Obituaries

John J. McGrath

March 28th, 2020

**Due to concerns of the current situation with the Coronavirus and for the safety of everyone; the McGrath family has decided to have a private service at this time.***

John Joseph McGrath, passed away suddenly, on March 26th, at the age of 48.

Born on December 19,1971, in Stoneham, MA; he was the dear son of the late Lawrence and Lois (Langley) McGrath.

John is survived by his children, son John McGrath and his fiancee Courtney Barlow of Londonderry, NH, son Nolan McGrath and daughter Riley McGrath of Atkinson, NH, along with their mother Lana McGrath. John is also survived by his brother Paul McGrath and his late wife Donna of Bradford, MA and sister Maureen Ross and her husband Bob of Walpole, MA. Loving Uncle of Paul, Brian, Kevin, Bobby, Owen and Callie. His dear Uncle Harris and wife Marge McGrath of Seabrook, NH. John is preceded in death by his brother and friend Larry McGrath.

Most recently, John was a resident of Methuen, MA. He grew up and lived in Wilmington, MA for many years before moving to NH with his young family. John always spoke fondly of his childhood memories with his Robinson cousins and many friends from Wilmington. John attended Wilmington High School, where he loved playing hockey and baseball for the Wildcats. He graduated from Northern Essex Community College and went on to work for Mayo Labs and most recently Fresh Water Farms for many years.

John had a lifelong love of following all Boston sports teams and always looked forward to Sunday afternoon games with his sons. He was always quick with a joke or a story and leaves behind a special circle of friends and family. He will be greatly missed and remembered.

Donations can be made in John’s memory to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

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

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Jean M. King

March 25th, 2020

Jean M. King, age 91, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2020, at the Life Care Center of Billerica.

Jean was born in North Adams, MA on April 16, 1928; she was raised in North Adams during her early years before moving with her beloved mother to Jamaica Plain, where she was raised and educated.

Jean married her “sweetheart” John King and moved to Wilmington where they raised three wonderful children. Jean was a very devoted, attentive, hard working and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She looked forward to the time she spent with her family, sharing many holidays, vacations and special occasions with them.

Jean was also known to be an avid bowler throughout the years, accumulating many trophies for her excellent bowling skills.

Jean will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady; she was sweet, kind and caring towards her family, friends and neighbors who will miss her dearly.

Jean was the beloved wife of the late John King, devoted mother of Susan Bianchini & husband Al of Billerica, Dale King & wife Joyce of Arizona and the late John King Jr . Loving “Meme” of Joanna Bianchini & Michael Ozolins, Nicole Canning, Kristal King, Sharlene King, Christine King, Tina Hassan, Douglas Taylor and many great-grandchildren including David Roy and Dominick Canning. Jean was the cherished daughter of the late Myrtle Eckler Rugg, dear sister of Mabel Rogers, Dorothy Jenkins, Russell, Edward and William Barcomb. Special aunt of Helen Martel, Diane Deaton, Elsie Saraglow and Francis Rogers. Jean is also survived by many Good friends including Josephine Bianchini.

At Jean’s request all services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean’s memory may be made to the Wilmington Fourth of July Committee, c/o David Hall, 45 Arlene Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.

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

Mary J. Connolly

March 23rd, 2020

Mary J. (Wraga) Connolly, age 96, of Wilmington, MA, and York Beach, ME passed away peacefully on March 22, 2020.

Mary was born on April 13, 1923, in Cambridge, Massachusetts; she was the dear daughter of Mary and John Wraga. She was the loving baby sister of Helen Wraga-Mullen, Stasia Wraga-Ludka, and Walter “Joe” Wraga.

She grew up in Arlington where she excelled academically, received best dressed honors and participated in bowling, golf and tennis.
Her career at Lever Brothers in New Jersey was cut short in order to become caregiver for her parents.

Mary married Francis Connolly at Saint Agnes and relocated from Arlington to Wilmington in the late 50’s where they raised their family.
Mary ushered her family off to York Beach, ME where they resided during the summer months.

Mary was the devoted mother of Michael & his wife Ann, Maureen and Stephen & his wife Karen. She was the loving grandmother of Briana, Cameron, Malory, Piper and Timothy. she is survived by her sister-in-law Rosemarie Doucette-Connolly as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation donate@pkdcure.org or to the American Heart Association www.heart.org

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Loretta M. (Gunning) Cole

March 23rd, 2020

Loretta M. (Gunning) Cole, age 92, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on March 23rd, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.  Beloved wife of the late Donald Cole, loving mother of Dennis Cole & his wife Barbara of Sandown, NH and Bill Cole of Wilmington, cherished “Grandma” of Shannon, Erin and Daniel Cole, “Nana” of Mikayla and Liam, daughter of the late Robert and Margaret (St. George) Gunning, dear sister of Rose Mary Crosier of Dalton and the late Walter, Larry, Barbara and Robert.

All services will be held privately.

Rose Marie Buffa

March 20th, 2020

Rose Marie Buffa (Cornish), age 89, of Wilmington, MA, formerly of San Jose, California, passed away peacefully on March 17, 2020.

Rose Marie was born on November 6, 1930, in the Bronx, New York; she was the dear daughter of Perry Henery and Emma (Krumpholtz) Cornish. Rose was one of ten children raised during the depression.

While working at the lunch counter of a Woolworth’s in New York, Rose met (and later married) Emanuel (Manny) Buffa. Together they moved to San Jose, California where they had three children. Manny passed away and Rose took pride in the fact that she raised her children while being a “professional waitress”. She did study accounting and worked as an accountant in California, but missed interacting with her customers so she quit and returned to her career as a waitress. She loved interacting with people and was always doing things to help others without looking for recognition, she just did what she felt was right.

In 1989 Rose moved to Massachusetts to be near her daughter and grandchildren, becoming a resident of Wilmington MA in 1991 where she was heavily involved in her grandchildren’s activities. Rose became known by many as simply “Nana” and she loved it.

Her absence leaves a hole in the hearts of those who loved her, but she leaves behind lots of dear memories for us when we sit and remember in “peace and quiet”. She will be loved, always and forever.

Rose was the devoted mother of Carole Machado of California, Michael Buffa of Oregon, and Christina Marie (Augello) Buffa of Wilmington, MA. She was the loving grandmother of Matthew Morello of California, Alyssa Marie Augello of Tennessee, formerly of Wilmington, MA, Krysten Augello of Tennessee, formerly of Wilmington, MA, Francis Augello III of Wilmington, MA, Anthony Buffa of Oregon, Melissa Buffa of Oregon and Great-Grandchildren Blake, Kinser, and Mia Morello all of California, Natalie Rose Farley of Tennessee, and Mayleigh Buffa of Oregon. Dear sister of Joan (Cornish) Iannaco & her late husband Anthony, and Joyce (Cornish) Dibic & her late husband Walter of New York, the late Edna (Cornish) Conoto & her late husband Samuel, the late Harry Cornish & his late wife Helen (Zabski), the late William Cornish & his late wife Elizabeth (Uhl), the late Robert Cornish, the late Mildred (Cornish) Carbon & her late husband Courtny, the late Geraldine (Cornish) Kaiser & her late husband Rueben, the late Edward Cornish & his wife Helen (Lesnak). Rose is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Rose’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02454 or online through act.alz.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.

Patrick G. Mallon

March 19th, 2020

*Due to concerns of the current situation with the Coronavirus and for the safety of everyone; the Mallon/Stewart family has decided to have a private service at this time.


Patrick G. Mallon, “Pat”, age 42, of Tilton, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away unexpectedly on March 15, 2020.

Pat was born in Stoneham, MA, on March 9, 1978; he was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA before moving to Tilton, NH a few years ago.

Pat is survived by his loving family who will forever hold him in their hearts. He was the cherished son of Patrick Mallon and his wife Patricia of Methuen, MA and Priscilla “Penny” Stewart and her husband Frank of North Andover, MA, he was the beloved brother of Ryan Mallon and his wife Krysten, Brendan Mallon and his wife Michelle, Lauren DiDomenico and her husband Chuck. He is also survived by his step-siblings; Todd & Scott Konieczka, Kristen Dutton, Justin & Frank Stewart, & Jessica Clarke. Loving Uncle of Zachary, Cole, Kyler, Lennox, Jayden, Sean, and Kinley. Patrick is further survived by many special aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Patrick’s memory may be made to Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition, 1 Adelaide Street, Wilmington, MA  01887, Attn:  Samantha Reif.

I’M FREE

Don’t grieve for me now, I’m free.  I’m following the path

God laid for me.  I took His hand when I heard him call,

I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or

play.  Tasks left undone must stay that way.  I found that

peace at close of day.  If my parting has left a void then

fill it with remembered joy.  A friendship shared, a laugh,

a kiss, ah yes these things I too will miss.  Be not burdened

with times of sorrow.  I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I’ve savored much; good friends, good

times, a loved one’s touch.  Perhaps my time seemed all

too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.  Lift up

your hearts and share with me,  for God wanted me now.

He set me free.

William H. Little, Jr.

March 14th, 2020

***Due to concerns of the current situation with the Coronavirus; the Little family has decided to have a private service.***

William H. Little, Jr., “Bill”, age 78, of Wilmington, formerly of Warwick, RI, passed away on March 12, 2020.

Bill was the beloved husband of the late Fern Marcia (Hurd) Little, father of John Little of VT, Steven Little and his wife Mary Kate of Tewksbury and Peter Hurd & his wife Angel of Malden, grandfather of many loving grandchildren, cherished son of the late William H. and Dorothy M. (Adams) Little, dear brother of Linda Little, Gail Lubanski both of Wilmington and Kathy & her husband Salvatore, uncle of Kristen Brown, the late James Lubanski, Robert Donahue, Denise and Lori.  Bill is also survived by many loving great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Jeanne M. (Rubino) “Mimi” DaMore

March 12th, 2020

***Due to concerns of the current situation with the Coronavirus; the DaMore family has decided to have a private service at this time and will have a public Celebration of Life at a later date. Please follow our website for updated information.****

Jeanne M. DaMore (Rubino) “Mimi”, age 73, a long-time resident of Wilmington, formerly of Revere, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 11, 2020.

Jeanne was born on January 18, 1947, in East Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Alfred and Phyllis Rubino. Jeanne was raised and educated in Revere, MA and was a graduate of Revere High School. Following graduation, Jeanne went on to further her education at Burdett Business School in Boston.

Jeanne married the “love of her life” Peter DaMore on February 22, 1969; the couple lived in Revere for a few years before moving to Wilmington nearly 48 years ago. Jeanne was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, who showered her family with unconditional love and devotion.

Jeanne made a wonderful home for her family; she had an open door policy and she treated her children’s friends as her own family. Jeanne loved being a Mom; she was always there to support her children in whatever they were involved in and she beamed with pride as she spoke of what wonderful adults that had become. Jeanne’s role as “Mimi” to her grandchildren was truly one she treasured; she just adored her grandchildren and looked forward to attending their school events, sporting events and cheering competitions.

Jeanne will be fondly remembered as kind and caring towards others; she always went out of her way to give back to her community. She was known to be an amazing cook and baker who enjoyed hosting for her family and friends or she would bring food to others who were ill or in need of a friend.

All who knew Jeanne, knew that she was a huge sports fan; she closely followed the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots but her favorite team to follow was the BC Eagles and she considered Doug Flutie a personal friend.

Jeanne was truly “one of a kind”; thoughtful, friendly and loving. Her passing had left a huge void in the hearts of those who loved her. She will forever be loved and missed by all.

Jeanne was the beloved wife of Peter T. DaMore, Sr., devoted mother of Peter T. DaMore, Jr. & his wife Gayle of Burlington, Fred DaMore & his wife Ann of Woburn and Lisa King & her husband Christopher of Wilmington. Loving “Mimi” of Tyler, Trae, Dylan, Joseph, Gavin, Lily and Bobby. Cherished daughter of the late Alfred and Phyllis (Zevolo) Rubino, dear sister of Louis Rubino & his wife Marsha of Burlington. Sister-in-law of John & Dawn DaMore and Geraldine & Robert MacCuish all of Revere. Jeanne is also survived by her nieces, nephews and friends

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeanne’s memory may be made to the Wilmington High School Scholarship Fund, kindly put “In Memory of Jeanne DaMore” in the memo line and mail to Lisa King, 187 Taft Road, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Florence M. Lawrence-Danieli

March 12th, 2020

***Due to concerns of the current situation with the Coronavirus; the Lawrence-Danieli family has decided to have a private service at this time and will have a public memorial service at a later date. Please follow our website for updated information.****

Florence M. Lawrence-Danieli (Conlin), of Wilmington, passed away peacefully, Monday, March 9, 2020, at the age of 95. Florence was born on February 10, 1925; she was the dear daughter of William and Florence (Morrison) Conlin. Florence grew up in Somerville, MA and worked at Scully Signal Company for many years. She is pre-deceased by her first husband Robert Lawrence, Sr. and her second husband Domenic Danieli, Sr., her brothers Edward Conlin, Richard Conlin and William Conlin Florence is survived by her children Bob Lawrence of North Conway, NH, Linda & Bob Maloney of The Villages, FL, Donna Blizzard of Wilmington, MA and Jeannie & Mark Schneider of Tilton, NH. Step-mother of Domenic Danieli & his wife Jeryl of Cornish, NH, the late Gloria, Thomas and Arthur Danieli. Grandmother of Jerry & Kelly Maloney of Belchertown, MA, Lisa & Donald Perry of Hudson, NH, Mark & Tammy Maloney of Richlands, NC, Ronald & Melissa Blizzard of Dedham, MA, Richard & Amanda Blizzard of Wilmington, MA and Lori Blizzard of Wilmington, MA, Cheri & Jon Grovesteen of Mason, NH and Barbie & Kevin Weinhold of Lawrence, MA, Domenic Danieli of Claremont, NH , Eric & Vicky Danieli of White River Junction, VT , Teresa Danieli of Concord, NH, Mark, Ryan and Scott Schneider of Gilmanton, NH,  as well as many great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Jane Marie (Coffey) O’Hearne

March 12th, 2020

****Due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus and the recommendation of the Archdiocese, the O’Hearne family will have a private funeral and burial.  A public Funeral Mass will take place at a later date. Please follow our website for updated information.****

Jane Marie (Coffey) O’Hearne, age 86, a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, peacefully passed away surrounded by her loving family on March 9, 2020 at The Residence at Pearl Street in Reading.

Jane was born on April 9, 1933 in Medford, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Martin Denis and Mary Margaret (Hurley) Coffey.  Jane was raised in Medford and graduated from St. Clement High School.

After graduation, Jane attended Katharine Gibbs College, where she earned her Secretarial certificate.  She took her first position as a secretary at a law office in Boston on Federal Street.  Jane was well-liked and very dedicated to her job; she was an accomplished secretary who could type more than a hundred words per minute.

Jane met her beloved husband of 23 years, the late Francis Thomas O’Hearne of Woburn, MA, during a chance encounter at a “Big Band” dance at the popular Mosley on the Charles in Dedham.  They were married in 1955, and as newlyweds they moved to Catherine Ave. in Wilmington, where they raised their two children, Mark and Susan.  After 10 years, the family moved to Chapman Ave. (Hathaway Acres) into Jane’s favorite red cape-style home, where she lived for over 50 years.

Jane returned to the workforce part-time while her children went to school.  She took a position at Sweetheart Plastics in the personnel department for several years, before working at Zayres Department Store and then as a secretary for Mr. Rando.  In 1974, Jane went to work for Analog Devices in Wilmington as an Executive Secretary for more than twenty years, before retiring.

After retirement, Jane took on a new position as “Nana”.  She always loved to spend time with her grandchildren who kept her happy and busy.

In her spare time, Jane loved to work in her garden.  She enjoyed all kinds of flowers and took pride in her yard.  Jane was also very passionate about music.  She was a talented pianist who took lessons as a child and could even play the piano by ear.  This gift brought joy and memories to her whole family.  As time went on, Jane could no longer read the sheet music, but she could still play by memory.

Jane also loved to dance; she took dance lessons as a young child and participated in ballroom dancing as a senior activity in her later years.  Jane was proud of her “dancing genes” that were passed on to her granddaughters who all dance today.

Jane’s love and pride for her family was greater than anything else; she was a thoughtful and devoted mother and grandmother who was always there with a smile or advice.  She was willing to help and lead by example with her courage and strength.  Even in her later years, Jane was still full of life and loved to have fun.  She kept in touch with her old relationships and continued to make new relationships everywhere she went. Despite her memory issues, Jane was blessed with a healthy life and she will truly be missed by her family, friends and neighbors.

Jane was the beloved wife of the late Francis Thomas O’Hearne, devoted mother of Mark Daniel O’Hearne & his wife Anne of Newton and Susan Marie O’Doherty & her husband Patrick of Reading, loving “Nana” of Thomas Francis O’Hearne, Marjorie Anne O’Hearne, Áine Marie O’Doherty and Caitríona Marie O’Doherty, dear sister of Paul Coffey & his wife Ruth of Woburn and Mary Anne Miller & her husband Bob of Malden.  Jane was very special to her long-time companion, the late Charlie Luciano of Magnolia, MA.  She is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, neighbors, friends and extended family.

Memorial donations in Jane’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 (alz.org) or to one of Jane’s favorite charities Boston Children’s Hospital, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215-5301. (childrenshospital.org)