Americo “Sonny” Enos

March 26th, 2021

Americo M. Enos, Sr. “Sonny”, age 91, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on March 25, 2021.

Sonny was born on August 29, 1929, in Somerville, MA; he was the dear son of the late Peter and Margaret Enos. Sonny was raised and educated in Somerville and Cambridge; he was one of ten siblings who were brought up in a large and loving family.

As a young boy, Sonny showed signs of being a very talented musician. By the age of 9, he was proficient on the drums, and, a year later, he started a professional career with the Portuguese Liberty Band of Cambridge. Throughout those early years, Sonny’s musical career moved quickly; he combined extensive musical training and the practical experience he learned with bands of all types and sizes to perfect his skills. Sonny was always learning and looking forward to the day when he could form his own musical group; through much trial and error, he finally succeeded in putting together the Sonny Stephens Orchestra. Sonny carried his passion for music throughout his whole life. He shared this talent with his children, who are also successful musicians; one who is a professor of music.

Sonny enlisted in the United States Navy on September 29, 1950. He proudly served our country during the Korean War. Sonny served overseas aboard the USS LST 529 for more than two years before returning stateside. He was honorably discharged on March 3, 1954 and returned home to his family.

On June 23, 1956, Sonny married the “love of his life” Ermelinda “Emily” Souza; the couple lived in Arlington for several years before moving “up country” to Wilmington where they made their home. Sonny and Emily became parents to eight wonderful children and shared many happy times as a family before tragedy struck, and Emily passed on September 3, 1971, leaving Sonny to raise their family. Sonny’s deep faith in God along with help from his family and friends aided him in the adjustment to his new role as a single parent. After a few months, he was able to manage on his own but was forever grateful for their help. Sonny’s family was always his priority; he showered his children with unconditional love and devotion while leading by example. He showed his children the importance of faith, family, friends, a good education, hard work, and community involvement; all lessons that have made them successful parents and responsible individuals. Sonny was very active in their daily lives with school, sports, band, and other activities. He coached his sons on several championship teams in the Wilmington Little League for many years. Sonny treated all his players as if they were his own children and encouraged them to be their best; he was a beloved coach, mentor, and friend to many.

Sonny’s work ethic was commendable; in 1958 he took a position as a furniture repairman with the Jordan Marsh Company in Quincy and was appointed shop foreman. After the passing of his wife, Emily, he transferred into a furniture sales position at Jordan Marsh in Burlington to be closer to his children. Sonny’s endearing personality, along with his impeccable people skills, earned him the top salesman award for many years in a row. Sonny was a great provider for his family. When his children were young, he worked during the day as a furniture repairman and in the evening and on weekends would play gigs with his band; his energy was endless. Sonny retired from Jordan Marsh after more than 34 years with the company and left having made many life-long friends.

Shortly after moving to Wilmington, Sonny and Emily became active parishioners at St. Thomas of Villanova Church where they attended Mass with their children. Sonny would help in any way he could and was the head Usher at 9:30 Mass on Sunday for many years. Sonny had a strong and deep faith throughout his life; he instilled that faith in his children, taught them to trust in God, and how the power of prayer would help them through their toughest times. He joined the Fr. Croke Council #4982 Knights of Columbus, working his way up to a Fourth Degree Knight and volunteering many hours to help out in any way he could. Throughout the years, Sonny served as Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator, and Commander of the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard. He marched in countless parades, stood Guard at the wakes for his Brother Knights who passed before him, organized yearly Mass of the Roses ceremonies at the Church, and helped with many fund raisers to benefit the community. In his later years, Sonny, joined the Men’s Club at St. Williams Parish in Tewksbury where he ran the weekly Bingo games. The culmination of his active service to God and God’s Church was the awarding by Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Bishop Cheverus Award of which he was extremely proud.

In his spare time, Sonny enjoyed golfing, playing cribbage, and traveling the country in his RV where he could see new places and meet new people. He loved baseball and was an avid Red Sox fan; Sonny looked forward to taking in a game with his family and was thrilled to see them win the World Series more than once. Sonny also loved “his Patriots” and was excited to follow their dynasty over the last twenty years.

Sonny’s passion for big bands and love for good musical talent never waned throughout the years; his home was always filled with the sounds of Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, and Frank Sinatra to name a few; all talents that he enjoyed listening to with family and friends.

Sonny will be fondly remembered for his endearing personality, big heart, and million dollar smile. He was outgoing, friendly, and went out of his way to help anyone in need. Sonny had a great sense of humor. He was a “people person” and a big flirt who loved to greet the ladies with a “Where’s my Kiss?”. Sonny was a great friend and neighbor who always asked about your family and how you were doing. He was truly interested in the welfare of others. Sonny’s love for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was evident in everything he did; they were his world, and he was so proud of each of them. Sonny was certainly “one of a kind” and a great guy who will forever be in the hearts of those he touched.

Sonny was the beloved husband of the late Ermelinda “Emily” (Souza) Enos, devoted father of Ermelinda M. “Linda” Whitten and husband Charles of Gorham, ME; Americo M. Enos, Jr. “Rico”and wife Katherine of Wilmington; Stephen F. Enos of Cleveland, OH; Philip J. Enos, Sr. and wife Sharon of Wilmington; Janet E. Day and husband Scott of Gainesville, GA; Peter M. Enos and wife Marilyn of Woodland Hills, CA; Robert J. Enos and wife Teresa of Tewksbury; and Christine E. Camp and husband Stephen of Thousand Oaks, CA. Loving “Papa” of Amelia, Tiffany, Jessica, Emily, Sara, Philip Jr., James, Joseph, Sean, Emily, Bethany, Emma, Nicholas, Jonah, Bianca, and Felicia and “Big Papa” to his great-grandchildren Arianna, Samaya, Kennedy, Elias, Joseph, Emily, Hailey, Caitlin, Madeline, Colin, Teagan, Fallon, Quinn, and Augustine. Cherished son of the late Peter and Margaret (dos Santos) Enos, dear brother of the late Peter Enos, Mary Gouvea, Frank Enos, Margaret Pimentel, Lawrence Enos, Virginia Enos, Emily Morgan, Joachim Enos, and Anthony Enos. Sonny is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families as well as his long time companion, Donna Carifio.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial for Sonny will take place at the Church on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Sonny’s memory to the Americo M. Enos, Sr., Memorial Scholarship Fund, and mail checks to Philip J. Enos, Sr., 25 Dadant Drive, Wilmington, MA 01887. Sonny was a passionate and talented musician; his Scholarship Fund will be awarded to a student who plans to further his/her education in music.

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


26 Entries in Guest Book for “Americo “Sonny” Enos”

  1. Frank West says:

    To the Enos family- Karen and are saddened at the loss of Sonny. It was always a pleasure to see sonny at the 9 am at St Thomas Church. God bless Sonny and the extended Enos family now and always. Karen and Frank West

  2. Kim and Brian Sweeney says:

    We are very sorry for your loss

  3. René (Ferrara) Lake-Gagliardi says:

    My deepest heartfelt condolences to the family. Thoughts and prayers to you all. May loving memories bring comfort and peace to you all.

  4. Steve Glixman says:

    Dear Enos Family, my second family, How sad I am to hear that my best friend and adopted brother has past, I will miss our weekly phone calls, but surely remember all the great memories playing music in the Sonny Stephens Band for many years.I will miss him dearly. Rest in peace and your memory will be a blessing.LOL Steve Glixman

  5. Lennie Malvone RN says:

    Dear Enos Family I am so very sorry , and so deeply sadden to hear of Sonnys passing I ushered with Sonny for a few years ,I learned 3 thongs he had great faith, Loved his Children ,and was very funny my wife and I will remember him and all of you In our prayers

  6. Tom Dumas says:

    Sonny and I shared many great years together, as musicians and good friends.
    But most of all, it was always fun. My sincere condolences to his entire family.

  7. Deacon Tom Walsh says:

    May God Bless Sonny and all those who mourn for him. May it be a comfort to know he rests in Jesus’ loving hands

  8. Trisha & Jim Toner says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Sonny was an awesone person.

  9. Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Good Shepherd Church, Cumming, GA says:

    Dear Janet and Family,
    Your Georgia “family” of St. Vincent de Paul members sends you our deepest condolences on your loss. Know that you and your family and beloved Father are receiving our continued prayers during this most difficult time. Our loving thoughts are with you all as your father is welcomed into the loving arms of God.
    With Regrets – Conference Members of SVdP, GA

  10. Mike Champoux says:

    Greatly saddened to learn of Brother Knight Sonny. Deepest sympathies and prayers to all his loved ones.
    Vivat Jesus Sonny. God be with you.

  11. Ronnie and Halina Haley says:

    Halina and I are so saddened to hear of Sonny’s passing.
    Deepest sympathy to the whole Enos family. To: Linda, Rico, Stephen, Janet, Peter, Robert, Phillip and Christine, you are very amazing children. I have got to know you through your father as he would constantly update me on all of you.
    You were the passion of his life. I will always be grateful to all of you for the love you gave and sacrifice you all made for your Dad! Sonny was a great friend to me. He never once ended any conversation with me without saying “God Bless you
    And thank you my sun”. God Bless you Sonny.


  12. Debbie Banda says:

    Sympathies from the Banda family. Sonny and our Dad, Jim Banda, were lifelong friends. I remember my Dad saying how the Banda boys and Enos kids were childhood friends in Somerville, friendships that continued in Wilmington. RIP Sonny.

  13. Mary Downs says:

    Deepest sympathy from jim and I. My father always talked fondly of him after church each week.
    R.I.P Mr. Enos

  14. Thomas Natola says:

    I did not know Mr. Enos, but his presence at Mass will be greatly missed. He was a role model for Catholic men.

  15. Peggy Speranza says:

    To the Enos Family – I am deeply saddened to hear the passing of Sonny, My family will keep him and you all in our thoughts and prayers. My Dad was also active in the St. Williams Men’s Club, and had had many great times, and was one of the founding Fathers of the Fr. Croke Council #4982 Knights of Columbus. I remember accompanying my Mother to the yearly Knight of Columbus breakfast. He would always go out of his way to talk to us when we went to Bingo at St. Williams. Being a member of St. Thomas in Wilmington, he always brightened my Sunday morning with his warm greetings and hugs. He is one a a kind. Just wanted to let you know that he had left his mark every where he went, and he adored his family. Words can never express how deeply he had an effect on everyone he meet, I have been blessed to personally know him, and will miss him always. Enjoy all the memories you have, he will always remain in your hearts forever. Rest in Peace Sonny, you are home.

  16. Denise Roberts and Family says:

    The Enos Family
    Sorry for your loss. We will keep him in our prayers. Its so hard to loss a parent even if they were in there 90’s. Hopefully there are a lot of good memories to help you get through the sad.

  17. Nancy Mustone Caissie says:

    My condolences to the Enos family… I worked with Sonny at Jordan Marsh for many years and will miss him dearly…I will cherish all the memories…Sending you all prayers at this difficult time..R.I.P. MY FRIEND..Love, Nancy and Bob

  18. Erin Mazer says:

    Passionate , loving and funny man. Accepting of others and filled anyone / any space with laughter! Always remember his departing words , God bless you . Rest in peace big papa

  19. Erin Mazer says:

    Passionate , loving and funny man. Accepting of others and filled anyone / any space with laughter! Always remember his departing words , God bless you. Rest in peace big papa

  20. Barry Wile says:

    I only had the pleasure of knowing Sonny for few years-We
    Had a lot of laffs Friday night at Bingo
    Golfing in the league on Tuesdays All the functions at the church -Christmas parties.You will be missed.
    God Bless

  21. Kevin & Mary Lou Browne says:

    To the Enos Family, our condolences to all of Sonny’s family. We saw Sonny
    almost weekly since we can remember and he always had a great smile and a warm greeting. It sounds like he lived a remarkable life and we hope those memories carry you all through the next few months.

  22. Mark Gioia says:

    Sonny would always make people smile or laugh and he had a great personality.
    I love you Sonny and I know God will keep you busy. Look over us because we can all use your help. Thank you for all that you did and being a good friend. DeColores my brother in Christ and may God Bless your soul

  23. Kristine Massey says:

    To Christine and the Enos family – my prayers and deepest sympathies for your loss. May all that he was and all he meant to you, live on in your life and in your heart.

  24. JUNIE FARESE says:

    Robert and Teresa,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    My sincerest condolences.

  25. Wayne A Pilla says:

    My condolenses to the entire Enos family. Your Dad was a force that was able to raise some of my favorite people in the world under difficult circumstances.

  26. Todd Richards says:

    Rico, Phil, brothers & sisters,
    I have just learned of the passing of your Dad. I am so sorry for your loss. I think that you know he was like a father to me when I had none. I will never forget the hours he spent with me showing me how to play the game of baseball and how to act like a gentleman. I would not be the man, father, and grandfather that I am today without the lessons that your Dad showed me. May he rest in eternal peace as a was one of the best!

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