Gerriann (Reddington) Lydon

May 25th, 2017

Gerriann Lydon (Reddington), age 77, of Wilmington and South Boston, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 23, 2017.

Gerriann arrived on Christmas Day in 1939; she was the daughter of the late David and Josephine (Sparrow) Reddington. Gerriann was raised in South Boston and was a graduate of South Boston High School. Gerriann was a “Southie” girl through and through. Walks on Carson beach and Castle Island were amongst her favorite things to do. She was proud of her heritage, it taught her to be a person of strength, loyalty, courage and unconditional love, all characteristics that helped her throughout her life.

Through great determination and hard work, Gerriann went on to earn a degree from Middlesex Community College in Bedford. She retired from her position as Executive Secretary at Fay, Spofford & Thorndike in Burlington where she excelled in her field. Gerriann’s work ethic and dedication to her job did not go unnoticed; she was definitely a favorite among her co-workers.

Gerriann worked hard to provide for her family; she was a single mother who proudly raised five children. Gerriann’s unconditional love and support along with guidance and discipline carved her family into the wonderful adults that they have become. Gerriann raised her family in Southie before moving them to the suburbs of Bedford and finally settling in Wilmington. When Gerriann moved to the suburbs she noticed that it was far different than living in the city; no public transportation and the streets were very quiet at night. This was far different than what she was used to but she forged through to do what she thought was best for her children. During these times, Gerriann took up reading and gardening. She loved the outdoors and being outside enjoying the sunlight and all the nature that surrounded her. Gerriann created beautiful flower gardens throughout her life that were always bright and cheery; she loved to “dig in the dirt”. Gerriann also enjoyed bird watching and always had to have her bird feeders full.

As years passed and her grandchildren came along, her love of nature was something she continued to share with them. Grandma took on a new role that she cherished, calling them all her “little darlings”. Gerriann’s grandchildren were her pride and joy; she treasured the times she spent at their school s, sporting events, and movies, or their many sleepovers and dinners at “Grandma’s House”. These were times that have created many happy memories for Gerriann’s family to share for years to come. Gerriann lit up when she spoke of each and every one of her grandchildren; they were all so special to her.

Gerriann was a very caring woman and an excellent judge of character; she called “a spade a spade” and she always looked for the good in others. Gerriann expected people to be hard working, loyal, honest, and kind; these were traits she displayed every day of her life to those around her. Gerriann’s faith, strength and grace helped her through so many tough times in her life. She was truly one of a kind and a beautiful lady inside and out. Gerriann will always be in the hearts of those she loved and those who loved her. She will forever be missed.

Gerriann was the devoted mother of Steve, Mark, Scott, Jennifer and John Lydon, loving grandmother of Sydney, Jacob, Matthew, Gabriel, Ethan, Lance and Luke. Dear sister of Jackie Gordon, Monte Reddington, Jeanne Smith and the late Sheila Richards. Gerriann is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, June 3rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, June 2nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Gerriann’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School, P. O. Box 100, Chamberlain, SD 57325-0100.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Gerriann (Reddington) Lydon”

  1. Jinene Gordon says:

    Oh I can never forget the many many times “Aunt” Gerri would say to me as I called her Gerri. “It’s AUNT Gerri!” She’d never accept anything else. Lol! As life brings us many memories, I’d like to share a couple. Aunt Gerri always took the time to really listen to you or she’d pay close attention to something you were showing her. She always showed you individual interest and it made you feel like she cared as a kid or teen. Even if she really didn’t like your drawing you did as a kid, lol, she’d point out the fine details you did or something to make you feel good. She’d also take time in listening to your story you had to tell her. Even if it was a stupid one! Lol. She would respectfully listen and treat you like a grown up! Those are the things I like remembering about my “Aunt” Gerri. : )

  2. Jackie (sister) says:

    I always called us the golden girls and my sister Gerri would say “I know which one I am, but which one are you?” She always knew who she was, and she had her moral compass which she used in all situations and never strayed from! I love her and miss her!

  3. Matthew (Grandson) says:

    I have so many great memories with her, one of my favorite was when we would go get scallops after she picked me up from daycare. Another good memory was when she would take all her grandchildren to see new movies and stalk up on snacks from the dollar store. She was the best grandma I could’ve asked for!

  4. Cindy Culbert says:

    One of my favorite memories of Gerri was playing Pictionary with her and Genofur when we were in high school. We would laugh so hard and she and Genofur would argue about the silliest things in all the drawings and how they would gloat over each other when they beat the other, but always in good fun. I can still hear her laugh and Genofur saying ” Ma, how was I supposed to know THAT was a sink!” while we sat in their kitchen in Bedford. Village

  5. Janet L Hemenway says:

    Jennifer and your entire family my heart goes out to all of you.your mom was a wonderful woman and she will be sadly missed. With my love to all of you

  6. Jeanne Smith (sister) says:

    My Darling Sister Gerri
    The Beauty of your Kindness and generous heart will be truly missed.
    Your presence left a mark in my heart that will be with me always. I know your family and friends will have you in their hearts as well. We will miss you dearly.
    Until we meet again, I love you

  7. Amy LeCain says:

    Every garden will carry your name to my heart. Rest in peace. You were, and still are well loved.

  8. Monte Reddington says:

    My dear sweet loving sister Gerri. You are in my heart now and always. I miss you and smile with all my wonderful memories of you. Your kindness an love has touched everyone that was lucky enough to have met you. I love you.

  9. duncan says:

    Along our way, we meet someone or something that strikes a chord, a note that stays with you. I met by best friend in college after he stuck a newly sharpened drafting pencil into my hand. He is a strong- willed , honest man that I know is the Rembrandt of his mother.
    She has guided , he has learned.
    Gerri leaves us and this world a better place with her teachings. Thank you gerri for a life-long friend. When we look back and remember that someone who’s chord still sings in your mind…. I’ll remember that infectious laugh. God bless you and R.I.P. Your job was well done.

  10. Paula Thompson says:

    I met Gerri shortly after we moved into our brand new respective apartments in Bedford Village. Over the five years that I lived there I formed some wonderful memories that I will always cherish. We used to stay up until the wee hours of the morning, sitting at my dining room table, drinking cup after cup of coffee and talking and laughing about everything under the sun. I’ll never forget the day that my oldest and her youngest got caught lighting matches and her brilliant solution was to let them sit in her kitchen and light match after match until the whole room filled up with smoke. She told them that every time they felt like lighting matches they should come to her and that they did. I don’t think it was long before they got bored, and Bedford Village was safe again. The years went by and we lost touch but John and Patrick remained friends. Gerri, even though it’s been years, I know I will see you again someday. Paula

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