Obituaries

George E. Cress

January 28th, 2020

George E. Cress, 82, of Tewksbury, MA, passed away January 20, 2020 peacefully in his sleep surrounded by several of his family members.

George was born on August 22, 1937 in Methuen, MA; he was the son of the late George P. Cress and Ellen J. (Graichen) Cress.  George was raised in Salem, NH.

George pursued many interests in the construction and mechanical trades along with being activated in the US Airforce during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  George worked for many years with the Zanni Company in Reading, MA.  He was also a firefighter for the Reading Fire Department as a preferred driver of the hook & ladder truck and chief operator of the larger firefighting equipment.

George retired to Cape Cod where he was actively involved in the local community helping to establish the newly constructed Christ The King Church in Mashpee, MA as the lead maintenance person coordinating numerous mechanical, carpentry, plumbing, and landscaping projects.

George was an avid bargain hunter and collector of memorabilia such as Avon bottles, clocks, hat pins, beer cans, tools, and antiques, spending countless hours at many flea markets, garage and yard sales stimulating his many interests.

His retirement years took him to Northport, FL where he was again very active in many local community efforts.  He came back to New England in 2015 and resided in Tewksbury, MA with his wife of 49 years, Barbara Cress.

George is survived by his wife, Barbara L. (Boutwell/Donahue) Cress, his two children, Michael Cress & wife, Tina Gatto of Weston, FL, and Diana (Cress) & husband Reed Bryan of Davie, FL, step-children Kevin Donahue of Sandwich, MA, Debra Donahue of Billerica, MA, James & Cheryl Donahue of Falmouth, MA, Dennis & Stephanie Donahue of Wilmington, MA and Ed & Andrea Donahue of Dover, NH, grandchildren  Sophie, Kevin, Hunter, Brian, Timothy, Thomas, Neal, Scott, Angela, Timothy, Rebecca, Elizabeth, David, Laura, Christopher, Callie, Benjamin, Brenna, Amanda, Rachel, Zachary and Lindsay, 8 great- grandchildren, his sister, Betty (Cress) Hollick of Portsmouth, NH, as well as his nieces Sharon, Judy, Patricia, and nephew Gregory.

Funeral Services for George will be private.

Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to Fund for Nature, Mass Audubon, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

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Frank A. Spear

January 27th, 2020

Frank A. Spear, age 83 of Easthampton MA, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2020.

Frank was the dearly loved husband of the late Shirley L. Spear, devoted father of three children: Dianne S. Buck and her husband James of Wilmington MA; Danny S. Spear and his wife Jane of Mystic, CT, Richard A. Spear and his wife Patti of Wilder VT. Papa to seven Grandchildren; Scott Buck and his wife Kristen, Greg Buck, Bryant Buck, Julie Scherer and her husband Kevin, Erin Jordan and her husband Jacob, Shawn Spear and his wife Shannon and Kara Latchaw and her husband Bob, as well as seven Great-Grandchildren; Parker and Hadley Buck, Peter and Henry Scherer, Carter and Emerson Spear and Willow Latchaw. He also leaves his sister Celia Cornish of Wilmington MA and beloved companion Jean Roberts of Easthampton MA.

He was born in Quincy MA on August 3, 1936, the son of Arthur and Florence Spear. As a child he moved to Wilmington MA where he was educated in local schools, graduating from Wilmington High School with the class of 1954. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served several years as an aircraft mechanic in support of the Korean Conflict. Following the Air Force Mr. Spear had a long career in the field of Optical Design and Engineering.

Mr. Spear always enjoyed sports and the outdoors. He participated in multiple sports while at Wilmington High School, and coached and/or managed both Wilmington Little League and Youth Hockey for many years. He later refined his golf game as a member of the Holyoke Country Club. He was most proud of his years hiking and hunting in the Maine woods with his Grandsons.

All funeral arrangements will be private. The Nichols Funeral Home has been entrusted with a graveside memorial service for the immediate family.

Robert L. McHugh, Sr.

January 27th, 2020

Robert L. McHugh, Sr., age 87, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2020, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill.

Robert was born on March 8, 1932, at the Choate Hospital in Woburn, MA; he was the beloved son of the late Peter and Beatrice McHugh. Robert was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1950. Following graduation, Robert, enlisted in the United States Air Force on June 19, 1950, during the Korean Conflict. Robert was part of the 3384th Tech Training Squadron and served overseas in the Aleutian Islands where he deciphered Morse Code. Upon his return to the States he was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi where he was honorably discharged in June on 1954 and returned home to Wilmington.

Robert went on to continue his education at Boston College where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1957. He then took a position as a Cost Estimator for Raytheon in Waltham where he worked for more than 34 years; retiring in 1992.

Robert married his “sweetheart” Catherine Woods in 1973; the couple shared many wonderful years together raising their four sons before Catherine’s untimely passing in 1982. In his spare time, Robert enjoyed spending time in Plum Island with his family, hanging out and having “a few” with their large circle of friends, taking trips to Florida, following Boston Sports teams especially the Red Sox and New England Patriots.

Robert will be remembered as a quiet guy who loved his family and friends; he was a hard worker and a proud Veteran. Robert will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Robert was the beloved husband of the late Catherine A. (Woods) McHugh, devoted father of Kenny Liston & his partner Kim Monteforte of Haverhill, Salvi “Bill” Liston & his wife Susan of Wilmington, Robert McHugh, Jr. & his partner June Ferrante of Wilmington and Jimbo McHugh & his wife Cheryl of Cumming, GA. Loving “Grampy Q” of Joe, Billy, Jennifer, Kyle, Brady, Craig, Catherine and Vanessa. Dear son of the late Peter and Gertrude “Beatrice” McHugh, brother of Richard “Bozo” McHugh & his late wife Maureen of Wilmington, brother-in-law of Ed Woods & his wife Sandra of Reading. Robert is also survived by a large extended family of nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, February 1st at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, January 31st from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s memory may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01843.

Ronald R. Marsden

January 25th, 2020

Ronald R. Marsden, “Ronnie”, age 39, of Woburn, formerly of Somerville, passed away unexpectedly on January 21, 2020.

Ronnie was the beloved husband of Corey (Lyons) Marsden, loving “Daddy” of Marley, Payton and Nathan Marsden, cherished son of Mary and the late William Marsden on Arlington, brother of Billy Marsden and his wife Maureen, Uncle of Christian, Kyle and Caden Marsden all of Tewksbury, son-in-law of Judith Lyons of Lexington. Ronnie is also survived by a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, January 29th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

A Graveside Service will take place on Thursday, January 30th at 10:30 a.m. in the Westview Cemetery, 201 Bedford St., Lexington. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Dorothea C. (Nocito) Licciardi

January 24th, 2020

Dorothea C. Licciardi (Nocito), age 78, of Wilmington, passed away January 22, 2020, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, surrounded by her family.

Dorothea was born in Boston, MA, on July 10, 1941; she was the cherished daughter of the late Michelangelo and Carmela Nocito. Dorothea was raised and educated in East Boston; she attended Samuel Adams Elementary School and the Donald McKay Junior High School before moving to Dorchester where she went on to graduate from Dorchester High School.

Dorothea was a hard worker throughout her life; she was smart, conscientious, driven and had a great personality which made her successful in every job she had. As a teenager she worked at Kresge’s Department Store in Boston. Later she took a position at “Ma Bell” telephone company where she worked in the answering service department and then she worked as a sales representative for the Sears Roebuck Company. While raising her own children, Dorothea ran her own business as a Day Care provider in her home where she was very loving to the children and treated them as her own. When her children were old enough to be left alone after school, Dorothea went back into the working world at the Goldman Paper Company for a few years. Dorothea also worked in the Mask Making Department for semiconductors at Analog Devices in Wilmington. Following her position at Analog, Dorothea went to work for Gillette as a product tester before she finally retired in 2001.

On June 4, 1961, Dorothea, married the “love of her life” Vincenzo “Vincent” Licciardi; the couple lived in East Boston for many years and had three beautiful children, Cheryl, Paul and Michael. Dorothea was extremely devoted to her family and a great advocate for her special needs son which prompted her to get heavily involved with Chapter 766. When he became an adult working at NuPath, she sat on the Human Rights Committee.

Dorothea was an amazing cook and loved to entertain. She and Vincent had an “open door policy” where everyone was welcome in their home and she made everyone feel loved. Dorothea showered her family with unconditional love; she really enjoyed being a mother and when she became “Nana” to Rebecca she was thrilled and throughout the years they were inseparable.

In her spare time, Dorothea, looked forward to traveling and taking vacations with her family and friends; she enjoyed seeing new places and meeting new people. Dorothea and Vincent always had a great time when they showed their 1931 Pierce Arrow in antique car shows.

For years Dorothea was thought to be “clumsy”, it wasn’t until much later in life she was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, a debilitating disorder. Regardless of her struggles she never let it stop her from doing the things she took pleasure in and always with a smile on her face.

Dorothea will be remembered as “quite a lady”; she was thoughtful, caring and kind towards everyone she met. She cherished the great times she spent with her family, extended family and friends; Dorothea had an outgoing and fun personality, and everyone enjoyed being around her. She will forever be in the hearts of those she loved.

Dorothea was the beloved wife of Vincenzo “Vincent” Licciardi, devoted mother of Cheryl Licciardi and Paul Licciardi, both of Wilmington and Michael Licciardi of Concord, NH. Loving “Nana” of Rebecca Kendall, cherished daughter of the late Michelangelo and Carmela (DiNino) Nocito, dear sister of Rosemary Manning and her late husband Francis and Vincent Nocito all of Dorchester, sister-in-law of Juliette Giangregorio and her late husband Louis of Greenfield and Gennaro Licciardi and his late wife Lorraine of East Boston. Dorothea is also survived by many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and their families as well as many friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, January 29th 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 to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 28th from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothea’s memory may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 5 Hampshire Street, Suite 1008, Mansfield, MA 02048.

Haverhill Fire Lieutenant Jeffrey R. King

January 23rd, 2020

Haverhill Fire Lieutenant Jeffrey R. King, age 32, of Haverhill, formerly a long-time resident of Billerica, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Jeffrey was born on June 28, 1987 in Melrose, MA; he was the son of Thomas and Joanne King of Reading, and John and Joanne Spinale of Billerica.  Jeffrey was raised in Billerica and graduated from Billerica High School in 2005.  He earned his Associates degree from Middlesex Community College.

Jeffrey was an Airman in the United States Air Force, and then a Firefighter and Paramedic with Trinity EMS and the Amesbury Fire Department. He became a Haverhill Firefighter on January 22, 2012 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant on June 4, 2017. Lieutenant King served on multiple committees, contributed to policy meetings that have helped to move the department forward and has been a tremendous asset to the Haverhill Fire Department and to Local 1011 throughout his service.

Jeffrey enjoyed hockey, wrestling and jujitsu. He coached the Billerica High School wrestling team, spent time traveling, and logged many hours on his Harley Davidson.

Jeffrey will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him and worked with him.

Jeffrey was the dear brother of Thomas King and his wife Kristi of Manchester, NH, Caitlin Piskadlo and her husband Ryan of Wakefield, Matthew and Kimberly Spinale of Billerica, and Caroline and Kevin King of Reading, and grandson of Peter Ardagna. Jeffrey was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Anne (O’Meara) Ardagna, and paternal grandparents, Robert and Marie (Cancellieri) Darnell.  Jeffrey is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 27th at 9:00 a.m.  immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will be private. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, January 26th from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Jeffrey’s name may be made to Ozzie’s Kids, c/o Haverhill Fire Department Credit Union, 75 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill, MA  01838.

Kenneth A. Poole, Jr.

January 22nd, 2020

Kenneth A. Poole, Jr., (Skip), age 62, of Alexander, ME, passed away on January 20, 2020.

Ken was the beloved husband of Janice (Willand) Poole, father of Virginia A. Johnson, Evangela-Star Marie Wieland and Kenneth A. Poole, III, grandfather of Bradley William Watson, Raelynn Louise Johnson, Hailey, MacKenzie and Jacob, cherished son of the late Kenneth A. Poole, Sr. and Lillian (Bagley) Poole, dear brother of Cynthia Hinxman & her husband Kurt of Londonderry, NH, Laurie Emery of CT, Wendy Bubnick & her husband Wayne of AL and Darlene Hoff & her husband Thomas of ME.  Ken is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Ken will be private.

Memorial donations in his name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Ken proudly served in the U.S. Marines, as well as the Army National Guard.

Erik M. Monti

January 21st, 2020

Erik Michael Monti, age 26, of Tewksbury, passed away on January 21, 2020.

Erik was the cherished son of Michael Monti and Elaine (Kerrigan) Monti & his stepdad Alfred Scarfo of Saugus, dear brother of Lindsey Monti of Saugus, grandson of Richard Monti of Billerica, loving nephew of Maureen Kerrigan, Janet Manchester, Christopher Monti, and Steven Monti, cousin of Elizabeth Perry, Matthew Perry, Christopher Perry, Nicole Perry, Joshua Manchester, Jacqueline Manchester and Jacob Manchester.  Erik is also survived by his loving fiancée Samantha Madore of Tewksbury, her parents Thomas and Lisa Madore, her siblings Shelby & Michael Patenaude and Thomas Madore, II and their nieces Michaela, Grace and Kendall Patenaude.

Family and friends will gather at Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 25th 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 to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, January 24th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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

Marjorie Ann Quinlan

January 21st, 2020

Marjorie Ann Quinlan, age 85, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington passed away on January 18, 2020.

Marjorie was born on April 26, 1934 in Boston, MA. She was the cherished daughter of the late John B. and Margaret G. (O’Keefe) Quinlan.  Marjorie was raised in North Cambridge and graduated from Saint John’s High School.

Upon graduation, Marjorie entered the community of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine in Kentucky. She then furthered her education at Regis College where she earned her master’s degree in education. Marjorie continued her career in teaching for the Town of Wilmington at the Glen Road and Shawsheen Schools for 26 years.

In her spare time, Marjorie enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Ireland and Italy, as well as spending time on Cape Cod with family and friends.

Marjorie will be remembered as a loving sister, aunt, grand-aunt, great-aunt and a friend to many.

Marjorie was the dear sister of Marie E. Blanchard and husband Robert of Falmouth, Barry J. Quinlan of Bradford and the late Terrence D. Quinlan III, loving aunt of Paula (Blanchard) DeMello and Sheila Blanchard, grand-aunt of Caitlin, Daniel, Hope, Heather and Tyler and great-aunt to Braeden, Maren and Cian.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, January 27th from 11:00-11:45am immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations in Marjorie’s name may be made to Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine-Motherhouse, 2645 Bardstown Rd., St. Catherine, Kentucky 40061.

Diane F. Martin

January 14th, 2020

Diane Frances Martin, age 70, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2020, at the Newton Wellesley Hospital, after a lengthy illness.

Diane was born on November 6, 1949, in Reading, Pennsylvania; she was the daughter of the late Peter George Martin and Frances Mary (Machiesky) Martin. She graduated from Wilmington High School, then graduated second in her class at Fisher Junior College. Following the birth of her cherished son, Michael, Diane returned to the University of Massachusetts in Lowell to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology; graduating at Salutatorian.

Diane worked as a social worker for many years after receiving her degree in psychology; she immensely enjoyed helping homeless women and children find permanent housing. She later worked in publishing until her retirement, which coincided with her love of books. Diane was also an avid traveler; she traveled throughout Europe, yet her favorite trip was to the Holy Land with her dear friend, David. She also took religious pilgrimages to Mexico and to Medjugorje in Bosnia. Diane was know for her infectious laugh, great sense of humor and intellect. Diane would say that the best part of her life was raising her son and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Diane was the devoted mother of Michael Peter Martin of New York City, NY, she was the beloved sister of five siblings; Robert P. Martin and his wife Ondis, and their two children, Michael and Peter all of the Philippines, Mary Ann Marks of Lowell, Thomas A. Martin and his wife Marylee of Derry, NH, Theresa M. Gilbride and her late husband Thomas, and their daughter Elizabeth of Lowell and Katherine M. Martin of Lowell. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly; Anthony Marks and his wife Neia and their two children Victor and Ricardo, of Peabody, Thomas A. Marks and his wife Rachel, and their two children, Evey and Nathaniel of Louisville, Kentucky; Jessica Diebold and her husband Mathieu, and their son, Simon, of Media, Pennsylvania.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, January 18th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, at 11:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, January 17th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Donations in Diane’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or to the Covenant House New York, 550 10th Ave., New York, NY 10018.