Obituaries

Kenneth E. Ward

March 29th, 2015

Kenneth E. Ward, age 88, of Wilmington, formerly of Hudson, NH, passed away on March 28, 2015.  Ken was the beloved husband of the late Virginia (Kennedy) Ward, devoted father of the late Janette (Kennison) Powers & her husband the late Richard, loving grandfather of Laurie Finne & her husband Ken of Wilmington, cherished son of the late John E. and Beulah (Little) Ward.  Ken is survived by his step-children Dale Cormier of Tewksbury, Dean Kennedy of Athens, ME and Dyan Kennedy of Danvers, grandchildren Adam, Eric, Jessica, Ashlee, Katie, Alan and Christine.  Ken is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and his cat, Princess.  He was very special to his former wife, the late Edith (Ward) Narduzzo.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, March 31st from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m.  A Graveside Service with Military Honors will take place in the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, on Wednesday, April 1st at 11:30 a.m.

Memorial donations in Ken’s name may be made to the Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA  01887. Ken was a U.S. Navy Veteran who proudly served during WWII.

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Arthur S. Love, Sr.

March 26th, 2015

Arthur S. Love, Sr., age 76, of Haverhill, formerly a resident of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by his loving family on March 25, 2015.

Arthur was the beloved husband of Yvonne A. (Gagnon) Love, devoted father of Arthur S. Love, Jr. & his wife Connie of Hattiesburg, MS, Michael D. Love & his wife Carol of Haverhill, Lisa A. Pisano & her husband Michael of Haverhill, Lora Manning & her husband Thomas of East Hampstead, NH and the late Albert W. Love, loving “Grampie” of David Love, Kara Meads, Amanda Tracy, Kathryn Love, Patrick Love, Jason Love, Sarah Manning and Tommy Manning, cherished son of the late James and Mary (Dias) Love, dear brother of Rita Marsilia, James L. Love, Dorothy Proctor, Patricia Gagnon, William Love, Rita Turner and the late Beatrice Newcomb and Robert Love. Arthur is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Arthur’s memory may be made to Fidelis Hospice, 25 Railroad Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830.

John W. McCaffrey

March 18th, 2015

John W. McCaffrey, age 52, of Londonderry, NH, a well-respected medic who served all over Greater Boston and New Hampshire, passed away peacefully at his home on March 15, 2015. John was born on July 27, 1962, in Ayer, Massachusetts to Mary and William McCaffrey. John grew up in Billerica, MA and graduated Billerica High School in 1980.

John was a lover of music, sports, and helping others. He spent his life doing what he loved, working as a paramedic. John was the definition of a true professional. His infectious personality left an impression on everyone he came into contact with. In 2011, John was named Paramedic of the Year by the Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Services Council for his outstanding, above and beyond service.

John was a mentor to countless EMT’s and other Paramedics. John always there to share his compassion, knowledge, experience and sense of humor with all; his memory will live on in everyone who he ever came in contact with.

John is survived by his mother, Mary McCaffrey of Nashua, NH, his father William McCaffrey of Wildwood, FL, Susan McCaffrey of West Springfield, MA, Timothy McCaffrey of Quincy, MA, Melanie Dion of Londonderry, NH, and Cheryl McCaffrey of Derry, NH.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, March 23rd from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

A Celebration of John’s life will be held on Tuesday, March 24th at 11:00 a.m. in the Shriner’s Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451-8750.

Kenneth W. Swisher

March 17th, 2015

Kenneth W. Swisher, age 86, of Merrimack, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, died unexpectedly at home on March 16, 2015.

He was born on November 13, 1928, in Dowagiac, Michigan; he was the beloved son of the late Clarence and Rena (Thor) Swisher. Raised and educated in Dowagiac he was a graduate of Dowagiac High School. Following graduation, Ken enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. He served overseas and was in the Mediterranean in July of 1947 during the Exodus. Ken was honorably discharged in October of 1949.

While on leave in the Boston area, Ken was introduced to his “sweetheart” Joan Brown by his fellow shipmate, Jim Rizzo, who would later become his brother-in- law. Following a whirlwind courtship the couple married on September 4, 1950. Ken and Joan lived in Michigan for a short period of time following their wedding but returned home to Massachusetts; settling in Wilmington in 1955 where they raised six wonderful children.

Family was very important to Ken; he was a very devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Ken worked hard for his family and enjoyed every moment they spent together. He beamed with pride as he talked of his children and grandchildren and of all the things that they had accomplished.

Ken was known to be a “jack of all trades” around the house; he showed his talents as a carpenter and mechanic amongst other things; there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. He was always willing to help out not only his family but neighbors as well.

Ken and Joan enjoyed being “snow birds” spending their winter months in Florida until 1993 when Ken finally retired from the business he established with his brother-in-law, Bob Valentine, ValKen Machine Products, when they moved there year round. It was at this time that he took an interest in golf and at the age of 68 he became quite a golfer. Ken also became quite active in the Lions Club in Florida where he volunteered countless hours to help others.

He was a people person and loved to experience new places and meet new people. Ken and Joan traveled all over the United States including several trips to Alaska and Hawaii. They also took many cruises and lots of vacations with their family and friends throughout the years; everyone always had a great time when traveling with Ken and let’s not forget about the infamous trip to Sturgis, South Dakota during biker week, that story will be told for many years to come.

In 2005 Ken and Joan returned to New England and moved to Merrimack, NH so they could be closer to their children and grandchildren.

In his spare time, Ken enjoyed watching his favorite television series and political talk shows. He was always up for a good debate about politics and was not afraid to let you know his views. Ken also enjoyed going to the movies, working out at the gym and dining out with his family and friends.

Ken will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor, his love of family, and for always helping others in need. Ken was an all-around “great-guy” who will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ken was the beloved husband of 62 years of the late Joan F. (Brown) Swisher, devoted father of Jane T. Cannizaro and her husband Richard of Wilmington, Timothy M. Swisher and his wife Janet of Merrimack, NH, Robert M. Swisher and his wife Patricia of Newbury, MA, Stephen M. Swisher and Paula Crete of Derry, NH, Louise J. DePiano and her husband John of Burlington, and the late James J. Swisher. Dear son of the late Clarence and Rena (Thor) Swisher, brother of the late Winona Brewer, Alice Howard, Maurice, Burdette and John Swisher. He was the brother-in-law of Elizabeth Rizzo of Weymouth, Patricia and Robert Valentine of Peabody, and predeceased by James Rizzo of Weymouth and Eleanor and William Rizzo of Braintree.
Ken is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, March 20th for Visiting Hours from 3-7 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken’s memory may be made to the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 or to Children’s Hospital, 401 Park Drive, Ste. 602, Boston, MA 02215
 

Thomas Joseph Fitzgerald

March 14th, 2015

Thomas Joseph Fitzgerald, age 76, of Wilmington, passed away on March 10, 2015 at the Meadowview Nursing Center in North Reading, following a lengthy illness.

Tom was born on December 2, 1938 in North Creek, NY; he was the cherished son of the late Andrew Barron and Elizabeth (Little) Fitzgerald.   Thomas was raised in a large family; he was the youngest of 10 children. 

During his senior year of high school, Tom enlisted in the Army.  He joined on July 11, 1957 and worked in the Army Security Agency, mostly in Berlin, Germany in the 1950’s. After being honorably discharged from the Army on July 10, 1963, Tom took the computer skills he had learned in the Army and moved to Boston to seek his future.  He obtained a job at Sears Terminal Freight.

While living in Boston Tom met and married Ethel (Cook) Fitzgerald. The couple soon bought the home Ethel’s father had built in Wilmington and raised their two sons, Tom and Scot, there. Tom was a devoted father; he always put his sons first.  He was a den leader for Boy Scouts, brought the boys to karate, swimming, soccer games, and many family vacations. 

After retiring from the post office, Tom and Ethel moved to West Paris, Maine, a tiny town that reminded him of his beloved boyhood town of North Creek, New York. They lived there for 5 years, enjoying the quiet peacefulness of small town life, making many friends in the community. When Ethel became ill, it was Tom who took care of all her needs, staying by her side until the end. Tom remained in Maine for another 5 years, getting involved in the community; one of his interests was in expanding the West Paris Public Library.

When Tom’s health began to fail, his family persuaded him to move back home. He moved in with his son Scot, daughter-in-law, Vickey and granddaughter Sabrina. Sabrina loved hearing his stories and would laugh at his jokes until he was laughing right along with her.  Tom’s family loved hearing that sound; having him home for the last few years allowed Scot and Tom to reconnect with him, sharing old memories and creating new ones. Things were not always easy, but if they were it would not have been fun.

Tom had quite a few jobs involving computer work throughout his life. His pride and joy was Wizard Games of Scotland, a computer software game company that he and Ethel ran out of their home for many years.

Tom had a passion for gardening.  When he was young, he helped his mother plant a Victory garden during World War II, because he said he “thought it was very important because it was the war effort.” That memory stayed with him throughout his life; when he and Ethel bought the house on Chandler Road, one of the first things Tom did was plant a garden.  He loved working in that garden and was very proud of it.

Having grown up in New York and moved to Massachusetts, Tom was a die-hard Cubs fan, his family can  remember that one of his favorite comments was he would die a happy man once the Cubs won the Series and he got to visit Scotland. Sadly, Tom did not see either of those dreams realized but the hope was still there after all those years.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, March 18th from 5:30 -6:30 p.m.  Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 6:30 p.m.  Memorial Donations in Tom’s name may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 29 Crafts St # 450, Newton, MA 02458.

Caleb C. Hanson

March 13th, 2015

Caleb C. Hanson, age 59, died peacefully on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at his home in Wilmington, MA.

Caleb was the much loved husband of Carol (Kane) Hanson, beloved and loving father of David Hanson and Bethany Hanson of Wilmington, devoted son of Dorothea (Reynolds) and the late Harlan “Harpo” Hanson of Williamstown, MA, he is also survived by his brother John Hanson and his wife Elizabeth of Cambridge, MA, his brother Charles Hanson and his wife Katherine of Redwood City, CA, his sister Dorothea Hanson of The Hague, Netherlands, his sister-in-law Susan Kane-Ashworth of Richmond, VA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Born in Boston, Caleb grew up in Williamstown and was graduated from Mt. Greylock Regional High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Scandinavian languages and literature from Harvard and a graduate degree in library science from Simmons.

Caleb worked as a librarian at Wellesley College and as a writer, copy editor, and general editor at Lotus Development/IBM in Cambridge and North Reading, at Curriculum Associates in Billerica, and at Tufts Health Plan – Network Health in Medford.

Caleb was always interested in the history of this and other countries and enjoyed a variety of travel opportunities. His family had spent a year in Alsace when he was a boy and he was fluent in French. During his high school years, they took another year abroad to England where he attended Magdalen College School at Oxford. His study and appreciation of Icelandic sagas led to more than one journey to that far land. He was also active for many years in a medieval recreation society where he was well known for his scholarship, for his story-telling, and for his performances in early and Shakespearean theater. He loved books, maps, games, and the company of friends.

In all things, Caleb cared strongly for the power of words to transmit knowledge and enjoyment, and his greatest pleasure was where the two could be combined. His was a generous, cheerful, and gentle spirit, and he will be much missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Please send requests for notice to memorialservice@dragonbear.com. The information will also be posted when known at www.nicholsfuneralhome.com, where condolences and remembrances can also be left.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association (www.abta.org) or to the Unitarian Universalist Association (www.uua.org).

George D. “Swede” McGondel, Sr.

March 11th, 2015

George D. “Swede” McGondel, Sr., age 85, of Wilmington, passed away on March 10, 2015, at the Winchester Hospital.

George was born on February 9, 1930, in Woburn; he was the cherished son of the late Charles E. and Sarah J. (Connolly) McGondel of Woburn, MA. George was raised in Woburn; he attended the St. Charles School and went on to attend Woburn High School from which he graduated in 1947.

After graduation and with the permission from his parents, George joined the US Army Air Force at the age of seventeen. George enlisted on July 22, 1947 in Winthrop. During his service, he worked as an aircraft mechanic. After several years of faithful service, George was discharged on July 21, 1950 at McChord AFB in Washington.

After being honorably discharged from the military, George met and later married his wife, Grace C. (Lascelles) McGondel. The couple went on to settle in Wilmington in 1953 where they raised their six children; George, Carol, Deborah, Grace, Susan and Lorraine.

George was a hard worker; he owned his own business, George McGondel Plumbing and Heating. George was dedicated to his job and earned the respect of all the customers he served. Prior to retiring, George also worked as a hospital engineer for the EN Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford.

George loved sports; in high school, George was the Cross Country Team captain. He was a huge Red Sox fan and loved to sit and watch countless games on T.V. In his spare time, George enjoyed spending time outdoors; he was an avid gardener.

George was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. He will truly be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

George was the beloved husband of 63 years of Grace C. (Lascelles) McGondel, devoted father of George D. McGondel, Jr. & his wife Jean of Haverhill, Carol A. Doucette & her husband Ronald of Old Orchard Beach, ME, Deborah M. Anderson & her husband Roy of Wilmington, Grace Pilvelatis & her husband John of Billerica, Susan Schultz of Amesbury and Lorraine M. Dalton & her husband Donald of Granger, IN, loving grandfather of Kerry (Anderson) Meisinger & her husband Kevin of Roslindale, Kurt Anderson of Wilmington, Elizabeth (McGondel) Arlen & her husband Darrell of Henniker, NH, Stephanie Anderson and her fiance Jason Becotte of Methuen, Gregory McGondel & his wife Elise of Hampton, NH, Matthew Doucette & his wife Kristin of Goffstown, NH, Michael Doucette of Waltham, Stephen Natoli & his wife Kathleen of Groton, CT, Christopher Doucette of Old Orchard Beach, ME, Nicholas Doucette & his fiance Amy Sturgeon of South Portland, ME, David Pilvelatis of Billerica, Rebecca Schultz of Wilmington and the late Justin Anderson, great-grandfather of Joshua, Lucas and Zachary Arlen, Cora Grace McGondel, Zachary, Cole and Liam Natoli and the late Susannah Grace Arlen, cherished son of the late Charles E. and Sarah J. (Connolly) McGondel, Sr., dear brother of Margaret Flannigan & her late husband Francis of Wilmington and the late Charles E. McGondel, Jr. & his wife Rita, Bartholomew J. McGondel & his wife Mary, John F. McGondel & his wife Kathleen, William H. McGondel and Lawrence R. McGondel. George is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Elsie McGondel of Reading and Janet Manuel of Wilmington, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, March 14th 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 to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, March 13th, from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Georgeâ??s name can be made to St. Jude Children’??s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Shriner’??s Hospital for Children, c/o Office of Development, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.

Maureen S. Minichiello

March 11th, 2015

Maureen S. (Marshall) Minichiello, age 60, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on March 10, 2015 at the Winchester Hospital.

Maureen was born on December 2, 1954 in Melrose, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Martin and Betty Ann (Roberts) Marshall. Maureen grew up in Malden and graduated from Malden High School.

Maureen met her husband and best friend, Paul J. Minichiello, Sr., in her early teens and they married in the 1970′??s. Maureen and Paul lived in Malden for many years before moving to Wilmington in 1976, where they raised their two children Paul, Jr. and Nicole. Maureen and Paul returned to Malden for 10 years and returned to Wilmington in the mid 1990’s.

Maureen loved to spend time with her family; she was a devoted wife and mother. Maureen was always there to support her family; they were her priority. She cared about everyone around her and would help anyone; always putting others needs before her own.

In her spare time, Maureen enjoyed her many trips to the beach with her family and friends.

Maureen was a devoted wife, mother, “Mimi”,? sister and friend to everyone. Maureen was very kind and loving and will be greatly missed.

Maureen was the beloved wife of Paul J. Minichiello, Sr., devoted mother of Paul J. Minichiello, Jr. & his fiance Nicole Augusta of Billerica and Nicole Brown & her husband Paul of Methuen, loving “Mimi” of Jordyn Brown, Joseph Brown and Adrianna Minichiello, cherished daughter of the late Martin and Betty Ann (Roberts) Marshall, dear sister of Elaine Rafuse of Wilmington, Michael Marshall of Colorado and John Collins of New Hampshire. Maureen is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, March 17th from 10:30 a.m. â?? 12:00 noon. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial Donations in Maureen’s name may be made to Local Heroes, P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Arthur W. Myslinski

March 11th, 2015

Arthur W. Myslinski, of Wilmington, fondly known as “Arty” or “Slinky” to his family and friends, formerly a long-time resident of Haverhill, died unexpectadely on March 8th, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 25.

Arty was born on March 22, 1989, in Worcester, MA; he was the beloved son of Zofia (Jasek) Myslinski and Tomasz Myslinski. Arty was raised in Haverhill, MA and was a graduate of Haverhill High School with the Class of 2007.

Following graduation from High School, Arty enlisted in the United States Army in June of 2009 and served the Country during Operation Enduring Freedom. Arty was deployed to Afghanistan and was part of a battalion that swept for EOD’s. Arty received many commendations for his fine service including the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the NATO Afghanistan Service Medal, Army Good Conduct, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal just to name a few but he was most proud of earning the Combat Infantry Badge. Arty was honorably discharged from Afghanistan deployment on July 25, 2011 and returned home to his family.

Arty chose to continue his education at the Porter & Chester Institute in Woburn, MA which he graduated as a HVAC technician.

In his spare time, Arty loved to hang out with his friends, listen to all kinds of music, play video games, and follow sports. Arty was an avid skater also loved to follow the New England Patriots.

Arty will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love for his family, his friends, and his country; and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Arty is survived by his parents Zofia Myslinski and Tomasz Myslinski, his brother Michael Myslinski of Haverhill, his family in Poland, his step-father and step-sister Andrew and Lia Holowenczak of Wilmington, his many friends and his beloved dog Kelly.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, March 16th 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 follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 15th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Arthur’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Ellen E. Fillio

March 11th, 2015

Ellen E. Fillio, age 49, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on March 9th, 2015 at home, surrounded by her loving family.  Born in Winchester on December 21st, 1965, Ellen was the fourth out of five children of David and Louise Fillio.  Ellen attended and graduated from the Merrimack Special Education Colaborative.

Ellen loved to be entertained; she enjoyed watching television and loved music.  She loved the sound of rhythmic tapping and loved her drum, “boom boom”.  Ellen didn’t miss a trick, she was always aware of her surroundings.  She enjoyed spending time with children, especially babies and liked to watch them play around.

Ellen was always well taken care of by her family.  The loving care that she received from all of them was astounding, especially by her Mother, who devoted 49 years taking care of her daughter at home.

Ellen was the cherished daughter of Louise (Supranowicz) Fillio of Wilmington and the late David Fillio.  She was the beloved sister of Carol Fillio of Tewksbury, Paul Fillio and his wife Gina of Salem, NH, Thomas Fillio and his wife Kathleen of Newton, NH and Nancy Fillio of Reading.  Ellen was the dear aunt of Jessica Fillio, David Fillio, RaeAnna Hughes and the late Allison Fillio.  Ellen is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

All services will be held privately.  Memorial donations in Ellen’s name can be made to the charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc.