Obituaries

Claire I. Troy

August 22nd, 2021

Claire I. Troy (Crispo), age 91, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on August 20, 2021.

Claire Troy was born in Lexington, MA, on March 19, 1930; she was the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Travers) Crispo.

Claire resided in Wilmington for close to 90 years. She was married to Thomas Henry Fleming, her first husband, who died in 1962 and then to Joseph Troy who died in 1977.

Claire came from a family of six; her sisters Charlotte Masgula and Margaret (Peggy) Bubanas, along with her sister-in-law Mitzi Crispo (wife of her brother John) and her niece Debby Chase Camacho, have all predeceased her. She is survived by her brother John Crispo who is her “Irish Twin”, of Zephyr Hills, Florida, her sister Mona Chase and her husband Adrien  (Rene) of Tewksbury, MA, her brother Alfred Crispo and his wife Dotty of Westford, MA. Claire is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families who were all part of her life. Claire also leaves a very dear friend Joan Roddy of Billerica, MA.

Claire was an excellent seamstress; she was responsible for making many Wedding Gowns for her nieces who married and gowns for the members of their wedding party. Claire also belonged to a sewing and knitting club in Salem, New Hampshire. Claire and her knitting friends were very involved in making hats and gloves for our Soldiers fighting in Iraq.

Several years ago, Claire and her friend Mary were responsible for making cloth coverings for the Veteran’s headstones in Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington, MA, for a gala Memorial Day Celebration honoring our Veterans. She and her friend Mary rode in the lead car of the parade along with Lou Cimaglia, the Veteran’s Agent for the Town of Wilmington; that day was one of her fondest memories.

Above all, Claire enjoyed camping at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire; from the mid to late 1950’s until 2 years ago, she camped there for weeks during the summer. She always had many of her nieces, nephews and their friends coming and going all summer long to stay with her.

She was affectionately known as “Aunty Claire”; she befriended many others camping at Bear Brook who were always amazed while watching her set up her heavy dark green army tents in her early years of camping; she definitely had a system that worked! In her later years she graduated to a “Pop Up” trailer.

Thanks is given to many family members who assisted Claire in her life, especially in her later years.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, August 25th for Visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. It has been requested that masks be worn while at the Services for Claire.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Claire’s memory to a Charity of One’s Choice. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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5 Entries in Guest Book for “Claire I. Troy”

  1. Paul Fleming says:

    Although I have not seen aunt Claire for a number of years, I still remember her and uncle Tommy going on trips to Niagara Fall with my mother and dad (Bill Fleming). She will be missed.

  2. Lou says:

    Claire was an amazing women from the Greatest Generation. Clair a widow of WWII Army Veteran Joseph Claire made special covers for the new crosses in the Veterans’ Lot at Wildwood Cemetery for the unveiling ceremony as part of the Memorial Day exercises in 2010. PEACE

  3. Bruce Gordon says:

    A golden heart stopped beating, what a tragic loss Clare may you rest in peace, and may your name always be a Blessing of Memory,

  4. Karen Chiricosta says:

    I’ve only known Claire for 4 months and was saddened to hear the news. It is always inspiring to hear of people who live life to the fullest and make things happen, the world can never have enough of them. My thoughts are with the family. May she rest peacefully…

  5. Lauren says:

    Auntie Claire was a special person in our close knit neighborhood growing up. We all called her Auntie and she looked out for all of us. When I saw her a couple of years ago, she shared some precious memories of my parents which made me smile. I imagine a Royal Street and Oak Street reunion is underway in Heaven. Rest in peace Claire.

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