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Donald J. Mills

November 21st, 2021

Donald J. Mills, “Don”, age 73, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Tyngsboro, passed away on November 18, 2021.

Don was born on July 15, 1948, in Somerville, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Allen and Sally M. (Parker) O’Keefe. Don was raised in Somerville and graduated from St. Clements High School.

Following graduation, Don went to work for the Boston Globe before enlisting in the U.S. Army on June 12, 1968. Don proudly served for the Military Police during the Vietnam War. After two years of faithful service, Don was honorably discharged on June 11, 1970.

Upon being discharged, Don returned home to his position at the Boston Globe; he worked there for more than 25 years. Don decided to change his career and went to work at the United States Postal Service until he retired.

Don married Joanne (Veino) Mills on November 23, 1969. They settled in Tyngsboro, where they raised their two children, Kerrie, and Scott. Don loved being a “Dad”; he loved attending school events, especially baseball. Don was a fixture at every baseball game; he was Scott’s biggest fan.

Family was everything to Don; he looked forward to holidays, get-togethers, and spending time with his grandchildren, nephews, and nieces. He was overjoyed to become “Pa” to Jaclyn, Hayley, Corey, and Brayden. Don and his brother Steven shared a special bond; they were best friends and did almost everything together. He similarly adored his sisters Kathy and Karen. Don’s parents, Allen and Sally, meant the world to him and a huge part of his life was void with their passing.

In his spare time, Don was a big sports fan; he enjoyed watching Patriots and Red Sox games with his family and friends. Don also loved listening to music with a particular fondness for Stevie Nicks. Don and his son would listen to Phil Collins for hours together while playing Tetris. Don and his daughter Kerrie loved to listen to music together on rainy days sitting by an open window. Even later in life, they would share their bond for listening to the rain together over long phone conversations.

Don will be remembered for his witty personality; he was a character who loved to make people laugh. He was a loving Dad, Pa, brother, son, and friend. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Don was the devoted father of Kerrie Voorhees of Tewksbury, Scott Mills & his wife Nancy of Pepperell, loving “Pa” of Jaclyn, Hayley, Corey, and Brayden, dear brother of Steven Mills & his wife Maggie of Chelsea, Kathleen Kilbride & her husband Tom of Reading and Karen DeMarco & her husband Frank of Billerica, beloved long-time companion Kathleen Perito of Wilmington. Don is also survived by his former spouse and loving friend, Joanne (Veino) Mills, as well as many loving nieces and nephews, brother and sister in laws.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Tuesday, November 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Don’s name may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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6 Entries in Guest Book for “Donald J. Mills”

  1. Dawn Callahan says:

    Steve and Family
    We are so sorry for your loss. We all loved Don at TJ Callahan’s
    He will be missed.

  2. Anne Ardita says:

    Steven and family,
    I am terribly saddened by the loss of Donny. Donny played an intricate part in our high school reunions. We will miss his easy going, yet very serious personality when it came to planning our events at St Clements. How he loved and enjoyed being that link that pulled it all together. He did go out of his way many times to contact his hard to find classmates. Again, he truly will be missed.
    He surely will be missed.

  3. Paul Burns says:

    Donnie was a gret friend in jr high and high school at St. Clements. Always active, always in a great mood and funny. Cared about others. I played on the same football squad. We never had a great record but we had a great time. So many great memories. As with Ann servred with Donnie on the 50th reunion group. Many times we met up in Tewksbury for a meeting and had more of a fun time than plannig and Donnie was a major part of that. As for his service? What can I say. During a very rough time in our country Donnie manned up and served. I thank him for his service. We all march forward to the same fate regardless of age. For Donnie all his pain is gone. All his happiness has renewed. And all his love that he gave to all on earth is now eternal forever. He is with God now and watching over all of us. Till we meet again my good friend. May God bless you and all your family. Paul (Bass) Burns

  4. Mary Lou Micciche says:

    Thanks for all the happy memories you gave me Donny. Remembering you will always put a smile on my face. Sitting at the desk in front of you in high school certainly made for some fun times See you on the other side RIP my friend.

  5. Jerry Lavery says:

    Dear Scott and Kerrie,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Some of my happiest childhood memories are in your house growing up with your family. So many great adventures from Atari and Phil Collins to the US Open with Uncle Steven. May Don’s memory be for a blessing. Sending you all of my love during this difficult time and wishing I were with you. Jerry

  6. Peggy morris says:

    Scott and Kerrie I’m so very sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you both ????????????????

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