Obituaries

Melvin Norton

June 30th, 2015

Melvin Norton, age 92, of Wilmington, MA, formerly of Waltham, passed from this life to the next on June 29, 2015.

Loving and devoted husband of Jeannette (Bowman) Norton. He is survived by his children: Richard Norton and his wife, Karen, of St. Augustine, FL, Gary Norton and his wife, Judy, of Port Orange, FL, Janice Jordan and her husband, Chuck, of Wilmington, Ken Norton of Ecuador and Brian Norton of Wilmington. He also was the loving Grampy to eight grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Melvin and Jeannette grew up together in Waltham and married on June 28, 1947. He served his country proudly in WW ll and continued to serve in the US Army Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel, after having served a total of 30 years. Until his retirement, Mel owned his own painting contracting business and painted many well-known buildings in the area, including the Colonial Hilton.

In his life he enjoyed playing the violin, hunting, fishing, art and was an avid Red Sox fan. In later years, he and Jeannette traveled quite extensively to places like England, Denmark, Germany, many of the states, including Hawaii and Alaska, and also enjoyed taking cruises. He will be dearly remembered as a man who loved his wife dearly, always worked hard to provide for his family and set the example of sacrificial love and concern for others, whose needs always came first. He was the true anchor of our family.

Visiting hours will be at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, July 2, 2015 between 4 – 8 PM. A funeral home service will be conducted at the same location on Friday, July 3rd, beginning at 10:30 AM. Interment with military honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. All are invited to come pay their respects and celebrate Melvin’s life with his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Cure Altzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington Ste, Ste 200, Wellesley, MA 02481, PH # 781-237-3800.

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Anna (Iannello) Simmons

June 30th, 2015

Anna Simmons, age 87, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by her loving family on June 29, 2015.

Anna (Iannello) was the beloved wife of the late George Simmons for 65 years, devoted mother of William H. Simmons & Pamela Pearson of Salem, NH, George H. Simmons, Jr. & Andrea DiFlumeri of Peabody, Pat M. & Helen Simmons of Monroe, CT and MaryLou & Richard Gair of Medfield, loving grandmother of Jason Simmons, Billy Simmons Jr., Stacey Simmons, Kyle and Sammar Simmons, Corey Simmons, Shannon Gair, Kelly Gair and Colleen Gair, great-grandmother of Jenavive Simmons Teleshevsky, cherished daughter of the legendary late Pasquale and Santa (Fiandaca) Iannello, dear sister of Tina & John Centracchio, Loretta & John Townsend, and Carol & Tony Reppucci. Anna is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Anna was born and raised in East Boston and was a lifelong resident of Wilmington, Mass. In her early years, Anna worked to support her immigrant parents, turning over her Cynthia Sweets paycheck to them each week in order to help the family.

She met her husband George (the love of her life) at a YMCA dance. He tapped her on the shoulder asked her if he could have the next dance, and they have been dancing together throughout life ever since.

After raising her four children with George, Anna earned her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Salem State College; long before women her age did so. After receiving her degree, she was promoted from being a secretary in the Wilmington Public Schools to becoming a teacher of English and Business at Wilmington High School. Anna worked in the Wilmington Public School system for over 25 years and strongly believed in education and civic responsibility.

She became involved in the League of Women Voters, the Wilmington Planning Board, the Bargaining Committee, and many other national and locally run organizations. One of her favorite involvements however, was establishing and organizing the Wilmington Dance Party, which held monthly dance parties for well over 25 years. It was the first of its kind, and it was very well attended by dancers of all ages. Anna’s true calling was inspiring others to take action.

She was the first woman to walk down the aisle of Saint Thomas Church without a hat during a time when women were required to cover their heads before entering the church, and she rallied her daughter and her daughter’s friends to wear pants to school on the first day that girls were not required to wear dresses or skirts to public schools. She believed that you had to get into a system in order to change it for the better, and she did. She led by example as she considered the true instrument of change to be our own personal actions. She believed that we needed to take responsibility for our actions and she did. No cause was too small to help and she did it all in a determined, soft-spoken manner with impeccable integrity. The world is a better place for having had her in it, and she will be sorely missed by the those lives she touched.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visitation on Thursday July 2nd, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12 noon. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in Anna’s name may be made to Greystone Farm at Salem Associate Fund, 242 Main St. Salem, NH 03079.

Louise D. (Grant) Jenkins

June 24th, 2015

Louise D. (Grant) Jenkins, age 79, of Wilmington, passed away on June 23, 2015 at Wingate Rehabilitation Hospital and Residence in Reading following a lengthy illness.

Louise was born on December 6, 1935 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late George W. and Dorothy O. (Doty) Grant. Louise was raised in Saugus, MA and graduated from Saugus High School.

Louise worked as a Medical Transcriptionist at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital before her retirement.

Louise was a woman of great faith. In her spare time, she enjoyed studying the word of the Lord and donated her time as a Pioneer Girls leader at the Church. Louise also liked to read, listen to music and work on word search puzzles.

Louise will be remembered for her love of family. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her affection for her grandchildren will be truly missed.

Louise was the devoted mother of Theri Evitts and her husband Kenneth of Omaha, Nebraska, Michael Jenkins and his wife Christine of Carmel, ME, Mark Jenkins and his wife Shannon of Anacortes, WA, Scott Jenkins and his wife Lucy of Hanover and Paul Jenkins and his wife Sheetal of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Stephen, Joel, Jonathan, Liam, Elisabeth, Caitlin, Eric, Erin, Rori, Cara, Ravi and Kareena, cherished daughter of the late George W. and Dorothy O. (Doty) Grant, dear sister of Merri, Barbara, Pat and the late Frank.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Tuesday, June 30th, at the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62) Wilmington, on Monday, June 29th, from 4-7 p.m.

Memorial donations in Louise’s name may be made to the Children’s Hospital, Attn: Development Office, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115.

Kathleen Alice Bates (McPhee)

June 24th, 2015

Kathleen Alice Bates (McPhee), age 92, of Tewksbury, MA, died peacefully on Saturday, June 20, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. “Kay” was the beloved wife of the late Andrew James Bates who died at the young age of 46 in 1971.

Kathleen was born on February 27, 1923 in Boston, MA. She grew up in East Boston
with her parents Charles McPhee and Mary Josephine (McLeod) McPhee and six siblings, Melvin, Stanley, Irving, Evelyn, Bob, and Oswald.

Kay graduated from St. Rose High School in Chelsea, MA and went on to attend Boston Business School. Kay worked at the Boston Army Base during WWII; she was a very proud of her brother Stanley, a U. S. Marine and her soon to be husband Andy, a former Seabee with the US Navy.

Kay married “Andy” Bates in 1945; Andy and Kay had known each other their entire lives as their mothers grew up as neighbors in Sidney, Nova Scotia, Canada and moved to the United States together at the turn of the century.

Kay and Andy moved to Stoneham, MA when their oldest child, Maryalyce was born. It was in Stoneham that the family made their home and had many fond memories.

Kay surprised everyone when she retired from Shawmut Bank in 1985 and traveled across the country by herself in a motor home. She continued to travel with many good friends until she moved permanently to Tewksbury, MA.

Kay loved the daily visits from her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and she will be fondly remembered for her unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends.

Kay was the beloved wife of the late Andrew James Bates, devoted mother of Maryalyce Cleveland & her husband Stephen R. of Pepperell, MA, Gerald Bates & his wife Janet of Wilmington, MA, Daniel L. Bates & his wife Barbara of Raleigh, NC, Kathleen A. Sample & her husband Stanley of Groveland, MA, Andrew J. Bates Jr. & his wife Shelia of Franklin, MA, and Barbara E. Duffy & her husband James of Tewksbury, MA. Loving “Nana” of Stephen J. Cleveland of Nashua NH, Susanne A. Cleveland of Whitman, MA, Justin R. Fletcher of Pepperell, MA, Cynthia Rusakovich of Sebago, ME, Jerry Bates of Peabody, MA, Dwayne Bates of Athol, MA, William Bates of Raleigh, NC, Daniel Bates Jr of Raleigh, NC, Philip Bates of Raleigh, NC, Jason Sample of Groveland, MA, Christopher Sample, Groveland, MA, Stephen Sample of Groveland, MA, Andrew J Bates III of Mansfield, MA, Meghan Bates Hartmann of Attleboro, MA, Jonathan Bates of Franklin, MA, Lianne Duffy of Tewksbury, MA. David Duffy of Tewksbury, MA, James Duffy Jr, of Tewksbury, MA. “Nana Kay” was also the devoted great grandmother of 19 great grandchildren. Kay was the cherished daughter of the late Charles and Mary Josephine (McLeod) McPhee, and dear sister of the late Melvin, Stanley, Irving, Evelyn, Bob, and Oswald. Kay is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, June 25th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Stoneham. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 24th from 4-8 pm. Memorial donations in Kay’s name may be made to Catholic Charities, 51 Sleeper St., Boston, MA 02110, info@ccab.org.

Simone S. “Susie” (Ahern) Murray

June 23rd, 2015

Simone S. “Susie” (Ahern) Murray, age 70, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on June 22, 2015 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington following a lengthy illness.

Susie was born on June 27, 1944 in Winchester, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Elaine (Newhouse) Ahern and the late Robert Ahern. Susie was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School.

Susie met and married Harold M. Murray in the early 1960’s. The couple had three sons; Shawn, Kelly and Michael. The family shared many wonderful memories before Harold’s passing at the age of forty-one.

Susie was a devoted and loving mother; she worked hard to make sure her boys were taken care of. Susie worked at a printing company for many years, while raising the boys.

In her spare time, Susie enjoyed many trips to Foxwoods Casino and the ocean. She loved to shop and spend time with her many friends, especially Donna.

Susie will be remembered as a loving mother, daughter and friend. She will be missed dearly.

Susie was the beloved wife of the late Harold M. Murray, devoted mother of Shawn Murray of Andover, Kelly Murray & Sandy Vallois of Wilmington and Michael Murray of Wilmington, cherished daughter of Elaine (Newhouse) Ahern and the late Robert Ahern, dear sister of Robin Cote of Templeton, MA, long-time companion of Arthur Lufkin, Jr. of Wilmington and best friend of Donna Beaudoin of Wilmington.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, June 26th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 25th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Susie’s name may be made to Local Heroes, P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

James Ritchie Watt

June 22nd, 2015

James Ritchie Watt, of Dracut, died after a brief illness on June 20, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lillian (Ritchie) Watt.

James is survived by his brother, Rev. Dr. William Watt and his wife Priscilla of Canton, OH; two nephews: William Watt of San Jose, CA and James Watt & his wife Jenifer of Canton, OH; two great nephews James and Joseph Watt of Canton, OH.

A Graveside Service will be conducted by Rev. William Watt at Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on July 6th at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, MA.

Kathleen Alice Bates

June 21st, 2015

Kathleen Alice Bates (McPhee), “Kay”, 92 years old of Tewksbury, MA died peacefully on Saturday June 20, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. “Kay” was the beloved wife of the late Andrew James Bates, devoted mother of Maryalyce Cleveland & her husband Stephen R. of Pepperell, MA, Gerald Bates & his wife Janet of Wilmington, MA, Daniel L. Bates & his wife Barbara of Raleigh, NC, Kathleen A. Sample & her husband Stanley of Groveland, MA, Andrew J. Bates Jr. & his wife Shelia of Franklin, MA, and Barbara E. Duffy & her husband James of Tewksbury, MA. She was the cherished grandmother of Stephen J. Cleveland, Susanne A. Cleveland, Justin R. Fletcher, Cynthia Rusakovich, Jerry Bates, Dwayne Bates, William Bates, Daniel Bates Jr., Philip Bates, Jason Sample, Christopher Sample, Stephen Sample, Andrew J. Bates III, Meghan Bates Hartmann, Jonathan Bates, Lianne Duffy, David Duffy, James Duffy Jr., “Nana Kay” was also the devoted great grandmother of 19. Kay was the cherished daughter of the late Charles and Mary Josephine (McLeod) McPhee, and dear sister of the late Melvin, Stanley, Irving, Evelyn, Bob, and Oswald. Kay is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, June 25th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Stoneham. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 24th from 4-8 pm. Memorial donations in Kay’s name may be made to Catholic Charities, 51 Sleeper St., Boston, MA 02110, info@ccab.org.

Robert “Bob” Corcoran

June 17th, 2015

Robert L. “Bob” Corcoran, Retired Marine Corps. Sergeant, age 87, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on June 17, 2015.

Bob was born in Medford, MA, on April 7, 1928; he was the dear son of the late Edmund J. Corcoran, Sr. and his wife Katherine (Twohig) Corcoran of Melrose.

Bob was raised in Melrose, MA, and was a graduate of Boston College High in Boston. Following graduation, Bob relinquished a scholarship to Boston College in order to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. during World War II at the age of 17. Bob entered active service on August 30, 1945, he served initially as a Private and his specialty was a Radar Radio Operator in the Airborne Intercept Division. Bob was extremely proud of his service to the Country and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on August 29, 1949.

Bob was a hard worker; for several years he worked for the Walker Beverage Company until taking a position as a truck driver for the Teamsters Union Local #25 in Charlestown. Bob was very conscientious about his driving, knowledgeable about the truck routes and a great co-worker amongst his peers; he retired following many years of dedicated service to the Union.

Bob met Merrilyn A. Southmayd and it was “love at first sight”, the couple married on October 3, 1971 and settled in Wilmington to raise their family. Bob and Merrilyn had many great years together and loved each other unconditionally; when Merrilyn became ill in 1990 it was Bob who stayed by her side and took amazing care of her until her passing in June of 1995. There wasn’t a day that went by that Bob didn’t miss his sweetheart, Merrilyn.

Bob was always willing to do for others; he was a member and Past Commandant of the Marine Corp. League of Wilmington, the American Legion, V.F.W., and the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus in Wilmington. Bob spent many years volunteering his time with each organization to raise money for great causes throughout the community. Bob loved Wilmington and he always took great pride in marching in the annual Memorial Day Parade with his fellow Marines and Veterans. Bob never missed an opportunity to celebrate past and present Veterans whether it was at the Veterans Day Celebration on the common or a dedication of a Veteran Memorial, Bob was right there to lend his support.

Bob was also a man of great faith and an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington; he was a regular at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday where he greeted everyone with a smile, hug, or a handshake.

In his spare time, Bob enjoyed working in his vegetable garden; he was an avid golfer, and he loved to power walk around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield; something he did for many years.

Bob will be fondly remembered as a devoted family man, a great friend and neighbor, and most of all a Proud Marine. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Bob was the beloved husband of the late Merrilyn A. (Southmayd) Corcoran, devoted father of Ann Marie Quinn and her husband Robert of Jupiter, FL, Carolyn J. Deschenes and her husband David of Wilmington, and Steven R. Corcoran and his wife Robin of Kissimmee, FL. Loving “Grampy” of Erin Noll, Steven Corcoran Jr., Kerry Baggett, Robert L. Corcoran, Michael Quinn, Lindsey Benoit, and Thomas Deschenes. “Great-Grampy” of Riley, Brady, and Colby Noll, Collin, Makenzie, and Makayla Baggett, Carter Jensen, McKenzie Corcoran, Charlotte and Ashlyn Benoit. Brother-in-law of Charlie and Debbie Southmayd of Wilmington, Janice and Richie Brabant of Colorado, Claire & Neal Connelly  of North Carolina, Tommy and Louise Southmayd of Wilmington, Clifford and Louise Southmayd of Stoneham, and Jeanne and the late James Southmayd of Wakefield. “Uncle Bob” is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, June 23rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, June 22nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Bob’s name may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 1 Bullfinch Place #201, Boston, MA 02114 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Richard J. Smith

June 15th, 2015

Richard (Dick) J. Smith, 87, passed away on June 5, 2015, surrounded by loving family, a mere four months following the passing of his beloved wife of 64 years, Winnifred (MacArthur) Smith. They had happily resided on Dorothy Avenue in Wilmington for 58 years. He was the devoted father of Gloria Smith (and Peter Fang) of Falmouth and AZ, Glen Smith (and Linda) of Dracut, Gale Smith (and David Ellis) of SC, and Gaye Iverson (and Kevin McLynch) of NH. He was the loving grandfather of Katelyn Alberts, and Jason and Shelley Fang all of the Boston area, and Dustin and Cody Iverson of NH.

Dick was born in Lynn, the 8th of 10 children to the late Louis E. and Elise (Paris) Smith. He had many fond memories of his youth and family. He was predeceased by his brothers, Lewis and Norman, and his sisters, Mabelle Davis, Helene Garland, Geraldine Madden, Bernice Kelleher, and Blanche Maguire. He is survived by a brother, Lawrence, of NH, and a sister, Laurel Kerwin, of Saugus. He leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends.

Raised and educated in Lynn, Dick loved playing football, hockey and baseball, graduating from Lynn Classical High School in 1945. He enthusiastically enlisted in the US Navy Reserve on his 18th birthday, just as World War II was winding down, and proudly served his country in Washington D.C. One of his favorite assignments there was to design and facilitate the creation of a baseball field and a golf driving range for the troops’ leisure time enjoyment.

At 15 years old, Dick began working part-time after school at the General Electric Company’s Riverworks facility in Lynn. GE was a primary developer and manufacturer of military aircraft engines. After his honorary discharge and return from the service, he returned to the GE where he worked his way up the ladder as a design analyst. His analytical mind was instrumental in many aspects of turbojet and other military and commercial GE aircraft engine design, and trouble-shooting. He earned several patents and awards during his 44 years of service. Throughout his career, he was also an avid member of the GE golf league.

It was while working in GE’s Thompson Lab in 1949 that Dick first laid eyes upon a co-worker who would become the love of his life. He and Winnie shared a fondness for country drives, dancing, and myriad other things. They married in December of 1950, honeymooned at Niagra Falls, and began their life’s journey together. After residing a few years in Lynn and Peabody, they bought a house in a new development in rural Wilmington in 1957, where they raised their four children. They were both ambitious and enthusiastic do-it-yourselfers, slowly but surely improving their house and property, one project at a time. They happily hosted many memorable 4th of July cookouts and other outdoor functions in their beautiful, fun-filled yard. They also enjoyed sharing the bounty of their extensive vegetable garden and apple trees with neighbors. After Dick’s retirement from the GE in 1987, he and Winnie spent 18 winters in Orlando, FL, where he delighted in being able to golf year round, and enjoy outdoor living with their friends.

Dick devoted himself to learning new things, attending numerous adult education courses in Wilmington and elsewhere to learn useful trades such as upholstery, oil burner maintenance, and metal work, to name a few. In the early 60’s he was very involved in Wilmington PTA activities, serving a term as president. One of his pet projects was procuring stainless steel identification bracelets/necklaces for students in Wilmington during the Cold War era. During the mid-70’s, Dick enjoyed coaching The Sluggers team for several years, along with his daughter, Gloria, in the Wilmington Recreation Girls Softball League, on which daughter Gale played. His astute batting analysis skills ensured that the team lived up to its name, and his great sense of humor made it fun. Dick carefully followed and cared deeply about town issues, always willing to make thoughtful recommendations for improvements for the general good.

An avid golfer, Dick was a member of Salem, Wayland, and most recently, Tewksbury Country Club leagues, where he was known for his long drives and competitive play. He was still winning trophies in his mid-80’s. He loved his Boston sports teams, particularly the Red Sox. Their breaking The Curse in 2004 was a major life event for him, and he was further thrilled to live to see two more world championships. Dick enjoyed collecting coins, stamps, model cars, and Red Sox memorabilia. He was very adept at woodworking, creating everything from inlaid clocks to Adirondack chairs. He also loved photography. Creative Dick was always busy with a project of some sort, and loved gifting them to others to enjoy.

In his last few years, Dick never wavered in his singular devotion to his beloved wife, caring for her at home as long as possible, then steadfastly visiting her each day in her nursing home. Her passing seemed to mark the end of his raison d’etre, and his decline thereafter was swift. Dick almost seemed to choose to join her, rather than go on alone.

Dick will be fondly remembered for his generosity towards others, his quick wit and sense of humor, his can-do attitude, independent spirit, analytical mind, and his love and devotion to his family, hometown and country. He will be missed.

His family wishes to thank the many kind citizens of Wilmington whom Dick encountered in his weekly routine who offered kind words, smiles or assistance to an aging man striving to maintain his independence. Employees at Market Basket, Lucci’s, East Gate Liquor, CVS, The Lowell 5, the Post Office, Buzzell Senior Center, Wilmington Health Care Center, Wilmington Medical Center and countless other establishments. We thank you for your untold kindnesses. Dick would often recount stories of people helping him, and even how he once ran out of gas and a kind women went and got gas for him! These are the things that make Wilmington such a wonderful town in which to live. Thank you one and all for looking out for your senior citizens!

The family also wishes to acknowledge the thoughtful care and devotion of the staffs of Woodbriar of Wilmington and Compassionate Care Hospice during his final weeks. Thank you so very much.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Avenue (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, June 22 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., immediately followed by a “Celebration of Life” service at 6:30 p.m. Private interment with Military Honors will be at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Ruth A. Carroll

June 15th, 2015

Ruth A. Carroll (Bennett), age 61, of Wilmington, died peacefully on June 14, 2015, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ruth was born in Waltham, MA, on April 19, 1954; she was the cherished daughter of Beatrice N. (Myrick) and the late David S. Bennett, Sr. Ruth was raised in North Reading but spent her summers as a kid in Winter Harbor, Maine. Ruth loved going to Maine, boating on the Harbor, and making many fond childhood memories with her family. Ruth graduated from North Reading High School and went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Business from Middlesex Community College in Bedford.

Early in her career, Ruth went to work for Wakefield Savings Bank as a Customer Service Representative; with her vast knowledge and great work ethic she was eventually promoted to Branch Manager.

Ruth met David Carroll and the couple became inseparable; they were not only a wonderful couple but truly best friends. Ruth and David were married on September 20, 1975, sharing nearly 40 years of marriage together. The couple settled in Wilmington in 1983 where they raised two great kids Brian and Kimberly. Ruth left her position at the bank to dedicate herself to her family and raise her children. Ruth was very devoted to her kids and was always active in their school and sporting events. Ruth was very involved in the Girl Scouts as a troop leader and an incredible “cookie salesperson”, she was also active in the Wilmington Boosters Club where she volunteered countless hours raising money for Wilmington High School sports.

Ruth and David bought their own “family home” in Maine where she made many more incredible memories for her children and grandchildren to share. Ruth loved to go fishing, kayaking, and of course she enjoyed her Maine Lobsters.

In her spare time, Ruth was a “Master” at knitting and crocheting; she made many wonderful gifts throughout the years that will be treasured by her family and friends.

Ruth will be fondly remembered as a kind and gentle woman; she was sweet, caring, and always willing to help others. Ruth’s love and devotion to her family and friends was always unconditional; they will forever miss her smiling face.

Ruth was the beloved wife of David F. Carroll, devoted mother of Brian Carroll & his wife Heather of Norwell and Kimberly Flanagan & her husband Sean of Stoneham, loving “Nana” of Pace, Reagan, and Bennett Carroll. Cherished daughter of Beatrice N. (Myrick) and the late David S. Bennett, Sr. of Winter Harbor, ME, dear sister of David S. Bennett, Jr. & his wife Gloria of Templeton. Daughter-in-law of Ruth E. and the late Elmer Carroll of Wakefield, sister-in-law of Paul & Nanci Carroll of Florida, Kathy & Robert Baxter of Pepperell, Sheila & David Parr and Cheryl Carroll all of Wakefield, Susan & William LeDuc of Rochester, NH, the late Joan, Thomas, and Christopher Carroll. Ruth is survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, June 19th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 18th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Ruth’s name may be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867.