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Arthur C. Anton Print E-mail

 

ARTHUR C. ANTON


 

Former President and CEO of Anton’s Cleaners.



Arthur C. Anton, 95, the patriarch of the Anton family of Greater Lowell, passed away peacefully due to natural causes at his home in North Andover on Sunday July 26, 2020. Prior to moving to North Andover, he resided in Boston, Chelmsford and Palm Beach, Florida.


A highly respected area businessman, longtime philanthropist, and well-known leader in the Greek Orthodox community, Arthur recently celebrated his 95th birthday with those who brought him the most joy, his children and grandchildren.

He was the loving husband for 67 years of the late Madeline (Kanavos) Anton, who passed away in 2018.

Arthur was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 8, 1925, a son of the late Charles and the late Paula (Vacass) Antonopoulos He was a graduate of the Lowell High School Class of 1943 where he was the Class Valedictorian and a Carney Medal Winner.

Following high school, Arthur proudly served his country in the U.S Army Air Force through the conclusion of World War II.

After the war, he attended Boston University where he graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In addition to graduating with Honors, Arthur was elected University Class President and Man of the Year at Boston University.

In 1950, Arthur joined his father and brothers at Anton’s Cleaners, in Lowell where he served as President and CEO from 1950 to 2000 and developed the company into the largest dry cleaning operation in New England and one of the largest in the United States. To this day, Anton’s Cleaners, continues to be a family-owned, operated and nationally recognized dry cleaning business.

A beloved member of the community who always had a smile and a kind word, Arthur was active with many charitable, religious, fraternal and business organizations in Greater Lowell, Massachusetts and New England.

While a highly successful businessman, he dedicated his entire life to the pursuit of helping others. A tireless leader, organizer and volunteer, Arthur was a deeply religious man of faith who served his church, the Greek Orthodox Archdioceses of North and South America, with loyalty and passion.

Over the course of his life Arthur held many positions of leadership within the Church on both the local and national level. Among them were National Chairman of the league of Greek Orthodox Stewards, Executive Committee member of the Archdiocesan Council (1972-1994), Committee member of the Greek Orthodox Church in the America’s and Chairman of many local, regional and national events for the Church.

In 1976, Arthur was ordained the title of “Archon Depoutos” by Archbishop Iakovos which is the highest honor the church can bestow on a lay person. He was also a founding member of the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund where he served as Vice Chair and Chairman from 1994-2004.  In one of the highlights of his life, Arthur was a member of the Greek Orthodox delegation that traveled to the Vatican where he had a private audience with Pope John Paul II.

Arthur was an integral part of Lowell General Hospital’s leadership team, serving as Chair of the Board (1981-1986) and as a trustee for 35 years.  Over the years, he also served as President of:  Chamber of Commerce of Greater Lowell, Lowell Rotary Club, United Fund of Greater Lowell, Community Council of Greater Lowell and AHEPA.

A staunch supporter of education, Arthur was a Trustee of Boston University (1977-1980), Hellenic College, Brookline (1972-1982) and The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece (1972-1982).

As a result of his dedication to the community, Arthur received several awards, among them, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation Award (2014), the Lowell High School Distinguished Alumni Award (2013), the Religious Heritage of America Business and Professional Award (1989)and the “Aristotelian Award” by the Order of AHEPA (1979).

Arthur’s largest achievement, however, was the impact he had on the lives of the many individuals with whom he interacted. He had an enormous zest for life and was extraordinarily generous with his time and attention.  He loved his family, food, friends, visits to Greece, and considered every milestone as an opportunity to celebrate life and enrich his treasure box of memories.

Arthur is survived by his four children Diane Wilmot and her husband Gunnar of Bronxville, NY, Susan Pasanen and her husband Wayne of Newburyport, MA, Charles Anton and his wife Tami of Lincoln, MA, and Arthur Anton, Jr. and his wife Nina of Carlisle, MA; ten grandchildren Gunnar Wilmot, Jr., Madeline Wilmot, Zachary Pasanen and his wife Alexandra, Christina Pasanen, Alexandra Pasanen, Arthur Austin Anton, Jacqueline Anton, Spencer Anton, Olivia Anton and Steven Anton; a great grandchild Rosie Pasanen; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late John Anton, Alexander Anton, Socrates Antonopoulos and brother-in-law of the late Joyce (Haley) Antonopoulos.

Due to Covid 19 state and federal restrictions, all Funeral Services were held privately for the family. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854 or St. Constantine and Helen Church, 71 Chandler Rd., Andover, MA 01810.  Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA (978) 458-8768.








 
Luz C. Medina Print E-mail

Luz C. Medina

Loving wife, mother, sister and friend;

Luz C. Medina, 50, of Dracut, died Wednesday July 15, 2020 at her home.

She was the beloved wife of Angel L. Reyes, who survives her.

Born in New York City, New York, April 28, 1970, the daughter of the late Juan Medina and the late Luz De Jesus, she received her Associates Degree.

Prior to her retirement, she was a teacher at the Community Christian Academy in Lowell.

Besides her husband, Luz is survived by a son Juanangel Reyes of Dracut; a brother Adam Medina of Fort Knox, Kentucky; a sister Lissitte Medina of Dracut and several nieces and nephews.

Her calling hours will be held Tuesday afternoon July 21, 2020 at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 2:00 to 4:30 P.M. with a Funeral Service to be held in the Funeral Home at 4:30 P.M.. (Stated mandated social distancing restrictions will be in place at the funeral home and all entering the funeral home must wear a mask.) Burial will take place on Wednesday at the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, RI, at 11 o’clock. (Please meet at the Cemetery). E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
Attorney Robert C McDonald Print E-mail

Attorney Robert C. McDonald



Retired  Defense Attorney;



Attorney Robert C. McDonald, 74, of the Pawtuckeville section of Lowell, passed away Wednesday July 15, 2020 at Lowell General Hospital.

He was the beloved husband of Juliette H. (Boisvert) McDonald, who survives him and with whom he celebrated 43 years of marriage.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 21, 1945, a son of the late Leo G. and the late Catherine L. (Carey) McDonald, he received his education in the Lowell school system and was a graduate of St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, NH with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Bob went on to receive his Juris Doctorate in Law from Suffolk University in Boston.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Bob proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp where he received several medals and commendations among them the Good Conduct Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Prior to his retirement, Bob, who was a highly respected lawyer for over 40 years, was a Criminal Defense attorney in the Lowell District Court and later a Defense Attorney in the Lowell Juvenile Court..

Bob had several interests outside of his career including touring New England, walking, boating and long car rides.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a sister Louise Leonard of Lowell; a niece Catherine L. Urbaniak of Chelmsford; and many dear cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning July 20, 2020 at ST. RITA CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in North Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Anselm’s College, 100 St. Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH 03102. Funeral Arrangements by O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA – (978) 458-8768

 
Ann Serna Casey Print E-mail

Ann Serna Casey

Retired Dracut School Teacher;



Ann Serna Casey, 89, a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family and a highly respected educator, passed away peacefully at Lowell General Hospital on Friday July 3, 2020.

She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 1, 1931, the daughter of the late William F. and the late Helen W. (Murningham) Casey.

A graduate of St. Michael’s Grammar school in 1946, Ann continued her education at Keith Hall, Class of 1950, Lesley College in Cambridge, Class of 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She went on to receive her Masters in Education from Boston University in 1959.

Prior to her retirement, Ann was a school teacher in the Dracut School system having taught Kindergarten and elementary students for many years.

A devout Catholic, Ann was a communicant of St. Marguerite D’Youville Parish in Dracut, the Poor Clare Guild and also served as a recruiter, a member of the Catholic Daughters, Guild Captain and Auxiliary member with the Hudson New Hampshire Oblate Retreat House.

Active with her community, she was a member of the Dracut Library, the Dracut Friends of the Elderly and the Dracut Council on Aging.

Ann was also a member of the Massachusetts and the National Teacher’s Associations.

She is survived by her aunt Mary J. Coupe of Lowell and many beloved cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Friday morning at ST. MARGURITE D’YOUVILLE CHURCH in DRACUT at 10 o’clock followed by her burial in St. Mary Cemetery in No. Tewksbury. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Oblate Retirement House, 486 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA 01876.  Arrangements by O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768.

 
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