Obituaries

Frank J. Killilea, Jr.

November 21st, 2019

Frank J. Killilea, Jr., age 81, of Wilmington, passed away on November 20, 2019.

Frank was the beloved husband of 50 years of Katherine (Knight) Killilea, devoted father of Susan Killilea Coburn & her husband Edward of West Roxbury, Steven F. Killilea & his wife Kim of Fairfield, CT and Thomas U. Killilea & his wife Jennifer O’Neill of Andover, loving “Grandpa” of Abby, Norah, Garen, Colin and Isabel, cherished son of the late Col. Frank J. and Isabel V. (Sirois) Killilea, dear brother of John Killilea & his late wife Aida of Holland, MI, Peter Killilea & his wife Kathleen of North Andover and Alfred Killilea & his wife Mary Ann of South Kingston, RI.  Frank is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Tuesday, November 26th at 9:00 a.m. immediately 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 Monday, November 25th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Frank’s name may be made to Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215 or to St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA  01887.

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Donna M. McBay

November 20th, 2019

Donna M. McBay (Hurley), age 69, of Londonderry, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2019, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire, following a brief illness.

Donna was born on February 3, 1950, in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Mary Hurley. Donna grew up in Dorchester and attended Catholic Schools; she was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School in Roxbury, with the Class of 1969.

Donna married and moved to Wilmington in 1976; where she raised her two children Kim and Scott. Donna loved being a mom; she was very devoted to her family and showered her children with unconditional love and support. When Donna became a “Grammy” she was thrilled and loved to dote on her grandchildren. Donna never missed a sporting event, school concert, or any other activity they were involved in; they were her whole world. Donna’s grandchildren lived in Londonderry, NH so seventeen years ago she moved up north to be close to them. Donna enjoyed her new home; she liked her gardens out in her yard and she enjoyed feeding the birds.

At the time of her death, Donna was employed at the L-3 Harris Company as a Human Resource Generalist. Donna thoroughly enjoyed her job; she made many great friendships with her co-workers and she enjoyed socializing and travelling with them outside of work. To her family’s amazement, Donna, even went out of her comfort zone on one of the trips and went zip lining.

Donna will be fondly remembered as a wonderful woman who was kind and caring towards everyone she met. Donna looked forward to the time she spent with family and friends and they in turn will cherish the time and memories they made together. Donna will forever be in the hearts of those she loved.

Donna was the devoted mother of Kimberly A. (McBay) McKinnon & her partner Gregg Connolly of Londonderry, NH and the late Scott F. McBay. Loving “Grammy” of Patrick, Connor, Taylor, Lindsey, Matthew and Holly. Cherished daughter of the late John and Mary (Daley) Hurley, dear sister of the late Barbara Vaughan and John Hurley. Donna was also very special to Francis and Diane McBay of Wilmington as well as many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, November 23rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, MA at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, November 22nd from 3:30-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donna’s memory may be made to Greater Boston Chapter, United Spinal Association, 2 Rehabilitation Way, Woburn, MA 01801.

Thomas J. Scolastico

November 19th, 2019

Thomas J. Scolastico, age 81, of Wilmington, passed away on November 18, 2019.

Thomas was the beloved husband of Vera M. (Mercurio) Scolastico, devoted father of Doreen (Scolastico) Riley & her husband Ernie of Andover, Thomas Scolastico and David Scolastico & his wife Melissa all of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of David & Erin Scolastico, Juvani Scolastico and Angela & Andrew Scolastico, “Great-Papa” of Hudson and Otto, cherished son of the late Michael and Gina (DeFelice) Scolastico, dear brother of Michael, Louise and the late James, John, Anthony, Ricky, Joseph, Rose and Angie. Thomas 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 Sunday, November 24th from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service with Military Honors at 3:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Thomas’ memory made be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Thomas was a U.S. Army Veteran who proudly served during Vietnam.

Pasquale J. Carideo

November 17th, 2019

Pasquale J. Carideo, “Pat”, age 75, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, November 17th 2019.

Pat was born on August 24, 1944 in Everett, MA and was the cherished son of the late Pasquale J. and Pasqualina Carideo. Pat was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School, where he met his wife, Ann (Stabile) Carideo. Pat and Ann were married on October 5th, 1968 and lived in Everett for a few short years, before moving to Wilmington in January of 1976, where they raised their three children, Michelle, Scott and David.

Pat had a distinguished sales career across two industries, often working six to seven days a week, to provide for his family, something which gave him an innate sense of pride. Pat spent several years working in downtown Boston at the prestigious Martini Carl clothing company, outfitting many local and national celebrities. Pat had a passion for making his clients look their best, as well as his own meticulous appearance and polished sense of style. Pat later worked at Hains Jewelry in East Boston, where he managed the sales staff for several locations before retiring.

Outside of work, Pat had many talents and hobbies. His wife Ann taught Pat how to ballroom dance, and soon after, they became the “dancing couple”, known for being the first couple on the dance floor at any function. They also loved to find new places to go dancing on the weekends where they created many more wonderful memories and friendships.

In his youth, Pat was an accomplished trumpet player and competed in the Drum and Bugle core, something he would continue to enjoy as a spectator in later years. Pat was also a singer/actor and performed in dinner theater shows. At home, Pat valued his beautifully landscaped yard, and would spend countless hours on his pool yard, lawn and garden working to make them ‘showcase’ worthy. After a long week, Pat enjoyed cooking and later relaxing with family in his recliner and watching his favorite tv shows.

Socially, Pat was a member of the Wilmington and Everett Chapters of the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and the Sons of Italy where he volunteered in a myriad of events while creating life-long friendships along the way.

Pat was blessed with three grandchildren and delighted to become a “Papa” to Dominic, Marina and Valentina. He looked forward to their visits, where he could babysit and spend quality time with them, telling jokes and reading their favorite stories.

Pat was the beloved husband of Ann F. (Stabile) Carideo, devoted father of Michelle Carideo Feeney & her husband Derek, Scott Carideo all of Wilmington and David Carideo of Pasadena, CA; loving “Papa” of Dominic Feeney, Marina Feeney and Valentina Carideo, cherished son of the late Pasquale J. and Pasqualina Carideo, dear brother of Connie Rongone of Florida, Mary Nuzzo of Everett and John Carideo of Florida. Pat is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Friday, November 22nd at 9:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, November 21st from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Pat’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

Gabriel R. Flores

November 15th, 2019

Gabriel R. Flores, age 92, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on November 14, 2019.

Gabriel was born on April 24, 1927 in Cambridge, MA; he was the second of four children born to Portuguese immigrants, Gabriela and Manuel Flores. His dad passed away when he was just 9 and he and his older brother Manuel helped to raise their two younger siblings, Vicky and Bill.

Gabriel met the love of his life, Irene, while working at Galinaro’s Fish Market in Cambridge when he was just 16. In January of 1945 at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Navy while his brother Manuel joined the Marines. Gabriel served as a Seaman First Class and was assigned to the U.S.S. Turandot, an attack cargo ship where he was a gunner. Gabriel was awarded several medals for his service including the World War II Victory Medal, the American Area Ribbon, American Defense Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon and most notably the Purple Heart Ribbon. Gabriel was honorably discharged and returned home to his family in Cambridge. In the years that followed when he and his brother Manuel got together their families all enjoyed their stories about WWII and their part in the Greatest Generation.

Two years later on September 5, 1948, Gabriel married “his girl” Irene Branco; they bought a three family home on Tremont Street in Cambridge, MA, on the G.I. Bill where they lived for five years before moving to Tewksbury. They lived in Tewksbury for five more years and in 1959 moved to Wilmington where they raised their 4 children. Gabriel was a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather and a generous friend. When he came home from work, it didn’t matter who was visiting, he only had eyes for his beautiful Irene and would be sure to kiss her first and ask how her day was. He worshiped her as she did him. Nothing pleased Gabriel more than when his family was all together on holidays and birthdays; especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. Gabriel and Irene’s house was always warm and welcoming; there was never a lack of food or laughter, especially when the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were there. There was no mistaking that Gabriel adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Becki was the first grandchild and she gave him the name “Beeper; a title he cherished, even getting a vanity plate for his car the “Beeper”.

Gabriel looked forward to family vacations in Maine and Cape Cod and he enjoyed deep sea fishing trips every summer. He loved all the Boston sports teams, but his favorite team was the Patriots; he never missed a game and he looked forward to watching games in the company of his family and friends.

Gabriel spent his entire career working in the food service industry. He started as a seafood buyer in what is now the Seaport District of Boston. Later he moved on to working for big chain stores such as Star Market, Stop and Shop and Giant Value as a butcher, meat and store manager. But he always said the best job he ever had was working as a butcher for Valley’s Steak House.

Gabriel and Irene were fortunate to have travelled around the world with trips to Portugal where they met some of his relatives. They also went to San Miguel in the Azores where Irene’s family was from. A lover of cruises, they went to Alaska two times where Gabriel did some salmon fishing but his favorite trip was to Italy, especially falling in love with visiting Rome and the Vatican. Gabriel and Irene also loved Myrtle Beach and Florida where they became “snow birds” in the winter.

Gabriel’s love of country was evident as he loved to fly the American Flag in is front yard; bragging about how great it looked.

Gabriel was a proud man; especially proud of his family; he didn’t have much but he was generous to everyone and was always willing to share what he had. Gabriel’s unconditional love and devotion towards his family and friends never wavered; he would go out of his way to do anything for anyone; always with a smile. Gabriel would tell you that he had a great life, a wonderful family and many good friends; he will forever be in the hearts of those he loved.

Gabriel was the beloved husband of 69 years to the late Irene M. (Branco) Flores, devoted father of Robert Flores & wife Judy of Haverhill, Barbara Ciaramella & husband Peter of Tewksbury, Gene Flores & wife Christine and Nancy Turner & husband David all of Wilmington. Loving Grandfather of Becki & Jon O’Sullivan, Scott & Sarah Flores, Nick & Brittany Ciaramella, Stefanie & Gary Haywood, Michael & Tyler Flores, Jesse Turner & fiance Kelly, Dylan Turner & fiance Harley and Great-Grandchildren Maeve & Finn O’Sullivan, Scotty & Kinley Flores, Hunter Haywood and Wesley Flores. Cherished son of the late Manuel and Gabriella (Costa) Flores, dear brother of Manuel Flores of San Diego, CA, the late Vicki Catalano and William Flores. Gabriel is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, November 18th 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, November 17th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gabriel’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Barbara Ann (Cousins) Calandrello

November 14th, 2019

Barbara Ann (Cousins) Calandrello, age 87, of Andover, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2019.

Barbara was the devoted mother of Diane L. Stamper and her husband John of Cambridge and Nicola A. Calandrello, Jr. of Andover, she was the loving “Grandma” of Mark Robinton and his wife Meg of Eden Prairie, MN and Sheri Robinton of Boulder, CO, “Great-Grandma” of Ellie, Cooper, and William, cherished daughter of Raymond and Ruth (Erbe) Cousins.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, November 18th from 10:30-11:30 immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:30. Interment to follow in Westlawn Cemetery, Littleton, MA.

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

Annette E. Novak

November 14th, 2019

Annette E. Novak (Fortier), age 90, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 10, 2019 at Care One in Wilmington.

Ann was born on October 1, 1929 in South Grafton, MA. She was the dear daughter of the late William and Mary (Bagin) Fortier. Ann grew up in Grafton and was a graduate of Grafton High School. Following graduation Ann went to work for a new startup company called Tupperware. Her direct boss was Earl Tupper, Tupperware’s inventor. She relocated to Kissimmee Florida, Tupperware’s headquarters, and enjoyed this exciting time in her life.

Ann met her sweetheart, Emil Novak, while at a local dance with friends. He became her husband of over 66 years. Together they raised four children; Anne, Jean, Susan, and Michael.

A loving mother and wife, Ann was also an avid reader and enthusiastic gardener (irises and lily of the valley were her favorites). She loved to shop and would later treat her grandchildren to their own birthday shopping days, a memory they hold dear. Ann and Emil also loved to travel, traveling the US as well as Europe and Asia. They were often with their group of life-long friends.

Ann loved spending time with her family and friends. She especially treasured her role as Gramma to her 10 grandchildren, and they treasured her in return. She was happiest at family gatherings, singing at the piano. Singing was her passion and her voice was lovely. She sang in the choir at St. Thomas for over 22 years.

Ann will be remembered for her unconditional love and devotion to her family. She was kind and unassuming with never a negative word, always seeing the best in people. Her presence will be so missed; she will always be in the hearts of her family and friends.

Annette was the beloved wife of Emil L. Novak, beloved mother of Anne Rumizen & husband Mark of Reading, Jean Olson & husband Stephen of Plymouth, Susan Marsh & husband Steve of North Andover, and Mike Novak of Los Angeles, CA. Loving Gramma of Matt, Steve, Katie, Lauren, Jill, Emily, Lynne, Kevin, Grace and Annie. Dear sister of the late Robert Fortier and also the late Adele Dziokonski, her sister-in-law who was the sister she never had.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, November 23rd from 1:00-4:00 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Annette’s life at 4:00 p.m.

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

William B. Merrill, Sr.

November 14th, 2019

William B. Merrill, Sr., “Bill”, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on November 11, 2019.

Bill was born on November 6,1932 in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of Mary (Monahan) Geoffrion and John Merrill. Bill was raised in Winthrop, MA by his mother and grandparents whom he adored. Bill loved growing up by the ocean. He walked along the beach every day enjoying it’s natural beauty and many creatures: these were moments that molded his life-long passion for nature, animals and his love of the sea. Bill attended Winthrop Public Schools and was a graduate of Winthrop high school; following graduation, Bill went on to further his education while attending the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, UMass Amherst where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture.

In May of 1952, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force to serve the country during the Korean War. Bill was a member of the 78th Supply Squadron and served overseas in Germany; Bill earned the National Defense Medal as well as the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on May 15, 1956 from Hamilton Air Force Base in California and returned home to his family.

Bill Married his “sweetheart” Vilma Bedell in 1958 and the couple settled in her hometown of Wilmington. Bill and Vilma raised two wonderful children Jeannie and Billy; they were Bill’s pride and joy and there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them. Bill attended countless school and sporting events to cheer on his children and when he became “Grampa” the tradition continued to the next generation; he was always their biggest fan. Bill’s unconditional love and devotion toward his family was evident in everything he did; Bill was especially involved in his grandchildren’s lives throughout the years where he was not only a mentor, but a best friend to them.

Bill worked hard to provide for his family; one of his first jobs was at Boston University where he would take home the animals and treat them as house pets; he always had a soft spot for those animals. For more than 20 years, Bill, worked for Digital Equipment Corporation. Bill had a great personality and work ethic, and brought much joy to those in the workplace.

Bill was very involved at the Wilmington Congregational Church for many years and was active in their Choir; he was soloist for the church since 1958. Bill’s reputation as a soloist quickly took off; he had a wonderful booming baritone voice and everyone wanted him to sing for their family occasions. Bill was not only at joyous occasions such as weddings but he also made an impression when he sang at countless funerals throughout the years; his voice was very calming. Bill continued to share his talent as a member of the Methuen Community Chorus as well as the Tewksbury Chorus for many years.

Bill will be fondly remembered for his endearing personality, his huge heart and his hearty laugh. Bill would go out of his way to make others feel welcomed and loved; he was a gentle giant and people were drawn to him. Bill always saw the best in others, he never had a bad word to say about anyone and would go out of his way to help others in need; Bill would literally give you the shirt off his back. Bill was always jolly and would often be heard singing a tune; he loved to make others happy. Bill was truly “one of a kind” and he will be greatly missed.

Bill was the beloved husband of the late Vilma (Bedell) Merrill, the devoted father of the late Vilma Jean Merrill and William B. Merrill, Jr. & his wife Lee Ann of Windham, NH, loving “Grampa” of Nicole Bottai & her husband Anthony, Elisabeth Jeffs & her husband Dan, Jessica Merrill, Jon Bassett, William Bassett, and great-grandchildren Lena, Abigail, and Kaleb. Bill was also very special to his love Serena Joyce and her family whom he adored. Bill is further survived by his extended and beloved Bedell family and many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting hours at the Nichols Funeral home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, November 20th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A celebration of Bill’s life will take place on Thursday , November 21st at 11:00 a.m in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 233 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetary, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Millstone Wildlife Center, 16 Millstone Road, Windham, NH 03087

Margaret M. Magee

November 11th, 2019

Margaret M. Magee (Fay), “Peg”, age 82, of Wilmington, passed away on November 10, 2019, at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Peg was born on March 26, 1937, in Boston, MA; she was the only daughter to the late Cyril and Margaret Fay. Peg was raised in Brookline in her younger years before moving to Newton where she attended school and was a graduate of Newton High School.

in 1954, Peg married the “love of her life” and “best friend” Thomas Magee; the couple moved to Wilmington where they raised their six children. Peg was an extremely devoted wife, mother and later on grandmother; she went out of her way to take care of others. Peg had an “open door” policy at her home where everyone was welcomed and made to feel “at home”. As her children grew up and married, Peg, welcomed her new “in-laws” with open arms and treated them as her own. When the grandchildren started to arrive Peg was overjoyed; they were all very special to her and she loved to spoil them. Peg loved her family with all her heart, she waited on them whenever they came through the door and was known to be the “energizer bunny”; some even called her “Saint Peg”.

In the late 1970’s, Peg and Tom set out on an adventure from Winthrop to the Bahamas to find their little piece of “paradise”. They fell in love with the Bahamas and bought a family home in Hope Town where they enjoyed the sun, deep sea fishing and the beauty of its beaches. Peg and Tom travelled to the Bahamas for more than forty years during the winter months, making that trek aboard their various boats; he as the captain and she was the crew. Peg and Tom also introduced their family to their new found paradise where everyone had a great time and countless memories were made.

In her spare time, Peg enjoyed knitting sweaters for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; these were gifts that will be treasured for years to come. Peg was also very talented when it came to needlepoint and she was an excellent painter.

She will be fondly remembered for her “sweet tooth” and taking her grandchildren for their adventures to Friendly’s for ice cream sundaes. Peg dedicated her life to doing for others; she was known as a loving, giving and kind lady who would do anything to help anyone. Peg loved her family and friends with all her heart and she will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Peg was the beloved wife of 67 years to Thomas Magee, devoted mother of Paul Magee & wife Judy of Princeton, Jeanne Gaudion & husband Bob of Londonderry, NH, Patrick Magee & wife Peggy, Robert Magee & wife Linda and James Magee & wife Jeanne all of Wilmington and the late Thomas Magee. Loving “Nana” of Kylie & David Sundberg, Gaelen Magee, Dorian Magee, Dan & Kendra Roberts, Kara & Nathan Ruiter, Andrew Roberts, Michelle Gaudion, Kerrie & Charlie Haynes, Michael Gaudion, Erin & Mike Loder, Colleen Magee & Kaitlin McCarthy, Patrick & Kristen Magee, Thomas Magee, Carin Magee, Kayla Magee, James Magee and “Nana Peg” to her great-grandchildren Leroy, Rhett, Noel, Deklan, Aria, Lila, Ben, Amelia, Liam and Riley Margaret. Cherished daughter of the late Cyril and Margaret (MacDonald) Fay, dear sister of the late Robert, Frank, Cyril and David Fay. Peg is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law 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, November 15th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, November 14th from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Victor G. Sawyer

November 6th, 2019

Victor George Sawyer, age 78, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on November 6, 2019.

Victor was born on July 9, 1941 in Malden, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Victor C. and Doris C. (Lyons) Sawyer.  Victor was raised in Billerica as the oldest of eleven siblings.  He graduated from Billerica High School with the Class of 1959.

Following graduation, Victor enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 24, 1962 in Boston, MA.  He attended basic training at Ft. Dix, NJ and went on to complete his specialized training at Camp Roberts, CA, Ft. Ord, CA and Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.  During his military career, he worked as a radio operator and an expert rifleman. Vic participated in the strike unit during Operation Desert Strike in the Mojave Desert; he was very proud of his two and a half tours in Vietnam.  On January 22, 1965, Vic was honorably transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves and returned home to his family.

Upon returning home, Vic went to Boston College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in science.  During college, he worked for Fitzgerald Motion Pictures, where he made educational videos for college students.  He also worked for his brother David doing construction, before he started his 37-year career with Polaroid in Waltham.  Vic started with Polaroid as a chemist.  Through his hard work and dedication, he was promoted to Manager of Chemical Operations.  He also was an instructor for the night school program that Polaroid offered to their employees.

Vic married Diane (Rossi) Sawyer on December 16, 1962.  They moved to Wilmington where they raised their children, Lisa, Linda, Laurie and Jimmy.

In his spare time, Vic was an avid fisherman.  He could be found fishing in Gloucester or Rockport, but his favorite place was the Deerfield River.  He also enjoyed taking camping trips and playing cards with his family.  He was a phenomenal “Rummy” player and still holds the family title.  Vic was a great mechanic and loved to spend time fixing anything with an engine.

Vic had many friends who he loved to visit with.  He enjoyed going to see the “guys” for his daily coffee.  He also made it a priority to visit the Veterans at the VA in Bedford to lend an ear and support for those Veterans in need.

Vic will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and “Grampa.”  He loved to spend time with his grandsons, Ryan and Colin.  He will be missed by his family and his friends.

Victor was the beloved husband of the late Diane (Rossi) Sawyer, devoted father of Victor “Jimmy” Sawyer & his wife Sarah of Wilmington, the late Lisa, Linda and Laurie Sawyer, loving “Grampa” of Ryan Daniel Sawyer and Colin James Sawyer. Victor was the cherished son of the late Victor Cecil Sawyer and Doris (Lyons) Sawyer and was oldest of eleven siblings.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, November 11th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  A Graveside Service with Military Honors will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Tuesday, November 12th at 11:00 a.m.

Memorial donations in Vic’s name may be made to Operation Delta Dog, a provider of service dogs for veterans.  https://donorbox.org/operation-delta-dog.