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“To Jane's family,I never met Jane but she helped me so much with my ancestry. We met through ancestry as DNA matches and she connected me with the ...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Florence Heffernan - Family

“Jane was a relative through the Cobb side of my family. Like Jane we are very interested in genealogy and have a passion for finding relations that...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Joyce and Kim Miller - Family

“Mike, Julie and family: Jerry and I are so sorry for your loss. I last spoke to Jane right before Thanksgiving when she told me about her illness. ...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Jerry & Kathleen Justis - Deltona, FL

“I only met Jane recently as we discovered we were family, descending from St. John’s, Newfoundland. She visited with me in 2019 at my home in...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Pamela Wetherbee (Lahey)

“Your Mother, Grandmother and Sister was a warm and wonderful person. I had the pleasure of working with Jane at EFHutton and successor firms. She...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Nancy Brickley - The Villages, FL

“Thinking of the Dowd Family. Jane will be missed. Always a big smile on her face. She was a good friend. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Donna Sullivan - Wilmington, MA

“Jane's family,I am so sad to read that Jane has passed away. We both loved genealogy and we sent many emails and phone calls regarding our hobby...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Enid OBrien St. John's, NL Canada

“Ww will always remember Jane. We offer condolences to you and your family. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Nancy and Chet Timmins - Plympton, MA

“Mike, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. We are thinking about you guys and hope you are doing ok. May she rest in peace.The Barry Family. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Frank Barry - Billerica, MA


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Jane E. (Hayes) Dowd, resident of Stoneham, formerly of Woburn, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 with her family by her side. She was 74.

She was born in St. John's, Newfoundland on March 31, 1946 to the late James J. and Gladys (Guest) Hayes. When she was two, the family moved to Edgewater Park in the Bronx, New York, where she was a student at the St. Francis de Chantel School. She and her family moved to Massachusetts in 1960 and to Melrose in 1961. She graduated from Melrose High School, and enjoyed swimming in her youth.

Jane Married her beloved James P. Dowd in February of 1969 and they settled in Woburn to raise their family. They relocated to Stoneham in their later years. She worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years and was a Vice President of Salomon Smith Barney when she retired.

Jane's first love was her dear family. As she was her children and grandchildren's biggest fan, she was exceptionally active in their lives. She never missed a school function, sports activity or family get together, and took great joy in helping to raise her grandchildren.

Another passion of Jane's was Genealogy. She took great joy in doing exhaustive research into family history, even traveling to England and back to her beloved Newfoundland to learn more about her families past.

Jane's love, warmth, and kindness will be missed.

Jane was the beloved wife of the late James P. Dowd with whom she shared 48 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Michael J. Dowd and his wife Julie of Chelmsford, and the late John Joseph Dowd. Cherished grandmother of Aidan, Abigail, and Liam Dowd. Dear sister of Patricia McCarthy, Edward Hayes and his late wife Sue Ann, Gerald Hayes and his wife Diane, the late James Hayes, and the late Denis Hayes. Also survived by many honorary grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Due to the public health crisis, services for Jane will be private. Interment in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.