George H. McWilliams
LOWELL George H. McWilliams, Lowell native and decorated U.S.Army veteran, died December 1, 2008 at the Blaire House of Tewksbury after a long illness.
The son of the late George and Catherine (Kelley) McWilliams, he was born March 10, 1924, in Lowell and was educated in the Lowell schools including the Sacred Heart School. He joined the Army when he was 17 years old and served during World War II, receiving numerous honors and decorations including the Purple Heart, the Pacific Theatre Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the Presidential Citation, and the Bronze Star.
In 1944 during WWII he was badly injured in combat at Bougainville, Soloman Islands. He spent 5 years hospitalized in the Bedford Veterans Hospital recovering from his injuries and became permanantly disabled. Upon his discharge from the hospital, George made his home with his sisters, Anna and Dorothy McWilliams. He was an avid walker who would frequently be seen walking throughout the Grove and the Shedd Park sections of the City of Lowell. He was also a member of the VFW Post 662, Walker Rogers, and he also enjoyed fishing. He was particularly fond of his nieces and nephews and spent much of his time enjoying their company and that of his grandnieces and grandnephews.
He is survived by his brothers, James McWilliams, of Spring Hill, FL; John J. McWilliams and his wife, Phyllis, of Singer Island, FL, his sister, Anna L. McWilliams, of Lowell, his sister-in-law, Rita McWilliams, of Lowell, his nieces, Marlene A. Browne of Westford, and Nancy Bernard and husband, Gary, of Nashua,NH, his nephews, John McWilliams, Jr. and his wife Carol, of Lowell, Gary McWilliams and wife Lenora, of Houston, TX, Brian McWilliams and wife, Marjorie, of Kingston, Mass., Alan McWilliams and wife, Paula, of Ballston Spa, NY, and Robert McWilliams and wife Deborah, of Wilbraham, Mass. He also leaves his grandnieces and grandnephews Kristen and David Browne, and the McWilliams’ including: Ian, Tyler, Julia, Jane, Tara, Erin, Ana, Emily, Gary, Stephen, Mai, Mya; and Tyler and Lauren Bernard.
He was also the twin brother of the late Dorothy McWilliams, and the late Leo McWilliams.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HIS VISITATION 9 UNTIL 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY MORNING AT THE MCDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL (978 OR 800) 458-6816.
HIS FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT HOLY FAMILY PARISH AT 11 A.M.
BURIAL IN ST. PATRICK CEMETERY.