Carol A. Tildsley

February 18th, 2021

Carol A. Tildsley (Donovan), age 63, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2021.

Carol was born on May 31, 1957, in Lowell, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Dana and Carolyn (Fox) Donovan of Chelmsford, formerly of Lowell. Carol was raised and educated in Lowell and a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1975.

Carol married her “best friend” and the “love of her life” Martin Tildsley on August 16, 1980. The couple resided in Wilmington where they raised their two sons, Martin Jr. and Ryan. Carol’s boys were “her world”; she was a devoted wife, mother and Mimi who showered her family with constant love. Carol was very involved with her son’s as they grew up; she was always a fixture at every sporting event that they were involved in; she not only cheered on her boy’s, but she was always rooting for every kid on the team. Carol was also active at their schools; she was constantly volunteering for every school event and chaperoned countless field trips throughout the years.

Carol loved having her son’s and their friends at her home; she welcomed everyone with open arms, a huge smile and something to eat. Carol enjoyed having the kids over to go swimming in the family pool; she just let them be kids and have fun. Carol was a “favorite Mom” among her son’s friends, she was just so sweet to everyone, never judgmental and always there to lend a hand or an ear if they needed help.

Carol’s family was always her priority and she treasured the time they spent together. Carol just loved family parties, especially the Christmas parties, going on family outings to the beach, camping in Seabrook, family vacations or just “hanging out”; as long as they were together it made her happy.

Carol always had room in her heart and home for others; when Marty and Ryan married, she welcomed Marlene and Suzanne into her family and she finally got “her girls” who she loved dearly. When Carol became a Mimi to her five grandsons her life became even brighter; she just adored those little ones, they were the “light of her life”.

Carol wore many hats throughout her life, and she worked hard for her family; for over ten years, Carol, worked at Dunkin Donuts in North Wilmington where she always greeted you with a pleasant attitude and a huge smile. If the truth be told there are many, many Wilmington kids that Carol fed at Dunkins never taking a dime from them and paying for their breakfast herself; she was just that kind of giving person.

Carol also worked for the Wilmington Public School Systems in the cafeteria and at the “Cares” afterschool program. Carol was just so good with the kids; she watched over them carefully, helped them with homework, played games with them, dried their tears and treated them as her own family. The kids just loved her!

Carol will be fondly remembered for her sweet personality; she went out of her way to help everyone whether she knew you or not. Carol was so kind and caring; she was always asking how you and your family were doing; she always put others needs before her own. Carol’s unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends was evident in everything she did. She was truly the “nicest lady” you could ever meet, and you were lucky to call her your friend. Carol made an impact on everyone she met and she will forever be in the hearts of those she loved.

Besides her parents, Carol is survived by her beloved husband Martin Tildsley of Wilmington, she was the devoted mother of Martin Tildsley, Jr. and his wife Marlene of Wilmington and Ryan Tildsley and his wife Suzanne of Tewksbury. She was the loving “Mimi” of Daniel, Logan, Derek, Dylan and Lawson Tildsley, cherished sister of Debra Soha and her husband Michael of Chelmsford, Joseph Donovan and his wife Rhonda of Lowell, Mary Tully and her husband James of Dracut, Julie McNamara and her husband Timothy of Chelmsford and Kevin Donovan and his wife Tracey of Lowell. Dear sister-in-law of James and Katherine Tildsley of Boston and Sidney and Sharon Tildsley of Wilmington. Carol is survived by many special nieces, nephews and friends. Carol also missed her beloved companion, her yellow lab Keno.

Due to the current pandemic, the Tildsley family had decided to have a private service at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Carol’s memory to The Angel Fund for ALS Research, 649 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880.

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


37 Entries in Guest Book for “Carol A. Tildsley”

  1. Wayne and Maureen Parsons and family says:

    We are so sorry to such sad news. Carol was one of the kindest people in Wilmington. She always had a complement for everyone she saw. Just a true kind person. We will miss her smile. Prayers to you all

  2. Joan Phillips says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Carol. We had many laughs at Dunkin Donuts!
    She always watched over my house when I was away
    She will always be remembered for her smile!

  3. Lisa stira says:

    Sad news. Hugs to the family

  4. Bruce Barron says:

    I write this with a heavy heart. Although I didn’t know your mother well, I still care about you and your entire family. Please pass my on my condolences.

  5. Anne Coates says:

    So sorry for your loss my prayers are with you

  6. Patrick Taylor Sr says:

    Marty, Marty Jr and Ryan
    I am sorry to hear of Carol’s passing she was a wonderful woman. She always opened her home and heart to the boys friends and I will always remember her for that. I will keep her and you guys in my prayers.
    Pat Taylor Sr

  7. Tom and Elaine Walsh says:

    What a bright light to be taken away. Losing a Mom is so very hard and she was a special lady. Hugs all around.

  8. Deb Tildsley Verrier says:

    Dear Marty and Family
    My sincerest condolences on the loss
    Of your beautiful wife, mother and grandmother. Carol
    Was always smiling every time we saw each other. Ow
    She is singing with the angels. May your many memories give you all
    Comfort and peace at this time.
    Love Debbie

  9. Richard Forte says:

    Marty and family
    So sorry for your loss.

    Richard/Sheryl Forte

  10. Tammy Irons Deniso says:

    Dear Marty and Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I am keeping all of you in my heart and prayers.
    Tammy Irons Deniso

  11. Cindy irons says:

    My Dear Cousin Marty and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Carols passing.
    I am glad I got to spend time with her at my Mom’s services.
    She is with all of our Angels and at Peace…
    My prayers go out to you and the family at this time.

    Love your Cousin Cindy

  12. John and Terri DellAnno says:

    Marty and Family
    We are sorry to hear about Carol
    She will be truly missed by all
    A real sweetheart
    Our prayers are with you all
    John an Terri

  13. Bully& Minann says:

    So sorry for your lost.will keep her in our prayers.

  14. Tom & Carmen O'Rourke says:

    Marty Sr., Marty, Marlene, and all the Tildsley Family,
    Please accept our sincerest and deepest condolences on Carol’s passing. She was a lovely lady who was always kind, friendly and interested in others. She will be missed by all of us who had the opportunity to know her.

    Tom & Carmen O’Rourke

  15. Gary Luca says:

    So sorry for your loss Marty

  16. Cathy and Dave Norton says:

    Dave and I remember Carol most fondly from our days back at Hersey Haven all those years ago. “Nice” is a very common word, a very simple word, like “decent” or màybe “sweet”….all those apply to Carol. How about “kind hearted”? I witnessed back then how much she scored her boys. I can only imagine how wild she was about her grandsons! And her daughters-in-law as well. Our hearts go out to you all.

  17. Cathy and Dave Norton says:

    Dave and I remember Carol most fondly from our days back at Hersey Haven all those years ago. “Nice” is a very common word, a very simple word, like “decent” or màybe “sweet”….all those apply to Carol. How about “kind hearted”? I witnessed back then how much she adores her boys. I can only imagine how wild she was about her grandsons! And her daughters-in-law as well. Our hearts go out to you all.

  18. Joanne Tildsley Troville says:

    Marty and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. After reading her obituary she was a wonderful person, great wife, mother and grandmother I am sorry I never got to know her. Cherish all those wonderful memories of her that will help you thru the hurt of losing her. She flies with the angels. All those crazy Tildsleys up there will take good care of her.
    Love your cousin Joanne ?

  19. Fran keough says:

    Marty and Family
    My Sincere Condolences to you all
    My Prayers are with you all

  20. Pam Blajda Soha says:

    My heart breaks for all of you. Carol touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. She showed us all what is most important in life. God bless Carol and all of her loving family. She will be missed. Pammy

  21. Linda Brenden Palmer says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Carol. It seems like yesterday to me that I was at one of the many get togethers with your family and Carol was always the one that made sure I was welcomed and comfortable with her big smile and kind words. My love and sympathy to your family. Love, Linda


    Marty and Boys, Never enough accolades to describe Carol. My heart was always brighten after being with her. Without any effort the warm, kindness and caring she gave not only to her family but to all that came to know her. Carol will be missed.

  23. Mark Lefebvre says:

    Marty, So sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do, just give me a call.

  24. Patty & Frank Staffier says:

    Marty & Family, We are so saddened to hear about Carol! She was one of the sweetest women we knew! Always with a smile, and a kind word to say. She will be certainly missed by all that knew her. You and your family are in our prayers! Love, Patty & Frank Staffier

  25. Patty Lombard says:

    Marty & Family
    I am so sorry for your loss . Carol was a great woman my heart is heavy for you . Carol lived for her family for sure and loved all her boys . My love to you all .

  26. Cathy O'Rourke and Family says:

    Me and my family are heartbroken by the passing of our dear friend and family member Carol. We were truly blessed for 15 years to share our children’s weddings, holidays ,birthdays or just sitting together on a summer day, but most of all we shared the love of our beautiful grandchildren. She gave to everyone and expected nothing but a smile in return. A truly gentle kind person who will be forever in our hearts. Love you Carol

  27. Sally Irwin Peabody says:

    Marty, sending prayers to you and your family. Carol always asked how everyone was doing, always giving compliments. I’m so sorry, thinking of all of you.

  28. Ron & Kathy Hubert says:

    Tildsley & Donovan Families: Heaven has gained an Angel :) We had alot of great times back in the day. Remembering in particular driving in her bug after visiting Marty’s friend Val my Pal. May she rest in the peace she so deserves! XOXO

  29. Greg Bendel says:

    Marty & the entire Tildsley Family,
    We are very sorry for your loss. Andrea and I were big fans of Carol. She was always so kind to us, and was truly a genuinely caring person. We will miss her big hugs as we arrive at family get togethers. Deepest condolences from the Bendels.

  30. Dotty campbell says:

    Marty and family,
    So sorry to hear about Carol. You are all in my thoughts and prays.

  31. Bob Butters and family says:

    Heartfelt thoughts go out to the Tildsley family in this time of sorrow.

  32. John & Ruthanne Durnan says:

    Marty and family, we are so, so sorry for your loss. While we haven’t seen you guys for awhile, we will always remember Carol as being such a nice person. You are all in are thoughts and prayers.

  33. Bonnie Hebsch says:

    Marty, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

  34. Tony and Anne Ammendolia says:

    Marty and family, We are so very sorry to hear about Carol. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  35. Tony & Donna DeLuca says:

    Dear Marty, so sorry to hear about Carols passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. she was a wonderful person.

  36. Gregory Monteforte says:

    Marty and Family we are so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts and Prayers. As a former Neighbor I can say my kids loved coming over and visit when they were young especially my son Chris, he knew where the Snack Cabinet was and was welcomed to go get a snack if he wanted one.
    Carol was truly a Special Loving Caring person and will be missed by all.
    May the Grace of God comfort and hold you.

  37. rosemary p sullivan says:

    Dear Marty and boys. So sorry to hear about Carol. Please know that you are in my prayers at this time. If I can do anything to help you, please dont hesitate.
    god bless you and your family.

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