Obituaries

Ernest E. Sandberg

September 20th, 2021

Ernest E. Sandberg, age 92, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on September 18, 2021.

Ernest was the beloved husband of Glenna F. (Creamer) Sandberg, devoted father of Karen Couture & her husband John of Mason, NH and Keith Sandberg & his wife Dawn of Tewksbury, loving “Grampy” of Kyle, Ryan and Noah, cherished son of the late Harry and Bertha (Spinney) Sandberg, dear brother of the late Frances Carbone, Marjorie Dulong and Barbara Dalton.  Ernest 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 Tuesday, September 21st from 10:30-1:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service with Military Honors at 1:30 p.m.

Memorial donations in Ernest’s name may be made to the Bedford VA, 200 Springs Road (135), Bedford, MA 01730.

Ernest proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

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John “Parker” Prindle, Jr.

September 18th, 2021

John “Parker” Prindle, Jr., Age 80, of Boston, passed away after a long illness on September 17, 2021.

Born in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Parker was the son of the late John Parker and Florence (Cheney) Prindle. After graduating from Wilmington High School in 1958, he attended Harvard College and graduated with a BA in history in 1962. Parker remained devoted to his alma mater throughout his life, serving on numerous alumni and fundraising committees and creating the Prindle Family Undergraduate Scholarship Fund to support ongoing tuition assistance for Harvard students in need.

Following graduation, Parker served in the United States Navy July 21, 1963, to May 9, 1969. He attained the rank of Ensign and was stationed in San Francisco and Asia. He fondly remembered his years of service and loved regaling family with tales of camaraderie, adventure, and frequent carousing (once, notably, with Janis Joplin) during his Navy days.

Parker spent his entire career in the Boston banking industry and was first-hand witness to many iterations, mergers, and institutional name changes over his 40+ years: Bank of Boston, BayBank, BankBoston, Fleet, Bank of America, and finally U.S. Trust. In his work as portfolio manager, Parker demonstrated a steady hand, a knack for independent research, and a contrarian bent—his favorite axiom was “when they’re yelling, I’m selling; when they’re crying, I’m buying.”

Parker deeply loved history and he deeply loved art. Those twin passions—combined with his business acumen and appreciation of the undervalued asset—informed a lifetime of curiosity and rigorous collecting in a wide range of media and styles. His collecting interests evolved markedly over time: from Italian art glass to mid-century ceramics to art deco metalware to contemporary prints and beyond. Parker had an extraordinarily discerning eye, and he approached his collecting as exciting opportunities: opportunities to learn something new, opportunities to discover “hidden treasures,” and opportunities to share his collection with the larger world. He developed enduring relationships with gallery owners and dealers worldwide and he was a dedicated, before-dawn regular at the Brimfield Antique Flea Market for decades. In later years, he reveled in the new era of online auctions and marketplaces. Parker was a longtime contributor to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and to the Harvard Art Museums, and a variety of the objects he donated are on view in their galleries and found in their collections.

Parker was an avid bicyclist and a lover of warm summer days, stacks of newspapers, good steaks and lemon desserts, sci-fi and classic movies, and bringing rare, unusual (and occasionally undrinkable) liquors to family holiday gatherings.

He is survived by his loving family Susan, Carl, Beth, and Carson Prindle, all of Boston.

Visiting Hours: Family and friends are invited to gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, September 24th from 2:00 – 4:00p.m. A Funeral Service with military honors will follow at 4:00p.m. The burial will be private.

Memorial donations in Parker’s name may be made to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Glen B. Lucas

September 18th, 2021

Glen B. Lucas, age 87, of Waterboro, ME, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away at home on September 16, 2021.

Glen was born in Waltham, MA, on January 26, 1934; he was the dear son of the late Paul and Edith (Bradley) Lucas. Glen was raised and educated in Newton, MA, and he attended Newton Vocational High School where he learned the machinist trade.

In July of 1950, Glen enlisted in the United States National Guard which prompted a career that spanned more than 37 years. Glen loved his job, he worked as a dog trainer at the Missile Site in Lincoln, MA. Glen made many life-long friends with his co-workers and had a special passion for the dogs that he trained, especially Star. Glen went on to the Armory in Methuen where he worked as a machinist before retiring in 1996. Glen was honorably discharged from the National Guard following many years of dedication to our country and our safety.

Glen married the love of his life, Joan Marie Brennick, on April 14, 1955. The couple lived in Billerica, MA, for several years before moving to Wilmington in the early 1960s where they raised a wonderful family. Glen looked forward to the time spent with family during their annual Labor Day parties, family holidays, and special occasion; any excuse to make his famous macaroni and cheese. Glen and Joan shared many wonderful years together with their family and friends before Joan’s passing in 2012.

Following retirement, Glen and Joan, along with their sons, built their dream retirement home on a pond in Waterboro, Maine. Glen loved sitting out on his porch admiring the view over the pond, but he also looked forward to visits and parties that they had at their home in Maine with their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and their many friends. Glen referred to those times as “the best time of their lives”; this is where countless memories were made throughout the years in Maine; funny times that will be shared for generations to come.

Glen was always a “glass half full” person with a great sense of humor. He was known to be a prankster and go on with jokes for hours. Glen could always see the best in others, go out of his way to help, and make everyone feel welcomed and loved. He would always leave you with a joke, sometimes less than appropriate. He was truly “one of a kind” and will forever be in the hearts of those he touched.

Glen was the beloved husband of 57 years to the late Joan Marie (Brennick) Lucas, the devoted father of Glen J. Lucas and his wife Barbara of Stark, NH, Mark S. Lucas formerly of Wilmington, MA, Donna M. Keller and her husband Kirk of Methuen, MA, Bradley J. Lucas of Wilmington, MA, and Wayne P. Lucas and his wife Jean of Pelham, NH. Loving “Grandad” of Kerrin Rounds and her husband Keith, Glen Charles Lucas and his wife Charelle, Adam Lucas, Chris Lucas, Matt Jamison-Lucas and his wife Kim, Stephanie Marie Lucas, Meghan Keller and her partner Paul Fowler, Courtney Keller and her fiancé Ryan Sadezwicz, Samantha Lucas, Bradley Lucas, Ryan Lucas and his partner Brittany Cain, Keith Lucas, Wayne Paul Lucas and his husband Alex Friedman, Stephanie Lucas and her fiancé Nicholas Allen, and his great-grandchildren Glen Alton, Charles Marcus, Adalee, Benjamin, Ripley, Brody, Cali, Hailey, Ava and Aubrey. He was the cherished son of the late Paul and Edith Lucas, and dear brother of the late Donald Lucas. Glen was also very special to Lori Howe of Maine, and is further survived by his sister-in-law, as well as his many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Monday, September 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, September 21st at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, followed by interment with Military Honors that will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

John J. Raffa

September 15th, 2021

John J. Raffa, age 84, of Gloucester, MA, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2021, with his family at his side. John had surgery in May, he fought hard but passed following his battle with cancer and respiratory issues.

John was the beloved husband of the late Margaret “Peggy” (Blauvelt) Raffa, devoted father of David Raffa and his long-time partner Rosanne Dillon, the late John Raffa and the late Linda Randazza and her husband Thomas Randazza. Loving Grandfather of Katie Toto, Jillian Fitzpatrick, Joseph Raffa, the late Austin Raffa, Carter Randazza, Nathan Randazza, Bryanna Payne, Kendra Payne as well as his 8 Great-grandchildren. John was the dear son of the late Samuel and Gertrude (Ehmons) Raffa, brother of Joseph Raffa and the late Charlie Raffa. John is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

John was a hard worker, he was a truck driver for the Mayflower Moving Company and retired following 30 years as a dedicated employee.

John was an independent man, a gentle giant that secretly had a heart of gold. John would often be seen around his new hometown of Gloucester with his friend JB Amero; he would be driving him to his appointments, taking him on errands, or just out and about saying hi to the town people on the Boulevard. He had his daily routine of getting the morning paper and scratchers and walking down to the waterfront to “take in the scenery”, he especially liked doing this in the summer months!

John was an avid Red Sox fan, who, like many of his generation, was thrilled to see them win multiple World Series in his lifetime.

John was quite a flirt; he was always one to blow kisses to all his nurses but forever missed the love of his life, Peggy till the end.

John loved his family and friends with all his heart and he will forever be missed.

A Celebration of John’s life will take place on Sunday, September 19th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Knights Of Columbus Hall, 126 Middlesex Ave. (Directly behind St. Thomas Church), Wilmington, MA.

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

Rita C. (Muse) Stone

September 13th, 2021

Rita C. (Muse) Stone, age 94, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on September 12, 2021.

Rita was born on March 1, 1927, in Melrose, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late William H. and Mary (Wischhusen) Muse. Rita was raised in Malden and Wakefield as part of a large, loving family of eight children.

Rita married “the love of her life”, Joseph W. Stone, on February 28, 1950. The couple had many wonderful memories of raising their children together. Rita and Joe celebrated sixty-three years of marriage before his passing in 2013.

Rita was always artistic; as a child, she liked to play with paper dolls and made doll clothes. She had many talents; sewing, painting, decorating cakes and crafting in one way or another. Her friends and family all benefited from her resourcefulness. She rarely kept her treasures to herself; she preferred to make special items for all. She also loved to share her abilities, teaching many friends and family her skills.

Being a caregiver was a part of Rita’s life from an early age. She had 6 older sisters and would care for their children often. She always had patience to make each feel special. When she had children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of her own, they all learned a sense of fairness in every situation. When one of the younger kids would get discouraged trying to keep up, she would say “you do good for your age”.

Rita was also a good friend and confidante. She was often the first to welcome new people to church, social groups, and any other situation. Rita and Joe were involved with many groups, including the Masons and Aleppo Shrine, Supportive Living Inc. and Advocates, Hedding Camp Association, Wilmington United Methodist Church, and others. Their love for their communities (both in Wilmington and Hedding Campgrounds, Epping NH) knew no limits; they were always willing to step up, be involved and share their abilities.

Everywhere Rita went, she gave others a sense that they belonged. She has helped to make the world a more beautiful, loving, and welcoming place for so many.

Rita was the beloved wife of 63 years of the late Joseph W. Stone, devoted mother of Jeanne E. Gricci & her husband James of Northfield, VT, Joseph W. Stone, Jr. & his wife Betsy of Springfield, VA, David Stone & his wife Kristine of Wilmington, Cynthia H. Eddy & her husband Harry of Limington, ME, Sally I. Stone of Berkeley, CA, Roger W. Stone of Woburn, Norma L. Biggins & her husband Michael of Wilmington and Richard & the late Kim Stone of Beverly. Cherished “Gramma” of Cynthia Huppert, Christopher Stone, Matthew Stone, Eric Stone, Alexa Stone, Jami Stoll, Jason Blackburn, Aaron Eddy, Dara Crawford, Lana Eddy, Cassidy Stone, Ashley Biggins, Mallory Horgan and Zachary Stone, and proud “Old Gramma” of 13 great-grandchildren. Rita is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, September 16th at 11:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, September 15th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Supportive Living Inc., 17 Warren Ave, Woburn MA 01801.

Richard “Ricky” Raboin

September 12th, 2021

Richard A. J. Raboin, “Ricky”, age 65, of Somerville, sadly passed away unexpectedly on February 3, 2021.

Ricky was the cherished son of the late Richard A. “Dick” and Jeanne (Browne) Raboin, beloved brother of Frances DiGregorio & husband Les, Margaret “Peggy” Raboin, Kathryn MacLaughlan & husband Robert and David Raboin all of Somerville. Loving “Uncle” of Stephen MacLaughlan, Marc MacLaughlan, Jamie DiGregorio, Jeffrey DiGregorio and Great-Uncle of Jonathan MacLaughlan, Brandon, Christian & Arianna DiGregorio. Ricky was also the devoted companion of Shannon Phillips of Maine and is further survived by many dear aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Friday, September 17th from 9:00-10:45 a.m. followed by a Graveside Service in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA, at 11:00 a.m.

Ricky proudly served in the United States Army.

Richard “Dick” Raboin

September 12th, 2021

Richard A. Raboin, “Dick”, age 91, of Somerville, passed away peacefully at home with is family at his side on September 4, 2021.

Dick was the beloved husband of the late Jeanne Raboin (Browne), devoted father of Frances DiGregorio & husband Les, Margaret “Peggy” Raboin, the late Richard “Ricky” Raboin, Kathryn MacLaughlan & husband Robert and David Raboin all of Somerville. Loving “Pepe” of Stephen MacLaughlan, Marc MacLaughlan, Jamie DiGregorio, Jeffrey DiGregorio and Great-Grandchildren Jonathan MacLaughlan, Brandon, Christian & Arianna DiGregorio. Cherished son of the late Paul and Florena (Smith) Raboin, dear brother of Joseph Raboin & wife Sherrie of Billerica, Thomas Raboin & late wife Karen of Lexington, Douglas Raboin & wife Doreen of Burlington, John Raboin of Somerville, Judith Woodworth & husband Alan of St. John’s, FL, the late Irwin Raboin & late wife Mary, the late William “Shane” Raboin, and the late Mary Martel, brother-in-law of Margaret Raboin and Richard Martel. Dick was also a very special uncle to his many nieces, nephews and their families. He was also a life-long proud member of the Joy Ac’s.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Friday, September 17th from 9:00-10:45 a.m. followed by a Graveside Service in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dick’s memory to the Good Shepard Hospice, 160 Wells Ave., Newton, MA 02459.

Donald F. Gardiner

September 10th, 2021

Donald F. Gardiner, age 71, of Northwood, NH, formerly of Derry, NH, passed away on September 3, 2021.

Donald was born on May 12, 1950, in Lowell, MA; he was the son of the late Russell Gardiner and Marjorie (Connor) Kennedy. Donald was raised in Billerica in his early years before moving to Wilmington. He graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1969.

Following graduation, Donald enlisted in the Army reserves. He faithfully served for more than twelve years before being honorably discharged.

Donald met his “high school sweetheart”, Patricia Ann Tierney, at Wilmington High. They dated for a few years before marrying in 1972. They lived on North Street for a few years before relocating to Derry, NH. Donald and Patricia raised their two children, Russell “R.J.” and Heather in Derry before settling in Northwood, NH in 2002.

Donald worked as a metal spinner at Spincraft in Billerica for more than thirty-one years. He loved his job and made several friends throughout his time there. After retiring from Spincraft, Donald took a job closer to home as the Assistant Building Inspector for the Town of Northwood. After ten years, Donald retired to spend time with his family.

In his spare time, Donald enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. He also loved “paint by number.”

Donald will be remembered for his love of his family. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and “Grumpy”. Donald loved to spend time with his grandchildren; he was most happy when they came to visit.

Donald was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Tierney) Gardiner, devoted father of Russell John Gardiner of Northwood, NH, Heather McKallagate & her husband Scott of FL, loving “Grumpy” of Brielle, Kyliana, Kiera and Shane, dear brother of Judy Huber & her husband Larry of Ohio and Steven Kennedy & his wife Michelle of Windham, NH. Donald is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA on Saturday, September 18th at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

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

Kevin M. Walsh

September 7th, 2021

Kevin M. Walsh, of Wilmington, passed away on September 7, 2021, at age 61.

Kevin was married to Christine M. Riley. He was the founder of three companies. Two of the three are multimillion dollar businesses still in operation today. He was co-founder of Skydive New England in Lebanon, Maine, still in operation. He also founded Walsh Partners Capital Corporation, which raised more than $6 billion for institutional investors. He sold both of these companies. In recent years, he enjoyed a Financial Planning (CFP) service until his passing.

Kevin was born on October 19, 1959, to Thomas D. Walsh and the late Ann M. Walsh. He grew up in Milton and attended Boston College High School, where he was a three-year starter in varsity football. He then attended Bowdoin College, where he majored in Romance Languages. He also studied in Spain. Kevin was fluent in Spanish all of his life.

Kevin was a skydiver and performed almost 2,000 skydives. He was also a pilot with 3,000 flying hours. And, he was a mountain hiker, having climbed all but two of the sixty-seven 4,000-footers in New England (all but the Bigelows in Maine).

Kevin was also a George Orwell fan. He loved the book “1984”, but he wanted to prove Orwell’s prediction wrong – with a symbolic act of optimism. So, he planned an adventure on January 1st, 1984: “I wanted to do something that would celebrate the arrival of the new year—despite Orwell’s ominous warning,” said Kevin. He had his skydiving buddies strap him to 57 balloons for an ascent up to about 6,000 feet and for a ride across Massachusetts. Approaching Boston, he dis-engaged and parachuted to earth. That adventure had never been attempted before. It made newspapers around the world. Kevin has always said, “That was my biggest adventure.”

In addition to his father, he leaves one son, Daniel Walsh and his partner, Kerin Gaydou of Boulder, Colorado. He also leaves a sister Kathleen Walsh Samp and her husband Edward Samp of Wayland and Moultonborough, NH, a sister Patricia Greene and her late husband Frederick of Newton, and a brother Thomas Walsh, Jr. and his wife Hiroe of Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, Kevin asks that you perform an act of kindness and ask for nothing in return—seriously!

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Tuesday, September 14th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, September 13th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Eleanor Landers

September 3rd, 2021

Eleanor Landers (Butler), fondly known as “EL” or “NA”, age 82, of Wilmington, passed away on August 30, 2021, at the Winchester Hospital.

Eleanor was predeceased by the “love of her life” Michael O. Landers, she was the devoted and beloved mother of Holly Landers of Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late John and Florence (Bois) Butler, dear sister of Ronald Butler of Parrish, FL, Carolyn Brown of Saugus, Laurene Colford of Bedford, Sharon Marchionda of Lynnfield and the late Donald Butler. Eleanor is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law as well as her many nieces and nephews in the United States and Ireland; she further leaves a niece in the Netherlands. Eleanor always had a special place in her heart for her “furry” family; she was very close to her late dog Mia and her little dog Mysti.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, September 11th for Visitation from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Eleanor’s memory to St. Joseph’s Indian School, P. O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326, Stjo.org or to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741-5000, bestfriends.org.