Obituaries

Helena A. MacDonald

August 4th, 2020

Helena A. (Herders) MacDonald, age 85, of Haverhill, passed away on August 3, 2020 at the High Pointe House.

Helena was the beloved wife of the late Ralph D. MacDonald, devoted mother of Maria Langdon & her husband John of Billerica, loving “Oma” of Jason Augustino & his wife Jennifer of Framingham, “Great-Oma” of Harper and Eleanor, cherished daughter of the late Dirk and Helena (Bauber) Herders, dear sister of Ans Devente, William Herders, Trees VanDenbosch, Hennie Scheper and Frieda Bakker all of Holland. Helena is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, August 6th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 6:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Helena’s name may be made to the Dementia Society of America by mail to PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, or online at www.DementiaSociety.org/donate.

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William “Billy” Murray

July 31st, 2020

William “Billy” Murray, age 52, a long-time resident of Tewksbury, passed away unexpectedly on July 27th, 2020.   Billy is survived by his son, Jacob Murray of Danville, NH & his mother Michele (DelNinno) Murray of Dracut.  He was the son of the late Joseph C. Murray and Carmen Belanger of Wilmington.  Billy was the brother of Joseph Murray & his companion Barbara Gentile of Wilmington, Krysta O’Neill & her husband Steve of Wilmington, Danny Murray & his wife Kara of Tewksbury and Rebekah Tkachuk & her husband Mike of Wilmington, Mandi Saunders & her husband Devin of Maine, Harley Brann and her husband Shawn of Maine, Keith McNulty and his wife Meg of NH and Dana McNulty of NH.  Billy was predeceased by his sister-in-law Kelli Murray.  He is also survived by his aunts; Natalie Madigan & Loretta Occinto, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

At his family’s request, all funeral services will be held privately.

Eleanor (McCarthy) Naimo

July 31st, 2020

Eleanor Mary Josephine Naimo (McCarthy), of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on July 29, 2020.

Eleanor was born in Watertown, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Charles A. and Mildred J. (Alls) McCarthy and beloved sister of Gloria, Charles and Paul McCarthy.

Eleanor was the dear wife of the late Joseph D. Naimo, Jr., devoted mother of Charles McCarthy Naimo of Lunenburg, MA, Ronald McCarthy Naimo and his wife Kelly of Pepperell, MA, Tracy Naimo Hamilton of Ipswich, MA and Michel McCarthy Naimo and his wife Dawn of Wilmington, MA. Eleanor was a loving grandmother, fondly known as Memère and Mimi to Shelby, Harrison, Keira, Benjamin, Nicholas, Jonathan, Joseph, Anthony and Dominic.

Before settling down in Wilmington and achieving her dream of motherhood, Eleanor traveled the world while working for American Airlines. She also worked as a legal assistant, while taking classes at Suffolk University, taught ballroom dancing and was a breeder of champion Dobermans. In 1966, her first child was born then had 3 more children every 2 years after, this being her greatest joy. Nothing mattered more than the good health & happiness of her children. She was our caregiver, protector, confidant and mentor who believed we could accomplish anything. She instilled love, compassion, loyalty and kindness in all of us. She was our 24/7, whether 3PM or 3AM, just a phone call and she was there. She believed in the goodness of people, had a wise sense of humor, valued new & old traditions, had a passion for research & learning, gems & jewelry, perfect gift-giving and her beloved Dobermans, especially her current fur baby “Secret”. She touched and cared deeply for others and in the worst of times, she never gave up her faith & truly believed in the power of prayer.

As she raised her young children, she worked nights as a fashion consultant for Queen’s Way Fashions. With her school-aged children, she became very active in the school system, eventually becoming a child school advocate for families. This further lead to her becoming a court-appointed advocate for abused children. She had an endless desire to help others, especially children. For many years, she hosted foreign exchange students and always enjoyed a full house of her kids & their friends. She retired from Winchester Hospital, where she worked as a home healthcare aid when her grandchildren were born. These 9 adored children brought her more happiness than could ever be expressed. She had a very unique & special relationship with each one. They could do no wrong in her eyes and she had the ability to make each of them feel like they are the most amazing, most important and most perfect person in the world. Whether a special occasion, a quick visit, a phone call, or an afternoon of story-telling or playing, she cherished every moment and couldn’t get enough of her “kid fix” from them.

Eleanor was proud, selfless, supportive and beyond generous to her family, friends or anyone who was important to us. She fought so hard to stay with us and even on her sickest days, her priority was still the safety and well-being of her children & grandchildren. She was not only our mother or grandmother, she was our friend, our everything who is deeply loved & will be missed every day. It was an honor & blessing to have her in our lives.

Due to the current situation of Covid 19 and for everyone’s safety, Eleanor’s family has decided to have private services at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to Boston Children’s Hospital, in memory of Eleanor Naimo. Contributions can be made at bostonchildrens.org/givenow. Or mail checks, payable to Boston Children’s Hospital, to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215-5301. Please include “Eleanor Naimo” in the memo line.

Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Albert R. “Ron” Beal

July 30th, 2020

Albert Ronald Beal, “Ron”, age 74, of Wilmington, passed away on July 26, 2020.

Ron was the beloved husband of Patricia (Haskell) Beal, devoted father of the late Erin M. Beal, loving grandfather of Christina A. Powell and Robert A. Powell, cherished son of the late Royal and Margaret (Rosenthal) Beal, dear brother of David Edmunds of Naples, FL, Mary Keegan of Taunton, Ann Smith of Sharon, cousin to Bruce Beal of Palm Beach, FL, the late Ilene Beal and the late Robert Beal. Ron is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA on Wednesday, August 5th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, August 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. All guests attending the services will be required to wear a mask in the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Ron’s name may be made to Boston Children’s Hospital, to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215-5301.

Anthony E. “Tony” Krzeminski

July 30th, 2020

Anthony E. “Tony” Krzeminski, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on July 29, 2020 at the Brightview Center in Billerica.

Tony was born on March 23, 1930 in Gardner, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Anthony and Adela (Pavlowski) Krzeminski. Tony was raised in Gardner as part of large family of 11 children and graduated from Gardner High School.

Following graduation, Tony enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on December 22, 1950. He served overseas in Germany for over two years during the Korean War. Tony was honorably discharged and returned home to his family on December 21, 1954.

Tony took a position at the Aetna Insurance Company, which relocated him to Connecticut. While he was working, he met Grace (Ianzito). The couple starting dating and were married on November 10, 1952. Tony and Grace moved to Wilmington in 1965, where they settled down and raised their only son, Paul.

Tony went to work for the Town of Wilmington as the Tax Assessor for over 27 years. He was quick with numbers and very dedicated to his position.

In his spare time, Tony loved to golf and a member of Long Meadow Golf Club.

Tony will be remembered as a kind and loving man. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Tony was the beloved husband of the late Grace (Ianzito) Krzeminski, devoted father of Paul Krzeminski & his wife Chrissy of Billerica and is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service with Military Honors at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Monday, August 3rd at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in Tony’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

Andre M LaFave

July 28th, 2020

Andre M. LaFave, age 81, of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on July 26th, 2020. Born on April 7th, 1939, Andre was raised in Reading as part of a large family and attended Reading Schools.

In 1958, Andre moved to Wilmington when he married the love of his life, Barbara Johnson, with whom he celebrated over 61 years of marriage. Andre and Barbara raised 7 children of their own. Andre had a long career as a member of the Wilmington Highway Department.

Andre loved to travel, especially taking road trips in the car or on his motorcycle. His hobbies included fishing, hunting and coin collecting. Andre was also known to be a bit of a gambler, he loved playing cards and picking horse races.

Andre was the beloved husband of Barbara (Johnson) LaFave of Wilmington. He was the loving father of Cheryl Joyce of Wilmington, Andy LaFave, Jr. & his wife MaryBeth of New Hampshire, Stephen LaFave of Wilmington, Lori Leon & her husband Francisco of Wilmington, Cynthia Larsen & her husband Chris of Dracut, James LaFave & his wife Sheryl of Tewksbury and Barbara McHugh & her husband William of Wilmington. Andre was the cherished grandfather of 20 and great-grandfather of 18. He was the son of the late Albine and Marie (LaGull) LaFave. Andre was the dear brother of Marilyn Reiss. He is predeceased by 6 siblings. Andre is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington on Thursday, July 30th, from 4-7 p.m. Face coverings are required in the funeral home. Interment will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 31st in Wildwood Cemetery, where friends can gather to say goodbye.

Memorial donations in Andre’s name can be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New England, 250 1st Avenue, Boston, MA 02129.

Robert J. Servideo, Sr.

July 27th, 2020

Robert J. Servideo, Sr. “Bob”, age 88, of Grantville, PA, formerly of Boston, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2020. Bob was the devoted father of Donna Servideo Bryant of Hebron, NH, Robert Servideo, Jr. of Charlotte, NC, Wayne Servideo of Lynnfield, MA and Cindy Servideo of Winthrop, MA and his step-daughters Robin Albro of Clearwater, FL and Trisha Criswell of Harrisburg, PA. Loving “Papa” of Angela Bryant, Sunshine Matthews, Bobby Servideo, Dina Servideo, Kimi Servideo, Kyle McGah, Ashley Servideo, Nick Servideo, Tom Servideo and great-grandchildren Jeremy Scott, Billy Crusselle, Damien Matthews-Peters and Sophia Servideo. Beloved husband of the late June Servideo-Cataldo and Sherlene Servideo, dear son of the late John and Rose (DeCicco) Servideo, Bob was the brother of the late Edward Peracchi and is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Friday, July 31st from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by a Graveside Service in the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA at 12:45 p.m. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home.

Harry Tilford Stewart, Jr.

July 23rd, 2020

Harry Tilford Stewart, Jr., fondly known as “Hank” to his family and friends, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2020, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire; he was 92 years of age.

Hank was born in Lynn, MA, on September 20, 1927. He was the son of the late Harry T. Sr. and Ada (Spencer) Stewart. Harry was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of the Wilmington High School Class of 1945 where he was at the top of his class and served as class president.

In June of 1945, Hank enlisted in the United States Coast Guard which was part of the Navy during World War II. Hank served as a Seaman 1st Class aboard a Coast Guard cutter that sailed the North Atlantic from Boston to Iceland to the Azores. He was honorably discharged on May 22, 1946 and returned home to Wilmington. Following his discharge, Hank attended Syracuse University where he earned his degree in Industrial Engineering in 1950 while continuing to serve as a Naval reservist. He was then recalled back into active duty during the Korean Conflict as a Naval Airman and served overseas. He was again honorably discharged in October of 1952.

Hank spent almost his entire career working as an Industrial Engineer at Western Electric in North Andover until his retirement. Hank’s work ethic, dedication and knowledge provided the foundation for a long and rewarding career. He was very well-liked and respected as a supervisor, co-worker, and friend.

Athletics were always an important part of Hank’s life. He was a varsity letterman in football, basketball and baseball for the Wilmington Wildcats playing under Coach Harold ‘Ding’ Driscoll. Hank was captain of his WHS basketball team. For many years he also enjoyed playing in the Wilmington Town Softball League. He retired from softball in 1978 after playing with all his sons. Hank was a skilled hitter with exceptional bat control. He had the reputation of being one the fastest players in the league who could easily beat each of his sons down the first base line. Hank also enjoyed following the athletic careers of his sons.

Hank was also very involved in his community of Wilmington for many years. He was most notably the Chairman of the Wilmington Finance Committee and always had the townspeople and taxpayers’ best interests at heart.

Hank enjoyed traveling to Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton in the Canadian Maritimes to visit family and friends. He was an avid reader and well-versed in many subjects. Hank was up-to-date on and enjoyed discussing current events, sports and history.

Hank will be remembered as a quiet guy who enjoyed the simplest things in life who loved his family and friends who will dearly miss him.

Hank is survived by his sons; Harry T. Stewart III and his wife Sue of Londonderry, NH, David G. Stewart of Wilmington, MA, Robert J. Stewart and his wife Cheryl of Trumbull, CT, Thomas W. Stewart and his wife Jo of Georgetown, MA and their mother Charlotte A. (Moore) Stewart of Wilmington, MA. He was fondly known as “Grampy” “Grand Dad Hank” and “Grandpa” to Kate and James Gimourginas of Holliston, MA, Brenna and Shane Brown of Wilton, CT, Meghan Stewart and fiance John Barnes of Bermuda, Elizabeth Stewart and Vincent Kan of Shrewsbury, MA, Andrew and Hailey Stewart of Wilmington, MA, Skye Stewart and Cameron Stewart both of Georgetown, MA, as well as his great-grandchildren Cleo and George Gimourginas, Carter Brown, Eleanor Kan and Leland Stewart. Hank was the brother of Dr. Pearl Pitt and her late husband Dr. Leldon Pitt of St. Simons Island, GA, Norman and Stevie Stewart of Arlington, TX, the late Ervyl “Turk” Stewart and his wife Ann Stewart of Harwich, MA and the late Dorothy Stewart. He was brother-in-law to Paul and Barbara Carpenter of Wilmington. Hank was very special to his dear companion Pauline LeBlanc Berry of Margaree, Cape Breton Nova Scotia, Canada and his devoted Personal Caregiver Diane Skelton of New Hampshire. He is further survived by many loving nieces and nephews and their families.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 25th from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. immediately followed by a Graveside Service with Military Honors in the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. All are required to wear a Mask while in the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Hank’s memory to the Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Victor G. Maher

July 23rd, 2020

Victor G. Maher, age 77, of Wilmington, passed away on July 22, 2020.

Victor was the beloved husband of Maureen F. (Sullivan) Maher, cherished son of the late George V. and Claire (Vigneau) Maher, dear brother of Phillip Maher & his wife Priscilla of Reading and Jonathan Maher of Worcester, uncle of Sarah, Joshua and Jackson. Victor was very special to Lorraine & Sue, Jillene & Larry, Chuck & Bill, Andrew & Sam and Bob Brown.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, July 27th at 12:00 noon. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, July 26th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Masks are required in the Funeral Home.

Memorial donations in Victor’s name may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047.

Mary Coombs

July 23rd, 2020

Mary (Costigan) Coombs, 98, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2020 at Sawtelle Hospice in Reading.

Mary was born June 18, 1922 in St. John’s Newfoundland Canada and then moved to East Boston shortly after. She was the dear daughter of the late Patrick and Nora (O’Brien) Costigan and sister to the late George, John, Helen, William and Edward Costigan. Mary was the devoted wife of the late Alexander Coombs, devoted mother of Stephen Coombs and wife Marilyn and the late John Coombs. Loving “Nana” of Donna Milinazzo and husband Steven, Heather Todd and husband Jay, Allison Hamlin and husband Michael as well as her six great-grandchildren, Brooke, Christina, Alexandra, Olivia, Taylor and Connor. Mary is also survived by her daughter-in-law Ann Coombs, her many nieces and nephews and her life-long friend and cousin, Betty Garchinsky.

Mary will be remembered for her hard work, kind heart and never-ending love and dedication to her family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Mary loved living in Wilmington and was eternally grateful to her neighbors who were always there to lend a helping hand.

Family and friends will gather for Interment Prayers on Monday, July 27th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mary’s memory to the Charity of One’s Choice.

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