Frank J. Gracia, age 87, of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by his family on December 8, 2011 at Mass General Hospital in Boston. Frank was born on October 5, 1924, in Boston, MA, the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Fria) Gracia. He was raised and educated in the Boston area, and his family settled in Dorchester when Frank was a child. He graduated from the Boston Trade High School, and soon after took a job as a dispatcher with the Gillette Company in South Boston. Frank married his sweetheart Nora “Patsy” McLoughlin on April 21, 1956. In 6 years (and 5 children later) Frank and Pat had established a family, raising that family in a marriage lasting over 55 years. In 1968 Frank moved his family to Wilmington when his job at Gillette relocated to Andover. Frank was an ever popular co-worker and friend to all he came to know. Working part-time at Church Street Hardware, his customers became his friends, and their friends became his. From his morning duties as a school crossing guard, to his faithful attendance at the Town Park for his sons’ softball games, it soon seemed all in town knew FO’G. Where smiles and laughter congregated, Frank seemed always at its center. With his marriage to Pat it wasn’t long before the “Irishman” in Frank O’ Gracia (FO’G) blossomed. Irish music became Frank’s music, and his popularity across the McLoughlin clan was ensured. But Frank also grew to enjoy sports in the heyday of the fifties and its NY-based baseball team. For someone else this may have been a problem, but even this transgression failed to make a dent in FOG’s popularity amongst the locals. Frank attended many baseball games, but he will always recount his and Pat’s attendance at the World Series and Don Larsen’s “perfect game” as his favorite baseball memory. Frank will forever be remembered for the love and the pride he had in his family, his children, and grandchildren. He loved being known as Grampy, Dad, FOG, or just Frankie. Frank Joseph Gracia was for the many who knew him the embodiment of a ”people’s person”, from the time he arose each morning and went out to breakfast, until the evening he enoyed in laughter with friends around the kitchen table, and from the time he was born in 1924 until he left us on December 8, 2011. For the many, many who knew and loved Frank, he will be greatly and forever missed. Frank was the beloved husband of Nora “Pat” (McLoughlin) Gracia, devoted father of Paul M. Gracia & Kim Richardson of Chester, NH, Thomas F. Gracia & his wife Sandra Lee of Tewksbury, Michael J. Gracia & his wife Julie, Susan P. Davidson & her husband Bruce, and Nancy E. McMahon & her husband William all of Wilmington, loving “Grampy F. O.’G.” of Lindsay & Kyle Gracia, Michael, Teresa, & Daniel Gracia, Kayla, Jonathan, & Jillian Davidson, Kelli & Meghan McMahon, brother of the late John “Unc”, Dominic, and Paul Gracia, Mary Parker, and Agnes Davidson. Frank is also survived by nieces, nephews, and countless friends. Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, December 12th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Sunday, December 11th from 3-7 p.m. Memorial donations in Frank’s name may be made to the ALS Foundation, 315 Norwood Park South, 1st Floor, Norwood, MA 02062.