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Andrew W. Barrett , Jr. Print E-mail

Andrew W. Barrett Jr.
Beloved son, brother, uncle and friend;

Andrew W. "Andy/Billy" Barrett, Jr., 63, a lifelong resident of Lowell, passed away at his home on Wednesday October 20, 2021.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 16, 1959, the son of Cecilia (Murphy) Barrett and the late Andrew W. Barrett, Sr., he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1976.

He went on to graduate from University of Lowell  with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management Information Systems. He was also an active member of the Omicron Pi Fraternity.

Andy spent his career at the Post Office and worked in a variety of roles and locations throughout Lowell, Woburn, and Chelmsford. He was well known and well loved by the customers on his postal routes, even up until his death. Andy was known to share his latest tomato crop with several houses on his route and took care to get to know the ins and outs of each neighborhood.

Off of the postal route trail, Andy was a fantastic cook, a skilled handyman and a jack of all trades, self taught and proficient in construction, plumbing, painting, photography and gardening.  He had a solid group of friends from adolescence to middle age that  regularly helped each other out on their individual home projects. These friends would habitually gather at Andy’s on Friday nights and for sports events. He purchased the family Victorian, customizing it piece by piece with his friends who were "paid by the case." The year they replaced the roofing tile will remain a local legend, in the days before safety harnesses and sobriety while shingling.

His favorite love for many years was his Harley and he traveled extensively to motorcycle rallies in Florida, South Dakota, New Hampshire etc. This passion nearly ended his life after an accident in 2009. Even so, he possessed a wry sense of humor and a keen intellect, he was well versed in current events and was a great storyteller. It was wonderful to hear his observations and reminiscences about early family life and relationships and personalities in Lowell. He had a sweet, insightful, humorous take on his memories. A life-long bachelor, Andy had significant loving partnerships, each one changing his life for the better. Of the many lives Andy changed, several called him “Uncle Andy” or “Dad’s friend Andy”. For the younger children, Andy would pick out Hess trucks, for the teens it was the red, green, and white envelopes filled with cash, and after that it was sage advice.

Andy's virtues and vices were never in doubt.  He was the type of person everyone needs at least once in life. Andrew was always the first to give you the shirt off his back, fix your leaking pipes, open the doors to his kitchen, and then grill you a steak. A host with the most and a backyard to entertain, Andy held festive family holiday celebrations, all three of his sisters’ bridal showers, his niece’s pre-wedding festivities, and countless birthdays. He wanted to be and always was the "Taker-Carer Man." In later years, he proved that as a dedicated caregiver to his mother, Cecilia, driving to appointments, daily morning check-ins, and repairing things that needed repair.

Besides his mother Cecilia, he is survived by his sisters Anne Barrett (Phill Robertson), Mary Barrett( the late Garn Turner),and Margaret Hall (Thomas Hall). One surviving brother Marty Barrett, nine nieces and nephews and a lifelong friend who was like a brother, Mark


He was predeceased by his brother John Barrett and brother-in-law, Garnest Turner.

Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL

on Monday, October 25, 2021 from 4 to 7 P.M.Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Tuesday October 26, 2021 at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH in North Chelmsford at 9:00 AM. (Please meet at church). Andy's Committal Services will be held at a later date. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Shatterproof. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. @978-458-8768.

Corinne M. Murphy Print E-mail

Corinne M. Murphy

Beloved mother and grandmother

Corinne M. (Murphy) Murphy, 94, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 28th, 2021, at Lowell General Hospital.

She was the loving wife of the late Robert A. Murphy, and a long-time resident of White Plains, NY.

Born in Syracuse, New York, May 15th, 1927, the daughter of the late Francis P. and the late Agnes (Greene) Murphy, she was educated in the Syracuse school system.

Corrine received her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Art History at Syracuse University.

Prior to her retirement, Corinne was a Director with the Arts Programing and Education for the Girl Scouts of the USA in New York City.

Along with her love of Girl Scouting, Corrine also enjoyed music, specifically opera, art with the focus of Folk art, and most importantly the love of being around her family.

She is survived by her daughter Kathleen Murphy her husband Peter Teto of Littleton, MA; two sons, Christopher Murphy and his wife Lily of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Brian Murphy and his wife Molly Wingate of Manitou Springs, Colorado; four grandchildren Kyle and Clare Teto and Gavin and Aidan Murphy; along with many nieces and nephews.

Corinne is predeceased by her two brothers Francis and Edward Murphy.

MURPHY- All services were held privately for the family. E-condolences at Those wishing to make contributions in her memory to the Girl Scouts of the USA. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME-LOWELL-MA-(978) 458-8768.

Joseph L Kadir Print E-mail

Joseph L. Kadir

Beloved uncle, grand uncle and great grand uncle

Joseph L. Kadir, 87, of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Saturday October 16, 2021, at his home after a brief illness.

He was the loving husband of the late Teresa (Husson) Kadir who died July 14, 2011.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 13, 1934, a son of the late Allie and the late Mary Ellen (Keefe) Kadir, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of the Lowell Trade School (nka Greater Lowell Technical High School).

A veteran of the Korean War, Joe proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force.

Prior to his retirement, Joe was a Highway Foreman for the City of Lowell Department of Public Works for many years.

Joe especially enjoyed the company of family and friends, trips to Foxwoods and his membership with the American Legion in Boston, Post 0462.

He is survived by his nephews and nieces Richard Olivieri, Dr William Husson, Dr Michael Husson, Jim Husson, Roseanne Husson Galvin, Paul Husson, Jeffrey Husson, Nancy Husson, Karen Husson Hopkinson, and Joe Husson; and many adoring great nieces and nephews as well as grand-great nieces and nephews. and his step-son Butch Patenaude of Lowell.

He also leaves behind many fans of his extraordinary joke telling and impersonations especially of Rodney Dangerfield.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Committal Services and burial on Thursday October 21, 2021, at the Westlawn Cemetery in Lowell (Section 24) at 11 o’clock. E-condolences/directions and full obituary at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA – (978) 458-8768.

Helena S. Riney Print E-mail

Helena S. Riney
Beloved mother, grandmother, and sist

Helena (Saunders) Riney of Concord, Massachusetts, died peacefully on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the age of 92 with family by her side.

For over 50 years she was the loving wife of William Edward Riney until his death in 2001.

Helena was born to Albert L. Saunders and Mary (Carroll) Saunders in North Andover, Massachusetts.  The youngest of four children, she was a 1946 graduate of North Andover High School, attending Boston University for just one year. Financially unable to continue college, she attended the St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing, graduating with her R.N. degree in the spring of 1950.  Following a brief time caring for newborns at Boston City Hospital, she wed William E. Riney (Bill) on November 25, 1950 and paused her nursing career.

Together, Helena and Bill raised seven children in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, in a busy and boisterous home.  Helena was the calm in the storm, radiating serenity amid the chaos of a large family. She was smart, highly organized, and energetic, with incredible stamina. Seemingly effortlessly, she juggled all the moving parts of a nine-member household, sometimes augmented by an additional teenager in need of refuge.  And through it all, she was unfailingly patient, loving, and fair.

Helena loved to learn and experience new things. She learned to play tennis at age 40, developing a new passion.  At age 44 she returned to work in the health care field and for 12 years was responsible for Housekeeping and Infection Control at Tewksbury State Hospital.  While working full time, Helena went back to college at night, earning her long-denied bachelor’s degree in psychology from New England College at the age of 55.  And at age 60, free of the constraints of working and raising children, she embarked on a global traveling spree spanning 20 years and six continents.

Anyone who knew Helena will remember her for her open and generous heart, her interest in each person with whom she spoke, the laughter and kindness in her    green eyes, and her words of wisdom. She was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was very much loved by all and will be greatly missed by her children and grandchildren.

Helena is survived by her four daughters, Anne F. Riney and her husband Myles Schumer of New York City, Susan Riney Miller and her husband Thomas Miller of Concord, MA, Catherine E. Riney and her husband Daniel Gallagher of Tyngsboro, MA, and Margaret R. Beaulieu and her husband Richard of Palmetto, FL; her three sons, Michael E. Riney and his wife Nancy of Sarasota, FL, James D. Riney and his wife Loretta Berardinelli of Venice, FL, and Kevin R. Riney and his wife Joyce of Kingston, NH; five loving grandchildren, Erin, Megan, and Patrick Riney and Benjamin and Samuel Miller; and four nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Funeral Mass at St. Mary Parish, 25 North Road, in Chelmsford on Monday, October 18, 2021, at 11 am (masks are encouraged), followed by her burial at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Chelmsford.

E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at Arrangement by the O’Donnell Funeral Home, Lowell, MA, 978-458-8768.

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