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Justin L. Thibeault Print E-mail

Justin L. Thibeault

Loving son, grandson, brother and uncle
 
 Justin L. Thibeault, 30, of Dracut, died unexpectedly on Friday, September 25th in Lowell. He was the beloved son of Linda M.(McQuaid) (Thibeault) Janson and her husband William of Londonderry,
NH and Ritchie L. Thibeault of Lowell.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 15, 1985, he received his education in the Lowell school system. He then went on to complete the National Grid Lineman Program.
 For the past seven years, Justin was employed as a lineman working for utilities and contractors throughout the country as a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union. He was absolutely passionate about his job. Previously, he worked at Clean Basins in Billerica where he came to be considered extended family.
 Among his many interests, Justin enjoyed video games and could frequently be found on Facebook. He was very family oriented and enjoyed getting together with his friends as time allowed. He was an avid New England sports fan, especially of the Red Sox and Patriots. He was also a former member of the Pelham Sportsman’s Club.
 In addition to his mother, father and step-father, Justin is survived by his grandmother Norma M. McQuaid of Londonderry, NH; two brothers Scott G. Thibeault and his wife Deborah of Lowell, MA and Shawn C. Thibeault and his longtime companion Samantha Cross of Dunstable, MA; three nieces Tiffany J., Takara J. and Kyleigh E. Thibeault; and a nephew Joshua T. Thibeault.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Committal Services on Friday morning at ST. MARY CEMETERY CHAPEL in Tewksbury at 10 o’clock. PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHAPEL. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com.Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to The Megan House Foundation, 32 Berry Road, Lowell, MA 01854 or Nar-Anon, 23110 Crenshaw Blvd, Suite A, Torrance, CA 90505. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.   
 
Richard P. Howe Print E-mail

Richard P. Howe

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother;

Richard P. Howe, who served an unprecedented 40 consecutive years on the Lowell City Council, including four terms as mayor, died peacefully on Friday with his family by his side at the Meadows at Edgewood in North Andover where he had resided and been cared for by its dedicated and compassionate staff for the past several weeks.

Born in Lowell on December 30, 1932 to James E. Howe and Mary E. (Sullivan) Howe, Richard Peter Howe is survived by his wife Mary E. (Smith) Howe, to whom he was married for 57 years, and their children Richard P. Howe Jr. and his wife Roxane, Peter J. Howe and his wife Roseanne, and Martha E. Howe, all of Lowell. He also leaves his grandchildren Andrew P. Howe, Peter J. Howe Jr. and his wife Arielle, Kimberley Howe, Eric Howe, Emily Howe, and Rachel Howe; his two sisters, Carol M. Collins of Lowell and Katherine M. Navetta and her husband Samuel of Lowell; sisters-in-law, Mary F. Howe of Lincoln, RI, Patricia A. Howe of Chelmsford, Martha Leahy and her husband John of Nashua; a brother-in-law, Joseph P. Smith and his wife Donna of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers James E. Howe and Robert A. Howe and his brother-in-law Robert A. Smith and his wife Miriam. 

Richard Howe developed a passion for baseball at a young age, spending countless hours at Highland (now Callery) Park. As a first baseman at Keith Academy, he was twice named a Catholic League All Star and in 2012 was inducted into the Lowell Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame.  Baseball won Howe a scholarship to Providence College where, from 1951 to 1955, he was frequently pictured in the Providence Journal sports page, sliding head first into home plate, bowling over catchers, or arguing with umpires. When he was drafted into the United States Army after college, he continued playing baseball as captain of the Fort Devens post team that was runner-up in the 1956 All Army World Series.

Leaving the army in 1957, Howe taught at Malden Catholic High School and then at Billerica’s Howe Junior High School while attending Suffolk University Law School at night. After graduating from law school, he served as a special agent for the Office of Naval Intelligence before returning to teaching at Lowell High School where he was also elected president of the Lowell Federation of Teachers.
Upon his election to the city council, Howe resigned his teaching position and began the full-time practice of law. The competitiveness and passion so evident on the baseball field carried over to the courtroom where Howe epitomized the concept of zealous advocacy in a legal career that spanned almost fifty years. In 1990, Howe was joined in his law practice by his daughter, Martha E. Howe, who continues to maintain the Howe Law Office in Kearney Square.  The Greater Lowell Bar Association twice named Richard Howe lawyer of the year and in 1996, the Massachusetts Bar Association presented him with its Community Service Award for his many years of public service.
A life-long member of St. Margaret Parish, Richard P. Howe found great strength in his Catholic faith. The teachings of the Dominican priests at Providence College helped guide him through life. Most weekdays, he attended Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Shrine and he and his wife Mary enjoyed travelling to religious sites in Europe with Rev. Herve Gagnon and others from Lowell.   

First elected to the city council in 1965, Howe attended his final council meeting on December 13, 2005. His council career spanned Lowell’s transformation from a place of high unemployment and blighted buildings to a national model of urban revitalization in post-industrial America.
Richard Howe considered his 1988 role in settling a lawsuit brought against the city by minority parents who alleged unequal treatment of their children in the city’s schools to be his most significant accomplishment as an elected official. With the U.S. Justice Department urging a federal judge to take over the Lowell schools, newly elected Mayor Howe convinced the judge to give him and the new school committee a chance to negotiate a settlement. They did and as a consequence of that settlement, Lowell was able to build more than a dozen new schools with 90% of the cost reimbursed by the Commonwealth.

During that same mayoral term, Howe helped ease the strain on city services caused by the sudden arrival of thousands of refugees from Southeast Asia by obtaining much-needed federal aid with the help of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.  More importantly, Howe’s principled and practical approach to Lowell’s newest immigrants set a positive example for the rest of the city.
In his fourth term as mayor in 1994-95, Howe persuaded councilors, in the face of sharp opposition, to vote for the construction of the Tsongas Arena and LeLacheur Park; the rebirth of the Wang Towers as Cross Point; and the redevelopment of the Bon Marche building. In the aftermath of these votes, former U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas and former City Manager William Taupier wrote in the June 8, 1995 Lowell Sun, “Mayor Richard Howe deserves our admiration. A mayor needs, as never before, courage, vision, and common sense. Dick Howe has those qualities in abundance.”  
In November 2013, the city of Lowell honored Howe’s four decades of service by naming the newest bridge across the Merrimack River for him.  As the plaque on his bridge aptly states, “. . . Richard P. Howe was devoted to his family and proudly served his community and country with honor and integrity.”


Howe – In North Andover, September 25, 2015, at The Meadows, Richard P. Howe, 82, of Lowell, beloved husband of Mary E. (Smith) Howe. Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass Wednesday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH at 10 o’clock. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Boston Catholic TV, P.O. Box 9196, 39 Chestnut St., Watertown, MA 02471 or the BU Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center, c/o Boston University School of Medicine, 72 Concord St., L219, Boston, MA 02118. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.   


 

 
Pamela J. DeMont Print E-mail

Pamela J. DeMont

Loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister
 
 Pamela J. (Graham) DeMont, 60, of Lowell, died Monday morning, September 21st at her home surrounded by her loving family following a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Robert P. DeMont who survives her and with whom she celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on July 28th of this year.
 Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, October 22, 1954, a daughter of the late Joseph K. and the late Jane (Chalmers) Graham, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1972.
 Before illness forced her retirement, Pam was employed as a Data Entry Specialist with Banker & Tradesman in Boston for many years.
 Among her many interests, Pam enjoyed shopping, cooking, bingo and loved watching her soap operas. She was also an expert at socializing and was known to plan, arrange and throw some unbelievable parties and functions for her family and friends. She was also an avid New England sports fan, especially of the Boston Red Sox.
 But above all else, being all about family, she cherished the quality time she spent with her grandchildren.
 In addition to her husband Bob, Pam is survived by a daughter Melissa J. “Missy” DeMont of Lowell; three grandsons Alex R., Ethan J. and Robert J. Ortiz; two sisters Janine Graham of NJ and Jo-Lynn Bubanas and her husband Andrew of Lowell; three sisters-in-law Adrienne E. Pagan and her husband Gabriel of Lowell, Theresa I. Emond and her husband Ronald of Dracut and Beverly J. Hodiak and her husband James of Lowell; two brothers-in-law Donald F. DeMont and his wife Linda of Lowell and Leon A. DeMont, Jr. and his wife Loria of Dracut; and many nieces and nephews.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. on Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Friday morning at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 11:30 o’clock. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery in Chelmsford. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.

 
Gerald Humphrey "Gerry" Fenlon Print E-mail

Gerald Humphrey “Gerry” Fenlon

 
Loving husband, father and grandfather
 
 Gerald Humphrey “Gerry” Fenlon, 79, a lifelong resident of Lowell, died Wednesday, September 16th at Lowell General Hospital due to complications from diabetes. He was the beloved husband of Joan M. (Horan) Fenlon who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 22nd of this year.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 29, 1936, a son of the late John J. and the late Gertrude (Humphrey) Fenlon, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1955.
 Gerry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard during the Korean Conflict.
 He was a communicant of St. Margaret Church in Lowell.
 Before retiring, Gerry was employed as a Real Estate Agent and Appraiser with the James L. Cooney Insurance Agency in Lowell for over 35 years. Previously, he worked at the Courier Citizen in Lowell for over 25 years.
 Gerry loved life, enjoying frequent trips to Seabrook Beach, playing golf and traveling, especially to Aruba with Joan. He was also an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. He was a member of the Lowell Lodge of Elks B.P.O.E. # 87 in Lowell.
 In addition to his wife Joan, Gerry is survived by a daughter Geralyn J. Snow and her husband Kenneth B. of Pelham, NH; a son Michael G. Fenlon and his wife Susan E. of Nashua, NH; four grandchildren Sean B. Fenlon, Emma R. Fenlon, Cory K. Snow and Sydney L. Snow; a sister-in-law Donna C. Lane and her husband James of Lowell, MA; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
 He was also the brother of the late Kevin J. Fenlon.
  Anybody who knew Gerry would tell you that whenever he met someone he didn’t know, he would always say “Gerry’s my name – Real Estate’s my game”!
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday. His funeral will take place from the Funeral Home Monday morning at 9 o’clock followed by a Funeral Mass at ST. MARGARET CHURCH at 10 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.  E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Margaret’s Renewal & Renovation Fund, 374 Stevens St, Lowell, MA 01851 or the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768. 
 
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