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Edward A. Cregg Print E-mail

Edward A. Cregg 

 
Loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, of Lowell, 73
 
 Edward A. Cregg, 73, a resident of Lowell passed away peacefully at Lowell General Hospital on April 23, 2017.  He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Needham) Cregg who survives him and who was the love of his life for 44 years.
 Ed was born in Lowell, MA on February 28, 1944, a son of the late James and the late Helen (Newell) Cregg, he was educated in the Lowell schools and immediately following graduation from Lowell High School in 1962, he honorably served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict.
 Upon his honorable discharge, Ed worked at Raytheon in Burlington as a procurement manager for over 25 years.
 His greatest love was spending time with family and friends, always ready to go for a coffee or a meal especially having breakfast with his childhood buddies and brothers sharing stories of past-time.  He was extremely proud to be from a large family of 13 children, growing up in the Highlands section of Lowell and had a ton “Lowell Pride”.  He was a history buff, loved family vacations, traveling and watched the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics religiously. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren and going to Lowell High football games on Friday nights. Eddie (aka Voodoo and Vamp) was a standout football player at Lowell High School and was a member of the 1961 Superbowl team that went to the Gator Bowl in Florida. “Big” Ed may be best known for his sense of wit and humor, having what most refer to as the gift of gab and his extremely keen and sharp memory. 
 In addition to his wife Pat, Ed is survived by a son Jason and his wife Liz; a daughter Julie and her companion Ronnie; six grandchildren Brady, Kacey, Mia, Leah, Ryan and Owen; three sisters Donna Cregg Morris, Dorothy Sears and Charlotte Spinney and her husband Jack; three brothers John Cregg and his wife Karen, Eugene Cregg, and Frank Cregg and his companion Michelle; three sisters-in-law Vivian Cregg, Joanne Cregg and Priscilla Cregg; and many nieces and nephews. 
 Ed is predeceased by his siblings: James Cregg Jr., Robert Cregg Sr., Kevin Cregg Sr., Joan Ciardello, Eleanor Sine, and David Cregg Sr., brothers-in-law Frank Sine and Tom Ciardello and sisters-in-law Terry Cregg and Joan Cregg.
      Ed’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at the Blaire House for the loving care they bestowed upon him during his time there. 
      Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 Pawtucket St at Fletcher from 3 until 7 PM on Wednesday. His Funeral Service will be celebrated on Thursday morning at ST. ANNE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 14 Treble Cove Rd, North Billerica at 10 o’clock. (KINDLY MEET AT CHURCH). Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in TEWKSBURY. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. For those who wish, donations in loving memory of Edward can be made to the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, 30 Lyman St, Suite 10, Westborough, MA 01581. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
 
Eleanor M. Grossi Print E-mail

Eleanor M. Grossi

 
Beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend
 
 Eleanor M. (DePrenda) Grossi, 95, died Wednesday morning, April 19th at D’Youville Senior Care following a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late John A. Grossi who died in 1974.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 17, 1921, a daughter of the late Guiseppe and Maria (Casarella) DePrenda, she received her education in the Lowell elementary schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School. 
 Early in her working career Eleanor was a secretary for the Gene Weisburg Architectural Firm and did bookkeeping for the former Windsor Restaurant.  Most recently she was a bookkeeper for Cantor Insurance Company.
 Among her many interests, Eleanor was an avid bingo player, bowler and enjoyed her trips to Foxwoods.  She enjoyed taking trips with family and friends to her favorite destinations of Aruba, Las Vegas and Italy.  Eleanor was also a member of the Italian Mothers Club of Lowell and the International Institute.
 Mrs. Grossi is survived by a daughter Sandra Dion and her husband Frank of Haverhill; a son Robert C. Grossi of Lowell; a sister Antoinette “Toni” Kelleher of Dracut; and several nieces and nephews.
 She was also the sister of the late Vito DePrenda, Angelina Volonino and Nicholena DePrenda.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday.  Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday morning at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o’clock followed by her committal prayers at St. Patrick Cemetery.  E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com.  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society, Centralized Memorial Processing Center, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01710.  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
 
Edward F. "Bud" Slattery, Jr. Print E-mail

Edward F. “Bud” Slattery, Jr.

 
Former Athletic Director at G.L.T.H.S.
 
 Edward F. “Bud” Slattery, Jr., 80, of Hampton, NH, formerly of Lowell, died Thursday, April 13th at his home with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Sara E. “Sally” (Regan) Slattery who survives him and with whom he celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on February 28th of this year.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 10, 1937, the son of the late Edward F. and the late Mary (Murphy) Slattery, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1954. Following graduation from Lowell High, Bud attended Providence College on a baseball scholarship, and after completing an exceptional college career, signed a professional baseball contract with the San Francisco Giants.
 Bud served as Director of Athletics at Greater Lowell from 1974 until his retirement in 1982. He was one of the founding fathers of Greater Lowell’s highly regarded athletic program. In addition, he was one of the driving forces in the formation of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference, which was formed to meet the needs of vocational high school athletic programs in Eastern Mass., and a conference in which the Gryphons continue to compete to this day. Previously, he taught English, served as a coach and was Head of the English Department.
 He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell.
 In addition to his wife Sally, Bud is survived by a daughter Kelly Britton and her husband Frankie of Hampton, NH; five sons Edward F. “Ted” Slattery, III and his fiancée Kelly Horan of Chelmsford, MA, Paul R. Slattery of Lowell, Kevin M. Slattery and his wife Andrea of No. Andover, MA, James Slattery and his wife Anne of Chelmsford, MA and David Slattery and his wife Ellen of Lowell; twelve grandchildren Molly, Emily, Patrick, Meghan, Connor, Shannon, Brianna, Ryan, Julia, Jack, Thomas and Kathryn; a sister Mary F. Slattery of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 4 to 8 P.M. on Monday. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) at 11 o’clock followed by his Committal Prayers at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Mt. Pleasant Golf Club Scholarship Fund, 141 Staples St, Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
 
John J. MacLaughlan, Jr. Print E-mail

John J. MacLaughlan, Jr.

Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle
 
 John J. MacLaughlan, Jr., 77, of Lowell and Scituate, died Wednesday, April 5th at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell surrounded by his wife and children. He was the beloved husband of Catherine L. (Ford) MacLaughlan who survives him and with whom he would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on April 17th.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 26, 1939, a son of the late John J. and the late Marian E. (Martin) MacLaughlan, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1957.
 After graduation from Lowell High School in 1957, he entered Merrimack College and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. John also graduated from Boston College in 1964 with a Master of Arts Degree in Economics.
 In 1961 he began a teaching career that spanned 39 years. He became a full time teacher at Chelmsford High School in 1963, where he taught Economics and Political Science until 2000. Besides his teaching duties, John was the Chelmsford High School golf coach from 1963-1989 where he was awarded coach of the year numerous times. John also enjoyed running the scoreboard at home football games for many years.  
 An avid golfer, John was a former member of Vesper Country Club, and Long Meadow Golf Club, where he represented both clubs in the Lowell City Tournament over 20 times. John was a four-time club champion at Long Meadow. He was also a proud member of the “Hat Rack Club”, a close-knit group of neighborhood friends from childhood to today. John was a communicant and life-long member of the Immaculate Conception Parish.
 In addition to his wife Cathy, John is survived by five children John J. MacLaughlan, III of West Roxbury, MA, Ellen L. Slattery and her husband David of Lowell, Thomas F. MacLaughlan of Lowell, Daniel J. MacLaughlan and his wife Kristina of Burlington, MA and Beth A. MacLaughlan and her fiancé Frank Giliberti of Lowell; three grandsons Cameron John, Jack Frederick and Jason Daniel MacLaughlan; a sister Elizabeth Ann Shanley of Lowell; three brothers Kevin D. MacLaughlan and his wife Donna, James M. MacLaughlan and David W. MacLaughlan all of Lowell; a brother-in-law T. Joseph Shanley of Lowell; and several nieces and nephews.
 John’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff of D’Youville Senior Care for their care, compassion and concern during his stay there.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 1 to 5 P.M. on Sunday therefore allowing his golf buddies to venture home to catch the end of the Masters Golf Tournament on television. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) at 11 o’clock followed by his Committal Prayers at St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, 3 Fayette St, Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
 
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