Obituaries

Officer Ronald J. Alpers

May 12th, 2013

Officer Ronald J. Alpers, Retired Medford Police Patrolman of 39 years, age 68, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on May 11, 2013.  Ronald was the beloved husband of Lisa (Zorzan) Alpers, devoted father of Maria Henehan & her husband Paul of Arlington, Jacqueline Alpers of Tavernier, FL, Ronald “Butch” Alpers, Jr. & his wife Ellen of Melrose, and David Alpers & his wife Keri of Fayetteville, NC, loving “Grampy” of Patrick, Casey, Dylan, Matthew, Jack, Samantha, Nolan, and Phinneas, cherished son of the late Harry and Margaret (Coleman) Alpers, dear brother of Paul T. Alpers, Richard Alpers & his wife Cheryl and Mary Mello & her late husband Robert, all of Medford, John Alpers & his wife Sue of Londonderry, NH, loving uncle of Michael, Michelle, Kylie, Ricky, Louise, Derek, Brooke, Jared and several great nieces and nephews, Special Godfather of Marc, Alyssa, Amy and Amanda.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, May 15th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 14th from 3-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Ronald’s name may be made to the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, Yawkey Center, Suite 7E, Boston, MA 02114. Ronald was a U.S. Army Veteran during the Vietnam War.

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Alan R. Temple

May 12th, 2013

Alan R. Temple, age 65, of Salem, NH, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2013, at the Aurora Senior Living Center in Derry, NH.  Born in Clinton, MA  on December 2, 1947, Alan was the beloved son of the late William and Dorothy (Parkhurst) Temple.  Alan grew up in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School.  Upon graduating, Alan went to Merrimack College and received his degree in accounting.

When Alan finished college, he was drafted into the United States Army.  He served his country bravely during the Vietnam War and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.

Alan returned to Wilmington and began to work with his father and brother at Merrimack College as a baker.  Alan was a sports fan and enjoyed watching the local sports teams on t.v.  His favorite sport to watch though was horse racing.  He loved to go to the track and watch all the races.

Alan was the dear brother of Bernard Nally of Wilmington, William Temple, Jr. of Salem, NH, and Gary Temple and his former wife Linda of Manchester, NH.  He was the nephew of Evelyn Sanford of Greenfield, NH.  Alan was the loving uncle of David Nally of Wakefield, Cynthia Leverone of Rumney, NH, Heather Urban of Chelmsford, Deanna Nally of Andover, Patrick Nally of Wilmington, Gary Temple, Jr., Tara Temple and Bryan Temple all of Manchester, NH.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington, for a visitation on Thursday, May 16, from 10-11a.m. immediately followed by a funeral home service at 11 a.m.  Interment with military honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.  Memorial donations in Alan’s name can be made to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 9168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

Judi (Caiazzo) Diamond

May 10th, 2013

Judith L. (Caiazzo) Diamond, fondly known as “Judi”, of Tewksbury, formerly of Everett, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on May 9, 2013.

Judi was born, raised, and educated in Everett, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Thomas and Louise (Cafasso) Caiazzo and a member of a large and loving family.
Following her graduation from Everett High School, Judi enrolled in the Nursing Program at Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett and earned her degree as a Registered Nurse.

Judi continued to practice nursing at Whidden Memorial Hospital; her kindness and compassion for her patients was unwavering only to be topped by her professionalism and care.  Judi continued as a nurse for many years at the hospital before her passion for children led her to a position at Wilmington Pediatrics where she could comfort and care for sick children for the last 15 years.

Judi married “the love of her life” John L. Diamond in 1972, together they shared more than 40 years of marriage, raised two wonderful daughters Kristen and Adrianne, and made countless memories to last for generations to come.  Judi and John lived in a great neighborhood in Everett where everyone knew each other and neighbors were extended family.  Judi was known as one of the best neighbors you could have, she was always willing to lend a hand; whether is was shoveling or babysitting, you could always count on Judi for help.

In 1996, Judi decided it was time for her family to move closer to her parents and sisters, so she sold the house one day and off to Tewksbury the family went.  Again Judi fit right into the neighborhood and was always there to help.

Family first, a small phrase with a huge commitment and boy did that describe Judi’s relationship with her family.  Judi’s love for her family was unconditional as a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, and aunt but when Judi became “Nana” a whole new world opened up and the sky was the limit; Evan, Jillian, and Kaylin were the light of her life.  Judi never missed a family holiday, special event, or just an evening of “hanging out” and she could always be counted on to bring one of her Marie Calander Pies or her famous fruit bowls, they were a staple at every party.

Judi loved sports, she was a Boston Bruins fan and she loved to listen to the Red Sox or catch a game with family and friends, but she was the biggest fan of her daughter’s sporting events and would often be on the sidelines cheering them on.

In her spare time, Judi loved to plant flowers, crochet, play internet games, go to Foxwoods, and read countless books, Harry Potter was her favorite.

Judi will be fondly remembered for her unselfish ways, her love of babies and children, she was always buying toys just to see the smiles on their faces, her devotion to family and friends, and for her famous sweet tooth.  She was kind, caring, and considerate of others.  Judi’s strength in the face of adversity, her ability to fight hard and never give up should be a lesson to us all.  Judi was quite a lady who will be greatly missed.

Judi was the beloved wife of John L. Diamond, devoted mother of Kristen Mantel & her husband Marc and Adrianne Johnson & her husband Shaun all of Tewksbury, loving “Nana” of Evan, Jillian, and Kaylin Mantel, cherished daughter of the late Thomas and Louise (Cafasso) Caiazzo, dear sister of Thomas Caiazzo, Jr. & his wife Nan of Andover, Janet Reddington & her husband Dennis of Oviedo, FL, Joan Gillespie & her husband Robert of Wilmington, Jean Caiazzo of Tewksbury, Jayne Scanlan & her husband Michael of Louisville, KY, Joyce Delaney and Julianne Robarge & her husband John all of Wilmington.

Family & friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Monday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Interment to follow in  St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tewksbury.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, May 12th from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Judi’s name may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.

Shirley L. (Cann) Bradley

May 5th, 2013

Shirley Louise Bradley, age 79, of Reading, formerly a long time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 4, 2013, at the Wilmington Health Care Center in Wilmington.

Shirley was born on November 2, 1933, in Stoneham, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late John W.H. and Charlotte M. (Hunt) Cann.  Shirley was raised and educated in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School.  Shirley went on to get her Degree in Education at Salem State College and became a School Teacher for the City of Malden for several years.

Shirley met her “high school sweetheart,” William A. Bradley, Jr. at the age of fourteen.  They were married in 1956, they shared over fifty-six years of marriage, raised a wonderful family, and made countless memories to share with generations to come.  Shirley and Bill moved to Wilmington in 1958, where they raised their four children, Paul, David, Lynne and Scott, they were Shirley’s pride and joy.

Shirley’s devotion to her family was evident, she was always doing something for someone, family was most important to her.  When Shirley became a  “Grammy” she cherished every moment spent with her four grandchildren and she doted on them.

In her spare time, Shirley loved to travel with family and friends.  She also loved to be outdoors, especially working in her yard and caring for her flowers. Shirley will be remembered as an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed watching countless games with family and friends.

Shirley will be fondly remembered for her kind and caring ways and for her unconditional love of family and friends.  She will be greatly missed.

Shirley was the beloved wife of William A. Bradley, Jr., devoted mother of Paul Bradley and his wife Barbara of Derry, N.H., David Bradley of Lowell, Lynne Oliver of Reading and Scott Bradley of Malden, loving “Grammy” of William, Mike, Toni and Keith, great – grandmother of Dustin, Liam and Khloe, cherished daughter of the late John W.H. and Charlotte M. (Hunt) Cann, loving sister of Marilyn McLaughlin of Salem, N.H. and sister in law of Marcia Spears of Acton.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, May 7th from 10:00 to11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Home Service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.  In lieu of flowers donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

Antoinette (Navarro) Campbell

May 5th, 2013

Antoinette (Navarro) Campbell, age 82, a long time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 4, 2013, at the Wilmington Health Care Center in Wilmington.
Antoinette was born on February 5, 1931 in Medford, she was the cherished daughter of the late Peter A. and Raffaella (Giggi) Navarro.  Antoinette was raised and educated in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School.

Antoinette furthered her education at Regis College, where she earned her degree in teaching.  She went on to teach in Attleboro, but always considered herself to be a professional wife and mother.

Antoinette met her late husband, James V. “Jim” Campbell and they were married in 1954.  Antoinette and Jim  lived in the city for a short time, before moving to Wilmington in 1958, where they raised their nine children and became part of a “close knit” neighborhood. Antoinette was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, enjoying every moment spent with her family.  Antoinette loved her home, she was an impeccable housekeeper, she loved to cook, and took pride in her yard; always gardening outdoors and growing beautiful flowers.

Antoinette was extremely supportive of her children, she was very involved in their school activities, homework, and was ever present at their sporting events; where she was their biggest fan.  Antoinette was very proud that each and every one of her sons went on to join the United States Army, honorably serving their country, and truly making a difference in the world.

When Antoinette became a “Grandma” life held a whole new meaning, she loved her grandchildren unconditionally, she was proud of each and every one of them, they were the light of her life.

Even with a large family, Antoinette found the time to help start the Parent Advisory Group in the Wilmington Public Schools, she was a substitute teacher for many years, she taught CCD Classes at St. Thomas Church, and was a member of the Wilmington Arts Council.

Antoinette and her husband Jim also started Campbell’s Restaurant located on Main Street in Wilmington, they were always working hard to feed and serve the community.  Campbell’s was always a local landmark that was enjoyed by countless patrons.

In her spare time, Antoinette enjoyed reading, especially history books and she was a very talented artist who loved to paint; sharing her masterpieces with her family and friends.

Antoinette will be fondly remembered as a beautiful, smart, and talented lady, who always had unconditional love for her family and friends.  Antoinette cherished nothing more than to be surrounded by those she loved and they will miss her dearly.

Antoinette was the beloved wife of the late James V. Campbell, devoted mother of Dorothy Campbell of Haverhill, Colonel U. S. Army Retired John Campbell & his wife Patricia of Enterprise, AL, Madeleine Campbell and Marjorie Campbell both of Wilmington, USAR Staff Sgt. Retired Paul Campbell & his wife Cindy of Andover, Marianne Smith & her husband Mort of San Juan Capistrano, CA, Lt. Colonel U. S. Army Retired Peter Campbell & his wife Renate of Leavenworth, KS, Jennifer Martin & her husband Chris of Seal Beach, CA, and the late Major U. S. Army Leo W. Campbell, mother in law of Kathleen Campbell of Wilmington, loving “Grandma” of James Campbell, Colleen Kelly & her husband Trevor, Andrew Campbell & his wife Jodi, Erin Carroll & her husband Bob, Michael Warford, Katelin Havens & her husband Kyle, Kristine Sawyer & her husband Andrew, Patrick Campbell, Matthew Campbell, Michelle Steen, Debbie Steen, Mary Ann Steen, Danny Campbell, Antoinette Smith, Charlotte Smith, Virginia Smith, Raffaella Campbell, Joseph Campbell and Louie Campbell, “Great-Grandma” of Liam, Brooklyne, Audrey, Avery, Mikey, Emma, Ella, Arianna, Payton and Jocelyn, cherished daughter of the late Peter A. and Raffaella (Giggi) Navarro, dear sister of Dorothy Geary & her husband Jack and the late Joseph Navarro, sister-in-law of Elizabeth Navarro all of Woburn.  Antoinette is also survived by many nieces, nephews, life-long friends, and good neighbors.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, May 8th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 7th from 5-9 p.m.  Memorial donations in Antoinette’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Mary Ellen (Sullivan) Lannan

May 1st, 2013

MaryEllen (Sullivan) Lannan, age 81, of North Andover, formerly a long-time resident of Andover, died peacefully on Monday, April 29, 2013, at the Academy Manor Nursing Center.

MaryEllen was born on June 5, 1931, in Lawrence, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Joseph C. and Ruth G. (McCormack) Sullivan.  MaryEllen was raised and educated in Andover, graduating from the Punchard High School with the Class of 1949.  MaryEllen went on to further her education at Boston University.

MaryEllen married her “sweetheart” George F. Lannan on August 20, 1955, the couple settled in Andover where they raised four sons. MaryEllen was a devoted wife,  a loving mother, and grandmother.  MaryEllen enjoyed socializing with her friends and to spend time with her family, she enjoyed holidays, family celebrations, and she was very proud of family’s accomplishments.  MaryEllen also enjoyed traveling, ceramics, yoga and was proudly involved in Boston University’s alumni program.

MaryEllen was a woman of great faith and was actively involved at St. Augustine’s Parish in Andover for many years.

Prior to raising her children, MaryEllen worked as a telephone operator for New England Telephone where she was a hard working, dedicated, and faithful employee.

MaryEllen will be fondly remembered by her family and friends who will miss her dearly.

MaryEllen was the devoted wife of the late George Lannan, beloved mother of Timothy Lannan and his wife Eileen of Methuen, George Lannan and his wife Frances of Londonderry, NH, Kevin Lannan and his wife Wendy of Haverhill, and Brian Lannan and his wife Alexis of Boca Raton, FL, loving grandmother of Crysten, Kaitlyn, Brittany, Erin, Noel, and Mia, dear sister of Joseph Sullivan and his wife Mary Beth of Andover, Ruth McElheny and her husband Victor of Cambridge, and Joan Baranski and her late husband Ken of New York  and the late Cynthia Sullivan and a loving aunt of several nieces and nephews

At MaryEllen’s request, her funeral services will be private.   In lieu of flowers Memorial donations may be made to adaa.org.

Ann E. Sullivan

May 1st, 2013

Ann E. Sullivan, age 83, of Waltham, formerly of Watertown, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2013, at the Aberjona Nursing Center in Winchester.  Beloved daughter of the late Patrick J. and Mary (Covell) Sullivan.  Loving sister of the late Mary Therese Sullivan.  Cherished Godmother of Virginia “Gigi” McKinley of New Mexico.  Ann was also the dear friend of Joan Carldeleen, Charlotte and Dave Jensen, Lillian Sparks and Chester Wisnewski.  Funeral services will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations in Ann’s name can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

John R. Trickett

May 1st, 2013

John R. Trickett, age 32, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

John was born on March 22, 1981, in Winchester, MA, he was the beloved son of June M. (Pidgeon) and John C. Trickett both of Wilmington.

John was raised and educated in Wilmington and attended Wilmington High School.

John worked for several years with a landscaping company, as a hardwood flooring installer, and also worked as a plumber’s apprentice.

John loved fishing, music, his family, his dogs, and spending time with friends.  He especially loved being a dad to his son Jaylen; he was the light of John’s life and his greatest achievement.

John will be dearly missed by all who loved him.

In addition to his parents who survive him, John was the beloved father of Jaylen Trickett, dear brother of Janette (Trickett) Wiggett and her husband Bruce of Plymouth, NH, uncle of Logan and Cabot Wiggett, grandson of Eleanor Pidgeon of Gilmanton, NH, Marie Trickett of Salem, NH, the late Janette Pidgeon, Robert Pidgeon, and David Trickett, nephew of Robert and Beth Pidgeon, Caroline Doherty, Bruce and Michele Doherty, Brad and Sandy Doherty, Andy and Betsy Doherty, Paul and Ann Trickett, David and Cindy Trickett, Elizabeth and Bob Thomas.  John is also survived by many cousins, extended family members, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Friday, May 3rd from 4-7 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to the John R. Trickett Memorial Fund, Reading Co-operative Bank, Attn: Rich Selig, 300 Trade Center, Suite 1740 Woburn, MA 01801.

Frances A. (Baldwin) Nolan

April 27th, 2013

Frances A. (Baldwin) Nolan, age 92, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on April 27, 2013 at the Wilmington Health Care Center.

Frances was born on May 22, 1920, in Everett, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Charles A. and Gertrude E. (Schuster) Baldwin.

As a young girl, Frances lived in Everett and summered at Silver Lake in Wilmington with her family.  In the mid 1920’s they made Wilmington their permanent home  and settled on Jones Avenue along with family and extended family.  Frances was educated in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School.

Frances married Louis B. Nolan on September 27, 1941.  The couple loved spending time with their family.  Frances was very dedicated to her husband and two sons Bill and Bob, they were “her boys”.  Frances was a wonderful cook and she loved to bake, some of her specialties being her chocolate chip cookies and whoopie pies.  Frances loved to have her family for Sunday dinners and holidays, she liked to wait on her family and was known to boot everyone out of “her kitchen” while she worked.

Frances learned how to cook and wait on others while running her diner in Tewksbury for many years. “The Stand” as it was known was a local place for Wilmington and Tewksbury residents, and was frequented by local Police and Firemen, where the coffee was hot, food was good, and the staff was friendly, everyone loved Frances.

Proir to retiring, Frances also worked as a supervisor for the Photon Company in Wilmington for many years.

Family was first and foremost to Frances, she enjoyed being a wife and mother, she was a proud “Nana” but when the great-grandchildren arrived the world revolved around them.  Frances loved to see them come running through the door and she listened to their every word; Frances would “light up” whenever they were around.  Frances also loved to travel with her family, they took many trips to California, Florida, and visits to Disney World with the grandchildren.  Frances also liked to go out to dinner and take Sunday drives, she was considered the best “back seat driver” ever.   Frances also enjoyed socializing with the extended family on Jones Ave. and looked forward to the “block” cookouts they held throughout the summer.

In her spare time, Frances played cribbage, cards, bingo, and was a whiz at crossword puzzles.

Frances will be fondly remembered for her devotion to her family and they will miss her dearly.

Frances was the beloved wife of the late Louis B. Nolan, devoted mother of William C. Nolan of Wilmington and Robert J. Nolan and his wife Shirley of Tewksbury, loving “Nana” of Lee-Ellen Sturtz and her husband Daniel, Andrea Gayman and her husband Jeff, Keith Nolan, Dawn-Marie Nolan, and great grandchildren Evan, Chloe, Ryan, Ava, and Makayla, dear daughter of the late Charles A. and Gertrude E. (Schuster) Baldwin, sister of Marie T. O’Connell of Wilmington, the late Dorothy H. Baldwin, Ruth E. Lynch, and Charles J. Baldwin.  Frances is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass 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 from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Frances’ name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Alyce E. Elworthy

April 25th, 2013

Alyce E. (Reid) Elworthy, age 88, of Wilmington, died peacefully on April 24, 2013, at the Meadow View Rehabilitation Center in North Reading.

Alyce was born on November 24, 1924, in Boston, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Felix and Alice (Kennedy) Reid.  Alyce was raised and educated in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School.

Alyce married Robert J. Elworthy in the Mission Church in Boston in 1947; the couple lived in Boston for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1954 where they raised three sons Robert, Richard, and Stephen.  Family was first and foremost in Alyce’s life, she loved being a wife and mother always taking care of “her boys”.   Alyce loved holidays, celebrations, vacations, and just spending time with her family.  When Alyce’s grandchildren were born she took on a new role as “Nana” and she cherished every moment spent with Brian, Craig, and Kelly, they were the light of her life.

Prior to retiring, Alyce worked as a type photo technician at Compugraphic in Wilmington for many years where she was a dedicated and hardworking employee.  Alyce had a great personality and made many friends throughout the company.

In her spare time, Alyce enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening, dancing, and traveling with her family and friends.

Alyce was also very active at the Wilmington Senior Center, where she had lots of friends and enjoyed partaking in their many activities and trips.

Alyce will be fondly remembered as kind, caring, devoted to her family and friends, and most of all fiercely independent; Alyce will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Alyce was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. Elworthy, devoted mother of Robert R. Elworthy and his wife Tawnya, Richard J. Elworthy and his wife Bonnie all of North Reading, and Stephen A. Elworthy and his wife Denise of Merrimacport, MA, loving Nana of Brian Elworthy and his wife Alison, Craig Elworthy and his wife Kristen, Kelly Elworthy, and great-granddaughter Sienna Elworthy, dear sister of Charles Reid of Revere, James Reid of California, and the late William Reid.  Alyce is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

At Alyce’s request her Funeral Services will be private.  Donations in Alyce’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project,  PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or an organization of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com