Obituaries

Kerin Jean Parker

January 31st, 2019

Kerin Jean Parker, age 37, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on January 30, 2019 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Kerin was born on November 21, 1981 in Lowell, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Debra (White) Parker of Wilmington and the late Dennis Parker. Kerin was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1999.

Kerin worked as a daycare worker at the Wonder Years Learning Center in Wilmington. Over the summer, she worked at the Girl Scouts Camp in Andover. Kerin loved children and enjoyed playing games and making crafts with the kids.

Kerin enjoyed dressing up and being creative with her hair & make-up. She was very fashionable and loved to accessorize. Kerin also loved animals; she was very nurturing and enjoyed caring for them.

Kerin was the loving granddaughter of Barbara White of Wilmington, dear niece of Nancy Markgren & her husband Russ of Wells, ME, Cindy Barcellos & her husband Michael of Wilmington, cousin of Lucas Markgren, Derek Markgren & his wife Megan, Stefany Barcellos and Kate Barcellos. Kerin is also survived by her Parker aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Monday, February 4th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Kerin’s name may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

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Gerald F. Sullivan

January 29th, 2019

Gerald F. Sullivan, fondly known as “Sully” or the “Irishman”, age 69, of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on January 28, 2019.

Jerry was born on July 25, 1949 in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of the late John and Ruth (Egan) Sullivan. Jerry was raised and educated in Somerville.

Jerry worked for Lechmere in the warehouse for many years. After leaving Lechmere, he went to work at Home Depot in the Customer Service Department.

Jerry met Filomena “Phyllis” (Ventola) Sullivan over 35 years ago. They moved to Wilmington and just celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary in November. The couple had many wonderful memories together.

Jerry loved to spend time with his friends at Wyman Beach in Westford. He also enjoyed his trips to the casino.

Jerry will be remembered as a kind, caring man. He had a great sense of humor; he was funny and loved to joke with his family and friends.

Jerry was the beloved husband of Filomena “Phyllis” (Ventola) Sullivan, devoted father of Daniel Sullivan & his wife Vicky of Saugus, Edward Bevans & his wife Randy of CT, Erin Sullivan of Concord, NH and Megan Papadopolis of NH, loving “Papa” of many grandchildren, dear brother of George Sullivan & his wife Debbie, Robert Sullivan and Paul Sullivan all of Florida, brother-in-law of Marie Luongo of Boston. Jerry 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., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, February 2nd from 12:00-2:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Jerry’s name may be made to Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

William R. Iovanna

January 26th, 2019

William R. Iovanna, “Bill” USN Retired CW04, age 73, of Raymond, NH formerly of Wilmington, MA, passed away unexpectedly at home on January 18, 2019.

William was born in Woburn, MA, on January 8, 1946; he was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA and was a graduate of Wilmington High School.

Bill, enlisted in the United States Navy on July 9, 1963, during the Vietnam War and that’s where his 27-year career in the Navy began. Bill served overseas during the Vietnam War as well as several conflicts throughout the world over the years. Throughout his career, Bill, continued to learn and grow; he took many training classes and lots of schooling. Bill was knowledgeable in computer science and special communications which led him to a position in Naval Intelligence for several years. Bill also earned many commendations and awards throughout the years including the Joint Service Commendation, Navy Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Four Good Conduct Awards, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign, Two Overseas Service Ribbons and the Expert Pistol Shot Medal. Bill enjoyed his time traveling the world while in the Navy; he saw many places and met many wonderful people throughout the years. Bill felt privileged to work with so many great people that he considered his extended family. Bill retired in the early 1990’s following a stellar career and made his home in Raymond, NH.

Bill was known to be a huge sports fan; he loved following all the Boston sports, the Dallas Cowboys and he also enjoyed horse racing.

Bill was well read, and he could hold any conversation about the weather, currents events and most of all politics; he never back-down from a friendly debate.

Bill most of all enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren who he adored. He looked forward to his trips “back East” while in the Navy and following his retirement he loved to host his family at his home in New Hampshire.

Bill will be fondly remembered as a “great guy”; he was proud, honorable, gentle and kind. Bill would go out of his way to help his family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Bill always spoke highly of his family; he loved them with all his heart and he will forever be missed by all.

William was the devoted father of Anthony Iovanna of Glendale, AZ, the late Marc Iovanna and Teressa Iovanna. Loving “Grampa” of Justin, Christopher, Hannah and Bradley. Cherished son of the late Capitola (Hovey) and Joseph McCabe, dear brother of Janis Hall & her husband Albert of Stoneham, Bonnie McElenehy & her husband Jerry of Tennessee, Sharon Caira & her husband Aldo of Wilmington and the late Charlene Brogna. William is also survived by his former wife and dear friend Allyson Barnes as well as many nieces and nephews
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Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Monday, January 28th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in William’s memory may be made to Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780.

Carl Guarino

January 24th, 2019

On January 23rd, 2019, a little bit of color went out of the world as friends and family of longtime Wilmington resident Carl Guarino said goodbye to a great father, husband, brother, uncle, friend, artist and Marine.

Carl was born in East Boston in 1947, the oldest son of the late Angelo Guarino and Raffaela (Barisano) Guarino. Upon graduation from Wilmington High School, Carl served proudly as a Corporal in the United States Marines in Vietnam.

Upon his return home, Carl worked in elevator construction and as a mechanic in some of Boston’s most iconic buildings, and could sometimes be found taking photos and sunbathing on roofs high above the city. In later years, he worked as a state elevator inspector.

In his free time, Carl was a talented artist and music lover, a teller of great stories, and an excellent cook. He loved spending time in nature and at the beach — preferably somewhere warm and sunny — and documenting his adventures with photos. Carl made a friend out of everyone he met, and will be remembered always as loyal, generous, and fun loving — quick to share a story, a smoke and a good laugh.

Those who were lucky enough to call him family include his children, Jason Guarino and his wife Dianna and Lisa (Guarino) Roy and her husband Geary all of Tewksbury, wife Carol M. McMillan Guarino and stepchildren Doria Maselli, of Olympia, WA, Nicholas Maselli and his wife Angela of Winchester, and Wendy Maselli of Wilmington, brother Mark Guarino and his wife Rosann of Wilmington, sister the late Cynthia Guarino, grandchildren Jared, Isabell, Jacob and Sarina, niece Tarryn Guarino and her wife Dede and nephew Evan Guarino. Carl is also survived by many dear friends.

Carl was a bright spark who brought a little bit of magic and fun to everyone he met. He led a life full of adventure and love, and left us all with our own great stories to tell. Until we meet again – shine on you crazy diamond.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 26th for Visitation followed by a Celebration of Life which concluded with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Carl’s memory may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital, with “In Memory of Carl Guarino” in the memo line and mailed to Massachusetts General Hospital, c/o Development Office, 100 Cambridge St., Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Charles E. Peterson

January 23rd, 2019

Charles E. Peterson, age 85, of Wilmington, formerly of Tewksbury, passed away on January 22, 2019. Charles was the beloved husband of the late Shirley E. (Nunziato) Peterson, devoted father of Debbie Leone & husband Tony of Watertown, Denise Harding of St. Augustine, FL, Doreen Rich & husband Fred of Tewksbury, Cy Rousseau & wife DeeDee of Georgia and the late Charles Peterson. Loving “Papa” of Danielle, Kelly, Lori, Jenifer, Michael, Dana and Great-Grandchildren Laz, Kendall, Drew, Addison, Andrew, Samuel, Jason, Levi, Piper and Dani Rose. Cherished son of the late Evart E. and Persis H. (Ainsley) Peterson, dear brother of Constance Chepulis of North Reading, the late Ruth Kenson, Edith Peterson, Laverne Peterson, Louise Peterson, Doris Peterson, June Nickerson, Phyllis Peterson, Raymond Henderson, and Spencer Henderson, brother-in-law of Lois Bellini of Medford and James Nunziato of Lowell. Charles 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., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, January 26th from 10:00 – 12:00 noon immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Charles’ memory may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 W. Cummings Park, Suite 3100, Woburn, MA 01801.

George A. D’India

January 23rd, 2019

George A. D’India, age 93, of Wilmington, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2019 at the Blaire House in Tewksbury.

George was the beloved father of Grace Lyon & her husband Bernard of Wilmington, Michael D’India & his wife Margaret of Norwood, Alice McInnis & her husband Paul of Windham, NH and Nadine Silsbee & her husband Henry of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Bernard Lyon III & his wife Tori, Traci Medeiros & her husband Keith, Kevin Lyon & his girlfriend Tamar Richards, Dante D’India & his wife Megan, Nicholas D’India, Christopher D’India, Noelle Latorella & her husband Jon, Rachel Silsbee & her boyfriend Brendan Crowe and David McInnis, fondly known as “Pups” to his great-grandchildren Colby Medeiros, Devin Medeiros and Owen Latorella. Dear son of the late Michael and Agatha (Franco) D’India. George was the last of 13 siblings and is survived by many nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to a Children’s Charity of your Choice.

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

Donald S. Tucker

January 22nd, 2019

Donald Stephen Tucker, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with his wife Marguerite at his side on January 19, 2019.

Donald was born in Worcester, MA on March 8, 1931; he was the dear son of the late Edward and Agnes Tucker. Donald was raised in Worcester; he attended Upsala Street School in Worcester, Clarke School in Northampton, and Worcester Trade High School in Worcester.

Donald was an exceptional athlete in basketball and baseball. He was inducted into the New England Athletic Association of the Deaf Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

In 1954, Donald married the “love of his life” Marguerite (Beauregard) Tucker; the couple moved to Worcester, Springfield, Agawam, and then Wilmington (1964) where they raised their family. Donald was a very devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.

Donald was known to be a man of great faith and wisdom; he was a member of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington and Sacred Heart Church in Newton for many years.

Donald was also a hard worker and a life-long wood patternmaker. Donald was creative, artistic and articulate about his work. In later years, he owned his own pattern shop in his garage.

Donald was always helping others and was pro-active in his causes; he was one of the co-founders of the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf and was their first secretary/treasurer. He volunteered at the New England Homes for the Deaf in Danvers, the Learning Center in Framingham and in later years was a part-time DeafBlind provider.

Donald will be fondly remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his easy-going personality and for his love of America and its principles of freedom.

Donald was a great guy who would do anything to help anyone; he loved his family and friends unconditionally and with all his heart. Donald will forever be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Donald was the beloved husband of Marguerite I. (Beauregard) Tucker of Wilmington, devoted father of Stephen G. Tucker of Wilmington, James E. Tucker of Middletown, MD and Maryjean Tucker of Swampscott. Loving grandfather of Bradford Tucker of Baltimore, MD and Claire Tucker of St. Paul, MN. Cherished son of the late Edward J. and Agnes (Mara) Tucker, dear brother of the late Agnes (Tucker) McGrath & her late husband Paul, the late Jean (Tucker) Kravsow & her late husband Irving, the late Edward Tucker, and Robert Tucker of Vernon, CT & his late wife Madeline Tucker. Donald was also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Friday, January 25th for Visitation from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s memory may be made to Maryland School for the Deaf Foundation, P. O. Box 636, Frederick, MD 21705, msd-foundation.org or to the New England Homes for the Deaf, 154 Water St., Danvers, MA 01923, nehd.org.

Paul L. Giordano, Sr.

January 21st, 2019
Paul L. Giordano, Sr., age 81, a long-time resident of Wilmington, formerly of Chelsea, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2019, at the Holden Skilled Nursing Center in Holden, MA.

Paul was born on August 9, 1937; he was the dear son of the late Joseph and Laura Giordano. Paul was raised and educated in Chelsea and a graduate of Chelsea High School.

Following graduation, Paul enlisted in the United States Navy on January 21, 1955 and he proudly served aboard the USS Ticonderoga. Paul was released from active duty in April of 1959 and went on to serve in the Navy Reserves until September of 1963.

Paul married his “sweetheart” Helen Malek on December 9, 1960; the couple spent more than 54 years together before Helen’s passing in February of 2015. Paul and Helen lived in Chelsea for many years before moving to Wilmington over 30 years ago. Paul was a devoted husband, father and “Papa”; he cherished the time he spent with his family especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Prior to retiring, Paul, was employed as a truck driver for the Stop and Shop Grocery Chain for many years.

In his spare time, he loved to travel with Helen and follow all the Boston Sports; his favorite being the New England Patriots.

Paul and Helen enjoyed being “snowbirds” at their home in River View, Florida. Paul made many friends in Florida; he enjoyed playing volleyball and taking long walks while he was there.

Following Helen’s passing, Paul’s health declined, and he took up residence at the Holden Skilled Nursing Facility. Paul loved his new surroundings; he was always involved in the latest activities going on and was a competitive bingo player. Paul met many new friends and enjoyed his time in Holden.

Paul will be remembered as a “great guy” who loved helping people. He enjoyed being with his family and friends who will miss him terribly.

Paul was the beloved husband of the late Helen K. (Malek) Giordano, devoted father of Linda A. Brown & her husband Norman of Milford, NH, Michael Geer of Florida and Paul L. Giordano, Jr. of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Kristina Pelczarski & her husband Robert of Paxton, Norman Brown IV & his wife Keri of Lynnfield, Matthew Brown of Ayer, Joseph Giordano of Wilmington, Karissa Skotedis & her husband Tom of PA, Kristoffer Geer of UT and great-grandchildren Brennan, Kailey, Isabella, Sophia, Spencer, McKenzie, Addison, Arabella, Kristoffer, Christian and Julian. Cherished son of the late Joseph and Laura (Axworthy) Giordano, dear brother of Catherine Young of Nashua, NH, David Giordano of Duxbury and the late Barbara Giordano. Paul is also survived by several nieces, nephews and a large extended family in Canada.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Friday, January 25th at 1:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, January 24th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Thomas M. Carroll

January 21st, 2019

Thomas M. Carroll, age 58, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on January 19th, at the Lahey Medical Center. Born in Lowell on April 2nd, 1960, Tom grew up in a large family in Wilmington, he attended Wilmington Public Schools and was a graduate of Wilmington High School, Class of 1979.

Following high school, Tom enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country for 4 years. He was very proud of his service to the military and of the time he spent in Colorado and Korea with the Army.

Tom was a past Commander of the Wilmington American Legion Post 136 and a member of the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks Lodge.

Tom was a huge local sports fan, especially of Wilmington High School Football. Tom spent four years playing for the Wildcats, serving as team captain in 1978. He enjoyed watching the team play every season, especially on Thanksgiving when taking on the rival Tewksbury Redmen.

Tom was a good uncle, he enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews. He was also a very loyal and generous friend who will be sorely missed.

Tom was the beloved son of Patricia (Lee) O’Brien of Wilmington. He was the dear brother of William Carroll & his wife Kim of NH, Donna Bourassa & her late husband Wilfred of York, ME, John Carroll & his wife Amy, Maureen Carr & her husband Nolan, Patty McAndrew & her husband John and James O’Brien all of Wilmington, and the late Colleen O’Brien. Tom is also survived by his aunt, Mary Costello of Wilmington, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and close friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Thursday, January 24th 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 with military honors will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 23rd from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Tom proudly served in the US Army.

David E. Richards

January 18th, 2019

David E. Richards, age 84, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2019, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

David was born on May 10, 1934, in Winchester, MA; he was the dear son of the late William and Dorothy Richards. David was raised in Reading, MA and attended Reading Public Schools.

In June of 1952, David enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served the Country during the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Picking Naval Ship which was recommissioned in response to the Korean War; David served overseas for more than three years before returning stateside to Long Beach, CA. He was honorably discharged from active duty on June 1, 1956 and returned home to his family in Reading.

Following his return home, David, enrolled at the Culinary Institute in Connecticut and began his long career as a chef. David loved to cook and make people with his culinary creations. He worked in several restaurants and country clubs before taking a position at an assisted living center. David continued to take classes throughout his career and earned his associate degree in occupational therapy.

In 1957, David married his sweetheart Shirley Henderson; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1964 where they raised their family. David was a very devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather; he enjoyed attending the countless sporting and school events of his children and grandchildren throughout the years. David always beamed with pride as he spoke of his family; they were truly the light of his life.

David will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor, his love of all Boston sports teams and the pride he had as he wore his “famous” Korean War hat. David was greatly loved and will forever be missed by his family and friends.

David was the beloved husband of Shirley J. (Henderson) Richards, devoted father of Donna L. Aronofsky of Wilmington, David E. Richards, Jr. of Billerica and the late Thomas E. Richards. Loving “Grampa” of David Aronofsky, Michael Aronofsky, Tom Richards & his wife Kaci, Tyler Richards and great-grandchildren Lucas & Olivia Richards. Cherished son of the late William E. and Dorothy M. (Babine) Richards, dear brother of Dorothy Heselton & her husband James of Bedford, NH and Laura Warren of Peabody.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, January 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 22nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.