Obituaries – 10/13/09

Richard Grayson

Retired Lisbon, NH Chief of Police

Richard Grayson of Littleton, N.H., formerly of Chelsea, died on August 16 after a long illness.

Born in Chelsea, a member of a well-known Mill Hill family, he was the son of the late Frank and Sarah Grayson. He attended school in Chelsea and graduated from Everett Vocational High School, Class of 1949.

While living in Chelsea he was a member and past president of the Merritt Club. Along with his brother, Bernie, he was a member of the St. Rose Church Senior Choir, which was under the direction of Mr. Frank Ridge and the Spiritual Director, the Reverend William McCarthy. At the same time, he took part in the musical plays staged by St. Rose Church.

When he moved to New Hampshire in the early 1970’s, he joined the Town of Lisbon, NH Police Department. He retired in 1992 as Lisbon, NH, Chief of Police. He then became a Deputy Sheriff for the Grafton County Sheriff Dept. serving as a bailiff in Grafton County Superior Court. He was also a past member of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Edna Wright Grayson and his four sons, Arthur of Durham, N.C., Rick of GIG Harbor, WA, Thomas of Klamath Falls, OR and Daniel of Londonderry, N.H. He was the brother of the late Frank of Revere, Raymond of Lynn, Thomas of Lynn and Bernard of Salem. He is survived by two sisters, Joan Arsenault of Seabrook, NH and Rosemary Caouette of Watertown, MA.


Joseph Martel

US Postal retiree, food pantry volunteer

Joseph L. Martel of Lynn died at home after a long battle with cancer on October 7 with his family at his side. He was 73 years old.

He was a US Air Force veteran of the Korean War and was employed as a mail clerk at the US Post Office in Lynn and North Reading. He was a member of the Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, a volunteer at the Tree of Life Food Pantry at Sacred Heart Church and a member of the Lynnway Seniors Bowling League. An avid Boston Sports Fan, he enjoyed home improvement projects and fishing in North Carolina. He was the Guardian of Flopsy, Rock, Kibby, Rex and Smoky.

Born in Lynn, the son of Henry W. and Norma M. (Travers) Martel, he was the husband of Maureen M. (Curran) Martel with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Maureen Martel of Lowell; three sons, Joseph G. and his wife, Beth Martel, of East Hartland, CT., Mark C. and his wife, Judy Martel, of Belews Creek, NC , and Christopher M. Martel and his companion, Meaghan Roche, of Stocksdale, NC; one brother, William, and his wife, Frances Martel, of New Hampshire and Florida; two sisters, Marilyn and her husband, Frederic Cole, of Lynn and Patricia and her husband, Albert Jaram, of Peabody. He was the beloved grandfather of Baily, Shae, Katia and Isabelle Martel of Connecticut, Kayla and Cameron Martel of North Carolina; the nephew of Arthur Martel of Wilmington and Eileen Martel of Lynn and also leaves several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Peter Martel.

Funeral arrangements were by the Nadworny Funeral Home, Lynn. Memorial donations may be made to the Tree of Life Food Pantry, Sacred Heart Parish, 71 Boston Street, Lynn, MA 01905.


Frances Carney

Retired Self-Employed Beautician, member of Lynn YMCA and Friends of Lynn Woods

Frances M. (Gill) Carney, formerly of Keslar Avenue, Lynn, died at the Lahey Clinic North, Peabody, after a brief illness, on October 9. She was 91 years old.

A self-employed beautician for over 40 years and a lifetime member of the Lynn YMCA, she was also a member of the Friends of Lynn Woods.

She was the daughter of the late Charles and Bernice (Wutowicz) Gill and the wife of the late John J. Carney Jr. She is survived by three sons, John J. “Terry” III and his wife, Denise Carney, of Stoneham, Kenneth C. Carney of Dallas, Texas and Paul and his wife, Laurie Jo Carney, of Hawaii; two daughters, Catherine Carney and her husband, David Feldman, of Ipswich and Elaine M. Carney of San Francisco, CA. She was the sister of Janina Taylor of Bloomfield, CT and Bernadette Monico of Saugus; beloved grandmother of Derek, Kevin, Scott, Justin Carney and Elizabeth Feldman and also leaves several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Edward William, Joseph, Mary Gill, Amy Witko, Helen Lindner, Stella Lockiewicz and Sophia Sullivan.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Nadworny Funeral Home, 798 Western Avenue, Lynn, today, Tuesday, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to the Missionary of Charity/Mother Theresa, 401 Quincy Street, Dorchester, MA 02125.


William O’Donnell

GE Inspector

Mr. William D. O’Donnell, age 62, of Lynn, died Friday, October 9, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a lengthy illness. He was the son of Ethel (McLeod) O’Donnell, of Swampscott, and the late James P. O’Donnell.

Raised in Lynn, he attended Lynn English High School, and had lived in Peabody for 14 years before returning to Lynn.

A Veteran of the US Army, he had served in Germany in the 1960’s.

Mr. O’Donnell had worked for many years as an inspector at the GE Riverworks Plant, Lynn.

He was an avid Red Sox and Patriot fan, was a member of the Sgt. Robert D. Gautreau Post 6535 VFW, enjoyed cooking, and watching the Family Guy. His greatest enjoyment came from gathering with family, especially his many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brothers and sisters; James P. O’Donnell Jr., Martin O’Donnell, David O’Donnell, and Mary Freedman, all of Lynn, Irene O’Donnell, and Sheila Glidden, both of Peabody, Michael O’Donnell, of Hampden, Maine, Joseph O’Donnell, of Lawrence, and Rosanne Sullivan, of Centerville, MA., and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Ethel O’Connor and the brother in law of the late Bob Freedman.

His Funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9am from the SOLIMINE LANDERGAN AND RICHARDSON FUNERAL HOME 426 BROADWAY (RTE129), LYNN, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10am in Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hour’s Tuesday 4-8pm. Donations may be made to Hospice of the North Shore 75 Sylvan St. Danvers MA 01923. Directions and guestbook at

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