Obituaries

John “Jack” Tobin

August 23rd, 2016

John R. Tobin, “Jack”, age 65, of Wilmington, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully on August 23, 2016, surrounded by his loving family at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill following a courageous battle with cancer.

Jack was born on April 8, 1951, in Chelsea, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Robert and Helen (Roche) Tobin. Jack was raised and educated in Chelsea and a graduate of Chelsea High School.

Jack married his “best friend” Patricia Murphy on September 12, 1982; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1988 where they raised two wonderful children John and Nicole. Jack loved being a dad, he was very supportive of his children and enjoyed taking them to all of their sporting events.

For over 45 years Jack was employed as a Manager for the Commercial Union Insurance Company, which later became the One Beacon Insurance Company in Boston. Jack’s outgoing personality and work ethic made him quite successful throughout the years.

In his spare time, Jack enjoyed reading, watching sports, and utilizing his computer skills for friends and family.

Jack will be fondly remembered as a great guy, kind, funny, and very helpful towards others. He was known to be very family oriented and treasured every moment spent with his family and friends. Jack was well loved and will be greatly missed by all.

Jack was the beloved husband of Patricia (Murphy) Tobin, devoted father of John R. Tobin II of Wilmington and Nicole Andrea Tobin & her fiancé Ben Perrier of Ludlow, cherished son of the late Robert and Helen (Roche) Tobin, dear brother of Maureen Utera & husband Richard of Connecticut, Eileen Foley & husband Donald of New Hampshire, Margaret O’Reagan & husband Richard of Arizona, Elizabeth Roy of California, brother-in-law of Paul and Sandra Hafey of Billerica. Jack is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Monday, August 29th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Jack’s memory may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01843.

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Stephen J. Gorski

August 20th, 2016

Stephen J. Gorski, age 52, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died August 19, 2016, surrounded by his loving family at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston following a brief illness.

Stephen was born on December 2, 1963, in Stoneham, MA; he was the cherished son of Donald and Arlene Gorski. Stephen was part of a large, loving, and close knit family. He was raised and educated in Wilmington, attended Shawsheen Valley Regional Tech. High School in Billerica, and graduated with the Class of 1981. Following High School, Stephen went to work as a private contractor in the computer field and at the time of his death he was a very talented CAD designer.

Stephen or “Uncle Steve” as he was known to his family and friends was a free spirit; he enjoyed traveling and spending time at his trailer in Maine. Stephen loved Maine, its landscapes, mountains and rocky coast line. Stephen was very comfortable with nature, he had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening on his property in Maine.

Stephen enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He had a great sense of humor and loved to act goofy for his nieces, nephews and friends children. His endearing personality and willingness to help others drew people to him; his friends ranged from infants to the elderly and he just fit right in with any group. To say Stephen was a “people lover” was an understatement, he would go out of his way to help anyone and he just cherished the fact that he could make them smile; it really warmed his heart.

Stephen will be fondly remembered as always being joyful and upbeat, everyone was happy and laughing when they were around him. Stephen lit up a room wherever he went with his larger than life personality.

Stephen was a very devoted and loving son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend to many; he will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Stephen was the cherished son of Donald and Arlene (Sullivan) Gorski of Wilmington, beloved brother of Sharon Marcotte & husband Jay and David Gorski & wife Kimberly all of Chelmsford, Donald Gorski and Erin Antinarelli & husband Fred all of Wilmington. Loving “Uncle Steve” of Rachel, Christopher, Kerry, Kailey, Kristina, Robert, Donnie, Alison and great-nephew Zachary. Stephen is also survived by many dear aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, August 24th 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 23rd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Stephen’s memory may be made to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, 321 Port Road, Wells, ME 04090

Kathryn (Chalmers) Priddy

August 17th, 2016

Kathryn E. Priddy (Chalmers), fondly known as Katie to her family and friends, age 34, of Winchester, formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on August 16, 2016, at Mass General Hospital in Boston.

Katie was born on October 23, 1981, in Stoneham, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Richard and Kathleen Chalmers and they knew she was special from the start. Katie grew up in Wilmington, she was from a loving and close knit family and was always a very happy child. Katie attended Wilmington Public Schools where she was very well liked; she graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 2000. Katie went on to continue her education earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Arts from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA in 2004.

At the time of her death, Katie was employed as a Marketing Director for the Brainsell Software Company. Katie’s work ethic, artistic abilities, and excellent customer relations skills made her quite a success in her field.

Several years ago at the Scoreboard Grill in Woburn, Katie met Jason Priddy, a chance meeting that would change their lives. Katie and Jason knew they had found their soulmate and became best of friends; they also had a lot in common, they were both environmentalists, Comic Con junkies, and enjoyed traveling. Throughout their courtship, Katie and Jason traveled all over Europe enjoying the sights and history of Edinborough, Scotland, Rome, Italy and Nice, France just to name a few. Katie and Jason became engaged at the Palace Versailles in Paris, France during one of their many wonderful trips. The couple tied the knot on September 6, 2015, at a Batman Themed Wedding where everyone had a great time celebrating such a “cool couple”.

Katie and Jason also enjoyed hiking and staying fit. They were very passionate about animal charities and it was Katie’s love of animals that led her to be very strict with her beliefs in being a vegetarian.

Katie was known to be an “adventurer” she was never afraid to try anything new and gave it her all. She also had a knack for decorating and making something beautiful out of nothing. Katie took pride in her decorating skills especially at holidays and special occasions; she was the “go to person” when you need someone to plan a party.

Katie will be fondly remembered for her endearing personality and her genuineness; she was a very special person. Katie was very thoughtful, compassionate, and caring; she was always willing to lend a hand and make everyone around her feel comfortable. Katie’s smile would lite up a room, her laugh was contagious, and her big, beautiful, blue eyes twinkled like diamonds.

Katie’s unconditional love and devotion for her family and friends was foremost in her life; she was “one of a kind” and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Katie was the beloved wife of Jason R. Priddy, cherished daughter of Richard and Kathleen (Sheehan) Chalmers of Wilmington, dear sister of Alex Chalmers & wife Danane of Marlborough and Daniel Chalmers & wife Meagan of Andover. Loving Auntie of Elizabeth Chalmers, special daughter-in-law of Margi Priddy of Gloucester, niece of Donald & Eleanor Chalmers, Paul Chalmers, Douglas & Claudia Chalmers, David Chalmers, and Susan Freeman. Katie is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Katie was a beautiful girl inside and out, her love of family, friends, and animals was evident in everything she did; at her request she would like everyone to dress casually, be comfortable, and come Celebrate her Life on Saturday, August 20th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Katie’s memory may be made to the MSPCA Angell at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

Ronald J. Sweeney

August 17th, 2016

Ronald J. Sweeney, age 64, of Pepperell, MA passed away unexpectedly, peacefully in his sleep, at his home on August 14, 2016.

Ronald was born in Arlington on August 20, 1951 and spent his early years in Lexington. The family moved to 409 Woburn St. in Wilmington where he and John Bruno had the best childhood imaginable and where the family made their life-long homestead.

Ronald was the beloved husband of 30 years to the late Linda Sweeney (Skinner).

Ronald began his career as a union tradesman at Manganaro Bros. Construction with his father. He later went on to became “King of the Road” driving 18 wheelers as a career, which was his passion and he loved it. Ronald ended with Somerville Lumber, where he was injured on the job and permanently disabled.

Ronald loved classic cars and motorcycles, his favorites being Ford or Harley Davidson.

Ronald was a devoted father of two, leaving behind a son, Richard Sweeney & his wife of Laconia, NH, and a daughter, Karen Durocher & her husband Shawn of Tilton, NH. He was the loving “Grandpa” of Cody Smart, Kaitlyn Smart, Regan Durocher, Kelsea Smart, Courtney Smart, Chloe Smart, Cameron Smart, cherished son of the late Joseph H. Sweeney and Dorothy (Sampson) Sweeney. He was the dear brother of Carolyn McDonough & her husband William of Franklin and Joanne Allen & her husband the late Bruce Allen of Bailey Island, ME. Ronald is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, as well as his life-long friends, John Bruno and J.C. Graham, Jack Bergland and “Digger”.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, August 20th 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. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, August 19th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Ronald’s name can be made to a Go Fund Me Account setup by his children.

Ronald was a proud United States Army Veteran.

June E. Ananian

August 9th, 2016

June E. Ananian (Baxter), age 87, of Wilmington, formerly of Burlington, died peacefully on August 8, 2016, at the Winchester Hospital.

June was born on June 4, 1929, in Woburn, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Leaman and Matilda (Chester) Baxter.

June was the beloved wife of the late Zaven Ananian, devoted mother of Steven Ananian & his wife Betty of Wilmington and Mark Ananian & his wife Nicole of Burlington. Loving “Nani” of Beth Ananian, Brittney Ananian, and Carley Ananian. Dear sister of Madeline “Sis” MacDougall & her late husband Mack of Billerica, Leaman Baxter & his wife Patti of Groveland, the late Jack Baxter & his wife Ann, the late Phyllis Martin & her husband George, and the late Billy Baxter. June is survived by her sister-in-law Mina Baxter of Cumberland, PA, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, August 11th 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 will follow in Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Burlington.

Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 10th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

June will be fondly remembered as a quiet lady who was very sweet and kind to everyone. She loved spending time with her family and working out in her yard. June had a “green thumb” and was an extremely talented gardener; her yard was always kept “just so” and her flower gardens were amazing.

June will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her

James C. “Jay” Palmer

August 3rd, 2016

James C. “Jay” Palmer, age 51, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on August 2, 2016.

Jay is the cherished son of the late James T. and Theresa N. “Chickie” (Marszalek) Palmer, dear brother of Stacey M. Moda & her husband John of N. Reading and Eric T. Palmer of Methuen, loving uncle of Jamie Moda. Jay is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral arrangements for Jay will be private.

Memorial donations in Jay’s name may be made to the Mass. General Hospital, Transplant Center Development Fund, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.

Anna M. Peters

August 3rd, 2016

Anna M. Peters (Mottola), age 92, of Wilmington, died peacefully at the Winchester Hospital on August 2, 2016.

Anna was the beloved wife of the late Paul Peters, devoted mother of Michael Peters & his wife Cathy of Wilmington, Paula Peters of Tewksbury, and Elaine Bemis & her husband Jeff of Melrose. Loving Grandmother of Abigail, Andrew, and Matthew Bemis. Cherished daughter of the late Giovanni “John” and Michelina (Cardinale) Mottola, dear sister of Angie Rappoli & husband Carl of Saugus, Jane Spada & husband Al of Wilmington, Dolly Silva & her late husband Tony of Somerville, the late Tony Mottola, and the late Millie & Bob Bosco. Anna is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, August 8th 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 will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, August 7th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Anna’s name may be made to the Winchester Hospital Foundation, 611 Main Street, Winchester, MA 01890.

Robert M. Buck

July 30th, 2016

Robert M. Buck, fondly known as “Uncle Bob” to his family, of Wilmington, formerly of Cambridge, passed away peacefully holding hands with family on July 30, 2016; he was 82 years old.

Robert was born on March 16, 1934 in Boston, MA; he was the dear son of the late Francis and Anna (Budginis) Buck. Robert was raised and educated in Cambridge and attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin Parochial School. At the age of 17, Bob enlisted in the Army National Guard and was drafted into active service with the United States Army during the Korean War in 1951. Bob was honorably discharged and returned home to his family in Cambridge; he continued to serve with the Country with the Army National Guard until 1959.

Bob worked as a sheet metal fabricator and machinist for the Lamb & Ritchie Company in Saugus for 46 years; retiring in 1996. Bob’s dedication towards the company, his great work ethic and his wonderful personality towards his co-workers made him quite an asset to the company throughout the years.

Bob’s family was his number one priority in life; his unconditional love and support for them was evident in everything his did. Bob was always there to take care of others especially his grandmother and mother whom he loved dearly. Bob was also close to his siblings especially his sister Ann who was his best friend; when Ann was diagnosed with cancer it was Bob who moved to Wilmington to care for her until her death and then take over and raise her two sons Frank and Bob as his own children. Bob loved raising “his boys” he was always there for every sporting event, practice, school function, or anything else the boys were involved in; they were his life.

In his spare time, Bob enjoyed following Boston sports; Hockey and the Boston Bruins were definitely his favorite. Bob attended every home game during the 1972 Stanley Cup season and he was a huge Bobby Orr fan. Bob also enjoyed bowling and spending time with his family and friends.

Bob was a man of great faith, a devout Catholic, and an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova and St. Dorothy’s Church for more than 40 years. Bob was very strong in his faith; he attended daily Mass, every Holy Day, and was strict in observing Lent. Bob always turned to his faith to get him through difficulties in life; he led his life by an example as a good Christian by always giving of his time and money to help others in need.

Bob will be remembered for his love and kindness towards all animals and he was very charitable towards animal causes. Bob especially loved his beloved companion his Pitbull Faith.

Bob was generous, loyal, and kind; on one hand he was mild mannered but he also had a great sense of humor and loved to joke around. Bob will be fondly remembered as a gentle giant with a huge heart; he was dependable and would do anything for anyone. Bob was wonderful man and he will be missed.

Robert is survived by his two nephews Francis Andrew Palazzi and Robert Michael Palazzi and his fiancé Joanne Sweeney all of Wilmington. Robert was the cherished son of the late Francis and Anna (Budginis) Buck, dear brother of the late Francis “Mitzi” (Buck) Crowder, Ann Phyllis (Buck) Palazzi, and special “Uncle Bob” of Samantha, Patrick, Kevin and Gemma Sweeney. Robert is also survived by his loving Pitbull Faith.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, August 3rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Bob’s name may be to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

Lois M. McGrath

July 29th, 2016

Lois M. McGrath (Langley), age 83, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on July 28, 2016.

Lois was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence A. McGrath, devoted mother of Paul McGrath & wife Donna of Bradford, Maureen Ross & husband Bob of Walpole, John McGrath of Wilmington, and the late Lawrence “Larry” McGrath. Loving Grandmother of Paul, Brian, Kevin, Bobby, Owen, Callie, John, Nolan, and Riley. Cherished daughter of the late Arthur and Florence (Keohane) Langley, dear “Sister” of Marilyn Robinson of Wilmington, sister-in-law of Harris & Marge McGrath of Seabrook, NH. Lois was the beloved “Aunties” of many loving nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, August 1st for Visitation from 10:00-11:30 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.

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

Edna (Day) Phillips

July 28th, 2016

Edna Grace Phillips (Day), age 95, of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 28, 2016, at the Winchester Nursing Center.

Edna was born in Kingston, MA, on July 13, 1921; she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Day. Edna was raised in Medford, MA, and was a graduate of Medford High School. While growing up in Medford, Edna was an active member of the Community Baptist Church.

Edna married the “love of her life” George Phillips on February 10, 1946; the couple lived in Medford for a few years before moving to Wilmington in 1957, where they raised their family. Edna made a wonderful home for her family; she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Edna cherished the time they spent together, she truly enjoyed all the family gatherings, celebrations, and her many visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; they were the light of her life.

For many years, Edna worked at Sweetheart Plastics in Wilmington; she was known to have a strong work ethic and a great personality. Edna made many friends at Sweethearts throughout the years and she was a pleasure to work with.

In her spare time, Edna enjoyed taking car rides with her family and watching a good Red Sox or Patriots game; she was truly a fan.

Edna will be remembered for her unconditional love and support for her family and friends; she will be greatly missed by all.

Edna was the beloved wife of the late George Phillips, devoted mother of George Phillips & wife Joan, Susan Keating & husband Jack, and Brian Phillips all of Wilmington, Barry Phillips & wife Beverly of Derry, NH. Loving Grandmother of George Phillips Jr., Maryanna Larrabee, Gregory Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Katie Keating, Dan Keating, Ryan Phillips, Alicia Phillips, and Great-Grandchildren Ariana, Evan, Ayla, Grant, Landon, Olivia, and Evie. Cherished daughter of the late William and Mary (McDonald) Day, dear sister of Leona King of Maine, the late Gordon Day and Dottie Fleischer. Edna is also survived by her beloved cat Charlie.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, August 1st from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Edna’s Funeral Service will be held at the Community Baptist Church, 470 Fulton St., Medford on Tuesday, August 2nd at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

Memorial donations in Edna’s name may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.