Joseph H. Sexton Jr. Print E-mail
Joseph H. Sexton Jr.

Beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend;


Joseph H. Sexton Jr. 95, of Lowell, Massachusetts, a well-known local educator, passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 14th, 2021 at the D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell.

Joseph was the loving husband of the late Catherine M. (Bonadei) Sexton.

Born on May 15th, 1926 in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of the late Joseph H. and the late Agnes G. (Casey) Sexton, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Joe proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy.

Following his service in the war, Joe returned to school and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Lowell State Teacher’s College and later earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Lowell State Teacher’s College (nka as U/Mass Lowell).

Prior to Joe’s retirement, he was a schoolteacher for over 30 years with the Lowell Public school system at the McAvinnue Junior High school.

Joseph enjoyed spending time with his family, and amongst his friends at the Lowell Lodge of Elks, and he found great pleasure in golfing. Joseph had a love of reading, particularly novels that were history based.

Joseph is survived by a son, Joseph H. Sexton III and his wife Mealea of Lowell, MA; a daughter, Ann M. Sexton, of Lowell, MA; his two grandsons, Patrick K. Sexton and Dominic T. Sexton both of Lowell, MA; his niece, Noella Byam, of Chelmsford, MA, who was like a second daughter to him, and several other nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning September 18, 2021 at St. RITA’S 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 Autism Awareness. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (4)
  • Radha Kalluri  - Memorable teacher
    My sincere condolences to Mr. Sexton's family. I was a student in his class at McAvinue Jr. High in 1987. I remember learning the following phrase in his class... "your rights end where another person's rights begin". As a child, it struck me as being a very important lesson to carry forward. I used this phrase today when discussing something with my children...which is why I came searching for any news on the teacher who first taught it to me. Los Angeles, CA
  • Paulette Young  - Nurse at MFM
    Sorry to hear this news Joe you were such a gentleman we will miss you at the office.,your big smile and conversations. . May you rest in eternal peace Paulette Young LPN
  • Jay Bastien  - Wonderful teacher
    I remember my McAvinnue days well. Was there K-8. I recall walking into the junior high side of the building hearing about the serious & stern Mr Sexton. But in taking his classes, he wasn't that stern. He was serious about his history passion. That showed in his teaching & his service to our country. He was old school writing on the blackboard for hours at a time, us kids copying word for word. Looking back I learned so much history from him...he truly was an educator. Your life achievements were impressive yet you never boasted. Job well done Mr Sexton. Great man!
  • Sean Sullivan  - Mr. Sexton
    I well remember Mr. Sexton's history class at the McAvinnue School in Lowell along with the depth of knowledge and passion for teaching that was evident in Mr. Sexton's class. To this day I can still recite the preamble to the U.S. Constitution that I learned in Mr. Sexton's class back in Junior High School. A true Lowellian who left his mark on many students from Pawtucketville. Rest in Peace Mr. Sexton. Sean Sullivan, McAvinnue Class of '77 Clearwater Beach, Florida
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