Obituaries

A. George Kashian

September 12th, 2020

A. George Kashian, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on September 8, 2020.

George was the beloved husband of Seiglinde “Linda” (Trossehl) Kashian, devoted father of Steven Kashian of Florida, Russell Kashian of California and Thomas Kashian of Lynn. Loving “Grampa” of Lukas Kashian, dear son of the late Armand and Helen (Nakashian) Kashian.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, September 17th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon followed by a Graveside Service with Military Honors at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, at 12:30 p.m.

George proudly served in the United States Army during during the Vietnam War.

He was a senior credit analyst for the Bank of Boston for more than 35 years. He was a member of the Wilmington Kiwanis Club and the Friendship Lodge of Masons in Wilmington. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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Helen B. (Benner) Tadgell

September 11th, 2020

Helen B. (Benner) Tadgell, age 93, of Wilmington, passed away on September 3rd, 2020.  Helen enjoyed her time being at home reading, painting, cooking, baking, and gardening. She also enjoyed traveling and visiting historic destinations, but was always glad to return home to New England, her favorite place.

Helen was the beloved wife of the late Robert “Bob” Tadgell.  She was the loving mother of Heather Tadgell Rollo & her partner Bruce Rossi of Wilmington, MA and Robert Tadgell, Jr. & his partner Richard Pumfrey of Holderness, NH and Key West, FL.  Dear “Nana” of Lindsay & Cameron Anderson of Vermontville, NY and Allison & Christopher McCarthy of Middleboro, MA.  Helen was the cherished daughter of Herbert and Jean (Bell) Benner.  She is also predeceased by several in-laws and is survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

All funeral services will be held privately.

Memorial donations in Helen’s name can be made to the Friends of the Wilmington Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887, or St. Jude’s Hospital.

Arrangements under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc.

John E. Hubbard

September 7th, 2020

John E. Hubbard, “Hub”, age 78, of Haverhill, formerly a long-time resident of Reading, passed away peacefully on September 4th, 2020, surrounded by his beloved wife of 62 years and his three daughters.

John was born in Melrose on June 13, 1942 and spent his earlier childhood in Delaware before returning to Reading where he graduated from Reading Memorial High School. John and Donna married in 1964 and resided in Reading for over 40 years raising their daughters.

Since the age of 17, John spent every summer at East Shore Beach on Long Lake in Naples, Maine. While there, he was adored by his “camp friends” and had a passion for organizing and hosting many cookouts and events, including his beloved horseshoe tournament on July 4th and Labor Day. Later on, John spent many years at Crooked River and lastly ended up on Brandy Pond where he enjoyed driving the Pontoon boat and sitting on the deck overlooking the water reminiscing with Bob.

John was a devoted family man and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He always had a creative mind making up games, pirate adventures, and building tracks to race matchbox cars. He enjoyed taking them to the arcade so they could come home with a plethora of prizes, and playing board and card games. He cherished and looked forward to each and every moment with his grandchildren who truly adored him.

John was a master jeweler who designed and created beautiful pieces for people including his wife, daughters, and family. He was always good with his hands, and loved to build models, small pieces of furniture, and other woodworking crafts. Hub was an excellent cook and was known for his “World Famous” chicken wings and ribs. He was always called upon to carve the turkey and ham while celebrating the holidays with his family. Hub also enjoyed playing and being a part of softball and bowling leagues, attending weekly bridge games with his friends, playing horseshoes, dining at the Newbridge Cafe and travelling to Las Vegas with his wife.

John was the cherished husband of Donna (Amirault) Hubbard of Haverhill. He was the loving father of Nicole Houldcroft and her husband John of Methuen, Tracy Devine and her husband Patrick of Townsend, Jennifer Rabuffo and her husband Michael of Norwell and his special niece Kristin Charlton and her husband Eddie of Mansfield. John was the beloved “Grampy” of Bradley and Hunter Andrews, Sydney and Campbell Devine and Trey and Bayleigh Rabuffo. He was the son of the late Frank “Shorty” and Mary (Gerade) Dinsmore and son-in-law of the late Phyllis and Jack Campbell. He was the beloved brother-in-law of Jeanette Norton and her husband George of the Villages, FL, Phyllis Shelley and her husband Robert Dufresne of Mansfield, Joyce Nicoletti and her husband Michael of Antioch, TN, Jack Campbell and his wife Daryl of Lowell and Jeff Campbell and his wife Karen of Billerica. He is also survived by many other nieces and nephews. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother-law, and uncle who impacted the lives of everyone who knew him.

Family and friends will gather for visiting hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Avenue, (Rt 62), in Wilmington, on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, from 2-5 p.m. Face coverings are required in the funeral home.

Memorial donations can be made in John’s memory to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005 or to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

Trooper 1st Class Thomas W. Devlin, MSP

September 5th, 2020

Thomas William Devlin, Massachusetts State Trooper 1st Class, of Wilmington, passed away at his home on September 3, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born December 18, 1961 in Boston, and was raised in Lexington, the youngest of seven children. He was a member of the 66th RTT graduating from the State Police Academy on December 6, 1985.

Tom trained with SP Grafton and went on to patrol SP Weston, SP Framingham, and SP Andover. His last assignment was with SP Concord. Throughout his career, he patrolled every highway and secondary roadway in Eastern Massachusetts. Tom earned the Medal of Lifesaving in 1999, State Police Troop Commendation in 2004, and the State Police Division Commendation in 2015. While serving the citizens of the Commonwealth, Tom sustained injuries in the line of duty on July 26, 2018. On September 3, 2020, he succumbed to those injuries.

An illustrious 35-year career with the Massachusetts State Police is why most know Thomas Devlin’s name. During these 35 years, he was responsible for saving multiple lives, and has received countless accolades and honors to commend his performance. However, as close friends and family know, his job was far from the top of the list of reasons why he was an incredible man of God, husband, father, and citizen. Tommy, as he was affectionately called, was the model of selflessness and sacrifice. He would willingly and generously give endless time, money, and resources to those that he loved, without ever asking for anything in return. His days revolved around time with family, despite a typical work schedule of 60-70 hours a week. He adored his wife of 27 years, Nancy, and loved nothing more than to spend time with her in the home that they built together over the years. They shared this space with their four children Matthew, Rachel, Paul, Hannah, and fully embraced the chaos that a big family brings. Time spent there took the form of doing the things that he loved with the people he loved, including chopping firewood out back behind his house, watching movies with his boys, snuggling with his dog Sheena, listening to Mumford and Sons, and sitting on his favorite recliner on the porch. None of these activities were without laughter, and Tom loved to laugh. He had a smile that is impossible to forget and found joy in making others laugh as well, even if by way of a “dad joke.” His sense of humor was one of his best qualities and helped to carry him through whatever life would throw at him. This remained constant even after he was hit on the highway on July 26, 2018.

Tom was conducting a routine traffic stop at the end of his patrol shift on Route 3 in Billerica when he was struck by a motorist who had failed to move over and eventually drifted to pin him against the car he had pulled over. He suffered numerous injuries internally and externally, and over the course of the past two years, had undergone six major surgeries to attempt to reconcile them. Tom leaned heavily on his family during this time as well as his strong faith in God. He encouraged those around him to do the same and was constantly pointing others back to their Creator. His life became a testament to faithfulness and mercy, and he remained meek in the face of great pain. Never once complaining or feeling sorry for himself, he took everything in great stride, and quickly gained the respect of every doctor or medical staff he came in contact with. His kindness and gentleness were apparent a mile away, and he became a favorite patient everywhere he went.

Eventually, Tom’s body tired of the surgeries and constant battle to regain health. He returned home to spend his last days with the people he loved the most in the place he loved the most. Surrounded by his four beautiful children and devoted wife, Thomas Devlin passed on Thursday, September 3rd. It was fitting that the house he had built on peace and safety was where he found both of those things at last.

His family is devastated by the senseless loss but finds solace in the fact that he is no longer in pain and has been fully healed by the loving hands of Christ. The outpouring of support and stories from those who had met Tom over the years inspires them to keep his legacy alive by mirroring everything that made him who he was; to work hard without seeking recognition, place others before yourself, and lead with a quiet spirit that will leave a lasting impression. His smile, laughter, and character will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to experience them. Above all else, he was an incredible husband, father, brother, uncle, and son; kind, resourceful, patient, driven, and dedicated. His formidable career on the Massachusetts State Police reflected each of these traits all the more.

Tom was the beloved husband and best friend of Nancy Elaine (Peterson) Devlin, devoted father of Matthew William Devlin, Rachel Claire Devlin, Paul Thomas Devlin and Hannah Elaine Devlin, all of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late Paul V. and the late Mary B. (Melly) Devlin. Devoted brother of Paul Devlin of Lexington, Mary Fredrickson & husband Peter of South Weymouth, Eileen MacPherson & husband Keith of Waltham, Kathleen Devlin of Wells, ME, Patricia Puopolo husband Francis of Georgetown, and Lt. James Devlin, MSP of Worcester. Treasured brother-in-law of Stephen & Jeanne Peterson, Robert & Carla Peterson, James & Kimberly Peterson, Cynthia & Kevin Kilday, all of Wilmington, and Michael & Susan Peterson of Westford. Tom is further survived by scores of nieces, nephews, friends, and fellow troopers and police officers who adored him.

Family and friends are invited to Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte.62), Wilmington on Thursday, September 10th from 4:00-8:00 P.M. A Celebration of Trooper Thomas Devlin’s life will take place on Friday, September 11th at noon on the Wilmington High School Field, Wildwood Street, Wilmington. Interment follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Trooper Thomas Devlin’s memory to Home Improvement Ministries (H.I.M.), 213 Burlington Road #101-B, Bedford, MA 01730, https://himweb.org/donate, an organization close to Tom’s heart. Those who wish to donate to the Devlin Family Foundation, or to the Trooper Thomas W. Devlin Memorial Scholarship to benefit graduating Wilmington resident seniors who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement, may send their donation to the care of James Peterson, 314 Main Street, Suite 104, Wilmington, MA 01887, https://trooperdevlinscholarship.org.

Alison M. O’Neil

September 2nd, 2020

Alison M. O’Neil, age 42, a life-long resident of Stoneham, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Alison was born on October 13, 1977, in Melrose, MA; she was raised in Stoneham and was part of a large and loving family. Alison attended Stoneham Public School and was a graduate of Stoneham High School with the Class of 1996.

Alison’s family was her world; she loved to surprise them with gifts, trips or something special just to see them smile and make them so happy. Alison was a wonderful daughter, sister and auntie but her greatest role was “Mom” to her two beautiful children Andrew and Caera. They were the light of her life, her side kicks and her reason for living; she just adored them with all her heart. Alison was the first to get involved and help anyone in the family; if you needed something she was right there, if you hurt she hurt right along with you and she made it her business to keep track and make sure everyone was alright. She was the “Keeper of the Family” in every sense.

Alison was always upbeat and positive; she loved to have fun. Alison enjoyed listening to her Country Music, she liked going to the beach, fishing and was in awe of Nature and all the beauty it provided. She looked forward to heading out on her road trips especially to Tennessee to visit family, her trips to the Casino and her occasional scratch tickets just to try “her luck”. Alison’s daily adventures included her trips to Dunkin’s for coffee with her friends just to socialize and catch up and her shopping trips and long walks with her “other half” Caera.

Alison was “one of a kind” with a larger than life personality, a beautiful heart and a zest for life. She was a “social butterfly” who knew everyone by name and had the ability to make everyone around her feel special. Alison was a CNA and home health aide by trade but her ability to care for others went way beyond that; she was truly a guardian angel to many. Alison went out of her way to do for others; she was never judgmental and showered everyone with unconditional love and affection.
Alison was a beautiful person inside and out; she was so loved and will forever be missed.

Alison was the devoted mother of Andrew and Caera O’Neil both of Stoneham, cherished daughter of Janis (Iovanna) Hall and the late Albert Hall of Stoneham, she was the beloved sister of Melissa Hall and George Jackson of North Andover, Pam Meuse and husband Steve of Methuen and Sheila Hall of Stoneham. Loving “Auntie” of Amanda, Matt, Clay, Nick, Adam, Samantha, Emily, Ben and “Great Auntie” of Sean Patrick, Adrianna, Savannah, Stetson, Grace and Greyson. Alison 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, MA. for Visiting Hours on Friday, September 4th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Alison’s Life at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Alison’s memory to the Susan G. Komen to help fight Breast Cancer, P. O. Box 127, Newton, MA 02468. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Evelyn T. (Flynn) Burke

September 2nd, 2020

Evelyn T. (Flynn) Burke, age 94, a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2020.

Evelyn was the beloved wife of the late James E. Burke, devoted mother of James Burke & wife Kelli of Littleton, MA, Christopher Burke of Everett, PA, Kathleen Lyons & husband Gerald of North Chelmsford, MA and Joseph Burke & wife Mary of Phoenix, AZ. Loving “Grammy” of Brendan & Kevin Burke, Emma & Connor Burke, Jennifer, James & Patrick Lyons and Alyssa & Evan Burke, cherished daughter of the late Arthur and Frances (Regan) Flynn, dear sister of the late Virginia O’Leary, William, Walter and Arthur Flynn. Evelyn is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave.,Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, September 5th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Masks are required to be worn while in Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to Boston Children’s Hospital in Memory of Evelyn Burke. Contributions can be made at bostonchildrens.org/give now or a check payable to Boston Children’s Hospital may be mailed to: Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive Suite 602, Boston, MA 02115-5301. Please include “Evelyn Burke” in the memo line.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

Gerard Forgett, Sr.

August 27th, 2020

Gerard Forgett, Sr., age 73, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on August 26, 2020.

Gerard was born on July 14, 1947 in Cambridge, MA; he was the son of the late Arthur E. and Eileen (Sullivan) Forgett. Gerard was raised in Cambridge, MA and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. Following graduation, Gerard attended Lydon State College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. After entering the workforce, Gerard returned to school and earned his master’s degree from Northeastern University.

Gerard worked in human resources for several departments in the federal government.

Gerard married Mary Elizabeth (Osgood) on May 26, 1973. The couple moved to Wilmington in 1975, where they raised their three children, Gerard, Jr., Jaime and Kevin. They enjoyed many family memories such as holidays and trips.

Gerard was involved with the community. He was well-known for his commitment and dedication to the Wilmington Recreation Basketball Program for over twenty years. Gerard volunteered countless hours organizing schedules, uniforms, and gymnasiums, but his focus was to teach the kids how to play basketball. Gerard was respected by the players, parents, and coaches.

In his spare time, Gerard enjoyed golfing and played basketball into his sixties.

Gerard will be remembered as a loving husband, father and “Papa”. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Gerard was the beloved husband of Mary Elizabeth (Osgood) Forgett, devoted father of Gerard Forgett, Jr. & his wife Stephanie, Jaime Pickles & her husband John all of Methuen and Kevin Forgett & his wife Emily of Denver, CO, loving “Papa” of Hailee, Courtnee, Thomas, Ryan, Annie and Caroline, cherished son of the late Arthur E. and Eileen (Sullivan) Forgett, dear brother of Lawrence “Lonnie” Forgett & his wife Helen of Boston and the late Arthur Forgett & his wife Carol of Woburn. Gerard is also survived by his brother-in-law Paul Osgood of Lynn, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Monday, August 31st from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Graveside Funeral Service will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Tuesday, September 1st at 10:00 a.m. All guests are required to wear masks in the Funeral Home.

Memorial donations in Gerard’s name may be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

William “Billy” Joseph Heimlich

August 26th, 2020

William “Billy” Joseph Heimlich of West Dennis, formerly of Woburn, died peacefully at his adored home “Elmwood” surrounded by his family on August 22, 2020.

He is the beloved husband of Joan (Tracy) Heimlich and father of five daughters: Jayne (Mark) Conroy of West Dennis; Beth (David) Smith of Wellesley; Julie (Robert) Kiely of Ipswich; Jennifer (Thomas) Conaty of Wilmington, DE; and Ellyn (Robert) Hurd of Marion. He was the proud grandfather of Mildred Conroy, Eli Smith, Eleanor Conroy, Asa Smith, June Kiely, Louise Conaty, Ian Smith, Joan Kiely, Veronica Smith, William “Will” Hurd, Thomas Conaty V, Peter Hurd II, and Frederick “Fritz” Conaty. He was the son of the late Wilhelm Friedrich and Hedwig (Scholz) Heimlich, brother of the late Alexander Heimlich, Oscar Heimlich and Gertrude Uzdavinis.

Billy was born on June 13, 1931 in Woburn, MA attending Saint Charles Borromeo grade school and graduating from Woburn High School. He was a stand-out athlete, and in 1947 was named by the Boston Post, Boston Globe and Boston Traveler to each of their All-Scholastic Football teams. He was also a member of the Massachusetts All Stars Football Team, the Boston Suburban All Stars Football Team and the Boston Globe’s All Class Team. He was inducted into the Woburn High Athletic Hall of Fame. He continued his academic and football career at Kimball Union Academy. He adored his time at Kimball Union. He went on to play football at Georgia Tech, Boston University, and ultimately graduating from Lowell Technical Institute with an engineering degree.

His engineering career was focused on the leather industry and he knew the ins and outs of every tannery in the USA. He was Head Engineer for Murray Leather, John J. Riley Company, and Woburn Machine Co. He also owned and operated Hjorth Lathe and Tool Company. He continued his career at his firm Heimlich Engineering, which allowed him to see and repair the world working and living in China, Bangladesh, Haiti, Mali, Columbia, and Mexico to name a few.

On June 29, 1957 he married the love of his life Joan Tracy and they recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Together they had five daughters over the next 20 years. He never missed an opportunity to refer to them as his “five beautiful daughters”. No matter how hard or dirty a job, Bill expected his daughters to pitch in and get it done. Together with Joan, they prioritized education and made many sacrifices to provide the best education to their daughters and grandchildren. Bill was also a former member of the Woburn Board of Aldermen, and a member and past President of the Woburn Kiwanis.

In 1968 he personally built a family cottage in West Dennis, Cape Cod. This decision was one of his best and cemented his love for Cape Cod. He joined the West Dennis Yacht Club (WDYC) where his family learned to sail on their Beetle Cat “Blitz Strahl” (WD100). He volunteered countless hours to the club, serving in every elected capacity including Commodore in 1979. His Steak Barbecue held every August was the hit of the summer. His WDYC friends were family.

In 1982, he purchased his adored property “Elmwood” on Grand Cove. This was a special place for him and over the years it became a family compound as his daughters purchased adjoining properties. He was a visionary gardener and spent countless hours tending to his infamous hedge, sprinkler system and roses. He hosted all five of his daughters’ wedding receptions and many more elaborate parties, including his annual and notorious Cape Cod clambake and his October Pig Roast.

Billy was an inventor, an engineer and an insatiable seeker of knowledge. He was a true Renaissance man. His curiosity was epic and he had an impressive aptitude for solving problems big and small. In the 1960s, he built a rope tow and an electronic race timer for a small ski hill in Woburn MA, so that children in the community could learn to ski and compete. In the 1970s, he received a call by a complete stranger in the middle of the night to fix the failed tank pumps at the New England Aquarium. He didn’t hesitate. Not only did he save the sea life at the aquarium, he brought along his school age daughters because he never missed an opportunity for them to learn. If a machine broke at a tannery anywhere in the world, chances are Bill Heimlich would be called in to fix it.

His work ethic was unparalleled and his physical strength superhuman. His most exceptional talent was connecting with people and forging lifelong trusted friendships throughout the world. He was the man who understood how everything worked and could design, build, and rebuild anything. Even in later years, he couldn’t be stopped. His golf cart had no boundaries and it was always welcome. Everyone wanted just a piece of his vast knowledge. He treated everyone with respect and no one was beneath him. He loved to ask questions. He was a champion of gender equality, was never afraid to speak his mind, including his strong political opinions, and he loved a good argument. He was a risk taker and fearless. He tirelessly taught his five daughters and thirteen grandchildren these values.

Above all, Billy was a giver. He would always accept a challenge to take on seemingly impossible tasks and find creative solutions. He never discussed how he helped others but you would always hear stories of his selfless acts. As a young boy in Woburn, he risked his life by running into the burning Greek Orthodox Church to save the contents of the tabernacle. He had a rare form of blood and was a lifelong blood donor. And he always made the most of his work travels. If he happened to be in a city or town where one of his friends’ aging parents lived, he would always drop by for a visit. He was a weekly food donor to homeless shelters across New England. If something needed doing, he just did it.

In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks that you carry forward Billy’s greatest gifts – cherish your family and friends, always think before you speak, open your home to all, strive to understand how things work, appreciate the wonder of our world, and drink a Moxie. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Stephen P. Cail

August 23rd, 2020

Stephen P. Cail, age 76, of Dunstable, MA, passed away in his home after a long illness on August 19, 2020 with his wife of 56 years, Joyce Roberta (Randell) Cail by his side.

Stephen was born on June 27, 1944 in Boston, MA and raised in Wilmington, MA. He married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Roberta Randell, also of Wilmington, MA on January 25, 1964. He was devoted to his family throughout his life. Stephen leaves behind his wife Joyce and his daughters, Sheila and Samantha. He will be missed by his extended family, Robert and Jane Palmer of Wilmington, Carol Munroe of Dunstable, brothers Paul and George Cail of Naples and Smithfield Maine, his aunt Ruth Watson of Tewksbury, MA, and his aunt and uncle Connie and George Turner of Sanford, Maine, and many nieces and nephews.

He is pre-deceased by his parents, Harold and June Cail, grandparents Ernest and Mary Cail of Clarke Street Wilmington, and brother-in-law, George Munroe.

He enjoyed poker, cribbage, his ride around lawn mower and walks with his dogs, Sonny, Roland and Ruby. He followed all the New England sports teams but was an especially enthusiastic fan of the Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. He played ball with the Wilmington men’s league for many years. He loved camping and crowded days at the beach.

Stephen spent his entire working career at Charles River Breeding Laboratories in Wilmington, MA. He began in 1963 as a barrier room technician and during 38 years of hard work and dedication, he steadily advanced within the company until he became the North American production manager. Health issues ultimately forced him into retirement.

In 2005 Stephen was the recipient of a heart transplant. The transplant team at Tufts Medical Center managed his care for 15 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the transplant team at Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02111 in Stephen’s memory:

https://www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/Giving-Support/Give/Tribute-and-Memorial-Giving

There will be a private service to lay Stephen to rest at Central Cemetery in Dunstable, MA.

Donald A. Ahern

August 23rd, 2020

Donald A. Ahern, of Port St. Lucie, FL, formerly of Wilmington, passed peacefully on Sunday, April 12, 2020.

Don was born on October 24, 1936 in Charlestown, MA; he was the son of the late Arthur and Gertrude (Murphy) Ahern.

Following graduation from high school, Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on January 5, 1954. He served during the Korean conflict for more than two years. On December 20, 1956, Don was honorably discharged and returned home to his family.

In 1969, Don joined the Wilmington, MA Fire Department and served as Firefighter and EMT for 27 years until his retirement. He was also a member of the American Legion in Wilmington.

Don had many interests and hobbies. He loved music and was an accomplished accordion player. Don loved to dance and earned the name the “Silver Fox ” on the dance floor. He enjoyed reading, stone polishing, artifact collecting & playing chess. Don was passionate about using a metal detector and enjoyed walking the beach.

In 2005, Don and his wife built a home and moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Don was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather (Papa). His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. Don always had a smile for everyone.

Don will be missed by his wife of 58 years, Maureen and their three children, Donald J. Ahern of Port St. Lucie, FL, Kerry White of Townsend, MA, Erin Ahern of Chelmsford, MA; his 5 grandchildren, Cody, Dalton, Chantal, Candace and Katrina ; his great grandchildren Christopher, Elijah and Isabella.

Don will be missed by his “in law” family, Mort McGrath (Jean), Nuala Dacey (Bob), Carolyn Laughlin and Marilyn Ahern and his many nieces and nephews.

Don was predeceased by his brother Arthur (Bud) Ahern.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service with Military Honors at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA on Thursday, September 10th at 1:00 p.m.