Obituaries

Jean Connolly Lefavour

June 18th, 2019

Jean Connolly Lefavour, 87, a longtime resident of Wilmington, MA, peacefully went to her final rest on May 21, 2019 in Vero Beach, FL.

Jean was born in Wakefield, MA on April 11, 1932 and attended Wakefield High School where she graduated with the Class of 1949. In 1953, she married Willis Lefavour and the couple moved to the house her grandfather built on Glen Road, where she raised her six children and resided until 2014. For many years Jean operated her landscaping business, Stillwater Gardens and Designs, and created beautiful gardens, floral arrangements and stone walls for numerous businesses and homeowners in the area. Her proudest achievement was the stone wall she built in front of Rocco’s Restaurant in Wilmington, which stands as a memorial to her workmanship. Jean was also a Girl Scout leader and poll worker for the Town of Wilmington for many years. She loved skiing and scuba diving in her younger days.

Jean was a devoted follower of Christ and a member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church for over fifty years, where she was church secretary to Revs. Miller and Evans, a Sunday school teacher, member of the choir and spreader of the love of Christ to all she met. She was also renowned for the deviled eggs she would make for after service refreshment. Jean always had time to stop and listen to people’s problems and concerns, which they always felt safe sharing with her even if they didn’t know her, often for hours in the aisles at Market Basket or at the Post Office. Her prayer list was consistently long. Her beautiful, caring spirit will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Jean was the cherished daughter of the late Jack and Mabel Connolly and sister of Francis “Skip” Connolly, beloved mother of Ellen Lefavour, Judy Wilburn, Steven Lefavour, Elizabeth Lefavour, Alan Lefavour and Blake Lefavour, and honored mother-in-law to Ron Wilburn and Masha Cheshkin, Grammy to Ron Wilburn, Jr. and Alice Lefavour, and Aunt to Michael Connolly. In addition, there are many adults to whom Jean was second mom and her home a second home while they were growing up in Wilmington.

Visiting hours will be from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday June 26th at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Route 62), Wilmington, MA.

Family, friends and all who loved Jean are invited to gather for a Celebration of Jean’s Life at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, Church Street, Wilmington, MA on Thursday, June 27th at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jean’s memory to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

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Kelly A. (Hersom) Michaud

June 18th, 2019

Kelly A. (Hersom) Michaud, age 53, of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on June 17th, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Kelly was the beloved wife of Jack Michaud of Wilmington. She was the loving mother of John Michaud of Nashua and the late Courtney Michaud. Kelly was the cherished daughter of Francine (Lynch) Hersom of Wilmington and the late Richard Hersom. She was the dear sister of Dickie Hersom and his wife Janine of Wilmington, Tim Hersom and his wife Erica of Derry, NH, Lisa Hersom and Valerie Hersom of Iowa. Daughter-in-law of Marie Michaud and sister-in-law of Ann-Marie Durlin, both of Billerica. Kelly was the devoted aunt of Timmy & Danny Hersom, Rich Jr., McKayla, Matthew & Michael Hersom and Alyson & Tommy Durlin. Kelly is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Friday, June 21st 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 Thursday, June 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Kelly’s name can be made to Local Heroes, Inc., PO Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

William F. Lawson

June 14th, 2019

William F. Lawson “Bill”, age 72, of Dracut, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 13, 2019.

Bill was born in Brighton, MA on March 10, 1947; he was the dear son of the late Ralph and Catherine Lawson. Bill was raised in Somerville, MA and was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Cambridge. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University in Boston with the Class of 1970.

Bill married his “sweetheart” Cathy McCarthy on August 30, 1969; celebrating nearly 50 years of marriage and raising three wonderful children. Bill and Cathy moved to Wilmington in 1976 where they resided for many years before retiring to Dracut a few years ago.

Bill was a devoted family man; he looked forward to family vacations; especially his trips to Disney World with his children and later with his grandchildren. He was a “foodie” at heart and loved to take his family out to eat, however his favorite meal by far was Cathy’s homemade Sunday roastbeef dinner.

Bill was a hard worker; he was outgoing, friendly and chatty; all attributes that made him very successful in his profession.

Bill will be fondly remembered as a “simple guy” who loved to crack jokes. He loved the New England Patriots and enjoyed attending many games. He loved his family and treasured his role as “Papa” to his grandchildren and great-grandson. Bill will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Bill was the beloved husband of Catherine A. “Cathy” (McCarthy) Lawson, devoted father of Marybeth Basnett & her husband Mark of Dracut, Bill Lawson Jr. & his wife Gwen of Wilmington and Paula Kerrigan and her significant other Natthan Ralls of Dracut. Loving “Papa” of Markie, Christopher, Caylie, Jacqueline, Will, Colin, Ryan, Kailyn, Kathryn, Andrew and his great-grandson a/k/a “My Little Buddy”, Colton. Dear son of the late Ralph and Catherine (O’Brien) Lawson, brother of Ralph Lawson & his wife Janet of Plaistow, NH. Bill is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, June 19th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 18th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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

Morgan F. Mayo

June 14th, 2019

Morgan F. Mayo, age 22, of Boxford, formerly of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on June 12, 2019.

Morgan was born on July 12, 1996 in Newton, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Joseph and Tamra Mayo. Morgan grew up in Wilmington; she attended Wilmington Public Schools and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 2013. Morgan went on to further her education; at the time of her death she was in her junior year at Arizona State University.

Morgan adored her family; she had many fond memories of family trips to Italy, the Outer Banks, and one her favorite places, Nantucket. She loved to join her family on hiking trips in the summer and fall and snow boarding in the winter months. They shared many wonderful years together at family holidays, special celebrations or just an evening “hanging out” at home.

Morgan had many close friends here is Massachusetts as well as the terrific friends she met at college. Morgan looked forward to the time they all spent together; they always had a lot of fun.

Morgan will be fondly remembered for her love of animals; especially those in rescues and shelters. She wanted to adopt each and every one of them if she could and that is where she got her beloved dog Marley who was her pride and joy.

Morgan also had a passion for helping others; she was kind, outgoing, friendly and would do anything to help anyone. There were no strangers in Morgan’s life; everyone was a friend. Morgan loved everyone unconditionally and with all her heart; she will forever be loved and missed by all.

Morgan was the cherished daughter of Joseph and Tamra “Tammy” (Bourgon) Mayo of Boxford, formerly of Wilmington, loving sister of Derek Mayo, cherished granddaughter of Ernest & Florence Bourgon and the late Joseph & Jeanne Mayo, dear niece of Ellen Mayo and Matthew & Christina Mayo, special cousin of Jessica & Thomas Nixon and their children Jackson & Mason, Daniel Camarda, Nicholas & Stacey LeBlanc, Christopher & Kristi LeBlanc and Stephanie LeBlanc. Morgan is also survived by her beloved dog Marley as well as many close friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, June 17th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Morgan’s Celebration of Life will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, on Tuesday, June 18th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Morgan’s memory may be made to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, 2500 S 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85009.

Donald M. DeGrazia

June 12th, 2019

Donald Martin DeGrazia, of Chelmsford, passed away April 22, 2019, at the age of 76.

Donald was born November 17, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts to Mariano and Rosina (Rosetti) DeGrazia. While Donald was growing up, his father worked for GE on jet engines, while his mother worked as a waitress and took care of the home. Donald went to Boston University. Then he went on to work in commercial construction as a project manager for the majority of his working career.

Donald was married to his beloved wife Sandra Schier for over 45 years before she passed away in 2011. They lived across the street from each other in Lynn, Massachusetts. They raised their family of three children together. As his children were growing up, Donald was a strong force in the household, but he definitely loved his children. He was an affectionate father and doting husband. Every time he saw the special women in his life, like his daughters or his wife Sandra, Donald would wink at them and smile, letting them know with just that look how important they were to him. His children fondly recall the “goofy grin and sparkle in his eyes” whenever he looked at their mother.

Raising his family in the Catholic faith, Donald grew even more devout in his Catholic faith after the death of his wife. He found deep comfort in the knowledge of Sandra’s place in eternity. Strong and sure of himself, Donald loved going biking and hiking. He was able to continue this passion until this past December. He was completely dedicated and devoted to his family and those he loved. This includes a scarlet macaw named Crimson that he raised for over 20 years.

Donald leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law Jill and John MacGrath, his son Jack DeGrazia, his daughter and son-in-law Arian and Sean Leary, his granddaughters Alycia DeGrazia and Brianna May, his grandson Timothy “TJ” Leary, and numerous friends, riding and hiking buddies, extended family members, and beloved church family members. He is reunited with his dear wife Sandra.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, June 15th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon immediately followed by a Service at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s memory may be made to Traditions Hospice, 1862 Rock Prairie Road #202, College Station, TX 77845.

Michael J. Ellsworth Sr.

June 12th, 2019
Michael J. Ellsworth, Sr., age 66, fondly known to his family and friends as “Ellzy” or “Ducky”, formerly of Revere, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2019.

Michael was born in Chelsea, MA on New Year’s Eve in 1952; he was the cherished son of the late Nelson and Rosemarie Ellsworth.  Michael was raised and educated in Revere, MA and was a graduate of Revere High School.  Michael went on to further his education and earned his degree from Northeastern University in Boston.

For many years, Michael worked for Delta Airlines as a Customer Service Representative where he later retired.

In his spare time, Michael liked to read magazines and watch all sports and news. His best times were on Sundays watching football with his two sons Mike and Dan. He loved traveling to warm climates with his sons and family.

Michael was the devoted father of Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr. and his wife Amanda of Woburn, Daniel A. Ellsworth and his wife Candice of Townsend and stepdaughter Shannon Parker of Billerica.  Grandfather to two beautiful granddaughters Madison Rose and Teagan May Ellsworth of Townsend.  Cherished son of the late Nelson and Rosemarie (Pittelli) Ellsworth, dear brother of Robin Micu and her husband David of Bedford, loving uncle of Leah Micu of Chelmsford and David Micu of Lowell.  Michael is also survived by his former wife and friend Lisa Charbonneau of Billerica as well as many cousins and close friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, June 14th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s memory may be made to the Ascend Hospice, 100 Locke Dr., Marlborough, MA 01752.

Robert A. Coste

June 3rd, 2019

Robert Alan Coste- or simply Bob (you can spell that backwards) passed away at age 59 at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center on May 30th after a brief illness.

Bob was a proud graduate from the Machine Shop of Shawsheen Tech, class of 1978, and he was owner of Lockhart Machine Company in Tewksbury, MA, formerly in Wilmington, MA.

During his youth, Bob spent a lot of time at his parents’ cottage in Whitefield, NH, which led to his love of the area. He truly felt at home in NH, “up north” in the White Mountains, the place where he spent most of his free time.

Bob enjoyed quite a few different hobbies and activities over the years, such as fishing, snowmobiling, bee keeping, gardening, tinkering and building things, and weekends at his camper at The Lantern Resort. Most of all, he loved socializing and visiting friends near and far.

Bob was very proud of his loving daughter, Brittany, and he was happy to tell anyone who would listen. He cherished every moment spent with her, especially when she made him her famous chocolate chip cookies.

Along with the many close friends he has made over the years who he considered family, Robert is survived by his daughter, Brittany Kennelly, and her husband, Patrick Kennelly, of Medford, MA, brothers Gene and James Coste and their families. Bob was predeceased by his sister, Diana, and his parents, Leroy and Libby Coste.

Bob’s family would like to thank the staff of Lahey Hospital’s SICU for the amazing care he received from countless compassionate and tirelessly hardworking members of the team during his hospitalization.

A celebration of life will be held in Bob’s honor at Tewksbury Country Club in Tewksbury, MA on Thursday, June 6th from 5pm-8pm. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Joseph J. Parrella Jr., “Joe”

June 1st, 2019

Joseph J. Parrella Jr., “Joe”, age 66, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2019.

Joe was born in Boston, MA on August 15, 1952; he was the dear son of the late Joseph and Sophie Parrella. Joe was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1970.

Joe was an “outdoorsman” who enjoyed going hunting and camping with his family and friends. He was also an avid boater who loved to go sailing and worked towards getting his Captain’s license which he earned many years ago.

Joe worked hard; he was a talented carpenter and the founder of United Construction Company in Wilmington. Joe also was very active in Wilmington’s permanent Building Committee for many years and was instrumental in the building of the new Wilmington High School.

Joe will be remembered as a “quiet guy” who loved his family, his friends and his town; he will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joe was the beloved husband of Sharon Kelley-Parrella (Mahoney), devoted father of Linda Ducharme & her husband Bob of Wilmington, Joseph Parrella & his wife Jess of Westford, Matthew Parrella & his wife Jess of Sandown, NH, Robert Baronowski of Derry, NH and Lyndsey & Michael Rice of Sterling. Loving “Pa” of Rob, Michael, Kylie, Joseph, Jake, Avery and Tyler. Cherished son of the late Joseph and Sophie (Golebiewski) Parrella, dear brother of Cindie McCue and Sandy Cosman both of Wilmington. Joe is also survived by his nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, June 8th for Visiting Hours from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave., Ste. 214, Mission, KS 66202.

Ernest “Ernie” Merrill

May 29th, 2019

Ernest “Ernie” Merrill, age 65, of Wilmington, passed away on May 28, 2019.

Ernie was the beloved husband of Joanne (Miller). They recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. He was son of the late Rita M and Frederick Clague Sr.

He’s the proud father of 3 children – E.J. and his wife Angela of Wilmington; Christopher and his wife Sharon of Billerica; and Melissa and her husband Christopher Glidden of Chelmsford. He is also the father-in-law of the late Jeffry Heroux.

He is the incredibly proud “Papa” and “Papabear” to his six grandchildren – Alex, Cameron, Alexis, Madelyn, Lucas and Avery.

Ernie was a retired member of the Teamsters Union Local 25. He drove over the road for many years seeing most of the US, worked on the “Big Dig”, and for the last 20 years drove a flatbed for O.B. Hill Trucking and Rigging. He delivered precast concrete and other building materials to numerous sites including the Boston Garden, Fenway Park, the Pru, Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber, and Logan Airport. There weren’t too many projects in Boston that he didn’t have a hand in.

Ernie loved to camp with his family and vacation with his wife in Florida. He loved to golf and loved dogs, especially his German Shepherd Max.

He was a die-hard Patriot’s fan, loved Las Vegas, Foxwood’s and was looking forward to the opening of the Encore casino.

More than anything he loved being “Papa Bear”. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. They were the light of his life.

Ernie will be remembered most for his love for his family. They were his whole world.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, June 2nd from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations made to the MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Ralph L. Crowley, Jr.

May 29th, 2019

Ralph L. Crowley, Jr., age 92, of Lowell, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2019 at the Woodbriar Health Center in Wilmington.

Ralph was a dedicated employee of Stop and Shop for over 40 years. Ralph was a U.S. Army Veteran who proudly served during WWII. He served in the Military Police and was a part of the Nuremberg Trials.

Ralph was the cherished son of the late Ralph L. Crowley, Sr. and Kathleen E. (Ingersoll) Crowley, dear brother of the late Rose Vinagro, Charles Crowley and George Crowley, brother-in-law of Joan “Kitty” Crowley of New Albany, IN and Trudy Crowley of Wilmington, loving Uncle of Kathleen Valeriani, Raymond Vinagro, Mary Connelly, Chuck Crowley, Elizabeth Majkowski, Suzanne Farrell, George Crowley, Kenneth Crowley, James Crowley, Sandra Claflin and Janet Ingram. Ralph is also survived by many loving great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Rte. 62, Wilmington on Saturday, June 1st from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

Memorial donations in Ralph’s name may be made to the VFW, Processing Center, P.O. Box 8958, Topeka, KS 66608-8958.