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B. Joseph Tully Print E-mail

B. Joseph Tully

Loving Father, Brother and Papa
 B. Joseph Tully, 88, a former Massachusetts State Senator and Lowell City Manager, died peacefully on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Lowell General Hospital. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years Annette (Chouinard) Tully on April 16, 2009.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on January 4, 1927 to the late Bernard and the late Ellen (Adams) Tully, he attended the Lowell Public Schools before graduating from Keith Academy in the class of 1944. 
 After high school he then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Panama during WWII until his honorable discharge in November 1946.
 Joe graduated from Boston University in 1951 at the top of his class, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration in three years time.
 Shortly thereafter he started his own business, Tully Associates, representing manufacturing agents including the D-Con Company.  He had a successful business career before entering politics in 1965, when he was elected to the Dracut Board of Selectmen.
 In 1971 Joe was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in the 1st Middlesex District where he served as Chairman of The House Ways and Means Committee.
 From 1979 to 1987 he served as Lowell City Manager. During his tenure he was instrumental in the revitalization of Lowell; his sensitivity to the needs of business served as a major catalyst to Lowell’s renaissance. His accomplishments as City Manager were many, but most outstanding of those were his work in bringing a first class Hilton Hotel and the Wang Corporate Education Center into the heart of downtown. He formed close working relationships between the private and public sectors in the city and along with Senator Paul Tsongas helped create the Lowell Plan.
 During his tenure as City Manager Joe was invited to appear on the Today Show, after Lowell was ranked number one in the country in building permits. He also worked to stabiliz the  real estate tax rate and to provide solid city services. He had a great deal of respect for City employees and the work that they did in the City that he loved.
 In his free time he cherished his days in Seabrook Beach with his family, especially his two grandchildren.
 Joe was a Past President of the Dracut Men’s Club and a former Dracut Youth Baseballl Coach. A life member of Long Meadow Golf Club, he also was a member of the Lowell Lodge of Elks.
 He is survived by two daughters and a son; Sharon Tully of Dracut, Joseph R. Tully of Dracut, and Jo-Ann (Tully) Keegan and her husband John of Lowell.  He leaves his two beloved grandchildren, James Tully Keegan and Kristina Ann Keegan, who were the greatest joy of his life from the moment they were born.  He is also survived by his brother Francis Tully of Chelmsford  and his son Stephen Tully and his daughter Ellen (Tully) Nutter, and his sister in law Elizabeth (Barrett) Tully and her son Andrew Tully; and   many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.  
  In addition to his wife, Mr. Tully was predeceased by his youngest son Philip, his brother Richard Tully, and many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. 
 The family would like to thank the staff at D’Youville Senior Care Center West Wing for the kind compassionate care given to their father. 
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Friday morning at ST. MARGUERITE D’YOUVILLE CHURCH in Dracut at 10 o’clock. Burial will follow at the Oakland Cemetery in Dracut. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Salvation Army, 150 Appleton St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Joseph B. Kraus Print E-mail

Joseph B. Kraus

Loving father, brother and uncle, 56

  Joseph B. Kraus, 56, of Lowell, died Saturday, October 31st at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill.
 Born Shirley, Massachusetts, September 13, 1959, a son of the late Robert B. and the late Dorothy T. (Duffy) Kraus, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.
 A veteran of Desert Storm, Joe proudly served his country in the U.S Navy as a Senior Chief  Petty Officer working as a Sonar Technician aboard submarines and retired after serving 20 years.
 Following retirement from the Navy, Joe was employed as a Customer Service Technical Supervisor with BTU International in North Billerica.
 Among his many activities, he was a First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross.
 Joe is survived by a son Christopher L. Kraus and his wife Kristen of Nashua, NH; a daughter Carolyn J. Kraus of Mullica Hill, NJ; three sisters Louise Delage and her husband Roger of Milford, NH, Leonora Allen and her husband Paul of Hudson, NH and Theresa Martin of Chelmsford, MA; four brothers William Kraus and his wife Cheryl of Missouri, Robert Kraus and his wife Lee of Nashua, NH, Thomas Kraus and his wife Sandra of Lowell, MA and Leonard Bartini and his husband Peter of Springfield, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
 He was also brother of the late Albert Kraus.
 Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 12 to 1 P.M. on Saturday immediately followed by a Funeral Service in the Funeral Home. Interment will be held privately. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway,
Suite 2700, New York, NY 10006.  Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 

Richard Bennett Print E-mail

Richard Bennett

 Rich Bennett, 63, beloved husband of Joan (McPartlin) Bennett,  died on Friday, October 30, 2015 at Massachusetts General Hospital after an extended illness.
 Rich was born in Lancaster, PA. He attended Towson State University in Maryland. He went on to obtain a Master’s degree at the University of Connecticut and his doctorate in psychology from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
 For many years Rich had a private psychology practice in Westford. He was very proud of the work he did with his clients especially those dealing with issues of substance abuse. He was very active in the Westford Rotary Club where he served as President and was a Paul Harris Fellow.  In addition, he was a former trustee of the J.V. Fletcher Library and an Officer of the Friends of the Library.
 Later in his career, he worked for RHR and Plaut as an organizational consultant to Fortune 500 companies dealing with issues of change management.
 Eight and a half years ago Rich was fortunate enough to be the recipient of a heart transplant. As a result he treasured each day. He was a huge promoter of encouraging everyone to become an organ donor when they renew their driver license. Please consider doing this in his memory.
 In addition to his wife with whom he would have celebrated thirty years of marriage in February, he is survived by his loving son, Keith Boulanger, his daughter in law Cyril and his grandson, Zacch, of Billerica. He is also survived by his mother, Jeanne Bennett, of Cornwall, PA., his sisters Nancy Brown and her husband Charles of Newtown, PA, Suzie Greiner of Stroudsburg, PA, Barbara Herr of Los Angeles, CA and a special cousin, Sarah Spillane, of Upton, MA.
 Funeral Services will be private. E-condolences may be made at Because the library was such a special place to him, if you wish to make a contribution in his memory gifts may be made to the J.V. Fletcher Library Memorial Book & Gift Account, 50 Main St., Westford, MA 01886. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – Lowell (978) 458-8768.
Dorothy A. Duggan Print E-mail

Dorothy A. (McCarron) Duggan

beloved mother, sister, aunt and great aunt;

Dorothy A. (McCarron) Duggan, 86, of Lowell, a member of a widely known Lowell family, died Tuesday morning at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Chelmsford.
She was the wife of the late Edward Duggan who died in 1992.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 28, 1928, the daughter of the late James J. and the late Mary Jane (McCann) McCarron, she attended the Immaculate Conception Grammar School and was a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro in the Class of 1946. Dorothy went on to graduate in 1950 from the former Lowell Textile Institute (nka UMass/Lowell) with a Degree in Chemistry.  
Prior to her retirement, Dorothy worked at the LRTA.  Previously, she was an Electrical Tester for Honeywell Information Systems.
Active with her church, she was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church and also was a member of the parish choir.
Among her many interests, Dorothy enjoyed singing in the church choir, traveling, and spending time with her family.  
Dorothy is survived by her son Dennis McCarron of Fort Walton Beach, FL, her sister Virginia Gregoire of Utah, her brother Thomas McCarron and his wife Jenny of Fort Walton Beach, FL; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was also the sister of the late John J. McCarron, the late Felix McCarron, the late Mary Murphy and the late James McCarron.
There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 11 o'clock. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Sunny Acres Nursing Home.  Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL - (978 or 866) 458-8768. 


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