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John J. Caron Print E-mail

John J. Caron

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend;

John J. Caron, 90, of Lowell passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was married to A. Patricia (O’ Hare) Caron, who survives him, and with whom he celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past May.

Born in Lowell, MA on November 19, 1928, he was a son of the late Joseph and the late Mary (Shea) Caron and graduated from St. Patrick’s Boy School and Lowell High School.

A veteran of World War II, John proudly served his country in the US Navy.

John was employed by General Electric for over 40 years which later became Vulkor Corporation.

Among his many interests were horse racing, trips to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun as well as attending his grandchildren’s many school and sporting events.

John was a super-duper handyman and inventor that everyone went to when something needed to be fixed.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his two sons, John J. Caron Jr. and D. Michael Caron both of Lowell; two daughters, Ann Marie Murphy and her husband Kevin and Patricia Myers and her husband Barry all of Lowell; and a sister, Ruth Upton of Palm Coast Florida and sister in-law Marie Sherman of Lowell.

He also leaves seven grandchildren, Joshua Lach of San Diego, CA, Joseph Lach of Lowell, Kevin T. Murphy and his wife Carolyn of Newton, MA, Matthew Myers of Grafton, MA, Bradley Myers, Erin Myers, and Sarah Myers of Lowell as well as several dear nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his three sisters and their spouses, Mary LaRiche, Alice and Eddie Zaniewski, and Claire and Joe Dowling, along with his in-laws Bob Upton and Roy and Anne Stewart.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning November 26, 2018 at ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by Committal Prayers at St. Patrick Cemetery Chapel. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – Lowell. (978) 458-8768.


Anna G. Neofotistos Print E-mail


Anna G. Neofotistos

Beloved daughter, sister aunt and friend;

Anna G. Neofotistos passed away peacefully at home on Friday November 16, 2018.

Born on June 5, 1949 in Lowell, MA, a daughter of Georgia (Voulgaris) Neofotistos and the late George L. Neofotistos,  she attended Dracut schools and graduated from Dracut Senior High School in 1968 and went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1975 and a Registered Nurse in 1977.

She began her nursing career at D’Youville Manor Nursing Home and then the former St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lowell where she found her niche working in the operating room. She retired from Lowell General Hospital in 2007.

Anna received numerous nursing awards for her outstanding patient care.  She was most proud of her CNOR award and took great pride in being a kind and compassionate nurse providing direct patient care and comfort to her patients and their family members.  If you were lucky enough to have her as a nurse, you still talk about how wonderful and caring she was.  It helped that she spoke fluent Greek. 

Upon her retirement, Anna spent most of her time caring for her mother Georgia and it was her goal that her mother would live in her own home for her entire life.  She still does.

 She enjoyed her morning Dunkin Donuts coffee, long car rides, fine dining, travelling, movies, books and reading the Boston Globe.

Besides her mother, Anna is survived by three sisters Angelina G. Ramos of Lowell, Darlene Al Basaleh and her husband Najem of Stanton, CA and Iris Malliaros and her husband George of Dracut; two brothers Peter G. Neofotistos and Arthur G. Neofotistos both of Lowell; two goddaughters Zoe Malliaros and Eva Larkin; and many nieces and nephews to whom she was overly generous on holidays and their birthdays.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Service to be celebrated Saturday morning at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX OF THE HOLY TRINITY at 10 o’clock followed by burial in the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Circle Home, Inc., 847 Rogers St., # 201, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.  




Bruce W. Blair Print E-mail



Bruce W. Blair




Longtime artist and carpenter;




Bruce W. Blair, 73 years young, of Lowell, passed away peacefully Saturday November 10, 2018 at Lowell General Hospital. He also lived in Tyngsboro, and Dracut MA.

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 14, 1945, a son of the late Arthur R. and the late Eleanor R. (Corbett) Blair, he attended Cambridge public schools and was a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin school in1963. He studied art under the teacher and artist, Rita Ritterbush. 

After serving our country, Bruce went on to graduate from Massachusetts College of Art where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1974.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Bruce served in the U.S. Navy as a Russian Interpreter.  He trained in Monterey Language School in California. Bruce would send home his paychecks to assist with the financial needs of his siblings.  Santa Bruce was good to us. 

Prior to his retirement, Bruce was a carpenter for the Fred L. Webster Company, Inc. for many years.

In addition, he was a longtime local artist who was commissioned to create works of art for local commercial projects. 

Bruce is survived by his three siblings Bryan W. Blair and his wife Nancy of Framingham, Deborah R. Blair of Rotonda West, FL and Denise R. (Blair) Yuse and her husband Steven of Hampton, NH; and the following nieces and nephews;  Jacob Blair, Elizabeth Klausner, Benjamin Yuse, Adam Yuse, and Katheryn Arnold.  Bruce had many delightful great-nieces and nephews,

Private Services were held for the family. Family committal services will be held at a later date. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA. Funeral Arrangements by the O’Donnell Funeral Home






Gail C. Norton Print E-mail


Gail C. Norton

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend;

Gail C. (Trachim) (Bower) Norton 65, of Hudson, NH, but formerly of Lowell, MA died unexpectedly Saturday morning November 17, 2018 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

She was the wife of the late Peter J. Norton.

Born in Concord, Massachusetts, April 28, 1953, a daughter of the late Walter and the late Constance (Burk) Trachim, she attended Maynard schools and was a graduate of Maynard High School in the Class of 1971.

A proud and active mother of six, Gail also had a very busy work career as a dispatcher with Health Tech Ambulance in Andover and later in the Deli Department at the Market Basket in Hudson, NH.

Gail loved to play bingo but mostly enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters Mildred “Millie” (Bower) Melo and her husband Carlos of Litchfield, NH and Jaime Rich and her husband Thomas of Lowell; four sons Ralph “Sam” Bower and his wife Patricia of Hudson, NH, Patrick Norton and his wife Michelle of Nashua, NH, Walter Norton and his girlfriend Tiffany Perry of Hudson, NH and Paul Norton of Hudson, NH; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a sister Claudia Dellovo and her husband Charlie of Bedford; three brothers Walter Trachim and his wife Martha of Manchester, NH, Jay Trachim of Nashua, NH and Robert McConn of Raymond, NH; her best friend Louise Kennedy of Dracut and several nieces and nephews.

 She was also the mother of the late Shannon Bower and grandmother of the late Dylan “LaLa” Rich.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 5 to 8 P.M. TUESDAY. Private Funeral Services will be held for the family at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 267 Hanover St., Hanover, MA 02339. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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