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Raymond Francis Rourke
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73rd Mayor of
Lowell, Massachusetts[1]

In office
Preceded by Leo J. Farley
Succeeded by Robert C. Maguire
Member of the
Lowell, Massachusetts City Council[1]
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives[1]
47th Middlesex District[2]

In office
1957[1][2] – 1975
Preceded by Patrick Plunkett
Succeeded by Edward A. LeLacheur
Personal details
Born October 10, 1917[2][3]
Lowell, Massachusetts[2]
Died May 24, 2004[1]
Lowell, Massachusetts[1][3]
Resting place St. Patrick's Cemetery, Lowell.[1][4]
Political party Democratic[2]
Spouse(s) Rita LaCoss[1][3]
Children Raymond R. Rourke;
Maureen A. Rourke;
Arthur T. Rourke;
Richard P. Rourke;
John P. Rourke;
Nancy L. Rourke;
Timothy M. Rourke[1]
Residence 1283 Lawrence Street, Lowell, Massachusetts[2]
Alma mater St. Peter's Grammar School,[1] Keith Academy,[1] Lowell Commercial College[1]
Occupation Firefighter[2]
Religion Roman Catholic[1]
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch U.S Navy[1]
Rank Third class petty officer[1]
Battles/wars World War II[1]

Raymond Francis Rourke (October 10, 1917 – May 24, 2004) was an American politician and firefighter who served for many years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and as the seventy third Mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 The Boston Herald (May 27, 2004). "Raymond F. Rourke, 86, Lowell mayor, firefighter.". Boston, Massachusetts: The Boston Herald. p. 72.. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 O'Neil, Edward B. (1975). "Public Officials of Massachusetts 1975-1976". Boston, Massachusetts: Commonwealth of Massachusetts. p. 281.. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Lowell Sun (May 25, 2004). "Raymond Francis Rourke Renowned Political Figure in Lowell, Former Mayor, State Rep, Firefighter; 86.". Lowell, Massachusetts: The Lowell Sun. 
  4. The Lowell Sun (May 26, 2004). "ROURKE". Lowell, Massachusetts: The Lowell Sun. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Leo J. Farley
73rd Mayor of
Lowell, Massachusetts

January 1, 1978 – 1979
Succeeded by
Robert C. Maguire

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