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John J. MacLaughlan, Jr. Print E-mail

John J. MacLaughlan, Jr.

Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle
 
 John J. MacLaughlan, Jr., 77, of Lowell and Scituate, died Wednesday, April 5th at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell surrounded by his wife and children. He was the beloved husband of Catherine L. (Ford) MacLaughlan who survives him and with whom he would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on April 17th.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 26, 1939, a son of the late John J. and the late Marian E. (Martin) MacLaughlan, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1957.
 After graduation from Lowell High School in 1957, he entered Merrimack College and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. John also graduated from Boston College in 1964 with a Master of Arts Degree in Economics.
 In 1961 he began a teaching career that spanned 39 years. He became a full time teacher at Chelmsford High School in 1963, where he taught Economics and Political Science until 2000. Besides his teaching duties, John was the Chelmsford High School golf coach from 1963-1989 where he was awarded coach of the year numerous times. John also enjoyed running the scoreboard at home football games for many years.  
 An avid golfer, John was a former member of Vesper Country Club, and Long Meadow Golf Club, where he represented both clubs in the Lowell City Tournament over 20 times. John was a four-time club champion at Long Meadow. He was also a proud member of the “Hat Rack Club”, a close-knit group of neighborhood friends from childhood to today. John was a communicant and life-long member of the Immaculate Conception Parish.
 In addition to his wife Cathy, John is survived by five children John J. MacLaughlan, III of West Roxbury, MA, Ellen L. Slattery and her husband David of Lowell, Thomas F. MacLaughlan of Lowell, Daniel J. MacLaughlan and his wife Kristina of Burlington, MA and Beth A. MacLaughlan and her fiancé Frank Giliberti of Lowell; three grandsons Cameron John, Jack Frederick and Jason Daniel MacLaughlan; a sister Elizabeth Ann Shanley of Lowell; three brothers Kevin D. MacLaughlan and his wife Donna, James M. MacLaughlan and David W. MacLaughlan all of Lowell; a brother-in-law T. Joseph Shanley of Lowell; and several nieces and nephews.
 John’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff of D’Youville Senior Care for their care, compassion and concern during his stay there.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 1 to 5 P.M. on Sunday therefore allowing his golf buddies to venture home to catch the end of the Masters Golf Tournament on television. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) at 11 o’clock followed by his Committal Prayers at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, 3 Fayette St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
 
Mary A. Orcutt Print E-mail

 

Mary A. Orcutt

 
Worked at Highland Variety for many years
 
 Mary A. (Courtessi) Orcutt, 91, of Jersey City, New Jersey but for many years a resident of the Highlands section of Lowell, died Monday, April 3rd at her residence. She was the beloved wife of the late John F. Orcutt.
 Born in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, November 21, 1925, a daughter of the late James and the late Agnes (Russell) Courtessi, she attended Lowell schools and Lowell High School.
 Before retiring, Mary was employed by the Lowell School Department as a Cafeteria Aide at Lowell High School. Additionally, she worked at the Highland Variety Store for many years.
 Mary is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
 She was also mother of the late John Orcutt, sister of the late Leo Courtessi, the late James Courtessi and the late Jean Vergados and sister-in-law of the late Peter Vergados and the late Margie (Crowley) Courtessi.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Friday morning followed by her Funeral Service to be held at ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial will take place at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 44 Princeton Blvd, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768. 

 

 
Albert A. "Al" Lorenzo Print E-mail

Albert A. “Al” Lorenzo

 
Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather
 
 Albert A. “Al” Lorenzo, 80, of Pelham, died Sunday, March 26th at Heritage Skilled Nursing Home in Lowell. He was the beloved husband of 56 years to Beverly A. (McGrath) Lorenzo who survives him.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 10, 1936, a son of the late Albert M. and the late Nora (Bonnette) Lorenzo, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1954.
 A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Al proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman, Fire Control Technician Striker from July 21, 1954 to June 20, 1958 and was stationed aboard the Fletcher-class Destroyer USS Clarence K. Bronson.
 Before retiring, Al was employed as a Master Electrician with IBEW Local 558 in Lowell and IBEW Local 103 in Boston for 59 years.
 Among his many interests, he was a voracious reader and wrote many short stories on many different subjects. He also wrote the History of the Lowell Canal System. He was a member of the American Legion Post 100 in Pelham as well as the Longmeadow Golf Club in Lowell.
 In addition to his wife Beverly, Al is survived by a son Michael J. Lorenzo and his wife Pamela (Miller) of Lowell; four grandchildren Brian, Christina, Nicholas and Jillian; and eight great-grandchildren Brianna, Brisean, Laniya, Mariah, Gianah, Brittania, Briella and Caleb.
 He was also brother of the late Edward F. Lorenzo and the late Joseph D. Lorenzo.
 Al was deeply loved by all of his family and them by him.
 In keeping in accordance with his wishes, there will be no calling hours and all Funeral Services will be held privately for his family. E-condolences at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Longmeadow Scholarship Fund, 165 Havilah St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, Ma. (978) 458-8768.
 
William A. Merrill Print E-mail

 

William A. Merrill

Former part-time Park Ranger, National Park Service;

William A.  Merrill, 76, a lifelong resident of the City, passed away peacefully Sunday morning March 26, 2017, at the Westford House.

He was the beloved husband of Katherine (Carey) Merrill with whom he recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on November 20th 2016.  

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on Nov. 28, 1940, a son of the late Allen J. and Lillian (Seymour) Merrill, he was a communicant of St. Rita Church.

Bill attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1958. He went on to receive his BS and Masters in Education from Salem University. In addition, he received a Certificate of Advanced Education (CAGS) from Boston University in 1971.

He was employed at Lowell High School for 40 years as a history teacher and later a guidance counselor.  In the early years of the Lowell National Historic Park he worked seasonally as a tour guide – a job he thoroughly enjoyed.

Bill held membership in several Church, civic and educational organizations.  Prior to his illness, he served on the Board of Directors of the Lowell Collegiate Charter School.

Besides wife Katherine, he is survived by his sons Scott and his wife Jennifer (King) Merrill and Jonathan Merrill; his grandchildren Kaileigh, Connor and Rebecca Merrill.  He also leaves several cousins and many in-laws from his wife’s family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Pickul and all the staff of Westford House for their caring and support during this difficult time.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Tuesday.  Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. RITA CHURCH at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make remembrances in his memory to the Monastery of St. Clare, 555 River Road, Andover, MA  01886 or to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Rita’s Parish 158 Mammoth Road, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
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