Obituaries

Josephine M. Defino

May 4th, 2021

Josephine M. (Rossetti) Defino, “Josie”, age 96, a long-time resident of Somerville, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2021.

Josie was born on December 7, 1924 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Louis and Angelina (DeMusis) Rossetti. Josie was raised and educated in Charlestown.
Josie met and married “the love of her life”, Vincent “Vinny” Defino, who happened to live across the street from her. Together they had four daughters and were married for fifty-one years.

Josie loved people; she could and would talk to anyone she met, whether she knew you or not. She had an infectious laugh and would make you feel like one of the family. She was a great cook who could make anything without a recipe to follow. You could never leave her house without having something to eat.

Josie’s family was the most important thing in her life. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren most of all. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and all who met her.

Josie is the beloved wife of the late Vincent E. Defino, devoted mother of Lorraine Saunders & her late husband Timothy of Billerica, Pauline Hogan of Salem, NH and Michele Buckley & her husband Richard of Wilmington, and the late Deborah Defino, loving “Grandma” of Stacy O’Donnell, Lauren Campagnone, Timothy Saunders, Richard Buckley and Jason Buckley, “Great-Grandma” of Cody O’Donnell and Stephanie Campagnone, dear sister of James Rossetti & his wife Lorraine, Rose Brooks and the late Ralph Rossetti, Mary Rossetti, Mike Rossetti, John Rossetti and Eleanor Bonanno. Josie is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral at Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Friday, May 7th 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 to follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 6th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Due to Covid regulations, masks are required in the Funeral Home and Church.

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Helen K. Darling

May 4th, 2021

Helen K. Darling (Peitzsch), of Chichester, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully with her family by her side on February 12, 2021.

Helen was born in Wilmington, MA on September 19,1931. She was the daughter of the late Herman and Getrude Peitzsch of Wilmington. She was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of “1949”. Helen was the loving wife of the late Frank E. Darling, Jr., also of Wilmington. Having Celebrated 65 years of marriage together, they raised six wonderful children… whom if you were to ask anyone of them “Who kept your family so strong and united?” All of them would say “My Mom.”. She was the quiet strength that held us all together.

Helen was a woman of many talents. It was a rare occasion that you would not see her without a knitting project, crocheting, embroidery, painting or just enjoying a good game of cards. Especially a game or two of solitaire just before the rest of the family woke while brewing the first pot of coffee. First and foremost was the pride she had in her family.

Helen was the mother of the late Frank E. Darling, III and wife Regina, William Darling and wife Lorrinda, Jonathan Darling and wife Lorna, David Darling and wife Joan, Yvonne Lagomarsino and husband Kevin Foreman, Michelle Doucette and husband Dennis. She was the loving Grandmother known as “Nana” to Tamie Cassidy, Frank E. Darling, IV, Lance Darling, Stephanie Aspen, Christopher Darling, Jeremy Darling, Christina Morehouse, Eric Darling, Stacy Upham, Greg Darling, Paul Korpi, Jimmy Korpi, David Darling, II, Kyle Doucette, and Joseph Doucette.

Her legacy also includes 24 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great-grandchildren. All of whom she was able to hold as babies and celebrate many of their milestones in life.
Helen died at the age of 89, although she has now transitioned to her next journey, she will forever be in our hearts and memories.

We hope our family and friends can join us in our final tribute to our mother Friday, May 21, 2021 at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 2:00 p.m. where our mother will be laid to rest with her husband and son.

Biagio M. Farese

May 3rd, 2021

Biagio M. Farese, age 69, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2021, with his loving family at his side.

Biagio was the beloved husband and best friend of 45 years to the late Susan M. Farese and the devoted father of Dr. Christina Farese of Wilmington and Jeffrey Farese and his wife Debbie of Georgia, loving “Nonno” of Emily, Zachary, and Kaylie. Son of the late Silverio and Antonina (Pelligrino) Farese, brother of Maria Lembo and Angela Wood of Arizona and Anthony Farese of Ohio.

Nothing brought Biagio more joy than his wife, family, and home. A doctor once told him he was an outlier—and he was. He was an outlier not just because he was truly a medical marvel, but rather because he channeled his strength and willpower into all that he did from caring for his family to home improvement projects to cheering for the Patriots. He was an amazing cook known for his chicken soup, eggplant parmigiana, calzones, and Christmas cookies.

He took great pride in his children’s educational accomplishments, which represented for him the achievement of a life-long dream. He was an incredibly hard worker regardless of the task, who spent close to 23 years at the MBTA both as a bus driver and a street supervisor.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, May 8th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Methuen. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, May 7th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. All guests are required to wear a mask in the Funeral Home and in Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Biagio’s memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P. O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

David J. Winston

May 3rd, 2021

David James Winston, 63, of Wells, Maine, died Saturday, June 13, 2020 at his residence. He was the widower of GG Marshall-Winston, who predeceased him in 2018. He is also predeceased by his brother and best friend Stephen Winston.

David was born in Boston, MA, on April 14, 1957, son of the late James Joseph Winston, Jr., and the late Audrey M. (Craig) Winston. Dave grew up in Wilmington, MA, where he graduated from Wilmington High School, with the Class of 1976. He lived for a time in both Dunstable and Chelmsford, MA before moving to Maine.

He was a truck driver for many years, last working for Linde Trucking in Kittery. When not driving, he and GG owned and operated “Braketime,” a red food truck parked near the Sanford Airport, serving up hearty meals to their loyal customers.

David loved spending time with his wife and enjoying the outdoors. He enjoyed golfing as was a former member of Nabnasset Lake Country Club in Westford, MA. He loved to cook and was known for striking up a conversation with anyone that happened by. He and GG loved to travel to South Carolina, Florida, and Alabama. Just last year, he took a wonderful trip to Ireland to visit his ancestors’ homeland.

Dave is survived by his brother, John Winston of Lawrence, MA; his sister, Maura Finch of North Reading, MA; two step-daughters, April Horne of Kennebunk, ME, Layla Fabrizio and husband Mark of Pepperell, MA; four grandchildren, Ava and Anya Horne, Joseph and Max Fabrizio; seven nieces and nephews, Meghan Veo, Lindsey Jack, Courtney Metcalfe, Jonathon Finch, Ryan Finch, Kail and Andrew Winston; and many cousins, aunts and uncles. David will also be missed by his faithful dog “Winnie,” who he rescued just last year.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, June 5th from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in David’s memory to The American Heart Association, 51 U.S. Route One, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074 or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Marguerite I. Tucker

April 29th, 2021

Marguerite Imelda (Beauregard) Tucker, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2021.

Marguerite was born in Woonsocket, RI on February 18, 1931; she was the dear daughter of the late Arthur Beauregard of Woonsocket, RI and late Blanche (Sevigny) Beauregard of West Warwick, RI. She was raised in Woonsocket and Cumberland Hills, RI; and attended the Rhode Island School for the Deaf (RISD) on Hope Street in Providence, RI and was a member of the Class of 1950.

Marguerite played basketball for RISD when the girls’ game was six-on-six basketball. Teams had six players each instead of five, with three forwards and three guards. The forwards must stay in their frontcourt and the guards must stay in the backcourt. Her individual and team statistics unfortunately were not preserved; but she was very proud when her granddaughter Claire Tucker played on the United States Deaf Women National Basketball Team that won the gold medal at the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In 1954, Marguerite married the “love of her life” Donald S. Tucker; the couple moved to Worcester, MA, Springfield, MA, Agawam, MA, and then Wilmington, MA (1964) where they raised their family. Marguerite was a very devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Marguerite was known to be a woman of great faith and great love; she was a member of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington, MA and Sacred Heart Church in Newton, MA for many years.

Marguerite was an active participant in the Deaf Civil Rights movement during the 1960’s and 1970’s which pushed for recognition of American Sign Language, sign language interpreters, telecommunications for Deaf individuals, and closed captions for television programs.

Marguerite was an artist with extraordinary talents in sewing, quilting, stenciling, watercolor painting, sketching, and crafts. She sometimes held booths to sell home-made items at craft fairs. One of her favorite memories was sewing wedding dresses for family members and friends. She also painted “The Last Supper” in watercolor during her younger days but this painting was given to a friend and she never saw it again. She also loved baking, especially pastries. She also was an avid cross-country skier and often went to ski in New Hampshire with her friends. She was a long time member of the “Deaf Tree” investment club, and it is probably the first Deaf women investment club in the United States.

Marguerite volunteered at the Alumni Association of the Rhode Island School for the Deaf, Sacred Heart Church in Newton, MA, the New England Homes for the Deaf in Danvers, MA, and The Learning Center For the Deaf in Framingham, MA. Marguerite will forever be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Marguerite was the beloved wife of late Donald S. Tucker of Wilmington, devoted mother of Stephen G. Tucker of Wilmington, MA, James E. Tucker of Middletown, MD and Mary Jean Tucker of Swampscott, MA, and loving grandmother of Bradford Tucker of Frederick, MD and Claire Tucker of Rochester, NY. Cherished daughter of the late Arthur and Blanche (Sevigny) Beauregard, dear sister of the Gerard G. Beauregard and his first late wife Irene (Chasse) Beauregard and his second late wife Therese E. (Bolduc) Beauregard, and late Jeannine (Beauregard) Fortin and her late husband Rene E. Fortin. Marguerite was also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Saturday, September 25, 2021 for Visitation from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marguerite’s memory may be made to “Deaf Apostolate” at Deaf Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Boston, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184; or to the New England Homes for the Deaf, 154 Water St., Danvers, MA 01923, nehd.org.

Kenneth J. Lydon

April 27th, 2021

Kenneth Joseph Lydon, “Ken”, a Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Friend, age 81, of Wilmington, MA, passed away on April 26, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Ken was born in Dorchester on September 18, 1939, the second son of Daniel and Mary (Foley) Lydon. When Ken was 7, after the death of his father, he and his brother, Dan, moved with their mother to the Old Harbor Housing Project in South Boston. When he was 10, his mother passed away and he went to live in Hyde Park with his cousin, Margaret “Rita” Russell and Godfather, Joseph Russell. Ken’s three new sisters embraced him as their big brother. Susan, 8, Kathy, 5 and Margaret, 2 would be Ken’s family for the remainder of his life.

Sports were a key part of Ken’s life. He played all sports as he grew up in Hyde Park. Football and basketball were his favorites and he played both at Hyde Park High School.

After graduating from high school, Ken spent a year at Northeastern University. He then enlisted in the United States Navy and found a new love in his life. He served in the submarine service aboard the USS Carbonero SS 337, which was stationed at Pearl Harbor, HI. He was discharged in 1962 and began a 41 yearlong career with New England Telephone. He retired from Verizon in 2003.

Shortly after he left the Navy and as he was beginning his career with the phone company, Ken began dating Donna Mae Reilley, a lovely young lady from Arlington. She was the love of his life. In August 1964, soon after Donna graduated from Boston State Teachers College, the two were married.

They lived in Quincy, Hyde Park, and Dorchester. In 1967, they welcomed a baby boy, Christopher, to the family. In 1968, the loving family expanded to include brother, Russell. In 1969, Ken and Donna bought a home in Wilmington. Soon after the move north, the family welcomed daughters Catherine in 1969 and Jennifer in 1971.

The house that Ken and Donna bought in 1969, has become the family homestead. When children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and others want to “go home,” they head to that welcoming place.

When he moved to Wilmington, Ken became very involved with volunteer opportunities in the town, including coaching both Pop Warner football and recreational basketball. Ken became a member of the American Legion and was a past commander. He served as the Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, District Deputy, and was a fourth-degree member for The Bishop Delaney Assembly. Ken was a member of the VFW and both the Submarine Veterans Marblehead Base and International Submarine Veterans.

Ken and Donna traveled extensively to attend submarine reunions and Submarine Veterans Conventions. The family spent many vacations at the beach in Seabrook, NH and took ski trips to Bretton Woods, NH. One of Ken and Donna’s most memorable vacations was a 23-day trip to Ireland with Pat and John Mc Donald. But their best vacation was their 25th wedding anniversary celebration- three weeks in Hawaii on the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii.

By 2002, their children were launched. They had so much to look forward to- fun, vacations, and grandchildren. But this was not to be. That year, Donna was diagnosed with tongue cancer. For the next 13 years, Ken was Donna’s loving caregiver until she lost her battle to this deadly disease in 2015.

In 2016, Ken was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His family, especially his daughters who lived nearby, rallied around him. He was cancer free for many years following the surgery and treatments.

Ken is survived by his son Christopher, his wife Pam, and grandson Jack from Marietta GA; son Russell Lydon, his wife Patty, and Ken’s granddaughter Delaney, grandson Nick and his great grandson Wyatt Russell Gustafson of Clifton Park NY; Catherine (Kati) Lydon Murphy, and grandsons Russell and Matthew of Billerica, and their father, James Murphy; and Jennifer Lydon Theodos, her husband Sean, and Ken’s grandson Sean of Wilmington. Ken is also survived by his sister, Margaret Russell Ciardi, and her husband Gregory of Northampton, MA. Also, sisters, Katherine Keenan and her husband, Robert of Easton, MA, and Susan Bulis and husband Ted of Sebastian FL. Ken is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, on Monday, May 3rd from 9:45-11:45 a.m. immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ken’s memory to: Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or The New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court St Boston, MA 02108.

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

Gloria A. Hayes

April 18th, 2021

Gloria A. Hayes, (Wardynski), age 86, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Allston, passed away on April 17, 2021, at the Winchester Hospital, surrounded by her family.

Gloria was born on October 8, 1934, in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Mary Wardynski. Gloria was raised in the West End of Boston before moving to Allston where she lived for many years.

Gloria married the “love of her life” Leo Hayes in 1957; the couple raised two wonderful children Donna and Leo Jr. and had many great times together before his untimely passing in 1993.

Gloria’s family was her number one priority and she always showered her family with unconditional love and devotion. Her home was always open to family and friends; she made everyone feel welcomed and loved. Gloria was a good cook who enjoyed having everyone around her table; she made family holidays and celebrations special. Gloria looked forward to the “fun family times” they shared at Wyman’s Beach, the drive in movies, Pizzeria Regina and family vacations; she was always so upbeat and made everything very fun and exciting. Gloria’s life became more enriched when she became a “Nana” to her three grandchildren and “Gigi” to her six great-grandchildren; she adored those kids and looked forward to the many adventures they had together throughout the years.

Gloria had a great personality; she was very sociable, outgoing and friendly towards everyone. Gloria loved to dance and she never missed a party or an opportunity to celebrate with her family and friends. She was a lot of fun to be around; a “hot ticket” who always looked for a the good in everyone.

Gloria was a woman of strong faith, she loved her God and was an active communicant in her Church throughout the years. Gloria leaned on her faith through life’s challenges that were thrown her way, especially the death of her husband and son; she never waivered in her faith and drew strength to help her family go on.

Gloria will be fondly remembered as a lovely lady who reached out to help anyone in need. She was so upbeat and fun; she had a great sense of humor, an infectious laugh and a beautiful smile. Gloria’s endearing personality drew people close to her; she was dearly loved by so many and will forever be in their hearts.

Gloria was the beloved wife of the late Leo J. Hayes, Sr., devoted mother of Donna M. Biggins & her husband Stephen of Wilmington and the late Leo J. Hayes, Jr. Loving “Nana” of Jill & Steve Ventre of Tewksbury, Stephen Biggins & Fiancé Jenni Surprenant of Wilmington, Michael & Kristen Hayes of Framingham and “Gigi” to her great-grandchildren Katelyn, Alissa, Ryan, Emily, Gabby and Liam. Cherished daughter of the late John and Mary (Torrone) Wardynski, dear sister of Dorothy “Dotty” Tehan of Allston, Richie Wardynski & his wife Mary of Charlestown, the late Johnny Wardynski and the late Anthony “Sonny” Wardynski. Gloria is also survived by her nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, April 21st from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Mount Benedict Cemetery, West Roxbury. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and in Church. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Chester J. Kasprzak

April 18th, 2021

Chester John Kasprzak, 77, of Wilmington Massachusetts passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April 15, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife Marilyn of 38 years, and four children: Christina Gregory and her husband Rob of Wilmington, Massachusetts, Anthony Kasprzak and his wife Kristen of St. Augustine, Florida, Elaine Russo and her husband Paul of Billerica, Massachusetts, and Susan Teberio of North Andover, Massachusetts. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren: Lydia Waite, Nicholas and Katya Kasprzak, Cameron, Brian, and Douglas Russo, Alyson and Anthony Teberio. He is a dear brother of Michael Kasprzak and his wife Dee Dee of Action, Maine, Thomas Kasprzak and his wife Terry of Wells, Maine, and the late Robert Kasprzak and his wife Jean of Knoxville, Tennessee, along with several beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Chet enjoyed traveling, fishing, golfing, dancing, photography, spending time in his garden, and being surrounded by his family. He would always be able to light up a room and will never be forgotten by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, PO BOX 37920, Boone IA 50037-0920.

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Charles Duggan

April 18th, 2021

Charles Duggan, fondly known as “Charlie” to his family and friends, age 74, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on April 15, 2021.

Charlie was born on October 18, 1946, at home in Wilmington, MA; he was the dear son of the late John “Mike” and Margaret Duggan and the youngest of 14 siblings. Charlie was raised and educated in Wilmington and learned to be a hard worker from a young age. This was a trait that carried him throughout his life.

Charlie started his long career in construction working concrete forms. After several years, Charlie broke out on his own and started Charles Duggan Concrete Forms Company. Charlie’s work ethic along with his outgoing personality made him quite successful throughout the years. He proudly pointed out homes in the area that he had completed foundations on.

Charlie married “his sweetheart” Susan Morris on September 7, 1968; the couple settled in Tewksbury where they raised two wonderful daughters. Charlie was very dedicated to his family; he loved his wife and daughters dearly, but really cherished his role as Pappi to his three grandchildren. Charlie and Susan, along with their family, shared many great times together; family holidays and road trips were always a lot of fun. Charlie’s family was most important in his life; they were truly his legacy and he was so proud of them.

Charlie was a man of many talents; he was an avid gardener with an unbelievable green thumb who created beautiful flower gardens throughout his yard, an excellent wood worker, and he could fix any small engine that was put in front of him. Charlie had an array of snow blowers and lawn mowers of all makes and models in his yard that he was either fixing for a friend or neighbor or fixing and selling. Charlie was known to be a “tinkerer” around the house and yard; he loved to challenge himself and could fix just about anything.

Charlie will be fondly remembered as a “great guy”, he was easy going, friendly and sociable; he would go out of his way to help anyone, never expecting anything in return. Charlie had a great sense of humor; he enjoyed making people laugh and smile. Charlie was a wonderful family man who loved his family and friends with all his heart and he will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Charlie was the beloved husband of 52 years to Susan J. Duggan (Morris), devoted father of Karen Rizzuti & her husband Joe of Tewksbury and Kim Scott & her husband Paul of Lowell. Loving “Pappi” of Erin Scott, Madison Scott and Phenix Rizzuti. Dear son of the late John “Mike” and Margaret (Howes) Duggan, brother of Catherine Reinold, Mary Bammarito, William Duggan, Michael “Mickey” Duggan all of NH, Margaret Melvin of FL, Grace Carroll, Thomas Duggan both of Wilmington and the late Henry “Hank” Duggan, John Duggan, Francis “PeeWee” Duggan, Eugene “Gene” Duggan, James “Big Jim” Duggan and Joseph Duggan. Charlie is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service on Friday, April 23rd at 12:00 noon in Tewksbury Cemetery, 172 East St., Tewksbury, MA. Masks required due to covid regulations.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlie’s memory may be made to the Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home, 800 W. Cummings Park, Suite 5000, Woburn, MA 01801.

Charles W. “Charley” Vallas

April 18th, 2021

Charles William Vallas, “Charley”, age 68, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 16, 2021.

Charley was born on February 17, 1953 in Peabody, MA; he was the cherished son of Theodore “Ted” and Kay (Lefas) Vallas. Charley was raised and educated in Lynn.

Following graduation, Charley enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on September 23, 1970. He proudly served for almost four years before his honorable discharge on April 30, 1974.

Charley worked as a reliability engineer; he took enormous pride in being part of the IRobot team that field tested the military’s 310 SUGV bomb, which saved many lives overseas.

In his spare time, Charley enjoyed skiing at Killington, VT in the winter and striper fishing in the summer. He was an avid guitar enthusiast who was proud to have played live on stage in the past. He took even more pride in the smiles and laughs on the faces of those who were fortunate enough to have heard one of the many parody songs he had written.

Charley will be remembered for his unique sense of humor and his wittiness. He will be missed but never forgotten by those who knew him best.

Charley was the loving father of Chuck Vallas of Wilmington and Justin Vallas of Dover, dear brother of Basile Vallas of Santa Fe, NM and Mary Kiernan & her husband Al of Venice, FL.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, April 20th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Charley’s name may be made to Local Heroes, PO Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.