Obituaries

Judith A. Tully

May 21st, 2020

Judith A. Tully (Green), “Judy”, age 78, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden, passed away peacefully at home on May 21, 2020, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Judy was born on July 8, 1941 in Malden, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late John and Mary Eleanor Green. She was raised and educated in Malden and was a graduate of Malden Girls Catholic High School. Judy went on to further her education earning a Bachelor’s Degree in early education from Boston State College and a Master’s Degree in education from Salem State University. At the time of her death, Judy, was working on her Doctorate.

Judy went to work as a teacher; she enjoyed her students and her teaching career that spanned decades. Education and culturing young minds was very important to Judy; she first taught at Wilmington High School before accepting a position as a Professor of Mathematics at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown where she taught for over 30 years. Judy had a great personality and made many life-long friends with her colleagues as well as her students.

Judy married Gerald “Jerry” Tully on June 27, 1964; they couple settled in Wilmington where they raised five children. Judy was a very devoted mother and grandmother who was always attending countless school and sporting events. Judy also had an “open door” policy at her home and you could always find her children’s friends or neighborhood kids at her kitchen table while she tutored them in various subjects.

Judy was a woman of great faith and very active at St. Thomas of Villanova Church; for many years Judy ran the CCD program and was a classroom teacher. Following the merging of St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s Churches, Judy, became a regular communicant of the 7:30 Sunday morning Mass.

In her spare time Judy looked forward to the summers spent at the family home on Lake Winnesquam with her family and friends. She also enjoyed becoming a “snow bird” with her husband Jerry as they headed to Florida to get out of the New England Winters. Judy and Jerry were active at the Wilmington Library and could often be spotted helping out at the book store.

Following the death of her husband, Judy loved going out and spending time with her friends, her dinners out with her neighbors and taking trips with the Senior Center. One of her more memorable trips happened last fall when she along with others survived the “Douglas, MA boat incident”; a trip they would never forget.

Judy with be remembered for her unconditional love for her family and friends, her passion for teaching and the kindness she always showed to others. She was a quiet and gentle lady with a huge heart and a great smile. Judy will forever be missed by all who loved her.

Judy was the beloved wife of the late Gerald F. “Jerry” Tully, devoted mother of Karen Richardson of Tewksbury, Brian Tully and his fiance Lindsey Caron of York, ME, John Tully of Wilmington, Mark Tully and his wife Nancy of Foxboro and Maura Puleo and her husband Robert of Chesterfield, VA. Loving “Nana” of Bradley, Janine, Jason, Daniel, Logan, Conor, Riley, Megan, Amanda, Katelyn, Brendan, Kevin, Matthew, Emily, Grace and Caroline. Cherished daughter of the late John P. II and Mary Eleanor (Cahill) Green, dear sister of Edward Green and his wife Eugenia of Wakefield and the late Jack Green, sister-in-law of Rev. Eugene Tully of Wilmington. Judy is also survived by her niece Tanya Green as well as many dear friends and neighbors.

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Tully family has decided to have a private service at this time. A memorial Mass to honor Judy will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Judy’s memory may be made to the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center, Lahey Clinic Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

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

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Steven R. Pellerin

May 19th, 2020

Steven R. Pellerin, fondly known as “Mouse” or “Uncle Steve” to his family, extended family and friends, age 61, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on May 17, 2020, at the Winchester Hospital, following a brief battle with cancer.

Steve was born on April 2, 1959, in Somerville, MA; he was the dear son of the late Roland “Jack” and Lorraine (Snow) Pellerin. Steve was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1977.

Following graduation, Steve, went to work in the family business, Pellerin Brothers Painting, a well known and respected family business in town. Steve was taught by his grandfather, father and his uncles to work hard, be meticulous with your job, be fair and to treat your customers with respect; these were all attributes that have made their painting company a success for generations. Steve took his job to heart and was still working hard right up until a month ago when his illness forced him to step back.

Family was very important to Steve, in June of 1984, he married his true love and best friend Sharon Reinbolt; together they raised two sons Steven and Shayne, they were his pride and joy. Steve was very involved with “his boys” and was always there to help them in any way. Steve went on to coach their youth hockey teams with one of his best friends Bob and enjoyed every moment of it. When Steve became “Papa” he was thrilled, first he got his two princesses Sienna and Carley and then came his adored twins Austin and Blake; Steve cherished the time he spent with those kids and his face lit up when he spoke of them.

In his spare time, Steve, enjoyed traveling with family and friends. A few of his favorite spots were Aruba and Ossipee Lake. He also loved to play cards and thoroughly enjoyed his Friday night group of poker players/ long time acquaintances. Steve was always on board for a trip to the nearest casino or race track.

Steve will be fondly remembered as a “great guy” who was well loved by everyone; he was kind toward others by nature and never had a bad thing to say of others. Steve loved spending time with his family, extended family, and large circle of friends; he was a fun guy to be around and although a man of few words, his quick wit and one liners would make everyone roar with laughter. Steve’s passing has left a huge void in the lives of those he touched and will forever be in the hearts of those that had the pleasure of knowing him.

Steve was the beloved husband of Sharon (Reinbolt) Pellerin, devoted father of Steven C. Pellerin and his wife Casey and Shayne M. Pellerin and his companion Cameron Woodbury all of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Sienna, Carley, Austin and Blake, dear brother of John Pellerin and his companion Nancy of North Reading, Lisa Pijoan and her husband Timothy and their children Matthew and Melissa of Wilmington and Nancy Pellerin of North Reading. Son-in-law of Jeanne Reinbolt of Wilmington. Steve is also survived by his “adopted daughter” Tyler Carlson Butler and her beautiful family Nick, Whitney and Lainey. He was “Uncle Steve” to many and is further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters-in law, nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside service will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, on Friday, May 22nd at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s memory may be made to the Floating Hospital for Children at Tuft’s Medical Center, Attn: Development Office, 800 Washington St., Box #231, Boston, MA 02111.

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

John Anciello

May 19th, 2020

John Anciello, (age 67), of Andover, MA, formerly of Cambridge, MA, passed away peacefully at home on May 16, 2020, in the company of his beloved family.

John is the cherished husband for almost 42 years to Dianne (Ardagna), loving father of Leah Anciello and her husband, Matthew Davidge and Michael Anciello; the adoring “Papa” of Shaun Davidge; the devoted son of the late Rocco and Anna (Bove) Auciello and the youngest brother of Joseph Anciello of Sarasota, FL, the late Patrick “Sonny” Anciello, and the late Michael Anciello. John is survived by many close friends and extended family whom he cherished dearly.

John was a proud Wentworth Alumni (Class of ’73) who built a successful career as a master proto-type model maker, starting out as an Exhibit Technician at Boston’s Museum of Science in the early 70s until he retired from his position as the Manager of the Prototype Industrial Design Shop at Bose Corporation in 2017. John was known as a man who could build anything; a skilled craftsman who instinctively knew the tools of the trade, creating many beautiful pieces of art and sharing his knowledge with all who wanted to learn. John was also known as a man who could fix anything; as a car enthusiast, he could be found in his garage working on a family car, or spending his weekends polishing his ’86 Corvette and attending car shows. John always felt at home in the city of Cambridge and would often explore the streets of Boston with his children, sharing stories of the way life used to be. John had a strong love of nature, which he instilled in his family, and would often walk in the woods with his camera taking in all of the sights to see. John, with his family, loved visiting Acadia National Park in Maine and hiking the trails at Mt. Katahdin’s Baxter State Park for almost 50 years. He is a significant influence in his family calling Maine their home away from home. John’s smile, sense of humor, caring nature, wisdom, Sunday morning breakfasts, and friendly personality will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s honor can be made to Friends of Baxter State Park, P.O. Box 322, Belfast, ME 04915 and by visiting https://www.friendsofbaxter.org/support/donate.

Due to the current situation of the Coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Anciello family has decided to hold a private service at this time.

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

Helen (Elia) Pilla

May 18th, 2020

Helen Pilla (Elia), age 85, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 16, 2020.

Helen was born on January 8, 1935; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Olga (Starve) Elia. Helen lived in Wilmington for her entire life. She graduated from Wilmington High School in 1953 as class valedictorian and then married Tim, her husband of 49 years, on August 19, 1956.

Helen and Tim were “Mom and “Dad” to many members of the Ski Haus staff for years. They loved to travel, both in and out of the United States. After Tim passed away, she would travel with her family and especially with her granddaughter Lily on whom she bestowed the “wanderlust”.

She will be remembered fondly by many.

Helen was the devoted mother of Patricia McGaughan and her husband Brian of Berwyn, PA, Wayne Pilla and his wife Kelly of Salem, NH and Steven Pilla and his wife Jacqui of North Andover, MA. She was the loving “Grammy” of Zachary, Lily, Lizzie, Ashton, Cam and Sydney. Dear sister of Michael Elia of Wilmington, MA, the late Olga Christo and the late John Elia. Helen is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Pilla family has decided to have a private service at this time. A Celebration of Helen’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s memory may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P. O. Box 515, Northhampton, MA 01061-0515.

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

Kenneth J. Cleary

May 18th, 2020

Kenneth J. Cleary, age 89, of Cambridge, MA formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA passed away on May 16, 2020.

Kenneth was the beloved husband of Eleanor M. (Gardner) Cleary, devoted father of Kenneth J. Cleary & his wife Joanne of Cambridge, Jeanne E. Cleary of Watertown, and John G. Cleary & his wife Kathy of Bedford, New Hampshire, loving grandfather of Kenneth J. Cleary II & fiancée Sarah Mathews, James A. Cleary & his wife Carol, Sean A. Cleary & his wife Elysse, Robert S. Cleary & his wife Deborah, Nathan C. Greess, Matthew Cleary & his fiancée Caitlin Canetti, Krista J. Cleary-Arel & her husband Matt, and Tucker Cleary, and the great grandfather to Thomas, Peter, Andrew, Charlie, Paul, Jaxson, and Leon, and the cherished son of the late James A. and Elinor M. (Graham) Cleary, dear brother of David G. Cleary of Andover and the late James Cleary of Chicago, and treasured uncle to many beloved nieces and nephews.

Ken graduated from Rindge Technical High School in 1948, a stand out there in track and football. Ken met the love of his life, Ellie in the 8th grade at a church dance. After high school they married and spent their lives together with family always at the center.

Ken was an active member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church, singing in the choir and impacting the lives of youth as a counselor in the MYF. An avid sports fan, Ken coached MYF basketball, Wilmington Pop Warner Football, Cambridge Youth Hockey, and the Valley Junior Warriors where his grandchildren played. Ken found a passion for travel and the outdoors, leading many trips on the Appalachian trails, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, and an annual backpack ski trip into Zealand Hut with family and friends. He and Ellie traveled all 50 states together, 49 of them in their RV, making dear friends and music all along the way. Ken played music by ear and he could be heard leading many a family and group sing-alongs, strumming away on the guitar/banjo, or rocking away on the piano or harmonica.

In 1991, Ken retired from the MBTA after 30 years in the subway’s Central Division. He received multiple commendations. As Governor Dukakis said during his commendation ceremony, “To stop an argument or start a train, call Cleary.”

Ken was a lifelong learner, always reading and discussing philosophy, religion and history. He was a staunch Liberal, however Ken’s love of people far exceeded his love of ideas.

Ken and Ellie were married for 67 years, and their mutual devotion was unparalleled. Although the reality of Covid-19 kept the rest of his family he so dearly loved a painful distance away, his beloved wife Ellie was with him until the end. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Cleary family will have a private interment. A Celebration of Ken’s life will be held at a later date.

In memory of Kenneth Cleary, donations be may be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club, 10 City Square, Boston, MA, 02129 or via their website at www.outdoors.org/honor-memorial-gift

Helen (Elia) Pilla

May 16th, 2020

Helen Pilla (Elia), age 85, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 16, 2020.

Helen was born on January 8, 1935; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Olga (Starve) Elia. Helen lived in Wilmington for her entire life. She graduated from Wilmington High School in 1953 as class valedictorian and then married Tim, her husband of 49 years, on August 19, 1956.

Helen and Tim were “Mom and “Dad” to many members of the Ski Haus staff for years. They loved to travel, both in and out of the United States. After Tim passed away, she would travel with her family and especially with her granddaughter Lily on whom she bestowed the “wanderlust”.

She will be remembered fondly by many.

Helen was the devoted mother of Patricia McGaughan and her husband Brian of Berwyn, PA, Wayne Pilla and his wife Kelly of Salem, NH and Steven Pilla and his wife Jacqui of North Andover, MA. She was the loving “Grammy” of Zachary, Lily, Lizzie, Ashton, Cam and Sydney. Dear sister of Michael Elia of Wilmington, MA, the late Olga Christo and the late John Elia. Helen is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Pilla family has decided to have a private service at this time. A Celebration of Helen’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s memory may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P. O. Box 515, Northhampton, MA 01061-0515.

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

Dorothy A. (Murphy) Sullivan

May 15th, 2020

Dorothy A. (Murphy) Sullivan, age 86, of Wilmington, passed away on May 15, 2020 at the Blaire House in Tewksbury.

Dorothy was the beloved wife of the late Richard Sullivan, devoted mother of Robert Sullivan & his wife Kathleen of Wilmington, Michael Sullivan & his wife Susan of Salem, NH, and the late Carol A. Holden, loving “Meme” of James Holden, Krystal Browne, Courtney Holden, Michael Sullivan, Kelsey Sullivan and Meghan Sullivan, “Great-Meme” of Joseph Browne and Braydon Sy, cherished daughter of the late William and Julia (Kiley) Murphy, dear sister of William Murphy of Wilmington. Dorothy is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Due to the current situation of the Coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Sullivan family has decided to do a private service at this time.

Memorial donations in Dorothy’s name may be made to New England Hospice, 190 Old Derby St., Suite 304, Hingham, MA 02043.  Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com.

Richard C. Celata, Sr.

May 14th, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Richard C. Celata, Sr., 77, of North Reading and Wilmington, MA on May 13, 2020 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, MA.

Richard was born on August 12, 1942, in Medford, MA to Michael A. Celata, Sr. and Julia (Hermandinger) Celata. He was raised in Medford before settling in Wilmington.

He was a proud 4th degree and lifelong member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus. So passionate about old cars, he spent countless hours building and restoring all kinds with his son Richie. He especially loved his first project – a 1933 Plymouth. In recent years he could be seen restoring and driving a 1987 Chevy pickup, a 1955 Chevy Belair, a 1955 Ford pickup, a 1949 Mercury and his latest project – a 1970 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. He attended many local car shows where he loved to share his work.

Richard is survived by his dear friend Carol S. Celata of Wilmington, MA with whom he shared 3 children. He was the devoted father of Julie M. DeCosta and her husband Gerard DeCosta, of Litchfield, NH, Richard C. Celata, Jr. and his wife Kelley Celata of Wilmington, MA and Mary Ellen Borland and her husband Lee Borland, of North Reading, MA. Loving grandfather “Papa Rich” to his four grandchildren Anthony and Alison Celata of Wilmington, MA & Emma and Alex Borland of North Reading, MA who were the love of his life. Dear son of the late Michael A. Celata Sr. and Julia A. Celata. Cherished brother of the late Michael A. Celata Jr. and the late Stephen J. Celata.

Private graveside services will be held at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington, MA. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for a later date.

Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be made to the American Heart Association at 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6 Waltham, MA 02451.

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

Robert E. Williams

May 12th, 2020

Robert E. Williams, a life-long Wilmington resident, passed away on Monday, May 11th at 84 years old.

Bob grew up in Wilmington and was in the first class to graduate from the original Wilmington High School in 1954, where he played football. Bob also served in The National Guard.

Bob was active in the “Skirts and Flirts” square dancing club as well as the Wilmington Youth Hockey Association in the 1970s. He was very proud of the parade float he helped create during the 1976 Bicentennial parades, where the hockey players skated on the back of it. He was also a major contributor to the haunted house fund raiser at the outdoor skating rink at the old schoolhouse on Chestnut Street.

Bob started Williams Sign Erection with this father in the 1950s and would later be joined by his brother Charles, and son Robert. Bob was very proud of his company and the cranes he built himself. Bob was also an inventor, creative thinker and was ahead of his time regarding health and nutrition. His strong will and healthy lifestyle contributed to his success with battling Multiple Sclerosis.

Bob was the beloved husband of Janet (Kennedy) Williams of 57 years, devoted father of Robert C. Williams and wife Gail (Link) Williams of Raynham, MA, Tammy (Williams) Musto and husband Nicholas Musto of Wilmington, Terry (Williams) Steen and husband Robert Steen of Wilmington, Suzanne (Williams) Krull and husband Robert Krull of Wilmington, David Williams and wife Terry (Miller) Williams of Methuen, MA. He was a loving grandfather of 12 grandchildren, Sarah & Robert Williams, Robert, Connor, Katelyn & Madison Musto, Elizabeth, Joseph, Michael & Owen Steen and Chloe & Evan Krull. He was the cherished son of the late Charles F. Williams & Gertrude (Farrell) Williams of Wilmington, MA. Bob was the brother of the late Charles F. Williams, Jr. and his late wife Ruth of Maynard, and is survived by his brother William Williams “Dutchie” and his wife Joan of Arlington, VA. He also is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s name may be made to the Parish of Transfiguration (St. Thomas Church), 126 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, MA 01887 or Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, c/o Philanthropy, 41 Mall Rd, Burlington, MA 01805.

Bob will always be remembered by his “never give up” and “never say can’t” spirit.

Due to the current situation of the Coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Williams family has decided to do a private service at this time. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Ciriaco “Jerry” Olimpio

May 10th, 2020

Ciriaco Michael Olimpio, fondly known as “Jerry”, of Stoneham MA (West Palm Beach FL), passed away peacefully at home on May 8, 2020.

Jerry was the beloved husband Dorothy A. (Murphy) Olimpio, devoted father of Paul Olimpio and his wife Lonnie of Ashburn, VA, Debra Johnson & her husband Kevin of West Peabody, MA and Donna Alonardo and her late husband Tony of Wilmington, MA. Loving “Papa” of Anthony Olimpio, Amanda House and her husband Chase, Dylan Johnson and his fiancé Taylor Hadley, Kevin Johnson and his wife Margot, Sara Alonardo and Michelle Alonardo. Cherished son of the late Ciriaco and Pasqualena (Cimirro) Olimpio, Jerry was the last of nine sibling in a large and loving Italian family and is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ciriaco’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers MA 01923

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Olimpio family had chosen to have a private service at this time.

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