Obituaries

Albert J. Spada

March 12th, 2017

Albert J. Spada, age 84, “Al”, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly with his loving family at his side on March 11, 2017, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Al was born on January 18, 1933, in Roxbury, MA; he was the son of the late Salvatore and Anna Spada. Albert was raised and educated in Roxbury and was a graduate of Chauncy Hall School in 1952 Albert went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maine at Orono in 1956 and was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity and was in the ROTC. He was discharged from the Army ROTC as a Second Lieutenant.

Albert started his career as a mechanical engineer for United Shoe Company. He later worked for the RCA when he took a position at AVCO in Wilmington. While he was hard at work and raising a family, Albert still managed to go to night school at Northeastern University in Boston where he achieved a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1969. He then worked at Stone & Webster Company throughout the 1980’s. He spent one year in Italy working on Nuclear Plant design. He retired from the Raytheon Company after proudly working on the Patriot Missile transport vehicle, and modifying it for use in Greece. Throughout his career, Albert was known not only for his incredible work ethic and tenacity. Albert was instrumental in many projects throughout the years and had four patents placed in his name including the shroud for the Apollo Moon re-entry vehicle and the Pipe Rupture Restraint mechanism for the Nuclear Power Plants. Albert’s designs were instrumental in containing the Millstone Nuclear Power plant. Albert was very proud to be a Licensed Mechanical Engineer and a member of the ASME.

After meeting at Moseley’s; Albert married his “sweetheart and best dance partner” Jennie Mottola on September 4, 1955. The couple shared over 60 years together and raised four talented daughters. Al and Jennie moved to Wilmington in 1964 and became very engrained in the community. Al was a member of The Sons of Italy for a period of time. Al’s talents were endless; he designed and built both homes that the family shared in Wilmington as well as their summer house on Cape Cod; he was a wonderful handy man who could fix just about anything. Al’s unconditional love and devotion for his family was evident in everything he did; he treasured the time they spent together and was always very proud of his daughters and grandchildren.

In his spare time, Al enjoyed being outdoors and enjoying the sunshine and fresh air; he could be found golfing, bicycling, fishing, or going quagging in Eastham. Al loved to dance with his beautiful wife Jennie every chance they got and he enjoyed playing chess with his grandchildren.

Al will be fondly remembered as a “gentleman” with a huge heart who would do anything for anyone. Al was kind, caring, hardworking, loyal, and loving; he will forever be missed by all who loved him.

Albert is the beloved husband of Jennie V. (Mottola) Spada, devoted father of Janice E. Spada, D.M.D. of Marlboro, MA, Lorraine Jacintho & her husband Scott of Las Vegas, NV, Laura Baptiste & her husband Carl of Pittstown, NJ and Elizabeth A. DiStefano & her husband Gino of Wilmington, loving “Pop Pop” of Alexandra Horne, Carl H. Baptiste, Emilio and Lisetta Jacintho, Nicholas, Quintin and Leonardo DiStefano, cherished son of the late Salvatore and Anna (Murdocca) Spada, dear brother of the late Rocco, Joseph, Frank and John Spada, Rose Garzone and Theresa Senesi, brother-in-law of Anna Spada, Mary Spada, Carl & Angelina Rappoli and Josephine Dolly Silva. Albert was the son-in-law of the late John and Michelina Mottola, brother-in-law of the late Anne & Paul Peters, Millie & Bob Bosco, Anthony Silva and Anthony Mottola. Albert is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, March 16th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main St. (Rte. 38), Woburn at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 15th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Albert’s name may be made to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Office of Philanthropy, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

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Percival “Chuck” Cornish

March 10th, 2017

Percival H. Cornish Jr., better known as “Chuck” to his family and friends, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at the Winchester Hospital on March 10, 2017. He was 82 years old.

Chuck was born on January 17, 1935; he was the dear son of the late Percival H. and Dora (Rice) Cornish. Chuck was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School.

Chuck was inducted into the United States Army on December 12, 1957; during the Vietnam War. He served overseas with the 379th Trans. Company and received the Good Conduct Medal as well as Letter of Appreciation for his service. Chuck was honorably discharged from active duty on November 19, 1959 and transferred to the Army Reserves where he served until December of 1963.

Chuck was a hard worker; for over 38 years he was employed with the Town of Wilmington in the Tree Department. Chuck was very conscientious and dependable when it came to his job and he got along very well with his co-workers; they made a great team.

In his spare time, Chuck could be found at the local sub shop in North Wilmington hanging out with “the guys”; he was always there first and made sure there was a fresh pot of coffee. Chuck could also be found about town driving his famous truck; he was just checking things out making sure the town was quiet.

Chuck was a very talented craftsman and for many years he did wood working and created some beautiful pieces that will be treasured. Chuck was also known to have a green thumb and was quite a gardener growing his many vegetables and tending to his yard; his gardens were always beautiful.

Chuck will be fondly known as a devoted family man and a true friend. He had a quiet nature but would go out of his way to help anyone in need. Chuck will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Chuck was the beloved husband of Margaret (Grassia) Cornish “Marge”, devoted father of Joseph Cornish and Michelle Cornish both of Chester, NH and the late Eric Cornish. Loving “Papa” of Cori & Ashley Michals and Jocelyn & Joseph Cornish. Dear son of the late Percival H. and Dora (Rice) Cornish, brother of Richard Cornish & wife Cathy of Wells, ME, Robert Cornish & wife Celia of Wilmington and the late Nancy Sullivan. Chuck is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, March 13th for Visitation from 4:00-7:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Service with Military Honors at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Chuck’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Margaret G. Lee

March 8th, 2017

Margaret G. Lee (Hamilton), “Peggy”, age 97, a long-time resident of Wilmington, formerly of Pepperell, died peacefully with her family at her side on March 8, 2017.

Margaret was the beloved wife of the late Richard “Dick” Lee, devoted mother of Robert E. Lee & wife Peggy of Andover, Donna M. Britt & husband Howard of Wilmington, Richard T. Lee & wife Nancy of West Townsend, Janice A. Murray & husband Jim of Wilmington and John F. Lee & wife Marie of Intervale, NH. Loving “Nana” of Gregory & Ann Marie Lee, Christopher & Carrie Lee, Mark & Kerry Lee, James Britt, Sharon & Scott Vienneau, the late Scott Britt, Karen & Jason Peroni, Kristin Lee, David Lee, Lauree & Brandon Scott, James Murray, Steven & Laura Murray, David & Martha Murray, Jill Murray & Quinel Eutsay, Daphne & Jason Lassard, Kelly & David Byron and “Great-Nana” of 29 great-grandchildren. Cherished daughter of the late Charles H. and Catherine (Maguire) Hamilton, dear sister of the late Katherine MacMillan, Elizabeth Copp and John Hamilton. Margaret is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, March 11th 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, March 10th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Margaret’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE 68010.

Elizabeth M. Siracusa

March 4th, 2017

Elizabeth M. Siracusa, age 62, of Wilmington, passed away on March 3, 2017 after a lengthy illness.

Bett (Betty) is the beloved wife of Thomas W. Siracusa, devoted mother of Thomas W. Siracusa, Jr. & wife Lauren of Hudson, NH, Jennifer E. Greenwood & husband David of Dunstable, Daniel P. Siracusa & fiancée Courtney Conlin of Chelmsford and Elizabeth M. Siracusa & fiancée Shawn Coates of Groton, loving grandmother “Mamo” of Alexandria Greenwood, Emilie Greenwood, Hannah Siracusa, Adrianna Greenwood and Noah Coates, cherished daughter of the late Francis J. and Elizabeth M. (Cunningham) Busby, dear sister of Francis J. Busby & his wife Wendy Finsterwalder of Janesville, MN, sister-in-law of Anthony Siracusa & his wife Donna of Tewksbury. Bett is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Bett was raised in West Peabody, Massachusetts. She attended Bishop Fenwick High School and graduated in 1973.

Bett and Tom met in West Peabody when she was 15 years old. They wed on June 15, 1974 and were married for 42 years. In 1983, they moved to Wilmington, Massachusetts where they raised 4 children.

Anyone who crossed paths with Bett could easily describe her as kind hearted, selfless, loyal, generous, and fun-loving, just to name a few. These qualities shined through her sentiment of the quote, “Live, Laugh, Love”.

Bett was a devout Catholic. In her early years, she began her volunteer services with the elderly and disabled as a candy striper. From there, she continued her volunteer work through her later years as a religious education teacher, as well as a Eucharistic Minister.

Bett followed her calling to support and care for people, practicing as an LPN and later becoming an RN. She worked as an RN with so many who were very fortunate to have her in their lives, including her focuses on the elderly, the disabled, and hospice care. Bett was also able to utilize her nursing skills at American Red Cross and American Training.

Bett had a passion for music and the theater. She had many performances with Pentucket Players, with some of her all-time favorites being Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, and The Sound of Music.

Bett also loved to spend time with her family, including time at the family’s vacation home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She loved her family with all her heart and was unconditionally devoted to their happiness and well-being.

A Funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, March 8th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, March 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bett’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Addie M. MacKenzie

March 3rd, 2017

Addie Mary MacKenzie, age 81, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Arlington, died peacefully on March 2, 2017, with her family at her side.

Addie was born in Boston, MA on August 27, 1935; she was the beloved daughter of the late Donald V. and Carrie (McKenzie) MacKenzie. Addie was raised in Watertown and Wilmington as a young girl before her family moved to Somerville; Addie graduated Somerville High School with the Class of 1954.

Addie went to work for “Ma Bell” as an operator in Arlington and then worked in Boston for many years; throughout the years she witnessed and was involved in the ever-changing worldof telephone and communications. Addie was a very diligent and faithful employee of the telephone company as it changed to AT & T and then Verizon; she retired following 38 dedicated years of service to the company.

As an adult, Addie moved to Arlington where she lived for nearly 45 years and made many friends. Addie was a woman of great faith and an active communicant of St. Agnes Church in Arlington for many years; when she moved to Tewksbury she quickly became a member of St. Williams Church where she loved to attend Mass for the past nine years.

Addie was known to be very charitable to various organizations throughout the years. She gave to countless causes but her passion was to help people get their lives back on track with the wonderful work she did at AA for more than 30 years. Addie was all about helping others and making a difference in their lives; she wanted everyone to succeed and overcome their addictions.

In her spare time Addie enjoyed watching “The Young and The Restless” and going out to eat with her family and friends. Addie was an AVID fan of the Boston Red Sox and she followed them diligently through the years. Addie also took the time to send out countless greeting cards for every holiday throughout the year not only to her family and friends but also to her friends children; she never wanted to leave anyone out.

In her younger years, Addie was very talented at knitting and crocheting; she made many gifts for her family through the years that will be passed down from generation to generation.

Addie will be fondly remembered for her kindness and compassion towards everyone; she had a big heart and loved her family and friends dearly; she will forever be missed by all.

Addie was the beloved daughter of the late Donald V. and Carrie MacKenzie, dear sister of Ralph M. MacKenzie of Wilmington, Agnes M. Gentile & her husband Raymond of Dracut, the late Donald F. MacKenzie and Gwendolyn Parsons. Loving Aunt of Scott & Shannon MacKenzie and their children Ryan & Owen, Kristen & David Turner and their children Kaitlyn & Sydney, Mark Gentile and his daughter Chelsea. Addie is also survived by several cousins and friends.

Family & friends will gather at St. Williams Church, 1351 Main St. (Rte. 38) Tewksbury, on Tuesday, March 7th for Visitation from 10:30-11:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Addie’s memory may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.

Mary T. Hightower

March 1st, 2017

Mary T. Hightower (Redmond), age 86, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden, died peacefully with her family at her side on February 26, 2017.

Mary was born on April 25, 1930; she was the cherished only daughter to the late James and Mary Redmond. She was born, raised and educated in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School.

Mary went to work at Gillette in South Boston and this is where she met her future husband Francis Hightower. Mary and Francis married in 1952; the couple moved to Malden in 1957 where they resided for 45 years and raised a wonderful family. Mary’s love for her family was unconditional; she was a very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

For many years Mary worked as a nurse at the Davenport Estate in Malden; Mary’s kindness and compassion for her patients was very evident in the excellent care that she always gave to them.

Mary was always very active throughout her life; she was an avid walker and loved to go bowling. Mary enjoyed going out with her girlfriends and the trips they all took to Florida over the years. She also looked forward to her many trips to Castle Island in South Boston with her family. Mary loved to read and learn about new things. She was known to have a passion for flowers; she enjoyed taking in the flower shows with her family and she was a member of the Horticultural Society.

Mary will be remembered as a wonderful lady, she was always there for her family and friends. Mary was very loving and kind and she will be greatly missed by all.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Francis Hightower, devoted mother of Claire Donaldson of Melrose, Francis Hightower of Epping, NH, Robert Hightower of Wilmington and Marylee Davidson & husband Richard of Epping, NH. Loving “Nana” of Sarah Ortins, Andrew Donaldson, Brittney and Mariellen Sullivan, Scott, Kelly, Kristina, Rachael, Mya and Richard Davidson, Jr., and great-grandchildren Caroline and Samantha Ortins, and Abigail Donaldson. Cherished daughter of the late James and Mary (Sullivan) Redmond, dear sister of the late John, James and Joseph Redmond. Mary is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, March 3rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 2nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Lester H. Smith, Jr.

February 23rd, 2017

Lester H. Smith, Jr., fondly known as “Smitty” or “Brother” to his family and friends, of Vero Beach, FL formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully with his family at his side on February 8, 2017; he was 84 years of age.

Lester was born and raised in Wilmington, MA; he was the dear son of the late Lester and Thora Smith. Lester was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1950.

On January 22, 1953, Lester was inducted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He served overseas as a Corporal and was awarded the National Defense Medal as well as the Army occupation of Germany Medal. Lester was honorably discharged from active duty in January of 1955 and returned home to his family in Wilmington.

Lester was always a hard worker; in his early years he worked as a local milk man for Red Eaton, he was also a custodian at Wilmington High School, drove a school bus for the local kids, and ran his own paint and wallpapering business for many years. Lester took a position as a firefighter for the Wilmington Fire Department a job he loved and where he worked for more than 25 years. Les was very dedicated to his job as a firefighter and to serving the Town of Wilmington; he was a great worker and got along well with his fellow firefighters.

Lester married “his sweetheart” Ellen Brown on October 16, 1955; the couple made their home in Wilmington and raised three wonderful children; Mark, Cheryl, and Scott. Lester loved to work around the house and out in his yard; he was very handy, he enjoyed “puttering around” and doing his projects. Lester always kept himself busy and he kept his property in pristine condition. Lester also enjoyed the time he spent with his family, he was a very devoted husband, father, son, brother and a loving grandfather who adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lester loved his family unconditionally and was always there to lend a helping hand.

In the early 1980’s Lester and Ellen retired and moved to Vero Beach, Florida to get away from the New England winters and all of the snow. Lester was never one to sit still so he decided to start his own pressure washing business while in Florida; Lester had a great way with his customers and a meticulous work ethic which made his business quite a success.

Lester and Ellen made a wonderful home in Florida and many friends throughout the years; they always welcomed family to visit but they came home to Wilmington every year to visit their family and friends.

Lester was quite a sportsman and very athletic; for many years he played hockey and his favorite position was goalie. He also enjoyed watching and betting on Jai Alai; this was a fast paced and highly competitive sport.

In his spare time, Lester enjoyed going to the beach, traveling and vacationing with his family and friends; everyone always had a good time when they were with him.

Lester will be fondly remembered as a great guy who would do anything for anyone; he had a wonderful personality and would greet you with a big smile. Lester will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Lester was the beloved husband of Ellen (Brown) Smith, devoted father of Mark Smith, father-in-law of Heidi Hall Smith of Vero Beach, FL, Cheryl Smith and Scott Smith & his wife Marybeth all of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Mark Jr., Alyssa, Nicole, Danielle, Samantha, Jaclyn, Derek, Shauna, and great-grandchildren Matthew, Brooklyn, Addison, and Myles. Cherished son of the late Lester H. and Thora (Christensen) Smith, dear brother of Ella Efraimson & her late husband Carl, Barbara Cleveland, and Douglas Smith & his wife Bonny all of Wilmington, the late Roland Smith and Shirley Boyer, brother-in-law of Eleanor Smith of Scituate. Lester is also survived by his nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Monday, March 13th at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 12th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Lester’s memory may be made to the VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Mary E. McDonald

February 23rd, 2017

Mary E. McDonald (McCarron), age 92, of Wilmington, passed away on February 21, 2017.

Mary was a loving wife and mother, she was predeceased by her husband the late Jerome P. McDonald and young son Michael McDonald. She was the devoted mother of Jeanne Liston of Wilmington, Nancy Peabody & her husband Mark Peabody of Londonderry, NH. Mother in law of Kenneth Liston of Haverhill, loving grandmother of Joseph Liston, Michael Peabody, Meredith Peabody, and Nathan Peabody, cherished daughter of the late Thomas and Blanche (LaBonte) McCarron. Mary is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

Mary was a very active member of the Wilmington Senior Center where she would spend endless hours socializing with her friends, enjoying game day, movies, and exercise classes. Mary was also an avid bowler, joining her longtime friends and teammates every week for bowling and luncheons.

As a Veteran, Mary was proud to serve her country, always happy to attend Veterans events and parades where she would often be the oldest woman veteran honored.

Most of all she always enjoyed the time she spent with her daughters and their families; attending the grandchildren’s sporting events, family vacations, and participating in the milestones in her grandchildren’s lives which were always a highlight for her. Mary so enjoyed attending family gatherings and holidays. She loved spending time with members of her extended family and these precious times were what kept Mary young at heart.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, February 27th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, February 26th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Mary’s memory may be made to www.FinalSaluteinc.org which supports Homeless Women Veterans and their children … Mary was a U. S. Air Force Veteran who proudly served during the Korean War.

Kenneth Hobart

February 20th, 2017

Kenneth Hobart, age 85, of Florida, formerly of Burlington, MA passed away on Feb 15, 2017.

Ken is the devoted father of Kenneth Hobart of Limerick ME, Eileen and Jeff Irons of Lakeland, FL, Judy Hobart and Allan Gill of Nashua, NH, Donna and Bill Corral of Mt. Holly, NC, Denise and Daniel Kennedy of Mint Hill, NC, Dianne Millar of CT, dearest friend of Waltraud Silver, and loving grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, cherished son of the late William Hobart and Blanche (Lawson) Hobart. Predeceased by his sister Eileen Simpson. Ken is also survived by loving nieces and nephews, as well as his beloved dog, Carmen.

Ken was educated in Burlington. He was U.S. Army Veteran who served in the Korean War. Ken was a proud and passionate American. Upon returning from his tour in the Army, he worked as an automotive mechanic.

Once Ken retired, he enjoyed puttering in the yard, his family, traveling in his RV, working on engines, and flea markets. He especially loved the annual Flywheelers convention. He collected and built antique cars where his biggest accomplishment and pride was his 1923 Buick. He often quoted Henry Ford stating that “you can have any color you want as long as its black”. While traveling in his RV, he said he never got lost since all roads will lead somewhere.

At the family’s request, Funeral Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken’s name may be made to Good Sheppard Hospice, 115 S Missouri Avenue, Lakeland, FL, 33815 or The Humane Society of the United States, Gift Donations, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037.

Joseph J. Sullivan III

February 19th, 2017

Joseph J. Sullivan III, “Joe”, age 58, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville and Saugus, died unexpectedly on February 18, 2017, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. 

Joe was born on May 20, 1958, in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Joseph J. Jr. and Lorraine (Lowry) Sullivan.  Joe was raised and educated in Somerville and Swampscott and he graduated from Malden Catholic High School with the Class of 1976.  Joe went on to further his education at Boston State College and Northeastern University where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology in 1980.

Joe worked as a Medical Tech for several years before taking a position with the U. S. Post Office.  Joe started his career as a letter carrier in New Hampshire before transferring to Saugus, MA where he worked for over 30 years.  Joe was a hard worker and very dependable; no matter the weather conditions you could always count on Joe to do his job. 

Joe was a wonderful family man who enjoyed spending time with his wife and kids whether it was at home in Wilmington or his retirement home in South Carolina; the family always had a great time when they were together.  Joe also enjoyed his trips to Twin Rivers, his various adventures to “Beer Fest” with his daughter Kristen, his many trips to the beach to soak up the sun, and his daily phone calls from his daughter Ashleigh at college which he was overwhelmingly proud of.  Joe looked forward to the family game night at his home where the competition was high and the laughs were plenty.  Joe just loved to be with his family and friends.

Joe enjoyed music; he had an eclectic mix of old and new tunes but his all time favorite artist was Linda Ronstadt.

Joe will be fondly remembered as an “all around great guy”; he was fun loving, easy going, and kind hearted.  Joe was good to everyone especially his family and friends and he would go out of his way to help anyone in need.  Joe was “one of a kind” and he will forever be in the hearts of those he loved.

Joe was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Gallagher) Sullivan, devoted father of Kristen Sullivan of Chelsea, Adam Sullivan of Revere and Ashleigh Sullivan of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late Joseph J. Jr. and Lorraine (Lowry) Sullivan, dear brother of the late Robert and Lori Ellen Sullivan. Son-in-law of James & Sylvia Gallagher of Wilmington, brother-in-law of Rose Sullivan of Maine, James & Mary Gallagher of Wilmington and Paul & Maritza Gallagher of New York.  Joe is also survived by his former wife Deborah Sullivan of Cambridge as well as a large, loving extended family and friends.  Joe was also very fond of his beloved dog Molly.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, February 24th 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.  Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 23rd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA  01844. https://www.mspca.org/donate-now/tribute-honor-and-memorial-giving/