Eleanor A. Demos

October 5th, 2017

Eleanor A. Demos (Gomes), age 84, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on October 5, 2017, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.

Eleanor was born on July 1, 1933; she was raised and educated in Cambridge, MA and was a graduate of Cambridge Latin High School where she met her “sweetheart” James Demos.
Eleanor attended Burdett Secretarial School in Boston and went on to earn an Associate’s Degree from Northeastern University.

Eleanor was a secretary for Harvard Business School and Tufts University for many years but her favorite occupation which she excelled at was a loving wife, mother and an excellent homemaker.

Eleanor married James Demos on August 10, 1958; they just celebrated their 59th Wedding Anniversary. Eleanor and James moved to Wilmington in 1961 where they raised three wonderful children, Jamie, Jay, and Jodi. Eleanor loved being a “mom”; she showered her children with unconditional love and support. Eleanor attended countless school and sporting events; she was always their biggest fan. As time went on and her children grew and married, Eleanor welcomed her “in-laws” with open arms; she always treated them as her own. When Eleanor became a “Grand Mom” to Bobby, Evan, Emma, and Abby, her life became more enriched with each grandchild. Eleanor was always so proud of her family and it was evident in everything she did.

Eleanor loved spending time with her family; whether it was camping, trips to York Beach in Maine, going to Bingo or taking her Sunday rides to scout out some favorite restaurants; she enjoyed every moment they were together. Eleanor also looked forward to the many trips she took with her husband, family, and friends; everyone always had a great time.
Eleanor had a passion for helping children, she spent many years volunteering in the Wilmington Public Schools and various School Libraries. She also spent time volunteering at the Hellenic Academy in Lowell; she was always willing to lend a hand.

Eleanor will be fondly remembered for her love of singing and her beautiful voice; she had great smile and a contagious laugh that always got everyone laughing around her. Eleanor was kind, caring, and giving of herself to anyone and everyone in need. She was a beautiful person inside and out and she will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Eleanor was the beloved wife of James A. Demos, devoted mother of Jamie Brennan & husband Bob of Wilmington, Jay Demos & wife Shannon of Tewksbury and Jodi Rezendes of Dracut. Loving “Grand Mom” of Bobby & Evan Brennan and Emma & Abby Demos. Cherished daughter of the late Americo “Lawrence” and Emma (Nives) Gomes, dear sister of the late Lawrence Gomes and Mary Tiernan. Eleanor is also survived by her nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, October 10th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, October 9th from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Eleanor’s memory may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.


11 Entries in Guest Book for “Eleanor A. Demos”

  1. Joyce Gomes McSweeney says:

    The loss of Aunty Eleanor saddens us all. I will always remember when growing up how very funny and fashionable she was, and will remember her hearty laugh. The McSweeney family sends sincere sympathy to Uncle Jim and our dear cousins.

  2. Toula & Arthur Sparages says:

    Eleanor was a very special person! She was a bridesmaid at our wedding and always had a smile on her face and a wonderful laugh whenever we met. She will be sorely missed by all of us – the Sparages/Leon families.

  3. Chris & Lynne Kapsambelis says:

    I still remember the day in the early 1950s, when we were young. I grabbed my best friend Jimmy and said “C’mon we are going to Kresge’s for coffee and a donut. There is a girl there behind the counter you’ve got to see”. Kresge’s 5 and 10 was just one of the stores we often visited in the square. Before long, Jimmy spent a lot of time at Kresge’s, and he and Eleanor became inseparable.

    I am pleased to have been a part of her life, and my sympathy for Jimmy’s overwhelming loss is without measure.

    May her memory be eternal!

  4. Laurie Gomes says:

    I’ll always remember Auntie Eleanor and Uncle Jim in their little red MG! She was one of a kind and will be missed. My deepest sympathy to Uncle Jim, Jamie, Jay, Jodi and the entire Brennan and Demos family!

  5. Sally Radomski says:

    Stan and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers to Jim and the Demos family. We were friends many years ago in the Wilmington High School Booster Association. Eleanor was one of my VIce Presidents and very active in the Boosters.

  6. Judson Miller says:

    Doctor and Jamie, Jay, & Jodi

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

    Judson Miller

  7. Linda Gomes Mahoney says:

    Eleanor Gomes Demos was my Dad’s youngest Sister and my Aunt Her larger -than -life personality and generous spirit will live forever in my memory. She was the “Cool Aunt” who drove around in a red MG convertible sports car and who traveled the world with her loving “Partner-in-Crime” Uncle Jimmy. Eleanor’s most cherished role was of Mother to her three beautiful children, Jamie, Jay, and Jodi. As well as Grandmother to Bobby, Evan, Emma and Abby. May Eleanor find eternal peace and love in Heaven.

  8. Leslie & George Kapsambelis says:

    Dear Jimmy, your children and grand children. We are raising all of you up, asking God to bless you with the comfort of his Holy Spirit. Before leaving the earth, the resurrected Jesus Christ promised that the Holy Spirit would come and be a helper to all who believed in him. “…by his own glory…he has given us his very great and precious promise” (The Apostle, Peter, 2Pet l:4). The sadness you feel over the loss of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother are known by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. May this awareness carry all of you through these awful days of sadness and grieving. Eternal God hear our prayer that, through the power of your Holy Spirit, comfort and understanding will spread through the hearts of all who are grieving the earthly loss of Eleanor Demos. Amen

  9. Christa and Jay Poparad and Family says:

    Remembering all of the celebrations, holidays, and fun times our families have shared. Auntie Eleanor was always the life of the party spreading laughter, song, and joy wherever she went. We will miss her love and warmth always.

    We send our deepest sympathy to all of you as we remember the many blessings she brought to our lives. May her memory be eternal!

  10. Ross Spinelli says:

    Jamie ,Jay , and Jodi ,
    I am very sorry for your loss and know you all are in my thoughts and prayers at this time , it is now that we all realize how much we appreciate our parents . God Bless

  11. Vita Marie Graham says:

    Dear Jim and Family
    I am so sorry to hear of Ellie’s passing. Please accept my sincerest condolences. She was a wonderful lady.
    Vita Marie Graham

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