Obituaries

John B. “Jake” Bridges

April 29th, 2016

John B. Bridges, “Jake”, age 68, of Woburn, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully on April 28, 2016. John was the beloved husband of Janis F. (Perry) Bridges, devoted father of John B. Bridges, Jr. “Jay” & wife Shawn-Marie of Lowell, loving “Bampa” of Sarah Michelle Bridges, Cameron Sweeney, Ryan & Sophie Brewer, and Caleigh Sweeney, Liam and Lilah Sweeney. Cherished son of the late Frank B. & Mary “Edna” (Carpenter) Bridges, dear brother of Lulu “Candy” Bridges & Linda Bridges both of Wilmington. Step-father of Ed Sweeney & Windy Sweeney both of Wilmington, Rob Sweeney of Idaho, Jason & Melissa Sweeney of Salem, NH, and Patricia & Ronnie Haddad of Leominister. Jake is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, May 7th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to the VNA of Middlesex East/Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

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Robert T. Pierce

April 25th, 2016

Robert T. Pierce,“Bob” age 58 of Wilmington, formerly of Cambridge, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on April 25, 2016, following a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Bob was born on September 25, 1965, in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of the Joan M. (Dupont) and the late Clyde A. Pierce. Bob was raised and educated in Cambridge and a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin High School with the Class of 1975.

Bob married his “sweetheart” Patty McMahon in April of 1985; just celebrating their 31st wedding anniversary. Bob and Patty shared many great times together over the years with their family and friends. The couple moved to Wilmington in 1991 where they raised two beautiful daughters, Rachel and Collette; Bob loved being a dad and he was always so proud of his girls.

Bob worked hard for his family in the construction business. His great personality and work ethic landed him countless jobs in the carpentry field. Bob worked all over the area roofing, building decks and porches, installing windows just to name a few areas; he was very loyal and friendly to his customers and he built a great reputation throughout the years.

In his spare time Bob enjoyed golfing, watching sports, and taking to the open road on his Harley with his buddies.

Bob treasured the time spent with family and friends; his love for them was evident in everything he did. Bob was dependable, loyal, and kind; he was a fighter who never gave up hope as his illness progressed. Bob was truly an amazing man who was dearly loved and will forever be missed.

Bob was the beloved husband of Patricia “Patty” (McMahon) Pierce, devoted father of Rachel P. and Collette M. Pierce all of Wilmington, cherished son of Joan M. (Dupont) Pierce and the late Clyde A. Pierce of Cambridge, dear brother of Sheryl Callahan & husband Robert of No. Carolina. Uncle of Caroline Callahan, Kerry & Christopher Fanning, and Andrew McMahon, nephew of Carolyn Cabral of Somerville and George Dupont of Texas, cousin of Michael Cabral, Richard Cabral, and Sharon Capasso. Brother-in-law of James & the late Susan McMahon and Leonard & Mary Ellen McMahon all of West Roxbury and Catherine & James Fanning of Saugus. Bob is also survived by many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Friday, April 29th at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, April 28th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458.

Stanley J. Koczen

April 24th, 2016

Stanley J. Koczen, age 72, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on April 21, 2016.  

Stanley was the beloved husband of the late Cynthia A. (Bishop) Koczen, devoted father of Debra A. Goldberg & husband Russell of North Reading, Stanley E. Koczen of Wilmington, and Jennifer L. DiPerri & husband Jeffrey of Tewksbury.  Loving grandfather of Jeremy, Lindsy, & Carly Goldberg and Nicholas DiPerri.  Cherished son of the late Stanley P. and Helen (Hac) Koczen, brother of the late Helen Wolaszek, son-in-law of Chesley and Phyllis Bishop of Newfoundland.  Stanley is also survived by several nieces and nephews as well as a large extended family in Newfoundland.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, April 27th 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 Tuesday, April 26th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  

In lieu of flowers donations in Stanley’s memory may be made to Air Warrior Courage Foundation, P. O. Box 877, Silver Springs, MD  20918.  Stanley was a proud United States Air Force Veteran during the Vietnam War.

John C. Biondo

April 24th, 2016

John C. Biondo, “Johnny B” age 51, of Dracut, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on April 24, 2016, at the Lowell General Hospital.

John was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Austin Prep High School in Reading with the Class of 1983.

John worked as a Global Network Service Delivery Manager at Raytheon where he was employed for more than 30 years.

In his spare time, John loved his cars and riding his Harley with his buddies. He was quite the host when it came to his Daytona 500 parties and a good time was had by all.

John enjoyed the outdoors; ice fishing, riding his skimobile, and his many Summers spent at Country Pond Campground in New Hampshire with family and friends.

John will be fondly remembered as dependable, helpful, and a true friend. He loved his family unconditionally and could always be counted on to do anything for anyone. John was kind, caring, friendly and fun; he will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him.

John was the cherished son of Charles R. and Noreen T. (Skehill) Biondo, dear brother of Julie M. Pozzi & husband Chris and the late Joseph C. Biondo, loving uncle of Jonathan and Heather Pozzi all of Wilmington. Devoted companion of Carolyn Callahan and her children Caitlin & D. J. all of Dracut. John is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and Friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, April 28th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 27th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s name may be made to the Joseph Biondo Scholarship Fund, c/o Wilmington High School, 159 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to the ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter, 315 Norwood Park South – 1st Floor, Norwood, MA 02062

Richard L. Desjardins

April 20th, 2016

Richard L. Desjardins, age 70, of Wilmington, formerly of Salem and Peabody passed away on April 20th, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Peabody on April 11th, 1946, Richard (Dick, Dickie, DJ) was the son of the late Roger and Annette (Bonsant) Desjardins. He grew up in Salem and was part of the first graduating class of Bishop Fenwick High School in 1964. After high school, Richard enlisted in the Navy Reserves but an injury forced his discharge before he could serve our country.

In October of 1966, Richard married the love of his life, Patricia. The couple resided in the Salem Willows neighborhood and raised their two daughters, Cynthia and Deborah, there. After 35 years in Salem, Dick and Pat moved to Peabody where they spent 11 years before recently moving to Wilmington.

Dick was a real outdoors kind of guy. When he was a kid, Dick was part of the Boy Scouts where he gained an appreciation for nature. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Dick enjoyed spending time at his “home away from home”, the Danvers Fish and Game Club, serving as their president in 1981. Dick also loved gardening, cooking and model trains, as well as Boston sports. He especially enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports and perform on stage.

Dick was a true family man. He worked hard to provide for his family. Dick worked at North Shore Disposal, a company owned by his father. Several years later Dick started Desjardins Disposal. He later worked for Waste Management as a truck driver until suffering 5 strokes in 2004. Dick would do anything for his family. He served as a Girl Scouts Leader for his daughter Cindy’s troop when nobody else would volunteer. Dick also held office in the Salem High Music Boosters while Debby was in the high school band. He lived for his family and friends, as well as his dogs, Zephyr (whose ashes will be buried with him) and Pippy, who misses her Daddy terribly. Dick was a good-hearted and loyal person who will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

Dick was the beloved husband of Patricia L. (Lavender) Desjardins. He was the devoted father of Cynthia Stratouly & her husband Donn of Wilmington and Deborah Alter & her husband Edward of North Reading. Dick was the loving grandfather of Stephanie Perez & her husband Ernesto, Jonathan Stratouly, Gregory Stratouly, Nicholas Stratouly, Madelyn Alter and Cameron Alter. He leaves behind his great-grandchildren Jaylen and Sofia Perez. He was the dear brother of Carol Rourke & her husband James of Middleton. Dick is also survived by his nephews, Christopher Rourke and Erik Rourke & his wife Colleen.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on April 25th at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, April 24th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Richard’s memory may be made to Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930, where Dick and Pippy rescued each other.

Benedict P. “Ben” McGann

April 20th, 2016

Benedict P. McGann “Ben”, age 86 of Atkinson, NH, formerly of Waltham, MA, died unexpectedly on April 15, 2016, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.

Ben was born in Boston, MA on April 27, 1929; he was the dear son of the late Benedict and Nora (Malloy) McGann, Ben was raised and educated in Waltham and a graduate of St. Mary’s High School. Ben went on to further his education earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.

Ben enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on July 22, 1948 honorably serving the Country during World War II; he was honorably discharged in July of 1951 returning home to his family in Waltham.

Ben went to work for the Raytheon Company in Lowell as an Engineer and was quick to learn the ropes. Ben’s work ethic was second to none and his desire to learn was incredible; he made many friends at work throughout the years. Ben worked closely with his Japanese counterparts to develop the Japanese Missals Systems; he was always proud of working with others and all that they accomplished.

Ben married his “sweetheart” Jean Bousfield in October of 1975 and became an instant “dad” to three teenagers; a role that he eagerly took on and was quite a success at. Family was everything to Ben, he was a wonderful husband, father, son, and brother; he cherished his role as “Grampy” and he beamed with pride whenever he spoke of his grandchildren. Ben was also very close to his nieces and nephews and often thought of himself as a “second parent” to them. Ben always enjoyed getting together with family, celebrating the holidays, and was always the first to give a toast at every occasion.

Throughout the years, Ben, enjoyed traveling with family and friends; he made treks all over Europe and Asia and was known to visit almost all of the United States Ben loved to see new places, cultures, and meet new people; his endearing personality made it easy for him to “fit in” where ever he went.

In his spare time Ben liked to follow sports especially the Red Sox and Patriots or he could be found relaxing in his chair with a Manhattan watching C-Span television and following the Senate and brushing up on his Politics. Ben was an avid golfer who loved to try out new courses and relished in a little friendly competition every now and then.

Ben will be fondly remembered as a wonderful man always very kind, compassionate, generous, and loyal. There wasn’t anything that Ben wouldn’t do for his family and friends. Ben was quite a gentleman and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ben was the beloved husband of Jean E. (Bousfield) McGann, devoted father of Linda J. Ouellette & husband Joseph of Atkinson, NH, Robert P. Traer & Wife Jennifer of Salem, NH, and Cathy D. Martel & husband Ken of Lowell, MA. Loving “Grampy” of Joseph L. III and Lindsey M. Ouellette, Mitchel R. and Garrett E. Traer, Ryan S. Stetzler, Anthony J. Bellandi, Jessie G. Martel, and great-granddaughter Gemma G. Stetzler. Cherished son of the late Benedict and Nora (Malloy) McGann, dear brother of Agnes Mannix of Watertown, the late Martin McGann, Peter “Champ” McGann and Marie Spaulding. Special Uncle of Noreen Gaspar, Albert Mannix, Brian Mannix, Kevin Mannix, Shawn Mannix, Patricia Metcalfe, Eileen McHugh, John Spaulding, and their families.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 133 School St., Waltham, MA. In lieu of flowers donations in Ben’s memory may be made to Michael B. Christensen Community & Family Support Center, c/o the Exchange Club of Salem, P. O. box 145, Salem, NH 03079. Ben was a retired Engineer from Raytheon in Lowell after 42 years and a U. S. Coast Guard Veteran. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

John F. Fahey, Sr.

April 20th, 2016

John F. Fahey, Sr., age 77 (44), of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville, died peacefully at the Massachusetts General Hospital on April 18, 2016, with his loving family at his side.

John was born in Boston, MA on July 11, 1938; he was raised and educated in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School. Throughout the years John went on to further his education by taking courses at MIT and Harvard University. He was self-employed as a machinist for many years.

John married his “best friend” Annette Buonomo on June 17, 1956; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1962 where they raised three wonderful children Deborah, John Jr. and Susan. John loved his family unconditionally and they had many great times throughout the years. John especially cherished his role as “Papa” and treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren. John attended countless school and sporting events for his grandchildren, he enjoyed playing board games with them for hours; he was always so proud of their accomplishments.

John was known to be an avid fisherman and hunter in his day and liked to play a friendly game of racquetball every now and then. He was a member of the Tewksbury/Wilmington Lodge of Elks and a former member of the Sons of Italy.

John will be fondly remembered as a good guy, hardworking, and friendly; he was helpful and would do anything for anyone. John will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

John was the beloved husband of Annette J. (Buonomo) Fahey, devoted father of Deborah L. Duggan & husband Thomas, Jr., John F. Fahey, Jr. & wife April all of Wilmington, and Susan M. Ganley & husband Robert of Burlington. Loving “Papa” of Thomas III & Nicholas Duggan, Shawn, Zachary, & Amy Fahey, Robert Jr., Michael, Kenneth, & Gina Ganley, and Dianna Fahey, great-granddaughter Fiona Duggan and her sister Lily. Dear son of the late Leo and Mildred (Barber) Fahey, brother of Robert Fahey and Eileen Fahey both of Billerica, Joseph Fahey and Francis Fahey both of Somerville, the late Leo, William, and Edward Fahey, and Marie Walsh. John was the special uncle of Daniel Fahey & wife Marie of Abington and is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Saturday, April 23rd at 10:30 a.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave (Rte. 62) Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, April 22nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to Mass General Hospital Fund, Attn: Development Office, 12 Nashua St. (Suite 540), Boston, MA 02114. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

William M. “Billy” Temple, Jr.

April 20th, 2016

William M. Temple, Jr. “Billy”, age 69, of Salem, NH, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on April 19, 2016. Born in Clinton, MA on May 20, 1946, Billy was the son of the late William and Dorothy (Parkhurst) Temple. Billy was raised in Wilmington and attended Wilmington public schools.

Billy was passionate about cooking, he spent most of his life as a chef. Billy worked at Merrimack College as a chef along with his father and brother Alan for many years. He enjoyed cooking for different organizations and had a knack for baking, especially cookies. In his spare time, Billy enjoyed watching all kinds of sports on TV and going to the track to watch horse racing.

Billy was the dear brother of Bernard Nally of Wilmington, Gary Temple & his former wife Linda of Manchester, NH and the late Alan Temple. Billy was the loving uncle of David Nally & his wife Ruth of Wakefield, Cynthia Leverone & her husband David of Rumney, NH, Heather Urban & her husband John of Chelmsford, Deanna Nally of Chelmsford, Patrick Nally & his wife Christine of Wilmington, Gary Temple, Jr. and Bryan Temple both of Manchester, NH and Tara Temple of California. He was the cousin of Evelyn Sanford of Greenfield, NH and Kevin McKelvey & his wife Millie of Burlington. Billy is also survived by many great-nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62) Wilmington, on Monday, April 25th, for visiting hours from 10-11 a.m., immediately followed by a funeral home service at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Memorial donations in Billy’s name can be made to Mission of Deeds, 6 Chapin Ave., Reading, MA 01867.

Kimberly Ann Strob

April 18th, 2016

Kimberly Ann Strob, of Cocoa FL, formerly of Wilmington MA, passed away on April 2, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 47.

Kim was born on September 23, 1968, grew up in Wilmington MA, moved to Florida with her parents in 1980 and graduated from Cocoa High School in 1986.

Kim worked for Brevard County Animal Services for 11 years before becoming a Deputy Clerk for the Brevard County Clerk of Courts.

Kim was a fan of NASCAR, drag racing and a member of the Space Coast Street Rod Club. She was also an avid competitive dart and billiards player for the APA of Brevard County.

Kim was the dear daughter of Timothy E. Strob and the late Roberta A. Strob of Billerica, devoted and loving sister of Robin L. Strob of Naples FL, granddaughter of the late William and Olive Strob and the late James and Barbara Aylward, niece of Jack and Linda Strob, William and Pam Strob, the late Naomi Landry and her husband Ray, Joseph and Edie Strob, Ruth Ann Sampson and her late husband, Kenneth, and the late Barbara O’Brien and her husband Nick. Kim is also survived by her loving cousins Charlotte, Billy, Anthony, Eric, Jay and Brian Strob, Deanna Sampson Marzolini, Timmy and Eddy Sampson, Ginnie Paiva, Linda Sampson Bonney, Carl, Michael and Steven Abell, PH and Jesse O’Brien.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples FL, 34105, for giving Kim such loving care.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Theodore “Ted” Oldak

April 16th, 2016

Theodore B. Oldak, “Ted” “Papa”, age 91, of Somerville, died peacefully on April 13, 2016. Ted was the beloved husband of the late Claire C. (Reardon) Oldak, devoted father of Diane C. Oldak of Somerville and Carol A. Coelho & husband Carlos of Billerica, loving “Papa” of Kristen M. and Brandon A. Coelho of Billerica. Cherished son of the late Bronislaw and Marie (Albowicz) Oldak, dear brother of the late Walter Oldak and Mary Michaels. Brother-in-law of Joan Oldak of Somerville, Paul and Paula Reardon of Lynn. Loving Uncle of Susan Oldak of Somerville, Nancy Stempler of Andover, and his “pal” the late Stephen Oldak.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, April 19th for Visitation from 10:45-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ann’s Parish, 399 Medford St., Somerville, MA at 12:30 p.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. Memorial donations in Theodore’s name may be made to a Cancer Charity of your choice. Ted was a U.S. Navy Veteran during WWII.