Wallace F. “Wally” Sweeney

October 15th, 2012

Wallace F. Sweeney, fondly known as “Wally” to his family and friends, of Lowell, died peacefully on October 14, 2012, following a brave battle with cancer.  He was 80 years old.

Wally was born on February 10, 1932, he was the dear son of the late Carl and Alva (Johnson) Sweeney.  Wally was raised in Chelsea, MA, and attended Chelsea Public Schools.

Wally enlisted in the United States Army on September 29, 1950, during the Korean War to serve his country; he received several commendations during his time in the Service including a Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation, just to name a few.  He was honorably discharged on October 1, 1953, following years of dedicated service to the Country and he returned home to Chelsea.

Wally married his “sweetheart” Marion Forrest in 1976, and they moved to Lowell.  Wally and Marion shared more than 36 years of marriage and raised a beautiful daughter who he cherished.

Prior to retiring, Wally was self-employed as a painter for many years, he was known for being a dedicated worker, dependable, meticulous, and talented.  Wally worked hard for many years before his illness forced him to retire.

Wally will be remembered for his love of Old Western Movies, his quiet, gentle nature, and for his unwavering love for his two grandsons, they were his pride and joy.  Wally was dedicated to his family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Wally was the beloved husband of Marion (Forrest) Sweeney of Lowell, formerly of Wilmington, devoted father of Victoria Sweeney-McMahon and her husband Ed McMahon, Sr. of Lowell, loving “Papa” of Eddie McMahon, Jr. and Colby McMahon, dear son of the late Carl and Alva (Johnson) Sweeney, brother of the late Claire White, Dorothy Lynch, and Vernon Sweeney, brother-in-law of Daniel and Helen Forrest of Townsend, Edwin and Elizabeth Forrest of North Carolina, John and Roberta Forrest and Paul and Gail Forrest all of Wilmington.  Wally is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for a Funeral Service on Friday, October 19th at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours Thursday, October 18th from 4-8 p.m.


2 Entries in Guest Book for “Wallace F. “Wally” Sweeney”

  1. Bob Butler says:

    Dear Marion,
    I was deeply saddened by your loss. Due to sickness I was uanble to attend the visiting hours. You and your family have been and will continue to be in our prayers. Wally lived a great life and was well taken care of by you and others in his final days. God bless you, I will see you soon.
    Bob Butler

  2. Roger and Marcia Lamb says:

    Dear Marion,

    I was quite sick on Saturday and unable to attend Wally’s funeral. Roger and I were both disappointed that we were not able to be with you. You have been an inspiration to us. Your loving devotion to Wally and your kindness to our father, Chester Lamb will be remembered for a very long time. We pray you be comforted by the wonderful memories you hold and by God who holds you.
    Marcia & Roger Lamb

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