Obituaries

George R. Graham, Jr.

October 18th, 2017

George Richard Graham, Jr., of Englewood, FL died suddenly September 25, 2017 at age 91.

Born on June 15, 1926 in Medford MA to George Richard Graham Sr. and Madge Laurene (Simms) Graham; George was a graduate of Howe High School, Billerica MA class of ’44. After high school, George started “Graham’s Taxi” in Billerica MA, later turning ownership over to his parents. George worked for 8 yrs for Pyrofax Gas of Billerica MA in sales, delivery, installations, and repairs of propane gas and equipment.

Active in homeland defense, he was an aircraft identity spotter and area civil defense warden during WWII. He joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard and worked at Fort Devens in Ayer, MA for 27+ years ending his career as an Electronics Division Supervisor.

His love of electronics and communications was a passion throughout his life and included an active membership in the Englewood Amateur Radio Society (E.A.R.S.). W1PZE

George was past vice president of Overbrook Gardens Association of Englewood, FL and past president of Orton Shores South Beach Association of Moultonboro, NH, on Lake Winnepesaukee, where he spent many summers. George was an avid boater owning several boats and sailboats at the lake.

George is predeceased by his wives Joanne (Leary) (Killam) Graham and Mary (Burke) Graham. He is survived by his son George (Ric) Graham III & wife VitaMarie of Wilmington MA; daughter Kathleen Boyd & husband Ed of Lakeville MN; son John Graham & partner Jacqueline Drake of Kingston MA; and son Marc Killam of Englewood FL. George is also survived by a brother James Graham & his wife Betsy of Moultonboro, NH; his beloved sister Joan O’Rourke of Englewood, FL and sister-in-law Joyce O’Donnell & husband James of Woburn, MA. In addition, he is survived by his grandchildren, Amanda Smith, Andrew Rundell, Michael Graham, Patrick Graham, Eric Killam and Kelly Killam; 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Lastly, George had countless cherished neighbors and friends in each place he lived. He will be sadly missed by all.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, October 28th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by A Celebration of Life Service at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in George’s name to your Local DAV or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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Louis “Bud” Kleynen

October 18th, 2017

Louis R. “Bud” Kleynen of Aiken, S.C., and formerly of Tewksbury, Mass., died unexpectedly on September 25, 2017, while doing the thing he loved, playing golf, in Scotland, with friends at the Western Gailes Golf Club.

Born in Lowell on May 9, 1949, the son of the late Louis L. and Margaret C. “Sis” (Hennessy) Kleynen, Bud grew up in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School. He and Nancy Ross of Andover were married in 1971 while Bud was serving in the Army in that era of the war in Vietnam. The couple moved to Germany where Bud was stationed and while there they became parents of their only child, Jodie Lynne.

Following his military service, Bud worked for the US Government and later began a career in the retail sector where he became skilled in information systems while working for a number of companies, including Lechmere, Ann & Hope, Star Market and B.J.’s Wholesale Club.

Following Bud’s retirement, he and Nancy moved to Aiken where Bud joined the staff of Palmetto Golf Club. He truly loved his job and the people he worked with. He and Nancy quickly made new friends in the area and Bud was known as a good neighbor who could solve computer problems. Bud loved to travel; he looked forward to family vacations and the “group trips” that he organized with friends.

An avid golfer, he played as often as he could on as many courses as he could but he enjoyed none more than the days he spent playing with and teaching his grandson Jake.

Bud will be fondly remembered by all who knew him for his great sense of humor. He always loved a good joke, even the silly ones made up by his granddaughter Molly. But he will be remembered most for being a kind, generous, great guy who was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need. He will forever be in the hearts and minds of those who loved him.

Bud was the beloved husband of the late Nancy (Ross) Kleynen, devoted father of Jodie L. McDonough & her husband Sean of Tewksbury, loving “Pa” of Jake and Molly McDonough. Cherished son of the late Louis and Margaret “Sis” (Hennessy) Kleynen, dear brother of Patricia Kleynen of Wilmington, John “Jack” Kleynen and his wife Debra of Haverhill and the late Kevin Kleynen. Bud is also survived by a niece, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Family and friends will gather for a visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) in Wilmington on Sunday, October 22nd from 3:00-5:00 p.m. followed immediately by a Service at 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Lou’s memory may be made to Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780 or www.hfotusa.org. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Francis “Frank” White

October 17th, 2017

Francis White, fondly known as “Frank” to his family and friends, died peacefully on August 20, 2017, in Tucson, Arizona.

Frank was the beloved husband of Marie Connor of Arizona, cherished son of the late Ira and Jeanette White, dear brother of Rosemarie Walker, Susan Jenette, and the late Robert White. Frank is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Frank was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and in 2010 he retired from Snap-On Tools Company following many years of dedicated service.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, October 27th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m.

Rose M. Raposo

October 17th, 2017

Rose M. Raposo (DiTucci), age 86, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at the Winchester Hospital on October 15, 2017.

Rose was born on September 23, 1931, in Malden, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Salvatore and Mary (Petrillo) DiTucci. Rose was raised and educated in Somerville, MA; she was a talented Saxophone player and while she was in the Somerville High School Band she met her “sweetheart” Paul Raposo.

Rose and Paul married in 1951 and together they raised three wonderful children; Paul, Kathleen, and Steven. Rose was a very devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a wonderful homemaker. She was also a talented seamstress in Wilmington for many years.

Rose was the beloved wife of the late Paul M. Raposo, devoted mother of Paul Raposo and Juli of New Hampshire, Kathleen Raposo, and Steven Raposo & wife Tina of Wilmington. Loving Grandmother of Sherry Raposo, Cassandra Raposo, Tony Raposo, Sean Hickford, Danielle Cotton, Steven Raposo and the late Krystal Raposo. Rose is also survived by several Great-Grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, October 20th 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 take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, October 19th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donation in Rose’s memory may be made to the Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Anna E. Anderson

October 17th, 2017

Anna E. Anderson (Mullen), age 92, of Wilmington, died peacefully on October 15, 2017, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Anna was born on June 13, 1925, in Great Barrington, MA; she was the daughter of the late John H. and Ella J. (Yale) Mullen.

Anna was a resident of Wilmington for over 70 years where she raised her children Malcolm “Mac”, Roy, and Debra. Anna was a devoted and loving mother and she adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anna looked forward to visiting relatives in New Jersey and her camping trips in Maine with her family.

Anna was a hard worker; from January of 1964 until her retirement in November of 1991 she was employed as a Quality Control Lead Inspector for Sweetheart Plastics in Wilmington. Anna made many life-long friends at Sweetheart Plastics and even after her retirement she enjoyed getting together with her former co-workers and going out to dinner.

Anna will be remembered as talented crocheter who made countless gifts and afghans for her family and friends. She was an AVID Red Sox Fan who got to live through three World Series wins; this thrilled her.

Anna was a very kind and gentle lady who always put her family first; she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Anna was the devoted mother of Malcolm J. “Mac” Anderson & wife Kathleen of Tewksbury, Roy J. Anderson & wife Deborah and Debra J. Anderson all of Wilmington. Loving “Grandma” of Tammy Damiano, Derek Anderson, Kerry Meisinger, Kurt Anderson, Stephanie Becotte and Great-Grandchildren Adrianna Damiano, Ashley & Hailey Anderson, Evelyn & Caroline Meisinger. Daughter of the late John H. and Ella J. (Yale) Mullen.

Family & friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, October 20th at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, October 19th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

George P. Hachey, Sr.

October 15th, 2017

George P. Hachey, Sr., fondly known as “Uncle George” to his family and many friends, age 78, of Gilford, NH, formerly of Burlington and Wilmington, died peacefully with his family at his side on October 14, 2017.

George was born in Winthrop, MA on August 16, 1939; he was the dear son of the late Augustus and Louise (Slack) Hachey. George was raised and educated in Somerville, MA and a graduate of Somerville High School.

George enlisted in the United States Army in 1961; proudly serving his country.

In 1974, George moved to Burlington, MA, where he lived for many years and raised a wonderful family. George loved his family with all his heart; he was a very devoted father and an “awesome” Grandpa; they all had a lot of fun throughout the years.

George worked as a machinist for the M.B.T.A., where he worked for many years and made countless friends before he retired in 2006.

George loved life and he lived it to the fullest; he was always a kid at heart and very adventurous. From his early days, George had a passion for motorcycles and enjoyed riding with friends all over the east coast. Never a quitter; when George’s health declined and he could no longer ride his Harley he went out and bought a trike and continued riding.

George was known to be the “life of the party”; if you were with George, you were having a great time. In his younger years, George was a drummer in the “Joey C” band and he loved every minute of performing. His sense of humor was unmatched; he loved to make people laugh with a good joke or prank. He always wanted everyone around him to have fun and not take life too seriously.

George was a member of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus in Wilmington and worked as their function manager for several years. George loved the camaraderie with his fellow Knights, he enjoyed going to the club to volunteer his time or to hang out with his buddies; he always knew how to have fun.

For many years, George would go to the lakes region of New Hampshire where he fell in love with the area and decided it was where he wanted to retire. Always a Harley enthusiast, George enjoyed “Biker week” in Laconia; where there was always a party going on and everyone was having fun. George also liked to take everyone out on his boat to enjoy the lake and see the beauty of the area. George was quite a character and he had the ability to make friends wherever he went; he took a job at Patrick’s Pub in Laconia and became the “Norm” from Cheers; where everyone knew his name. He amassed a large group of friends in Laconia who he considered his “second family” and they referred to him as “Uncle George”. In his spare time, George enjoyed going to his yard sales and hunting for a bargain; not only for himself but for his friends as well.

George will be fondly remembered for his “larger than life” personality, his infectious smile and his ability to make others laugh. He was very kind, caring, and giving; the kind of person who would go out of his way to do for others. George loved his family and friends unconditionally and he will forever be in their hearts.

George was the devoted father of George Hachey Jr. & wife Heidi of Somerville, Laurie Michelangelo & husband Sante of Wilmington and Michele Gasper & husband Jay of North Andover, loving “Grandpa” of Nicholas & Christopher Michelangelo and Arielle & Alyssa Hachey. Beloved companion of Barbara Brennick of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late Augustus and Louise (Slack) Hachey, dear brother of Anna Webber of Manchester, NH, Gloria Russo of Chelmsford, the late James Hachey and Carol Thornton. George is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends, and his friends in Laconia, NH who were like a second family to him.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Saturday, October 21st at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA at 11:00 a.m. which will conclude with Military Honors.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, October 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 814 Elm St., Suite #300, Manchester, NH 03101.

Rhonda M. LeRocque

October 10th, 2017

Rhonda M. LeRocque, age 42, of Tewksbury, passed away tragically on October 2, 2017.

Rhonda was the beloved wife of Jason S. LeRocque, devoted mother of Aliyah Bryn LeRocque, cherished daughter of Priscilla (Marquis) Champagne of Lowell and the late Anthony Zeleneski, loving daughter-in-law of Roy LeRocque and Elizabeth “Betty” LeRocque both of Tewksbury. Rhonda is also survived by her sisters and many loving family members.

Rhonda was a beautiful loving mother and wife of Jason and their 6 year old daughter Aliyah. Rhonda was a very special daughter, sister, and dear friend that will be missed deeply by her family as well as her spiritual family.

Family and friends will gather for a Talk in memory of Rhonda at the Tewksbury Memorial High School, 320 Pleasant St., Tewksbury on Saturday, October 14th at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, October 13th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Rhonda’s name may be made to www.gofundme.com/ali-lerocque.

William “Bill” Smith

October 10th, 2017

William T. Smith, “Bill”, age 76, of Wilmington, died peacefully on October 9, 2017, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Bill was born in Waltham, MA, on March 15, 1941; he was the dear son of the late William “Ernest” and Frances (Bradshaw) Smith. Bill was raised and educated in Waltham and lived there for many years before moving to Wilmington. From 1962 until 1968, Bill, proudly served with the Army National Guard and the U. S. Army Reserves; he was honorably discharged in March of 1968 earning his rank as a Staff Sergeant.

Bill was known to be a hard worker, for many years he was employed as a Machinist for the Crown, Cork & Seal Company.

Bill was the beloved husband of Janet M. (Sarkisian) Smith of Wilmington, step-father of Sharon Coleman and Sheila Trocha & her husband Joseph, “Grandpa” of Katrina Trocha, dear brother of Ruthann Rubman, Elizabeth “Betty” Donovan, and Janet Bastarache.
Bill is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, October 13th for Visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors
will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

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

James R. “Richie” Walker

October 9th, 2017

James R. “Richie” Walker, age 89, of Bedford, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by his loving family on October 8, 2017.

Richie was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (Godfrey) Walker, devoted father of Susan Charest & her husband Richard of Haverhill, Pamela O’Brien & her fiancé Peter Klasner of Wells, ME and Barbara O’Connor & her husband James, loving “Grampy” of Melissa Silva & her husband Richard, Daniel Savoie & his fiancée Kate Coburn, Shauna O’Brien, Molly O’Brien, Walker O’Connor and Cole O’Connor, great-grandfather of Dean and Eva Silva, cherished son of the late Everett and Margaret (Burr) Walker, dear brother of the late Paul Walker, Barbara Duffy and Mary Jane McLaughlin. Richie is also survived by his sister-in-law Mary Walker, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, October 12th at 9:30 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Veterans Section of Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 11th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Richie’s name may be made to VNA Hospice, 100 Trade Center, Suite G500, Woburn, MA 01801.

Paul J. Grady

October 7th, 2017

Paul J. Grady, age 55, of Tewksbury, formerly of Arlington, passed away unexpectedly on October 5, 2017.

Paul was the cherished son of Hazel (Graham) Proto of Wilmington and the late Robert Grady, dear brother of Richard Grady of Lowell, Elizabeth Boucher & her husband Ed and Robert Grady & his wife Roberta all of Wilmington, loving uncle of Jennifer Boucher, Shana Wesley, Jason Grady, Adam Grady, Connor Grady and Aidan Grady, great-uncle of Samantha Grady, Sam Cedrone and Ella Cedrone. Paul is also survived by his former spouse and friend Debbie Grady and his step-children Joseph Keashon and the late Jaclyn Keashon all of Philadelphia, PA.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, October 11th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Paul’s name may be made to The New England Center and Home for Veterans, 18 Court St., Boston, MA 02108.