Obituaries

Norinne M. Markey

July 29th, 2014

Norinne M. (Joyce) Markey, age 91, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 27, 2014.

As a young girl, Norinne lived in Medford before moving with her family to Wilmington in the early 1930’s. Norinne was raised and educated in Wilmington.

Norinne married the “love of her life” John L. Markey, better known as Leo to his family and friends. Norinne and Leo had a great life together. They raised a beautiful family and enjoyed the simple things in life.

Norinne was always very giving of her time to others. For many years she volunteered at the Voting Poles and at countless town meetings for the town of Wilmington. Norinne was an active member of the Wilmington Women’s Club where she was involved in many fundraisers over the years and she was also an active member of the Wilmington Senior Center where she volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels to other senior citizens who were house bound.

In her spare time, Norinne enjoyed bowling, working out in the yard with her husband Leo, going out for breakfast or lunch with her friends and of course baking her countless treats that she shared with everyone.

Norinne will be fondly remembered as the “Matriarch” of her close knit family. Norinne was very devoted to her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt. There wasn’t anything Norinne wouldn’t do for her family. Norinne loved getting everyone together for holidays and family celebrations. She was very proud of her family and her love for them was unconditional.

Norinne was quite a lady. She was very generous with her time and talents. She was very kind and considerate of others and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Norinne was the beloved wife of the late Wilmington Police Officer John “Leo”
Markey, devoted mother of John L. Markey, Jr. of Hampstead, NH, Maggie Lewis and her husband Bill of North Reading and Mary Levey and her husband Charlie of Rochester, NY. Loving “Gran” of Christopher, Cynthia, and Melissa Markey, Meghan Waldron and her husband Shane, Brian Lewis and his wife Colleen and
great-granddaughter Lainey Waldron. Dear sister of the late Kathleen Burns, John Joyce, Jr., Rita Motyl and Cornelius “Neil” Joyce. Norinne is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave.(Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, August 1st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 31st from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Donations in Norinne’s memory may be made to Winchester Home Care, Attn: Karen Kearney, 800 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA 01801.

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Jean Ann (Lehr) Little

July 28th, 2014

Jean Ann (Lehr) Little, age 79, of Deming Way, Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on July 28, 2014, at the Baker Katz Nursing Home in Haverhill, MA.

Jean was born in Lowell, MA; she was the daughter of the late Philipp and Martha (Warren) Lehr of Wilmington, MA.

Jean is survived by her four children; Terry A. Bielecki of Wilmington, MA, Julie A. Dinnigan of Peterborough, NH, Don R. Little and his wife Lisa of Carefree, AZ, and Phillip C. Little and his wife Nichole of Andover, MA. Jean is survived by six grandchildren; Stephanie, Chis, Broc, Tyler, Brian, and Breanna, and her two great-grandchildren; Devon and Emily. Jean leaves two siblings; Fred Lehr and his wife Arlene of Oregon and Patricia Jacquard and her husband Leonard of Tewksbury, MA.

Jean dedicated her life and her heart to God first, then family, and lastly to herself. She enjoyed the simple things in life; always putting others before herself. She will be greatly missed.

Visiting Hours will be held on Tuesday, July 29th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 30th at 11:30 a.m. followed by a Graveside Service at the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers donations in Jean’s memory may be made to a Hospice of your choice.

Lois M. Lautz

July 26th, 2014

Lois M. (Hamilton) Lautz, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2014 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Born in Worcester on January 24, 1924, Lois was the beloved only child of Robert and Ruth (Putnam) Hamilton. Lois was raised and educated in Worcester; she was a graduate of Worcester High School.

Lois married the love of her life, William J. Lautz, in 1945 and together they raised their four children. Lois and Bill moved to Wilmington in 1955 where they resided for more than 59 years. Following the untimely death of her husband, Lois went to work for St. Thomas Church as the parish secretary, a position she held and enjoyed for almost 25 years.

Lois was an avid reader of the Boston Globe where she kept up on her current events. In her spare time Lois liked to volunteer at the coffee shop in Winchester Hospital with her best friend, Mrs. Hanlon.

Family was most important to Lois and her love for them was unconditional. Lois loved spending time with her family; she took many trips to see her children as they were spread out throughout the country. Lois looked forward to spending vacations on Cape Cod and in Ogunquit, Maine, any occasion to be around her children and grandchildren, Lois just loved it.

Lois was the beloved wife of the late William J. Lautz, she was the devoted mother of Donna Lautz of Wilmington, Karen Farrell and her husband Thomas, III of Yorktown Heights, NY, Leanne Cummings and her husband Jeffrey of Sterling, VA and Robert Lautz and his wife Suzanne of Jay, ME. Lois was the loving “Grandma” of Kaileen Farrell, Nicole, Amanda and Lauren Cummings, Randy Lautz and Anne Maheux and Jaclyn Lautz and her fiancé Alex Clausen, and “Great-Grandma” of Vivian Lautz.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, July 29th, 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 to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Monday, July 28th, from 4-7 p.m. Memorial donations in Lois’s name can be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.

Lawrence Juergens

July 26th, 2014

Lawrence Juergens, age 84, of Stoneham, formerly of Wilmington and Falmouth passed away on July 24, 2014, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, following a lengthy illness.

Larry was born on March 31, 1930, in Elkton, Maryland; he was the son of the late Eleanor (Gronkowski) and Maurice Juergens. Larry was raised and educated in New Jersey. Larry married Jean Doucette in January of 1951; the couple settled in Wilmington.

Larry was a proud Veteran who served his country in three different branches of service; the U. S. Navy, the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War, and with the U. S. Coast Guard. Upon discharge from the service Larry contracted Polio in the epidemic of 1955. Through the love and prayers of family and the community he regained his strength and was able to return to his young family.

Larry was a devoted family man, he especially loved to spend time with his son Brian taking him to the playground and teaching him how to swim so he could compete in the Special Olympics.

Prior to retiring, Larry worked for the IRS for many years; he started his career as a statistician and through much hard work and continued education Larry retired as an accountant.

In his spare time Larry enjoyed fishing and gardening. He also loved to take continuing education classes at Shawsheen Tech. Larry was well red and always eager to learn; he earned two different Associates Degrees over the years.

Following retirement, Larry, Jean, and Brian moved to Falmouth where they resided for more than 20 years and made many new friends. Larry enjoyed living on the Cape but as his health declined he decided to move back to the area to be closer to family.

Larry will be fondly remembered as a hard worker and a dedicated family man who will be greatly missed.

Larry was the beloved husband of Jean (Doucette) Juergens, devoted father of Pat Driscoll and her husband Terry of Wilmington, Janice Quandt and her husband Bobby of Tennessee, Diane LePore and her husband Ray of Wilmington, Cathy Crawford and her husband Wayne of North Carolina, Michael Juergens of Wilmington, Eric Juergens and his wife Ling of Wilmington, Brian Juergens of Stoneham, and the late Police Officer Lawrence Juergens WPD. Larry was the loving grandfather of 18 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, dear son of the late Eleanor (Gronkowski) and Maurice Juergens, and brother of Monica Lake of Nevada.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Mass in St. Agnes Church, 186 Woburn St., Reading, MA 01867 on Wednesday, July 30th at 9:30 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations in Lawrence’s name may be made to St. Agnes Church, Reading. Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.

Peter T. Danas

July 25th, 2014

Peter T. Danas, age 61, of Wilmington, formerly of Lowell, passed away on July 23, 2014 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.

Peter was born on July 16, 1953 in Lowell, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Charles and Helen (Tsimiklis) Danas. Peter was raised and educated in Lowell and a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1970.

Peter married his “sweetheart” Christine Caton on October 4, 1987. The couple resided in Wilmington for more than 30 years and raised two wonderful sons Nick and Alex. Peter loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them; they loved to travel, camp, go boating, or go for rides on his Harley.

Peter was a hard worker, for many years he and his wife Christine published their own real estate booklets through their company Danas Publications.

Peter will be fondly remembered for his love of food and family celebrations, he was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, and an all-around good guy. Peter enjoyed his morning runs to Dunkin Donuts for coffee and conversation; he was always very social. Most of all Peter will be remembered for his unconditional love and devotion to his family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Beloved husband of Christine C. (Caton) Danas, loving father of Nicholas P. and Alexander C. Danas all of Wilmington, son of the late Charles and Helen (Tsimiklis) Danas, dear brother of Dorothea Alexander of Topsfield, Virginia Danas Barrelle of Lowell, the late George Danas and Barbara Longtin. Peter 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, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a Funeral Service on Tuesday, July 29th, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, July 28th, from 2-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Peter’s name can be made to American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311.

Mary Theresa (Maurer) Dombrowski

July 24th, 2014

Mary Theresa (Maurer) Dombrowski, age 78, of Chelmsford, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on July 24, 2014. Mary was the best friend of her beloved sister Patricia Archfield of Chelmsford, devoted mother of Rosanne Dombrowski and Edward Dombrowski both of Dracut, loving “Grammy” of Jessica Brouillard of Lowell, “Great-Grammy” of Carson and Hunter Wilkins of Lowell, cherished daughter of the late Benjamin and Anna (Lichtenwalner) Maurer, dear sister of Timothy Archfield & his wife Joanne of Mechanicsburg, PA, the late Emery Maurer, Charles Maurer, and Jacob Maurer, loving aunt of Stacey Archfield & her husband Steve Sharobem of Reston, VA, Thomas Archfield of Waltham and Marcy Archfield of Belmont. Mary is also survived by many dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, July 28th 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, July 27th from 5-8 p.m. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Shapiro Cardiac Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115. Mary was an educator at the Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing and a nursing instructor at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. She also worked to re-certify RN’s in CPR for Winchester Hospital for many years. Mary was an AVID Red Sox Fan, she loved to play cards, and golf. She was a long time member of Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell. Mary was a woman of great faith and an active communicant of St. Thomas Church in Wilmington where she gifted her piano that sits on the Altar. Mary was a devoted sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all.

Carolyn J. (Lloyd) (Whitney) Cuddy

July 23rd, 2014

Carolyn J. (Lloyd) (Whitney) Cuddy, age 64, of New Hampshire, formerly of Wilmington, MA and Woburn, MA, died peacefully on July 21, 2014, following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Carolyn was born on May 1, 1950; she was the cherished only daughter of the late Arthur and Evelyn (Anderson) Lloyd. Carolyn was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1968.

Carolyn lived in Woburn for many years where she raised her two wonderful daughters Lisa and Laurie. Carolyn was very devoted to her family and she loved being a mom. Carolyn enjoyed spending time with her girls, whether it was camping, trips to Hampton Beach or other family vacations, they always had a great time together. When Carolyn became a “Grammy” her world got even better and she always beamed with pride when she talked about her grandchildren. Carolyn also had a soft spot for all animals especially cats.

Carolyn worked for many years as an Administrator for Computer Vision where she made countless friends throughout the years. Carolyn was a “go getter” and eager to continue learn so she went back to school later in life and earned a Bachelor Degree in Human Resources as well as Business Management from Valdosta State University in GA.

Carolyn was very talented when it came to painting, sewing, knitting and making all kinds of crafts that she shared with her family and friends. In her spare time she enjoyed going to ceramic classes and bowling on several leagues. She also was known to break into a dance if the music moved her no matter where she was. Her love for music brought much joy and comfort throughout her life.

Carolyn will be remembered as a caring and sweet woman who loved her family unconditionally. She handled her illness as best as she could with strength, courage, grace and even humor. She was quite a lady and will be truly missed.

Carolyn was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Cuddy, devoted mother of Lisa Whitney Scott and her husband Erik of Westborough, MA and Laurie (Whitney) Tobine and her husband Frank of Concord, NH, loving “Grammy” of Brenden and Zakary Tobine and Emerson Evelyn Whitney-Waite, cherished daughter of the late Arthur and Evelyn (Anderson) Lloyd, dear sister of Arthur Lloyd and his wife Charlotte of Washington and Walter Lloyd and his wife Donna of Dedham, MA, former wife of Peter Whitney of Salem, NH, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Carolyn’s family will be receiving family and friends at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, July 27th from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. and all are welcome to participate in a Celebration of Life Service at 2:30 p.m. Carolyn’s celebration will continue at the Knights of Columbus Hall, School Street, Wilmington at 3:00 p.m. where everyone is welcome to join the family for light refreshments and an ice cream social in honor of Carolyn. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carolyn’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

George R. Porter, Jr.

July 22nd, 2014

George R. Porter, Jr., age 90, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Bedford, passed peacefully at home on July 16, 2014, with his loving family at his side.

George was born in Roslindale, MA, on September 17, 1923; he was the cherished son of the late George R. and Anna Mae (Lynch) Porter. George was raised and educated in Roslindale and was a graduate of Boston Latin High School with the Class of 1942 where he was an All Star Athlete.

George was inducted into the United States Navy on May 24, 1943 during WWII. George served in the Pacific Theatre aboard the USS Canberra. During the Aerial Battle of Taiwan-Okinawa on October 13, 1944, George was the first to spot the Kamikaze Pilot and he was instrumental in warning his peers of the torpedoed attack that hit the USS Canberra. George received several accolades for his bravery and was honorably discharged on January 5, 1946; he returned home to his family in Massachusetts.

George married Lena V. “Lee” Mitchell on September 15, 1945. Immediately following his discharge from the Navy and because of his athletic ability, George got a special invitation and was asked to play for the Boston Braves. This was a hard offer to refuse but after much consideration and family responsibilities George passed on the offer to become a devoted husband and father.

George went on to further his education and received a degree in Journalism from Suffolk University. Prior to retiring, George was employed as a Social Worker for the State of Massachusetts; his kindness and compassion for others made him a great success in his field.

For several years, George was an office manager for the Lowell Sun, where his wife Lee worked as a writer for more than 13 years.

George and Lee lived in Bedford for more than 40 years where they raised their three children. George loved his children unconditionally and was always very proud of their accomplishments. In the mid 1990’s following the death of his beloved Lee, George moved to Wilmington with his daughter and her family. George loved being around his family, he enjoyed vacations, holidays, and he especially enjoyed his role as a Grandpa and Great-Grampy; he loved playing ball with his three great-grandsons, Brayden, Andrew & Benjamin.

George loved sports, all sports, but he was especially known as an avid Red Sox fan. George was a very active sportsman himself, he played in countless football, baseball, and men’s softball leagues well into his late 60’s and he could definitely keep up with the “youngsters”. When George attended the Wilmington Senior Center he became quite an avid pool player and was willing to share his skills with others.

George will be fondly remembered as a big man in stature but a gentle soul with a warm heart. He was very devoted to his family and friends and will be greatly missed.

George was the beloved husband of the late Lena V. “Lee” (Mitchell) Porter, devoted father of Ruth L. Reed and her husband Mark of Wilmington, David K. Porter and his late wife Patricia of Cohasset, and the late Dale R. Porter and his wife Kathleen of Florida, loving “Grandpa” of Rebecca and William Dineen, Daniel Reed, David Reed, the late Jonathan Reed, Dale Porter, Tamara Whitacre, Shawn Porter, Danielle Parker, Jared Porter, Ashley Walsh, Shauna Porter and Tara Porter, “Great-Grampy” of 20 great-grandchildren cherished son of the late George R. and Anna Mae (Lynch) Porter, dear brother of the late Kendall Porter and Ruth Hamm. Brother-in-law of the late Robert and Louise Mercer, the late George Mitchell, James and Marguerite Mitchell, Richard Mitchell.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Saturday, July 26th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations in George’s memory may be made to Wilmington Congregational Church (for Missions), 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887. Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

Suzanne A. (Wyrostek) Siegel

July 21st, 2014

Suzanne A. (Wyrostek) Siegel, age 48, of Wilmington, formerly of Wilbraham, passed away unexpectedly on July 19, 2014.

Suzanne was born on August 8, 1965, in Springfield, MA; she was the cherished daughter of John and Jean (Bojan) Wyrostek. Suzanne was raised and educated in Wilbraham and was a graduate of Minnechaug High School. Suzanne went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of New Hampshire and her Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University in Boston. Suzanne was also in the process of finishing a second Master’s Degree from AIC.

At the time of her death, Suzanne was employed as a second grade teacher at the Memorial School in Burlington, MA. Suzanne loved her students dearly, she enjoyed spending time with them, teaching them new and exciting subjects, and watching them grow throughout the school year; she especially adored seeing her former students return to visit her. Suzanne was a well-respected educator, co-worker, and dear friend to many of her fellow teachers.

In her spare time, Suzanne loved spending time working outside in her yard, she loved gardening, going on family camping trips, listening to music, reading, going to Cape Cod and walking on the beach, or just hanging out with family and friends and enjoying conversation. Suzanne’s most favorite thing to do was to spend time with her beloved daughter Josselyn, whether it was shopping, going out for lunch or dinner, taking in a movie, or just being there for each other, they were inseparable.

Suzanne will be fondly remembered for her kindness to others and for her unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends. Suzanne was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all.

Suzanne was the beloved wife of David E. Siegel, devoted mother of Josselyn Siegel of Wilmington, cherished daughter of John & Jean (Bojan) Wyrostek of Harwich, dear sister of Michael & Karen Wyrostek of East Granby, CT, loving aunt of Matt Wyrostek, daughter-in-law of Bette Siegel of Boston. Suzanne is also survived by many brothers and sisters in law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will be receiving guests at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 26th, 2014 from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 9:30 a.m. Committal Services will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the Island Pond Cemetery, Center St., Ludlow, MA 01056. Donations in Suzanne’s memory may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, 540 Gallivan Blvd., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02124.

John E. Connell, III

July 21st, 2014

John E. Connell, III, age 83, of Wilmington, died peacefully at his home on July 20, 2014, surrounded by his large and loving family.

John was born and raised in Wakefield, MA; he was the dear son of the late John E. Connell, II and Marion E. (Logan) Lawson. John was a graduate of Wakefield High School and went on to train for the Army National Guard at Ft. Drum in New York.

John married the “love of his life” Marjorie Stanton in 1953, sharing more than 60 years together and raising a beautiful family. John and Marge moved to Wilmington 57 years ago and quickly became part of a close knit neighborhood where they were thought of as extended family. John was a very devoted family man; he loved helping out not only his kids but all of their friends as well. John loved being “Papa” to his 27 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; he was always so proud of his family’s accomplishments.

John was known to be a very hard worker; for many years he was employed at New England Telephone. John started as a splice service technician where he actually climbed the poles for many years in bad weather to service the phones and keep lines of communication open. John’s work ethic and knowledge of the company along with his friendly disposition made him a favorite amongst his co-workers and helped him to move up the ranks. At the time of his retirement, John was a Contact Work Inspector for the Telephone Company.

John was certainly a “social butterfly” who would do anything for anyone; he belonged to several clubs and did countless hours volunteering his time. John was a Charter Member of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus where he was also a Fourth Degree, he was very involved in the Tewksbury Wilmington Lodge of Elks B.P.O.E. #2070 for many years, he was also a member of the Wilmington VFW, American Legion, and the Moose Lodge in North Reading.

John was best known as an AVID outdoorsman who loved to hike, camp, canoe, mountain climb, fish, garden, and he thoroughly enjoyed loud outdoor activities. John passed his love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren; he always had sound advice on how to survive in the wild. John also did a lot of volunteering over the years at the youth center in Wilmington where he took the kids hiking and fishing.

Following retirement, John and Marge became “snow birds” who wintered in Cape Coral, Florida for over 30 years. John joined the Eagle Club and continued to make countless new friends down South.

John was a “history buff”, he was well read and could have a conversation on almost any subject. John knew so much information about people and places it was truly amazing.

John will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love and devotion to his family and friends. He was a friendly guy with a good sense of humor who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

John was the beloved husband of Marjorie J. (Stanton) Connell, devoted father of Debbie Doucette & her husband Gene of Wakefield, Jean Ferrara & her husband Ferdie, Judy Cassim & her husband Bill all of Wilmington, Patti Dussault & her husband Gino of Barnstable, John Connell, IV & his wife Audrey of Dracut, Maureen Tabor & her husband Ron of Sebago, ME, Mary Hancox& Dave Gidari of Middleton, Janice Cool & her husband Dennis and Michael Connell & Christine Burke all of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Gene Doucette, Jacki (Doucette) Snow, Danielle (Doucette) Dolan, Steven Doucette, Carolyn Doucette, Jennifer Aprile, Tom Aprile, Jonathan Aprile, Meghan Ferrara, Michael Ferrara, Ken Tabor, Kurt Tabor, Ashley (Tabor) Pringle, Michelle (Cassim) Howlett, Christine Cassim, Richie Tabor, Jim Tabor, Katie Dussault, Jill (Connell) Canes, John Connell V, Cassie Connell, Kyle Hancox, Shane Hancox, Janell Velozo, Kayla Velozo, Bailey Steen, and Alivia Steen, “Great-Papa” of Abby, Emma, Haylee, Alana, Tayler, Emerson, Brody, Manuel, Chase, Lilly, Farrah, Jimmy, Elijah, Gabriel, Ethan and Madison, father-in-law of the late Thomas Aprile and Stephen Hancox, cherished son of the late John E. Connell, II & Marion E. (Logan) Lawson, dear brother of Eleanor Loughman of GA, Earl Lawson of Malden and the late Robert Connell of Falmouth. John is also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, July 25th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 24th from 3:00-9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.