Jude T. MacNeil
Jude T. MacNeil, age 82, a resident of Lowell, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
Born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, on June 1, 1939, he was a son of the late John Angus and Catherine A. (MacDougall) MacNeil. Jude was educated in the Inverness school system and was a graduate of the Holy Family High School. He then attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and later went on to earn a Master’s degree in Education.
Jude taught in Nelson, British Columbia, and Indiana before moving permanently to the United States in the late 1960s. He lived in Tewksbury with his former wife, Clare (MacMullin) MacNeil, before settling down in Lowell in the late 1970s.
He was employed at Ste Jeanne d’Arc School for many years before his retirement. After retiring, he volunteered for over 15 years at Community Teamwork.
Jude enjoyed reading, listening to Red Sox games on the radio, talking on the phone with family and friends and traveling, especially back home to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, every summer. He would walk several miles every day around downtown Lowell and attended the daily Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Shrine. He was also an avid fan of the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. Jude had a special place in his heart for his furry grandchild, “Mr. Jackson,” whom he loved to visit and talk about.
Jude was a very proud father and grandfather. He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Shannon M. Demos and her husband Jay of Tewksbury and Catherine A. MacNeil and her fiancé Lou LaMattina of Peabody; two granddaughters, Emma and Abby Demos; two sisters, Marie Welsh of Ottawa, Ontario, and May MacNeil of Inverness, Nova Scotia. Jude was predeceased by three sisters and two brothers; Myrna Owen, Rita Green, Ferdinand MacNeil, Sadie Shetterley, and William MacNeil. Jude is also survived by several nieces and nephews, including Glen Owen, David Welsh, Teresa Marques, and Robert MacNeil, whom he frequently spoke to.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no visitations. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Friday, June 18, at 10 a.m. in St. William’s Catholic Church, 1351 Main St., Tewksbury. Burial will take place at a later date in Nova Scotia. For online condolences or directions to the church, please visit www.tyngsboroughfuneralhome.net.
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