Obituaries

Daniel “Sully” Sullivan

November 7th, 2020

Daniel F. Sullivan “Sully”, age 80, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on November 5, 2020.

Sully was born on December 19, 1939, in Somerville, MA; he was the dear son of the late Daniel and Marion Sullivan. Sully was raised and educated in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School.

In 1958, Sully married his “sweetheart” and best friend, Evelyn Shorey; the couple lived in Somerville before buying their family home in Wilmington in 1970. Sully and Evelyn became parents to six wonderful children; they were his pride and joy. Sully was very devoted to his family; he enjoyed the time they spent together and the fun they had throughout the years. When Sully became a grandfather and then a great-grandfather his world became even better; he loved his family with all his heart.

Sully worked hard to provide for his family; for many years he worked at the General Motors Corporation and was a care taker for the Knights of Columbus in Wilmington for over 30 years.

Sully also had lots of hobbies; he was an avid sports fan who loved cars and car racing. Sully was a member of the “pit crew” for his brother-in-law Paul’s stock car racing crew, he loved to follow NASCAR, the Indy 500 or any other car races. He also enjoyed following his favorite Boston Sports teams; watching countless games throughout the years with his family and friends. Another favorite past time was a “friendly” and “competitive” game of darts at the Knights with his friends; Sully was a natural.

Sully looked forward to his yearly “guys weekend” at Sebago with his long-time buddies; everyone always had a great time. In his spare time, Sully, enjoyed riding his Harley; he loved the open road, seeing new places and meeting new people.

Sully involved himself in the community; he was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Wilmington and was involved in many fundraising activities throughout the years. He was also a long-time member of the Moose Lodge in Somerville.

Sully will be remembered as a “good guy”; he had a great sense of humor, he was friendly and would do anything to help anyone. He was a wonderful family man and a true friend to many; he will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Sully was the beloved husband of Evelyn B. (Shorey) Sullivan, devoted father of Daniel F. Sullivan Jr. of Wilmington, Debby Richard & her late husband Mark of Methuen, David Sullivan & his wife Liz of Wilmington, Donald Sullivan of Mesa, AZ, the late Marty Sullivan and Dennis Sullivan. Loving grandfather of Matthew Von Jess, Daniel Sullivan III, Erin Sullivan, Matt & Kenna Richard, Mike & Nicole Richard, Mark-Daniel Richard, Kelly Sullivan, Kyle Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan, Keith & Rachel Sullivan, Kimberly & Londell Lee, Kathryn Sullivan, Kristen Sullivan, Kameron Sullivan, Kara Sullivan and great grandchildren Noah, Oliver, Phoebe, Aubrey, L.J. and Aria. Cherished son of the late Daniel and Marion (Smith) Sullivan, dear brother of the late Marion Murphy and Catherine McLean, brother-in-law of Bea Bossi and Paul Caputo. Sully is further survived by many nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law and friends.

Family & friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Monday, November 9th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, November 10th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Daniel’s memory may be made to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America, 15 South Franklin St., New Ulm, MN 56073. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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Ivamarie A. (Smith) Rideout

November 5th, 2020

Ivamarie Ann (Smith) Rideout, age 71, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on November 3, 2020.

Ivamarie was born on January 14, 1949 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Earl F. and Iva M. (Withee) Smith. Ivamarie was raised in Medford and graduated from Medford High School.

Ivamarie owned and operated her own bookkeeping company for many years. She dedicated countless hours of service to her position as office manager for Turnkey Engineering.

Family was most important to Ivamarie; she enjoyed spending time with her large, loving family. Ivamarie took great pride in hosting a variety of traditional get togethers like the annual summer lobster party and Christmas celebration. She participated enthusiastically
each year in the Smith Family Olympics always taking advantage of an opportunity to create wonderful memories.

Ivamarie cherished her large doll collection that she accumulated over the years. She was a dedicated member of her doll club and a nationally recognized expert on dolls.

Ivamarie was the beloved wife of Reid L. Rideout, devoted mother of Ryan K. Churchill & his wife Milissa of Wilmington, the late Randall L. Rideout & his wife Marie of Wilmington, Lynda A. (Rideout) Wellman & her husband John of Chelmsford, Pamela F. Churchill of Lowell and Heather B. Hodgkins & her husband Tom of Kingston, NH, loving “Mimi” of Maximilian Churchill, Aydan Churchill, Gavin Churchill, Torin Churchill, Michael Rideout, Jackie Rideout, Jodi Cloney, Kymberli McDonald, Allison Stoltze, Melissa Wellman, Alexandria Preiss, Brianna Pare, Blair Churchill, Heath Churchill, Bradley Stewart and Brittany Delehanty, “Great-Mimi” of Jakob, Lia, Joshua, Grace, Lincoln, Julian, Lilith, Austin, August and Brendan, dear sister of Earl F. Smith & his wife Mary of Nova Scotia, Brian Smith & his wife Franny of Pelham, NH and Ann Marie Denaro & her husband Paul of Peabody. Ivamarie is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

At the request of the family, all Funeral Services are private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for Ivamarie may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Derek J. Santos

November 3rd, 2020

Derek J. Santos, age 25, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on November 1, 2020.

Derek was born in Stoneham, MA, on September 20, 1995; he was the cherished son of Darcey (Burmeister) Santos and Manuel “George” Santos of Wilmington. Derek was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 2015. In his younger years he enjoyed playing sports and playing guitar.  He was an avid writer, enjoyed drawing and delved in other forms of the arts.

Derek will be fondly remembered as a “great kid”; he was kind, caring and would go out of his way to help anyone. Derek treasured the time he spent with his family and friends; he enjoyed just “hanging out”. Derek had a passion for music and loved playing his guitar. Derek had a laugh that was infectious, a smile that would light up a room, an endearing personality, a big heart and a beautiful soul. Derek was so loved by many and will forever be missed.

Besides his parents, Derek is survived by his beloved siblings Bridget and Domenic Santos both of Wilmington, he was the loving grandson of Judes and Richard Ziemba of Agawam, Kathy and the late Robert Burmeister formerly of Minnesota, Aldina and the late Getulio Santos of Malden. Derek is also survived by his loving fiancé as well as his many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Thursday, November 5th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial for Derek will take place on Friday, November 6th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Derek’s memory to Oranges for Morgan, c/o May Family, 39 Washington Street, Boxford, MA 01921. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Robert B. Nims

November 3rd, 2020

Robert B. Nims, “Bob”, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on October 30, 2020.

Bob was the beloved husband of Dawn M. (Tamburino) Nims, devoted father of Scott Nims & his wife Patricia of Lowell, Jared Nims & his fiancée Alexa Whalen of Salem, NH and Kyle Nims of Wilmington, loving “Bob-O” of Savannah, cherished son of the late Robert L. and Bertha (Hurd) Nims, dear brother of Loretta D’Entremont & her husband Carl of North Andover, son-in-law of Lucy Tamburino, brother-in-law of JoAnn Tamburino and John Tamburino. Bob is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, friends and his beloved dog, Ziggy.

Bob was a dedicated General Electric employee for forty-one years. He was very involved in Wilmington Youth Sports, often coaching many of his sons’ baseball and basketball teams.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, November 6th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Saturday, November 7th at 11:00 a.m. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

George A. Janes

November 1st, 2020

George A. Janes, age 91, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2020, at Windsor Place in Wilmington.

George was born on September 9, 1929, in Everett, MA; he was the dear son of the late Alfred and Alice (Moore) Janes. George was raised in Melrose, MA and a graduate of Melrose High School High School. George went on to further his education at Northeastern University in Boston.

George was inducted as a Sergeant on April 25, 1951, with the United States Army during the Korean War. He was then commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant as he began his active duty on June 19, 1952 at Camp Gordon in Georgia. George was station overseas where he earned several commendations for his fine service including the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Med, the Bronze Star Medal, 1 Overseas Bar, and the National Defense Medal. George was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant to the U. S. Army Reserves at Ft. Devens, Mass. and returned home to his family.

George worked hard throughout the years; he was an engineer for the Telephone Company and instrumental in modernizing communications. George’s vast knowledge and pleasant personality made him quite successful.

George married his “sweetheart” Peggy White in Billerica in 1962; the couple settled in Wilmington where they raised their family. George was also very active in his new community; he was the member of the Friendship Lodge of Masons for over 50 years; volunteering his time and talents to anyone in need. George was also a very active member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir and helped with various groups and charity events throughout the years.

George will be fondly remembered as a “quiet guy”, he had an endearing personality and a great smile. George would often go out of his way to help others in need; never expecting anything in return. He was truly a “gentleman” and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

George was the beloved husband of the late Margaret A. (White) Janes, “Peggy”, devoted father of Peter Janes of Wilmington and the late Deborah Caseri and her late husband Timothy of Port St. Lucie, FL, loving grandfather of Brendan Patrick Dargis and great-grandfather of Amelia Rose Dargis. Dear brother of the late John Janes, Ella Alden and Dorothy Taylor. George is also survived by his nieces Lorna Taylor of Marlborough, Keith & Leslie Taylor of Spencer,Donna Drotter of Florida, Ellen White, Jennifer Blanchette and Jonathan White all of New Hampshire, as well as several other nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service with Military Honors on Friday, November 6th at 12:00 noon in the Veteran’s Section of Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in George’s memory to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to the Visiting Nurse & Community Care, 37 Broadway, Suite 2, Arlington, MA 02474.

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

Mary S. McLean

October 28th, 2020

Mary S. McLean, fondly known as “Sally” to her family and friends, a long-time resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2020; she was 87 years old.

Sally was the beloved wife of the late Gordon S. “Mac” McLean, devoted mother of Janice Feindel and her husband Ken of Wilmington and Robert McLean of Woburn. Loving “Nana” of Christopher Feindel, Bryan Feindel & his fiance Allison Rotger and the late Thomas “Tom” Feindel all of Wilmington and the cherished only child of the late James and Vera Saunders.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visitation on Friday, October 30th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. followed by a Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mary’s memory to Oranges for Morgan, c/o Mayo Family, 39 Washington Street, Boxford, MA 01921.

Mary F. Whitney

October 28th, 2020

Mary F. Whitney (Gill), age 76, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on October 27, 2020.

Mary was born in Boston, MA, on February 4, 1944; she along with her twin sister Margaret were the cherished daughters of Mary Gill. Mary was raised and educated in Billerica and attended Billerica Memorial High School.

Mary married her “sweetheart” Ed Whitney in 1964; the couple moved to Wilmington where they raised their family. Mary’s family was her world; she loved being a wife, mother and especially a grandmother; she adored those kids. Mary’s door was always open to her family, friends and neighbors; she made everyone feel welcomed and loved.

After a few years in Wilmington as her family expanded, Mary and Ed moved a few doors down where she met her new neighbor Joan Bruce; the two hit it off immediately and became immediate friends. Mary & Ed, Joan & Chet raised their children together, traveled together and created countless memories together. Mary and Joan were truly as close as “sisters” could be.

Mary was also very active in her community and was the first to volunteer to help in any way she could. Mary was one of the original founders of the famous Woburn Street School Pumpkin Fair, for many years she was instrumental in orchestrating the Wilmington Rotary Club Annual Auction and the holiday clothing drives for kids in need. Mary loved hosting Rotary festivities large or small and she held countless hockey banquets throughout the years. Mary was always donating and bidding on things to raise money for causes that her close to her heart.

Mary was the recipient of the prestigious Rotary Paul Harris award and a runner up candidate for the Wilmington Good Guy Award. These were all nice gestures but they were not what Mary was about; she was humble, unassuming and never looked for any credit for what she did to help others. Mary did everything from “her heart”; she truly loved helping people and she never expected anything in return or any “spot light’ for her efforts. Mary loved to host events large or small; she was always working behind the scenes and enjoyed watching others have a good time.

Mary loved spending time at their family home along the Annisquam River in Gloucester; this was one of her favorite places in the world. Mary enjoyed having family and friends visit; she hosted many dock parties at the Marina, she had annual lobster/clam bakes and cookouts on Rust Island; everyone always had a great time. Mary also looked forward to the many special trips that she took with her family and friends to Bermuda; another one of her favorite places.

Mary’s talents didn’t stop with her “hosting abilities”; she was a talented artist, painter, floral designer, she had a keen talent in creating beautiful ceramic pieces and was a fanatic at finding a good yard sale where she could pick up some unique bargains.

Mary will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady; she was kind, caring, loyal and would do anything to help anyone. Mary was generous of her time and talents to make others happy. Mary loved her family and friends with all her heart and she will forever be missed by those who loved her.

Mary was the beloved wife of Edward C. Whitney, Jr., devoted mother of Patricia Whitney of Wakefield, Ned Whitney & his wife Christine and Kathy Timmons & her husband Erik all of Wilmington, Bob Whitney of Tewksbury and Mike Whitney & his wife Jillian of Gloucester. Special Aunt of Tara Gomez & her husband Rigo of Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Loving “Nannie” and “Nana Whitta” of Jake, Dylan and Zack Timmons, Alex, Kara, Kaycee and Joey Whitney, Devon and Ty Whitney, Kyera Tamagini, Remy and Cala Scott, Mia Gomez and Great Nanny to Kasen Kaukani. Cherished daughter of the late Mary Gill, dear twin sister of the late Margaret Buccaroni. Mary is survived by her sister-in-law of Carol Bourque of Chelmsford, her cousin Mary Boermeester of Billerica and her cherished best friend Joan Bruce of New Hampton, NH.

Due to the current situation with Covid 19 and for everyone’s safety the Whitney family has decided to have a private service at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mary’s memory to MSPCA Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

Catherine J. Warren

October 27th, 2020

Catherine J. Warren, (Younie), “Cathie”, age 85, of Wilmington, passed away on October 23, 2020, with her loving family at her side.

Cathie was born on March 5, 1935, in Winthrop, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Edward and Beatrice Younie. Cathie was raised in East Boston, where she attended Catholic Schools and graduated from the Fitton High School. Cathie went on to further her education at Boston State Teacher’s College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education. She then accepted a teaching position in Everett.

Cathie married Joseph Warren in 1959; the couple settled in Wilmington, where they raised five children and became members of a “tight-knit” and friendly neighborhood.

Cathie was a very devoted and loving wife and mother; she made a warm and welcoming home for her family and their friends. She was an excellent seamstress who made clothes and Halloween costumes for her children. She also made beautiful bedding sets and window treatments for her home as decorating trends changed over the decades; she took pride in caring for her family. When Cathie became a “Grammie” her world became even brighter; she looked forward to watching her grandchildren, attending their events, seeing them grow up and always beaming as she spoke of their accomplishments.

Cathie and Joe, along with their family thoroughly enjoyed their annual two-week vacation for over 50 years at the Days Cottages in North Truro on Cape Cod. There she would unwind from the previous 50 weeks and always had a great time with friends and neighbors.

When Cathie first moved to Wilmington she went to work as a teacher at the Mildred Rogers School near Silver Lake. Cathie loved her students and treated them as her own. She was at the Glen Road School until she learned she was expecting their first child in 1960 then stayed home to raise her children until the late 1970’s when she returned as a paraprofessional at the West Intermediate School; her kindness and compassion towards her students throughout the years made a lasting impression in their lives.

After Cathie left her teaching position, she went to work for Itek Corporation where she was a Document Administrator for over 15 years.

Cathie was a woman of great faith and an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington for many years. She taught CCD to many Wilmington children and was later involved in helping with church events and becoming a Eucharistic Minister.

In her spare time, Cathie enjoyed reading, going out with friends and working a little “cottage” business making handmade tea cozies for a California based Spice Company in Truro, Ma. In her retirement she looked forward to spending time with her husband, family and friends; they loved to travel and enjoyed their many cruises.

Cathie was quite a lady; she worked hard, loved her family unconditionally and treated her friends as extended family. Cathie was always there to lend a hand or an ear to anyone in need; she touched many people throughout her life and she will forever be missed.

Catherine was the beloved wife of 61 years to the late Joseph F. Warren, devoted mother of Mark Warren & his wife Margaret of Medford, Kenneth Warren & his wife Cristina and Robert Warren & his wife Wendy all of Wilmington, David Warren & his companion Linda Topjian of Billerica and Christine Kelsall of Bedford, NH. Loving “Grammie” of Christopher, Kimberly & her husband Mike, Benjamin, Abigail, Joseph, Peter, Julia, Rachel, Frank, Casey, Elizabeth, Melissa & her companion Dylan, Daniel, Jessie, Nathan and great-grandchildren Annalise, Bryer and Philip “Pip”. Cherished daughter of the late Edward and Beatrice (Greene) Younie, dear sister of the late Dr. William Younie & his wife Anne of New Jersey.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Saturday, October 31st at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Catherine’s memory may be made to a Charity of One’s Choice.

Bruce G. Middleton, Sr.

October 26th, 2020

Bruce G. Middleton, Sr., age 72, of Manchester, NH, formerly of Everett, MA, passed away unexpectedly at home on October 24, 2020.

Bruce was born on March 25, 1948, in Everett, MA; he was the cherished son of the late James J. Middleton, Sr. and Jean (Boyland) Middleton. Bruce was raised and educated in Everett and a graduate of Everett High School.

Following High School, Bruce enlisted in the United States Marines Corps. in September of 1966; serving overseas during the Vietnam War and was awarded several commendations for his service. He was honorably discharged from active duty in September of 1969 but further served in the Marine Reserves until May of 1972.

Bruce was the father of Bruce Middleton, Jr., Evan Middleton, Shannon Middleton, Brendan Middleton and Lauren Middleton, he was the brother of Noreen Bruno and her husband Paul and the late James J. Middleton, Jr. Bruce is further survived by his grandchildren, his nieces, nephew and their families.

Due to the current situation with Covid 19, Bruce’s family will have a private service at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bruce’s memory to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

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

Eleanor Rose Tomeo

October 25th, 2020

Eleanor Rose Tomeo, age 99, passed away on October 23, 2020, at Windsor Place of Wilmington.

Eleanor was born on August 19, 1921, in Medford, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Alfred R. Tomeo and Angela (Cuneo) Tomeo. Eleanor was raised in Revere and graduated from Revere High School in 1939. Following graduation, Eleanor attended the Copley School of Fashion in Boston, graduating with Honors in 1941.

Eleanor went on to work for the Revere Public School System where she was instrumental in initiating “Home Economics” courses in the Revere Middle Schools where she retired as a teaching supervisor in 1982.

Eleanor was a very caring and compassionate person; her family was everything to her. Eleanor along with her sister Evelyn, tenderly took care of their parents until their passing.

Eleanor was a superior seamstress, as she made gorgeous wedding gowns, christening outfits, prom dresses, dresses and beautiful outfits for many family members. She made countless Christmas stocking all specially planned out and meticulously detailed for her family and extended family; all gifts that will be treasured for years to come.

Eleanor’s passion was to team up with her best friend and sister Evelyn, to create wonderful holiday and birthday meals, beautiful decorations and countless memories for their ever expanding family. Eleanor was a beautiful lady inside and out; she loved doing for others and she will forever be in the hearts of those she touched.

Eleanor was the dear sister of the late Louise M. (Tomeo) Gage and Evelyn C. Tomeo both of Wilmington, the late Vito A. Tomeo of California. Loving Aunt of Robert V. Gage and Jeanne L. (Gage) Kane both of Wilmington, Thomas A. Tomeo, Diane (Tomeo) Scroggins and Stephen A. Tomeo all of California, the late Richard E. Gage and William A. Gage. Eleanor is also survived by her special cousin Marie DiLorenzo of Medford as well as many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

All are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial for Eleanor on Wednesday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, followed by a burial in the family lot at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Roslindale.

Memorial donations in Eleanor’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.