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John "Jock" Howard Pearson, Jr. Print E-mail

John "Jock" Howard Pearson, Jr.


John “Jock” Howard Pearson, Jr., 69, of Lowell, MA died on April 7, 2019 surrounded by his family.  Born in Lowell, Jock was an accomplished patent attorney, builder, banker, civic leader, and philanthropist.  He graduated from the Belvedere School, Cardigan Mountain School, Worcester Academy, University of Hartford (B.A. 1972), and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 1975). 

Jock was a senior partner with the law firm of Pearson & Pearson LLP, an intellectual property and business law firm founded in 1901 by Jock’s grandfather.  He was president of Gateway Center Corporation, and he and Nels Palm built the Gateway Center, the first “new” building in Lowell since the Beatles were famous.  Jock served as President of Butler Bank for over 30 years and helped thousands of people achieve their dreams. 

Jock served on the board of Cardigan Mountain School for 25 years, acting as both Chairman and President during that time.  In recognition of his service the school dedicated a dormitory, the Pearson House, in his honor.  Jock served as Chairman of the Board of Lowell General Hospital and of the American Textile History Museum.  He received the American Textile History Museum Community Service Award and the Merrimack Repertory Theater’s Paul E. Tsongas Award. 

Jock treasured his family.  He is survived by his wife the Hon. Barbara Savitt Pearson, daughter Ginger Bailey Pearson, son John Howard Pearson III, granddaughter Bailey Pearson Burke, sister Sally Pearson and brother-in-law Skip Millier, niece Samantha Millier and her husband, Michael Balestra, and nephew Gunnar Millier.

A private celebration of life will be held in Jock’s honor.  Internment will take place at the Hildreth Family Cemetery in Dracut. 

Special thanks to the amazing doctors and nurses at York Hospital and Brigham and Women’s.

Donations may be made to Lowell General Hospital or Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH in Jock’s honor.

Joseph D. Meehan Print E-mail


Beloved father, grandfather, husband, and community leader

       Joseph Dominic Meehan, 78, a life-long Lowell resident, CPA, tax consultant, retired federal government auditor, dedicated community activist, and leader of the Greater Lowell YMCA, passed away peacefully at Brigham & Women’s Hospital after a brief illness, surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, April 4th, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Nancy M. (Mellen) Meehan who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on July 12, 2018.
       Born and raised in Lowell, MA on May 29, 1940, he was the son of the late Joseph D. and the late Agnes B. (Burns) Meehan. He attended Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Lowell High School in 1957 where he was a track star. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Merrimack College in 1963, and achieved certification as a Certified Public Accountant in 1976. He continued to maintain his certification throughout his life.
       Joe was employed by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) of the United States Department of Defense as a contract auditor for 35 years, providing audit and financial advisory services to the Department of Defense and federal entities responsible for acquisition and contract administration. After retiring from the DCAA, he worked as a Master Tax Preparer at H&R Block for 17 years until 2018, and continued to provide tax preparation and consultative services for many friends, colleagues, and family members until his death.
       Mr. Meehan was an active contributor to several local philanthropic and community organizations. Closest to his heart was the Greater Lowell YMCA, where he was a loyal and enthusiastic member for almost 70 years. Joe joined the board of trustees in 1990, served as board chair from 1994-1997, and assumed many leadership roles including treasurer, vice-president and president. He was a key leader in the initiative to purchase 38 acres in Dunstable for YMCA Camp Massapoag in 2010. He relished being part of a team that provides opportunities for children to build character and self-confidence through outdoor experiential learning. In addition to his community work, he was a regular opinion column contributor to the Lowell Sun, as well as a practicing poet. Mr. Meehan authored two books of poetry, Radiation Residuals (2011) and Four Seasons, forthcoming in May 2019.
       His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends, enjoying memorable family trips to Aruba, Nantucket, England, and Seabrook Beach, as well as attending his grandchildren’s soccer, basketball, baseball and softball games, recitals, and theatrical productions. He enjoyed daily long brisk runs and walks through the streets of Lowell as well as countless evenings with his beloved wife and friends at his favorite Lowell restaurant, The Four Seasons.
       In addition to his wife Nancy with whom he shared 49 wonderfully happy years of marriage, he is survived by his daughter Emily K. Meehan and son-in-law Matt W. Miller of Exeter, NH, two grandchildren Delaney G. Miller and Joseph R. Miller, his nephew Scott Keith, and his brother-in-law Albert Keith.
       He was also the brother-in-law of the deceased Rosemary Keith and father of the deceased infant son, Joseph P. Meehan.
  Joe’s boundless energy, passion for life, sense of humor, infectious laughter, and genuine kindness toward others, will be sadly missed by his adoring family, many friends, colleagues, and neighbors.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences at  Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Greater Lowell YMCA, 35 YMCA Drive, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Kevin J. McDermott Print E-mail

Kevin J. McDermott

Beloved brother, uncle, granduncle and dear friend

 Kevin J. McDermott, 62, of Lowell, died Sunday, March 31st at his residence.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 29, 1956, a son of the late Brendon J. and the late Maureen V. (Cox) McDermott, he attended St. Patrick Grammar School in Lowell and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School in Lawrence.
 Before retiring, Kevin was employed as a chef at Chelmsford Crossings. Previously, he worked in that same capacity at the Radisson in Chelmsford and the former Prince Grotto in Lowell.
 In addition to his love of cooking, he was a coin collector, very politically active and an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.
 Kevin is survived by a sister Kathleen A. Perham of Chelmsford; a brother Brian F. McDermott of Brockton MA; a niece Ashling M. Perham of Chelmsford; two nephews Shaun P. McDermott of Lowell and Brendon W. Perham and his wife Julie of Chelmsford; a grandnephew Jameson W. Perham; his former sister-in-law Mary I. Day of Townsend, MA; his former brother-in-law William R. Perham of Laconia, NH; and his dear friend Becky Lawrence of Milan, Ohio.
There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Committal of ashes on Friday morning, April 12th at ST. PATRICK CEMETERY CHAPEL in Lowell at 11 o’clock. E-Condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Patrick Grammar School, 311 Adams St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.


Bernadette (McGuire) Galvin Print E-mail

Bernadette (McGuire) Galvin

Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister

 Bernadette (McGuire) Galvin, 94, died Saturday, March 30 at Lowell General Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Thomas F. Galvin, who died in 1978.
 Bernie was born on Feb. 11, 1925 and raised in Lowell, the daughter of Peter and Florence (McGrath) McGuire, and graduated from Lowell High School. She lived in Chelmsford for many years and was a parishioner at St. Mary’s Church.
 She worked in higher education for more than 20 years, including as executive assistant to then Vice President Mary McGauvran at the University of Massachusetts Lowell before retiring in 1989.
 In her younger years, Bernie was an avid bowler, earning many championship trophies, and until very recently played bridge weekly with friends and fellow residents of Chelmsford Crossing. She had enjoyed travelling, especially annual trips to Florida, and summer vacations at Newfound Lake and Seabrook beach. She also seized every opportunity to partake of her favorite delicacies, lobsters and chocolate, and spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who brought her much joy later in life. She was known for her wry wit, sly smirk and ability to tell it like it is.
 She is survived by two sons, Michael Galvin of Chelmsford, Peter Galvin and his wife Sharon of Dunstable; and one daughter, Patricia McCafferty and her husband Matthew of Andover; 8 grandchildren, Peter Galvin and his wife Crystal, Matthew Galvin and his wife Elizabeth, Thomas Galvin and his wife Kiley, Michael Galvin Jr. and his wife Andrea, Kristen Montplaisir and her husband Eric, Kali Reed and her husband Christopher, Matt McCafferty IV and Meghan McCafferty; 9 great-grandchildren; her sister Dorothy McGuire; and several nieces and nephews.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at ST. MARY CHURCH in CHELMSFORD at 11 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Sacred Heart Endowed Scholarship Fund at UMass Lowell, Charles J. Hoff Center, 1 Perkins St., Lowell, MA, 01854 or at, indicating Sacred Heart. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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