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Barbara V. (Merritt) Torpey Print E-mail

 

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Barbara V. (Merritt) Torpey

 

Barbara V. (Merritt) Torpey, 85, died Sunday June 4, 2017, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington with her loving family by her side.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Torpey who died October 30, 2011.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 13, 1931, a daughter of the late William A. and the late Theresa V. (Brick) Merritt, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Keith Hall where she was Captain of the Cheer-leading Squad.

A member of the Red Hat Society, Barbara also held membership in the Keith Hall Alumnae Association, St. Margaret Sodality and was a former member of the East End Club. She was also a committee member for the Mustard Seed Project in Jamaica.

Barbara is survived by six daughters Colleen Alaoui of Lowell, Marian Cunningham and her husband Samuel of South Berwick, ME, Michele Teague of Lowell, Diane Torpey and Ron St. Jean of Seabrook, NH, Karin Guthrie and John Alder of Townsend, Kathleen Ballos and her husband Michael of Townsend; a son Thomas E. Torpey of Lowell; 22 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; one great great grandson; a sister Margaret M. Loucraft of Lowell; a brother George W. Merritt of Wells, ME; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by four children Mary Torpey, Patrick Torpey, Suzanne Torpey and Bridget Torpey; two grandchildren Jonathan P. Pesa and Sarah R. Pesa Wale; her brother William Merritt and her son-in-law Daniel Teague.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 11 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Autism Speaks Foundation at autismspeaks.org. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
Robert T. Harrington Print E-mail

 

Robert T. Harrington

 
Accomplished attorney, scholar and athlete;
 
 Robert T. Harrington, 72, a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, died peacefully Wednesday evening after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell, Massachusetts.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 26, 1945, the youngest of four children to the late Richard M. and the late Alice (Hart) Harrington, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1962.
 An outstanding scholar athlete at Lowell High, Bob was the 1962 Class Valedictorian and a Carney Medalist. In addition, he served as President of both the Student Council and the National Honor Society. In sports, Bob had the very rare distinction, in his senior year, of earning four varsity letters. Captain of the undefeated golf team, he was also a starting tackle for the football team, and was outstanding in the shot put and discus events for the track and field team with several school records.
 Bob went on to attend Harvard University where he continued his athletic career as a member of the track and field team. In 1966, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard.
 He then attained his Juris Doctorate in 1969 from Boston College School of Law where he served as Editor and Chief of the Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law.
 Bob served as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves in the 1970s during the Vietnam War.
 An accomplished attorney, Bob began as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. He then became partner at Burns & Levinson in Boston. In 1980, he was a founding partner with Posternak Blankstein & Lund and then became a sole practitioner specializing in civil trial and appellate cases until his retirement in 1995.
 Following his retirement, Bob returned to Lowell and volunteered as a LHS track and field coach. During his ten years as a volunteer coach, he helped several athletes achieve records and honors at the state and New England levels in the shot put and discus competitions. True to his own success, he also mentored many of his athletes, including assisting them in pursuing higher education.
 In November of 2016, Bob was recognized for his impressive accomplishments by being inducted into the Lowell High School Athletic Hall of Fame. In his introduction it was noted that he “takes his place as perhaps the most accomplished student-athlete in the long and storied history of Lowell High School”.
 Dedicated and committed to his own goals in life, Bob was extremely thoughtful regarding family and never lost his great sense of humor.
 Bob is survived by three siblings Richard Hart Harrington and his wife Rosemary (Burke) of North Andover, Mary E. Harrington of Boston, and John P. Harrington and his wife Sheila (Vaughan) of Lowell; a niece and six nephews Marybeth LaFauci, R. Burke Harrington, Mark R. Harrington, Patrick M. Harrington, Timothy R. Harrington, John D. Harrington and Gregory A. Harrington; twelve grandnieces and grandnephews; and several cousins.
 The Harrington family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the wonderful care that the staff at D’Youville Senior Care always provided to Bob during his stay with them.
  Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock followed by his burial at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to D’Youville Foundation, 981 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
 
Edward L. Yeager Print E-mail

 

Edward L. Yeager

 
Loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle

 
 Edward L. Yeager, 88, of Lowell, died, peacefully, Wednesday, June 7th at the Blaire House in Tewksbury surrounded by loved ones.

He was the beloved husband of Marie Heselton-Yeager who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary on December 16, 2016.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, February 12, 1929, son of the late Edward W. and the late Catherine (Feeney) Yeager, he attended South Boston schools and was a graduate of South Boston High School. He was very proud to have grown up in Southie. 

A veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard 1952-1955, Eddie proudly served during the Korean Conflict.

Before retiring, Eddie was employed for over 30 years as a Line Assigner with Verizon, formerly known as New England Telephone & Telegraph and member of the Verizon Pioneers.

Eddie was also an active member in Comhaltas Ceoltóri Éireann Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch, an Irish organization dedicated to the promotion of music, song, dance and the language of Ireland..

In addition to his wife Marie, Mr. Yeager is survived by a daughter and a son; four stepchildren David Cappella and his fiancée Lena Consiglio of Worcester, MA, Phillip Cappella of Lowell, MA, Sandra Gerard of Merritt Island, FL and Tanya Ikier and her husband William of Burlington, MA; grandchildren Angelique Cappella, Carol (Cappella) Brown, Shawn Heselton, Thomas Heselton, Clarence “CJ” Wixon, Adam Cappella, Andrew Singthongyang, Jason, Matte, Alanda Wixon, Jenni Lee Cappella, Christopher Ikier, Dakota Ikier and Brianna Ikier; thirteen great-grandchildren; a sister Claire Campbell and her companion Carl Buckner of Avon, MA; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was also brother of the late Robert Yeager.
 
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Tuesday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock followed by his burial at St. Mary Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to The Larry Reynolds Scholarship Fund - 100 Woodpecker Rd, Stoughton, MA 02072. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
Robert R. "Chopper" Lacourse, Sr. Print E-mail

Robert R. “Chopper” Lacourse, Sr.

 
Loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother
 
 Robert R. “Chopper” Lacourse, Sr., 76, of Dracut, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family following a brief and courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Nancy L. (Cowgill) Lacourse who survives him and with whom he would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on August 5th of this year.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 11, 1941, a son of the late Herve J. and the late Irene (Mason) Lacourse, he received his education in the Lowell school system.
 Before retiring, Chopper was employed as a Truck Driver with Toupin Rigging and Lee A. Vinal, Inc. both in Dracut. Previously, he was an Auto Body Repairman at Toyota of Nashua and before that a Stone Cutter at H.E. Fletcher Granite Company in Westford.
 Among his many interests, he was an avid lover of motorcycle riding, fishing and woodworking. He was always there to lend a hand to family and friends. A “Jack” of all trades, as well as a “Master” of all. His favorite past-time was spending time in the backyard with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 In addition to his wife Nancy, Bob is survived and deeply missed by two sons Robert R. Lacourse, Jr. and his wife Mary of Dracut, MA and David M. Lacourse and his wife Lauri of Concord, NH; his daughter-in-law Kerri L. (Powers) Lacourse of Dracut, MA; three grandchildren Kelli, Michael and Brian; two great-grandchildren John and Connor; two sisters Doris Michniewicz and her husband Edward of Louden, NH and Laurette DeBurro and her husband Al of Methuen, MA; two brothers Herve Lacourse and his wife Vicky of Nashua, NH and Roland Lacourse and his wife Pat of Dracut, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
 He was also father of the Late William P. Lacourse who died December 6, 2015.
 Per his own wishes, there are no calling hours and all Funeral and Committal Services will be held privately. E-condolences at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA. (978) 459-8768.   
 
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