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Mary E. O'Neil Print E-mail

Mary E. (Lynch) O’Neil

Loving mother, grandmother, in law, aunt and friend;

Mary E. (Lynch) O’Neil, 87, formerly of Lowell, passed away Thursday May 7, 2020 at the Coleman House in Northborough, Massachusetts.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. O’Neil who died in 2004.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 12, 1932, a daughter of the late Joseph L. and the late Mary (Brick) Lynch, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School, Class of 1950. She went on to attend Emmanuel College.

Among her many interests Mary enjoyed reading books, as well as the daily Lowell Sun newspaper. She loved going out to eat and especially enjoyed eating at Good Thymes in Lowell even after moving to Northborough.

She is survived by two daughters Maura O’Neil of Clinton, MA and Ellen Landry of Wakefield; a granddaughter Emily Landry; a sister-in-law Claire (Belanger) Lynch of North Chelmsford; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary was predeceased by her brother Joseph F. Lynch and her sister Anne (Lynch) Shaute and her brother-in-law Ret. Colonel Joseph Shaute.

Mary remained close to her childhood friends who both predeceased her, Dorothy Lynch McQuade and Rosemary Liston Janas, with whom she enjoyed almost 80 years of friendship.

In light of the Covid 19 health crisis and state and federal restrictions private committal services were held for the family at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tewksbury on Monday May 18, 2020. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Assn., 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768.

Kirk C. Byam Print E-mail

Kirk C. Byam

Beloved son, grand-son, brother, father, uncle, nephew, friend, and companion;

Kirk C. Byam, 47, of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, formerly of Dracut, died unexpectedly Friday May 8, 2020 at his home.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 9, 1972, a loving son of his proud parents Steven A. and Gail R. (Totton) Byam, he attended Dracut schools and was a graduate of Dracut High School Class of 1990 where he was an all-star and all-conference basketball player. He went on to attend Norwich University in Burlington, VT.

An award-winning Pest Control Specialist for JP Pest Services in Milford, NH, Kirk spent most of his career in this field working with Ecolab of Wilmington, MA. More recently he was a sales associate with Aubuchon Hardware in Great Barrington.

Kirk was a man of many talents and interests who loved coaching and was a former Lowell Girls Softball Coach, as well as coaching and being involved with his two daughters’ recreational, school, and travel softball teams. His two daughters were his continual pride and joy and he cherished spending time with them doing anything at all.

He was outgoing, friendly and fun. He enjoyed fishing, all team sports, talking to virtually anyone, and spending time with his very close friends Victor Sousa and his cousin Eric Chouinard. One of his favorite pastimes was winning and talking trash in fantasy football leagues, especially with his cousin Brent and all the losers who’s butts he kicked.

Kirk is survived by his parents, and beloved companion Shannon Maneely-Ranson of Great Barrington, MA and her son Joshua. His two daughters Sarah and Lauren Byam of Lowell; his brother Sgt. Gregg Byam and his wife Kelley (Johnston) Byam of Dracut; his paternal grandmother Ruth Byam of Chelmsford; his loving partner of 23 years and his daughter’s Mom, Oy Baythavong of Lowell; his nephews Zachary Byam and Michael Carroll, and his niece Charis Carroll of Dracut.

He was the grandson of the late Arthur W. Byam of Chelmsford, and the late Rita Totton and James Donnelly of Lowell.

In light of the Covid 19 medical crisis and state and federal restrictions a private graveside service will be held for the family at St. Patrick Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service for Kirk will be held at a later date to be announced. E-condolences at For those wishing to make a contribution in his memory; Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768.


Patricia O'Dea Currie Print E-mail

Patricia O'Dea Currie

dies in Palm Beach at 93

Patricia O’Dea Currie, beloved and devoted wife, cherished and caring mother, dear and unwavering friend, passed away peacefully of natural causes at 2:22 am, Sunday, May 3rd, 2020, at her residence in Palm Beach, FL. She was a former resident of Chelmsford and Hyannis Port, MA.

Patricia was lucky from the start. Born on Sept. 13, 1926 in Lowell, MA to Daniel D. O'Dea, a Lowell automobile dealer, and Catherine (Cooney) O'Dea, she was the first of four girls raised in a home filled with music, song and dance, animals, and politics. The 5’11” beauty, called “Long Boat” by her father, would become an astute sportswoman, adventurer, car aficionado, card player, chocolate connoisseur, and loyal NASCAR, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Red Sox fan. Elliot’s Hot Dogs and Mrs. Nelson’s Candy House have lost a loyal customer.

Patricia was a graduate of the Rogers Hall School in Lowell and an alumna of Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY. During the summer after her freshman year in college, Patricia had a horseback riding accident. While recuperating in a full body cast, she met the love of her life, Rodger Currie. After Rodger returned from serving as a U.S. Marine dive bomber pilot in WWII, he asked the elegant “Pat” if he could accompany her to one of her afternoon Boston Braves games. She was a good judge of character. When, after a mere seven dates, Rodger asked for her hand in marriage, her mother flatly responded: “Why, you hardly know him!” But she knew. She could always pick a winner, whether in a husband, horse racing, baseball team, or friends.

Married sixty-one years, Pat and Rodg raised seven children. Pat was an active PTA member and Cub Scout Den mother. She navigated the children through America’s turbulent 60s and 70s, focusing them on piano lessons, tennis, swimming, and sailing, and endured many an interminable ice hockey season during unforgiving Massachusetts winters (while keeping them all fed). They invited the kids to tag along to sailing races, Bruins games, the Super Bowl, and offshore cruising.

Pat’s exposure to politics began at a young age through her father, an elected Massachusetts delegate to the Democratic National Conventions. Deep friendships that lasted a lifetime grew as local politics became national, and she was a first-hand witness to history, even filming JFK’s 1960 election morning on his Hyannis Port lawn, which she later donated to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Patricia played the piano beautifully, by ear, and could whistle the soundtrack to many a show tune or movie. She was an avid reader, dedicated cinephile, and natural detective, all of which fatefully came together while at a boxing match when she correctly identified one of the FBI's "Most Wanted" fugitives seated in the front row.

Known as their “Nana,” Pat greatly enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She took their care seriously, but never took herself too seriously. She counseled, “Whatever you do, do it well. Be humble. And avoid drama in your life.”

Always one for a good ending, Patricia’s lifelong lucky streak continued in her daughters’ care at home when she received last rites virtually from Father Luca Pedroli in Rome, Italy.

God gave her to us for 93 wonderful years.

Patricia was an honoree of "Cercle Fleur-de-lis" Alumnae Council of her alma mater, Marymount College, and a U.S. representative of Ireland’s Dysert O’Dea Clan Association. In Palm Beach, she was a member of The Society of The Four Arts, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the St. Edward Guild, The Palm Beach Yacht Club and former member of The Beach Club. She was a longtime member of The Hyannisport Club, The Hyannis Port Yacht Club, The Hyannis Port Civic Association, and West Beach Club. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Chelmsford, St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis, and St. Edward Church in Palm Beach.

Patricia is survived by six children: Daniel O'Dea Currie of Boston, MA, Gail Currie Dierdorff (Larry) of Redlands, CA, Susan Currie Toth of Carlisle, MA, Patricia Currie Loveday of Norwich, CT, Lisa Currie of Palm Beach, FL, and Rodger Currie (Nickie) of Washington, DC; fourteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was particularly close to Kathleen McCartin Evans (Bill), Michael McCartin (Nancy), Bobby Sayers, and Tyrone Sayers (Mark) as well as her lifelong “sisters and brother” Mary Jo Clasby, Ann Gargan King, and Joseph F. Gargan (deceased). Mrs. Currie is predeceased by her husband, Dr. L. Rodger Currie and their beloved son, Christopher; her three cherished O’Dea sisters: Mary Joy McCartin (Larry) of Lowell, Gail Sayers of Chelmsford, and Donna Connell (Jack) of Westford, MA; and, her sons-in-law Michael C. Toth of Carlisle and Charles J. Loveday of Hyannis, MA.

Mrs. Currie will be laid to rest at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Chelmsford beside her husband and son. A memorial mass will be
held at a future date. E-condolences at In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Town of Chelmsford Christopher Currie Scholarship Fund at Chelmsford High School or the Christopher Currie Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund at St. Anselm College. Arrangements by O'Donnell Funeral Home in Lowell (978) 458-8768 and Quattlebaum Funeral Home in West Palm Beach.

Marion B. Bergeron Print E-mail

Marion B. Bergeron

Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, cousin and friend;

Marion B. (Walwood) Bergeron, 93, of the Highlands section of the City, passed away on Sunday morning May 3, 2020 at Lowell General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Marcel R. Bergeron who died October 29, 2015.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 5, 1926, the daughter of the late Thomas J. and the late Beatrice (Donohoe) Walwood, she was a communicant of St. Margaret of Scotland Church.

Marion attended Lowell schools, was a graduate of Lowell High School, Class of 1944, and was a member of the Girl Officers.  She went on to attend Emerson College in Boston.
Prior to her retirement, Marion served as personal secretary to U.S. Army Colonel Dunn at Fort Devens for several years.

Active with her parish, she was a former Prefect for the St. Margaret’s Ladies Sodality. An expert seamstress, Marion enjoyed knitting, crochet and cross stitch.
Marion loved “Muffy” the Cairn Terrier, was an enthusiastic member of TOPS, worked out regularly at Therafit and never missed the daily Jumble Puzzle.

She is survived by her daughter Bette Ann Callaghan and her husband David of Foxboro; her son Mark T. Bergeron of Vancouver, WA; her loving granddaughter Genevieve M. (Callaghan) Messina and her husband Anthony of Boston; her great-grandson Paul J. Messina; many beloved cousins from the Ouellette, Beakey and Donohoe families; her extended family the Callaghans, Crudups and Messinas; and several dear friends including Louise Osborn, Fran and Eddy Dufromont and Louise Mahoney.

She was also the sister of the late J. Thomas Walwood with whom she shared a love of opera..

Due to the Covid 19 health crisis, federal and state restrictions, all services will be private. Her graveside services were held at St. Patrick Cemetery and her Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to be announced. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38101. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768.

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