Obituaries

Thomas H. Deechan, Jr.

November 17th, 2018

Thomas H. Deechan, Jr., “Tom”, age 71, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2018. Tom was the beloved husband of Ann (Morgan) Deechan, devoted father of Alison (Deechan) Hajj & her husband James of Methuen and Thomas H. Deechan III of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Brooke Gill, cherished son of Marie (Blair) Deechan and the late Thomas Deechan of Falmouth, dear brother of Ann Reinhagen of California, Bill Deechan & his wife Deb of West Yarmouth, Kathy Roberts & her husband Glenn of Florida and the late Debbie Deechan. Tom is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, November 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Donations in Thomas’ memory may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave. Suite 214, Mission, KS 66202.

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William “Salvi” Woods

November 15th, 2018

William H., Woods, Jr., “Salvi”, age 51, of Lowell, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on November 15, 2018, following a courageous battle with Scleroderma.

Salvi was born on March 1, 1967, in Woburn, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Billy and Sheila Woods. Salvi grew up in Wilmington, attended Wilmington Public Schools, and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1985. Always a competitor; Salvi, was an outstanding athlete for the Wilmington youth sports teams as well as the Wilmington Wildcat High School football and hockey teams.

Following High School, Salvi, went on to continue his education at Merrimack College in North Andover and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While at Merrimack, he played on the football team all four years and as Captain of the team in his final year there.

Salvi worked hard for his family; at the time of his death he was employed as a Senior Buyer for the Unifirst Corporation in Wilmington. Salvi enjoyed working at Unifirst; and the bond he had with his coworkers was unlike any other. They were more like family than friends. Salvi’s endearing personality, great work ethic, and excellent people skills made him one of the favorites amongst his customers & vendors as well. To say he will me missed there is grossly understated.

Billy married his favorite Irish girl, Eileen McMahon on October 11, 1998 and followed by bringing two wonderful son’s Casey and Patrick into the world. Salvi loved his family with all his heart and was always very proud of “his boys”. Some of his favorite memories took place at the family cottage (the “Minnie HaHa”) on Plum Island with his family & friends and was so happy that his boys got to spend time there each summer as he did as a child. The Woods cousins were more like brothers & sisters and can be attributed to the summers spent on Plum Island and the many gatherings at 185 Wildwood Street.

In his spare time, Salvi, loved playing or following all sports; whether he was golfing with his cousins, playing on several soft-ball teams with his buddies, or taking in a Patriots, Red Sox, or Bruins game he always had a great time and was the ultimate Boston sports fan.

Salvi will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his infectious smile, and his gift for writing poetry. If you were lucky enough to received one of his “special” poem’s you knew he was your friend, that he cared about you and he wanted to make you smile. He loved his family and friends unconditionally; and was the epitome of loyal to the end. Salvi was truly a “great guy” who will forever be loved and missed by all who knew him.

Billy was the beloved husband of Eileen M. (McMahon) Woods, devoted father of Casey and Patrick Woods all of Lowell. Cherished son of the late William H. Sr. “Billy” and Sheila (McKinney) Woods, dear brother of Mary-Alice Cavens & her late husband Joseph of Rowley, Eileen M. Woods and Daniel E. Woods both of Wilmington. Loving Uncle of Megan & Nick Manent and Erin & Max Thomas as well as many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Son-in-law of Claire and the late Jimmy McMahon, brother-in-law Kathleen & David Sullivan, James & Linda McMahon, Brian & Debbie McMahon, Kevin, Maureen and Michael McMahon. Salvi is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, November 20th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, November 19th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in William’s memory may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation New England, 462 Boston St., Topsfield, MA 01983.

Mary V. (Semerjian) Doherty

November 14th, 2018

Mary V. (Semerjian) Doherty, age 86, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on September 1st, 2018. Beloved wife of 65 years to George L. Doherty of Wilmington, loving and devoted mother of Brian L. Doherty & his wife Christy of St. Petersburg, Florida and Theresa A. Doherty of Wilmington and the late Catherine & George, Jr. Mary was cherished and loved by her grandchildren George Joseph, Colleen Ann & Jennifer Mary Carroll of Wilmington and Brian Hanright Doherty of Sarasota, Florida. Mary was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Arabajian) Semerjian, dear sister of the late Nassey, Helen and John Semerjian. Mary also leaves behind her cats Tommy & Ellie as well as many friends. Funeral services were held privately at her home on her birthday, September 22. Memorial donations in Mary’s name can be made to the MSPCA @Nevins Farm, Methuen, Massachusetts.

Mary was a graduate of Watertown High School class of 1949. Upon graduation Mary went to work for the John Hancock Insurance Company in Boston where she would meet her future husband George. Mary and George got married in 1953 and settled in Woburn where they would raise their children. They moved to Wilmington in 1984 and continued to establish roots. Mary worked at Winchester Hospital in the Emergency room department for 26 years until her retirement in 1993. Mary enjoyed her retirement which gave her more time to spend with her grandchildren. Mary and George loved to travel, they traveled to the White Mountains, Bar Harbor Maine, Canada, Las Vegas Nevada, California, Arizona, Fort Myers and of course Disney World which Mary enjoyed the most just being together and spending time with family. Mary also enjoyed their many trips to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. She loved spending time in her yard gardening. Mary also was very active and involved with her grandchildren, whether it was taking them to practice, or a school event, she was always there. Mary also loved her pets.

Services were officiated by Father Early of St. Thomas Church at home on her birthday. At her request she wanted a private service at her home with her loving family and friends and devoted caregivers and of course her beloved pets.

Matthew W. Goodland

November 13th, 2018


Matthew W. Goodland, “Matty”, age 27, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on November 13, 2018, from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Matthew was born in Melrose, MA on June 14, 1991; he was the cherished son of Bill and Ellen Goodland of Wilmington. Matthew was raised and educated in Wilmington and he played Wilmington Youth Hockey for many years. Matthew attended Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical High School in Billerica where he studied Medal Fabrication and Welding. Matthew graduated from Shawsheen Tech with the Class of 2010. Following High School, Matthew, went on to further his studies at the Peterson School in Woburn where he earned his certificates in HVAC as well as Refrigeration.

Matthew’s family was very proud of his accomplishments; he quickly became part of the “team” in the family business at the Constant Temperature Systems Company in Billerica. Matthew worked as a HVAC Refrigeration Technician; he was known to be very conscientious at his position and had a great work ethic. Matthew’s wonderful personality and his ability to work well with others made him quite a success at his job.

In his spare time, Matthew really enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed being outdoors and having fun with his family and friends. Matthew spent many happy days and weeks at York Beach in Maine with family; they made countless memories that will be shared for years to come. Matthew also looked forward to his many carp fishing and kayaking expeditions with his friends; they spent so many hours just having fun.

Matthew loved spending time with his dad working on classic muscle cars and trucks; he was very talented when it came to auto mechanics and could fix just about anything.

Matthew had a true passion for music of all kinds, his favorite being heavy metal; he played the guitar in multiple bands throughout the years. He along with his fellow bank mates were featured at many small venues in the area and they loved to perform.

Matthew will be fondly remembered as a “great guy” who was kind, caring and friendly towards everyone. Matthew had a huge heart and a personality to match; he loved his family and friends unconditionally and was never afraid to show it. Matthew left a huge impression of everyone he met, and he will forever be loved and missed by all.

Matthew was the cherished son of William C. and Ellen (Kendricken) Goodland, beloved brother of Stephanie Goodland all of Wilmington. Dear grandson of the late William & Jean Kendricken and the late William & Irene Goodland. Special nephew of William & Janice Kendricken, Mary Jane Callahan, John & Maria Kendricken, Wayne & Adrianna Goodland, James Goodland and Cynthia Goodland. Matthew is also survived by many loving cousins and friends as well as his special friend Monica.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, November 17th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in 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 Friday, November 16th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Donations in Matthew’s memory may be made to the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Scholarship Fund, 100 Cook Street, Billerica, MA 01821.

Ava Grace and Emma Rose Kelley

November 10th, 2018

The many relatives and friends of Jessica Carlino and Michael Kelley of Wilmington will be saddened to hear of the passing of their beloved twin daughters, Ava Grace Kelley and Emma Rose Kelley, born on November 7, 2018.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service in Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm Street, Everett on Wednesday, November 14th at 11:00 a.m.

Donations in Ava and Emma’s memory may be made the the A.C.D.K. Hope Foundation, 121 Foster Road, Tewksbury, MA 01876.

Wayne S. Sferrazza

November 9th, 2018

Wayne S. Sferrazza, age 64, of Las Vegas, NV, formerly of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at his home on November 5, 2018.

Wayne was the cherished son of the late Francis “Frank” and Isabel (Barrett) Sferrazza, beloved brother of Donna Andrews of Lowell, Paul Sferrazza and his wife Karen, Sandra Langenfeld and her husband John all of Wilmington and the late Robert Sferrazza. Loving uncle of Heather, Kristi, Paul Jr., Scott, Jennifer, John, Deven, Steven. He was the Great-Uncle of Kevin and Caitlyn Leary. Wayne is also survived by many cousins, friends and his best furry friend Sweet Pea, a precious pit bull that he often cared for.

Wayne spent his career working for Raytheon in Massachusetts, from which he retired 5 years ago.

Wayne loved to travel and was fortunate to have been able to visit many places in his lifetime. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, and especially his sister Donna. He loved the New England Patriots and made sure he was able to watch all their games while living in Las Vegas. Wayne was passionate about dogs and always supported dog rescues.

Family and friends are invited to gather in memory of Wayne at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, November 23rd from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Interment of his ashes will immediately follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Wayne’s memory may be made to the Great Dog Rescue of New England at www.gdrne.com/donate.

Kevin Hurley

November 8th, 2018

Kevin Hurley, age 47, of Wilmington, formerly of Newton, passed away on November 6, 2018.

Kevin was the beloved son of Millicent H. (Stanieich) Hurley and the late Robert F. Hurley of Newton, dear brother of Robert Hurley & his wife Lauren of Roslindale, David Hurley of Falmouth, Jim Hurley of Wrentham, his twin Keith Hurley of Wilmington, Jeanne Hurley of Needham and Lynne Freeman & her husband Jack of Dedham, loving Uncle of Andrew, Patrick, Sean, Kyle, Steven, Jamie, Cassie and Connor. Kevin is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral Services for Kevin will be private.

Memorial donations in Kevin’s name may be made to the National Stroke Association, 9707 East Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112.

Henry J. “Jimmy” Andella, Jr.

November 6th, 2018

Henry J. “Jimmy” Andella, Jr., age 70, of Tewksbury, formerly of Quincy, passed away on November 5, 2018 at the Woodbriar Nursing Center in Wilmington.

Jimmy was born on October 19, 1948 in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Henry J. and Doris (Loder) Andella, Sr. Jimmy was raised and educated in Somerville.

Jimmy married Debra (Hayes) Andella on December 31, 1976. The couple moved to Quincy, where they lived for 34 years before moving to Tewksbury. Jimmy and Deb shared many wonderful memories together.

Jimmy owned a Gas/Service Station for several years before becoming a Printer at Grenier Print Shop. Jimmy started his own business, Andella Printing, with his brother Eugene “Sonny” Andella. The brothers worked for many years servicing their customers and making many friends along with the way.

In his younger years, Jimmy enjoyed being the mechanic on his buddy’s race car and his many trips to New England Dragway in Epping NH. Jimmy loved to go pheasant hunting with family and friends, especially in the fall. Jimmy had a passion for motorcycles and his many dogs especially his Harley Davidson and beloved pug Angel.

Jimmy was the beloved husband of Debra (Hayes) Andella, father of Frederick Andella & his wife Stacy of Stoughton, loving “Papa” of Amanda and Charlie Andella, cherished son of the late Henry J. and Doris (Loder) Andella, Sr., dear brother of Diane Koytila & her husband Marty of Tewksbury, Eugene Andella & his wife Donna of Weymouth and the late Rodney Andella. Jimmy is also survived by his special cousin, Louis Andella of Reading, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Abundant Life Christian Church, 173 Church St., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, November 10th at 1:00 p.m.

To celebrate Jimmy’s life, a memory box will be available at the church. You are invited to bring your favorite pictures or a card with a note sharing your favorite memory.

Memorial donations in Jimmy’s name may be made to GBS/CIDP Foundation Intl., 375 East Elm St., Ste. 101, Conshohocken, PA 19428. www.gbs-cidp.org

William H. Woods, Sr.

October 31st, 2018

William H. Woods, Sr., age 83, of Wilmington, passed away on October 31, 2018.

William was the beloved husband of the late Sheila (McKinney) Woods, devoted father of Mary-Alice Cavens & her husband the late Joseph of Rowley, Eileen M. Woods of Wilmington, William H. Woods, Jr. & his wife Eileen of Lowell and Daniel E. Woods of Wilmington, loving “Grampie” of Megan Manent & her husband Nick, Erin Thomas & her husband Max, Casey Woods and Patrick Woods, great-grandfather of Jamie Lynn Thomas, William Jameson Thomas and Lucas Todd Manent, cherished son of the late Joseph H. Woods, Sr. and Margaret (Coy) Woods, dear brother of Winifred Barry & her husband the late Robert of Wilmington, Edward Woods & his wife Sandra of Reading, the late Joseph, James “Leo”, Robert, Richard, Mildred, Marjorie and his twin sister Catherine. William is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, November 5th 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. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, November 4th from 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in William’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

William was a U.S. Army Veteran who proudly served his country.

James M. Bruce

October 27th, 2018

James M. Bruce, “Jimmy”, age 28 of Wilmington and Tewksbury, passed away on October 26, 2018.

Jimmy came into this world on November 28, 1989, in Nashua, New Hampshire; he was the cherished son of Jim and Lori Bruce. Jimmy was raised and educated in Tewksbury, MA and was a graduate of Tewksbury High School with the Class of 2008.

Jimmy was in his second year apprenticeship with the Electrician’s Union Local 103 and was very proud to be a part of this organization. Jimmy worked hard and was eager to learn; he often spoke about the new things he was learning at work and enjoyed talking about his accomplishments with his family and friends.

Jimmy had a strong sense of commitment when it came to going to the gym and working out. He had a great physical strength and enjoyed participating in mixed martial arts.

Jimmy was known to have an inner strength and determination; much like his grandmother Judy, when he made up his mind to do something he did it and did it well.

Jimmy will be fondly remembered for his love of history, his great sense of humor and most of all his compassion towards others; he was never one to judge people and treated everyone with kindness and respect. Jimmy also had a soft side when it came to animals especially his dogs.

Jimmy loved his family and friends unconditionally; especially his parents and grandparents who simply adored him. Jimmy was a “great kid” who brought a lot of light and laughter into the world and he will forever be in the hearts of those who loved him.

Jimmy was the cherished son of James and Lori (Duggan) Bruce of Holderness, NH, formerly of Tewksbury, MA, beloved Grandson of Joan and the late Chester “Chet” Bruce and the late Joseph and Judy Duggan. Dear nephew of April Bruce, Lori Hodgson, Chip Bruce, Scott and Brenda Bruce, Joey and Carla Duggan, Frank and Maria Mearls ,Marilyn Cunningham, David and Lauren Bruce and Roger Creamer. Jimmy is also survived by many great aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, November 1st from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jimmy’s memory may be made to MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.