Obituaries

Virginia “Ginny” Bruce

December 26th, 2019

Virginia I. Bruce, “Ginny”, died peacefully at home December 17, 2019 in La Plata, MD; she was formerly a long-time resident of Billerica, MA.

Virginia grew up in Somerville, MA. She graduated from Somerville High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and played drums in the marching band. She was a member of the Rainbow Girls and was very active with swimming at the Somerville YMCA where she met her future husband Kenny.

The two married and built their home in Billerica, MA “out in the country back then” leaving the city behind. They raised their five children in the home they built and Virginia continued to live there for over 60 yrs.

Virginia loved children. She spent many years as a Girl Scout Leader and Camp Counselor. Many of the girls she mentored have kept in contact with her for decades.

Virginia was especially proud of going back to college in her 40’s to fulfill her dream of obtaining a teaching degree. Some of her happiest years were as a teacher at the Billerica Cooperative Kindergarten.

Virginia had a special love for nature. She enjoyed rocking on the porch bird watching in the sunshine. She looked forward to family trips to Rockport and seafood dinners every summer. Her greatest joys were sitting by the ocean and lighthouses.

She was our family’s lighthouse guiding us through life.

Ginny was the wife of the late Kenneth E. Bruce with whom she celebrated 31 years of marriage before his passing. She was pre-deceased by her parents Clayton and Irene Nickerson, her brother, Clayton “Bill” Nickerson, her sister Janet Mullett and her husband Bill, her Mother-in-law Ida Walters and her husband Norman and sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Thomas Casey.

She is Survived by her children, Linda Bieber and Charlie Rundlett, David Bruce and his wife Pamela, Robert Bruce and his wife Cindy, Bonnie Martin and her husband Roger and Donald Bruce and his wife Elizabeth. Her 12 Grandchildren Lisa, Jeff, Chris, Adam, Amy, Kerry, Colby, Johnathan, Brian, Alex, Cody and Katie. Her 12 Great Grandchildren Calvin, Casey, Bailee, Maisie, Rylee, Carson, Jaxon, Ella, Jayden, Max, Callie and Mia, along with many other special family members whom she loved dearly.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, January 2nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Ginny’s Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, January 3rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by Interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

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Carol A. (Sullivan) Holden

December 26th, 2019

Carol A. (Sullivan) Holden, age 58, of Wilmington, passed away on December 23, 2019.

Carol was the devoted mother of James Holden, Krystal Browne and Courtney Holden, loving “Grammie” of Joseph Browne and Braydon Sy all of Skowhegan, ME, cherished daughter of Dorothy A. (Murphy) Sullivan and the late Richard Sullivan of Wilmington, dear sister of Robert Sullivan & his wife Kathleen of Wilmington and Michael Sullivan & his wife Susan of Salem, NH, aunt of Michael Sullivan, Kelsey Sullivan and Meghan Sullivan, companion of Daniel O’Keefe.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, December 30th from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Carol’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.

James “Jay” Tighe

December 24th, 2019


James D. Tighe, “Jay”, age 86, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on December 23, 2019.

Jay was born on November 3, 1933 in Somerville, MA; he was the dear son of the late Richard and Anna Tighe. Jay moved to Wilmington as a young boy; he quickly fit right into the town where he made many lifelong friends. Jay attended Wilmington public schools and got involved in many sports throughout his life; he especially loved foot ball and was Co-Captain of the Wilmington High School Football team. Jay graduated Wilmington High School with the Class of 1952.

Jay continued to be very active throughout his life; for more than 40 years he played softball with his team the “Tighe Club”. Jay, along with his team went on to win two National Titles and had a lot of fun over the years. The team stayed close and made many special bonds as “family” and friends.

Jay was born to be a businessman; he was a hard worker, talented carpenter, he studied finance in school and could do anything he put his mind into. Jay started J. D. Builders many years ago; he saw the construction and real estate industries evolve and change through the years. Jay had an open mind and a keen sense of thinking which made him quite successful in his field.

Outside of work, Jay was a social butterfly, very friendly, quite a charmer and a big flirt. People were drawn to his magnetic personality, his warm smile and bellowing laugh. Jay went out of his way to be helpful and would do anything for anyone.

Jay loved his family, extended family and friends with all his heart and enjoyed entertaining everyone at home. He looked forward to traveling with family and friends; he always made everyone feel welcomed, loved and showed them a “good time”, everyone had fun when they were around Jay.

Jay enjoyed being around people and getting involved in his community; he served on countless Town boards throughout the years and looked forward to the concerts on Wilmington Common where he would get up and dance with anyone willing to dance with him. He just loved to dance; from slow dancing, to a Polka or a Waltz; he was a good dancer and light on his feet.

Jay will be fondly remembered as helpful, humble and an optimist; he was a wonderful family man and a great friend to many. If you would ask Jay to sum things up he would say “I’ve had a wonderful life” and that he did.

Jay was the beloved husband of Jeanette T. (Godfrey) Tighe, devoted father of Dana Tighe of Cambridge, Peter Tighe & wife Paula of Texas, Brian Tighe of Chelmsford and the late Kevin “Jake” Tighe, step-father of Todd Davidson of Wilmington, Anna Davidson of Tewksbury and the late Gregory Davidson. Cherished son of the late Richard and Anna (Munroe) Tighe, dear brother of Patricia Gilligan of Wilmington. Jay is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 28th for Visitation from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Jay’s life at 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jay’s memory may be made to Angel Flight NE, Lawrence Municipal Airport, 492 Sutton St., North Andover, MA 01845 or www.angelflightne.org.

Robert E. Feyler

December 23rd, 2019

Robert Elliott Feyler, “Bob”, age 74, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2019 at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Bob was born on February 18, 1945; he was the dear son of the late Kenneth and Alice (Cook) Feyler. Bob was raised and educated in Revere and a graduate of Revere High School. Bob loved his upbringing in Revere and enjoyed his first job working at the Revere Beach amusement park. Bob grew up with a love of cars, boats and being by the ocean.

In October of 1966 he joined the United States Air Force where he proudly served the country. Bob completed several training courses and was stationed at Lackland and Shepard Air Force Bases in Texas. He was released from active duty and returned home to his family.

Bob married the “love of his life” Diana Paradis and the couple settled in Wilmington, MA. Bob was dedicated to spending his time with his family which included regular visits to their second home in Maine; a home built by Bob. While there he enjoyed snowmobiling, maintaining his property with his tractors and making sure that his children and grandchildren always had a great time.

Bob worked hard for his family; he started as an installer for New England Telephone which later became AT & T and finally Verizon. Bob’s work ethic, great personality and vast knowledge led him up through the ranks in the company. When he retired from the phone company, he took a position at Textron in Wilmington where he made many good friends.

Bob’s other passion was spending summers on his boat in Essex, MA, where he enjoyed fishing and exploring Crane Beach. He was also a “jack of all trades”; Bob especially enjoyed carpentry. Later in life, he found great joy in his grandchildren whom he adored. On a regular basis, he would visit his children and grandchildren for dinner which was always followed by working on a project around their house.

Bob was truly the most kind, caring, thoughtful and patient man; thoughts that were resonated by everyone who met him. Bob’s legacy will be the influence he had on all who knew him and that was to be kind, giving and respectful to others. He was certainly “one of a kind” and a true gentleman; Bob will forever be loved and missed by many.

Bob was the beloved husband of Diana M. (Paradis) Feyler, devoted father of David Feyler and his wife Kerry of Wilmington, MA, Susan Sugrue and her husband Jim of Keller, TX, Kerri Staffier and her husband Mark of Middleton, MA and the late Daniel Elliott Feyler. Devoted “Grampie” and “Bobum” to Daniel Feyler, Michael Feyler, Matthew Sugrue, Victoria Sugrue, Adam Staffier and Colin Staffier. Dear brother of Kenneth Feyler and his wife Dorothy of Peabody, MA. Bob was also the “special uncle” to Ellen Gill, Peter Feyler as well as many Paradis Family nieces and nephews.

At Bob’s request, his Funeral Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P. O. box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Lawrence J. “Larry” Flynn

December 22nd, 2019

Flynn, Lawrence J. “Larry”, age 77, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on December 21st, 2019 ending his two-year battle with cancer.

Larry grew up in Cambridge, MA attending Saint John the Evangelist School and Matignon High School while working at Stoller Drug Store.  He graduated from Boston State in 1965.

Larry was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam and receiving several medals, including the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Combat Action Award, and National Defense medal.  As a Captain, he served at The Post of the Marine Corps in Washington DC where he held top secret and White House clearances.

After the service, Larry returned home to teach in Medford, MA. He earned his master’s degree at UMass Boston and taught Geography and History primarily at the Hobbs Junior High and Civics at Medford High School.  During his 33 years, he greatly valued his many fine students, peer professionals and friends.

Until just this year, Larry also worked in retail.  For over 30 years he served the public at Old Towne Liquors in Burlington, MA where he made many special friends.

Larry was the beloved husband of Pamela (Widtfeldt) Flynn of Wilmington for 48 years, loving father of Lawrence “Buz” Flynn III & his wife Christine of Tewksbury, Eric Flynn & his wife Julie of Wilmington and Kristin Fenik & her husband Jay of Denver, CO, “Grampy” of Amber, Justin, Kayla, Matthew & Connor Flynn and Flynn & Acadia Fenik, son of the late John and Helen (Lynn) Flynn, dear brother of Regina Renner & her husband George of Naples, FL and the late Margaret Ann Flynn.  Larry is also survived by several brother & sister in-laws as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 28th, at 9:00 a.m. immediately followed by a funeral mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rt 38), at 10:00 a.m.  Interment with military honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 27th, from 3-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Larry’s name can be made to IPODS FOR WOUNDED VETERANS, 4 Heather Dr., Wilmington, MA  01887 or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 98018, Washington DC 20090-8018.

William A. Bradley, Jr.

December 20th, 2019

William A. Bradley, Jr., age 86, of Wilmington, passed away on December 20, 2019.

William was the beloved husband of the late Shirley L. (Cann) Bradley, devoted father of Paul Bradley & his wife Barbara of Laconia, NH, David Bradley of Lowell, Scott Bradley of Saugus and Lynne Oliver of Merrimac, loving “Grampy” of William, Mike, Toni and Keith, “Great-Grampy” of Dustin, Melody, Khloe, Mikey, Harvey and Anya, cherished son of the late William A. and Edna (Masterton) Bradley, Sr., dear brother of the late Marcia Spears, brother-in-law of Marilyn McLaughlin & her husband Bill of Salem, NH.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, December 23rd from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

Memorial donations in William’s name may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305.

William was a U.S. Army Veteran who proudly served during Korea.

Joan D. Kritter

December 20th, 2019

Joan D. Kritter (Gonsalves), age 87, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2019.

Joan was born on January 25, 1932; she was the cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Dolores Gonsalves. Joan was raised in Dighton and Taunton and was a graduate of Somerset High School. Joan went on to further her education as a graduate of Trusdale School of Nursing where she earned her degree as a Registered Nurse and then on to Emmanuel College where she got her BA in Sociology.

Joan was employed as a registered nurse at the Trusdale Hospital for many years; she was extremely dedicated to her patients and treated them as if they were her own family. Joan went on to take a position as the Vice President of the area health planning of Greater Boston.

Joan married “her sweetheart” Eugene Kritter, 63 years ago, the couple settled in Wilmington in 1960 where they raised their family. Joan was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family unconditionally and looked forward to the time she spent with her grandchildren whom she adored.

Joan loved her “mystery rides” with her husband Eugene where they would load up the car, head out for an adventure and have a lot of fun along the way. Joan was known to be “well-traveled” both domestically and internationally; she had many memorable family trips to Disney World and went abroad to France, Italy, Portugal and Russia just to name a few destinations. Joan enjoyed seeing new places, discovering new cultures and meeting new people.

Joan had many talents; she was a great painter and made all kinds of jewelry. She was also very passionate about art and music of all kinds.

Joan will be fondly remembered for her dedication to her community of Wilmington and the many community activities that she was involved in including family health planning and the original drug and substance abuse committee. Joan was always looking for ways to help others in need and she never expected anything in return. She was kind, caring, loyal and dedicated to her family, friends and fellow man; in return she was very well loved and respected by her family, community, and nursing profession. Joan was quite a lady who left this world a better place and she will forever be missed.

Joan was the beloved wife of Eugene Kritter, devoted mother of Paul Kritter and his wife Susan of Trinity, AL, Philip Kritter of Wilmington, MA, Andrew Kritter of Danville, NH and the late Peter Kritter. Loving “Grammy” of Lauren Marie, Paul Joseph, Jessica Terese, Dylan, Remy and great-grandchildren Kaleb, Madelyn, Westin and Isabella.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, December 23rd 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, December 22nd from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Donation in Joan’s memory may be made to St. Thomas Church/Parish of the Transfiguration, c/o Parish Office at 11 Harnden St., Wilmington, MA 01887. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Julie A. (Coughlin) Foshay

December 20th, 2019

Julie A. (Coughlin) Foshay, age 62, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 16th, 2019, surrounded by her family.

Julie was the loving mother of Montana Cole & her fiance Stephen Staite and Thomas Cole & his fiancee Ceilidh Lapointe, all of Wilmington.  She was the beloved daughter of the late Gerald and Nancy (Green) Coughlin. Julie was the dear sister of Robin Koukias & her husband Stephen, Gerald Coughlin Jr & his wife Karen, Charles Coughlin II & his wife Michelle and Jonathan Coughlin & his wife Dawn.  She is survived by her nieces and nephews; Meghan, Caroline & Liam Coughlin, Ryan, Charles & the late Thomas Coughlin, Jonathan, Brady & Hunter Coughlin, Jessica Lee Paquette and Jamie Lee Flynn, as well as great-nieces and nephews; Olivia Chatier, Grace, Raelynn & Peytyn Motard, Molly & Dylan Coughlin and Jayce & Richard III Desharnais.  Julie is also survived by many extended family members and friends.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt 62) Wilmington, for visiting hours on Thursday, December 26th, from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Eszema “Esmie” Forrest

December 19th, 2019

Eszema I. Forrest (Brooks), age 89, fondly known as “Esmie ” or “Aunt Nen” to her family and friends, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2019, at the Winchester Hospital.

Esmie was born on May 17, 1930, in Morris Hall, St. Catherine, Jamaica; she was the dear daughter of the late Cardinal Newman “Brother B” Brooks and Edemena “Sis” (Rhooms) Brooks. Esmie was raised in St. Catherine Jamaica where she attended Primary School at the Sargentville All Age School and Secondary School at the Kingston Commercial School.

Esmie met the “love of her life” Robert Forrest (“Chin”) on the bus riding between Kingston and St. Catherine; Chin made a great impression on her as he was a “sweet talker” who loved to dance and he swept her off her feet. The couple married in Kingston, Jamaica in December, 1955 and became parents of two daughters; Lavern and Rhona. Esmie was a devoted wife and mother, excellent cook, seamstress and homemaker; she loved her family with all her heart and they enjoyed many wonderful times together.

Esmie and Chin moved to the United States, living in New York where she retired from the Greater Blood Bank of New York.  They then moved Wilmington over 25 years ago to be closer to their family. Esmie became an active member of the Wilmington Congregational Church; where she gave of her time and talents to help others.

Esmie was the beloved wife of the late Robert “Chin” Forrest who passed in 2004, she was the devoted mother of Lavern Forrest of Wilmington and Rhona Burnett and her husband Robert of New Jersey, loving “Grandma Forrest” to her grandchildren Tracyann Mburu and her husband K.J. of Maryland, Robert “Robby” Burnett, Jr. of New York and her great-grandchildren Isabella and Benjamin Mburu. Esmie was the dear sister of the late Ferdinand “Ferdie” Brooks, Myrtle “Ivy” Brooks, Roy Brooks, Louis “Louie” Brooks and Robbie Brooks. She is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, December 21st, for Visitation from 1:00-2:00 p.m. followed by a Service at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Esmie’s memory may be made to the Wilmington Congregational Church, 230 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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.