Obituaries

Eleanor (Gillis) Cameron

March 25th, 2016

Eleanor Cameron (Gillis), age 82, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on March 24, 2016.

Eleanor was born into a large and loving family on April 26, 1933; she was the daughter of the late Malcolm and Annie (Connors) Gillis and one of several siblings. Eleanor was raised in the “Federal Gardens” section of Wilmington where she was part of a tight-knit neighborhood of many relatives and close friends. Eleanor was educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1950?

Eleanor married William “Bill” Cameron more than 58 years ago; together they built their own home in Federal Gardens and raised four wonderful children, Kevin, Lisa, Erin, and Kerry. Eleanor was a wonderful homemaker, she had an open door policy for her family and all of their friends. Eleanor was a wonderful baker who shared her many treats with family and friends over the years and was always there to lend hand or an ear over a much needed cup of tea.

Eleanor cherished the time spent with her family especially her grandchildren; she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. All would agree that she was very loving and kind; always putting others needs ahead of her own.

For many years Eleanor worked as an inspector for the Gillette Company in Wilmington; her endearing personality and great work ethic made her quite an asset to the company.

In her spare time, Eleanor loved to travel, take long walks, and try her luck at Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods Casinos.

Eleanor was a very religious woman and an avid communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington. Eleanor’s faith helped her through many difficult times in life and she not only prayed for her own family and friends but for all who need prayers in their life.

Eleanor will be fondly remembered as quite a “lady”, caring, loyal, and always willing to help anyone in need. Eleanor will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Eleanor was the beloved wife of William C. Cameron, devoted mother of Kevin Cameron & wife Denise of Claremont, NH, Erin Cameron of Andover, Kerry Feyler & husband Dave of Wilmington, and the late Lisa Cameron. Loving “Grandma” of Kasey, Ryan & wife Stephanie, and Anne Marie Cameron, Danny and Michael Feyler, and great-granddaughter Taya Cameron. Cherished daughter of the late Malcolm and Annie (Connors) Gillis, dear sister of Edward Gillis & his late wife Kay of Wilmington, Richard Gillis & wife Joyce of Lexington, the late George, James, John, Mary V. “Mimi”, and Mary Theresa Gillis. Sister-in-law of Dorothy Gillis of North Reading and Peg Rogers of Peabody. Eleanor is also survived by many special nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, March 29th 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, March 28th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Eleanor’s name may be made to VNA of Middlesex East and Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

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Edith Cunningham

March 22nd, 2016

Edith Cunningham (McManus), age 92 of Lady Lakes, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on December 15, 2015.

Edith was born on December 7, 1923 in Wilmington, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late James and Marijane (Barry) Cunningham.

Edith was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Cunningham, devoted mother of Marijane Blunk of California, Fr. Gerard Cunningham of Florida, and William Cunningham & his wife Stephanie of Rockport. Loving “Grammie” of Kiera Blunk, Lucas, Jenna, and Samuel Cunningham, dear sister of Helen Fish of California.

Edith was the Director of Wilmington Senior Center for twenty years and was instrumental in the creation of the Buzzell Senior Center. When Edith started her mission the Senior Center was just a storefront in Wilmington Plaza; she spearhead the movement to relocate the center to the Buzzell Elementary School which was an abandoned and rundown elementary school. at the time. Edith rallied the town to support the renovation, and she “cajoled” people to volunteer their time to renovate the school. Edith tirelessly oversaw its design and construction and in the new center she instituted numerous programs that benefitted thousands of Wilmington’s elder citizens. Under her leadership the Wilmington Senior Center became a shining example to other towns and cities in Massachusetts as to what a fully functioning Senior Center could and should be.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Friday, April 1st at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

George C. Sullivan, Jr.

March 20th, 2016

George C. Sullivan, Jr., age 93, of Wilmington, died Friday, March 18, 2016 at his residence, the Monarch Assisted Living Community in Woburn. He was the husband of the late Alyce Field Sullivan of Wilmington, to whom he was married for 34 years, and in his first marriage, to the late Bernice T. Thomas Sullivan, to whom he was married for 22 years.

Born October 11th, 1922, in Brighton, MA, the son of George and Ellen Sullivan, he lived in Boston, Milton, North Falmouth, and Wilmington. A graduate of Saint Columbkille High School in Brighton, and Boston College, where he earned a business degree, he served his country in the United States Army Air Corps as a lieutenant and flight instructor during World War II.

George worked professionally for many years as a salesman and account executive at Standard Register in Boston and Fiber Optics Industries in Florida. In his retirement, he operated a successful tax accounting business from home.

George loved spending time, tinkering, and taking long walks at his summer home in North Falmouth with his children and grandchildren. A philosopher, amateur historian, and stamp collector, he was an inveterate reader with a library of over 4,000 books, and was endlessly curious about history. With a profound knowledge of virtually any subject, he used to joke that he possessed “only a smattering of ignorance.” He was also justifiably famous for his Friday “date nights” at both the Silver Lounge in North Falmouth and Kitty’s Restaurant in North Reading.

George is survived by four children: Bronia M. Sullivan and her husband, Carl Zukroff of Boston; M. Susan Sullivan of Newmarket, NH; Robert Sullivan and his wife, Meriem Pages of Northfield, MA; and Nancy Peterlin and her husband Philip Peterlin of Wells, ME; four grandchildren, Stephanie Sullivan of Weatogue, CT and her husband, Alex MacDonald, Nicholas Sullivan of Amherst, MA, Hannah Peterlin of Florence, Italy, and George H. Sullivan of Northfield, MA; one great-granddaughter, Madelyn MacDonald of Weatogue; a brother-in-law, Kevin Field and his wife Gayle of Northboro, MA; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, March 24th for Visiting Hours from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118 or to the charity of your choice.

Edith A. “Edy” (Carlon) Carter

March 17th, 2016

Edith A. “Edy” (Carlon) Carter, age 90, of Wilmington, passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family that loved her.

Edith was born on May 25, 1925, on Glen Road in Wilmington. She was the cherished daughter of the late George and Annie H. (Annable) Carlon. Edith was raised and educated in the Wilmington school system; she spent all of her ninety years as a Wilmington resident.

Edith married the boy next door; Luther (Arnie) Carter. After his untimely passing at the age of forty-seven in April of 1964, Edith took on the role of a single mother and raised six children herself. Edith was proud of her six children, Richard, Gary, Donna, Diane, Kenneth and Robert.

When her children were all in school, Edith went to work for Compugraphic as a Quality Inspector for many years.

In her spare time, Edith liked to go to watch horse and dog races, as well as an occasional trip to play Bingo. She enjoyed taking trips to the beach and spending time with her family.

Edith will be remembered not only for her great love for her family, but also her love of scratch tickets, Bobby Vinton music and sneaking sweets. Edith was delighted to be known as “Grammy” to so many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Edith was the wife of the late Luther A. Carter, mother of Richard Carter & his wife Patricia of Nottingham, NH, Gary Carter & his fiancée Brenda Haslam of Tewksbury, Donna Akerley & her husband Danny of Manchester, NH, Diane Bellegarde of Wilmington, Kenneth Carter & his wife Marilynn of Reading and Robert Carter & his wife Linda of Tewksbury, loving “Grammy” of Cathrine, Christopher, Patrick, Richard II, Amanda & her husband Tyler, Desiree, Nathan, Melissa, Nevin, Kelli, Casey, Kristen, William, Sarah, Mathew and many great-grandchildren, including Zachary, Benjamin and Conway.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, March 19th at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, March 18th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Edith’s name may be made to the Wilmington Senior Citizens Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or VNA Hospice, 100 Trade Center, Woburn, MA 01801.

Daniel Joseph Noonan, Jr.

March 16th, 2016

Daniel Joseph Noonan, Jr., age 72, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2016 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Daniel was born on January 25, 1944 at the Choate Hospital in Woburn, MA; he was the eldest son of the late Daniel J. and Marion P. (Moore) Noonan. Daniel grew up in East Woburn as part of a large loving family of nine siblings. Throughout Daniel’s life, he continued the role of the first born child; always taking charge and caring for his brothers and sister. Daniel was educated in Woburn and graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of 1961.

Daniel started his forty-seven-year career at the Woburn Daily Times at the age of seventeen. He was very dedicated to his job and enjoyed the people he worked with. Daniel worked as a compositor, where he assembled the death, TV and comics pages. He also was responsible for delivering “bundles” of papers to the newsboys for thirty-eight of those years.

Daniel was very proud of his two children; Michael and Tina. He was a wonderful, supportive father. Daniel was always there to lend a hand or give advice when needed, but let the kids live their lives how they wanted. Daniel managed to be his children’s best friend and biggest supporter, especially during sporting events.

Daniel met his wife Deborah G. (Holmes) Noonan at the Daily Times in 1984. Daniel and Deb married on October 13, 1993; as a couple they spent many years making wonderful memories. Daniel loved to spoil his wife; he was such a loving and generous man. Daniel’s favorite times spent with Deb included watching their favorite T.V. shows or sharing a special meal at their “Table 7” on the side porch and sharing drinks on the back deck with neighbors.

He also enjoyed his Friday morning coffee hour with Larry and Mike, and his Wednesday afternoons with George and Peter at the Woburn City Club.

Daniel was a member of the Woburn Elks and Woburn City Club for many years, and had once served as President.

Daniel will be remembered for his selfless, loyal personality; always giving to others and putting himself last. Daniel was able to keep special life-long friendships. In the words of Daniel, “Don’t worry about me, I’m fine. Take care of yourself and have a good one.”

Daniel is the beloved husband of Deborah G. (Holmes) Noonan, devoted father of Michael Noonan & his wife Leann and Christine “Tina” Sellers & her husband Kevin all of Billerica, loving “Poppy” of Caileigh and Skyler Sellers, cherished son of the late Daniel J. and Marion P. (Moore) Noonan, dear brother of Thomas Noonan & his wife Elaine of Woburn, Richard Noonan of Stoneham, Robert Noonan, Donald Noonan both of Wilmington, Joyce Noonan & her husband the late John Mataya of San Jose, CA, John Noonan & his wife Mary Lou of Methuen, Barry Noonan & his wife the late Maryann of Haverhill and the late Steven Noonan. Daniel is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, friends as well as his two very special cats, Abbey and Jessie.

Family and friends are welcome to join us at a “Celebration of Daniel’s Life” which will take place at the St. Anthony Club, 1020 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801 on Saturday, March 19th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Daniel’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to MSPCA-Angell Headquarters, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, MA.

Sergio “Sam” DeMango, Sr.

March 15th, 2016

Sergio F. DeMango, Sr., age 87, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Burlington, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cambridge on March 31, 1928, Sergio, also known as Sam, was the son of the late Pasquale and Filomena (Simone) DeMango – both of whom immigrated from Italy. He was raised in East Cambridge and attended Cambridge schools.

Sergio left school when he was 17 and enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on October 3rd, 1945. He loved being on a ship and proudly served our country. Sergio was honorably discharged on April 30th, 1948.

Upon his return, Sergio, married the love of his life, Mary Amoran. The couple moved to Arlington and in 1958, settled in Burlington, where they raised their four children. To provide for his family, Sergio worked for many years as a foreman for Interstate Container in Lowell. Sergio and Mary resided in Burlington for 32 years until retiring to Tewksbury.

In his free time, Sergio enjoyed landscaping, creative stone work, and gardening. In April of 2015, Sergio fulfilled the only item on his bucket list. He, along with his family, traveled to Washington, DC and visited all the War Memorials. As a veteran, this trip was very special to him.

Sergio was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Amoran) DeMango. He was the loving father of Sergio (Sam) Demango & his wife Maureen of Wilmington, Diane DeMango & her partner Jason Hietala of Lancaster, Laura DeMango of Lexington and the late Florence DeMango. Grandfather and “Vavou” of Christyne Jean Anderson & her husband C.J., David Sergio DeMango and Brendan Michael DeMango. Great-grandfather and “Babu” of Declan, Aubree and Melanie Anderson. He was the dear brother of Isabella DiCarlo & her husband Rocco of Medford and the late Rose & John Ciampaglia. Sergio also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, March 18th, at 10:00 a.m. Interment with military honors to follow in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 17th from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sergio’s name to the following group to benefit special needs individuals: Lexington Social Services, 15 Depot Sq., Suite #5, Lexington, MA 02420.

Philip C. Gray

March 8th, 2016

Philip C. Gray, age 68 of Billerica, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on March 7, 2016, at Lowell General Hospital at the Saints Campus.

Phil was born on June 27, 1947 in Rochester, NH; he was the son of the late Clyde and Leola Mae (Meader) Gray. Phil was raised and educated in New Hampshire. Following graduation Phil moved to Massachusetts and attended East Coast Aero Tech learning a specialty mechanical aviation repairs.

Phil was drafted into the U. S. Marines on July 31, 1967 during the Vietnam War and earned several commendations for his valiant service. Phil was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in July of 1971 and returned home to his family.

Phil resided in Wilmington for many years before moving to Billerica.

Prior to retiring, Phil was employed as a mechanical repairman for several medical and dental firms throughout the years.

Phil was the father of Lisa Roberts of North Andover and Michele Smith of Chelmsford, grandfather of Nicole, Angelina, & the late Allyson Roberts and Bryan Smith, former husband of Margaret “Peg” (Ray) Gray of Billerica, son of the late Clyde and Leola Mae (Meader) Gray, brother of Ruth Meader of Rochester, NH and Joyce Gray of Virginia.

fFamily & friends will gather for a Graveside Service with Military Honors on Saturday, March 12th at 11:00 a.m. in the Veterans section of Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Phil’s memory may be made to a Veterans Charity of Your Choice.

Richard T. Ryan

March 4th, 2016

Richard T. Ryan, age 74, of Wilmington, passed away on March 3, 2016, following a brief illness.

Richard is survived by his beloved wife, Janet M. (Richards) Ryan.

A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Wednesday, March 9th at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s memory may be made to MSPCA-Angell Headquarters, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.

Barbara A. (Mac Millan) Mac Donald

February 29th, 2016

Barbara Ann (Mac Millan) Mac Donald, Age 74, of North Chelmsford, formerly of Wilmington and Tewksbury, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 26, 2016 surrounded by her family. Barbara was the daughter of John Dan Mac Millan and Florence Margaret (Mac Isaac) Mac Millan. She was born in Port Hood, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on May 21, 1941.

She moved to the United States at the age of 19, where she resided in Waltham, MA. She was employed by several companies including: B. F. Goodrich, Sylvania, Sweet Heart Plastics, CVD, Bandwagon, Harvard Pilgrim Vanguard, Tel Labs, and Maine Technical Source. Not only was she an asset to each and every organization, but she was also a treasured babysitter for many little ones.

Barbara could be found actively involved with her family and often behind the scenes busily helping others. She was pleasant, quick-witted and liked to have old-fashioned fun. She loved the things of life: music, dancing, the seashore, children, and animals; especially, making people happy. She was easy to talk to and saw the goodness in people. A beautiful lady with a warm smile, and bright blue eyes – she was a favorite companion. It is not surprising that Barbara had the most visitors at the nursing home where she spent her final days. Barbara often cared for the sick and made time for those who needed a friend. Her unwavering faith guided her throughout her life as she remained gracious, kind and strong. She gave and didn’t expect much in return. Barbara would often say, “It was the right thing to do.”

Barbara was the loving wife of Ronald G. Mac Donald, beloved mother of Donna L. Mac Donald of Watertown; Brenda Ingersoll and her husband Michael of Tewksbury; Linda Mac Donald Storer of Wilmington; and Ronald (Frank) Mac Donald and his wife Jennifer of Chelmsford. She is survived by her four grandchildren: Caryssa Ingersoll, Sarah Mac Donald-King, Dwight Storer IV, and Connor Mac Donald. She is also survived by several brothers and sisters and their spouses including: Loretta Ball, Mary Kennedy, Angus and Louise Mac Millan, Pauline and Phil Brake, Donald and Jeanette (Jeannie) Mac Millan, Josephine Marie (Josie) Ouellette, and John Francis Mac Millan, Martha Mac Millan (Wife of Alexander), Karen Mac Millan (Wife of Archie). Barbara was the sister-in-law of John Dan Mac Donald, Cecil Mac Donald, Francis (Frank) Mac Donald, Elda Mac Lean, Margaret (Margie) Mac Phail, Lexis Evans, James Mac Donald, and Jessie Mac Donald.

Barbara was predeceased by her siblings: Catherine (Louise) Mac Millan, Alexander Mac Millan, and Archibald (Archie) Mac Millan and her in-laws John Ball (husband of Loretta), Ronald Kennedy (husband of Mary), Marilyn Mac Millan (wife of Angus), Rocky Ouellette (husband of Josie), and Dougald (Dougie) Mac Donald.

She is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Avenue (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, March 3rd 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 will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 2nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s memory can be made to the Ronald Mc Donald House Charities, Inc., 229 Kent St., Brookline, MA 02446 (www.rmhc.org) or to the Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Hugh D. “Dennis” Dickerson

February 29th, 2016

Hugh D. “Dennis” Dickerson, age 81, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away after a brief illness on February 28, 2016 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Hugh was born on April 20, 1934 in Dublin, GA; he was the cherished son of the late Anna (Nadreau) Dickerson. Hugh moved to Mass. as a young child; he was raised and educated in Charlestown and Brighton.

Hugh met and married his wife of more than 56 years, the late Patricia E. (Dion) Dickerson. The couple initially lived in Malden, but moved to Wilmington in 1971, where they raised their four children; Dennis, Donna, Terese and Patricia.

Hugh worked as an auto mechanic for many years. He worked for Anchor Auto Body for several years before going to work for Ralph Kinnear. Hugh was very dedicated to job and became very close with Ralph and his family.

Hugh loved to be outdoors; he enjoyed camping and canoeing. He was interested in anything to do with nature, especially birds and butterflies. Hugh also loved to spend time going for rides with members of his family; often picking up his mother-in-law, whom he had a great admiration and respect for.

Hugh will be remembered for his great personality. He loved to play tricks on his family and friends, often in an unassuming way. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Hugh was the beloved husband of the late Patricia E. (Dion) Dickerson, devoted father of Dennis Dickerson of Wilmington, Donna Kelley and her companion Rick Comeau of Windham, N.H., Terese Shannon & her husband Robert of Dracut and Patricia Morrison of Wilmington, loving “Grampy/Papa” of Lisa Mannion and her husband Dennis, Linda Kelley, Michael Shannon, Robert Shannon, Keryn Shannon, Amanda McHugh, Matthew Dickerson, and Melissa Dickerson, and “Great-Grampy” of Chelsea and Connor Mannion, cherished son of the late Anna (Nadreau) Dickerson, dear brother of Robert Dickerson of New Hampshire and the late Richard Dickerson, brother-in-law of Edward Dion and his wife Joan of Swampscott. Hugh is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as his life-long best friend, Russell Brown and his wife Peggy of NH.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, March 4th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 3rd from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.

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