Obituaries

David P. Thompson

September 1st, 2021

David P. Thompson, age 72, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2021, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Dave was the beloved husband of Yvonne C. (Dennett) Thompson of Wilmington, devoted father of Catherine Thompson of Wilmington and Marianne McPherson and her husband Thomas of Stoneham. Loving “Papa” of Tristan, Colin, Anthony, Daniel, Julia and Jacob. Cherished son of the late George and Julia (Sciarappa) Thompson. Dave is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, September 7th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dave’s memory to a Charity of One’s Choice.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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Carol S. Celata

September 1st, 2021

Carol S. Celata (Stone), age 78, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on August 30, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Carol was born on December 12, 1942, in Cambridge, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Mary S. Eagan and beloved granddaughter of the late Harold L. and Mary Ellen Stone. Carol was raised and educated in Somerville and graduated from St. Joseph High School, Class of 1960. She also spent many childhood summers in Chicago with her extended family.

Moving to Wilmington in February of 1968, Carol was a stay-at-home mother, raising her children on Fairmeadow Road where she still lived. Like so many of her neighbors, Carol made lifelong friends in the neighborhood and in Wilmington and hosted many family gatherings, holidays celebrations and pool parties. Carol’s children and grandchildren were her life and she made sure to be involved in their work, school and extra-curricular activities.
After raising her children, Carol returned to the workforce and excelled in every job she had. She worked for many years in the legal/patent department at both The Polaroid Corporation and Genzyme/Sanofi both in Cambridge. She loved working in Cambridge and enjoyed her work and her work friends.

In retirement, Carol enjoyed trips with the Wilmington Recreation Department to Hawaii, Alaska, Cape May, Foxwoods, Broadway shows. She looked forward to Friday night dinners with her neighbors and friends and lunches & errands with Mrs. Gedaminsky.

Carol will fondly be remembered as one of the nicest people you’d every speak with, engaging on any topic or subject. She embraced technology and used her iPad every day to text, check social media and play Happy Color right until the end. She will forever be missed.

Carol was the devoted mother of Julie M. DeCosta & her husband Gerard of Litchfield, NH, Richard C. Celata, Jr. & his wife Kelley of Wilmington, and Mary Ellen Borland & her husband Lee of North Reading. Loving “Nonna” of Anthony M. & Alison M. Celata and Emma P. & Alex S. Borland. Cherished daughter of the late Mary (Stone) Eagan, dear granddaughter of the late Harold L. & Mary Ellen (Canfield) Stone, dear sister of Brule Eagan of San Benito, Texas, the late Marguerite A. Farris, William F. Stone and John C. Stone. Carol is also survived by her loving cousin and best friend Jane Niederst of Ventura, California. Carol was pre-deceased by her special friend Richard C. Celata Sr., with whom she shared her three children.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, September 4, 2021, from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, MA, at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s memory may be made to The ALS Association MA Chapter 685 Canton Street, Suite 103 Norwood, MA 02062 or to Joslin Diabetes Foundation, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Joseph F. Duffy

August 31st, 2021

Joseph F. Duffy, “Joe”, Ret. Sgt. Wilmington Police Department, age 86, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on August 29, 2021.

Joe was born in Newton, MA, on July 20, 1935; he was the dear son of the late Charles and Mary Duffy. As a young boy, Joe, moved to Wilmington with his family when they bought their family farm on Aldrich Road. Joe along with his brothers worked on the farm, played sports and attended Wilmington Schools; Joe graduated Wilmington High School with the Class of 1954.

Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force on October 8, 1954, during the Korean Conflict; he was assigned to the 4238th Field Maintenance Squadron. Joe actively served for the next four years earning his way up the ranks from Private to Sergeant, in October of 1958, Joe was honorably discharged from active duty and immediately was assigned to the Air Force Reserves. While serving in the Reserves, Joe was again assigned to active duty during the Vietnam War for a period of time before being honorably discharged to his Reserve obligation. Joe continued serving our country for many years in the Reserves when in 1990 he was again called to active duty during Operation Desert Shied/Storm; once again putting the needs of our Country before his own. During his time in the Air Force, Joe, amassed many commendations, medals and ribbons for his fine service. He worked his way up the ranks and when he retired from his reserve duty in 1992, following 38 years of service to our Country. Joe earned the title of Chief Master Sergeant; something his whole family was proud of. Joe always showed his courage and Patriotism whenever and wherever he was called to duty.

While home on leave during one tour, Joe married the “love of his life” Margaret “Peggy” DeFelice; the couple settled in their home town of Wilmington and raised three wonderful children; Donna, Diane and Joe Jr. or “J” as he was nicknamed. Joe and Peggy loved their children unconditionally and looked forward to the times they spent together. They loved to spend summers in Wolfeboro, NH or at the Tree Tops Campground in Alton Bay with extended family and always looked forward to their annual vacations to Cape Cod or Canada or wherever the kids wanted to go; these were some memorable times with their family and friends. Joe was always involved in whatever his kids were doing; he attended countless school and sporting events and was a Wilmington Youth Hockey Coach for many years. In his later years, Joe was known as the “Best Grampie or Pop Pop” anyone could ask for. Joe looked forward to the times he spent with his grandchildren, he was their biggest fan and had a unique and special relationship with each one of them.

Joe worked hard to provide for his family and had an incredible work ethic. On November 1, 1960, Joe was appointed as a special Police Officer with the Town of Wilmington; this appointment led to a long and successful career with the Wilmington Police Department. Joe earned a permanent position and was sworn in on April 23, 1965; he earned his Sergeant stripes on December 13, 1985 and retired from the Police Force on August 18, 1995 following 35 years of dedicated service to the Town of Wilmington. Joe went above and beyond during his tenure as a Police Office; he not only provided safety throughout the community but got involved in community activities. For many years, Joe, was seen at Silver Lake cooking for the annual Police Beach Day Cookout for the kids in town; this was a yearly event that so many kids looked forward to and a great time was had by all. Joe also got involved with the Law Enforcement Task Force that provided security for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996 and then again at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002. Throughout the years, Joe, received commendations and letters for his fine service to the Wilmington Police Department, the community and the Task Forces that he was part of; he again put the needs of others before his own.

In his spare time, Joe, enjoyed playing softball in the Town Park League for Charlies Auto Body or the Knights of Columbus. He loved following Boston Sports and was an avid fan of the Sox, Bruins and Patriots. Joe looked forward to his trips to Las Vegas to visit his daughter and her family and always found the time to head to a casino or two just to “try his luck”.

Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus Fr. Croke Council in Wilmington, the V.F.W. and the Tewksbury/Wilmington Lodge of Elks; Joe enjoyed the camaraderie, he volunteered his time for community events and fund raisers and made countless friends throughout the years. Joe looked forward to spending time with his fellow retired Air Force Chiefs for their monthly luncheons or their trips to Alaska or the Finger Lakes in New York; these guys had a great time no matter what they were doing.

Joe will be fondly remembered as a “good guy” with an endearing personality and a warm smile. Joe always went out of his way to help others and was well loved by his family and friends who will forever miss him.

Joe was the beloved husband of the late Margaret M. “Peggy” (DeFelice) Duffy, devoted father of Donna Luce & her husband David of Las Vegas, NV, Diane Martin & her companion Tim Robarge of Wakefield, and Joseph F. Duffy, Jr. “J” & his wife Kristin of Wilmington. Loving “Grampie & Pop Pop” to Ashlee & her husband Clint, Brandon & his wife Kim, Ronni & her husband Craig, Randee, Kevin & his wife Vanessa, Brett, Joanna and his great-grandchildren Willow, Caleb, Brooklynn, Nick, Alex, Lilly, Stephane, Dante, Gianna and Natalia. Dear son of the late Charles and Mary (Canney) Duffy, brother of the late James Duffy and the late Charles “Sonny” Duffy, Jr. Joe is also survived by his sister-in-law Shirley DeFelice as well as his many nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, September 2nd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial for Joe will be held on Friday, September 3rd at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Family is requesting that Masks be worn while in the Funeral Home and in Church please.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joe’s memory to the Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Barbara L. Cress

August 29th, 2021

Barbara Lorraine (Boutwell/Donahue) Cress, 86, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 16, 2021. Barbara was born on November 15, 1934, in Woburn, MA; she was the daughter of Arthur W. and Freda W. (Card) Boutwell.

Barbara was raised in Billerica, MA, and graduated from Howe High School. An avid homemaker, skilled seamstress, and well known for her culinary prowess, she founded and managed Party Time Caterers, for many years, while raising 5 children as a single mother. Following her marriage to George Cress she moved to Reading, MA, where she worked as an office manager and executive assistant at multiple companies.

Barbara retired to Mashpee, MA, where she was active in the Women’s Group of Christ the King Parish. Later in her retirement years, they moved to Northport, FL, where she was active in St. Maximillian Parish, Port Charlotte, FL; launched a successful cake decorating business; and won many awards for her gingerbread houses. In 2015, they returned to New England and resided in Tewksbury, MA, where she continued her creative and entrepreneurial spirit, by embroidering, knitting and crocheting a multitude of items. Shortly before the loss of her beloved husband, after nearly 50 years of marriage, Barbara moved to Wilmington, MA.

Barbara was predeceased by her parents and late husband George, and is survived by her five children: Kevin Donahue, of Mashpee, MA; Debra Donahue, of Billerica, MA; James Donahue and his wife, Cheryl, of Falmouth, MA; Dennis Donahue and his wife, Stephanie, of Wilmington, MA; and Edward Donahue and his wife, Andrea, of Dover, NH; and step-children: Michael Cress and his wife, Tina Gatto, of Tavares, FL; and Diana (Cress) Bryan and her husband, Reed of Davie, FL; grandchildren: Neal, Scott, Angela, Timothy, Rebecca, Elizabeth, David, Laura, Christopher, Callie, Benjamin, Brenna, Amanda, Rachel, Zacharie, Lindsay, Sophie, Kevin, Hunter, Brian, Tim and Tom; and 8 great-grandchildren.

A joint Funeral Mass for Barbara and George, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on October 1, 2021, at Christ the King Church in Mashpee, MA; followed by an interment ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at the Bourne National Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Barbara’s name may be made to Care Dimensions, Kaplan House, 75 Sylvan Street, B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.
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Maureen E. (Hamilton) Welch

August 28th, 2021

Maureen E. (Hamilton) Welch, age 69, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on August 27, 2021.

Maureen was born on November 10, 1951 in Winchester, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Leland and Agnes (Burke) Hamilton.

Maureen was the beloved wife of Paul R. Welch, Sr. of Wilmington, devoted mother of Paul R. Welch, Jr. of Wilmington, the late Kelly Welch, Sandra Silvestri & her husband Paul, Leslie Welch all of Billerica, loving “Nana” of Mia Welch and Ryan Gecks, dear sister of her loving twin Kathleen “Kathy” Gecks & her husband Bruce, Margaret “Peggy” Garden & her husband Douglas, Robert Hamilton and the late Jack Hamilton.  Maureen is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, August 31st, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Maureen’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Ann M. Deechan

August 25th, 2021

Ann M. Deechan, (Morgan), age 72, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on August 24, 2021. Ann was the beloved wife of the late Thomas H. Deechan, Jr., devoted mother of Alison (Deechan) Hajj & her husband James of Methuen and Thomas H. Deechan III of Wilmington. Loving “Nana” of Brooke Gill, cherished daughter of the late John and Ann (DeAvilla) Morgan, dear sister of the late Diane Gentile and Arthur Morgan. Ann is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law and her nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, August 30th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Ann’s Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 31st at 11:00 a.m. followed by her interment at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ann’s memory to the Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

John F. Banks

August 25th, 2021

John F. Banks, age 57, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on August 25, 2021 following a courageous battle with cancer.

John was born on May 21, 1964, in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of Eileen (Cunningham) Banks and the late Frederick Banks. John grew up in Wilmington and graduated from the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in 1983.

Following graduation, John went to work in the printing department at Harvard University. There he worked with his father and brother for more than twenty years. After Harvard, John held several positions before settling at Blue Reserve, where he installed water systems. A very dedicated employee, he loved this job and the people he worked with; John made many friends with co-workers and customers.

John married his wife, Patricia A. (Murphy) Banks, in 1995. They purchased their home in Wilmington, where they had many wonderful times together. John was happy to find a home in the town he grew up in, and to be able to stay close to family.

John loved the outdoors; he enjoyed snowmobiling and ATV-ing with Patricia and friends in Vermont and Maine. One of his favorite activities was fishing; he was an avid saltwater and freshwater fisherman. John loved spending the summers on his boat on Sebago Lake, ME. The friends he and Patricia made at their marina were like family to them. He enjoyed waterskiing and wakeboarding and showing family members “how it’s done”. John was a natural at any sport; he learned how to snowboard, rollerblade, ski, and kayak on his own. His motto to any activity was, “just do it.” John also had an interest in gardening, and proved to have quite a green thumb.

In his spare time, John loved to travel; his favorite trips were to Ireland. John and Patricia also loved to travel to the west coast of Florida; they have many memories of the trips they took and friends they made along the way.

John will be remembered for his “big heart.” He would help anyone in need and expected nothing in return. John also made sure he did his weekly “check ins” with family, usually with a cup of tea or two! John lived his life to the fullest and had a lot of fun times throughout his many adventures. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

John was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Murphy) Banks, cherished son of Eileen (Cunningham) Banks and the late Frederick Banks of Wilmington, dear brother of Colleen Parsons & her husband Allen of NJ and Paul Banks of Wilmington, brother-in-law of Joan & Greg Nazzaro, Nancy & Dan Ober, and Dan & Nancy Murphy, loving uncle of Kerry & Mason Smith, Kevin & Sammi Parsons, Benjamin Banks, Jennifer & Rachael Nazzaro, Laura & John Malone, Rebecca & Mike Daniels, Paul Ober, Brendan Murphy, and Ryan Murphy. John is also survived by many great nieces & nephews, extended family, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, August 28th at 9:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, August 27th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift.

Gloria A. Velozo

August 25th, 2021

Gloria A. Velozo, age 86, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Gloria was born on November 26, 1934 in Cambridge, MA.

Gloria married John Velozo and the couple moved to Wilmington, where they raised 4 children in a wonderful neighborhood. Gloria enjoyed her last 35 Years with her partner Frank Bonna in Melrose, MA during the summer months and Miami, FL during the winter months.

Gloria enjoyed riding on the motorcycle with Frank, traveling and crafting with the Red Hat Society. She also loved spending time at the Elks, Moose or the VFW, volunteering or just meeting people. Gloria lived life to the fullest.

Gloria was preceded in death by her son, John F. Velozo.

Gloria is survived by daughter Doreen Kelleher and her husband John of St. Augustine, FL, son Dean Velozo and his wife Joy of Wilmington, MA, son Scott Velozo and his fiancé Kym Chandler of Bradford, MA. Gloria is also survived by her partner of 35 years, Frank Bonna of Melrose, MA, sisters Marie Rumrell of Florida and Beverly Dalelio of Medford, MA. She is further survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Gloria was a mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and best friend. She will be dearly missed but not forgotten.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation on Friday, October 1st from 10:00 – 12:00 noon immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon.

Memorial donations in Gloria’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 (heart.org) or to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601 (lung.org)

Marcia A. Maglio

August 24th, 2021

Marcia Anne Maglio (Carbone), age 69, of Lawrence, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, went to be with the Lord on August 22, 2021, with her loving family at her side.

Marcia was born in Woburn, MA, on April 21, 1952; she was the dear daughter of the late Lewis and Margaret (Redmond) Carbone. Marcia was raised and educated in Woburn and Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School.

On July 14, 1973, Marcia married the “love of her life” David Maglio; the couple resided in Wilmington for many years. Marcia was a very devoted and loving wife, mother and “grammy”.

Marcia is survived by her beloved husband David F. Maglio, Sr., she was the devoted mother of David Maglio, Jr., Anthony Maglio, Michael Maglio and his wife Kristen, Kristin Roberge and her husband Brian and the late Matthew Maglio. Marcia was the loving “Grammy” of Ayla, Aubrey, Michael Jr., Ellie, Grayson and Graham. Dear sister of Thomas Carbone, Peggy Christiansen, Louann Madrid, Mabel Bova, the late Lewis “Butchie” Carbone and the late Catherine “Dolly” Dunnigan. Marcia is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, August 26th, for Visitation from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. followed by a Service at 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Marcia’s memory to Families for Hope, Inc., 1219 N. Wittfield Street, Indianapolis, IN 46229. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

James M. Gallagher

August 23rd, 2021

James Michael Gallagher, “Jim”, age 86, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on August 19, 2021.

Jim was born on January 16, 1935, in Cambridge, MA; he was the dear son of the late George E. and Emma M. (Rowan) Gallagher. Jim was part of a large and loving family who was raised and educated in Cambridge.

Prior to retiring, Jim, was employed for many years as a roofer for the Roofer’s Union Local #33.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife Sylvia R. (McPherson) Gallagher of Wilmington, he was the devoted father of Patricia Ann Sullivan and her late husband Joseph of Wilmington, James Joseph Gallagher and his wife Mary of Wilmington, Paul Patrick Gallagher and his wife Maritza of Michigan and Richard McLeod. He was the loving “Papa” of Lynn Gallagher, Danielle and Jason McMasters, Jamie Gallagher and Taylor Haynes, Briana Gallagher, Ashleigh Sullivan, Kristen Sullivan, Adam Sullivan and Great-Grandchildren Bradley and Evan. Dear brother of Kathleen McLeod, Barbara Keohane, the late Marion Teahan, Dottie Nugent, George Gallagher, Billy Gallagher, Johnny Gallagher, Eddie Gallagher and Bobby Gallagher. Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

At this time all services for Jim will be private. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jim’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.