Obituaries

George E. Staples

December 7th, 2019

George E. Staples, age 80, a life-long resident of Billerica, passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2019, at the Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus.

George was born on May 21, 1939, in Lowell, MA; he was the son of the late Edwin and Margaret Staples. George was raised and educated in Billerica and a graduate of Billerica High School.

George enlisted in the U. S. Army on April 22, 1960, during the Vietnam War; he actively served for three years and honorably discharged to the U. S. Army Reserves until April of 1966.

Prior to retiring, George worked for the U. S. Post Office Distribution Center in North Reading for many years.

George was always willing to give of his time to help others; he was a member and Past Grand Master of the Thomas Talbot Masonic Lodge of Billerica and Past Patron of the Billerica Order of the Eastern Star.

George will be fondly remembered as a “quiet guy” who loved his family and friends; he will be greatly missed.

George was the cherished son of the late Edwin and Margaret (Tibbetts) Staples, dear brother of Lewis Staples of Dunstable, the late Edith Narduzzo, Robert Staples and Nancy Parker. George is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Betty.

Graveside Services with Military Honors will take place on Saturday, December 14th at 11:00 a.m. in Fox Hill Cemetery, 130 Andover Road, Billerica, MA.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington

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BMCM(EXW) Kenneth Edward MacDonald, Jr.

December 6th, 2019

BMCM(EXW) Kenneth Edward MacDonald, Jr. passed away suddenly in Hampton, VA, on November 24, 2019 at the age of 41.

Ken MacDonald was born in Winchester, MA on December 6, 1977. After graduating from Wilmington High School in 1995, Ken joined the United States Navy where he rose in the ranks to become a Master Chief Boatswains Mate. Over the last 24 years he has become a role model to many of his fellow sailors. Ken also dabbled in bartending at Cozzy’s Comedy club in Newport News, Virginia where he met Meaghan and his life truly began.

Ken will be remembered by his devoted wife of over 12 years, Meaghan (Slavens) MacDonald of Hampton, VA; and his two beautiful children Lorelai and Jason. Ken is also survived by his three younger sisters Amy MacDonald of Wilmington, MA; Crystal (MacDonald) Sullivan of Avon, MA; Gail Ann (Nee) Belcher and husband James of Taunton, MA. Ken was the beloved uncle of Camden Coleman of Herndon, VA and Adalynn Belcher of Taunton, MA. Predeceased by his father Kenneth E. Macdonald, Sr. Ken was the cherished oldest grandson to the late Robert and Joanna (Nee) Matthews formerly of Wilmington, MA as well as Edward Macdonald of Palm Harbor, FL and Constance (Miller) Macdonald of Billerica, MA. Michael and Marsha Slavens of Waco, TX and their family welcomed him into their family when he married their daughter, Meaghan.  Many cousins, aunts and uncles, friends and fellow Sailors will forever miss Ken.  All who knew him loved him and will forever keep him in our thoughts and hearts.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, December 10th 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 with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, December 9th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Ken’s name may be made to the MacDonald Children Donation Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 2 Victory Blvd., Poquoson, VA 23662.

John “Jack” Moran

December 6th, 2019

John E. “Jack” Moran, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on December 4, 2019, in Wilmington, MA, at the age of 61 after battling brain cancer.

Jack is survived by his wife Marlene (Blonigen) Moran, his daughter Jaclyn McGowan and her husband James and his son Dean Moran all of Wilmington; his parents John and Janet of Wilmington; siblings Patricia Murphy of Reading, Tim Moran and his wife Leslie and Nancy O’Keefe and her husband Paul all of Tewksbury. Jack was also a beloved son-in-law to Margaret “Penny and Silverius “Sil” Blonigen of Wilmington; brother-in-law of Robert “Bob” Blonigen and his wife Brenda of Newington, NH, Veronica “Bonnie” DiOrio and her husband Chris of Wilmington, Diane Consigli and her husband David of Medway, Elaine MacKinnon and her husband Dan of Wilmington and Gary Blonigen and his wife Melanie of Wilmington. He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews who he enjoyed spending time with immensely and lots of good friends.

Jack was born on June 2, 1958, in Somerville, MA to John and Janet Moran. He graduated from Wilmington High School in 1976 and was and all-star running back on the football team. After graduating from high school, Jack began his own company with his life-long friends Richard “Rick” Fudge and Peter Sbano of Wilmington, but eventually ended up working as an engineer at Analog Devices in Wilmington where he worked for 29 years.

He married the love of his life, Marlene (Blonigen) Moran on October 5, 1985. In 1989 Marlene and Jack purchased their forever home in Wilmington where the couple welcomed their two children Jaclyn and Dean. His children remember him as a loving, devoted father who never missed a practice, game, or school event and always had time to play catch or go for a walk in the woods with the family’s beloved dog, Prince.

Some of Jack’s favorite past times included golfing with his brother, father and son, watching college football with his wife, vacationing and spending time with his children, walking with his dog, vacationing with his wife and friends, and drinking bud lights with friends and family. Jack was a loving husband, devoted father, and loyal friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, December 8th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Family and friends will gather at the Funeral Home on Monday, December 9th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of John may be made to support the Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Checks may be made out to Massachusetts General Hospital, c/o Heidi Bergmeyer MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114 with “In Memory of John Moran” in the memo.

The family would like to thank Jack’s caregivers, hospital staff, and doctors for their efforts, care, dedication and kindness towards Jack and our family.

Angelo Thomas Fillios

December 3rd, 2019

Angelo Thomas Fillios, age 94, of Westford, formerly of Cambridge, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2019, at the Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln.

Angelo was the devoted father of Catherine Kanode of Wilmington and Loretta Fillios of Chelsea, loving “Papou” of Jennifer Chiampa, Danielle LaFontaine and great-grandson Michael. Cherished son of the late Thomas and Mary (Rigopoulos) Fillios. Angelo was one of 9 siblings and is survived by his sister Athena Fillios, as well as many nieces, nephews and his beloved dog “Beau Beau”.

Angelo proudly served as a combat medic in the 160th Medical Combat Engineers C Battalion with the United States Army during World War II and was stationed overseas in Northern France. Angelo was a Chevalier recipient and awarded the Legion of Honor Award from the French Government for his courageous service to their countrymen during the War.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 7th for Visitation from 1:00-3:00 p.m. followed by a Service with Military Honors at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donation’s in Angelo’s memory may be made to VIDOL (Veterans in Defense of Liberty), P. O. Box 1821, Merrifield, VA 22116.

John E. Gottlander

December 2nd, 2019

John E. Gottlander, age 49, a life-long resident of Wilmington passed away unexpectedly on December 1, 2019.

John was born on January 7, 1970, in Lowell, MA. He was the beloved son of John and Elaine (Sullivan) Gottlander. He is survived by his sister, Kris Gentile and her husband Antonio of East Bridgewater. He was the loving uncle to Nicolas, Makayla and Madison Gentile. John is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

John was educated and graduated from Wilmington High School where he played goalie for the school hockey team. John worked as a heavy equipment operator. In his spare time John enjoyed spending time with the family, riding his motorcycle, working on cars, boating, fishing, hanging out with friends and watching his favorite sports team, the New England Patriots. John was an “awesome” uncle; a big teddy bear who loved to “horse play” with his nephew and nieces.

John will be fondly remembered as a wonderful son, brother, uncle and true friend to many. He had a great sense of humor and a smile that was infectious. John’s sudden passing has left a huge void in many lives but he will forever be remembered and loved by all.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Street (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, December 5th from 4:00-700 PM.

Family and friends will gather for John’s Funeral Service at Nichols Funeral Home on Friday, December 6th at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Wildwood Cemetery.

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

Marion C. Tully

November 30th, 2019

Marion C. Tully, age 100, formerly of Arlington, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2019.

Marion was the cherished daughter of the late Patrick and Agnes (Clark) Tully, dear sister of the late Francis Tully, James Tully, Daniel Tully, Joseph Tully and Margaret Tully, sister-in-law of Rita Tully. Marion was the aunt and great-aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and Friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt.62), Wilmington, on Thursday, December 5th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marion’s memory may be made to the Aberjona Nursing Center, 184 Swanton St., Winchester, MA 01890.

James W. Boudreau, Sr.

November 30th, 2019

James W. Boudreau, Sr., “Jim”, age 88, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at the Lowell General Hospital on November 27, 2019.

Jim was born in Malden, MA on January 5, 1931; he was the dear son of Ulysses and Catherine Boudreau. Jim was raised and educated in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School. Jim was always proud of his country even as a young boy; while in High School he was very involved in the Navy Cadet Program and following graduation he went on to enlist in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Jim was an Airplane Mechanic for the Air Force; he earned a rank of a Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged in April of 1956 and returned home to his family.

Jim married his “sweetheart” Fern Marie Cray on June 10, 1961; the couple shared more than 52 years together before her passing in August of 2013. Jim and Fern moved to Wilmington in 1966 where they raised three sons; Jamie, George and Todd. Jim enjoyed spending time with “his boys” and was so proud of them; he was very involved in their sports especially Wilmington Youth Hockey where he donated his time and talents to help all the kids and the program. Jim loved to take his family camping all over New England throughout the years; everyone always had a great time.

Jim worked hard to provide for his family; he was self-employed as an electrician before a stroke disabled him at an early age. Jim fought hard to get back on his feet along with the help of his family and together they made the best of their new circumstances and had a many great times together throughout the years.

Jim and Fern retired to the “sun and fun” of Valrico, Florida where they made many good friends and had some great times through the years.

Jim was a great story-teller and could keep a captive audience with his great stories and knowledge of current events.. Jim was also known for his “sweet tooth” and enjoyed all kinds of desserts.

Jim will be fondly remembered as a “great guy” and a wonderful family man; he faced life’s challenges with perseverance and never gave up; a true inspiration with a positive attitude to carry him through. Jim will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jim was the beloved husband of the late Fern M. (Cray) Boudreau, devoted father of Jamie Boudreau & his companion Lisa Johnson of Tewksbury, George Boudreau & his wife Joanne of Round Rock, TX and Todd Boudreau & his wife Rana of Wilmington. Loving “Gramps” of Lindsey, Jennifer, Phillip, Gregory, Hunter and Charlie Boudreau. Cherished son of the late Ulysses and Catherine (Pothier) Boudreau, dear brother of Robert Boudreau of Malden.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, December 4th for Visitation from 3:00-7:00 p.m. which will conclude with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Blaire House Patient Resource Fund, 10 Erlin Terrace, Tewksbury, MA 01876.

Jennifer Marie Simensen

November 26th, 2019

Jennifer Marie Simensen, age 37, of Charlestown, passed away on November 25, 2019.

Jen was the devoted mother of Gabrielle Poirier and Jada Griffith, cherished daughter of Mary Ellen Dionne & her husband Michael of Randolph and the late Stephen Simensen, Sr., dear sister of Stephen Simensen, Jr. & his wife Daniela of NH and Michael Simensen of East Boston, loving aunt of Ethan, Caiden, Noah, Matthew and Ava, special niece of Walter Evans, Jr., Adeline Dyer, Edith Evans, Linda Morse, Judy Evans and Diane Frear. Jen is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

Funeral Services for Jen will be private.

Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Jeanne (Fenlon) Giroux

November 25th, 2019

Jeanne (Fenlon) Giroux, age 85, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by loving family on November 25, 2019.

Jeanne was born on May 29, 1934 in Winthrop, MA; she was the daughter of the late John and Beatrice (Gillespie) Fenlon. Jeanne was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School Class of 1952. She then went to Melrose Hospital School of Nursing to earn her Registered Nursing Diploma.

Jeanne met the love of her life Howard (Tad) Giroux in 1954 on a blind date while Tad was in the Marine Corps. and Jeanne was in Nursing School. After writing many love letters, Jeanne and Tad went on to marry in 1956 at St. Williams Church in Tewksbury and the two were inseparable ever since that day.

Shortly after, Jeanne and Tad began a family. They proudly shared 63 years of unconditional love and many, many fond times together. Jeanne had great memories of being one of the “Silver Lake Girls” and eighty years later, Jeanne was proud to share that she was still best friends with many of those she grew up with.

During their years of raising six children, they hosted many fun-filled family events and always had an open-door policy for all. For many years, the Giroux family would open their backyard swimming pool to all the campers and volunteers from Camp 40 Acres Special Needs Program, and the year would not be complete without the Annual Christmas Eve Open House.

Jeanne was a valued employee of New England Pediatrics in Billerica and proudly cared for children and young adults with severe special needs for 36 years. She opened her home on holidays for many of the residents who did not have a home to celebrate in. As a healthcare provider, Jeanne understood the importance of medical research and was a participant of the Nurses Study, starting in the 1950’s, and later, a participant of the MGH Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research Project.

Jeanne’s pride and joy was her family. She had great memories of the family ski trips and vacations in Maine and New Hampshire. Her nearest and dearest oldest son Kevin was the center of all Jeanne’s family memories. She led by example and taught her children compassion, resilience, courage and independence. Jeanne’s children and grandchildren were the center of her world. She could always be found cheering them on at field hockey, soccer, lacrosse & football fields, tracks, basketball courts, ice rinks and music & dance recitals. She was also an active Girl Scout leader when her girls were young, which meant her living room was filled from floor to ceiling with GS cookies. She never complained or missed an important family event and always had a smile on her face and a story to share.

Jeanne was the beloved wife of Howard “Tad” Giroux, devoted mother of the late Kevin Giroux, Michele (Giroux) Higgs & her husband Steve of Bradenton FL, Robin (Giroux) Halpin & her fiancé Ken Demps of Waterford, MI, Lisa (Giroux) Bozzella & her husband Michael, Eddie Giroux & his wife Brenda and John Giroux & his wife Carolyn, all of Wilmington. Loving “Nana” of Michael, Brianne & Jesse, Devin, the late Josh, the late Ryan Mary & Nolan, Chad & Shelby, Patrick, Joey, Shawn & Steven and Kelly, Michaela & Madisyn. Jeanne was the dear sister to Beatrice “Bea” (Fenlon) Boring & her husband Ed of Aldie, VA, Geri (Fenlon) Gotaas & her husband Arnold “Arnie” of Muskegon, MI, John “Paul” Fenlon of Tewksbury & the late Barbara Fenlon and Donna (Fenlon) Mutchler & her husband Bruce of Plymouth, and special sister-in-law, Ginny Fenlon of Hampton, NH.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, November 30th at 11:00 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. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, November 29th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeanne’s memory may be made to New England Pediatric Care, 78 Boston Rd, North Billerica, MA 01862 or Special Olympics of Massachusetts, 36 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116.

Frank J. Killilea, Jr.

November 21st, 2019

Frank J. Killilea, Jr., age 81, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away at the Winchester Hospital on November 20, 2019.

Frank was born on October 5, 1938 in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Col. Frank J. and Isabel V. (Sirois) Killilea. Frank was raised in Andover and attended Phillips Academy, graduating with the Class of 1956. Following graduation, Frank earned his Bachelors of Arts from Dartmouth College in 1960, and a few years later he earned his Bachelor’s of Science from the Thayer School of Engineering.

Frank married his wife, Katherine (Knight) Killilea on June 21, 1969; the couple just celebrated their 50th anniversary over the summer. Frank and Kathy lived in Somerville for a few short years, before moving to Wilmington in 1970, where they raised their three children, Susan, Steven and Thomas. Frank was very involved in coaching the kid’s sports, especially baseball, soccer and softball.

Frank became a registered professional engineer specializing in environmental engineering, and he worked with Metcalf & Eddy for more than 30 years. He then finished a distinguished career in engineering with the City of Beverly, serving as the Director of Engineering and Salem-Beverly Water Supply Board member for more than 11 years. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), New England Water Works Association, and was a Life Member of the Boston Society of Engineers.

In his spare time, Frank enjoyed tending to the vegetable garden and he really loved to watch his own tomatoes and cucumbers grow. He took great pride in his garden and felt a sense of pride when he saw success. Frank always had a home project underway; he was very handy and could fix anything. Frank also looked forward to testing out all the new tech gadgets that were invented.

Frank was a man of great faith; he was a parishioner of St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years and served as a lector for the church.

Frank will be remembered for his love of family; he loved all the family gatherings and visits from the grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Frank was the beloved husband of 50 years of Katherine (Knight) Killilea, devoted father of Susan Killilea Coburn & her husband Edward of West Roxbury, Steven F. Killilea & his wife Kim of Fairfield, CT and Thomas U. Killilea & his wife Jennifer O’Neill of Andover, loving “Grandpa” of Abby, Norah, Garen, Colin and Isabel, cherished son of the late Col. Frank J. and Isabel V. (Sirois) Killilea, dear brother of John Killilea & his late wife Aida of Holland, MI, Peter Killilea & his wife Kathleen of North Andover and Alfred Killilea & his wife Mary Ann of South Kingston, RI. Frank is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Tuesday, November 26th at 9:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, November 25th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Frank’s name may be made to Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215 or to St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.