Obituaries

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.

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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.

Robert L. Clark

July 19th, 2014

Robert L. Clark, a long-time resident of Wilmington passed away peacefully at the Winchester Hospital on July 17, 2014, his 79th birthday.

Robert was born and raised in Malden, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Elmer S. and Stella I. (Mootrey) Clark. Dear brother of Bruce & Paula Taylor of Hamilton. Robert was a graduate of Malden High School with the Class of 1952 and he served with the U. S. Naval Reservists during the Korean War.

Robert married his “sweetheart” Joan L. Blaisdell on May 12, 1956; the couple settled in Wilmington where they raised their four wonderful daughters.  Bob enjoyed spending time with his family; he was a very devoted dad, gramps, and great gramps. Bob loved family holiday and special celebrations; any occasion to get everyone together. Bob was always supportive of his family; he was there to lend a hand or an ear, whatever was needed.  Bob and Joan shared many terrific years together with their family before her passing in 2008.

Prior to retiring, Bob was a computer specialist for Photon Industries for many years.  Bob loved to tinker and build computers; he was ahead of his time in the computer industry.  Bob was an excellent worker and a great friend to many of his co-workers.

Bob enjoyed being involved in community activities and he was always helping others.  Bob was a member of A.I.M. (Access is Mandatory), he was active at the Wilmington Senior Center, he was the Past Exalted Ruler and honorary life time member of the Tewksbury  Wilmington Lodge of Elks B.P.O.E. #2070, and a member of the Shriners.  Bob was also very talented at making jewelry to share with family and friends.

Bob will be fondly remembered as a very simple man, he was kind, caring, and extremely polite.  Bob always thought of others first and helped out whenever he could.  In the past year Bob loved being a resident at Woodbriar of Wilmington, he enjoyed the staff, the activities, and made many friends with the other residents.  Bob had a big heart; he was loved by many, and will be sorely missed.

Robert was the beloved husband of the late Joan L. (Blaisdell) Clark, devoted father of Cheryl A. Solombrino & her husband Stephen of Wilmington, Sharon L. Ciruolo & her husband Kevin of Athol, Robyn L. Marsh & her husband Daryn and Joy L. Clark & her husband Jim LaChapelle all of Wilmington, loving “Gramps” of Stacey Sawyer, Jeffrey & Kelly Sawyer, Christy & Corey Coonradt, Jarred & Ashley Sawyer, Nicholas Ciruolo, Adam & Kat Sawyer, Jennifer Ciruolo & Shannon Petrucci, Siobhan O’Sullivan, Katy & Mark Chmiel, Abby Marsh, and Bekah Marsh, “Great Gramps” of Alicia Lessard –Sawyer, Stefanie, Danielle & Tyler Coonradt, Joey & Aaron Sawyer, Kasey O’Sullivan, Lea & Jeffrey Joseph Sawyer and Jake Ciruolo, cherished son of the late Elmer S. & Stella I. (Mootrey) Clark. Bob loved his brother Bruce & his wife Paula very much.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, July 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 22nd from 5-8 p.m.   In lieu of flowers donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Woodbriar of Wilmington, Attn: Activites Fund, 90 West St., Wilmington, MA  01887.

John P. “Buddy” McCarthy

July 11th, 2014

John P. “Buddy” McCarthy, age 92, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at Woodbriar of Wilmington on July 9, 2014.

John was born on March 13, 1922 in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of the late John and Mary C. (Crowe) McCarthy.  John was raised and educated in South Boston.  John was born deaf, but he did not let his inability to hear limit him.  John became very independent at a young age and learned to communicate with others through sign language and writing tablets.

John married his beloved wife and best friend the late Ruth T. (Boitnott) McCarthy; the couple spent many years together before her passing in September of 2012.  Ruth was also hearing impaired, but again, this did not stop John and Ruth from having a wonderful life as they traveled across most of the United States, including a road trip to Alaska and back, and visiting many different countries; they were always so anxious to get back and share their stories.  John was very warm, welcoming, and friendly; he and Ruth loved to throw parties for their friends and neighbors just to get everyone together.

John and Ruth moved to Wilmington over fifty years ago to a street which only had five houses on it.  Those neighbors all became a tight knit group who were more like family than neighbors.  John, Ruth, and the other neighbors all confided in each other, looked out for each other, and shared holidays, weddings, and parties.  Although it may seem that John and Ruth had special neighbors to watch over them; the neighbors felt lucky to have John and Ruth in their lives.

John worked as a machinist at Clifford Manufacturing Company, he had a great work ethic and he also counted many of his co-workers as dear friends.  John retired following many years of dedicated service to the Company.  Following retirement, John liked to spend time in his yard, he tinkered around the house, and took up a passion for Bingo never missing a game at the Dear Center in Quincy every Monday night or at the Danvers School for the Deaf on Fridays.  John was always very active and on the go driving himself from one place to the other until his illness forced him to slow down a couple of months ago..

John was very religious and had a great faith in God; he would faithfully attend Mass for the hearing impaired at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church in Newton on Sundays which was celebrated by his dear friend Fr. Shawn Carey.

John was very giving of his time, especially supporting the New England Home for the Deaf in Danvers for many years.  It was here that John and Ruth hosted many benefits and supported many causes.  He also worked at Camp Mark 7 in New York, which was a camp, specializing in helping the deaf.

John will be remembered as a kind, friendly, nice person who enjoyed bingo, baseball, parties and going to church.  He had a dry sense of humor, which made his friends laugh.  John’s independence was one of his great strengths and his friends admired him for it the most, he was truly an inspiration to those around him.  John and Ruth will dearly be missed by those who knew and loved them.

John was the beloved husband of the late Ruth T. (Boitnott) McCarthy, cherished son of the late John & Mary C. (Crowe) McCarthy, dear brother of Dorothy Garofano of Braintree and the late Teresa Dunn, Mary Flaherty and Catherine Estrella.  John is also survived by many nieces, nephews and good friends including his dear neighbors Lois & Frank Jason and Eileen & Guy Semonelli.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, July 14th 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 take place in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, July 13th from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the Charity of One’s Choice.

Mary “Connie” Law

July 8th, 2014

Mary Constance (Kelleher) Law, fondly known as “Connie” to her family and friends, of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 7, 2014, she was 71 years old.

Connie was born on May 17, 1943, in Haverhill, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Hugh J. and Margaret (Tannian) Kelleher. Connie was raised and educated in Haverhill and was a graduate of St. James High School with the Class of 1961. Connie went on to earn her degree from Lowell State College in 1965.

On July 31, 1966, Connie married the love of her life Richard “Rich” Law. Connie and Rich moved to Wilmington in 1968 where they raised four beautiful daughters. Connie’s love and devotion to her family was always unconditional. Connie was very involved in her girl’s lives; she spent many years as a girl scout leader and had great times on fun camping and field trips with her girls as well as the other adventurous leaders. Connie, Rich, and their girls enjoyed traveling, having fun, and making great memories to be shared with her grandchildren. Connie always said that her greatest joys and treasures were her four loving and devoted daughters and sons-in-law and her nine fantastic grandchildren.

Connie was also a hard worker who had a lot of kindness towards others; for many years Connie taught at the Millbrook Nursery School and substituted in the Wilmington School System, she loved the kids and they loved her. In 1985, Connie went to work at St. Ann’s Home in Methuen, where she especially enjoyed stocking the Point Store for the students and where she worked with many wonderful and caring people.

In her spare time, Connie’s hobbies included reading, crocheting blankets that she made for family and friends, gardening, traveling, and attending as many of her grandchildren activities that she could get to without getting lost.

Connie was a woman of great faith, who loved God and her church. Connie was an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years. It was with her deep faith that Connie found the strength and courage to face her illness, always fighting and never giving up.

Connie will be remembered as a soft spoken, caring, patient lady who had a heart of gold. Connie’s devotion to her family and friends was always evident with everything she did. Connie was truly an amazing woman who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Connie was the beloved wife of the late Richard J. Law, devoted mother of Eleen Smalley & her husband Daniel of Wilmington, Beth Magliano & her husband James of Pelham, NH, Kate Ryan & her husband Fred and Anne Murray & her husband James all of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Alyssa and Daniel Smalley, Patrick and Anna Magliano, Conor, Donovan and Julia Ryan, Andrew and Jonathan Murray, cherished daughter of the late Hugh J. and Margaret (Tannian) Kelleher, dear sister of Daniel T. Kelleher & his late wife Louise of Dover, NH, Margaret A. “Peggy” Pistone & her husband Robert of Bradford and the late Paul G. Kelleher, loving sister-in-law of Gerry Danforth & her late husband Don of Haverhill. Connie is also survived by many dearly loved cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and many kind and close friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, July 11th 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. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 10th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Connie’s name may be made to the Wilmington Food Pantry, 142 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, MA 01887. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Robert A. “Scooby” Durost

July 1st, 2014

Robert A. Durost, “Bob,” “Scooby,” age 66, of Billerica, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington passed away on June 28, 2014 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Bob was born on August 30, 1947 in Hartland, Maine; he was the cherished son of Kathleen D. “Kay” Durost and the late Alton L. “Curly” Durost.  Bob grew up in Detroit, ME until he and his family relocated to Wilmington in 1959.  Bob was a graduate of Wilmington High School.

Bob enlisted in the Army on November 14, 1968 in Billerica, MA; he was a combat Veteran who courageously served his tour in Vietnam. Bob proudly served his country and was honorably discharged on June 20, 1970 at Fort Lewis, WA, returning to his family in Wilmington.  Bob continued his duties with the Army Reserves until November 13, 1974.

Following his discharge from the Army, Bob went on to further his education earning a  degree in Business.  Bob was known to have a great work ethic and it was no surprise that he started his own trucking business, “Durost Trucking”.  Bob was a very dedicated owner and operator who travelled thousands of miles across country in his trucks.  Bob also enjoyed visiting many places along the way and with a friendly personality he also befriended many people across the country.  After more than 40 years of hard work, Bob finally retired.  In his spare time, Bob had a passion for antique cars, motorcycles and guns.

Bob’s family was the most important thing in his life and he appreciated them every day.  Bob never failed to stop every week to bring his wife Roberta home a bouquet of flowers just to show his love for her, it was always the ”little things” that meant the most to him.  Bob was so proud to be a known as “Dad” and “Grampa Scooby” to his six grandchildren.  His continuation of unconditional love and respect for others was returned to him by his beautiful and loving extended family who gave unwavering support throughout his illness.

Bob will be remembered as a genuinely nice guy who had a great sense of humor; he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncles, and a true friend to many.  Bob was a strong individual who faced his illness with grace and courage and fought every step of the way. Bob will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Bob was the beloved husband of Roberta E. Ferrari, devoted father of Christopher Durost & his wife Erica of Fulton, NY and Heather Robitaille & her husband Kevin of Nashua, NH, loving “Grampa Scooby” of Blake, Zachary, Garrett, Bobby, Chase Durost and Abigail Robitaille, cherished son of Kathleen D. “Kay” Durost of Billerica and the late Alton L. Durost, dear brother of William Durost & his wife Lucille of Tewksbury, Alton Durost, II & his wife Helen of Lyndeborough, NH, Carl Durost & his wife Jeanne of Wilmington and Kathleen Roberge & her husband Daniel of Stark, NH, brother-in-law of Gerald Ferrari, Ronnie Ferrari & his wife Carole, Bernie Ferrari & his wife Paula, Paul Ferrari & his wife Jeanette, Lenny Ferrari & his wife Colleen, Richie Ferrari & his wife Donna and John Ferrari, nephew of Cheryl DuPlessis of Greenville, ME.  Bob is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces & nephews and great-great nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a Funeral Service on Monday, July 7th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Bob’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Alfred S. “Buddy” Blackburn, Jr.

June 30th, 2014

Alfred S Blackburn., Jr. “Buddy”, age 88, of Spring Hill, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on June 28, 2014.

Alfred was born on August 27, 1925, in Stoneham, MA; he was the son of the late Alfred S., Sr. and Edith (Wormersley) Blackburn.   Alfred was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA before enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II.

Alfred began active Service on October 1, 1943; he served overseas from December of 1944 through March of 1946 with the Army Corps of Engineers.  His company served all over Central Europe  and fought at the battle of Luzon.   Alfred received several medals and commendations for his courageous service and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in April of 1946 returning home to his family in Wilmington.

Alfred married his beloved wife Valentina Costa in 1944; the couple lived in Wilmington and had many wonderful years together before her passing in 1992.

Prior to retiring, Alfred worked at the General Electric Company for many years.   His work ethic and dedication to his job made him a favorite amongst his bosses as well as his co-workers.

In his spare time, Alfred enjoyed fishing and collecting mini cars; he could work on anything mechanical and was a talented gardener who made beautiful landscapes throughout his yard.

Following the death of his wife, Alfred went to visit some childhood friends in Spring Hill, Florida and enjoyed the area so much that within a couple of years he retired, bought his own place and made Spring Hill his new home.   Albert made many friends in Florida and spent several years there with his companion Hazel Meyer before her passing in 2008.

Albert will be fondly remembered as a very kind and caring man; he loved his family and friends unconditionally and he will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Albert was the cherished son of the late Alfred S. Sr. and Edith (Wormersley) Blackburn, beloved husband of the late Valentina (Costa), dear brother of Alice V. MacDonald of Salem, NH, the late Edith B. Millett, Florence V. Heenan, and Beverly A. Townley, loving uncle of several nieces and nephews.   Alfred was also very special to his companion the late Hazel Meyer and her daughter Nancy (Meyer) Graves of Spring Hill, FL.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Thursday, July 3 rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.   Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.   Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 2 nd from 5-7 p.m.   In lieu of flowers donations in Alfred’s memory may be made to a Hospice of your Choice.