Obituaries

Janet P. Coulouris

December 9th, 2016

Janet P. Coulouris (Bakey), age 61, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at home on December 7, 2016.

Janet was born on July 16, 1955 in Medford, MA; she was the cherished only child of James J. and Ethel L. (Lyons) Bakey. Janet was raised and educated in Somerville, MA and a graduate of Somerville High School with the Class of 1973. Janet went on to further her education earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in early childhood education from Boston State College.

Prior to retiring, Janet, was employed as a Manager for Verizon for many years.

Janet and her husband Charlie along with their daughter Jamie, moved to Wilmington more than 28 years ago; she was a wonderful neighbor and a loyal friend to many. Janet was very involved with the Wilmington Educational Foundation (WEF) and We’re One Wilmington (WOW) where she served as treasurer. Janet was always a “go to” person when you needed something done; she was more than willing to volunteer her time and talents whenever and wherever needed. Janet’s selfless acts of kindness helped many people in the community throughout the years.

Janet was also a member of the White Island Shores Community Association. She loved her “Cape Cod Community” as well. Janet had many fond memories of spending time with her parents on Cape Cod every summer and she continued enjoying Wareham throughout her adult years. Janet loved the beach and all her friends from White Island.

Janet will be remembered for her love of sports, the Red Sox and Celtics equally but she also enjoyed a good game of football and an occasional game of hockey. She was an avid reader and had a fondness for animals.

Janet’s greatest joy was being a mother to her daughter Jamie; her unconditional love and support for her daughter was evident in everything she did. When Janet became a grandmother or “MA” as she was known to Jaydyn and Mia, her life was complete. Janet cherished her grandchildren with all of her heart, she enjoyed spending time with them, watching them grow and develop into wonderful little people and she lovingly spoiled them as only a grandmother can do.

Janet’s was quite a lady, smart, with a wicked sense of humor, and always willing to help others in need. She was loyal and kind to everyone she met and she will forever be missed by those whose hearts she touched.

Janet was the wife of Charles W. Coulouris, Jr., devoted mother of Jamie Marie Coulouris & her fiancé Michael Harris of Wilmington, loving “Ma” of Jaydyn and Mia, cherished daughter of the late James and Ethel (Lyons) Bakey. Janet is also survived by her beloved cousin Dorothy Schnetzer and her son Gary, as well as several cousins and many dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 17th 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.

In lieu of flowers donations in Janet’s memory may be made to We’re One Wilmington (WOW), P. O. Box 25, Wilmington, MA 01887.

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Kevin Carney

December 7th, 2016

Kevin Carney, age 68, of Waterbury, CT formerly of Wilmington, MA died unexpectedly at home on December 4, 2016.

Kevin was the beloved husband of Jane C. (Fiume) Carney, devoted father of Melissa Luedke and her husband Ben and Chris Carney, step-father of Raymond LaVallee, Jr., loving grandfather of Caleb and Alexa Luedke. Dear son of the late Robert and Irene (Wesoja) Carney, brother of Walter Carney and his wife Elaine and Bob Carney and his wife Carol. Kevin is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Friday, December 9th for Visitation from 10:30-11:30 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Wilton, NH.

In lieu of flowers donations in Kevin’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.

Kevin proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Robert J. Smith

November 29th, 2016

Robert J. Smith – Born in Winchester, MA and raised in Wilmington, MA. He was the loving son of Robert and Josephine (Hardy) Smith, who predeceased him. Robert graduated from Wilmington High School in 1965, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Providence College, and a Master’s Degree from Boston College, all with honors. He also earned his certifications in Programming from Honeywell Institute and in Project Management from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was married to Trudy (Montuori) in March, 1970, and has one son, Kevin, and two grandchildren, Skyler and Chandler Smith, of Saugus, MA.

Following college, Robert worked for 26 years for New England Telephone, now Verizon, as a manager with varied assignments in Computer/Technical Support, Project Management and Human Resources responsible for college recruiting. He taught recruiting techniques to other Bell subsidiaries throughout the country. His final assignment took him to New York where he was responsible for a large scale consolidation project.

In 1997, Robert opted for early retirement from New England Telephone and joined First Data Corporation as Director of Operations, in Daytona Beach, FL. He was responsible for the innovative start-up project, which included overseeing construction and eventual staffing and training of personnel to service all Sprint customers for directory assistance.

Robert completed his professional career as Director-Nielsen Media Research, overseeing approximately 2200 employees in Dunedin and Oldsmar, FL, and in Kentucky. He retired from Nielsen in 2008.

Robert inspired all who knew him. He never stopped learning and was a student of history, literature, politics, and most especially classical music, from its origins in early church music to present day composers. He loved sailing in Ipswich, Rockport, and Gloucester during summers. He was an avid traveler, and with Trudy, visited many Caribbean countries and Bermuda. Their last most memorable trip was to Ireland.

Most importantly, Robert was loved and admired by all who knew him. He was a wonderful husband of 46 years, a great father to his son, Kevin, and a loving grandfather to Skyler and Chandler. He delighted in taking them to Disney World, the Kennedy Space Center, museums and aquariums, and to Nascar races in Daytona Beach. He loved watching them play baseball, both in Florida and Massachusetts. Bob was a dear brother to Elizabeth “Betty” Ozolins and her husband Armins of Essex, MA. He is also survived by his brother-in-law William Montuori and daughter-in-law Michelle Smith. He will be sadly missed by all whose lives he touched.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 3rd 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 in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, December 2nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to a Charity on One’s Choice.

Forrest G. Downs

November 29th, 2016

Forrest G. Downs, fondly known as “Brownie” or “Ned” to his family and friends, age 88, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on November 26, 2016.

Forrest was born on August 28, 1928, in Wakefield, MA; he was the dear son of the late Glenn and Phoebe Downs. Forrest was raised in a large family; he moved to Wilmington when he was a young boy when his family bought the Pettingill Dairy Farm at Perry’s Corner in Wilmington. Forrest was raised and educated in Wilmington; as a youngster, Forrest, along with his brothers and sisters learned how to work hard around the farm, take care of the animals, and milk the cows; they did everything as a family.

Forrest went on to serve in the U. S. Army Reserves before being inducted into active duty on January 24, 1951 during the Korean Conflict. Forrest served as a Sergeant with the 70th Engineer Combat Battalion and was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal for his service during the occupation of Germany. In January of 1953, after being honorably discharged from active duty, Forrest was transferred to the Army Ready Reserve and returned home to his family in Wilmington.

On June 6, 1951, Forrest married his “sweetheart” Helen Mae Ellsworth; the couple raised five wonderful children and shared more than 63 years together before Helen’s passing in October of 2014. Forrest loved being a dad; he was involved in the kids lives and they have many fond memories of their dad teaching them how to ice skate and play sports. As a “Papa” to his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren he couldn’t be beat; Forrest spent countless hours on the side lines of every sporting event that those kids played, he was always cheering them on and giving them encouragement. Forrest Loved his family unconditionally and was always so proud of them.

Forrest was a hard worker and for over 38 years he dedicated himself to the Wilmington highway department. Forrest was an easy going guy, a wonderful co-worker, and a great friend to many. At the time of his retirement, Forrest had worked his way up to Assistant Superintendent but everyone knew he just loved working in his front end loader.

In his spare time, Forrest enjoyed playing card games such as cribbage and kings in the corner. Forrest was also a Boston sports fan who enjoyed watching hockey and the Red Sox with his daughter Cindy. In his younger years Forrest was an avid bowler who was so good that he even tried out for a spot on television.

Forest will be remembered as a nice guy; he would do anything for anyone especially his family and friends. Forrest will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Forrest was the beloved husband of the late Helen M. (Ellsworth) Downs, devoted father of Cynthia Ronan & her husband Kevin of Tewksbury, Clifford Downs & his wife Janice of Derry, NH, Carolynn Morrison & her husband John of Wilmington, Glenn Downs & Danielle McKiel of Wilmington, and Terri Higgins & her husband John of Newbury, NH, loving “Papa” of Kevin Ronan and Kim D’Agostino, Katie and Chris Wright, Kelli and Dennis Estabrook, Keith Ronan and Tara Robertson, Kurt Ronan and Bery Madrano, Cliff and Emily Downs, Amy Huot, Angela and Sean Hyde, Ethan Downs, Nathan Downs, Christina and Mike Day, Joey Downs, Billy Downs, Sean Higgins, Shannon Higgins, Justin, Matthew, and Emily McKeil, Great Papa of Kaliegh, Emily, Jack, Max, Carter, Andrew, Cameron, Logan, Julia, Alivia, Owen, Declan, Tyler, Haleigh, Kylie, Brooklyn, Mikayla, Ryan, Arianna, Ryan, and Kaitlin, dear son of the late Glenn F. and Phoebe S. (Carpenter) Downs, brother of Clifton Downs of Mansfield, the late Francis, Edward, Clayton, Clesson, Harvey, and James Downs, Pauline Russo, Stella Flynn, Geneva Morrison, and Charlotte Gaudette. Forrest is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Forrest’s Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, December 7th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Vising Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 6th from 3-7 p.m.

Therese Marie Anderson

November 28th, 2016

Therese Marie (Leverone) Anderson, age 87, of Wilmington, passed away on November 27, 2016.

Therese is the wife of the late George A. Anderson, mother of George A. Anderson, Jr. & his wife Gail of Hardwick, Brian D. Anderson & his wife Cilla and Susan Welch all of Wilmington and the late David Anderson, grandmother of George Anderson, III, Christine Fauteux, Meredith Welch, Laurene Lefebvre and Brian Anderson, Jr., great-grandmother of Duncan, Braden, Quinlan, Finian, Elena and Nathan.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA on Thursday, December 1st at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial Donations in Therese’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Paul A. Butler

November 27th, 2016

Paul A. Butler, age 49, of Billerica, passed away on November 26, 2016. 

Paul is the devoted father of Debbie Athey & her husband Matthew of West Virginia, loving grandfather of Haley, Noah, Regan and Lucas, cherished son of Gail (Wilson) Smith & her husband, the late Robert Smith of Billerica and the late Donald P. Butler & his wife Paula Butler of Andover, dear brother of John Butler of Billerica, Julie Sullivan & her husband Joseph of Methuen, Lee Butler & his wife Lisa of Lowell, Robert Gagne & his wife Linda of Billerica, Lynne Gagne of Andover, Cheryl Dissottle of New York, Robert Smith of Wilmington, Scott Smith & his wife Christine of Hudson, NH, the late Donnie Butler, David Gagne and Christopher Gagne.  Paul is also survived by a large extended family of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. 

Paul was an avid sports fan.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, November 30th from 10:00 – 12:00 noon followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. 

Memorial donations in Paul’s name may be made to MA Coalition for the Homeless, 15 Bubier St, Lynn, MA 01901.
 

Joseph “Sonny” Robarge

November 26th, 2016

Joseph R. Robarge fondly known as “Sonny” to his family and friends, of Wilmington, died at home surrounded by his loving family on November 25, 2016; he was 80 years old.

Sonny was born in Lowell, MA on February 9, 1936; he was the dear son of the late Albert and Gertrude Robarge.  Sonny was raised and educated in Lowell and following High School he served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. 

In February of 1959, Sonny married the love of his life, Patty Cushing; the couple raised a wonderful family and made countless memories together during their 57 years of marriage.  They started their married life in Lowell but moved to Wilmington within 2 years to raise their family of five boys.   

Sonny was a very hard working man who often had more than one job, but he and Pat always found time to take their family camping and fishing. They spent many weekends at the Cushing family cottage on Beaver Lake in Derry, NH and have great memories of those times spent with extended family.  

True Wilmington townies, Pat and Sonny had a special spot on the Town Common under “their” tree where they enjoyed all the festivities of the Fun on the Fourth celebrations from the very first year it started.  They could also be found there enjoying the weekly Summer Concert Series. 

Pat and Sonny took advantage of the many activities offered by the Wilmington Recreation Department.  Some of his favorites were the trips to Branson, Missouri and the many shows and plays they saw.  As active members of the Wilmington Senior Center, Pat and Sonny enjoyed socializing with their friends. 

Sonny was very proud of his status as a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and was especially proud when all five of his sons joined the order as well. 

A member of the Andover Sportsman Club for many years, Sonny passed along his love of hunting, fishing, and camping to his sons and grandchildren. Sonny was well-known for his horseshoe throwing skills and love for the game, which his sons and grandsons also inherited. He also loved to watch professional sports but nothing could compare to watching his sons and grandchildren perform as Wilmington Wildcats.  From 1969 to the present day, Pat and Sonny could be found watching football, hockey, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, basketball and field hockey at the youth, high school and college levels; Sonny was always their biggest fan.

Sonny will be remembered by his family as a no-nonsense, hard-working, do-the-right-thing type of man who loved his wife and children very much. He was so proud of his sons who turned out to be hard working family men and nothing made him smile more than being with any of his thirteen grandchildren or five great-grandchildren. He truly loved each of them and was so proud of each of their accomplishments. Sonny will be greatly missed by his family and friends who loved him dearly.

Sonny was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Cushing) Robarge, devoted father of Joseph Robarge, Jr. & wife Denise of Gilmanton, NH, John Robarge & wife Julie, Dennis Robarge & wife Laurie and Donald Robarge & wife Bette all of Wilmington and Timothy Robarge & Diane Martin of Wakefield.  Sonny was the loving grandfather of Jonathan & Amy, Jackie, Ashley, Danielle, Krystal, Michael, Nick, Hayley, Caroline, Seamus, Tommy, Christian, Meghan, and great-grandfather of Trey, Jarred, Ashley, Alyssa, and Kelsey.  Dear son of the late Albert and Gertrude (Codere) Robarge, brother of Richard Robarge & wife Julie of Lowell, Raymond Robarge of Florida, the late Dot Bergfors and Theresa Robarge.  Sonny is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, November 29th from 2:00-6:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 6:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Joseph’s name may be made to the Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA  01887. 

Ellen (Amari) Tamilio

November 25th, 2016

Ellen (Amari) Tamilio, age 77, of Stoneham, formerly a long-time resident of Woburn, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on November 23, 2016. 

Ellen was the beloved wife of Frank J. Tamilio, Jr., devoted mother of Frank J. Tamilio III of Chelmsford, Judy Mabardy & husband Emile and Mark Tamilio & wife Julie all of Woburn, Rachel Tamilio of Wakefield, Timothy Tamilio & wife Jennifer of Virginia.  Loving “Grandma” of Gianna and Isaiah. Cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Angelina (Gaudioso) Amari, dear sister of Anna Brazee of Billerica, John Amari of No. Carolina, the late Marie Donato, Jennie Gianotti, Josephine Foskitt, and Russ Amari.  Ellen is also survived by a large and loving extended family of brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, November 28th from 4-8 p.m.  Ellen’s Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, November 29th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.  Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

In lieu of flowers donations in Ellen’s memory may be made to the Friends of Hyder Family Hospice House, 285 County Farm Road, Dover, NH  03825 www.friendsofhyderfamilyhospicehouse.org.
 

Edward R. Lord, Jr.

November 17th, 2016

Edward R. Lord, Jr., age 73, of Wilmington, died with dignity on November 16, 2016, surrounded by his loving family from complications of Mesothelioma.

Ed was born at home in Reading, MA on July 28, 1943; he was the dear son of the late Edward and Hannah Lord. At the age of 7, Ed moved to Wilmington where he was raised and educated. Ed graduated from Wilmington High School and then enlisted in the U. S. Navy on June 28, 1961. He was a veteran of the Cold War participating in the blockade during the Cuban Missile crises. Ed was Honorably discharged on July 17, 1964 and returned home to his family.

Ed married Dolores Whittemore in 1980; the couple raised a wonderful family and had many great times together. He was so proud to have six children and wished he could have had more. Ed loved to take his children camping, hiking, and to the beach; he always enjoyed any outdoor activities. Ed’s family remembers with fondness the cruises to Jamaica and Cozumel and the countless weekends in beautiful Vermont; everyone had a wonderful time. These were some of the best times in Ed’s life when he had all the kids together doing something fun. Ed was also a wonderful teacher and mentor to his children; he taught them to work hard, make your own way, be honest, do for others, love one another, and be a good person. Ed’s life lessons will be carried down from generation to generation.

Ed worked hard his whole life; for more than 39 years he was an Iron Worker for Union Local #7 in Boston. Ed’s work ethic was unwavering; he was conscientious, very dependable, and gave 100 percent every day. Following his retirement, Ed found that he had too much time on his hands so he dabbled in the tree business and at the age of 70 he took on the construction field and built several homes.

Ed was a giver of his time and talents to everyone in need and he was generous to a fault. Ed was always helping someone out in some way; whether it was a ride, help shoveling or plowing, chopping wood, doing repairs, or giving advice; he could always be counted on.

In his spare time, Ed enjoyed lifting weights, body building, and taking good care of himself. Ed was no stranger to hard physical work and he always wanted to be in the best shape possible.

Ed will be fondly remembered as a “standup guy”, he was honest, hardworking, kind, and caring. He loved his family and friends unconditionally and always had their back. Ed will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ed was the beloved father of Mary Elisabeth Lord, Rachel E. LePore & husband Chris, and Donald G. Lord all of Wilmington, Rebecca J. Belland & husband Nicholas of Princeton, Edward R. Lord III of Billerica, Sarah J. Simonton & husband Douglas of Fremont, NH, and David A. Forester of Wilmington, grandfather of Hailey, Gabriel, Raymond, and Douglas. Dear son of the late Edward R. and Hannah (Sparks) Lord, brother of Shirley Arsenault of Middleton, Muriel Belbin of Florida, Donald Lord of Wilmington, the late Barbara Farrell and Ellen Gunkel. Ed is also survived by his companion Sahirah Abdur, many nieces, nephews, and his former wife Dolores Lord of Wilmington.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, November 20th from 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Ed’s Funeral Service will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington on Monday, November 21st at 1:30 p.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Ed’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Charles A. Ganno

November 14th, 2016

Charles Anthony Ganno, “Charlie”, age 72, of Wilmington, died peacefully on November 12, 2016.

Charlie was born in Boston, MA on July 27, 1944; he was the son of the late Charles and Antoinette Ganno. Charlie was raised and educated in Medford, MA and was a graduate of Medford High School.

Charlie married his “sweetheart” Marie Sutera in April of 1967; celebrating nearly 50 years of marriage together. The couple lived in Malden for a few years before moving to Wilmington in 1971 where they raised two wonderful daughters Charlene and Dawn. Charlie was very devoted to his family; he enjoyed every moment they spent together whether it was a family birthday, holiday, or special celebration; he just loved being with them. Everyone knew that Charlie loved his girls but when the grandchildren came along they were the “light of his life”. Charlie cherished being “Puppy” to Kayla, David, Anthony and Dominic; he was always so proud of them.

Charlie was also a hard worker; for many years, he was a heavy equipment operator for the Town of Wilmington.

Charlie will be fondly remembered as a nice guy who was friendly to everyone he met. Charlie loved his family and friends unconditionally and he will forever be missed.

Charles was the beloved husband of Marie (Sutera) Ganno, devoted father of Charlene M. (Ganno) Thompson & husband David of Hubbardston and Dawn M. (Ganno) Naimo & husband Michael of Wilmington, Loving “Puppy” of Kayla & David Thompson, Jr. and Anthony & Dominic Naimo. Cherished son of the late Charles and Antoinette (Mungelli) Ganno, dear brother of Annmarie McGrane of Peabody, the late Charles Cecere and Constance Newell. Charles is also survived by many brothers and sister-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, November 18th for Visitation from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Charles’ name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.