Obituaries

Carol A. Tildsley

February 18th, 2021

Carol A. Tildsley (Donovan), age 63, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2021.

Carol was born on May 31, 1957, in Lowell, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Dana and Carolyn (Fox) Donovan of Chelmsford, formerly of Lowell. Carol was raised and educated in Lowell and a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1975.

Carol married her “best friend” and the “love of her life” Martin Tildsley on August 16, 1980. The couple resided in Wilmington where they raised their two sons, Martin Jr. and Ryan. Carol’s boys were “her world”; she was a devoted wife, mother and Mimi who showered her family with constant love. Carol was very involved with her son’s as they grew up; she was always a fixture at every sporting event that they were involved in; she not only cheered on her boy’s, but she was always rooting for every kid on the team. Carol was also active at their schools; she was constantly volunteering for every school event and chaperoned countless field trips throughout the years.

Carol loved having her son’s and their friends at her home; she welcomed everyone with open arms, a huge smile and something to eat. Carol enjoyed having the kids over to go swimming in the family pool; she just let them be kids and have fun. Carol was a “favorite Mom” among her son’s friends, she was just so sweet to everyone, never judgmental and always there to lend a hand or an ear if they needed help.

Carol’s family was always her priority and she treasured the time they spent together. Carol just loved family parties, especially the Christmas parties, going on family outings to the beach, camping in Seabrook, family vacations or just “hanging out”; as long as they were together it made her happy.

Carol always had room in her heart and home for others; when Marty and Ryan married, she welcomed Marlene and Suzanne into her family and she finally got “her girls” who she loved dearly. When Carol became a Mimi to her five grandsons her life became even brighter; she just adored those little ones, they were the “light of her life”.

Carol wore many hats throughout her life, and she worked hard for her family; for over ten years, Carol, worked at Dunkin Donuts in North Wilmington where she always greeted you with a pleasant attitude and a huge smile. If the truth be told there are many, many Wilmington kids that Carol fed at Dunkins never taking a dime from them and paying for their breakfast herself; she was just that kind of giving person.

Carol also worked for the Wilmington Public School Systems in the cafeteria and at the “Cares” afterschool program. Carol was just so good with the kids; she watched over them carefully, helped them with homework, played games with them, dried their tears and treated them as her own family. The kids just loved her!

Carol will be fondly remembered for her sweet personality; she went out of her way to help everyone whether she knew you or not. Carol was so kind and caring; she was always asking how you and your family were doing; she always put others needs before her own. Carol’s unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends was evident in everything she did. She was truly the “nicest lady” you could ever meet, and you were lucky to call her your friend. Carol made an impact on everyone she met and she will forever be in the hearts of those she loved.

Besides her parents, Carol is survived by her beloved husband Martin Tildsley of Wilmington, she was the devoted mother of Martin Tildsley, Jr. and his wife Marlene of Wilmington and Ryan Tildsley and his wife Suzanne of Tewksbury. She was the loving “Mimi” of Daniel, Logan, Derek, Dylan and Lawson Tildsley, cherished sister of Debra Soha and her husband Michael of Chelmsford, Joseph Donovan and his wife Rhonda of Lowell, Mary Tully and her husband James of Dracut, Julie McNamara and her husband Timothy of Chelmsford and Kevin Donovan and his wife Tracey of Lowell. Dear sister-in-law of James and Katherine Tildsley of Boston and Sidney and Sharon Tildsley of Wilmington. Carol is survived by many special nieces, nephews and friends. Carol also missed her beloved companion, her yellow lab Keno.

Due to the current pandemic, the Tildsley family had decided to have a private service at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Carol’s memory to The Angel Fund for ALS Research, 649 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880.

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

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Janet Dolfi

February 17th, 2021

Janet Dolfi (Sorrentino), 62, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at home on January 14, 2021.

Janet was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Dolfi. She is survived by her loving sister Sheila Bissett and her late husband Steve of Wilmington, devoted “Auntie” to Justin and Michele and her beloved “great” nephew Benjamin of Wilmington and dear sister-in-law of Michael Dolfi and Elaine Devereaux both of Stoneham. Janet was the devoted Auntie to Taylor Dolfi, Michael Dolfi and friend Asael and Daniel Devereaux and Casey. Janet is survived by many loving, cousins and friends and “Great Auntie” to Benjamin, Amari, Little Joey, Isiah Thomas and Daniel John.

Janet was born in Somerville, MA, on September 22, 1958; cherished daughter of the late Albert and Clara (Fedeli) Sorrentino. Janet, along with her sister Sheila were raised in Medford where Janet attended Medford public schools and was a graduate of Medford High School. Janet married Thomas “Tommy” Dolfi and the couple shared over 30 years of marriage and enjoyed great times with families and friends throughout the years.

As an avid animal lover, Janet found her calling and passion caring for, Harlee, the beloved family dog also known as “Eggie” (that’s what Tommy called her). Dakota, the first pony, who was a gift for her nephew Justin’s 3rd birthday inspired and launched their business “Pony Express” bringing joy and love to so many families. Janet and Tommy, along with their horses, traveled all over New England to birthday parties, special celebrations, school events and town fares, bringing smiles, giggles and fun to countless children throughout the years. They were also very generous with their business venture as they donated their time and horses to many charitable events.

Janet will be fondly remembered as a kind, caring and fun-loving lady. She went out of her way to help others and loved her family and friends unconditionally; she always looked out for them and did whatever she could to help out. Janet looked forward to the time she spent with her parents, sister and nephew whom she loved with all her heart. Janet was such a kind and beautiful soul who will forever be missed by all who loved her.

Due to the current pandemic and for everyone’s safety, Janet’s family will have a celebration of her life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Janet’s memory to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA 01536

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

Paul R. Barrett

February 17th, 2021

Paul R. Barrett “Ben”, age 79, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on February 15, 2021.

Paul was born in Boston, MA, on November 27, 1941; he was the dear son of the late Martin and Rita (Cronin) Barrett. Paul was “the baby” of five siblings who were raised and educated in Charlestown. Paul was quite an athlete in his younger years; his favorite sports were baseball, hockey and track. Paul was a graduate of Charlestown High School with the Class of 1959.

Paul loved growing up in Charlestown where he made many life-long friends; he was a “Townie” through and through and although he eventually moved “up country” to Wilmington, he never forgot his roots.

Paul married his “sweetheart” Arlene King on August 28, 1966; the couple built their dream home in Wilmington in 1973 where they raised three wonderful daughters. Paul fit quite well into his new neighborhood, his friendly, outgoing personality made it easy to get along with everyone; if the truth be told he was the “unofficial mayor” of Mill Road. Paul enjoyed working in his yard and was always checking up on the neighbors to see if they needed anything; he led the pack on their ride-on lawnmowers to check and see if anyone needed a hand or just to socialize.

Paul and Arlene loved to entertain, have cookouts and pool parties for his family and friends and he always made everyone feel welcomed. Paul enjoyed a crowd; “the more, the merrier”. Paul went out of his way to make sure everyone had a great time and lots of fun; his sing-a-longs were always a hit as he played the piano beautifully and by ear, he knew every tune. Paul and Arlene, along with their family, looked forward to getting together with their many life-long friends including their Malden Friends and Wilmington Family friends to celebrate special occasions; they enjoyed countless parties and many vacations together.

Paul worked hard throughout his life; he got his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wentworth Institute while working at the Boston Navy Yard. He then worked at Ingersoll Rand prior to starting his own business, Barrett Engineering, Inc. Paul’s work ethic and endearing personality along with his great customer service made him and his business quite a success over the years. He stayed in contact with friends he made from the industry over the years and up until this past summer would visit almost every Friday for coffee and donuts to discuss politics, religion and any other taboo subject that was considered “un-politically correct”.

Paul always made his family his number one priority, he treasured all the time and memories they shared together, he looked forward to family vacations and beamed with pride as he spoke of them. Paul was most proud to be “Papa” to his five grandchildren and had a special relationship with each of them. Paul will be remembered for his charm, personality, quick wit and ability to talk to anyone; if you met Paul once you were a friend forever. Paul was truly “one of a kind”, he will be forever loved and missed by all who knew him.

Paul was the beloved husband of the late Arlene L. (King) Barrett, devoted father of Jean Barrett & Eric Baldi of Wilmington, Kellie McHugh & Jerry Capaldi of Tewksbury and Paula Barrett of Melrose. Loving “Papa” of Danielle, Thomas and Colleen Baldi and Kyle and Brady McHugh. Brother of Patrick Barrett and Sister-in-law Kathleen of Revere, John Barrett and late sister-in-law Mary Barrett of Florida, Brother-in-Law James and late sister Kathleen Eason; the late Mary and Martin Barrett, brother-in-law of Ronald and Janine King of Wilmington and the late Shirley and Phil Sullivan. Paul is further survived by many nieces, nephews and their families as well as countless friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Sunday, February 21st from 3:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, February 22nd at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and in Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army, Attn: Development Office, 25 Shawmut Road, Canton, MA 02021. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Anne H. Leder

February 16th, 2021

Anne H. Leder, age 97, of Tewksbury, formerly of Reading, passed away on January 26, 2021.

Anne was the beloved wife of Erwin K Leder, devoted mother of Ruth Anne Leder of Ponoma, California, John E. Leder and his wife Maryrose of Amelia, Virginia, William K. Leder and his wife Jayne of Wilmington, Massachusetts, and the late Roberta Petterson, dear daughter of the late John H. and Alma H. Wilson, loving Grandmother of Andrew Huffman, Kimberly Huffman, Matthew Leder, Amelia Leder, John R. Leder and Great-Grandmother of Gwenyth Allwood.

Due to the current situation with the pandemic and for everyone’s safety, The Leder Family will have a celebration of Anne’s life at a later date.

Janice M. Quandt

February 13th, 2021

Janice M. Quandt, age 87, a life-long resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2021.

Janice was born on May 14, 1933 at her family home in Wilmington, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Alexander J. and Mary A. (Hutchins) Quandt. She was raised in Wilmington and graduated Wilmington High School with the Class of 1952.

After High School, Janice, went to work in Boston for the John Hancock Insurance Company. Eventually she went on to further her education by attending the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at the Tewksbury Hospital School of Practical Nursing, graduating in 1955. After a few years, Janice, joined the Winchester Hospital Staff as a Medical Transcriber, Secretary to the Pathologists, Blood Bank, Nuclear Medicine Department and the Winchester Hospital Laboratory.

Janice took her career in a whole new direction when she entered the FAA as a secretary and worked for the Civil Rights Department. She was appointed to the Federal Women’s Program for all of New England which led her to join the Air Traffic Control Program. Janice became an air traffic controller, she worked for several airports throughout her career until she retired at the age of 65. While Janice was busy with her career she also attended classes at Harvard University in Cambridge and Northeastern University in Boston.

In her spare time, Janice enjoyed going to bingo and socializing. She made many friends throughout her life time and she looked forward to the great times they had together. Janice was kind, caring and very thoughtful; she spent much of her free time doing for others and making their lives just a little easier. Janice was a beautiful person inside and out; she will forever be missed by her family and friends.

Janice was the dear sister of Alexander E. Quandt and his wife Barbara of Londonderry, NH, Roger W. Quandt and his wife Marcella of Hampton, NH, Mary A. Rexford and her husband James of Billerica, MA, the late Kathleen C. Blackburn and Jacqueline D. Grinley. Janice was a wonderful aunt to her many nieces, nephews and their families. She is further survived by her very dear friends Fred and Marcia Murphy who were there when she needed them; she was forever grateful.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Friday, February 19th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, February 20th at 11:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and in Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Janice’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Alexander “Bob” Fleming

February 12th, 2021

Alexander (Bob) Fleming, age 80, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, MA passed away on February 10, 2021.

Bob was the son of the late James and Sally (Cassidy) Fleming. Loving husband of 48 years to Margaret (Manley) Fleming, devoted father of Robert and his wife Kimra Fleming of Melrose, MA and David and his wife Bethany Fleming of Lake Arrowhead, CA. Loving grandfather to Sophia and Addison Fleming. Dear brother of Sally and her husband Richard Gallagher of South Carolina, the late Ann MacDonald, James and Donald Fleming, brother-in-law of Mary Fleming of Lowell, MA, James Manley and Mark and his wife Kathy Manley. Bob is survived by his loving niece Maureen Mann and her husband, Dewey, who assisted him in his final months of his two year cancer battle. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families.

Bob was an Army veteran, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), graduate of Bentley University and thirty year employee of the US Department of Defense as a Supervisory Auditor of the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

Bob enjoyed many years playing cards and golfing at Tewksbury and Hillview country clubs with the great friends he met in Wilmington and at work.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Monday, February 15th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon followed by a Service at 12:00 noon. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bob’s memory to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923 or to Volunteers of America Massachusetts, 441 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Geraldine M. Corcoran

February 9th, 2021

Geraldine Miriam Corcoran (Kennedy), age 95, a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully at home on February 1, 2021.

Geraldine was born in Waltham, MA, on August 27, 1925; she was the dear daughter of the late William B. and Rosalie (Hatfield) Kennedy. Geraldine was raised and educated in Waltham, MA and a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo High School.

Geraldine married her beloved husband the late Edmund J. Corcoran, Jr., on May 10,1949; the couple moved to Wilmington, MA, in January 1961 where they raised their two sons. Geraldine was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother; she is survived by her sons Edmund J. Corcoran and his wife Gloria of Wilmington and Gregory R. Corcoran and his wife Alison of Haverhill. She was the loving Nana of Michael and Kathleen Corcoran of Watertown, Brian and Alison Corcoran of Londonderry, NH, Jennifer and Jeremy Dusablon of Florida, Caitlin and Mark Griffin of Haverhill, Gregory and Alida Corcoran of Ohio, Scott Corcoran of South Boston and her Great-Grandchildren Tyler, William and Ryan Corcoran, Jackson Griffin and Margot Corcoran.

Geraldine was also the dear sister of Paul Kennedy of Boston and her late brothers William Jr., Robert E. and Raymond R. Kennedy. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Due to the current situation with the pandemic and for everyone’s safety, the Corcoran family will have a celebration of Geraldine’s life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Geraldine’s memory to Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home Hospice, 600 Cummings Center #270X, Beverly, MA 01915.

Theresa “Terry” Moakley

February 8th, 2021

Theresa J. “Terry” Moakley (Malloy), age 85, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at her home on February 3, 2021.

Terry was born in Wayland, MA, on April 16, 1935, she was the daughter of the late John and Pearl (Neilsen) Malloy. Terry was part of a large family of siblings who were raised and educated in Somerville.

While visiting friends in Wilmington, Terry, went to Rocco’s restaurant where she met a handsome young man named William Moakley, and they hit it off right away. Terry and Bill were married in 1958 and moved to Wilmington in 1962 where they raised their four children. Terry was an amazing mother; she always put their needs ahead of her own and she showered them with unconditional love and devotion. Terry also cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and played an active role in their lives. Terry’s family was her number one priority, they shared many wonderful times together and she was very proud of each one of them. Bill and Terry were married for over 57 years until his passing in 2015; she missed him terribly and insribed “til we meet again” on his stone; now they are together again.

Terry was also a very loyal and caring friend and neighbor; she went out of her way to help others and she stood up for what she thought was right. Terry enjoyed “hanging out” and socializing with her friends at Town Beach; they were always out and about walking their dogs, going to the “dog park” and having fun. Terry was known as the official “Grandmother” to the neighborhood kids; she and her dog were always at the neighborhood park and they watched over all the kids; they loved her dearly.

Terry will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady; she was friendly towards everyone and loved by all. She will be greatly missed and “Until we meet again” Mom we love you.

Terry was the beloved wife of 57 years to the late William “Bill” Moakley, Sr., devoted mother of John Moakley and his wife Varsha of Florida, William “Bill” Moakley, Jr. of Billerica, Richard Moakley of Wilmington and the late Kathleen Moakley. Loving “Grandma” of Aliyana, Mark, Rachel, Ryan and Great-Granddaughter Hadley. Terry was one of 21 siblings and is survived by her brother Butch and sisters Kay, Rita, Jean and Sandra. Terry is also survived by her dear friend Doreen as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte.), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 11th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by a Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Terry’s memory may be to M.S.P.C.A., Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Frederick A. Doucette

February 8th, 2021

Frederick Andrew Doucette, age 73, of Orleans, Michigan, formerly of Watertown, Massachusetts, passed away on January 22, 2021.

Fred was born on July 28, 1947, in Somerville, MA; he was the son of the late Frederick W. and Beverly (Bonner) Doucette, brother of Warren R. Doucette of Waltham and Lezlie Hodges of Hanover, father of Frederick A. Doucette II and Jason M. Doucette. Fred is also survived by his two grandsons, two granddaughters, his nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Friday, February 12th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon followed by a Service at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s memory may be made to the MSPCA, Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Kathleen R. Betts

February 8th, 2021

Kathleen Rita (Coolberth) Betts, age 80, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on February 5, 2021 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Kathy was born on October 22, 1940 in Cambridge, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Philip E. and Mary J. (Regan) Coolberth. Kathy was raised in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School.

Kathy married John D. Betts, Sr. on January 12, 1963. They settled in Wilmington in 1971, where they raised their two children: Karen and John. Kathy was a full-time Mom, a role she adored immediately following her first cup of coffee. It was her greatest joy to spoil children; her house was always filled with the happy sounds of neighborhood kids, cousins, friends, and family. Kathy always had a freezer full of popsicles and every ice cream you could imagine. When she wasn’t chauffeuring her kids and their friends around town, she loved attending school functions and sporting events.

While her children were in school, Kathy worked several different jobs such as a lunch lady at the West Intermediate School and a cashier at the Village Apothecary. Kathy loved working with kids and enjoyed meeting many Wilmington residents as her customers at the pharmacy.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoyed gardening. She also loved the beach, especially White Horse Beach in Plymouth where she spent the summers at her family cottage. She particularly loved holidays with her family, especially Christmas. She always made Christmas spectacular and loved to see her kids buried in presents… a tradition that spilled over to her grandkids as well.

Kathy was a devoted wife and a warm and kind mother, who was always there to care for and comfort her family and friends. She was universally known as “Auntie Kathy” because of her gentle-hearted nature, which was open to everyone who knew her. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her.

Kathy was the beloved wife of John D. Betts, Sr.; devoted mother of Karen Stapp & her husband Joe of Dawsonville, GA and John D. Betts, Jr. & his wife Brianna of Bellingham, MA; loving “Grandma” and “Mimi” of Noah, Cosette, Callie, Summer, and Rhys; dear sister of the late Nora Hurd, Philip Coolberth, Sheila Hays, and Thomas Coolberth. Kathy is also survived by her loving niece, Tara LaFrance, as well as many other special nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Kathy will be private.

Memorial donations in Kathy’s name may be made to The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford: https://rmhcbayarea.org/help/give/