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Obituary: Thomas M. Shanahan, 69

Sep 12, 2018 06:05AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Thomas M. Shanahan

Thomas M. Shanahan, 69, formerly of Lowell, died peacefully at his home Monday September 3, 2018 in Manchester, NH with his loving family by his side.

Tom was the beloved husband of Dorothy Jean "Jeannie" (Page) Shanahan, who survives him, and with whom he recently celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 22, 1949, a son Lena (Fortuna) Shanahan of Lowell and the late Daniel J. Shanahan, Tom attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1966.

Prior to his retirement, Tom was a teller at Washington Savings Bank in Lowell for several years. Previously, he was the Deli Manager at Alexander's Super Market (nka Hannaford Super Market) in Dracut for many years.

A lifelong communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Lowell, Tom was an active and passionate member of the parish. He worked onstage and backstage for the St. Patrick Church Variety shows over the years. He also assisted during the annual Irish Cultural Week and brought joy and humor to all he encountered.

In addition, Tom was a longtime member of the Camelot Players, a theatre company in Tyngsborough.

Besides his wife and mother, Tom is survived by his daughter Katherine P. Shanahan - Samson and her husband Christopher of Manchester, NH; a son Sean T. Shanahan and his companion Melanie Staples of Tewksbury; six grandchildren Jeremy, Ryan, Kylee, Caleigh, Aidan and Audrey; three sisters Patricia Shanahan of Lowell, Laura Shanahan-Rowe and her husband Earl of Hampton, NH and Maureen Aubrey and her husband Frank of Lowell; many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Daniel J. Shanahan, III and the late John Patrick Shanahan.

Arrangements were entrusted to the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell. Committal Services will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. Patrick Church Renovation Fund, 24 Suffolk St., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) -458-8768.

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