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CAMBRIDGE, MA: Rev. Frederick E. Sweeney, former pastor of St. Francis Church, Dracut and St. John the Baptist Church, Haverhill died peacefully Sunday March 6, 2016, at Sancta Maria Nursing Facility in Cambridge. Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Frederick E. and Mary C. (Henry) Sweeney. A graduate of Sacred Heart HS in Newton and St. John's Seminary in Brighton, he was ordained by Bishop Richard Cushing on January 10, 1952, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. In addition to his pastorships in Dracut and Haverhill, his early assignments included: St. Mary of the Annunciation, Cambridge, St. Michael, Lowell, St. Timothy, Norwood, St. Vincent de Paul, South Boston, St. Pius V, Lynn, Chaplain: Danvers State Hospital, and St. Alphonsus in Beverly before retiring to York Beach, Maine, from Haverhill in 2004. Fr. Sweeney also served as chaplain of the Haverhill Fire Department. He enjoyed golf with memberships in Framingham and York, Maine, and cooking for large groups. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Rose (Garbarino) Sweeney of Shrewsbury; and three nieces, Kathleen M. Trice and her husband, James of Uxbridge, Karen Sweeney Shea and husband, Robert of Belmont, and Jane M. Labbadia and husband, John of Farmington, Conn.; six grandnephews and five grandnieces. He was the brother of the late Hon. James M. Sweeney and the late Frances Kavanaugh.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, March 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Boyle Bros. Funeral Home, 173 Union Avenur, Framingham. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, March 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget's Church, 830 Worcester Road (Route 9 East), Framingham. Interment at St. Stephen's Cemetery, Framingham. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Framingham Heart Study Research Fund, care of Boston University School of Medicine Development Office, 72 East Concord Street, L-219, Boston, MA 02118. Please visit www.boylebrothers.com.
Published on  March 9, 2016
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