Obituaries

Bernard F. Wagstaff

February 15th, 2020

Bernard F. Wagstaff, “Bernie”, age 90 of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2020.

Bernie was the beloved husband of CarolAnn (Fitch) Wagstaff of Wilmington and the late Gertrude (Leverone) Wagstaff, devoted father of Beverly Hanson & husband Jim, Bernie Wagstaff & wife Joan, Gail Amato & husband Chuck, Mike Wagstaff & companion Rhonda Bilapka, step-father of Angel Wilgus & husband Phil, Rob Blenkhorn, Kristel Hammond & husband Tom and Evie Doyle & husband Chris. Grandfather of Brad Wagstaff & wife Lauren, Jay Wagstaff & wife Janelle, Jack Byrne & wife Amber, Ryan Byrne & wife Emily, Chris Byrne & wife Lindsey, Tommy Byrne & wife Andrea, Nick Amato & wife Erin, Ben Wagstaff, Cole, Ryan, Graham, Kailie and Morgan Wilgus, Madison, Peitynn and Aubbrie Hammond, Haleigh Doyle, Great-grandfather of Jillian, Adelyn, Colton, Austin and Jordyn Wagstaff, Lucas, Quinn and Hunter Byrne and Andrew Amato.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, February 22nd 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 with Military Honors will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, February 21st from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bernie’s memory may be made to the Rotary Club of Wilmington, P. O. Box 503, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

Bernie proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War; serving with the 2nd Armored Division and the 82nd Recon Battalion. Bernie’s love of Country and his Military Service continued throughout the years as he was active in many Military Ceremonies and reunions.

Bernie gladly gave back to his communities in Massachusetts and Florida; he was an active member of the Rotary Club of Wilmington, MA for many years and the Lake Worth Club and the Singer Island Rotary Clubs in Florida.

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Joseph J. “Joey” Cuoco, Jr.

February 11th, 2020

Joseph J. Cuoco, Jr. “Joey”, age 52, of Wilmington and Revere, passed away unexpectedly on February 9, 2020.

Joey is survived by his daughters Sofia and Olivia Cuoco and their mother Gina Cuoco all of Eagan, MN, his parents Joseph J. Cuoco Sr. of Revere and Geraldine “Geri” Szymanski & her husband Paul of Wilmington, he was the brother of Kimarie Falzano & her fiancé Peter DePesa and Sheri Cuoco all of Wilmington, step-brother of Erik Szymanski & his wife Elizabeth, Keith Szymanski and Christopher Szymanski & his wife Nicole. Uncle of Tyler Huebner, Scott Falzano Jr., Kaila McGonagle, Jalie Cuoco, Christian, Cole, Chase and Hannah Szymanski and Great-Uncle of Ava Rae Keddie. Joey is survived by his fiancé Heather Parker of Revere and her children Kayla and John Paul O’Toole. Joey is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Friday, February 14th at 12:00 noon. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joey’s memory may be made to RCA, 75 Lindall St., Danvers, MA 01923 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Joey was currently employed as a plumber with the Plumber’s Union Local 12. He enjoyed music, snowboarding, he loved to laugh and looked forward to the time he spent with his family and friends.

Barbara J. Groom

February 9th, 2020

Barbara J. (Talbot) Groom, age 81, of Tewksbury, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Barbara was born on May 17, 1938 in Boston, MA. She was the daughter of the late William and Eleanor (Hibbard) Talbot, Jr. Barbara was raised and educated in Malden, MA. She moved to Tewksbury in 1971 with her husband and two children.

Barbara loved her years working as a nursery school teacher in Wilmington. She later worked as an administrative assistant at Textron Systems in Wilmington.

Barbara was an accomplished artist, creating oil paintings and other artwork that were displayed in various galleries and seaside shops along the New England coast. She won many awards in local art shows. Barbara also had a passion for genealogy, and she spent many hours tracing her roots back through time.

Barbara’s energy and adventurous spirit took her all over the country throughout the years. She enjoyed horseback riding through the Grand Tetons in her 50’s, whitewater rafting the Grand Canyon in her 60’s and taking her granddaughters on intergenerational trips to the southwest or the northern plains in her 70’s. In her 80’s, one could still find Barbara at various dances and Zumba classes in the local area.

Barbara was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by her family.

Barbara was the beloved wife of 55 years of the late Francis Groom, Jr., devoted mother of Paula Morris & her husband James of Londonderry, NH and Francis Groom, III of Tewksbury, loving “Grammy” of Kimberly Morris of White River Junction, VT and Gabrielle Morris of Londonderry, NH, cherished daughter of the late William and Eleanor (Hibbard) Talbot, Jr., dear sister of the late Patricia Huber and William R. Talbot, III.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, February 12th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Tewksbury Cemetery, Tewksbury. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 11th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to MSPCA, Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

Richard W. Vayo

February 7th, 2020

Richard W. Vayo, age 86, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 6, 2020.

Richard was born on August 29, 1933, in Winchester, MA; he was the dear son of the late William and Evelyn (LeSage) Vayo. Richard grew up in Stoneham, MA and was a graduate of Stoneham High School with the Class of 1950.

Following High School, Richard enlisted in the United States Army Reserves where he served for 24 months before being called to active duty on June 22, 1953, during the Korean War. Richard entered as rank of Private First Class and was part of the 1815 76th Ord. Stock Control Detail where he trained as a specialist. During his active service, Richard, earned the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal; he was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal on June 15, 1955, from Camp Kilmer in New Jersey and returned home to his family.

When he returned home from the service, Richard, decided to continue his education and attended Malden Business School where he met the “love of his life” Patricia Gardner. The couple hit it off right away and were married on June 29, 1957.

Richard had a thirst for knowledge and was a whiz at math so he enrolled in Bentley College in Waltham where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting. Richard worked for many years as a tax accountant for the J. W. Greers Company and was quite successful throughout his career.

Richard and Pat made their home in Wilmington over 50 years ago and raised four wonderful daughters. Richard was a devoted husband, wonderful father and a proud “Papa” to his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. In his spare time he enjoyed puttering in his yard, painting just about anything; houses, rooms, sheds etc., golfing and travelling the world with his wife, family and friends.

Richard was the beloved husband of Patricia (Gardner) Vayo, devoted father of Cheryl Johnson and her husband Michael of Tyngsboro, Brenda Nickerson and her husband Michael of Penfield, NY, Anne Gaudette and her husband Steve of Tewksbury and Kathleen Thurston and her husband Joe of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Leeanne, Jimmy, Diantha, Hannah, Victoria, Jorge, Amanda, Kaytlin and great-granddaughter Adaline. Dear brother of the late Paul Vayo and Robert Vayo.

Family and friends will gather for a Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, February 10th at 11:30 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, February 9th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Community Care, 37 Broadway Suite 2, Arlington, MA 02474.

Brenda M. (DiPaolo) Orio

February 4th, 2020

Brenda Mary DiPaolo Orio, born April 25, 1947 in Stoneham. MA passed on January 29, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Brenda was the daughter of the late Eleanor Salerno Citrano and the late John Batise DiPaolo, and stepdaughter of the late Albert Citrano. Nurturing wife to Peter Orio Jr, for nearly 50 years. Devoted mother to Peter Orio III and Julie Orio Simpson. Beloved mother in love to Kristina Orio and Matthew Simpson. Loving Nana/Neena to Andrew Orio, Adam Orio, Sophia Orio, Aidan Simpson and Calum Simpson.

Out of all Brenda’s work endeavors from accounting to managing the US operations of a Norwegian company Brenda always put first what mattered the most to her, being a mother and raising her family in Tewksbury, MA.

In her final days Brenda was surrounded by an abundance of love from friends and family near and far. A true testament to a life well lived. She loved unconditionally and always left someone’s day a bit brighter through her interactions with them. Our hearts will never be the same. That is the price you pay for loving and being so loved.

Family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Brenda’s life on Saturday, February 8th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Brenda’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.

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

Nello A. Federico

February 4th, 2020

Nello Anthony Federico, age 64, of Worcester, formerly of Wilmington and Tewksbury, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2020.

Nello was born in Boston, MA on June 12, 1955; he was the cherished son of the late Nello and Elise (Willman) Federico. Nello was raised in Somerville, MA during his early years and then moved with his family to Wilmington as a young boy. Nello was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1973.

Nello was a devoted father and would give the shirt off of his back to anyone he knew. He will be remembered as a kind man, never judgmental, and would listen intently to anyones problems. He had the heart of a saint and that showed through his patience, optimism and compassion Nello enjoyed watching movies, listening to music, following sports but he especially loved spending time with this family who he loved with all his heart. Nello will always be in the hearts of all who loved him and will forever be missed.

Nello was the beloved father of Christina Federico and Breana Federico both of Medford, loving “Grandpa” of Joseph, Billy and Maria. Dear brother of Carmen Belanger of Wilmington, Loretta Occhinto of Salem, NH and Natalie Madigan of Tewksbury formerly of Wilmington who was also his best friend. Nello was the special uncle of Andrea Rivard, Tommy Madigan and Richard Madigan as well as many other nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, February 7th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Nello’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E 33rd St., New York, NH 10016.

Yvonne A. (Gagnon) Love

January 31st, 2020

Yvonne Anna (Gagnon) Love, age 77, of Haverhill, formerly a resident of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by her loving family January 30, 2020.

Yvonne was the beloved wife of the late Arthur S. Love Sr. She was the devoted mother of Arthur S. Love, Jr. & his wife Connie of Hattiesburg, MS, Michael D. Love & his wife Carol of Haverhill, Lisa A. Pisano & her husband Michael of Haverhill, Lora L. Manning & her husband Thomas of East Hampstead, NH, and the late Albert W. Love. Yvonne was loving “Nana” of David, Kara, Amanda, Kathryn, Patrick, Jason, Sarah and Tommy, and “G.G.” to Leo Mahoney.

Yvonne was born in Lowell, MA, on August 18, 1942 to the late Leon J. and Anna (Beauchesne) Gagnon. Yvonne was one of 11 children. She was the sister to Arthur Gagnon of Florida, Theresa English of Tewksbury, Madeline Bimbo of Wilmington and Claire Sullivan of Wilmington, and the late Antonio, George, Paul, Albert, Will and Robert Gagnon. Yvonne is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Yvonne worked at Analog Devices for 32 years and was a devoted mother to five children. She lost her second child, Albert William, when he was 2 years old. Albert’s memory was forever in her heart. To Yvonne her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. Yvonne spent most of her retirement with her grandchildren; she was the fun Nana. She also enjoyed visiting Hampton Beach and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and appreciated a few games of KENO from time to time.

Yvonne spent her final days at Baker Katz Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Haverhill, MA. Yvonne was cared for with much compassion and respect by every staff member. During her daily dressings they ensured Yvonne always looked her best in her favorite house dresses.

Family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Yvonne’s Life at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Wednesday, February 5th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a burial in the Family Lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 4th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Yvonne’s name to Baker-Katz, 194 Boardman Street, Haverhill, MA 01830. We also encourage everyone to wear purple to the services. Ma loved the color purple let’s celebrate with a sea of purple.

David C. Grisé

January 30th, 2020

David Carl “Dave” Grisé, age 82, of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on January 28th, 2020 following a battle with cancer.

David was born and raised in Newton, MA; he was the son of Lucien and Dorothy (Taboney) Grisé. Dave was a graduate of Newton North High School; he went on to further his education at Wentworth Institute of Technology; earning his Associates Degrees in Engineering and in Electrical Engineering. Dave continued his studies at Northeastern University in Boston where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Dave married Elizabeth Coyle on May 28th, 1966; the couple moved to Wilmington where they made their home for more than 50 years and raised four sons.

Dave was talented engineer for 50 plus years; he worked for a number of Contract Defense Companies including Lockheed Martin and Textron before taking a position at BAE Systems in Nashua, NH, where he worked for several years before retiring in 2001.

Dave had a great passion for helping others. He was particularly involved in St. Dorothy’s Church and constantly reached out to fellow parishioners and friends. If he wasn’t in church, one would likely find him working in his bountiful fruit and vegetable garden.

Dave was the husband of Elizabeth B. (Coyle) Grisé, father of Lucien (Sandra) of Ayer, MA, Edward (Laurel) of Billerica, MA, Adrien (Cyndi) of Clinton, MA and Henry (Clarisse) of Tallahassee, FL. He was fondlyknown as “Grandpa/Papa” Dave to his grandchildren Andrew, Hannah, Isabelle, Carter, Fred, Ellis and Corbin. Dave joins his late sister Jeannette and is survived by sisters Judith and Dorothy, nieces, nephews and family friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), on Monday, February 3rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, February 2nd from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory may be made to St. Dorothy’s Church, c/o Parish Office, 11 Harnden St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

George E. Cress

January 28th, 2020

George E. Cress, 82, of Tewksbury, MA, passed away January 20, 2020 peacefully in his sleep surrounded by several of his family members.

George was born on August 22, 1937 in Methuen, MA; he was the son of the late George P. Cress and Ellen J. (Graichen) Cress.  George was raised in Salem, NH.

George pursued many interests in the construction and mechanical trades along with being activated in the US Airforce during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  George worked for many years with the Zanni Company in Reading, MA.  He was also a firefighter for the Reading Fire Department as a preferred driver of the hook & ladder truck and chief operator of the larger firefighting equipment.

George retired to Cape Cod where he was actively involved in the local community helping to establish the newly constructed Christ The King Church in Mashpee, MA as the lead maintenance person coordinating numerous mechanical, carpentry, plumbing, and landscaping projects.

George was an avid bargain hunter and collector of memorabilia such as Avon bottles, clocks, hat pins, beer cans, tools, and antiques, spending countless hours at many flea markets, garage and yard sales stimulating his many interests.

His retirement years took him to Northport, FL where he was again very active in many local community efforts.  He came back to New England in 2015 and resided in Tewksbury, MA with his wife of 49 years, Barbara Cress.

George is survived by his wife, Barbara L. (Boutwell/Donahue) Cress, his two children, Michael Cress & wife, Tina Gatto of Weston, FL, and Diana (Cress) & husband Reed Bryan of Davie, FL, step-children Kevin Donahue of Sandwich, MA, Debra Donahue of Billerica, MA, James & Cheryl Donahue of Falmouth, MA, Dennis & Stephanie Donahue of Wilmington, MA and Ed & Andrea Donahue of Dover, NH, grandchildren  Sophie, Kevin, Hunter, Brian, Timothy, Thomas, Neal, Scott, Angela, Timothy, Rebecca, Elizabeth, David, Laura, Christopher, Callie, Benjamin, Brenna, Amanda, Rachel, Zachary and Lindsay, 8 great- grandchildren, his sister, Betty (Cress) Hollick of Portsmouth, NH, as well as his nieces Sharon, Judy, Patricia, and nephew Gregory.

Funeral Services for George will be private.

Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to Fund for Nature, Mass Audubon, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

Frank A. Spear

January 27th, 2020

Frank A. Spear, age 83 of Easthampton MA, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2020.

Frank was the dearly loved husband of the late Shirley L. Spear, devoted father of three children: Dianne S. Buck and her husband James of Wilmington MA; Danny S. Spear and his wife Jane of Mystic, CT, Richard A. Spear and his wife Patti of Wilder VT. Papa to seven Grandchildren; Scott Buck and his wife Kristen, Greg Buck, Bryant Buck, Julie Scherer and her husband Kevin, Erin Jordan and her husband Jacob, Shawn Spear and his wife Shannon and Kara Latchaw and her husband Bob, as well as seven Great-Grandchildren; Parker and Hadley Buck, Peter and Henry Scherer, Carter and Emerson Spear and Willow Latchaw. He also leaves his sister Celia Cornish of Wilmington MA and beloved companion Jean Roberts of Easthampton MA.

He was born in Quincy MA on August 3, 1936, the son of Arthur and Florence Spear. As a child he moved to Wilmington MA where he was educated in local schools, graduating from Wilmington High School with the class of 1954. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served several years as an aircraft mechanic in support of the Korean Conflict. Following the Air Force Mr. Spear had a long career in the field of Optical Design and Engineering.

Mr. Spear always enjoyed sports and the outdoors. He participated in multiple sports while at Wilmington High School, and coached and/or managed both Wilmington Little League and Youth Hockey for many years. He later refined his golf game as a member of the Holyoke Country Club. He was most proud of his years hiking and hunting in the Maine woods with his Grandsons.

All funeral arrangements will be private. The Nichols Funeral Home has been entrusted with a graveside memorial service for the immediate family.