Obituaries

Thomas T. Wilson

June 5th, 2020

Thomas T. Wilson, 69, lost his courageous battle with ALS on June 5th, 2020, at home with his loving family by his side.

Tom was the son of the late George and Lillian Wilson, he is survived by his wife of 40 years, Debra Wilson, daughters Sheila Leaden of Andover, MA and Jennifer Garvey of Chelmsford, MA, five grandchildren, his sister Bette Dayton and her husband Doug of Texas, several nieces and nephews and Tom’s furry pal, Willie.

Tom was born and raised in Wilmington, MA and graduated from Wilmington High School Class of 1968. Tom enjoyed spending time with his family, watching all sports and keeping his vehicle in pristine condition. He was a wiz at math being able to multiply 2-3 digits in his head and have the answer in seconds.

There will be a Celebration of Life at a future date and time. Please consider a donation in Tom’s memory to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St. Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.

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

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James P. “Big Jim” Duggan

June 5th, 2020

James P. Duggan, known as “Big Jim” to his family and friends, age 77, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on June 5, 2020, surrounded by his family.

Jim was born in Wilmington on October 4, 1942; he was the dear son of the late John “Mike” and Margaret Duggan and a member of the large Duggan brood of 14 siblings. Jim was raised and educated in Wilmington; a “true townie” throughout his life.

Jim married Beverly Watters on December 2, 1966; the couple shared over 50 years of marriage and raised three wonderful children, James, Denise and Timmy. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family; especially his grandchildren who he loved to have fun with and push their buttons to get them riled up. Jim also looked forward to the times that they spent at their home in Ossipee, New Hampshire where everyone always had a great time and many wonderful memories were made.

Jim was a hard worker throughout his life; he along with his brothers started Silver Lake Forms which they ran for several years before he and his brother “Pee Wee” created JP Forms Company which they ran for over 20 years. Jim then got an opportunity to go and work for Union Local #88 in Boston and went to work in the tunnels for many years until his retirement.

Following retirement, Jim, could often be found working on his antique car or any kind of car for that matter. He enjoyed working on his heavy equipment and machinery to get them “running smooth”, he loved scrapping at the Farm in Wilmington, gardening but according to his family he did not have a green thumb. Though retired Jim was an essential part of Duggan Brothers daily operations and will be greatly missed by all.

Jim could be best described as a simple guy; he was hardworking and could fix just about anything, he enjoyed having a good time and was known to be a “character” and he loved his family with all his heart. Jim will be greatly missed and will forever be in the hearts of those who loved him.

Jim was the beloved husband of Beverly J. (Watters) Duggan, devoted father of James Duggan & his wife Carol of Tewksbury, Denise Carney & her husband Steve of Wilmington and Timmy Duggan & his fiancé Erin Kilbride of Tewksbury. Loving “Grampa” of Christine, Meghan, Kevin, Danny, Timmy, Maddie, Joey and Olivia. Dear son of the late John “Mike” and Margaret (Howes) Duggan, brother of Catherine Reinold, Mary Bammarito, William Duggan, Michael “Mickey” Duggan all of NH, Margaret Melvin of FL, Grace Carroll, Thomas Duggan both of Wilmington, Charles Duggan of Tewksbury and the late Henry “Hank” Duggan, John Duggan, Francis “PeeWee” Duggan, Eugene “Gene” Duggan and Joseph Duggan. Jim is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to Calling Hours on Tuesday, June 9 th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the Nichols Funeral Home 187 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA 01887. All guests attending the visitation are asked to remain outside until a funeral attendant escort you into the funeral home. Masks are required in the funeral home. A Graveside Service will take place at immediately following Visitation at the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P. O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Craig F. Downs

June 5th, 2020

Craig F. Downs, age 62, of Lowell, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on June 3, 2020, at the Town & Country Nursing Center and Rehab in Lowell.

Craig was born on September 23, 1957, in Winchester, MA. He was raised and educated in Wilmington and part of a large extended family; Craig was the beloved son of the late Harvey Downs and Audrey (Barnaby) and Jessie Anderson.

Craig was the dear brother of David Downs & his wife Patricia of New Hampshire, Kevin Downs & his wife Linda, Robin Anderson and John Anderson & his companion Laura Almeida all of Wilmington, Linda Anderson & her husband Patrick Picard of Lebanon, ME, step-brother of Malcolm Anderson & his wife Kathleen of Tewksbury, Roy Anderson & his wife Debbie and Debra Anderson all of Wilmington. Craig is also survived by his many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

For many years, Craig, worked as an auto mechanic; he could fix just about anything and he thoroughly enjoyed working on all kinds of cars. Craig loved the outdoors and in his spare time he could often be found fishing at a local spot.

Craig will be remembered as a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend; he loved his family unconditionally and looked forward to the times they spent together. He was known to be caring, funny, thoughtful and generous to a fault; Craig was kind to everyone he met and he will forever be in the hearts of those he loved.

At Craig’s request, his Funeral Services will be private.

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

Christine C. Youngclaus

June 2nd, 2020

Christine C. (Chester) Youngclaus, age 70, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on June 1, 2020 at the Windrose of Woburn.

Christine was the beloved wife of Robert F. Youngclaus, devoted mother of Jason C. Youngclaus of Bronx, NY and Jeffrey R. Youngclaus of Haverhill, cherished daughter of Wanda (Iwanski) Chester of Cambridge and the late Edward Chester, dear sister of Robert Chester & his wife Lynn of Cambridge and her special twin Elaine Vecchione & her husband Dominic of Arlington. Christine is also survived by many loving nephews, cousins and friends.

Due to the situation with the Coronavirus and the safety of the public, the Youngclaus family has decided to have private funeral services at this time. A Celebration of Life may be held at a later date; please refer to the Nichols Funeral Home website for updates.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Christine’s name may be made to Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, 2700 Horizon Drive, Suite 120, King of Prussia, PA, 19406.

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

Richard W. Stuart

June 2nd, 2020

Richard W. Stuart, age 48, of Wilmington, MA, died on Sunday, May 31, 2020 after a long and strong battle with brain cancer.

Rich was born on April 25, 1972 in Beverly, MA to the late Richard W. Stuart and his loving mother, Celia Stuart. He grew up in a wonderful neighborhood in the town of Wilmington, where he graduated from Wilmington High in 1990. Following graduation, Rich went to Fitchburg State and graduated with a degree in Construction Management.

In 1998, Rich opened his own company, Triton Construction Management and built that business to one of the more successful companies in the area.
Rich met his wife, Jane, and had two amazing kids, Richie and Willie. He built his own home and they settled in Wilmington for the last 19 years. Aside from coaching his kid’s athletics, which he thoroughly enjoyed, Rich’s interests included the Patriots, spending time at his lake house, snowmobiling, boating, and grilling poolside.

Rich is survived by his loving wife, Jane (Gilfoyle) Stuart, of Wilmington, formerly of Winthrop, his two sons, Richie and Willie of Wilmington, his mother, Celia Stuart, of Reading, MA, his brother, Michael Stuart and his wife Hawli Stuart of Andover, MA, his brother, Ryan Stuart, of North Reading, MA, his father-in-law John J. Gilfoyle of Winthrop, his sister-in-law Cathy Stapleton & her husband Patrick, as well as all his nieces and nephews. Rich was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Inge Gilfoyle.

Family and friends are invited to Calling Hours on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 4PM to 8PM at the Nichols Funeral Home 187 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA 01887. All guests attending the visitation are asked to remain in their vehicles until a funeral attendant escorts you into the funeral home. Masks are required in the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will take place at 10AM on Friday June 5th at Parish of the Transfiguration, St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA 01887. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in Rich’s name may be made to National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel St Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Dwight H. Storer, Jr.

May 30th, 2020

Dwight H. Storer, Jr., age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on March 8, 2020.

Dwight was born on March 10, 1932 in Manchester, CT. He grew up in a few areas of Maine and Reading, MA during his younger years. He moved around several times while his father ran the silent movies in theater for work. His fondest memories were in Buckfield, ME where his grandmother had a general store near the train station. Dwight would always reminisce about those days to his Dunkin Donuts friends and family. This is where his love for trains begin.

Dwight served in the Air Force and National Guard.

Dwight was a simple man and very kind to everyone he met. He always woke up early and took his sons to hockey back in the day. He enjoyed working on cars with them as well. In his later years, he spent a lot of time creating airplane models, landscaping and helped to raise his grandson, Dwight the 4th, which he so loved.

Dwight was a devoted father of Robert Storer, Roger Storer, and Dwight H. Storer, III & his wife Dorothy, and grandfather of Bobby Storer and Dwight H. Storer, IV. He was the son of the late Dwight H. and Elizabeth (Ludemann) Storer, brother of the late Evelyn Storer. Dwight, Gramps, or Harry was also very special to his daughter-in-law Linda Storer who survives him and is further survived by his “Dunkins Crew”.

A Graveside Service with Military Honors will take place in the Veterans Section of the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA on Friday, June 12th at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dwight’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, P.O. Box 538, Wilmington, MA 01887.

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

Sammy Duane LaFollette

May 29th, 2020

Sammy Duane “Sammy” LaFollette, age 89, of Wilmington, passed away on May 27, 2020.

Sammy was born on October 6, 1930 in Halltown, Missouri, on the famous Route 66. He was the son of the late Ora LaFollette and Lundy Ann (Sifferman).

In his youth, Sammy moved to Billines, Missouri, then to Aurora, Missouri, where he graduated from Aurora High School. He grew up knowing the fulfillment of life on a farm and owning and raising champion cattle. He earned several Blue Ribbons for his breed.

Upon graduation from high school, Sammy joined the US Navy in December 1950 and completed boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois. At completion, he was assigned to the USS Chester T. O’Brien. He completed duty in October 1954 with a rank of GM2.

Sammy married Mary Agnes Blute in June 1951 and settled in Charlestown, MA. He was the father of Mary Ann Pierce, Ellen Marie LaFollette and Duane James LaFollette.

Sammy worked 17 years for Hood Milk in Charlestown, 26 years for Mobil Oil Corp. and 15 years for The Country Club, Brookline, from which he retired in 2010.

Sammy was an avid hunter and fisherman, especially ice fishing, which he loved. Maine was his favorite location and he enjoyed snowmobiling and ATV.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Minutemen, various sports clubs and was a licensed instructor for the NRA and the Commonwealth of Mass.

He is survived by his children Mary Ann Pierce and Ellen Marie LaFollette both of Wilmington, Duane James LaFollette and Debbie of Auburn, ME, his companion Toni Pirie of Wilmington as well as several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He is pre-deceased by his wife and his sister and brother-in-law, Ylene and Eugene Williams of Verona, Missouri.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington, MA on Saturday, May 30th from 10:00-11:45 a.m. Guests attending the visitation should remain in their vehicle until a funeral attendant directs you into the funeral home. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery at 12:00 noon.

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

Janet C. Tower

May 28th, 2020

Janet C. Tower (Iverson), age 83, a long-time resident of Wilmington, formerly of Reading, passed away peacefully at the Winchester Hospital on May 26, 2020.

Janet was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on September 16, 1936; she was the dear daughter of the late Raymond and Helen (Clark) Iverson.
Janet was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Tower, devoted mother of Stephen Tower and his wife Christine of Tewksbury, Michael “Mickey” Tower of Wilmington, Thomas Tower and his wife Sharon of Tewksbury and Brian Tower and his wife Michelle of Tewksbury. Loving “Grammy” of Cassandra, Stephen, Joseph, Jonathan, Lindsay, Brian Jr., Lisa and Great-Grandchildren Jayden and Cecilia. She was the sister of the late Raymond Iverson, Marilyn Jasmin and Betty Moffitt. Janet is further survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Janet was a hard worker, for many years she was employed as a waitress for countless functions that were held at the Wilmington Sons of Italy. Janet was kind, courteous and fun; she made some great friends at work throughout the years.

Janet was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother; she showered her family with unconditional love and devotion and she will forever be in their hearts.

At Janet’s request, her Funeral Services will be private.

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

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

Joseph F. Warren

May 26th, 2020

Joseph F. Warren, “Joe”, age 92, of Wilmington, passed away on May 21, 2020.

Joe was born on December 3, 1927, at home on Faywood Avenue in East Boston MA. He was the dear son of the late Samuel and Winifred Warren. Joe was raised in East Boston and was a graduate of Boston Tech High School where he was known as “Jet Joe, Tech High’s fastest human” for his running ability and being the fastest sprinter on the track team.

Following graduation, Joe, was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. He received the World War II Victory Medal. Following nearly a year of active duty, Joe, was as honorably discharged and returned home to his family in East Boston.

Joe went on to further his education at Boston College and became a life-long Eagles Fan. Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and graduated in 1950. Joe’s alma mater became one of his favorite passions and he attended countless Eagles sporting events, especially football for many years. He also obtained a master’s degree in Education from Boston State Teachers College on the GI Bill.

Joe was recalled to the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He served from 1951- 1957 at home as well as overseas. Joe earned the rank of Technical Sergeant First Class as well as the National Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal with two loops. Again, Joe was honorably discharged following his service to the Country.

In 1959, Joe married Catherine Younie; the couple shared more than 61 years together and raised five children. Joe and Cathie settled in Wilmington and quickly became part of a “tight knit” and friendly neighborhood. Joe enjoyed his home and was very meticulous with his lawn. Joe and Cathie looked forward to their annual two-week family vacation that they took for over 50 years at the Days Cottages in North Truro on Cape Cod. Joe and Cathie had lots of friends and neighbors that they considered extended family.

Joe worked hard to provide for his family and took his job very seriously. For over 17 years he was employed as an industrial security specialist for the United States Government’s Department of Defense. Prior to his time with the Dept. of Defense, he enjoyed working for Itek. Joe retired over 28 years ago and he along with his wife Cathie made the most of their retirement by spending lots of time with their family and friends. They also looked forward to traveling, taking cruises.

Joe was known to be a sports fanatic. He enjoyed following all the Boston sports teams. He occasionally took in a round of golf and enjoyed watching various golf tournaments on television.

Joe will be remembered as a “good guy”, friendly, kind, good sense of humor and always willing to help his family and friends. He was a regular at the annual “Brookside Nursery School” graduations where he helped out and had a great time with the kids and their families. Joe is dearly loved by his family and friends. He leaves a solid legacy but his absence will be notable and he will be missed by all.

Joe was the beloved husband of 61 years to Catherine J. (Younie) Warren, devoted father of Mark Warren & his wife Margaret of Medford, Kenneth Warren & his wife Cristina and Robert Warren & his wife Wendy all of Wilmington, David Warren & his companion Linda Topjian of Billerica and Christine Kelsall of Bedford, NH. Loving “Grampy” of Christopher, Kimberly & her husband Mike, Benjamin, Abigail, Joseph, Peter, Julia, Rachel, Frank, K.C., Elizabeth, Melissa & her companion Dylan, Daniel, Jessie, Nathan and great-grandchildren Annalise, Bryer and Philip “Pip”. Dear son of the late Samuel and Winifred (Freeman) Warren, brother of the late Richard Warren.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Monday, June 1st at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to a Charity of One’s Choice.

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

Mary L. Caccamesi

May 21st, 2020

Mary L. Caccamesi (Perrone), age 93, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of East Boston, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2020.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Angelo Caccamesi, devoted mother of Deborah Cullen and her husband Paul of Wilmington and the late Elaine Mendes. Loving Grandmother of Susan Mendes, Tony Ramos, Jonathan and Danielle Cullen, Michael and Rana Cullen as well as her great-grandchildren Everett Michael Cullen, Jonathan Cullen, Jr. Natalie Jane Cullen and Anastasia Marie Cullen. Cherished daughter of the late Dominic and Gelsumina (Giadella) Perrone, dear sister of the late Angelo Perrone, Sue Argetes and Tilly Vaiarella. Mary was also the special aunt of several nieces and nephews.

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus, the Caccamesi has decided to have a private service for Mary at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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