Donald J. Lyons Ret., WPD

July 5, 2020

U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean Conflict

Donald J. Lyons of Tewksbury, formerly of Woburn and Medford. Devoted husband of Bert Lyons for 58 years. Cherished father of Michael Lyons, his wife, Mary, of NC and Jeffrey Lyons, his wife, Tara, of Bedford. Devoted grandfather of Kate, Matthew, and Kiera. Loving brother of William, Jr., Alberta Cain, and the late Roberta Barry. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.  A Funeral will be held on Thursday, July 9th at 10 a.m. in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours for Mr. Lyons on Wednesday, July 8th at the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St. Woburn, and will proceed as follows; 3-4 PM for those who are sixty-five and over, and/ or presently experiencing personal health and/or physical concerns and 4-6 P.M. for the general public. PLEASE, enter though the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn throughout your time on the premises for your safety and ours, along with adhering to safe distancing. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, July 9th at 10 a.m. Remembrances may be made in Donald’s memory to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Donald J. Lyons of Tewksbury, formerly of Woburn and Medford, was born in Boston on September 30, 1936.  He was the son of the late William, Sr. and Mary (Heffernan) Lyons. 

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bert, and sons, Michael and his wife, Mary, of Sunset Beach, North Carolina, and Jeffrey and his wife, Tara, of Bedford, Massachusetts, and his cherished grandchildren, Kate, Matthew, and Kiera.  He was the brother of William, Jr., Alberta Cain, and the late Roberta Barry.  He is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Upon graduation from Medford High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, at the time of the Korean conflict, where he proudly served his country for three years in Germany.  Upon discharge, he attended Coyne Electrical School before being appointed to the Woburn Police Department by Mayor Gill in 1961.  Over his 40-year career with the Woburn Police, he served in varying capacities including detective, prosecutor and Sergeant, a position he held until his retirement in 2001.

The family enjoyed memorable vacations in Ogunquit, Maine for 50 years.  They were also fortunate to have enjoyed several trips to Europe, including a special trip to Italy to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Calling hours for Mr. Lyons on Wednesday, July 8th at the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St. Woburn, and will proceed as follows;

3-4 PM for those who are sixty-five and over, and/ or presently experiencing personal health and/or physical concerns and 4-6 P.M. for the general public. PLEASE, enter though the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn throughout your time on the premises for your safety and ours, along with adhering to safe distancing.A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, July 9th at 10 a.m.Remembrances may be made in Donald’s memory to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Calling hours for Mr. Lyons on Wednesday, July 8th at the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St. Woburn, and will proceed as follows;

3-4 PM for those who are sixty-five and over, and/ or presently experiencing personal health and/or physical concerns and 4-6 P.M. for the general public. PLEASE, enter though the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn throughout your time on the premises for your safety and ours, along with adhering to safe distancing. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, July 9th at 10 a.m.Remembrances may be made in Donald’s memory to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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  1. Jeff – Saddened to see this, your Dad was such a kind man. My condolences to you and your family. May his light shine eternal.

  2. I remember him always smiling and so cheerful as he helped us cross Main St. in front of St. Charles School. It was always a pleasure to see him. Even then, you could see he loved what he was doing. Thank God for him and God bless his family.

  3. Mike and Jeff:

    Sending you my deepest condolences. My heart goes out to you both.

    Love,
    Denise (Giangrande) Kelly

  4. Joanne Daggett

    Dear Bert, Michael, and Jeff,

    We are so very saddened to hear of the passing of Donny. My husband and I both worked with Donny on the WPD for many years, and it was truly an honor to work alongside an upstanding, quality individual who exemplified leadership and dedication. On a personal level, Donny was also a kind, caring individual and great friend who will clearly be missed by so many.

    We sincerely apologize for not being able to attend services, as we were out of state.

    Fondly,

    Joanne and Michael Daggett

  5. Bert and family
    We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Donnie. Our Prayers and thoughts are with all of you During this very difficult time.
    Linda De and Bob
    Salon de Fluer

  6. Michael & Julie Maher

    Dear Bert and family, Julie and I were very sorry to hear about Don’s passing. I remember him as a young officer crossing us for school at the bottom of Russell St and Cambridge Road. I still think I have his signature in my 6th grade autograph book. He was truly a gentleman. We are on vacation or would otherwise attend the service. Bert, I also remember going to Panera after Sunday Mass with you, Julie and Linda Mahoney. It was always a pleasant time. We will keep you all in our prayers.

  7. I remember Don as kid growing up. Whenever I saw him he would have nothing but encouraging words for me
    My father talked about him in glowing terms,and often remarked,he is the
    epitome of what a police officer should be.
    God Bless Don,God Bless his family

  8. Charlie Culhane

    Lyons family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all the ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie Culhane

  9. What we once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we loved deeply becomes a part of us.May your memories be strength. Kevin and Debra Frost

  10. Rest in peace sir. I will always remember are many last half games of hide and seek in Woburn Sq. and the many shifts we did together in the Communications room. One of the last generations of true police officers.

  11. Alice McInnis

    Uncle Don was always good for a corny joke and a big smile.  That smile got bigger and brighter when he spoke of his family as he was a very proud husband, father, and grandfather.  He is already missed, but he leaves no shortage of good memories behind. ~Paul, Alice & David McInnis

  12. Patricia McMahon

    You were such a nice man. I am so sorry for your illness the last few years. You can finally Rest In Peace. You will be missed by many.
    Patty McMahon and Family

  13. Garrett Bsrry

    Donald and family: I couldn’t have asked for a better brother in law.
    Roberta was always very proud of you. You are with her now.
    As Rudyard Kipling wrote, “You are a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
    Garrett (Garry)Barry

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