Obituaries

John A. Ritchie

October 14th, 2019

John A. Ritchie, Ret. Wilmington Police Detective and Former Wilmington High School Head Football Coach, age 97, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on October 13, 2019.

John was the beloved husband of Olive C. (Walsh) Ritchie, father of William Ritchie & his wife Donna of Tewksbury, Nancy Sullivan & her late husband Kevin of Wilmington, James Ritchie & his wife Jeanette of Salisbury and Annie Coates & her husband Tom of Wilmington. Grandfather of Karen, Nancy, Kelly, Diane, Julie, Joanna, Tommy, Jimmy, Kyle, Leslie, Timmy, Shawn, Ashley, Great-Grandfather of Brooke, Taylor, Chase, Kevin, Scott, Shayna, Jocelyn, Andrew, Addison, Daniel, Miyka’el, Katorah, Eliyshah, Gabriel, Osiris, Natalie, Christopher, Hailey, Xavier, Isabella, Catherine, Kimberly, Noah, Thomas, and Great-Great-Grandfather of Brady and Prince. Son of the late Gardener and Rose (Porter) Ritchie, brother of Robert Ritchie & his wife Elaine of Tewksbury, the late Pauline McCue, Mary Hinckley and Charles Ritchie. John is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, October 18th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Home Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow In Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, October 17th from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.

John proudly served in the United States Army during World War II.

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Maureen I. (Williams) Fiorenza

October 12th, 2019

Maureen I. (Williams) Fiorenza, age 82, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on October 10, 2019.

Maureen was born on April 21, 1937 in Medford, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John F. and Rachel I. (Nevers) Williams. Maureen grew up as part of a large, loving family of six sisters in Medford and graduated from Medford High School in 1954.

Maureen married her “sweetheart” Joseph J. Fiorenza, Jr. on October 19, 1957. The couple moved to Everett Ave. in Wilmington in 1966, where they raised their three sons Joe, Mark and Mike. Maureen was a devoted and loving wife and mother; she was very active and involved in everything her sons were part of and she was extremely proud of ‘her boys”. Maureen and Joe, along with their children shared many wonderful times together throughout the years before Joe’s untimely passing in December of 1996. ”

Maureen was delighted when she became “Nonni” to her three grandchildren, Michael, Maura and Jonas; they were the “light of her life”. She was passionate about attending their sporting events, especially their hockey games and school activities; she truly enjoyed watching her grandchildren flourish and treasured the times they spent together.

Prior to retiring, Maureen, worked as a sales associate for T.J. Maxx in Wilmington; she loved her job and the people she worked with. Maureen was a hard worker and very friendly and helpful to the customers; she was truly an asset to the company.

Maureen loved traveling and going out with her girlfriends; she looked forward to the trips with the Wilmington Recreation Department and she was very active at the Wilmington Senior Center. Maureen enjoyed participating in the activities, field trips and social hour at the Center. Her personality, charisma and quick wit made the Senior Center a fun place for all. Maureen also belonged to the coffee group with the ladies at “As Good As It Gets.” She loved to socialize with her friends and catch up with the people who stopped by the restaurant. One of Maureen’s favorite hobbies was bingo; she loved the bingo league and never missed the chance to see her friends on Tuesday nights.

Maureen was a woman of great faith and an active member of St. Dorothy’s Church; she attended the four o’clock Mass regularly on Saturdays.

Maureen will be remembered as a friendly and outgoing lady; she had a bubbly personality and loved to joke around with her family and friends. Maureen was greatly loved and will forever be missed by all.

Maureen was the beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Fiorenza, Jr., devoted mother of Joseph J. Fiorenza, III of Burlington, Mark S. Fiorenza & his wife Kim of Wichita, KS, and Michael Fiorenza & his wife Aileen of Wilmington, loving “Nonni” of Michael Fiorenza, Maura Fiorenza and Jonas Clark, cherished daughter of the late John F. and Rachel I. (Nevers) Williams, dear sister of Myrna Cormier of NH, the late Marcia Crouse, Marjorie Puleo, Mary Jane Casey, Marilyn Broadhead, Rob Parechanian and Al Parechanian. Maureen is survived by her loving brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., (Rte. 38), Wilmington on Wednesday, October 16th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Maureen’s name may be made to the Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Lorraine M. Bradley

October 7th, 2019

Lorraine M. Bradley (Davoli), age 93, a long-time resident of Medford, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2019. Lorraine was the beloved wife of the late John Bradley, cherished daughter of the late Enrico and Mary C. (Cola) Davoli, dear sister of the late Marie Romano, Beatrice DiGiovanni, Norma Menchi, Irene Fiore and Henry Davoli. Lorraine is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, on Thursday, October 10th at 10:00 a.m. Interment Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

William I. Snow

October 7th, 2019

William I. Snow fondly known as “Bill”, age 82, of Wilmington, passed peacefully at home following a lengthy illness on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Bill was born on June 25, 1937 in Everett, MA; he was the dear son of the late Helen Robichaud Snow. William grew up in Chelsea and Everett before moving to Wilmington 42 years ago.

Prior to retiring, William was a Vice President at the Putnam Investment Company in Boston and Braintree for many years.

Bill will be fondly remembered as a “nice guy” who would do anything to help others; he enjoyed volunteering for the Wilmington Food Pantry for many years. Bill truly loved his family and friends; he will be greatly missed.

Bill was the beloved husband of the late Barbara A. (Ballarino) Snow for 37 years, devoted father of Deborah (Snow) Maimone & her husband Richard of Billerica, William Snow of Westford and the late James Snow. Loving grandfather of Michelle & Anthony Maimone, William, Kevin, Shawn & his wife Lindsey Snow. Cherished son of the late Helen Robichaud Snow, dear brother of Anne (Snow) McCauley & her husband James and Jean (Snow) Dentino & her husband Robert. Bill is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, October 11th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, October 10th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in William’s memory may be made to Home Health VNA of Merrimack Valley, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01843.

Matthew C. “Matty” Merceri

October 4th, 2019

Matthew C. “Matty” Merceri, age 84, passed away surrounded by his loving family on October 2, 2019.

Matthew was preceded in death by his father, Matthew P. Merceri and his mother, Evelyn (Selvitella) Merceri.

Matthew is survived by his four sisters, Anna Mrvicin, Mary Naddaff, Evelyn Faro and Christine Bresnahan, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Matthew was a Master Electronics Technician for General Electronics for many years. He also served in the National Guard.

In his younger years, he loved to take his nephews camping and fishing. His favorite hobby was collecting trains.

He was a kind and gentle man; he was loved by all his family and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, October 7th at 9:00 a.m. immediately 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 Forest Hills Cemetery, Lynnfield. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, October 6th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Marguerite “Terri” Davey

October 1st, 2019

Marguerite T. Davey (Fortin), “Terri”, age 88, a long-time Wilmington resident, formerly of Lawrence and Andover, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on September 29, 2019, at the Lahey Hospital in Burlington.

Terri was born on November 12, 1930 and was raised in Lawrence, MA. She was a graduate of Lawrence High School with the Class of 1948. Terri went on to continue her education at a secretarial school and went on to work at Merrimack Mutual Insurance Co. in Andover.

Terri loved the ocean and going to Hampton Beach with her friends, where she met her future husband Jim Davey. Terri and Jim married in September of 1954 and moved to Wilmington in 1959 where they raised their six children. Terri was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who cherished the times they spent together.

Growing up the family looked forward to heading up to Lake Winnipesaukee to spend time with her cousin Marguerite’s family in Moultonboro, NH. She also enjoyed her trips to Hull to visit her brother and sister-in-law at Nantasket Beach. The kids have lots of fond memories of these visits.

Once the kids were in school, Terri went back to work at Portex and Raffi and Swanson in Wilmington. She also worked in the billing department at Lahey Clinic for many years until she retired. She had a great work ethic and made several close friends there over the years.

In her spare time, Terri loved to read, play cards with the neighbors and play Michigan Rummy with the family. Her true passion was Bingo! She would travel as far as New Hampshire to find a Bingo game that fit into her schedule. She also loved taking the bus trips to Foxwoods with the Wilmington Senior Center.

Terri was a woman of great faith and was very dedicated to her religion; she was an active parishioner and volunteer at St. Dorothy’s Church in Wilmington for many years.

After retiring, Terri and Jim looked forward to traveling with family. They enjoyed trips to different parts of the United States, Bermuda, cruises to Alaska, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean. When the New England weather turned cold, Terri and Jim became “snow birds” and headed to Florida where they enjoyed the beach, sun and their Florida friends.

Terri and Jim spent their later years at Atria Longmeadow in Burlington where she continued her love of Bingo and spent time listening to her favorite talk radio programs. She will be fondly remembered as a dedicated Mom who always made her kids favorite birthday cakes, delicious jiffy cookies, hosted Christmas Eve every year and she treasured the time she spent with her grandchildren. Terri will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Terri was the beloved wife of the late James J. “Jim” Davey, devoted mother of Susan Harrison & her husband Don, Bryan Davey & his wife Karen all of Wilmington, Chris Davey & his wife Sandra of North Andover, Peter Davey & his wife Elaine of Groveland, Paul Davey of Dunstable and Joanne LaLiberte & her husband Mark of Cary, NC. Loving grandmother of Ryan Harrison & his wife Richelle, Justin Harrison, Jimmy, Jenna, Bryan and Jason Davey, Cameron & Connor Davey, Ethan & Aidan Davey, Kevin and Patrick LaLiberte and great-granddaughters Madelyn and Colette Harrison. Dear daughter of the late Irene Fortin Eager. Terri is also survived by her sister-in-law Fran Davey, her life-long and dearest friends Evelyn Martineau and Jackie Hamel, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, October 4th for Visitation from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marguerite’s memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

Jane M. (MacMullin) MacEachern

September 29th, 2019

Jane M. MacEachern (MacMullin), age 83, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on September 28, 2019.

Jane was born on May 21, 1936, in Brighton, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Allan and Alberta MacMullin. Jane was raised in a close-knit family in Wilmington; in her early years she attended Wilmington Schools and was a graduate of St. Charles High School in Woburn. Jane was very close to her siblings and made many life-long friends while growing up in Wilmington.

On September 5, 1959, Jane married her “sweetheart” Norman MacEachern; together they raised a wonderful family of five children and just celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. Jane was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, her family was her world. Jane was always there to cheer on her children and later her grandchildren at quite a few school and sporting events and dance recitals; she never missed a chance to celebrate their accomplishments. Jane had an “open door” policy and enjoyed her house being full with family, friends and kids; she loved to entertain and she always made everyone feel welcomed and loved in her home and if you were lucky enough you may have had the chance to hear her her play a few tunes on the piano.

Jane looked forward to family vacations; especially when they all went to Cape Breton in Canada to visit family and re-trace their roots.

Prior to retiring, Jane, worked as a secretary for the Suburban News for many years where she made lots of life-long friends.

Jane will be fondly remembered as a “caregiver” to anyone in need; she was very compassionate towards her family, friends and those that were less fortunate. She was kind and generous of her time and talents to help anyone; Jane never held a grudge she was always very forgiving and willing to put others needs ahead of her own. She was funny, she was faithful and she was feisty, just the right mix of sweet and sassy. She was truly an “angel on earth”.

Jane’s unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends was evident in everything she did and she always did everything with a warm smile and a friendly manner. Jane was truly a remarkable lady who will forever be in the hearts of those she touched.

Jane was the beloved wife of 60 years to Norman D. MacEachern, devoted mother of Karen Strem & her partner Frank Moss of North Andover, Patty Fay & her husband Mike of Wilmington, Janice Hanlon & her husband Billy of Billerica, Nancy Acquaviva & her husband Dave of Haverhill and Joe MacEachern & his wife Annie of Londonderry, NH. Loving “Nana” of Justin, Matthew & his wife Michelle, Brendan, Mikey & his wife Kristen, Sean, Corey & his wife Dana, Brett, Tyler, Emily, Kyle, Shane, Ava and great-granddaughter Delaney Mae. Cherished daughter of the late Allan and Alberta (MacInnis) MacMullin, dear sister of Allan MacMullin & his wife Mary of Billerica, Clare MacNeil of Tewksbury, Margaret Keefe & her husband Joe of Lowell, Mary Toombs & her husband Lenny of Tewksbury, the late Alberta “Snooks” MacEachern, Paul, James and Eileen MacMullin. Jane is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, October 2nd 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 Tuesday, October 1st from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jane’s memory may be made to Trigeminal Neuralgia/Facial Pain Association, 22 SE Fifth Ave., Suite D., Gainesville, FL 32601, fpa-support.org.

Joseph P. Costello Sr.

September 29th, 2019

Joseph P. Costello Sr., “Joe”, age 57, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on September 26, 2019.

Joe was born on November 23, 1961; he was the dear son of Mary and the late Edward “Costy” Costello. Joe was raised in a large and loving family in the “Silver Lake” area of Wilmington; he just loved “his lake”. He attended Wilmington public school and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1980. Joe was known to be a good athlete who loved football; he played Wilmington Pop Warner for many years as well as high school football for the Wilmington Wildcats.

Joe married his “high school sweetheart” Tracey Stewart on April 17, 1983; the couple eventually bought the family homestead at Silver Lake where they raised three wonderful children, Joe Jr., Allyson and Matt. Joe was the “best dad” according to his children and he adored his grandchildren Conor and Abigail; he just loved hanging out with his “little buddy” Conor. Joe was always there to support his family with unconditional love and devotion, he attended countless school and sporting events; whatever his kids were doing he was there to cheer them on and was always so proud of them.

Joe looked forward to being with his family and friends; they enjoyed going camping, trips to York Beach in Maine, traveling, and of course getting together for the “Sunday Football Games” where he would cheer on his beloved Dallas Cowboys.

Joe worked hard to provide for his family; he worked in the construction industry for Triton Construction for many years and he was employed as a custodian for the Town of Wilmington for the last several years. Joe was very easy to get along with and eager to do his job; he made many friends with his co-workers throughout the years.

Joe will be fondly remembered as a “good guy” who loved life; he had an infectious smile that would light a room. He was easy going, friendly and would do anything for anyone. He was a wonderful husband, dad, bampy, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to many. Joe loved his family and friends with all his heart and he will be forever be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

Joe was the beloved husband of Tracey (Stewart) Costello, devoted father of Joseph P. Costello Jr. & his fiancé Danielle Spilotros of Oxford, Allyson Hanlon & her husband Richard of Billerica and Matthew Costello & his girlfriend Meg Ferguson of Wilmington. Loving “Bampy” of Conor and Abigail Hanlon. Cherished son of Mary (Lee) and the late Edward “Costy” Costello of Wilmington, dear brother of Betsy Redmond, Cheryl Dacko & husband Paul, Edward “Butch” Costello & wife Andrea, Michael Costello & wife Kathy, Tricia Welch& husband Michael, Sean Costello & wife Cathleen all of Wilmington and Kathleen Gillis & husband Kevin of P.E.I., Canada. Nephew of Pat O’Brien of Wilmington, Son-in-law of George Stewart of Wilmington, brother-in-law of Michelle& Dave Hayley of Tewksbury, Joanne Lucas, Elizabeth & Dave Sullivan and Kathleen & Kenny Carroll all of Wilmington. Joe is also survived by his life-long best friend Dave Driscoll and the Driscoll family as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, October 1st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in 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 Monday, September 30th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 133 Federal St. 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02110.

Robert E. “Bob” Doyle

September 27th, 2019

Robert E. “Bob” Doyle, age 82, of Wilmington, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on September 26, 2019.

Bob was the beloved husband of Beverly A. (Austin) Doyle, devoted father of Michael Doyle & his wife Lillian of Somersworth, NH, Diane Doyle of Wilmington and Cheryl Kitner & her husband Kurt of Billerica, loving “Grampa” of Joshua & Rocio Doyle, Patrick Doyle, Danny Valerio, Molly Philip & her husband Prince and Joseph Costa, cherished son of the late John H. and Elizabeth (Peterson) Doyle, dear brother of the late Louise Skiffington.  Bob was also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, September 30th from 9:45 – 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 will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Bob’s name may be made to the Friendship Lodge, 32 Church St., Wilmington, MA  01887.

Paul J. Minichiello, Sr.

September 24th, 2019

Paul J. Minichiello, Sr., age 65, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden, passed away unexpectedly on September 22, 2019.

Paul was born on May 22, 1954, in Boston, MA; he was the dear son of the late John and Sarah (Genovese) Minichiello. Paul was raised and educated in Malden.

Paul enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and started active duty in February of 1972. Paul took several courses to continue his education and earned his National Defense Service Medal as well as his Rifle Marksman Badge during his time in the Marines; he also worked his way up to rank of Lance Corporal in May of 1973. Paul was honorably discharged from active duty in 1974 and went on to serve in the Marine Corps. Reserves until January of 1978.

Paul married the “love of his life” Maureen (Marshall) Minichiello, in 1979; the couple lived in Malden before moving to Wilmington many years ago. Paul and Maureen had a wonderful family and many great times together before her untimely passing in March of 2015. Paul really missed Maureen; she was not only his wife but truly his best friend.

Paul was a hard worker; for many years he was a carpenter for Union Local 33. Paul made many friends at work throughout the years before he retired in 1995.

Paul will be fondly remembered as a great guy and a good storyteller; he was passionate about his beliefs and the people in his life. Paul was very talented, he made many unique inventions throughout the years. He was also a creative artist who could draw amazing pictures. Paul loved his Boston Sports teams, especially the New England Patriots.

Paul was a true Patriot who loved his family, friends and country with all his heart, and he will forever be missed.

Paul was the beloved husband of the late Maureen S. (Marshall) Minichiello, devoted father of Nicole Brown & her husband Paul of Methuen and Paul J. Minichiello Jr. of Billerica. Loving “Pa” of Jordyn, Joseph and Frankie Brown, Shane, Adrianna and Anthony Minichiello. Dear brother of Peter Minichello & his wife Margie of Stoneham, ME, Patty Detore of Byfield, Robert Minichiello of Methuen and John Minichiello & his wife Denise of Tewksbury. Paul is further 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, MA, on Friday, September 27th for Visitation from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon followed by a Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.