Obituaries

Robert W. MacKenzie

May 19th, 2016

Robert W. MacKenzie “Bob”, age 67, of Lowell, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 18, 2016, in Wingate at Belvidere. Bob was born in Lowell on November 18, 1948; he was the dear son of the late Gordon & Harriet (Brown) MacKenzie.

Bob was raised and educated in Wilmington and he worked in the Wilmington Schools for several years. Bob also worked at the Caswell Motel in Tewksbury for more than 30 years.

Bob will be remembered as a quiet guy who kept to himself but he loved sports, horse racing, and going to Rockingham Park in Salem, NH.

Bob was the brother of Thomas and George MacKenzie both of Wilmington, Ted MacKenzie of Salem, NH, Betty Hogan and Jeanie MacKenzie both of California, the late Gordon MacKenzie, Roy MacKenzie, Dotty Paggi and Barbara Ahern. Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Monday, May 23rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

A special thank you goes out to the staff at Wingate at Belvidere in Lowell for your kindness, compassion, and the care that you gave to our brother Bob.

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Timothy M. Brady

May 16th, 2016

Timothy M. Brady, 28, a life-long resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away at his house on Sunday, May 15th, 2016 after a long battle with drug addiction.

Tim was born in Melrose, MA; on April 25, 1988; he was the cherished son of Mark and Patricia (Lomatire) Brady. Tim was raised and educated in Wilmington and involved in youth sports throughout his childhood. Tim loved playing Little League Baseball, Wilmington Pop Warner, and Wildcat Football at Wilmington High School.

Tim was a die-hard Boston sports fan who will always be remembered for his sense of humor and strong love for his family and friends.

Tim is survived by his parents, Mark and Patricia Brady, of Wilmington, MA and his brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Stephanie Brady of Asbury Park, NJ. He is also lucky enough to be survived by a strong and loving family of many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and members of the fellowship.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, May 20th 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 19th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Tim’s family requests that donations can be made to The Hurley House, Inc., P. O. Box 540662, in Waltham, MA, 02454-0662, where Tim was working on his recovery.

Fred L. Ingersoll

May 15th, 2016

Fred L. Ingersoll, age 78, of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 14, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Fred was the devoted father of Michael Ingersoll & wife Brenda of Tewksbury, Robin Enriquez of San Antonio, TX, and Bonnie Kelliher & husband Jimmy of Walpole, Beloved long-time companion of Carol McEleney of Woburn. Loving “Papa” of Caryssa Ingersoll, Derek, Devon, & Liam Kelliher, “Bart” of Jenna & Madison McEleney the grandchildren that grew in his heart. Cherished son of the late Fred and Esther (Wooding) Ingersoll and beloved husband of the late Betty Ann (Lohnes) Ingersoll, dear brother of Judith Milliken & her late husband James of Billerica, Daniel Ingersoll of Tewksbury, and the late James Ingersoll. Fred was also very special to Chris and Kelly McEleney of Woburn and is further survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, May 18th at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 17th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Kim V. (Engdahl) Griffin

May 15th, 2016

Kim V. Griffin (Engdahl), age 40, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on May 14, 2016.

Kim was born in Stoneham, MA, on November 6, 1975; she was the cherished daughter of John and Helen Engdahl. Kim was raised in Wilmington and a graduate of Shawsheen Valley Tech High School with the Class of 1994, where she studied in the health field.

In her early years, Kim, loved to work in the nursing field; she was very caring and comforting to her patients.

Kim married Anthony(Al) Griffin on February 4, 1995. Over the years they became parents to four great kids Kelly, Hannah, Connor, and Daniel. Kim enjoyed being a mom and a homemaker; she was very family oriented and loved being home with her children as well as the many children she took care of throughout the years.

Kim had many talents; she was creative, crafty, and loved to decorate her home. She enjoyed sewing, planting, painting, and was a great cook. Kim took time to look through her many cookbooks to come up with different recipes to make for her family and friends.

Kim will be fondly remembered as a loving mother who was so proud of her children and would do anything for them. Kim’s husband affectionately called her “Momma Love” and that described her perfectly. She was a beloved wife, mom, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, and a dear friend who will forever be missed by all.

Kim was the beloved wife of Al Griffin, devoted mother of Kelly V., Hannah H., Connor J. M., and Daniel Q. Griffin all of Wilmington. Cherished daughter of John A. and Helen F. (McCabe) Engdahl of Wilmington, dear sister of Robin R. Smyth & husband Richard of Inverness, FL, Ernie A. Golisano of York, ME, John T. Engdahl of Narragansett, RI, and Erik A. Engdahl & wife Megan of Chandler, AZ. Daughter-in-law of Maureen Duverger of Keene, NH. Kim is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Thursday, May 19th at 10:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 18th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Kim’s memory may be made to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Dr., Suite 101, Natick, MA 01760.

Marilyn D. (Brown) Deschenes

May 15th, 2016

Marilyn D. Deschenes, age 82, of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 12, 2016 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading.

Marilyn was born on May 16, 1933, in Andover, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Herbert and Marion (Wormwood) Brown.

Marilyn was the beloved wife of Edmund Deschenes with whom she just celebrated their 64th Wedding Anniversary on April 21, 2016. Marilyn was the beloved mother of Donald Deschenes of Manchester, NH, David Deschenes & wife Carolyn of Wilmington, MA, Diann Anastas & husband Robert of Nashua, NH, Daniel Deschenes of Wilmington, MA, William Deschenes & wife Deborah of Wrentham, MA, and the late Doreen Lazdowski, she was the loving Grandmother of 14 Grandchildren and 5 Great-Grandchildren. Marilyn is also survived by her son-in-law Kenneth Lazdowski of Hudson, NH, her brother-in-law Gene Deschenes and his wife Joyce Rinaldi of Burlington, MA. Marilyn was the dear sister of the late Shirley Brown and Bert Brown, and daughter-in-law of the late Edward and Diana (Ouellette) Deschenes.

Marilyn was a long-time resident of Wilmington where her doors were always open for the many foster children she welcomed into her home. Whether it was a long-term foster child or for many others an emergency situation, Marilyn showered them with love and kindness. Marilyn was also a day care provider for countless families throughout the years.

In her spare time, Marilyn enjoyed sewing, crocheting, needlework, and ceramics. She was also known to have a thirst for knowledge and was an AVID reader.

Marilyn was a woman of great faith and a long-time Parishioner of the Wilmington United Methodist Church.

At her request Funeral Services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in Marilyn’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, the VNA of Middlesex East and Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 607 North Ave., Wakefield, MA 01880, or to a Charity of Your Choice.

Wayne K. Wallace

May 13th, 2016

Wayne K. Wallace, age 60, of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Fort Devens, MA and Manchester, NH, died peacefully on April 10, 2016, following a bout of pneumonia.

Wayne was born in Boston, MA on September 2; he was the dear son of the late Joseph and Mary A. (McKenzie) Wallace. Wayne was raised in Somerville, MA, where he attended St. Benedict’s Little Flower School and went on to continue his education at the Somerville Trade High School.

Wayne served in the United States Army and was a member of Post 388 in Somerville. In his early thirties, Wayne moved to Fort Devens, MA where he met Anne McCloud Wallace, his long-time companion.

Wayne loved to play softball with his family and friends; for many years they played at Glen Park and on the Post 388 softball team.

Wayne and Anne moved to Manchester, NH, where Wayne started working in the construction field rehabbing and flipping houses. Wayne enjoyed what he did and became quite good at installing new heating and ventilations systems in various properties. Wayne and Anne had many great times together through the years before she became ill with cancer and passed away.

While in Manchester, Wayne also tried his hand in investing in the bar and restaurant business; this is where he met Bernice “Bunny” Douglas. Wayne and Bunny became very close and the couple moved to Port Charlotte, Florida several years ago.

Wayne leaves behind two children, his dearest daughter Stacey Wallace of Manchester N.H. and his son Kenny. He is grandfather to Joseph, James, and Nicole. He also leaves his beloved Companion Bernice “Bunny” Douglas of Port Charlotte, FL, he was the dear brother of Cheryl Diabo, Caroline Weilcher, and John Wallace all of Manchester, NH, and William Wallace & wife Teresa of Wilmington. Wayne is also survived by many nieces and nephews and was pre-deceased by a long-time friend Anne McCloud Wallace.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, May 21st for Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 12:30 p.m.

Ellen (Casey) Bassett

May 11th, 2016

Ellen A. Bassett (Casey), age 42, of North Reading, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on May 7, 2016, while on vacation in Aruba.

Ellen was born on November 20, 1973, in Winchester, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Joseph and Alice Casey. Ellen was raised in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1991.

Ellen married her beloved husband and best friend, Charles “C.J.” Bassett and the couple shared many special times throughout the years with family and friends. Ellen and C.J. became parents with the birth of their son Ryan and their world became even more enriched; Ryan was the center of their world and Ellen cherished being a “mom”. Ellen was not only a devoted wife and mother but also a wonderful homemaker; her door was always open to family and friends and she truly enjoyed being a “caretaker” to anyone who needed some extra love in their life.

Ellen was known to be an “adventurer”; she loved to travel to new places and meet new people; she was always very friendly and kind to everyone. Ellen’s travels took her near and far; some of her special places included Newburyport, Rockport, Bar Harbor, Wells Maine, Ireland and Aruba, she loved to walk along the ocean and enjoy the shoreline. Always a kid at heart, Ellen also looked forward to the Disney World trips with her family and friends; these were some great vacations that will be treasured for years to come.

Ellen will be fondly remembered for her love of children; she was a wonderful “Auntie” to her nieces and nephews as well as her friend’s children. Ellen enjoyed the innocence of children and she always showered them with unconditional love. Ellen loved her family and friends with all her heart; she was kind, caring, dependable, and would do anything for them.

Ellen will forever be in the hearts and minds of all that knew and loved her.

Ellen was the beloved wife of Charles J. Bassett, devoted mother of Ryan C. Bassett and his girlfriend Mia Griffin all of North Reading, cherished daughter of Joseph P. and Alice J. (Hudson) Casey of Wilmington, dear sister of Patrick Casey of North Andover, Cheryl Welch & husband Brad of North Reading, Joseph Casey and his fiancé Mary Adcock of Columbus, OH, and Sean Casey & wife Christine of Wilmington. Loving Aunt of Nicole, Brad, & Andrew Welch and MacKenzie, Sadie, and the late Madison Casey. Daughter-in-law of Charles and Joyce Bassett, sister-in-law of Craig Bassett all of Lynn. Ellen is also survived by Alyssa and Lillian Murphy with whom she shared a special relationship as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends .

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, May 15th for Visitation from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Ellen’s Funeral Service will be held at the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Monday, May 16th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Ellen’s name may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of New England, 335 Main St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

David D. Getty

May 4th, 2016

David D. Getty, age 50, of Wilmington, passed away on May 3rd, 2016. Born in Winchester on October 7th, 1965, David was the second child of Dorothy (Bernardi) and Kenneth Getty. Dave grew up in Wilmington and attended Wilmington Public Schools. He was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1984. After high school, Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Lowell. David was a member of the Teamsters Union, driving a truck for many years. He was currently enrolled as a full-time student at the Northern Essex Community College pursuing a career as a Radiology Technician.

Dave married the love of his life, Lubelia Goncalves, on May 21st, 1994. Dave and Lu resided in Woburn for 9 years before purchasing their home in Wilmington. The couple welcomed their daughter, Sienna, into the world in 2007. Sienna was the light of Dave’s life; they would play for hours together, he was like a big kid around her. The family liked to travel and vacation together. They enjoyed many trips throughout the years, most recently spending Christmas in Hawaii.

Dave enjoyed going to concerts and loved sports. He liked to watch hockey and baseball especially. One of his favorite things though, was his motorcycle, he loved to ride. He also loved to bike on trails in and around his neighborhood. Dave was kind, generous and loving to everyone he met and had a way of making everyone feel special. He had a calming presence about him that helped his wife stay calm, which was usually often. Dave was great with his in-laws, helping Lu’s parents with whatever they needed. Dave was a caring and loving husband, father, son, brother and friend to many and will truly be missed.

Dave was the beloved husband of Lubelia Goncalves-Getty of Wilmington. He was the devoted father of Sienna Getty of Wilmington. He was the cherished son of Dorothy & the late Kenneth Getty of Wilmington. Dave was the dear brother of Mark Getty & his wife Debra of Pelham, NH. He was the son-in-law of Rolando & Maria Goncalves of Woburn. Dave was the brother-in-law of Roland Goncalves & his wife Jeanne of Lakeville, Carlos Goncalves & his wife Lenore of San Diego and Nelson Goncalves & his wife Maria of Wilmington. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62) Wilmington, on Monday, May 9th, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central St. Stoneham, at 10:00 a.m.. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, May 8th, from 2-6 p.m. Memorial donations in Dave’s name can be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Robyn L. Nadeau-Flynn

May 4th, 2016

Robyn L. Nadeau-Flynn (Evans), age 60, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 4, 2016, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Robyn was born on July 31, 1955 in Lynn, MA; she was the cherished only child of the late Everett and Marjorie (Blood) Evans. Robyn was raised and educated in Saugus, MA and a graduate of Saugus High School with the Class of 1973.

Robyn moved to Wilmington in 1982 where she raised three wonderful children Michael, Melissa, and Kimberly. Robyn was a very devoted mother; she was involved in everything her children did and was always proud of their accomplishments.

Robyn was a hard worker, for more than 10 years she worked at Massbank in Wilmington; through her dedication and customer service skills she earned many promotions and retired from the bank in 1997 as a bank officer.

In 1997, Robyn followed her dreams and embarked on a new career as a florist buying Main Street Florist at Wilmington Plaza. Robyn loved flowers and had a creative knack for designing; she made countless beautiful arrangements throughout the years. After a few years at the Plaza, Robyn re-located her floral business to the Lucci’s Plaza and re-named it All Seasons Florist. Robyn worked tirelessly through the years and finally retired in 2009 to become a “Professional Grandmother”; a job she cherished.

Robyn took on the role as a caretaker for her grandchildren; they were the center of her universe and the light of her life. Robyn loved them unconditionally and thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow and develop into wonderful little people with big personalities.

For the past year, Robyn went back into the workforce taking a position at the CPA firm Flaherty & Company in North Andover; she truly enjoyed her job and co-workers who will miss her dearly.

Robyn had many talents, sewing, pillow making, decorating, and she could do just about every craft imaginable. In her spare time, Robyn also enjoyed going to the beach, lobster dinners, shopping, especially on Black Friday, and sitting down to a good cup of tea with her family or a friend.

Robyn’s love and devotion to her family and friends was always foremost in her life; she was a very devoted mother, grandmother, daughter, and a true friend to many. Robyn will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Robyn was the devoted mother of Michael Nadeau & wife Kristine and Melissa Moreira & husband Steve all of Billerica, and Kimberly Nadeau of Tewksbury. Loving grandmother of Emilie, Lilianna, & Michael Nadeau Jr., Aubrey, Haylee, Ava & Landon Moreira, and Kylie Guida. Cherished daughter of the late Everett and Marjorie (Blood) Evans. Robyn is also survived by her partner Brian Hurley of Tewksbury, her former husband Gerald Nadeau of Falmouth, as well as many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Service on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, May 6th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Robyn’s memory may be made to the American Stroke Association, National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

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.