Dr. Joseph D. Sweeney – born February 5.1904 -one of nine surviving children of Felix and Catherine Sweeney – well-known and highly regarded physician and surgeon – died on August 9, 1963 – 50 years ago today. Born, raised, resided in the Sacred Heart parish, he was a proud alum of Lowell High School, Boston College and Tufts University School of Medicine. He served as Chief of Surgery at St. John’s Hospital, Chairman, Lowell Board of Heath and Middlesex County Medical Examiner. Married in 1935 to Helen Callahan, he was father to Miriam (Murphy) now living in Florida, Joseph of Dracut, Dr. Bill of North Tewksbury, former City Solicitor Thomas of Lowell, Cathy of Lowell and George of Maui, Hawaii. A park dedicated to memory is located at the corner of Lawrence and Moore Streets in Lowell where the dedication stone reads ~ “Physician – Surgeon – Public Servant”. Note: There will be a 50th anniversary memorial Mass celebrated at 5pm on Sunday August 11, 2013 at the Immaculate Conception Church (lower church).