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Michael Bodnar, Jr.

December 9th, 2019

Michael Bodnar, Jr., “Mike”, age 78, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on December 6, 2019, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Mike was born on March 29, 1941, in Malden, MA; he was the dear son of the late Michael and Julia (Shanniak) Bodnar. Mike was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School.

Mike was a devoted dad to his daughters Ashley and Larissa; he was so proud of “his girls”. A little more than a year ago he became a “Grampa” to Jayson Michael and he couldn’t have been more thrilled with that little boy. Mike loved his family with all his heart and would do anything to make them happy.

Mike was a carpenter by trade and worked in the construction business for many years. He was a “Mr. Fix It” and could do just about anything from building to electrical to plumbing and he was always willing to lend a hand or fix a problem for anyone.

Mike was known to be a “creature of habit”; it started every morning with his trip to Dunkin Donuts in Lucci’s Plaza with his faithful companion, his dog Callie; they would hang out and have a Jelly Donut with his “Dunkins Crew” to shoot the breeze, talk about current events, town business and politics. Mike could also be found on many days helping out at the Salvation Army Store, tending to his gardens, “puttering” around the house/yard and then heading out on Mondays to “guys night out” at Steve Trites shop in Reading. Mike loved his beach days at Cranes Beach with his two daughters where he enjoyed long walks in the sand, going to engine shows with boys and his daughter Larissa, road trips with his girls, and marching with the Wilmington Minuteman in countless parades throughout the years.

Mike will be fondly remembered for his outgoing, friendly, kind and jolly personality; he was always going out of his way to help anyone and never expected anything in return. Mike was truly a wonderful guy who left his Imprint on everyone he met; He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Mike is survived by his beloved daughters Ashley “Pumpkin” Bodnar & her husband Julian McClain of Southborough, Larissa “Bookie Bear” Bodnar of Tewksbury and their mother Cheryl Ryan & her husband Wes. He was the loving “Grampa” of Jayson Michael McClain, cherished son of the late Michael and Julia Bodnar, dear brother of Ronald Bodnar & his wife Joanne of Freedom, NH, “Uncle Mike” to Eric “Derek” Ryan and Zachary Fuller. Mike is also survived by his beloved dog and faithful companion Callie, his life-long friends Earl Hupper of Wilmington and Steven Trites of Reading as well as many good friends.

Visiting Hours will be held on Thursday, December 12th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Mike’s Funeral Service will take place at the Funeral Home on Friday, December 13th at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made by going on the go fund me page and typing in his name Michael Bodnar.

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12 Entries in Guest Book for “Michael Bodnar, Jr.”

  1. Frank West says:

    To Ashley and Larissa-my heart is broken over the loss of your dad. I first me Mike about 20 years ago and still remember his first words to me- “Hi Sonny”. I have many fond memories of Minutemen events, the Collings Foundation in Stow, and talks on just about any topic imaginable. He always talked about how proud he was of his two daughters and the love he had for both of you. God bless the both if you and may the memories of your dad last forever!!

  2. Mike Shay says:

    He was one of Wilmington’s few treasures and deserved much better…

  3. Mike Shay says:

    from the town that he so loved…

  4. Linda Storer says:

    Sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. Mike was a very kind man, with a big heart, and made people laugh with his stories. He was always so helpful and many people enjoyed his company. Happy to have met Mike, who was a dear friend to my father-in-law. RIP Mike!
    God Bless your daughters Mike and your dog, Callie.

  5. Brenda J Crowe says:

    Sorry for your loss ,he was a great guy,may he be an angel looking down on your family

  6. Chris Tiberii says:

    I had the opportunity to meet Mike, through a friend. While he was eccentric in a “old school” way, his warmth of character shone like no man I will ever meet again. I am honored to have witnessed some of his carpenter skills and those barns and works, will live on as a testament to his, skill independence and character. A true patriot, in so many ways. He will be sorely missed. A man who lived by his own code, and I respected him for it!

  7. Amy F says:

    Uncle Mike was a great man. Mike was def one of a kind n made my childhood explorative. He always had a different way of seeing things and a different path to putter on. Mike will be truly missed but his spirit will always be flying. All the memories i remember with Uncle mike will forever bring me peace. Prayers for you both Larissa and Ashley

  8. Susan Shay says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a good man and will be missed by so many.

  9. Stacie Murphy says:

    May you rest in sweet peace Mike. You were a smart, kind and caring man. God Bless you.

  10. Jan Duggan says:

    Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a unique and involved, multigenerational, lifelong resident of Wilmington. He didn’t just live here and sit on the sidelines, he was involved as a Minuteman, attended and participated in the town’s veterans programs, town politics and zoning issues – not just in his neighborhood, but all neighborhoods, and in teaching the Boy Scouts the proper way to respectfully and ceremonyously retire a faded, damaged American flag. Mike had so many interests: history, horticulture, general gardening, and the long, lost, ancient art of mortise and tenon methods of building and carpentry. He was also genuinely interested in what was going on in your life, and was quick to offer a helping hand, and always spoke lovingly of his two daughters, Ashley and Larissa, and his ever faithful dog, Callie. I always enjoyed running into him about town, and I shared some plant/shrub cuttings with him. He will be missed by many. R.I.P. Mike

  11. Jane woods says:

    Mike was a very kind soul and truly loved this town . He will be missed by all who cared about him. I remember attending something at the library and he sat down next to my boyfriend and stuck his hand out and said “ hi sonny”. We had a great conversation that evening. A rare bird he was.

  12. Lynette nason says:

    You will be deeply missed Uncle Mike ..May you rest in peace I will miss you calling me “Shrimp” I love you ??

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