Obituaries

Francis Joseph Clifford

January 19th, 2022

Francis Joseph Clifford, age 89, of Wilmington, MA passed away peacefully at home on January 18, 2022.

Frank was the beloved husband of the late Anna Mae (Stanton) Clifford. He is survived by his siblings: Karen M. DeDonato & her husband David of Moultonborough, NH, along with their children Kelli, Lisa, David and Michael DeDonato, Brian J. Clifford & his wife Nancy of Leverett, his sister-in law Marjorie Connell of Wilmington, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by his sister Rita F. Clifford, sister Eleanor M. & her husband William Condon of Middleboro, and brother Edward M. Clifford.

Born in Brockton, Frank was the son of the late Francis M. and Rita C. (Barry) Clifford. He graduated from Brockton High School in 1949 and Bentley College in 1951. He was a proud military veteran serving in the Army during the Korean War from 1952-1954 and then went on to continue his studies at Suffolk University.

Frank retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where he was employed for 32 years.

Frank enjoyed spending time with his family, attending Bentley basketball games with Tony and his friends, volunteering at the Wilmington Food Pantry, and coffee hours and lots of laughs with Heinz and his friends at the Wilmington Senior Center.

Family and friends will gather at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Monday, January 24th at 9:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow in St. Thomas 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, January 23rd from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Masks are required for all services.

Memorial donations in Frank’s name may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 375 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034.

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June D. Chang

January 18th, 2022

June D. Chang, of Lexington, passed away at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington on January 16, 2022, after a sudden illness with multiple complications.

June was the beloved daughter of the late Lit-Sen Chang and the late Ling-Nee Chang, also of Lexington. June was the loving twin sister of Jean E. Chang of Lexington. She is survived by her brother, John Key Chang and his wife, Rita, of Illinois, the late John David Chang and his wife, Ruth, of Houston Texas, and John Vincent Chang and his wife, Jean, of Wilmington, Massachusetts. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

June was born in Chungking, China, on August 14, 1943, where she lived with her family until the Communist takeover of China, when the family escaped to Taiwan, and then to the island of Java, where they lived for several years. June and her family came to the USA in 1956, eventually settling in Lexington, where she and her twin, Jean, lovingly cared for their parents until their deaths.

June enjoyed cooking delicious meals for her family and prepared many authentic Chinese recipes, as well as baking various treats nearly every day. June was generous with her creations, and friends from far and wide enjoyed her gifts from the kitchen. June and Jean loved shopping and showering their family and friends with many gifts. They also loved dining out, and treated many people to large dinners at Capital Grille and other fine establishments. Chinese New Year was always a special event, where they hosted magnificent dinners for friends and family.

June will be laid to rest in the Chang family plot at Westview Cemetery in Lexington on January 19, 2022 with a private service.

Truth believed by June

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Eternal life can never be purchased in any way, it is entirely a Free Gift. The cost of this gift is the death of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
The gift of eternal life is available to anyone who, after recognizing his own sinfulness, places his or her personal faith in Jesus Christ as the only Savior.

June’s Values


1) Care Parents

Fifth Commandment=Honor thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee and that it may go well with thee.
This commandment is so important that it is one of the only commandments in the entire Bible that gives a reason for observing it:
“That your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”

2) Helping Others

Jesus really said it best. Glory be to those who help others. “So continue encouraging each other and building each other up.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). More blessed? What does that mean? It means that you will get more blessings, have more joy, experience greater happiness, from giving than from receiving.

Ever Lasting Life

What is life after death in Bible? Christians interpret the teachings of the Bible on life after death to mean that humans will have a spiritual existence after death, rather than a physical one. Belief in life after death may be influenced by the meaning and purpose that it gives to the lives of Christians.

What does the Bible say about losing a loved one? Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

We will see June again–Not Goodbye

Frank A. Nardone, Burlington Police Dept. Retired Detective

January 18th, 2022

Burlington Police Department Retired Detective Frank A. Nardone, age 75, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Burlington, passed away unexpectedly at home on January 16, 2022.

Frank was born on August 2, 1946, in Medford, MA; he was the dear son of the late Angelo “Sonny” and Dorothy (Wheaton) Nardone. Frank was raised and educated in Medford and graduated from Medford High School where he met his high school sweetheart Kathy Hansford.

Frank enlisted in the United States Navy on January 14, 1964 and began active duty. Frank served aboard the USS Cadmus out of Newport, Rhode Island as an electrician’s mate; he also served at the U. S. Navy Reserves Manpower Center in Bainbridge, Maryland and earned the National Defense Service Medal. Frank was honorably discharged from active duty on August 1, 1967 and continued to serve in the U. S. Naval Reserves until August of 1970. Upon his discharge, Frank, worked as an electrician at the Boston Navy Yard prior to its closing.

On August 25, 1964, Frank married the “love of his life and best friend” Kathy Hansford; the couple shared many wonderful years together with family and friends before Kathy’s passing in 2016. Frank and Kathy settled in Burlington, MA, where they lived for over 20 years and raised their three sons Frank, Jr., James and Shawn. Frank was very devoted to his family, he worked hard to provide for them and was always so proud of everything they did; when Frank became “Papa” his world was even brighter and he just adored his grandchildren.

Frank and Kathy looked forward to boating, being on the water, summers spent in Hartford, Maine or camping in New Hampshire with their family and friends; everyone always had a great time and countless memories were made throughout the years. Frank and Kathy moved to Wilmington over 25 years ago and Frank became the “mayor” of his neighborhood along with his faithful dog Maddie. Frank was the ultimate neighbor; he kept watch on everyone’s homes while they were away or at work, he watched out for the neighborhood kids, and he was the most friendly and lovable guy you could have as a neighbor and friend.

Frank had an endearing personality; he made everyone feel loved and welcomed wherever he went. He and Kathy had an “open door policy” with their family and friends; they were the ultimate host and hostess and had many family celebrations, holidays, barbeques, or any other occasion to get everyone together.

Frank was appointed on a provisional basis to the Burlington Police Department in October of 1974, and was officially appointed as a full time Police Officer in December of 1975. He graduated from the Northern Middlesex Police Academy in 1976. Through Frank’s hard work and dedication to the department as well as the community, he worked his way up the ranks. During this time, Frank, continued his education at Middlesex Community College where he earned his Degree in Criminal Justice. Frank was appointed to the Detective Unit in 1990; Frank excelled in his new position, he got along well with his co-workers and the townspeople alike. During his time as a detective he worked on a number of narcotics cases most notably in 1999 when Detective Nardone was part of a combined Federal, State and Local law enforcement effort that broke up a major heroin ring operating in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Frank retired from the department in December of 2006, following many years of dedicated service to the Town of Burlington.

Frank will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor; he was quite a “jokester” and loved to make people laugh. He looked forward to his breakfasts with his buddies at the Country Chef Restaurant or lunches at Rocco’s Restaurant where they reminisced about times past and had a few good laughs. Frank was one of the “good guys”; a devoted family man, a great Police Officer, a proud Veteran and a true friend to many; he will be forever in the hearts and minds of those he touched.

Frank was the beloved husband of the late Kathleen “Kathy” (Hansford) Nardone, devoted father of Frank A. Nardone, Jr. of Seabrook, NH, James E. Nardone & his wife Terry of Turner, ME, and Shawn P. Nardone & his wife Stefany of Atkinson, NH, father-in-law of Jill Cohen of Tyngsboro, MA, loving “Papa” of Charlene, Jessica, Travis, Nathan, Heaven, Aiden, and great-grandchildren Deklan, Aurora, Eden and Esther. Dear son of the late Angelo “Sonny” and Dorothy Nardone. Frank is also survived by his cherished dog Maddie and his brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Friday, January 21st from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A service to celebrate Frank’s life will be held at the Funeral Home on Saturday, January 22nd at 10:30 a.m. followed by his interment with Military Honors at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Donna Lee (Coye) Desmarais

January 18th, 2022
Donna Lee (Coye) Desmarais, age 68, of Wilmington, formerly of Rochester, NH, passed away on January 7, 2022.

Donna was born on February 5, 1953 in Winchester, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Doris (Miller) Nash.  Donna was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Georgetown High School.

Donna worked as a technician for Comcast for many years.

In her spare time, Donna loved to spend time with family and her cats, knit, watch game shows.

Donna was the beloved wife of the late Paul Desmarais, loving mother of Brian Desmarais and Christopher Desmarais, grandmother of many, cherished daughter of  the late Doris (Miller) Nash and Edwin G. Nash of Wilmington, dear sister of William Arrington, Sr. & his wife Earlene of Westford, MA, David Coye & his wife Mary of Litchfield, NH, Diane Sylvester & her husband Charles Jr. of Wilmington, Leonard Nash of California, Stephen Nash of Ohio, Michael Nash of Maine, Scott Nash of Lowell, and Maureen Stevens & her husband Frank of Wilmington, loving aunt of David, Marie, Cameron, Kyle, Trey, Desiree, Amanda, Jillian, Jonathan, Jacqueline, Heather, Parker, Caroline, and Ashley.

Family and Friends will gather for Visiting Hours in Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, January 21st from 1:00-1:45 p.m. followed by a Graveside Service in the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donna’s memory may be made to local animal rescue leagues or shelters.

Donald C. Eaton

January 17th, 2022

Donald C. Eaton, age 90, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away after a brief cancer diagnosis.

Donald was born on July 25, 1931, in Wilmington, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Elmer W. Eaton, Sr. and Margaret (Copley) Eaton. Donald was raised in Wilmington on Ballardvale Street and attended Wilmington Public Schools.

Donald enlisted in the United States Army on August 21, 1952, in Boston, MA. He served during the Korean War earning the National Service Medal. Donald was honorably discharged as a Corporal on August 6, 1954 and returned home to his family.

When Donald returned to Wilmington, he met up with a former classmate, Marie C. Dec. They started dating and were married on February 18, 1956, at St. Thomas Church followed by a reception at Grange Hall. Donald and Marie settled in Wilmington, where they raised their two children, Judy and Donald, Jr. “Skip”. Donald was a very “hands on” Dad; he enjoyed playing games with the kids, especially dodgeball and baseball. He spent quality time teaching them valuable life lessons about kindness and generosity.

Donald was employed by the Tewksbury State Hospital in Tewksbury for forty-four years. He held many positions, but he was best known for his transportation position, which he loved. Donald was a “people person”; he was very well-respected and made many friendships with co-workers and patients.

Donald loved sports, especially the Red Sox; he was their biggest fan. Donald watched countless games since the 1930’s, but he was thrilled to be able to see the Red Sox play in three World Series. Donald was a baseball coach for several years; he coached the neighborhood kids and the Tewksbury Hospital Women’s softball league. He was fortunate enough to coach his wife, Marie, and several of her nurse friends. Donald was still playing baseball just recently; he loved to play with his great-granddaughter, Molly.

Family was so important to Donald; he was the most loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather. Donald adored Marie; they had a special bond and a wonderful life together. Donald loved to “take care” of those he loved. He was a terrific cook and prepared many meals for the family. He spent a lot of time out in his yard gardening, mowing the lawn and shoveling.

Donald will be remembered as a kind, generous and loving man. He was known as a great “tipper” when he went out to dinner; he appreciated a great server and didn’t mind showing his appreciation. Donald will be missed by his loving family, but they will remember him for all the joy he brought to their lives.

The Eaton family would like to express their sincere thanks to the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers for all of their care and compassion during this most difficult time.

Donald was the beloved husband of 65 years of Marie C. (Dec) Eaton, devoted father of Judith Haas & her late husband Thomas of Harrison, ME and Donald C. “Skip” Eaton, Jr. of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Jennifer Norris & her husband Brian of Newburyport, “Great-Papa” of Molly, cherished son of the late Elmer W. Eaton, Sr., and Margaret (Copley) Eaton, dear brother of Nancy Eaton of Salem, NH, the late Warren Calvin Eaton, Elmer W. “Babe” Eaton, Jr. & his late wife Anna and Maynard C. “Red” Eaton, brother-in-law of the late John Campbell. Donald is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Donald will be private.

Memorial donations in Donald’s name may be made to Local Heroes, PO Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887 or by paying it forward with an act of kindness; he would have loved that.

Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Edward Collins

January 17th, 2022
Edward Collins, 73, a longtime resident of Wilmington and beloved husband of Andrea (Cortese) Collins, passed away at Winchester Hospital on Friday, January 14th, 2022.

Born in Cambridge and raised in Woburn MA, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Doherty) Collins. After graduating from UMass Boston with an English degree, Ed chose a career in Technical Writing and worked as an independent contractor throughout most of his life. He greatly enjoyed his work and became a very skilled technical writer over the length of his career. In his spare time, he was an avid reader, a lifelong runner and devoted Boston Bruins fan. During the last season of his life, Ed found his way back to the Catholic faith. He became deeply devoted to his long time Parish, Sacred Heart Church in Lawrence. He formed many cherished friendships at Sacred Heart and cared greatly for his fellow parishioners and the Sacred Heart Religious Community. Above all else, Edward was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. More than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his family and new Grandson, Liam. Ed was also an Army veteran, passionate about his Irish heritage and had a great love and appreciation for all genres of music. He will be dearly missed.

In addition to his beloved wife, Andrea, he is survived by his loving children; Eric Collins of Derry, NH, Matthew Collins and his wife Heather of Salem, NH, Brittany Collins of Burlington, MA, Grandson Liam, sister and brother-in-law; Kathy and Ralph Shea of Wilmington, MA and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late James Collins, Nancy Dell, Eileen Cassidy, Mary Collins, and Jackie (John) Collins.

His Requiem Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 321 South Broadway, Lawrence, on Thursday, January 20th, 2022, at 10am. Relatives and friends are most welcome and invited to attend. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022, from 6-8pm at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Avenue in Wilmington. Interment will be held in the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations in Edward’s memory may be made to Sacred Heart Church, 321 South Broadway, Lawrence, MA 01843.  https://sacredheartop.square.site/

Denise M. (Rosa) Cimetti

January 12th, 2022

Denise M. (Rosa) Cimetti, age 59, a long-time resident of Dracut, passed away on January 10, 2022, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Denise was born on April 8, 1962, in East Patterson, NJ; she was the cherished daughter of Jean (Lewis) Richards of Georgia and the late Francis Rosa. Denise was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1980.

Denise moved to Dracut in 1988, where she raised her only child, Matt. Denise was a loving and devoted mother. She enjoyed attending all Matt’s school and sporting events.

Denise’s family was extremely important to her; she loved spending time with her sisters, Pam, and Stephanie, along with her nieces and nephews. Denise enjoyed the holidays and special family gatherings.

Denise took special pride in her garden; she spent countless hours tending to her flowers and vegetables. Denise was a talented gardener; she grew roses, sunflowers, and many vegetables.

In her spare time, Denise enjoyed baking for the holidays and making holiday wreaths for her family and friends.

Denise will be remembered as a loving, gentle, and soft-spoken lady. She will be greatly missed by her family.

Denise was the devoted mother of Matthew Cimetti of Dracut, cherished daughter of Jean Richards of Georgia and the late Francis Rosa, dear sister of Pamela Crosswhite & her husband Ed of Georgia and Stephanie Rose of New Hampshire, loving aunt of Allyssa, Christina, Hunter, and Timothy.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, January 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Denise’s name may be made to Santa’s Magic, Inc at www.santasmagic.org.

Thomas H. Carbone

January 11th, 2022

Thomas H. Carbone, age 74, of Manchester, NH, formerly of Wilmington and Billerica, passed away unexpectedly on January 9, 2022.

Tom was born on May 6, 1947, in Woburn, MA; he was the dear son of the late Lewis and Margaret (Redmond) Carbone. Tom was one of seven children who was raised in a large and loving family in Wilmington, MA.

Tom was a hard worker throughout his entire life and never fully retired; he began his career at a young age working for R. J. Kelly Company in Burlington, MA in construction for many years. At the age of 21, Tom married his high school sweetheart and started his family where they initially resided in Cambridge and Woburn before settling in Billerica where he raised his children. Tom was dedicated to his children and grandchildren; he loved them unconditionally and always wanted to do what he could for them.

Tom was an avid Boston sports fan; he enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox at home or heading to Fenway Park with family to take in a game. Tom’s all-time favorite team was the New England Patriots; he loved watching their “Dynasty” over the last twenty years and was a “die hard” Tom Brady fan. Tom enjoyed cooking and making homemade soups and sauces. Tom was also very proud of his Italian Heritage and traditions; something he also taught his children.

In the 1980’s, after working many years for R. J. Kelly Company, Tom decided to venture out with his brother to start their own company, Furniture & Equipment Company, and then he later started his own company called Installations Unlimited. Tom’s endearing personality, commitment, and dedication to his business made him successful for many years.

Tom will be fondly remembered as a kind and generous man who would do anything to help anyone; he had a warm smile and a heart of gold. Tom’s love for his family and friends was evident in everything he did; he will forever be loved and missed by all.

Tom was the beloved proud father of Kimberly A. (Carbone) Bradley and the late Thomas M. Carbone, the loving grandfather of Anthony Carbone, who was the “apple of his eye”. Tom was the long-term companion of Darlene Raboin, dear brother of the late Catherine “Dolly” Dunnigan, late Lewis “Butchie” Carbone, Mabel Bova, Margaret “Peggy” Christiansen, late Marcia Maglio, and Louann Madrid. Tom is also survived by his step-grandchildren Maggie, Andre, Andrew, Ryan, and John who he loved dearly, as well as his many nieces, nephews and their families, his loving grand puppy Bella and kitty Hana Banana.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Friday, January 14th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA at 12:30 p.m. Interment will take place in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Tom’s memory to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 or to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Gerald Bruce Skilling

January 11th, 2022

Gerald Bruce Skilling, age 82, a 57-year resident of Wilmington, MA passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday January 7, 2022. He had a very active life until then. He was born on September 22, 1939 in Boston. He was the cherished son of the late Henry P. and Doris E. (Batchelder). He was the brother of James, Shirley (Hartley), and John. He was raised in Milton, MA and was graduated from Milton High School in 1957.

He served in the U.S. Army for three years, training at Fort Dix (NJ) and Fort Eustis (VA) for transportation school. Later, he was transferred to Metz, France where he improved Army transportation logistics. From France, he proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Carol Ann Pihl, and plans for a wedding in April 1959 were made.

Shortly after a Niagara Falls honeymoon, the new Skilling couple went to France, where their first child, Randal, was born. When Randy was two months old, Carol and baby Randy flew home, while Jerry got ready to be discharged from the Army. That fall, he started work stateside at Roadway Express, Inc., where he worked as a supervisor and retired after forty years. Jerry and Carol had five children: Randy (wife Karen), Robert (wife Janice), Janet Beecher, Sandy Miller, and Roger (wife Shannon). There are fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren (Angie, Terry, Courtney, Robbie, Samantha, Kristina, Tracey, Paul, Alex, Jenna, Jacob, Sam, Harry, Jack, Gracie, Michael, and Scarlett). Jerry and Carol enjoyed traveling together for many years, reaching all 50 states and Europe. Jerry loved riding rollercoasters and trains, and he loved to drive Carol wherever she wanted to go.

Family and friends will gather for a Service to celebrate Jerry’s life on Sunday, January 16th at 2:00 p.m. in the Congregational Church in Wilmington, 220 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA 01887.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jerry’s memory to the Congregational Church in Wilmington.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Robert Penta

January 10th, 2022

Robert Penta, age 82, a long-time resident of Plantation, FL, formerly of Watertown and Somerville, passed away on January 8, 2022, following a lengthy illness.

Robert was the beloved husband of sixty-one years of Beverly (Lima) Penta, devoted father of Denise Howard & her husband Howard of Boynton Beach, FL, and the late David Penta, loving “Papa” of Jennifer Young, “Great-Papa” of Anthony, Jada and Aaron, cherished son of the late Joseph and Immaculate (Mustico) Penta, dear brother of Linda Huber, Angela Holman, Guy Penta, and the late Joseph Penta. Robert is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Saturday, January 15th at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Westview Cemetery, Lexington, MA.

Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

Flowers are welcome and can be sent to the Funeral Home for Services or directly to Beverly Penta in Plantation, FL.