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Larry J. Pottebaum, R.N. Print E-mail

Larry J. Pottebaum, R.N.

Well known member of the Emergency Personnel community


Larry J. Pottebaum, R.N., 63, of Tyngsboro, died peacefully at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill.

He was the beloved husband of Lucille N. Gertz, who survives him, and with whom he would have celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on the 26th of August. He is also survived by his two loving daughters Willow J. Gertz and Autumn H. Gertz both of Tyngsboro.

Born in Hermann, Missouri, July 7, 1952, the son of his father Joseph Pottebaum and his wife Madge of Higbee and his mother Joyce M. (Strecker) (Pottebaum) Kottman and her husband Garvin of Glasgow, he graduated from Glasgow High School in 1970.

A 1978 graduate of the State University of New York in Cortland with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Larry received his Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon in 1981. He enjoyed a lifelong involvement in outdoor education, with the US Forest Service, Cooperative Extension, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Mass Audubon. As the Director of Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp from 1984-1992, Larry shared his great sense of humor, tremendous leadership, and deep love for the outdoors by inspiring hundreds of campers and staff, teaching about the wonders of the natural world. In the years that followed, Larry remained committed to Wildwood, generously contributing many hours to staff training, donating equipment, volunteering, and providing ongoing support to Wildwood’s leadership team. He also maintained his connection with the Mass Audubon staff community by offering countless first-aid and canoe safety certification workshops.

In 1994, Larry graduated from Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Prior to his retirement, he was a Psychiatric Nurse at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. Previously, Larry worked at Saints Memorial Medical Center in Lowell (now Lowell General Hospital).

Active in the community, Larry was a firefighter for the Town of Tyngsboro, a member of the National Ski Patrol, and a children’s safety educator at the Tyngsboro Public Library and schools for over 20 years. After 9-11, Larry became a member of Lowell’s C.I.S.M. (Critical Incident Stress Management) Team, a peer counseling organization for Emergency Personnel.

Besides his wife, daughters, and parents, Larry is survived by several siblings - Verna Fleetwood of Glasgow, Missouri, Karen Fuemmeler and her husband Harold of Huntsville, Missouri; Robert Kottman and his wife Stacey of Glasgow; Jane Clark of Higbee, Missouri; Angie Maddox of Huntsville; Michael Pottebaum of Vader, Washington; and Amy Pottebaum of Higbee, and many uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Monday, August 24 at Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont, Massachusetts at 5 o’clock.

Donations in Larry’s memory can be made to The Larry Pottebaum Camp Scholarship Fund at  Wildwood, Massachusetts Audubon Society, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.  Online condolences can be shared at         




Lee T. Tamir Print E-mail

Lee T. Tamir

 Lee T. Tamir, 37, of Dracut, died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, August 10th. He was the beloved son of Diane and Dennis Shaughnessey also of Dracut. 
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 16, 1978, he attended Dracut schools and was a graduate of Dracut High School in the Class of 1997.
 Lee will long be remembered for his kind soul, his jovial spirit and his wry sense of humor. Those who knew and loved him will miss his smiling face and his witty jokes.
      In addition to his parents, Lee leaves behind his grandfather, Peter M. Bauer of Dracut, with whom he lived for several years. He also leaves behind two brothers, James Tamir and his wife Diana of Fitchburg, MA and Rory Shaughnessey of Dracut; two sisters, Tami Shaughnessey of Brighton, MA, and Kathleen Shaughnessey of Dracut. He is also survived by two nieces and two nephews.
 His biological father, James Joseph Tamir, who died five months ago on March 5, 2015 and his loving grandmother, Germaine Bauer, who died on September 13, 2012, predeceased him. 
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 6 to 8 P.M. Friday. His Committal Service will take place on Tuesday morning, August 18th at St. Joseph’s Cemetery Chapel, 96 Riverneck Road, Chelmsford, MA at 10 o’clock. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to". E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.    
Lawrence M. McCartin, M.D. Print E-mail

Lawrence M. McCartin, M.D.

87, Lowell doctor’s career spanned six decades

Lawrence M. McCartin, M.D., a physician, former public health official, and a life-long resident of the Belvidere section of Lowell, who ran a busy medical practice in the Merrimack Valley for 60 years, passed away peacefully in the cardiac care unit of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston surrounded by members of his family on August 5th. He was 87.

He was the loving husband of the late Mary Joy (O’Dea) McCartin with whom he celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in 2010. She passed away later that year.

Born into a well-known family in Lowell on August 15, 1927, the twelfth of thirteen children of the late Frank P. and the late Margaret (Walsh) McCartin, Lawrence Michael McCartin was a 1947 graduate of Keith Academy in Lowell. After initially following three older brothers into seminary studies at Holy Angels Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY for two years, he attended Boston College prior to earning his M.D. degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1953.

A veteran of the Korean War, Dr. McCartin served as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps.

In 2011, Saints Memorial Hospital in Lowell recognized Dr. McCartin as the longest serving member of their physician staff in the history of the hospital, which was founded in 1867. In addition to his general surgery and primary care practice, where his diagnostic skills were highly regarded, Dr. McCartin served his native City of Lowell as Director of the Board of Health for 25 years. He was also the Middlesex County Medical Examiner for 25 years, managed the health clinic at the Billerica House of Correction for five years, and provided the Faulkner Mill in Billerica their health services for many years.

During his long career, constantly motivated by a passion for continuing education in his profession, Dr. McCartin delivered over 5,000 babies including three generations of several families. Together with his wife of 59 years, Mary Joy, he co-founded the charitable group American Medical Aid to Children Overseas, an organization that twice a year delivered medical and surgical services and supplies to orphanages overseas. Dr. and Mrs. McCartin frequently played host to orphans they brought to the United States for surgical care and rehabilitation not available in their own countries.

After 60 years of practice in 2013, Dr. McCartin retired from medicine on his 85th birthday.

Dr. McCartin spent his rare free time in summer on Cape Cod at Oyster Harbors in Osterville and at LaJoie Farm in Sandwich; and he was a part-time winter resident of Jackson, New Hampshire and Palm Beach, Florida. His homes in New England and Florida were always full of family, friends, acquaintances and other guests who sometimes needed a safe haven. Over the years, they would find company with a menagerie of animals the doctor assembled including horses, Shetland ponies, poodles, a cocker spaniel, lambs, rabbits, exotic parrots and a spider monkey. He had an impressive hat collection.

He had many varied interests that could lead to challenging adventures. An optimistic fisherman who persevered through eight years without catching anything, he still very much enjoyed the search; an accomplished equestrian whose enthusiasm was not dampened by several broken ribs over the years; a yachtsman with multiple boats on which he or Joy or their two children, Kathleen and Michael, hosted their happy crews; an expert skier who loved to race the White Mountains and the Swiss Alps; a talented musician who could play practically any instrument and privately jammed with some jazz greats. He was also an intrepid private pilot with only one license suspension on his flight record, earned by flying under the Sagamore Bridge on his way to Cape Cod. He narrowly escaped a second suspension after being investigated for buzzing his brother-in-law’s Hyannis Port home at near-treetop level, which in the early 1960s was adjacent to President Kennedy’s Summer White House.

Dr. McCartin was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell, of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Osterville, and of St. Edward’s Church in Palm Beach. He was a member of the Oyster Harbors Club, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the Massachusetts Medical Society; and a past member of the Corinthian Yacht Club, the Wianno Yacht Club, the Flotilla Club of Palm Beach, the Power Yacht Squadron, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Vesper Country Club.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Kathleen C. and Dr. William E. Evans, Jr. of Exeter, NH; his son and daughter-in-law Michael T. and Nancy A. McCartin of Lexington, MA; his grandsons William E. Evans, III of Palo Alto, CA, Nicholas L. Evans of Portsmouth, NH and Michael T. McCartin, Jr. of Lexington, MA; his granddaughter Katherine Joy McCartin of Lexington, MA; his brother and sister-in-law Norbert T. and Patricia McCartin of Lowell, MA; his sisters-in-law Gloria McCartin of Irvine, CA, Francis McCartin of Lowell, B.J. McCartin of Asheville, NC, Mary Ann McCartin of Osterville, MA, Patricia O. Currie of Palm Beach, FL; and sister and brother-in-law Donna T. and Attorney John L. Connell, Jr. of Westford, MA; as well as many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Dr. McCartin was the brother of the late Rev. Frank P. McCartin, Rev. Joseph T. McCartin, William T. McCartin, John P. McCartin, Paul C. McCartin and Philip C. McCartin; his late sister Mary A. McCartin; and late siblings and their spouses James J. and Margaret McCartin, Robert A. and Jeanne McCartin, Margaret M. and Edward Teague, and Ann E. and David Loughran. Dr. McCartin was also predeceased by his sister-in-law Gail O’Dea Sayers in 2003.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass which will be celebrated on August 13, 2015 at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH (Lower Church) in Lowell at 11:00 o’clock. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in Dr. McCartin’s memory to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, 3 Fayette Street, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME (978 or 866) 458-8768.

George Abodeely Print E-mail

George Abodeely

Dedicated educator, church leader, and proud family man;
 George Abodeely, 85, of Windham, NH but formerly of Andover and a well known educator in the Tewksbury School system, died Thursday evening at the Grace House in Windham surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Constance A. “Connie” (Coury) Abodeely, with whom he celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on November 14, 2014.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 23, 1930, the son of the late Michael and the late Nahie (Missad) Abodeely, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1948. He went on to graduate from Lowell State Teacher’s College in 1952 with a Degree in Education and received his Master’s in Education from Fitchburg State University. Later, he received Certification from Boston University’s Guidance and Counseling Institute.
 Prior to his retirement, George served as Assistant Principal at the Tewksbury Middle School where he taught for over 24 years. Previously, he served as Guidance Counselor for the Tewksbury School system several years and before that as a teacher at the Foster School in Tewksbury.  George loved interacting with people on a personal basis which explains his having worked two nights a week as a waiter in 6 decades at Bishop’s Restaurant in Lawrence, MA where accumulated quite a following of devoted customers.
 A 32nd Degree Mason with the William Sewall Gardner Lodge, George was also a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves.
 A man of great faith, he was an dedicated member and a past president of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell. In addition, he served as a chanter for the church and his community for over 40 years.
 George loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was an avid gardener and spent most of his free time nurturing his vegetable garden, fruit trees and the yard that he treasured.
 Besides his loving wife, George is survived by two daughters Cynthia G. Desmond and her husband John of Andover and Sandra “Sam” L. Cormier and her husband Scott of Windham, NH; two sons Michael G. Abodeely and his wife Lori of Windham, NH and Stephen R. Abodeely and his wife Robin of Nashua, NH.; six grandchildren John Desmond, Jeff Desmond, Melinda Abodeely, Stephen Abodeely, Chelsea Cormier and Brooke Cormier; five great grandchildren Jack, Alex, Owen, Conor and Evelyn; his brother Richard Abodeely of San Diego, CA; and many nieces and nephews.
 He was predeceased by his brother Ned and sisters Miriam Abodeely and Jeannette Lesson.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Monday. His Funeral Service will take place Tuesday morning at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH at 11 o’clock. Burial to follow at the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 44 Bowers St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.   
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