Obituaries

Gerald S. White, Sr.

July 24th, 2016

Gerald S. White, Sr., age 81, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by his loving family on July 24, 2016.

Gerald was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (Boylen) White and Roberta (Plourde) Hare White, devoted father of Gerald S. White, Jr. and Mary L. Crossley & her husband Wayne Pedersen, loving “Grampie” of Morgan Cleary and Corrie Doe & her husband Michael, Great-Grampie of Brayden Doe, cherished son of the late William F. and Marjory F. (Merlin) White, dear brother of Franklin White, Marjory Delory, Suzanne Mackey, the late Cynthia Lloyd, Robert, James, Donald and William White. Gerald is also survived by Melvin Hare and James Hare, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, July 27th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 26th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Gerald’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

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Albert G. Berian

July 22nd, 2016

Albert G. Berian, age 96, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington and Reading, passed away on July 16, 2016. Albert was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy T. (Pineau) Berian, devoted father of Gail Boutiette of Tewksbury, Gary Berian of Fox Run, Vermont, Gerry Berian of Marblehead, Paul Berian of Tewksbury, Sharon Sullivan of Wilmington, and the late George Berberian of Middleton. Loving grandfather of 12 great grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Monday, July 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. followed by a remembrance service at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Albert’s memory may be made to the Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA 01876.

Norine (Kendall) Melander

July 20th, 2016

Norine (Kendall) Melander, of Woburn, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on July 19, 2016 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers; she was 76 year old.

Norine was born on May 7, 1940, in Winchester, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Joseph and Marjorie Kendall. Norine was raised in Wilmington and enjoyed many summers at Silver Lake with her family and friends. Norine attended Wilmington Public Schools and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1958.

Norine lived in Tewksbury for a few years before moving to Woburn more than 43 years ago where she raised her family. Norine was always a hard worker; for many years she worked at Sweetheart Plastics in Wilmington and when she moved to Woburn she went to work for the Woburn School Department in the Cafeteria. Norine loved to cook for the kids and was always watching out for them; whether they had food allergies or not enough lunch money she always took care of their needs.

During the summers, Norine took her family to “The Cottage”" in Manomet where they enjoyed the beach and had many great times together throughout the years. Norine also worked during her summers as a chamber maid at the Blue Spruce Motel and the Pilgrim Sands Motel; always taking pride in everything she did.

Norine’s family always came first in her life; she was a very devoted companion to her “Sal” for over 40 years and her unconditional love for her children and grandchildren was evident in everything she did. Norine’s home always had an “open door” policy whether it was entertaining a crowd of people and cooking up a storm or “hanging out” with her family on Friday Pizza Nights, which she handmade every pizza by hand; or had chip and dip out; she made everyone feel welcome. Norine was the type of person who could know you for a day or her whole life and you would become part of her family. Norine loved her children’s friends as her own; she wanted to know what everyone was up to and what was going on in the neighborhood so that she knew everyone was safe.

Norine will be remembered as a great lady; she was boisterous and lively but had a huge heart and would do anything to help anyone. Norine will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Norine was the beloved companion of 40 years to the late Salvatore Constantino, devoted mother of Joseph S.Constantino, Deborah Cammarata & husband Jason all of Woburn, Dorothy Finlay & husband Russell of Manomet, MA, Steven Constantino & wife Ann of Merrimack, MA, Marie Pelton & husband Anthony of Taunton, and Lisa Bell & husband Andrew of Haverhill. Loving Nana/Neena of Joey, Jr., Devon, Olivia, Michelle, Tommy, Joseph, Kylie, Bobby, Doug, Steven, Jr., Caroline, Andrew, Jr. and Nicholas, and 6 Great-grandchildren. Cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Marjorie (Nary) Kendall, dear sister of Deborah Delle Donne of York, ME, Dorothy O’Donnell & husband Paul of Wilmington, the late William (Billy) Kendall, the late Joseph Kendall Jr., and Doris Dunn of Virginia. Norine is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and was very special to Cameron Sickles and her many friends that she thought of as family.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, July 25th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte.38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, July 24th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Norine’s name may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, c/o Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

Carolyn R. (Evans) Peters

July 18th, 2016


Carolyn R. Peters (Evans), age 76, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on July 17, 2016.

Carolyn was born on April 1, 1940 in Lebanon, New Hampshire; she was the cherished daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Evans. As a young girl, Carolyn, moved with her family to Lynnfield, Massachusetts, where she was raised and educated. Carolyn was a graduate of Wakefield High School with the Class of 1959.

On October 31, 1959, Carolyn married her “sweetheart” and best friend Gerald Peters; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1960 where they raised their family. Carolyn was known to be a “homebody” who enjoyed making a nice home for her family. She was also a very devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who cherished the time she spent with her family and friends. Carolyn and Gerry along with their family shared many great years together before his passing in June of 2002.

In her spare time, Carolyn loved to take care of her plants, do puzzles, and play cards; especially cribbage and uno.

Carolyn will be fondly remembered as a sweet lady, very kind and helpful; she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Carolyn was the beloved wife of the late Gerald L. Peters, devoted mother of Debbi Hanlon & her husband Michael of Merrimack, NH, Dave Peters and his wife Pam of Dracut, and Scott Peters and his wife Susan of Exeter, RI. Loving “Nana” of Elisha, Michael, and Bryan Hanlon of Merrimack, NH, Rachel, Angela, Joshua, and Jacob Peters of Dracut, and Haylee Peters of Exeter, RI. Dear daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Carter) Evans, sister of Alita Grace of Plainfield, NH, the late William Evans, and Evelyn Joyce. Carolyn is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, July 21st 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Carolyn’s memory may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

David P. Sweet

July 17th, 2016

David Paul Sweet, age 27, of Billerica, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on July 14, 2016.

Dave was born on July 11, 1989 in Winchester, MA; he was the cherished son of David J. Sweet of Tewksbury, formerly of Stoneham and Barbara E. Chirone of Billerica.

Dave was raised and educated in the Wilmington Public School System. He was also a recent graduate of the HVAC program at the Porter and Chester Institute in Woburn, MA.

Dave was a huge sports fan; he played hockey for most of his life. He also played soccer and football in his younger years. Dave enjoyed watching all sporting events with his family and friends, especially Nascar.

Dave will be remembered as a loving, caring and generous person. He had a very special bond with his mother, who he placed on a pedestal and could count on for anything. Dave also shared a very special friendship with his sister, Emma.

Dave will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

David is the cherished son of David Sweet and Barbara Chirone and her companion, Bob Young of Billerica, dear brother of Emma Sweet of Billerica, loving grandson of Dorothy Angus of Georgetown, Paul Chirone of Wakefield, Sandra Lawrence of Boston, Kenneth Sweet of Saugus, nephew of Kenneth Sweet of Plaistow, NH, Karl Lawrence of Bedford, NH, Ginger Coupal and Patricia Sweet, cousin of Nick Lawrence, Ashlynn Lawrence, Joe Sweet, Holly Sweet and Ally Sweet. Dave is also survived by his girlfriend, Kristin Brekalis as well as a large, loving extended family and many friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street, (Rte. 38), Wilmington, MA on Friday, July 22nd at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial donations in Dave’s name may be made to the Phoenix House, 43 Old Colony Ave., Quincy, MA 02170.

Ida L. Pica

July 13th, 2016

Ida L. Pica (Goodwin), age 85, of Wilmington, passed away on July 12, 2016, at the Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston.

Ida was the beloved wife of Samuel E. Pica, Sr., devoted mother of Samuel E. Pica, Jr., Sandra (Pica) Goodwin, Ann McGaffigan, Marilyn (Pica) Small, and the late Robert Pica. Loving “Nana” of 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Ida was the dear daughter of the late Raymond and Freda (Hammond) Goodwin and the last of 5 siblings.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Friday, July 15th at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Ida’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave. #2, Norwood, MA 02062.

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

Michael F. O’Connell

July 11th, 2016

Michael F. O’Connell, age 24, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on July 9, 2016, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Michael was born on October 25, 1991; he was the dear son of Kevin and Cindi O’Connell. Michael was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School with the Class of 2010. Michael went on to continue his education at Middlesex Community College in Bedford where he earned and Associates Degree in Criminal Science.

Throughout his life, Michael was an outstanding athlete; he played baseball, football, swimming, but he excelled in soccer. Michael was a standout soccer player with for Wilmington Youth Soccer as well as Shawsheen Tech High School Soccer Team and earned title as MVP for both programs. Michael returned to help coach the soccer team at Shawsheen Tech for several years following graduation.

At the time of his death, Michael was employed as a Mental Health Specialist for McLean Hospital in Belmont; Michael was a hard worker who always showed kindness and compassion for his patients.

In his spare time, Michael volunteered as a youth counselor at the Northwoods YMCA Camp in New Hampshire; he had such a passion for helping children and would do anything to make even one child’s life better.

Michael was a member of a large and loving family; he was one of nine siblings and he always made his family his number one priority. Michael cherished the time he spent with his family at their lake house in New Hampshire and loved to “hang out” at home in Wilmington with his parents and siblings. Michael enjoyed family holidays and special occasions; he looked forward to any reason to get together with his parents and siblings and they always had a great time no matter what they were doing.

Michael was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and a true friend to many. Michael had a large extended family and tons of friends; his endearing personality and willingness to see the good in people made everyone want to be around him. Michael was a special person who always tried to make a difference in the world; he was greatly loved and will forever be missed.

Michael was the cherished son of Kevin and Cindi (Aubert) O’ Connell of Wilmington, beloved brother of Kim Peters & husband Glenn of Billerica, Kevin O’Connell of Lowell, Kelli O’Connell of Burlington, Eric Anderson of Hudson, NH, Shayna O’Connell of Tewksbury, Nick O’Connell, Chris O’Connell, and Matthew O’Connell all of Wilmington. Loving Uncle of Alycia, Justin, Cheyenne, Madison, Cameron, Colleen, Emily, Julia, Jamie, Gavin, Ava, and great-niece Riley. Mike is also survived by his girlfriend Melissa Hoover of Wilmington, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and extended family.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, July 14th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Michael’s memory may be made to DCF Kids Fund, Inc. and send to Jennifer Kitchenham Executive Director of the DCF Kids Fund, Inc., 600 Washington St, Floor 6, Boston, MA 02111.

Samuel J. Bernard

July 9th, 2016

Samuel J. Bernard, age 100 years, of West Melbourne, FL, formerly of Everett, MA, died peacefully surrounded by his family on July 8, 2016.

Sam was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy A. (Covino) Bernard, devoted father of Ronald S. Bernard of Tewksbury and Samuel L. Bernard of Boston. Father-in-law of Lynn Ann Bernard of Tewksbury. Loving Grandfather of Gina Murphy of Methuen, Ranee and Timothy Rooney of Wilmington, Ronald Bernard of Tewksbury, Michelle Kane of Everett, Anthony Bernard of Salisbury, Brian Bernard of Quincy, and Great-Grandfather of Morgan, Jake, Ashley, Conor, Jack, Aidan, Gavin, Morgan, and Tatum. Dear son of the late Simone and Nora (Dempsey) Bernard, brother of the late Rita Reardon, Anthony, James, Andrew, and Albert Bernard. Sam is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel, 302 Elm Street, Everett, MA, on Wednesday, July 13th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow.

In lieu of flowers donations in Samuel’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut St., Suite 103, Wellesley, MA 02481, www.jdrf.org

Samuel was a United States Navy Veteran during World War II and a Postal Clerk for the Boston Post Office for many years before he retired.

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

James P. O’Neil

July 5th, 2016

James P. O’Neil, age 93, of Wilmington formerly of Somerville, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on July 2, 2016, at Care One in Wilmington, following a brief illness.

Jimmy was born on July 16, 1922, in Cambridge MA; he was the son of the late John and Margaret O’Neil. James was raised and educated in Somerville and was always proud of his Irish Heritage. He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on November 3, 1942 during WWII. One of James’s responsibilities for the Coast Guard was to train dogs for Military purposes; James was very passionate about his job and it led to a life-long love of dogs. James was honorably discharged on January 17, 1946 and returned home to his family. Upon his return to Somerville, James immediately joined the American Legion Post 19 and became very involved in the Post moving up the ranks and becoming the Commander for several years.

Jimmy married his “sweetheart” Jean George in 1942 sharing 65 years together before her passing in 2007. The couple lived in Somerville for many years where they raised four wonderful daughters; Marianne, Beverly, Donna, and Debbie. Jimmy worked very hard to provide for his family and they had many great times throughout the years. Prior to retiring, James worked as a truck driver for Teamsters Unions Local 25 in Charlestown.

Jimmy O loved a “good party” where he could cook up a storm and entertain for his family and friends. He loved all kinds of music and was quite a dancer; he and his wife Jean could float across the floor doing a waltz or switch gears to a fast paced jitterbug, they were always impressive to watch as they danced together.

Jimmy was an avid golfer who got a “hole in one” when he was well into his 80’s and also loved to follow Boston Sports teams.

Jimmy also enjoyed the years he spent in Florida or at Old Orchard Beach in Maine where he made countless friends who became extended family.

Jimmy will be fondly remembered as a wonderful guy who could be gruff on the exterior but had a heart of gold and would literally give you the shirt off his back. James was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, and a true friend to many; he will be greatly missed but would want everyone to dry their tears and celebrate his life; a life well lived.

Jimmy was the beloved husband of the late Jean M. (George) O’Neil, devoted father of Beverly Childers & her husband Frank of Stoneham, Madonna Toto & her husband Michael of Wilmington, Deborah Picardi & her late husband Gino of Indialantic, FL, and the late Marianne O’Neil. Loving Grandfather of Cathy-Jean LeBel & her companion Sean Cunningham, Frankie & Kim Childers, Stephen & Daniela Barresi, David Barresi, Rebecca Caples & her companion Rob Russo, Geno Picardi, Amanda Picardi, and Great-Grandchildren Emma, Bryan, Noah, Cole, Stefano, Bianca, Ava, Mia, Domenic, David, and Stella. Cherished son of the late John and Margaret (Sheehan) O’Neil, dear brother of the late Peggy Vadaro, Catherine, Mary, John, Eugene, and Danny O’Neil. James is also survived by his sister-in-law Lillian O’Neil of Medford as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 9th 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 at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in James’ memory may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 186 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.

Beatrice M. Barry

July 5th, 2016

Beatrice M. Barry (Sullivan), age 92, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 4, 2016, at Woodbriar Health Center in Wilmington.

Beatrice was born on September 6, 1923, in Somerville, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Augustine and Miriam Sullivan. Beatrice was raised in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1942.

Beatrice married the “love of her life” Richard Barry, Jr. on June 22, 1958; together they shared many wonderful years before his untimely passing on March 26, 1984. Bea and Dick became parents to two terrific children, Mike and Anne. Bea loved being a mother; she was always supportive of her children and very proud of their accomplishments. Bea also adored being a grandmother to her granddaughter Katie; she was the light of her life.

Beatrice led a very active life; following High School she worked for the War Labor Board and volunteered for the USO to help in any way with the war efforts until the war ended. Bea then went to work as a secretary for Household Finance Company and the First National Bank of Boston for many years before she retired.

Bea and her friends loved to take day trips and a few over night stays with the Wilmington Recreation Department; they always had a great time. Bea also loved to travel with family, especially her daughter; some of their more memorable trips were to England, Ireland, California and Florida just to name a few.

Bea also loved to be by the water; whether it was growing up on Silver Lake, taking trips to the beach or just relaxing by the ocean with family and friends; she enjoyed every minute of it.

In her spare time, Bea enjoyed dancing, especially at the Knights of Columbus dances with her friends and she was an avid Bruins and Red Sox fan who hardly ever missed a game. Let’s not forget Bea’s fondness of candlepin bowling; she not only belonged to the coffee league over at Candlewood Lanes in North Reading for many years but she watched bowling religiously on Saturdays, enjoying every strike

Bea will be remembered as a lovely lady, kind and sweet who would do anything for anyone. Bea cherished the time she spent with family and friends at parties, cookouts, and holidays; she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Beatrice was the beloved wife of the late Richard V. Barry, Jr., devoted mother of Michael Barry and Anne Barry both of Wilmington, loving “Ma” of her granddaughter Kathryn Barry. Cherished daughter of the late Augustine and Miriam (Melzar), dear sister of the late Rita Doherty, Charles and David Sullivan. Beatrice is also survived by her dear friend Mary Boylen as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 9th 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. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, July 8th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Beatrice’s name may be made to a Charity of your choice.