Obituaries

Gary A. Walkup

July 16th, 2018

Gary Alan Walkup, age 67, of Lowell, passed away unexpectedly on June 3, 2018.

Gary was the beloved husband of the late Mary Walkup, cherished son of the late Arthur C. and Irma (Berndt) Walkup, dear brother of Lynn Bernier & her husband Ronald of AZ, Ellen Judge & her husband Richard of FL, Karen Mauriello & her husband Stephen of Wilmington, Lori Walkup & her partner Henri of RI and Staci Turner & her husband Richard of RI. Gary is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Gary will be private.

Gary was a U.S. Army Veteran who proudly served during Vietnam.

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Kevin P. Valente

July 16th, 2018

Kevin P. Valente, age 29, of North Reading, passed away unexpectedly on July 14, 2018.

Kevin arrived in the world on July 6, 1989, in Boston, MA, just one minute behind his twin sister Kimberly. He was the cherished son of Alexander and Gemma Valente and part of a large and loving family. Kevin was raised in North Reading; he attended Our Lady of Assumption Grade School in Lynnfield and was a graduate of St. John’s Prep. High School with the Class of 2008.

Kevin who loved nature always looked forward to his many outdoor activities. He enjoyed snowboarding, riding his snowmobile, swimming, cruising in his jeep with the roof and doors off, and living life to the absolute fullest.

Kevin was a “people person” who could have a conversation with anyone; young or old he could relate to everyone and their needs. Kevin had a wonderful personality, a great sense of humor and the ability to be the “life of the party” wherever he went. He was fun loving and enjoyed making people laugh especially at the most inopportune times.

Kevin will be fondly remembered for his kind heart, his ability to make everyone feel welcomed and for his unwavering love and devotion to his family and friends.

Kevin’s passing was sudden and shocking but his spirit will forever live on in the lives he touched. Kevin was truly loved and will forever be missed.

Kevin was the cherished son of Alexander and Gemma (Petrucci) Valente of North Reading, beloved brother of Alexander Valente, Jr. and his wife Anita Kwong of Stoneham, Russell Valente and his girlfriend Lindsey Roseman of Boston and his twin sister Kimberly Valente of North Reading. Dear Grandson of Jeannette and the late Francesco “Frank” Valente of Wilmington and the late Philomena and Nicholas Petrucci. Kevin is further survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Service on Friday, July 20th at 12:00 noon in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 19th from 3:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Kevin’s memory may be made to the Buddy Dog Humane Society, 151 Boston Post Road (Rte. 20), Sudbury, MA 01776 or to an Animal Rescue of your choice.

John D. Poland

July 15th, 2018

John D. Poland, age 72, of Landaff, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully at home on July 14, 2018. John was the beloved husband of Rita M. (Collins) Poland, devoted father of the late John D. “Dug” Poland, Jr., cherished son of the late Leo and Alice (Foote) Poland, dear brother of David Poland & wife Serena of Mesa, AZ, Susan “Sue” Moriarty & husband Ted of Stratham, NH, Marcia Howell of Mooresville, NC and Jacqueline Marchese & husband Stephen of Burlington. Brother-in-law of Fran Coleman of Tewksbury, Dan Collins and Marcia Consilvio & husband Ed all of Arlington, Loretta Thomas & husband Robert of Woburn, Patty Mitchell & husband Bucky of Windham, ME, Michael Collins of Tequesta, FL, Steven Collins of Standish, ME, Elizabeth Murphy & husband Philip of Melbourne Beach, FL and Karen Ashman of Leominster. John is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Saturday, July 21st at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03766 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Richard C. Gray, Sr.

July 15th, 2018

Richard C. Gray, Sr., fondly known as “Dick” or “Papa” to his family and friends, age 87, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on July 14, 2018.

Dick was the beloved husband of the late Martha A. (Rooney) Gray, devoted father of Diane M. Kozak & husband Michael of Center Ossipee, NH, Deborah J. Gray of Burlington, Linda A. Hayes & partner Art Janerico of North Andover, Kenneth P. Gray & wife Rhonda of Dracut, Richard C. Gray, Jr. of Derry, NH, Michael W. Gray of Dracut and the late Robert C. Gray. Loving “Papa” of Robbie, Brett, Brian, Brad, Paul, Ryan, Conor, Celia, Steven, Michael, Shawn, the late Krystal, Nicholas, Holly, Scott, Zachary, Colin, Kevin and great-grandchildren Ella, Andrew, Jack, Camella, Gianna, Tommy, Charlie, Lyla, Patrick, Neiva, Mylee, Lorelei, Matthew, Jaiden, Sloan and Keenan. Cherished son of the late Marcella Morrison and Clarence Gray, dear brother of the late Edith Bimbo. Dick is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, July 18th 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 with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 17th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Dick’s memory may be made to the Merrimac Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimac St., Lawrence, MA 01843.

Dick proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War and worked for Raytheon in Andover for nearly 40 years.

William J. Cleary

July 10th, 2018

William J. Cleary, “Bill”, age 69, of Woburn, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2018, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.

Bill was born on June 26, 1949, in Boston, MA; he was the dear son of the late John J. and Loretta (Hodder) Cleary and was raised and educated in Dorchester.

Bill learned his “love of the sea” at age 11 going to sea with his father, a fishing boat Captain. He enlisted in the Navy at 18 and first entered active duty on April 3, 1973 serving as a sub sailor navigator aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. Bill was honorably discharged as a Quarter Master Seaman Apprentice from the U. S. Naval Station in San Francisco, CA and returned home to his family.

Bill earned his sea time as a fisherman working for various boat owners out of Boston Harbor. He spent many years as an Able Bodied Seaman in the Merchant Marines traveling the world, seeing new places, and meeting new people.

Bill had a voracious appetite for learning and continued his education throughout his adult life studying law and philosophy among other subjects. He was very well read and could hold a conversation on just about anything.

Bill went on to become a paralegal for a Maritime Law Firm advocating for fisherman, investigating shipping accidents, and also as a private investigator for a law firm in Beverly.

Bill will be fondly remembered for his unconditional devotion to his family, his kind and gregarious personality, his ability to make friends wherever he went, and his love for children. He always felt most at home camping by the water or going to the ocean.

Bill was the loving partner of Carole McDonough of Woburn, beloved father of Kelly Cleary & fiancé Tom Parker of Weymouth, Cindy Cleary of Cape Cod, Julie Cleary & partner Amjad Hayyat of Vermont, the late Jesse and Jenna Cleary.  Loving “Papa” of MacKenzie “Rosie” Kane, Charlotte “Charlie” Nolan and Finn McDonough, dear brother of Raymond Cleary, John Cleary, Loretta Meade, Louise Harvey, the late Loran Hynes, the late Alice Peary, and the late Francis Cleary. Bill is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, July 14th for Visitation from 2:30-4:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service with Military Honors at 4:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in William’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 or dav.org. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Scott M. Gilbert

July 7th, 2018

Scott Michael Gilbert, age 23, of Wilmington and Billerica, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2018, at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston.

Scott was born on March 2, 1995, in Winchester, MA; he was the cherished son of Michael S. and Sharleen P. (Wentzell) Gilbert. Scott was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 2013. Scott was a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Billerica Youth and Wilmington High School wrestling teams; he along with his father and brothers are avid wrestlers and wrestling fans.

Scott will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love and devotion to his family and friends; especially his daughter Brooklyn who was the light of his life. He had and incredible smile and was loved by all who knew him. Scott will forever be in the hearts of those he touched.

Scott was the devoted “Daddy” of Brooklyn Gilbert, loving companion of Kristina Smith, cherished son of Michael and Sharleen Gilbert, dear brother of Bradley, Cameron and Thomas Gilbert all of Pepperell, formerly of Wilmington and Billerica, beloved grandson of Diane and Clayton Wentzell and Theresa and Robert Gilbert all of Wilmington. Scott is further survived by his godparents as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, July 12th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Family and friends will gather for a Funeral at the Funeral Home on Friday, July 13th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St.Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Margaret “Marge” Champey

July 5th, 2018

Margaret R. Champey (Patey), fondly known as “Marge” to her family and friends, age 71, of Lowell, formerly of Wilmington and Cambridge, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2018, at Lowell General Hospital.

Marge was born in Boston, MA on January 8, 1947; she was the dear daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Beverage) Patey.

Marge married her beloved husband Joseph Champey in March of 1970; the couple lived in Cambridge for many years where they raised their family. Marge and Joe spent many wonderful years together before his passing in October of 2011.

Marge was the devoted mother of Jamie E. Champey and his wife Debbie of Wilmington and the late Tanya M. (Champey) MacDonald and her husband Ralph MacDonald of Arlington, loving “RaRa” of Shaun and Dylan Champey and Vivian Rose MacDonald. Marge is also survived by her siblings, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation on Saturday, July 7th, at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, PO Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Michelle M. Cronin

July 1st, 2018

Michelle M. Cronin, age 35, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on June 29, 2018.

Michelle was the cherished daughter of Linda (Medeiros) Cronin and the late Kevin Cronin of Wilmington, beloved sister of the late Michael Cronin, loving companion of Eric Patterson of Billerica. Michelle is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and her beloved cat Spazz.

Michelle was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Shawsheen Tech High School with the Class of 2001. She was a hairdresser in Winchester for many years. Michelle will be fondly remembered for her great personality, her love of family, friends, and animals and for her infectious smile that would light up any room.

At the families request all services will be private; arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

Donations in Michelle’s memory may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 1 Bullfinch Place, Suite 201, Boston, MA 02114.

Jack A. Hardy

July 1st, 2018

It is with great sadness that Jack Hardy passed peacefully on Thursday, May 24, 2018 with his family by his side as he went to Heaven on a shining rainbow sunbeam after a brief illness. He was born on October 6, 1933 to Harold N. and Elvera (Milliken) Hardy in Reading, Massachusetts.

During Jack’s school years, he was a great athlete, loved to play all sports, especially football, basketball, baseball and golf. He played in the first Reading Memorial High School Golf Tournament in 1953 and received an award which is displayed in the RMHS Hall of Fame!

Jack was preceeded in death by his beloved Dad and Mom, his two brothers, three sisters and his young Godson, Frank B.Coates. There are still many nieces and nephews that remember him well as he was always “volunteering” to coach a “pick-up” team for one of the kids.

Jack retired from Local IUOE 4 Heavy Equipment and Concrete Pumping Operations, Boston, MA. Jack and his wife, Arline moved from Wilmington, MA to Ocala FL in May 1992. They opened a ceramic shop that very year in Marion Oaks, next to Mic’s 19th Hole Pub, where he enjoyed playing golf and shooting darts with his many friends.

Jack leaves his beloved friend and wife of nearly 60 years, and loving children, Linda E. Temple Migliori, Jack A. Hardy, Lori A. O’Donoghue. His Grandchildren Tara M. Temple, Gary D. Temple, Jr, Bryan S. Temple (Kate) and Ryan P. O’Donoghue. A Great Grandson, Brayden Quinn O’Donoghue and a Great Granddaughter, Charlie Elizabeth Temple.

Jack was a charter and life member, and Fellowship server of the Lodge of Loyal Order of Moose of North Reading, MA. #1511. He was also a member of the West Marion Lodge in Ocala, FL #2356. Jack travelled with his wife, Arline,
a charter and life member of the North Reading, MA Chapter #492 and a Past Grand Council Member of the Women of the Moose on assignment in many of the U.S. and Canadian Provinces. Jack will be remembered by many members.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, July 14th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent Moose Charities, 155 S International Drive Mooseheart, IL 60539 or www.moosecharities.org

Allison (Kane) LoGrasso

June 27th, 2018

Allison M. LoGrasso (Kane), “Allie”, age 54, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 27, 2018, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Allie was born on February 5, 1964 in Malden, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Matthew and Ellie Kane. Allie was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1982. Allison went on to continue her education at Middlesex Community College in Bedford and then on to Salem State College where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing.

Allison went to work as a registered nurse at Lahey Clinic in Burlington for more than 25 years; she was very dedicated to her profession, her patients and their families. Allison had a great personality and she treated everyone with compassion and respect which made her one of the favorite nurses at the hospital.

On October 10, 1998, Allie married the “love of her life” Joe LoGrasso; they shared many wonderful times together and always had a lot of fun. Allie and Joe became parents when their daughter Marissa was born; she was the light of their lives. Allison cherished her role as a “Mom”; she always showered Marissa with unconditional love and support and beamed with pride as she spoke of her daughter.

Family was everything to Allison; she was a wonderful wife, mom, daughter, sister and aunt. Allison looked forward to family holidays, vacations, and just spending time with them. Allie had a great sense of humor, she was upbeat, fun and full of energy; everyone always a great time when they were with her.

In her spare time, Allie loved going to her family camp in New Hampshire where she enjoyed sitting by the water, taking in the nature around her and just relaxing. She was an avid sports fan who looked forward to watching the Patriots and Bruins.

Allison will be fondly remembered for her infatuation with Dave Navarro; she was undoubtedly his biggest fan and for her love of Wonder Woman. Allison will be remembered for her kindness towards everyone, her larger than life personality, but most of all for her genuine love for her family and friends. Allison will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Allie was the beloved wife of Joseph R. LoGrasso, devoted mother of Marissa LoGrasso both of Wilmington, cherished daughter of Matthew and Eleanor (Roach) “Ellie” Kane of Wilmington, dear sister of Daniel Kane & his wife Lori of Wilmington, Christopher Kane & his wife Stephanie of Nashua and Ryan Kane and his wife Sarah of Topsfield. Allie is also survived by her godparents, as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, June 30th 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. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, June 29th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.