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John L. McDonough

John McDonough serves as the Funeral Director and owner of multiple funeral homes in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. He is associated with McDonough Funeral Home on 14 Highland Street (Telephone: 978-458-6816), Mahoney Funeral Home (Telephone: 978-452-6361), and Tewksbury Funeral Home on 1 Dewey Street, Tewksbury, Massachusetts (Telephone: 978-851-2061)

Married to his high school sweetheart, Dr. Ellen T. (Wayne) McDonough, they share two sons, Jack (married to Shannon Wilkey) and Joe (married to Anne), along with four grandchildren: Zoey, Adeline, Morgan, and Luke. Both sons actively participate in the family tradition of funeral service that has been upheld since 1885.

Aside from his responsibilities in the funeral industry, John has a keen interest in communications. He has engaged in one-on-one conversations with notable figures such as former President George W. Bush, Former Massachusetts Governors Deval Patrick and Mitt Romney, Governor Charlie Baker, current Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, Former Senator Scott Brown, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and most local elected officials.

John is a member of various organizations, including Lowell Telecommunications, The East End Club, The Lowell Lodge of Elks B.P.O.E 87, the Lowell Plan, the 100 Club of Massachusetts, Funeral Service Professional Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association, and Harley Owners Group "HOG." And the National Rifle Association and was a broadcaster on local radio for years.    

Recognized for his leadership in incorporating technology into the funeral industry, Mr. McDonough has been featured in Time Digital Magazine and Inc. Technology Magazine. He founded both the Electronic Funeral Service Association and the Funeral Service Professional Association, likely the world's largest funeral professional association with over forty thousand online patricipants.

John has testified at Federal Trade Commission hearings, advocating for honesty in consumer dealings and fair wages for funeral home employees. He serves as a valuable resource for State Boards, Death Care Associations, professional magazines, newsletters, and funeral-related television and radio broadcasts.

His current project involves creating a live daily television program for community interaction the Dawn Patrol and The City Life Show, broadcasting on Lowell Telecommunications Corporation, Dracut Access Television, Tewksbury TV, Tyngsborough TV, Chelmsford Telemedia and simulcast on the internet and Facebook live.

Dr. Ellen and John McDonough aboard the Queen Mary 2


The McDonough Family 2024


Our three Grand daughers

Top left is Zoey (3yrs) top right is Adeline (1yr) with her back to us Morgan (3 mos)


Goofing off with Zoey and Morgan went to sleep whilst Nana got the camera


Zoey and her Grampateer   27OCT2010


Our little Princess and 1st Grand•daughter "Zoey"



Enjoying his son and daughter in law's wedding reception



Dr. Ellen T. McDonough, President George W. Bush, John L. McDonough

Ellen and I were honored to meet President Bush

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Dr. Ellen and John McDonough.

Proud to stand with Matt Mira an American podcast host and a stand-up comedian


Mark, Mike and John McDonough on the Tonight Show set with Jay Leno





John McDonough - Boston Television Channel 5's Gail Huff & Lowell's Mayor Rita Mercier at Former Massachusetts Governor Gala Inauguration in Boston.

through the 1990's


John on the left with Bob Winters at Lake Winisquam, NH around 1963.


Early 1958 at the age of 6 the St. Peter's May Procession as the Infant of Prague

John & Shannon's

Wedding 2008