Joseph H. Sexton Jr.
O'Donnell Funeral Home
276 Pawtucket Street
Lowell, MA
Beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend;

Joseph H. Sexton Jr. 95, of Lowell, Massachusetts, a well-known local educator, passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 14th, 2021 at the D'Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell.

Joseph was the loving husband of the late Catherine M. (Bonadei) Sexton.

Born on May 15th, 1926 in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of the late Joseph H. and the late Agnes G. (Casey) Sexton, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Joe proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy.

Following his service in the war, Joe returned to school and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Lowell State Teacher's College and later earned his Master's Degree in Education from Lowell State Teacher's College (nka as U/Mass Lowell).

Prior to Joe's retirement, he was a schoolteacher for over 30 years with the Lowell Public school system at the McAvinnue Junior High school.

Joseph enjoyed spending time with his family, and amongst his friends at the Lowell Lodge of Elks, and he found great pleasure in golfing. Joseph had a love of reading, particularly novels that were history based.

Joseph is survived by a son, Joseph H. Sexton III and his wife Mealea of Lowell, MA; a daughter, Ann M. Sexton, of Lowell, MA; his two grandsons, Patrick K. Sexton and Dominic T. Sexton both of Lowell, MA; his niece, Noella Byam, of Chelmsford, MA, who was like a second daughter to him, and several other nieces and nephews.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning September 18, 2021 at St. RITA'S CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o'clock followed by his burial at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Autism Awareness. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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Published by Lowell Sun on Sep. 17, 2021.
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So sad to hear of Mr. Sexton's passing. He was always the teacher who took time to listen and talk to his students. He was the "go to" guy at Pawtucket Jr. High, later McAvinnue. Everyone from the Principal to the janitors sought his advice and knowledge. I am very proud to have known him.
Sally E Cockerline
September 22, 2021
To the Sexton Family; I´m so very sorry for your loss. I was a former student of Joseph Sexton at the McAvinnue school. He was my favorite teacher, he has lived a long life. God Bless and RIP
Cynthia (Cushion) Normand
September 17, 2021
To the Sexton Family, so very sorry for the loss of Joesph. I had him for a teacher at The McAvinnue School, he was a great teacher one of my favorites.. may he RIP.
Cynthia (Cushion) Normand
September 17, 2021
To the Sexton family: My late grandmother was a friend and colleague of Mr. Sexton's at the McAvinnue School, Mildred McMahon. She was very fond of both Mr. & Mrs. Sexton and their family. Very happy that he lived such a long, rewarding life, but still so sorry for your loss. Affectionately, Rory Noonan & Family
Rory Noonan
September 16, 2021
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