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Henry R. “Hank” Gilhooly

December 22nd, 2020
Henry R. “Hank” Gilhooly, age 75, of Wilmington, passed away on December 21, 2020.

Hank was born on September 3, 1945 in Somerville, MA; he was the son of the late Howard F. and Rita B. (Lee) Gilhooly.  Hank moved to Wilmington in 1956.  He graduated from Wilmington High School and Franklin Institute.  Hank married his wife Janet, and during their 50 years together, raised their family in Wilmington and never left town, especially because he had three separate addresses on the same piece of land by the lake.

Prior to his retirement, Hank worked for Symnes, Maini & McKee and B. R. + A.  In retirement, Hank and his wife, Janet, worked part-time with family and friends at their Mom & Pop Real Estate.

In his spare time, Hank was an active member of the Aleppo Shrine & Mason of the Friendship Lodge.  Hank enjoyed watching sports, visiting the cape, and traveling.  He loved his grandchildren to pieces and cherished spending time with the family.  Hank loved spending time with his wife and friends especially playing cards, going to doo wop shows, listening to oldies, relaxing on the porch or just “shooting the breeze”.

Hank is survived by his wife, Janet M. (Burchsted) Gilhooly, devoted father of Howard F. Gilhooly & his wife Lisa of Chicopee and Erin Gilhooly-Smith & her husband Tom of Assonet, loving “Grampy” of Aidan and Katie Gilhooly and Thomas and Annie Smith, dear brother of Marylou Irwin & her husband William of Fallston, MD, brother-in-law of the late Roy Burchsted & his wife Ad of Brockton, Russell J. Burchsted & his wife Nancy of Wilmington, and Joyce A. Burchsted.  Hank is also survived by his aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Saturday, December 26th from 11:00-12:30.  A Graveside Service will be held in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:30 p.m.  All guests attending services are required to wear a mask in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Hank’s name may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA  02114.

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14 Entries in Guest Book for “Henry R. “Hank” Gilhooly”

  1. Ernie DelleDonne says:

    Dear Janet, Howie, Erin and family,

    I was so saddened to hear about Hank’s passing. Playing cards, racing to Cape Cod, listening to oldies, shopping for Janet’s Christmas presents and Bobby Rubino’s ribs are the great memories he has left me. Although our paths took us in different directions for a while our friendship was always important. Thinking of you all at this time and wishing you the very best Holiday season possible.

    Ernie

  2. Ray and Maryann Smith says:

    It is with a heavy heart to learn of Hanks passing. He was a wonderful man and loved by many. I know his grandkids will miss him dearly as he was a wonderful Grandfather. Our deepest sympathy to Janet and family. Love to all.

  3. John Brewer says:

    Janet, Howie, Erin, and family. I’m so sorry to hear about Hank. He was such a great guy. My parents loved their time with you all. I’m so sorry to hear this.

  4. Susan hewitt says:

    Janet, Howie, Erin and family, I was saddened to hear of your loss.I send prayers for your family. I hope your memories of a life well lived will bring you some comfort.May he rest in peace.

  5. Gregg Brewer says:

    Mrs. G, Howie, Erin and the rest of the family. I’m sorry for your loss. Hank was a great guy whose smile would light up a room. I will always remember his larger than life personality and his laugh. He was a good man and the world won’t be the same without him.

  6. Rosemary Murray says:

    Janet and family: I was shocked to read about hank, many a good time we have had . I’ve watch you two move from the big house,to the back house and then back to the new house. you said you would ‘t move again. Well hank I hope you will be out of pain. I will miss seeing you in the mustang. may you rest in peace. Rosemary

  7. Melanie says:

    Janet
    I’m so sorry for your loss. My sister loved you and Hank like siblings. You will always be in my thoughts. Love Melanie

  8. Breyanna Brewer says:

    Janet, I’m so sorry to hear about Hank. You two were like family. We always enjoyed having you around. My deepest condolences.

  9. Gerry says:

    So sorry Janet. My love to all. Cousin Gerry

  10. Kristen Clark says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Know that you are all in my heart and prayers.

  11. Marge Kurtz says:

    Dear Janet, Erin & Howie,
    We are very deeply sorry for your loss.
    We will greatly miss our neighbor and dear friend Hank.
    Words can not express our sadness and sorry.
    May God grant you comfort during these difficult days.
    Love, Marge & Bill

  12. RONALD SACCA says:

    ON MARCH 19,1973 I MET A MOUNTAIN OF A MAN ON MY FIRST DAY AT SMM AND HE TURNED OUT TO BE A DEAR FRIEND FOREVER.EACH CHRISTMAS MORNING FOR ALL THESE YEARS WE WOULD HAVE THE TRADITION OF CALLING EACH OTHER AND HE ALWAYS WAS SO HAPPY TO SAY HE AND HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE JANET WHERE ABOUT TO HEAD OUT TO SPEND CHRISTMAS WITH HIS GREAT CHILDREN ERIN OR HOWIE AND BOTH .BUT THIS CHRISTMAS WILL NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT HEARING HANKS VOICE.HANK I AM GOING TO MISS YOU SO MUCH. WHAT I CAN SAY IS THAT A REAL TRUE FRIEND IS ONE WHO WALKS IN WHEN THE REST OF THE WORLD WALKS OUT ….THAT WAS OUR HANK AND IF YOU HAD THE HONOR OF MEETING HANK I ALSO SAID ABOUT HANK ..IF YOU MET HIM YOU WOULD NEVER FORGET HIM…HUMBLE HANK.WELL HANK THANK YOU FOR LETTING WALK THRU LIFE WITH YOU AND IT WAS A GIFT I WILL TREASURE ALL MY DAYS. WE BOTH LOVED THE OLDIES AND IF THERE IS ONE SONG I COULD PLAY RIGHT NOW THAT OUR ELVIS SINGS AND DESCRIBES YOU IS…HOW GREAT THOU ART….LOVE YOU HANK AND JANET ,HOWIE AND ERIN HE WAS THE BEST AND TO HIS BEAUTIFUL FAMILY THAT HE LOVED SO MUCH GOD HAS HANK NOW AT HIS NEW ADDRESS AND I CANT WAIT TO SEE HIM ONE DAY….THANKS FOR THE BEST MEMORIES..I MISS YOU BUDDY ….YOUR MEMORIES ESCAPE MY EYES AND RUN DOWN MY CHEEKS AS I SIT HERE …GOOD-BYE HANK AND UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN YOU WILL LIVE IN MY HEART FOREVER..YOU ARE THE BEST…LOVE RONNIE

  13. Russell and Nancy Burchsted says:

    Sorry for your loss .

  14. Debbie Kendall DelleDonne says:

    Dear Janet , Howie and Erin, I can’t tell you of the loss I feel for the passing of Hank, “Butchie”. His Mom and mine were best friends. So many memories were made at 27 Lake Street….Hank actually babysat my sister and me!
    We have so family memories as the years went by. He was so much a part of my childhood as well as my adulthood, and for that I thank you. I will miss you greatly…love, Debbie Kendall DelleDonne

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