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Joseph A. Quinlan Print E-mail

Joseph A. Quinlan, Esq.



Former longtime Assistant District Attorney Commonwealth of Mass;

Joseph A. Quinlan, Esq., 61, of Swampscott, but always of Lowell, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a brief illness.

A member of a well-known Lowell Highlands family, Joe was born in Lowell on April 6, 1958, a son of the late Thomas J. and the late Amalia (Serio) Quinlan.

He attended St. Margaret’s Grammar school and was a proud graduate of Lowell High School, Class of 1976. He went on to attend U/Mass Amherst where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in both Journalism and Political Science in 1980.

Joe later went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Western New England Law School in 1988.

Professionally, he began his career as a reporter for the Associated Press. After law school, Joe became a prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he served as an Assistant District Attorney for over 28 years in Hampden, Middlesex and Worcester Counties and the Northwestern District.

Following his retirement, Joe served the State of New Hampshire as a prosecutor for both Carroll and Hillsborough Counties.

Over the course of his career, Joe received several professional awards for his accomplishments. In 2008, he was presented the William C. O'Malley Award as Prosecutor of the Year for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He received an Appreciation Recognition at the 15th Annual Massachusetts Missing Children's Day in 2015 and another Appreciation Recognition from the Greenfield Police Department in 2000. 

Joe was a member of several professional associations, among them, the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Bar Associations, the Mass Board of Bar Overseers Supreme Judicial Court and was a student and faculty member at the National District Attorney Association Trial Advocacy Program at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. In addition, he was a faculty member for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

Among his many passions and interests, Joe was a photographer, specializing in black and white photography and for a time had a studio at Western Avenue in Lowell. He also enjoyed camping, gardening, running, and he ran twice in the Boston Marathon.

However, Joe’s greatest joy was being a father and spending time with his children.


Joe is survived by his three children Sally, Will and Teddy Quinlan of West Boylston; his four siblings: Amalia M. Quinlan and her husband Daniel Devine of Buffalo, NY, Thomas A. Quinlan of New Bedford, Helen Q. Littlefield and her husband Robert of Lowell and Marian R. Walsh and her husband Gary of Mount Dora, FL; his fiancée, Mary Anne Lenihan of Swampscott, many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins, and his godmother Marie Serio of Tonawanda, NY.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 3 to 8 P.M. Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in LOWELL at 12 o’clock NOON followed by his burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Jimmy Fund, c/o the Dana Farber Institute, 450 Brookline Ave. West, Boston, MA 02215. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

 
Robert T. Callary, Jr. Print E-mail

Robert T. Callary, Jr.

Beloved brother, uncle and friend;

Robert T. “Bobby” Callary, Jr., 61, of Lowell passed away peacefully Monday August 26, 2019 at the High Point House in Haverhill, Massachusetts surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 7, 1958, the son of the late Robert T. and the late Mary C. (Slavin) Callary, Bob enjoyed a happy childhood in his tight knit Hoyt Avenue neighborhood.

Bob attended the Immaculate Conception Grammar school and was a graduate of Austin Prep Class of 1976. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the College of Holy Cross in 1980.

For many years, Bob worked at the Radisson Hotel in Chelmsford. Most recently he served up drinks, laughter and friendship at Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell.

Among his many interests, Bob enjoyed sports, golf, horse racing and trips with friends to Saratoga and Las Vegas.

He is survived by three sisters Shauna Werner and her husband Rob of Salisbury, Paula Horton and her husband Christopher of Newtown Square, PA and Lisa Perry and her husband Mark of Sandwich, MA; his beloved nieces and nephews, Patrick, Kate and Kelsey Werner, Christopher and Kayla Horton and William and Caroline Perry; his aunts and uncle Kaye (Slavin) McCarthy of Pelham, NH, Joan (Callary) Bureau of Salisbury and John Slavin and his wife Carol of Pelham, NH.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Funeral Mass Friday morning at ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. Private Committal Services will be held at a later date. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Mount Pleasant Scholarship Fund, 141 Staples St., Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.

 
Andrew F. Sheehan Print E-mail

Andrew F. Sheehan

Founder of AFS Electrical Service in Chelmsford;

Andrew F. Sheehan of Chelmsford passed away peacefully on Thursday evening at Lowell General Hospital surrounded by his family after a brief illness. He was 70.


He was the beloved husband of Donna (Stephens) Sheehan for more than 48 years. A life-long Chelmsford resident, he enjoyed spending time at his family home in York, Maine.


Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on August 28, 1948, he was the son of the late Andrew L. and Laura (Tremblay) Sheehan and was a graduate of the Chelmsford High School Class of 1966.


Andy became a Master Electrician and established his own business as owner and operator of AFS Electrical Service for the past five decades.


Active in his industry, he was the former President and current member of the Massachusetts Electrical Contractor Association, as well as the Assistant Electrical Inspector for the Town of Andover for more than 30 years.


In addition to his wife Donna, Andy is survived by his three daughters, Anne Marie Costantino and her husband Greg of Boston, Joyce Sheehan of Dallas, and Debra Severini and her husband John of Windham, NH.; his son Stephen Sheehan and his wife Nichole of Chelmsford; his granddaughter Lucy Sheehan and five grandsons Jack Sheehan, Leo Severini, Luke Sheehan, Max Severini and Vince Severini.

He was also the brother of the late Clarida B. Dolan and the late Mary B. Sheehan.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. on Tuesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Wednesday morning at ST. MARY CHURCH at 11 o’clock. Committal Services will be private. E-Condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing to may make contributions in Andrew’s memory to the Salvation Army, 150 Appleton St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768.

 
The Honorable James M. Geary, Jr. Print E-mail

 

 

 

THE HONORABLE JAMES M. GEARY JR.

 

 

Well known retired District Court Judge

The Honorable James M. Geary Jr., age 83, a retired Middlesex and Essex County District Court Judge, formerly of Lowell and Chelmsford, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 21, at his home in Matunuck, Rhode Island with his loving family by his side.

He was appointed as a District Court Judge for Middlesex and Essex Counties on April 11, 1995 at the Ayer District Court.  He retired in 2006 after a highly distinguished career on the Bench.  Following his retirement, he lived in Matunuck with his beloved wife of 54 years, Marie Robinson Geary.

Born in Lowell on April 11, 1936, the son of the late James M. Geary and the late Catherine Novak Geary, he was the brother of the late Robert J. Geary.  He was a member of St. Patrick Parish.  Judge Geary graduated from Lowell High School in 1953.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1953 until 1957 as a Communications Specialist.  Judge Geary graduated from Providence College in 1961 and Boston University Law School in 1964.

Judge Geary’s career in the law encompassed many different facets of the profession.  He served as an FBI Special Agent in the Atlanta and New York City offices from 1964 until 1967.
In 1968, he opened a private practice in Chelmsford.  He worked as an Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County, as Town Counsel for the town of Tyngsboro, as Counsel for the Chelmsford Housing Authority, and as Counsel for several Greater Lowell Housing Authorities.  He served his community until his appointment to the Bench in 1995.

Active in many civic and charitable organizations, Judge Geary was a former trustee of D’Youville Manor and the Middlesex Community College Foundation.  He was a former member of the Vesper Country Club.

In addition to his wife Marie, Judge Geary is survived by his four beloved children: Gretchen Geary Suarez and her husband Miguel Suarez of Dorchester, MA, Rachel M. Geary and her husband Lee Feekins of Kyiv, Ukraine, Kathleen M. Geary and her partner David Lockesmith of Petersham, MA, and James M. Geary III and his wife Christine Reilly of Matunuck, RI, and three grandchildren: Bo Daniel Feekins, Sebastian Geary Suarez, and Georgia Fae Feekins.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law Margaret Gray Geary of Chelmsford, as well as many loving extended family members. 

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 3 to 7 P.M. Monday.  His funeral will take place Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in Lowell followed by his burial in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E Condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing, may make contributions in his memory to Habitat for Humanity: habitat.org or Habitat for Humanity International, 322 West Lamar Street, Americus, GA 31709-3543. 
Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. – (978)458-8768.

 
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