. I have so many blessed memories of our families celebrating various life events together. Don was always such good company as were all of you. I hope you are able to find comfort in the fact that he was a wonderful husband and father, and an all around great guy. Sending you healing thoughts and prayers.
  • Rhonda Rocheleau
    Kathy and Liam, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
  • Amanda/ Dr. DeAmicis' Office
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Thinking of you all
  • Bob and Jane Furtado
    Please accept our sincere sympathy on Don’s passing. Bob and Don knew each other through their employment at Textron. We are in Florida or would have come to personally extend our sympathy!
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