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Alan E. Dailey

“Bampy” - 1955 – 2020

       It is with great sadness that the family of Alan E. Dailey “Bampy” of Lowell, announces his passing after a heroic 20 year battle with cancer.  He was married for 39 years to the love of his life and best friend, Lynne (Wholey) Dailey.

       The son of the late Robert F. Dailey and the late Sheila (Burns) Dailey, he was raised in Lowell’s Belvidere Neighborhood. A graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and St. John’s Preparatory High School, Alan went on to graduate from the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences for Funeral Directors.

       Alan worked several years at The Mahoney Funeral Home as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He also managed operations at the family store, Gorham Liquors. Alan had an accomplished career as a Sales Representative for both the Whitehall Company and Ruby Wines, where he worked until his retirement in 2018.  He loved his job and spoke fondly of the many great friendships he forged with both colleagues and clients. Upon retirement, Alan fully intended to resume his career in the funeral profession.

      He lived his life with intent, writing his own rules and paving his own way.  He was known for his quick wit, sound advice, and unparalleled storytelling. An avid reader, Alan was passionate about history. This passion drove him to broaden his knowledge with a cherished family trip to Ireland and many visits to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, the Fort Ticonderoga Museum, and Smithsonian Museums.  He enjoyed sports, classic movies, summers on Great East Lake, and charcoal grilling year-round. Above all, he treasured his time spent with his five grandchildren who lovingly referred to him as “Bampy” and filled his heart with love.

       Alan was the greatest father to his children, imparting his strengths, wisdom, and values. He selflessly provided them with everything they could ever need or want.  He was happy to welcome his sons-in-law who were a perfect complement to his family.

       Alan will be lovingly remembered by his wife Lynne and by his daughters Pamela J. Coit and her husband, Timothy R. Coit of Chelmsford; his daughter Allison E. Morin and her husband Norman P. Morin of Chelmsford; his 5 beloved grandchildren: Emma, Margaret, and Charlotte Coit; Alan and Patrick Morin.  His siblings Robert F. Dailey of Quincy; J. Richard Dailey (Joan) of Tyngsboro; Donna L. Dailey of Lowell; Linda D. Barbo (Doug) of Reading as well as his Uncle Robert “Ziggy” Burns (Terry) of Dracut and Uncle Joseph Sweeney of Lowell.  He leaves many cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He also leaves behind many dear friends from his childhood, the Bunting Club, and his coffee club at Store 38. 

       He was predeceased by his sister Judith A. Frost, whom he adored, and her husband Robert W. Frost as well as his in-laws Leonard and Joyce (King) Wholey.

       Now, as we prepare to say “So Long” in Bampy’s words, we will always and forever “Remember When” Bampy’s favorite song.

 Dailey – All services were held privately per Alan's wishes. E-condolences at  Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave. West, Boston, MA 02215. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA – (978) 458-8768


Condolences (8)
  • Dan Gallagher  - So long
    So sorry to Lynne and his extended family. Having known Alan for fifty years, I have heard my share of his stories as he had a few for any occasion. May the road rise to meet you. "So long" old friend.
  • Ellen and Norman  - Our Condolences
    Lynne, Allie, Pam and Family Thinking of you in these difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. Alan will be missed. Sending hugs
  • Joseph & Maryellen Heider  - Deepest Sympathy
    Dear Lynne, Pam, Allison & Family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of your husband/father. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
  • Terrence Gormley  - To Lynne and family
    AD that says it all. A good friend forever, with so many stories. Another cog in the gear that will be missed
  • Rick Tara  - Childhood bonds last forever
    Alan was my closest friend growing up. Sadly, I moved away and lost touch years ago, but bonds made carried on through my whole life. I have always wondered what if I hadn’t moved away. My deepest condolences to Lynne and the whole family.
  • Ruth and Gary Potwin  - Our condolences
    Dear Lynne, We are so sorry to learn of Alan's passing. Though we only met Alan briefly, we came to know him through your loving words of him during our many conversations. Our heart goes out to you and your family as you find a path forward without Alan. Hugs!
  • Wayne Wyman
    Lynne, I was very saddened to read of A.D's passing. From our days spanning the back road at Cawley, Lefty's, Hugh's, and whenever we ran into each other, I will remember Alan as someone I always loved seeing and talking to. We had our stories. Lynne, my condlences to you and your girls, and to the entire Dailey family. A.D you will be missed.
  • Martha "Martie" Donohoe  - I sure will miss you!
    I had some of the best times growing up with Alan. We were friends since we were young kids. He had the best sense of humor. We worked together at Market Basket for many years. I started as a cashier in high school and Alan insisted that I move to his department Produce, which I did. We played many pranks in that department, not to mention the other departments for which we also had many friends. Those days I will never forget. He was a loyal friend. I remember his wedding day to his lovely wife Lynne. I was a beautiful day filled with his family and a great deal of friends. Needless to say, a good time was had by all. I will miss you pal. See you on the other side. XOXO
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