Obituaries

Amybeth Contrada Felix

December 4th, 2020

Amybeth Contrada Felix, age 53, of Revere, formerly of New Bedford and Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on November 28, 2020.

Amybeth was born on February 15, 1967; she was the cherished daughter of Marybeth (Nelson) Pryor and her husband Jorge Guzman and Joseph Felix. Amybeth was raised and educated in New Bedford.

Amybeth is survived by her mother Marybeth Pryor and her husband Jorge Guzman of New Bedford, her children Lauren Case and her husband Darren and Steven Contrada all of Wilmington, her brothers Joseph Felix and his wife Lisa of Dartmouth and David Pryor of New Bedford and her niece Jenna Felix.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, for Visiting Hours on Monday, December 7th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, December 8th at 12:00 noon in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Amybeth’s memory to NAMI of Massachusetts, The Schraft Center, 529 Main St., Suite 1M17, Boston, MA 02129.

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Tami J. MacDonald

December 1st, 2020

Tami J. MacDonald, age 52, of Billerica, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2020, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Tami was born on February 15, 1968, in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Angus and Norma MacDonald. Tami was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1986. Tami was quite an athlete and a stand out hockey player; she went on to further her education earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology where she played Hockey for all four years.

Tami was a hard worker and was never afraid of a challenge; at the time of her death she was employed with the Tunnel Worker’s Union in Boston.

Tami’s was known to be very family oriented; she was a devoted mother to her sons Matthew and Cameron, they were her pride and joy. Tami loved spending time with her family; she enjoyed hosting many pool parties during the summer, spending Christmas Eve with the family at her brother Jack’s home, traveling to Europe to spend time with her brother Greg’s family and her many visits to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to be with her Canadian family.

Tami will be fondly remembered as a beautiful person, inside and out. She was a hard worker who was generous and kind towards everyone. Tami had a passion for many sports but was an AVID Boston Bruins Fan and never missed a game. She was fun, happy and loved being with “her boys”. Tami loved those around her with all her heart and she will forever be missed.

Tami was the devoted mother of Matthew DeMarco of Tewksbury and Cameron Fabrizio of Billerica, she was the cherished only daughter of Norma (Keefe) MacDonald of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington and Angus MacDonald of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Tami was the dear sister of John “Jack” MacDonald and his wife Lori of Reading, Greg MacDonald and his wife Helena of Berlin, Germany and the late Keith “Keke” MacDonald. She was the loving aunt of Kara, Nicolas, Maria, Alex, Rachel, Audrey and Malcolm. She is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Tami’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701.

Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions and for everyone’s safety, the family of Tami MacDonald has decided to hold a celebration of her life at a later date.

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

James P. DeRosa

December 1st, 2020

James P. DeRosa, fondly known as “Jimmy” or “Jim” to his family and friends, passed unexpectedly on November 24, 2020, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Jimmy was born on October 19, 1992, in Winchester, MA; he was the cherished son of Regina (Quinlan) DeRosa and John DeRosa. Jimmy was raised and educated in Wilmington where he excelled academically in his studies; he went on to graduate Wilmington High School with the Class of 2011.

Jimmy was a gifted welder for Awnco Awnings of Wilmington travelling throughout New England to install awnings for businesses. Most recently he worked in Sales for Interior Detail of Norwell, MA.

In his spare time, Jimmy, enjoyed “hanging out” with his friends, listening to music, playing a friendly and competitive video game and spending time with his family as well as his faithful companion, his dog Smoky.

Jimmy was very intelligent and well-read. He was easy to get along with and could hold a conversation on any subject. He’d light up a room with his smile and unique sense of humor and wit.

Jimmy will be remembered for his kind and generous spirit He was a wonderful son and brother who was dearly loved by his family and will forever be in their hearts.

Jimmy was the beloved son of Regina (Quinlan) DeRosa of Wilmington and John DeRosa of Peabody, dear brother of Justin DeRosa of Monument, Colorado and Mark DeRosa of Wilmington, loving grandson of Arthur and the late Theresa DeRosa of Lynnfield and Delia and the late John Quinlan of Reading. Nephew of Glenn and Kathleen DeRosa of Lynnfield, Anna and the late Alan DeRosa of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Barbara Quinlan and her companion Dean Hartling of Beverly, Margie Quinlan and Kathleen Quinlan both of Reading and the late Mary Quinlan. Jimmy is also survived by his cousins Matthew and Patrick DeRosa both of Lynnfield. He will be dearly missed by friends Gordy, Matt, Jeff, Andrew, Jess, and Alex, as well as, a large extended family.

Family and friends may gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Saturday, December 5th from 9:00-11:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial for Jimmy will follow in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and at Church. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jimmy’s memory to the MSPCA, Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 or to the macovidreliefund.org.

Doris A. Balestrieri

December 1st, 2020

Doris A. Balestrieri (Walsh), age 93, a long-time resident of Woburn, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on November 28, 2020.

Doris was born on January 15, 1927, in Somerville, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Clayton Walsh and Alice (Doucette) Seymour. Doris was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School.

As a young lady, Doris worked for McLaughlin Pharmacy in Wilmington and throughout most of her career she was an electronics supervisor for the Sylvania and GTE Companies. Doris had a great work ethic and a wonderful personality; she made many long-time friends with her co-workers and they became her extended family.

Doris married “the love of her life” Ernie Balestrieri on July 15, 1945; the couple built their dream home and moved to Woburn in 1947 to the “Balestrieri Compound” where they were surrounded by family, friends and lots of love. To say Doris was “family oriented” was an understatement; she showered her family with love, compassion and understanding. She was never judgmental towards anyone and was always there to lend a hand or an ear to anyone in need. Doris was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and a great homemaker. Doris enjoyed always having family around and she loved to host many family parties, special celebrations and holidays throughout the years. Doris was not only a wonderful mother to her own children she also treated her extended family of nieces and nephews as her own; she loved spending time with all of them. When Doris became a “Nana” and then a “Great-Nana” her life became even more full; she adored her grandchildren and looked forward to spending time with them and celebrating all of their special milestones.

Family was everything to Doris; she and “her Ernie” were like two peas in a pod and they did everything together. Doris looked forward to their trips to Hampton Beach every summer, day trip and long rides through New Hampshire, Maine and Cape Cod. They also enjoyed traveling to the Virgin Islands, Hawaii and their many trips to California to visit with Uncle George. Doris had an endearing personality that allowed her to meet new people and make friends wherever her travels took her.

Doris and Ernie also had their daily routine of heading to McDonald’s in Wilmington where they would have coffee with their friends, discuss current events or just talk about their families. The couple saved their Friday evenings for their favorite past time of dancing and boy could they dance. Doris and Ernie would head out with their family and friends to the St. Anthony Club or other dance clubs to hit the floor, show their moves and have a great time.

Doris had many talents; she was an excellent seamstress, knitter, quilter and crafter. Doris sewed for her family and friends, making beautiful dresses, clothes and drapes. Doris sewed Baptismal Bibs for the babies that were Christened at St. Anthony’s Parish in Woburn; mementos that were treasured by their families. Doris knitted blankets and quilts as special gifts for her family and friends; all made with love and will be treasured for a life time.

Doris was a woman of great faith and an active communicant of St. Anthony’s Parish in Woburn for many, many years. Doris was active in the Ladies Sodality, fundraising events and Church Bazaar’s throughout the years. She and Ernie loved their Parish and would do anything to help in any way.

Doris will be fondly remembered as “quite a lady”; kind, caring, friendly and helpful. Doris went out of her way to help anyone in need, never expecting anything in return. She had an endearing personality and made everyone around her feel loved. Doris had a great laugh, beautiful smile and a warm hug for all. She will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Doris was the beloved wife of 72 years to the late Ernest “Sparrow” Balestrieri, devoted mother of Sandy A. (Balestrieri) LaFontaine & her late husband Eugene “Tiny” LaFontaine of Woburn, the late Deborah A. (Balestrieri) Sylvester and Tom Concannon and his wife Linette of Florida. Loving “Nana” of Paul LaFontaine and his wife Lenor, Donald LaFontaine and his wife Christine, Sharona Sylvester and her companion Garrett and her great-grandchildren Jaidyn, Kiley, Zach, Mason and Levi. Dear daughter of the late Clayton Walsh and Alice (Doucette) and Clayton Seymour, sister of the late Robert Walsh and his late wife Ruth. Doris is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law as well as her many nieces, nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Doris’ memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Due to the current situation with covid 19 and concern for everyone’s safety, the family of Doris Balestrieri has decided to postpone services at this time and will look forward to celebrating her life with all of you at a later date.

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

Richard D. Cummings, Jr.

December 1st, 2020

Richard D. Cummings, Jr. “Rich”, age 54, of Wilmington, formerly of Reading, passed away unexpectedly on November 26, 2020, at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine with his wife and children by his side.

Rich was born in Norristown, PA, on January 26, 1966; he was the cherished son of Richard and the late Marie Cummings. Rich was raised and educated in Reading, MA and a graduate of Austin Prep. High School with the Class of 1984. Rich went on to further his education at Northeastern University in Boston where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In 1986, Rich married “his sweetheart” and best friend, Lisa Melaragni; the couple were inseparable and they shared many wonderful times together with their family and friends throughout the years. Rich and Lisa moved to Wilmington in 1991 where they raised three wonderful sons; they were Rich’s pride and joy. Rich was a very devoted and loving Dad; he was always there to support “his boys” and was very proud of their accomplishments. In recent months, Rich, became “Pops” to his grandson Henry whom he adored. Rich looked forward to the time he spent with Henry and was known to play hookie at work just to take care of his little guy.

Rich was someone who was generous with what he had; his door was always open to family and friends. Rich was the ultimate host who enjoyed throwing parties; he was known to be very charismatic and enjoyed being the Life of the party. Rich would lead the sing-a-longs always belting out the lyrics even if they were completely wrong; he just wanted everyone to have a good time. Rich also loved the time he spent with his family and friends at their summer home on Great East Lake in Acton, Maine; a beautiful setting where countless memories were made.

At his home in Wilmington, Rich, made holidays memorable; for many years he constructed a Haunted House in his garage where many kids enjoyed the frightful fun. “Mr. Christmas”, he was most famously known for the Christmas displays he constructed outside their home that brought people from near and far to drive slowly by and enjoy. It would most definitely put you in the Christmas spirit, excite the children and put a twinkle in their eye. Rich never seemed to care about how much work it was he just loved to make people happy.

Throughout the years, Rich, worked hard to provide for his family. He was quite an entrepreneur who used his knowledge and work ethic to create the Cummings Engineering Company. Rich’s endearing personality and vast knowledge made him quite successful; he was also willing to help others in the field and made many life-long friends.

In his spare time, Rich, enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, weekends at the Lake in Maine and riding around in his yellow Camaro which he dubbed the “rumble bee”. Rich will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love for his family and friends, his self-less spirit and ability to always be there to help anyone in need. Rich loved to have fun and made sure everyone around him had fun as well. Rich was certainly “one of a kind” and will forever be loved and missed by all who knew him.

Rich was the beloved husband of Lisa (Melaragni) Cummings, devoted father of Richard Cummings III and his wife Kristen, Eric Cummings and his wife Sakara, and Joseph Cummings and his girlfriend Cassandra Haas all of Wilmington. He was the loving “Pops” of Henry Cummings, cherished son of Richard Cummings of Reading and the late Marie (Ciampa) Cummings, dear brother of Maria Cummings & her wife Jean Cummings and Gina M. Cummings & her husband Andrew J. Gioia, Jr. all of Wilmington. Son-in-law of Ben and Margaret Melaragni of Woburn, brother-in-law of Mary and Jim Martin of Wakefield, Michael Melaragni of Woburn, Maureen and Jeffrey Doucette of Sutton, Laura and Skip Sagris of Bow, NH and Ben Melaragni of Woburn. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Thursday, December 3rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 4th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Due to covid 19 protocol, masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and in Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Rich’s memory to Maine Medical Center and the Brain Injury Association of America. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Ralph E. Surette

November 27th, 2020

Ralph E. Surette, age 78, of Tewksbury, formerly of Medford, passed away peacefully at home on November 26, 2020.

Ralph was the cherished son of the late Ralph and Catherine (Parsons) Surette, he is survived by his long-time friend and care giver Carol Heenan of Tewksbury, her family Kathaleen & Tom Day and Arnold Heenan all of Tewksbury, Laura & Steven Rosa and Steven, Jr. & Sienna Rosa all of Billerica. He was the dear cousin of Jeanne & Robert Wilson and their children Erin Teahan and Greg Wilson of Medford, John & Christine McAdam and their son Sean of Stoneham, Tim Parsons of San Diego, CA and the late Kathleen McAdam.

Ralph was raised and educated in Medford and was a graduate of Medford Vocational High School with the Class of 1962.
Prior to retiring, he worked in electronics with the Dymec Company as well as the Yuell Company in Woburn.
He loved animals and spending time with those he loved.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish at St. Mary’s Church, 796 Boston Rd., Billerica, MA, on Monday, November 30th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Per current state and CDC guidelines, masks are required. All attendees must register for Mass at https://cli.re/ccb-funeral-signup.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph’s memory may be made to MSPCA Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

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

William C. Cameron

November 25th, 2020

William C. Cameron
Retired Truck Driver and Manager for Airco Industrial Gas Company
and member of Teamster’s Local # 25

WILMINGTON: William Claflin Cameron, age 85, a resident of Wilmington for over 65 years, formerly of Tewksbury, passed away in the care of his family and hospice on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

He was the beloved husband of Eleanor (Gillis) Cameron, who passed away on March 24, 2016 and devoted father of Lisa Cameron, who passed away on September 17, 2009.

Born in Cambridge on January 1, 1935, he one of five children of the late John P. Cameron and the late Effie Marie (Kennedy) Cameron.

Bill was raised in Wilmington and attended Wilmington schools. In 1945, his family moved to Boston, where he attended Boston English High School.

In 1950, his family moved to Tewksbury, and Bill continued his education at Tewksbury High School, graduating with the Class of 1952.

Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War era in the Construction Battalion known as the “Seabees”.

Upon his release from active duty, Bill and his late wife Eleanor settled in Wilmington, where they raised their four children.

Prior to his retirement, Bill worked as a truck driver and manager for Airco Industrial Gas Company in Acton, and was a member of Teamster’s Local # 25 of Boston.

He enjoyed vacationing with his family in the mountains of New Hampshire and was very proud of his self-taught computer research skill.

Bill is survived by three children, Kevin Cameron and his wife Denise of Claremont, NH, Erin Cameron of Claremont, NH, and Kerry Feyler and her husband David of Wilmington; five grandchildren, Kasey Cameron, Ryan Cameron and his wife Stephanie, Anne Marie Brennan and her husband Adam, and Daniel and Michael Feyler; two great grandchildren, Taya and Emery Cameron; many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

Bill was the brother of the late Donald W. Cameron and his late wife Ann, Walter B. Cameron, John C. Cameron, and Anne E. McCarthy and her late husband George D. McCarthy, Jr.

Due to current public health Covid-19 pandemic, there are no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 28th, at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington. Masks, face coverings, and social distancing required. Interment to follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, donations honoring Bill’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org

Mary L. D’Eon

November 25th, 2020

Mary L. D’Eon (Sheehan), age 82, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at home on November 23, 2020.

Mary was born in Boston, MA, on June 9, 1938; she was the dear daughter of the late Michael and Esther Sheehan. Mary was raised in Charlestown in a large and loving Irish Catholic family. She attended Parochial School in Charlestown as a young girl and went on to graduate from Boston Girls High School in Roxbury. Mary had a great faith in God from an early age; she attended St. Mary’s and St. Catherine of Sienna Churches and played the organ for several years.

On September 12, 1959, Mary married the “love of her life” Paul D’Eon; the couple shared nearly 60 of marriage and had many wonderful times together with their family and friends before his sudden passing in July of 2019. Mary and Paul lived in Roslindale for several years before moving “up Country” to Wilmington in 1966, where they raised two wonderful children. Mary loved her new community but she never forgot her roots and she was a true “Townie”. Mary was a very devoted and loving Mom and a wonderful homemaker; her house had an open door policy where friends and neighbors were always welcome. Mary involved herself in many of her children’s activities; she was active in the Camp Fire Girls with her daughter and at every one of her son’s sporting events. Mary loved to take her children to visit family in Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and Canada and she looked forward to their many weekend camping trips.

As her children grew, Mary found time to go back to school at Northern Essex Community College and become a Registered Nurse. This accomplishment would embark her on a long and rewarding career at the New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham. Always a care-giver; Mary treated her patients and their families like her own family. Mary’s endearing personality and giving nature made her a favorite among the nursing staff and the patients. When Mary retired from New England Memorial she took a position at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for a few years and continued to care for others in need.

Mary also welcomed her next chapter in her family and that was the role of “Grannie”; one she undoubtedly cherished. Mary loved her grandchildren with all her heart and she never missed anything that they were involved in. Mary looked forward to attending many hockey games, softball games, sporting events, school plays, musicals and was there for every major achievement they received. Mary made every annual “Cape Cod” trip with all the grandchildren special and fun; they made memories to last a life-time.

Although not a Veteran herself, as a concerned parent Mary survived two overseas deployments of her son and daughter-in-law and stepped right in without hesitation to fill the void and become the surrogate parent to her grandchildren while their parents were deployed.

In her later years, Mary enjoyed traveling with her family and friends to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Cruising and heading to the West Coast to spend time with her daughter and grandchildren in the Seattle, Washington area. Mary loved to have a good time; she enjoyed seeing new places, meeting new people and making friends wherever she went.

Mary was a “giver” in every aspect of the word; she was extremely active in her Church as well as her Community. When Mary moved to Wilmington she quickly became a parishioner of St. Dorothy’s Parish where she was active right up until her death. Mary was a weekly Lector, a Eucharistic Minister, she taught CCD and helped with many Church Bazaars and fundraisers. Mary enjoyed bringing communion to the elderly or sick in the community; she always had a kind word or would reach out to help them in some way.

Mary loved being “out and about” in the community helping whenever and wherever she could; she worked the voting poles in Wilmington for over 50 years and would help set up or clean up before and after elections. Mary visited countless people in the community who needed a little help, whether they were ill, needed a hand doing something or a friend to just listen; she was never too busy to help.

Mary enjoyed “hanging out” with the girls; they loved going out to breakfast, attending 4th of July festivities on the Common, shopping and heading over to the Wilmington Senior Center. Mary was very active at the Senior Center and participated in their many trips and activities; she especially enjoyed playing WII bowling and was their latest champion.

Mary will be fondly remembered for many things; her endearing personality, her ability to make everyone feel welcomed and loved, her way of helping others no matter what the situation, her unconditional love for her family and friends and her great smile. She was truly “one of a kind” and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mary was the wife of the late Paul L. D’Eon, devoted mother of Eileen Fenick & her husband Mark of Sammamish, WA and Daniel D’Eon & his wife Janine of Pepperell, MA, loving “Grannie” of Deven, Emily, Lindsay, Brady, Ethan, Noah and Liam. Cherished daughter of the late Edward and Esther (Lyles) Sheehan, dear sister of Robert Sheehan & his wife Ann of Needham, the late Edward “Mike” Sheehan, John Sheehan, Patricia Sheehan, Esther Manley and Elizabeth Mackley, sister-in-law of Steve & Mary D’Eon of Needham, Barbara D’Eon and Elaine LeBlanc both of West Roxbury. Mary is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Monday, November 30th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will take place in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday, December 1st at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and in Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to Baby Reece and the Zink Family at https://www.gofundme.-com/f/help-baby-reece-and-the-zink-family.

LeRoy P. “Paul” Reynolds

November 14th, 2020

LeRoy P. Reynolds, “Paul”, Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.), United States Air Force, age 73, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2020, at the Winchester Hospital.

Paul was born on November 26, 1946, in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of the late LeRoy and Anna Reynolds. Paul was raised in Arlington and Chelsea; he graduated from Chelsea High School.

Paul was drafted into the United States Air Force and began active duty on September 20, 1966. This was a start of a long and rewarding career in the Military. Paul served all over the world where he visited many places and met new people; his endearing and selfless personality led him to involve himself in lots of humanitarian work all over the world. Paul married “his sweetheart” Virginia on June 16, 1974 and together they traveled to different duty stations; Virginia was always so supportive and proud of her husband. As Paul was transferred from various duty stations he managed to continue his education and earned a Bachelor Degree of Science in teaching from Southern Illinois University. Throughout the years, Paul worked through the ranks and was honorably discharged from active duty in June of 1990 as a Chief Master Sergeant.

Paul and his family moved back to Massachusetts and bought their family home in Wilmington in 1991 where they would raise two wonderful children; Gene and Venessa. Paul continued to work with the Government as a Veterans Agent with the Department of Employment for the next 24 years before his retirement. Paul had a passion for helping “his Veterans”; he cared deeply for and went above and beyond to help everyone but especially the homeless Veterans in Boston. They always held a special place in his heart.

As a family man, Paul, was second to none; he was very involved with his children’s sports, school events or anything else they were doing in their lives. He was and avid sports fan who enjoyed coaching hockey for his sons teams and also for Nichols College; he was a wonderful mentor to his son, his friends and fellow teammates. Paul never missed an opportunity to spend time with his wife or his children; he was their biggest cheerleader on the sidelines and would help out whenever and wherever he could. When Paul became “Papa Jack” to his grandson Erick and “Papa” for his granddaughter Gianna, he began a whole new role; he adored his grandchildren and beamed with pride as he spoke of them. To say that Paul loved his family and friends unconditionally would be an understatement; he was just a great guy.

Paul’s passion for sports also included taking in a game or watching his favorite teams with his buddies or practicing Karate where he earned a Black Belt.

Paul will be remembered as a special person; he gave his time, talents and help to anyone in need. He was kind, caring and had a huge heart. He loved his family, friends and fellow Veterans and he will forever be loved and missed.

Paul was the beloved husband of Virginia (Vivero) Reynolds, devoted father of Gene Reynolds & his wife Yaijara of Haverhill and Venessa Azevedo & her husband Marcio of Woburn. Loving “Papa” of Erick Reynolds and Gianna Proulx, cherished son of the late LeRoy and Anna (Stafford) Reynolds, dear brother of Alice Reynolds and Marie Reynolds both of Arlington.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Wednesday, November 18th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middelsex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial for Paul will be held on Thursday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory can be made to the National League of POW / MIA Families at https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTQzNTc.

Mary P. Barysky

November 12th, 2020

Mary P. Barysky (Castronovo), age 82, of Wilmington, passed away at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, on November 10, 2020, with her three daughters by her side.

Mary was born on March 17, 1938, in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Salvatore and Josephine Castronovo. Mary was raised in a large and loving Italian family in the North End of Boston. She attended Boston schools and was a graduate of English High School.

In 1956, Mary married the “love of her life” Peter Barysky; the couple resided in Boston for a few years before moving to Wilmington in 1965. Mary and Peter were married for 51 years and shared many wonderful times together with their family before he unexpectedly passed in September of 2007. Mary and Peter raised three wonderful daughters, Patricia, Marie and Deborah; they were the light of her life. Mary loved to spend time with “her girls”; she was a very attentive and loving mother. Mary kept her home and her children impeccable; her devotion to her family was unwavering.

When Mary became a “Nana” it was a role she looked forward to; she adored each and every one of those kids. Mary loved to spoil her seven grandchildren and she never missed an opportunity to attend a gymnastics meet, dance recital, sporting event, school play or anything they were involved in; she was always so proud of them.

Prior to retirement, Mary worked as an Office Manager for Building 19 1/2 in Burlington; she had a great work ethic, endearing personality and wonderful customer service skills. Mary made many life-long friends with her co-workers as well as her customers.

Mary had many talents, hobbies and interests; in her spare time she enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Mary designed and created many beautiful gifts that will be forever treasured by her family and friends. One of Mary’s favorite places to go was Cape Cod with her family. Mary loved going to the Senior Center where she was very involved in their many activities and socialized with her friends. Mary loved to go shopping with her daughters and enjoyed going out to lunch with her girlfriends. She was also known to be a “Major” WWE fan and hardly ever missed an opportunity to watch a wrestling match with her grandson Jonathan.

Mary will be fondly remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She was kind, caring and generous to everyone she met. Mary loved her family with all her heart and she will forever be missed.

Mary was the beloved wife of 51 years to the late Peter P. Barysky, devoted mother of Patricia M. Ritchie & her late husband Steven of Lawrence, Marie J. Mason & her husband William of Wilmington and Deborah A. Moussalem & her husband Charlie of Methuen, loving “Nana” of Peter, Patrick and Philip Ritchie, Olivia and Jonathan Mason, Gregory Barysky and Ava Moussalem. Cherished daughter of the late Salvatore and Josephine (LaGrassa) Castronovo, dear sister of Concetta Castronovo and Joseph Castronovo and his wife Christine all of Wilmington, the late Carlo Castronovo and his wife Kathleen of North Reading. Mary is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, on Saturday, November 14th at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn while in Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

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