Donald B. Horan
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devoted family man and community leader
CHELMSFORD -- Donald B. Horan, 81, a longtime resident of the Highlands in Lowell but now residing in Chelmsford, died Tuesday morning, May 7th at Lowell General Hospital -- Main Campus. He was the beloved husband of the late Natalie M. (Donovan) Horan who died April 19, 2007.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 15, 1931, the son of the late Bernard M. "Barney" and the late Marion E. (Gould) Horan, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1949.
A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Don proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force for four years as an airborne radar mechanic.
Don started his career with N.E. Telephone/Nynex (now known as Verizon) where he worked for over 35 years, finishing his career as a Network Service Manager. He then joined the Lowell National Historic Park where he was a lock tender for the Francis Gate House.
Prior to his retirement, Don served as an Account Manager with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Safety for the statewide E 9 1 1 program.
He was the Past President of the Lowell Visiting Nurse Association Board of Directors for two years, past member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, a Corporator of the Lowell Boys Club. Don was very active in community affairs through the Greater Lowell Kiwanis Club. He was Past President, longtime Secretary, chaired the Scholarship Committee and was twice named Kiwanian of the Year. He was a Kiwanis Fellow of which he was very proud and the recipient of many other awards of achievement.
He was a lifelong member of St. Margaret's Church and held membership in the Holy Name Society. He was a Life Member of the Lowell Lodge of Elks. He belonged to the St. John's Men Guild, Telephone Pioneers of America, The American Legion, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officers International (APCO), the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), Massachusetts Emergency Number Association (MENA), and an associate member of the Massachusetts Chief of Police Association (MCOPA).
Don is survived by four daughters Donna M. Woodbury and her husband David of Concord, Beth Marroquin and her husband Saul of Chelmsford, Kelly A. Fucci and her husband Jon of Atlanta, GA and Patricia A. O'Brien and her husband Anthony of Chelmsford; two sons James B. Horan and his wife Sharon of Lowell, MA and Michael D. Horan also of Lowell; nine grandchildren David Woodbury and his wife Dana, Erin Ward, Daniel Horan and his wife Jennifer, Maire Fucci, Megan Fucci, Maiti Fucci, Jack O'Brien, Ben O'Brien and Leah Horan; five great-grandchildren; a sister Joan M. Fenlon and her husband Gerald; a sister-in-law Dorothy Atkinson and her husband Gerard of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late John J. Horan.
HORAN -- In Lowell, May 7, 2013, at LGH -- Main Campus, Donald B. Horan of Chelmsford, husband of the late Natalie M. (Donovan) Horan. Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. His Funeral will take place from the Funeral Home Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock followed by his Funeral Mass at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 9:30 o'clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MASSACHUSETTS CHAPTER, 101 First Avenue, Waltham, MA 02154. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866)
J.F. O'Donnell & Sons Funeral Home
276 Pawtucket Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Published in Lowell Sun on May 9, 2013