Obituaries

Edith L. (Staples) Ward Narduzzo

January 14th, 2013

Edith L. (Staples) Ward Narduzzo, age 85, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2013.  Born in Medford on September 12, 1927, she was the cherished daughter of the late Edwin F. and Margaret Staples.  Edith grew up in Billerica and was a graduate of Billerica’s Howe High School.

After high school, Edith married Kenneth Ward and moved to Wilmington where they built their home and raised their daughter, Janette.  Edith then married Vincent “Jimmy” Narduzzo in 1976 and enjoyed twenty years of marriage until his passing.   Edith and Kenneth reunited a few years ago and greatly enjoyed spending time together.

Edith worked for many years in the Wilmington Police Department.  She started out as a crossing guard in 1956.  In 1960, she became a part time clerk, which turned into full time in 1965.  Edith retired 1985 after nearly 30 years in the department.

Edith loved dogs, spending many years breeding German Shepherds.  Edith enjoyed going deep sea fishing, loved to go to horse races to see her brother’s horse, liked to travel and took flying lessons.  Edith was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Wilmington United Methodist Church, and Angels in Motion (AIM) and she enjoyed going to activities at the Wilmington Senior Center.

Edith was all about her family and friends.  She loved having her family and friends over for cookouts and celebrations throughout the year, especially her summer parties and Christmas Eve celebrations.  Edith will be sorely missed by family, friends and all who knew and loved her.

Edith was the beloved companion of Kenneth Ward of Tewksbury, and wife of the late Vincent Narduzzo. She was the loving mother of the late Janette L. Powers and her late husband Richard and step-mother of Joseph Narduzzo and his wife Eileen of Boston.  Edith was the cherished grandmother of Laurie Finne and her husband Kenneth of Wilmington, Joseph Narduzzo and his wife Camille of Boston, and Katie Narduzzo of Boston and great grandmother to Ayden Narduzzo.  Dear sister of Lewis Staples and his wife Phyllis of Dunstable, George Staples and Nancy Parker, both of Billerica and the late Robert Staples.  Edith is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral service at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rt. 62) Wilmington, on Thursday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, January 16 from 3-7 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington.

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George J. Silva

January 9th, 2013

George J. Silva, age 79, of Wilmington, died peacefully with his family
at his side, on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at the Winchester Hospital.

George was born on January 14, 1933, the dear son of the late Anthony
and Philomena (Pacheco) Silva.  George was raised and educated in
Cambridge, MA, and a graduate of Cambridge Latin High School.

George married Dolores E. Amaro, his sweetheart, on June 22, 1957.  The
couple resided in Wilmington, and had a wonderful son who was the light
of his life.  Family was everything to George. He was devoted  to his
wife and son and he was a wonderful grandfather who loved to play with
his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  George was also a loving
uncle to many nieces and nephews.  He opened his home and his heart to
them and their friends.

Prior to retiring, George was a data processor and controller for
Cambridge Gas and Electric Company which later became NSTAR.  George
was a dedicated employee for many years, hardworking, and friendly.

In his spare time, George liked to entertain family and friends. He was
a whiz at crossword puzzles, he liked to go for long walks, travel, get
his “scratch tickets” at Sunrise Market, and he enjoyed a good piece of
chocolate.

George will be remembered as a hard worker.   He was kind, caring,
giving, friendly, and most of all, very devoted to his family and
extended family who will miss him dearly

George was the beloved husband of Dolores E. (Amaro) Silva, devoted
father of Richard “Rick” Silva of Wilmington and Florida, loving
grandfather of John Richard Silva and his wife Rebecca and Melissa Jean
Silva, great-grandfather of Rodolfo Silva, Katelynn and Andrew Silva,
father-in-law of Patricia E. Silva of Florida, dear son of the late
Anthony and Philomena Silva, brother of Donald Silva and his wife Kathy
formerly of Arlington, Lorraine Gibbons and her husband Leo of
Haverhill and Florida, the late Arthur Correia, Albert Correia, Helen
Haley, Alice Burke, Anthony Silva, and Walter Silva, brother in law of
Margaret Silva of Everett, Rosa and Edward Sadowski and John and
Phyllis Amaro all of Wilmington.  George is also survived by many
loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187
Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, January 12th at 8:00
a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street
(Rte. 38), Wilmington at 9:00 a.m.  Interment took place in the family
lot at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.  Memorial donations in George’s
name may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road
#400,  Waltham, MA 02451.

Elizabeth L. (Kelso) Silvers

January 8th, 2013

Elizabeth L. (Kelso) Silvers “Betty”, age 89, of Kingston, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on January 5, 2013 at The Edgewood Center in Portsmouth, NH.

Elizabeth was born on August 20, 1923 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was the daughter of the late Newton and Dorothy (Lidoff) Kelso. Betty was raised and educated in Indiana. She attended St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing where she earned her Diploma in Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. She furthered her education at Indiana University.

Elizabeth married John Phillip “Jack” Silvers in November 1945. Together the couple shared 64 years of marriage and raised a beautiful family before his passing in April 2010.  Betty and Jack lived in Lafayette, IN while Jack continued his studies at Purdue University, then moved for a number of years to Park Forest, IL. Employment opportunities brought them to Wilmington, MA  where they resided for nearly 50 years until retiring to Kingston, NH in 2000 to be closer to family.

After her graduation, Betty worked as a Medical-Surgical Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN until she took time off to raise her family.  During her hiatus from nursing, among her many activities, she taught nursery school at Stepping Stones  in Wilmington, where she thoroughly enjoyed working with the children. In 1966, Betty returned to her passion of Nursing, took a refresher course at Massachusetts General and then  took a position at the Winchester Hospital.  She worked in the Medical-Surgical Unit, Intensive Care, was promoted to Head Nurse and Nursing Supervisor all before retiring in 1985. Betty’s recent education and quick response earned her the distinction  of being the first person at Winchester Hospital to resuscitate a cardiac arrest victim by defibrillator.   Her compassion for her patients and her dedication to her profession were unwavering. She was a pioneer in the field and opened many doors for the next generation of nurses.

Betty will be fondly remembered for her talents in needlework, arts, and crafts; her many creations were shared with family and friends and will be treasured always.

She will also be remembered for her “athletic ability”; at the young age of 40 she reluctantly learned to ski, but  grew to love it so much that she helped teach her grandchildren to ski as well. She was an avid golfer and kept active bowling when there was too much snow to golf.   She enjoyed snorkeling and sailing in Bermuda with her family and friends.

Betty was a woman of great faith and a long standing member of the First Congregational Church in Wilmington, MA.  She was very active in the church teaching Sunday School and being the Sunday School Superintendent for many years.  She was a youth ministry volunteer and was active in the Women’s Group, then known as the Ladies’ Benevolent Society, where she chaired the “North Branch.”
Her giving and kindness stretched far beyond her family and friends. She took on the responsibility as Salvation Army Annual Appeal Chairperson for several years and helped countless families in need. Elizabeth was always giving of her time and talents, volunteering whenever needed and helping anyone and everyone she could.

Betty had a wonderful wit and could see the humor in almost any situation. She had  great spirit of adventure, always ready and willing to participate in whatever was going on. Yet she was the calm in a storm. She was very kind and nurturing, with a soft spot for children and the elderly, however family was first and foremost; her devotion and love for her family were unconditional.  She was truly a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who will be greatly missed. Her endearing personality, kindness and generosity will never be forgotten by those whose lives she has touched.

Elizabeth was the beloved wife of the late John P. “Jack” Silvers, devoted mother of Cheryl J. S.  Park and J. Thomas Silvers both of Kingston, NH, and the late Terry A. Silvers, loving grandmother of William Park, Jr., Bradly Park, and Maegan Silvers, great-grandmother of Nathan Diffin, dear daughter of the late Newton and Dorothy (Lidoff) Kelso, sister of Charles Kelso of Michigan, Mary Hemsuth of Indiana, and the late Ruth Beikus, Alfred, Francis, and James Kelso. Elizabeth is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, January 20th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. immediately followed by a funeral home service at 3:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Elizabeth’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Marjorie E. (Norden) Brogna

January 8th, 2013

Marjorie E. (Norden) Brogna, age 72, a long-time resident of Burlington, died peacefully with her family at her side on January 8, 2013, at the Winchester Hospital .

Marjorie was born in Reading, MA on December 16, 1940, she was the cherished daughter of the late John R. and Margaret (Knight) Norden.  Marjorie moved to Burlington as a young girl where she lived for many years before moving to Woburn.

Marjorie married the “love of her life” Felix C. Brogna, Jr. on July 7, 1957.  Marjorie and Felix moved back to Burlington in 1967 where they raised a large and loving family.  Marjorie and Felix celebrated more than 55 years of marriage and made many memories for generations to come.

Prior to retiring, Marjorie worked at Marshalls Warehouse in Woburn for many years where she was a dedicated employee, dependable, and outgoing; she made many friends over the years with her co-workers.

Family was most important to Marjorie, she was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother.  Marjorie loved her family unconditionally, she enjoyed every family celebration, holiday, and was very proud of all of their accomplishments.  Marjorie was very gentle, kind, caring, and loving; she is described as the most “awesome” mother anyone could ask for.

In her spare time, Marjorie loved to knit, crochet, and help anyone in need.  She always put others before herself and was always there to lend a hand.

Marjorie was quite a lady who will be dearly missed by all.

Marjorie was the beloved wife of Felix C. Brogna, Jr., devoted mother of Margaret A. Moscato & her husband Frank of Lowell, Michael C. Brogna & his wife Jackie of Groton, NH, Felix C. Brogna III of Colorado Springs, CO, Patrick K. Brogna & his wife Kerrie Lafreniere of Woburn, Rose E. Jeffers & her companion John Ricci of Woburn, Raymond A. Brogna & his wife Michelle of North Reading, Susan M. Brogna & her companion Norman Gosslin of Waltham, William J. Brogna & his wife Kerry of Wakefield, and the late Paul C. Brogna, loving grandmother of Frances J., Gina Marie, Joseph M., Michael, Corey, Tony, Alicia, Christopher D., Dyan M., Elizabeth M., Katie, Stephen, Shania, Anthony, Jessica, Michael F., Shawn P., Andrew S., Kevin A., Heather, Melanie A., Felix R., William, Kayla, Kyle, and the late Patrick, great-grandmother of Dominique, Zoey, David, Maggie, Angel, Maria, Serenity, Owen, Emma Rose, Jordan and Natalie, cherished daughter of the late John R. and Margaret (Knight) Norden, dear sister of Mary Doucette of Woburn, Joan Dickie of Burlington, and John “Butch” Norden & his wife Helen of Norway, ME.  Marjorie is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, January 11th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon.  Interment Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington.  Visiting hours Thursday, January 10th from 2-6 p.m.  Memorial donations in Marjorie’s name may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road #400,  Waltham, MA 02451 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA  01701.

John J. “Jack” Gill

January 5th, 2013

John J. Gill, well known as “Jack” to his family and friends, a long-time resident of Tewksbury, died peacefully surrounded by his family at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry, NH on January 4, 2013, following a lengthy illness.  He was 56 years old.

Jack was born in Boston, MA, on April 10, 1956, he was the dear son of Edward G. and Carolyn (Bruce) Gill.  Jack was raised and educated in Chelsea, MA, and was a graduate of Chelsea High School.

Jack married the love of his life Nancy A. Hamilton in Chelsa, MA in November of 1979 and the couple moved to Tewksbury where they raised their beautiful children.  Family was everything to Jack, he was devoted, dependable, caring and loving.  He cherished his role as husband, father, father in law, and especially “Papa”.

Jack loved to attend countless family celebrations, holidays, trips to Florida and camping trips with family and friends; whatever the occasion and no matter his physical condition due to illness Jack tried his best to be there and he was always so proud of his family.

Prior to illness forcing his retirement at a young age, Jack worked as a machinist for many years at the General Dynamics Company.

Jack will be fondly remembered as a “fighter”, he never gave in to his illness and still continued to find the strength to help others.  Jack spent many hours volunteering at Local Heroes, he was a true Patriot and was extremely proud of our men and women serving the country.  Jack loved to help with Veterans causes, participate “side car” in  motorcycle runs, and countless fund raisers over the years.  He made many candy dishes over the years to use at the fund raisers and he made sure to decorate them with each branch of service represented.

Jack was a member at the Tewksbury Knights of Columbus but would often be seen also helping out at the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus in Wilmington.  Jack had a great personality and made many friends at each council, everyone loved Jack.

Jack’s other talents included woodworking, drawing, painting, and he made many “wood cutouts” for family and friends, which will be forever treasured.

Jack will be fondly remembered as a “Huge” sports fan; the Boston Bruins being his favorite, but he enjoyed taking in countless football and baseball games as well.  He will also be remembered as outgoing, friendly, he had a great sense of humor, and he was truly giving and kind.  Jack had a way of making everyone feel welcome and he will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Jack was the beloved husband of Nancy A. (Hamilton) Gill, devoted father of John Gill & his wife Dani and Jillian Gill & her fiancé Jae McLellan all of Tewksbury, loving “Papa” of Bailey and Cameron, dear son of Edward and Carolyn (Bruce) Gill of North Weymouth, brother of Stephen Gill & his wife Veronica of Amesbury, Robert Gill & his wife Cindy of Mansfield, Laurie Drew & her husband Barry and Lisa Gill all of North Weymouth, Michael Gill & his wife Tonia of Foxboro, son-in-law of Harold & Dot Hamilton of Chelsea, Jack is also survived by his sister-in-law Cheryl Odenweller of Stoughton, as well as many other brothers & sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, friends, and godchildren.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, January 8th from 4-7 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Jack’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA.

Lester E. White

January 4th, 2013

Lester E. White, fondly known as “Les”, age 82, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 4, 2013.

Les was born on March 26, 1930, in Rutland, Vermont, he was the dear son of the late Carl and Gladys (Wood) White.  Les was raised and educated in Benson, Vermont and a graduate of Rutland High School.  Following graduation, Les was called up from inactive duty with the Army National Guard Service to active duty in the United States Army on September 5, 1950, during the Korean Conflict.  Les attended Infantry School and Leadership Courses while faithfully serving the country; Les was honorably discharged as a 2nd Lieutenant on December 18, 1953.

While in the service, Les married his “sweetheart” Barbara J. Ruger in 1951.  Les and Barbara moved to New York following his discharge from the Army and Les continued his education at the Farmingdale State College in New York, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and graduating top of his Class in 1956.

Les and Barbara moved to Wilmington in 1962, where they raised three wonderful daughters, shared many happy times, and made countless memories to last for generations to come.

Les took a position as a chemical engineer for AVCO Defense Systems in Wilmington, later known as Textron.  Les was a dedicated and faithful employee and his knowledge of his field was renowned.  He was a hard worker and a wonderful friend to his many co-workers.  He retired from his position in 1986 but Les couldn’t stay stagnant for long so following his retirement he went to work for Huntley’s Hardware Store in the Wilmington Plaza.  Les had a great knowledge and knack for “fixing things”, he also had quite an endearing personality and a giving nature so many customers at Huntley’s would seek him out for advice on a household projects and Les would often take time to go and help; he was a very “hands on guy”.

Les also took time to become very involved in the Community of Wilmington, he was a member of the School Board for many years, he started “Helping Hands” which was a group that went out and helped Senior Citizens with household projects, and he continued to help and volunteer where ever he was needed.  Les was recognized for his countless efforts and was voted the Wilmington Good Guy in 1994.

Les was a man of great faith and he loved being a member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church.  Les took his role as a member quite seriously, he volunteered for every project, was involved in the outreach program FISH, helped where ever he was needed, he formed many special bonds with his ministers and fellow church members, and was always there to lend a hand, an ear, or an idea.

Lester’s giving nature also went beyond the community of Wilmington, Les started an outreach program with Governor Paul Tsongas in Lowell called SHARE, this program was to help young people with substance abuse, give them support and direction to turn their lives around.  Les helped countless young adults over the years.  He also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, as a camp counselor at Asbury Grove, and was proud to be a Mason at the Friendship Lodge in Wilmington where he was able to be involved in many projects that helped others over the years.

In his spare time, Les enjoyed cooking, gardening, traveling, and camping with the “Hot Rivets” a lively group that had a lot of fun together for more than 40 years.

Family was most important to Les, he was a devoted husband for over 60 years to Barbara, a loving and supportive father and most of all the best “Pop” that any grandchild could want.  He was a wonderful son, brother, brother in law, uncle, and a true and dear friend to many.  Les will live on in the many good deeds he did for others and was a shining example of how we should all live our lives.  Les truly left the world a better place and he will be greatly missed.

Les was the beloved husband of Barbara J. (Ruger) White, loving father of Debra Parker and her late husband Dennis of Wilmington, Nancy Markgren and her husband Russell of Wells, ME, and Cynthia Barcellos and her husband Mike of Wilmington, cherished “Pop” of Kerin Parker of Wilmington, Lucas Markgren of Worcester, Derek Markgren and his wife Megan of Portland, ME, Katelyn Barcellos of Rutland, VT, and Stefany Barcellos of Wilmington, dear son of the late Carl and Gladys (Wood) White, brother of Jacqueline White of Rutland, VT, the late Arthur White of Danby, VT and Doris Nelson of Iowa.  Les is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, MA 01887 on Tuesday, January 8th at 11:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 7th from 3-7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Lester’s memory may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church.

Loreen E. Frost

January 1st, 2013

Loreen E. Frost, age 61, of Malden, died unexpectedly on December 29, 2012.  Loreen was the beloved daughter of the late Ray and Marion “Tippy” (MacDonald) Frost, cherished sister of Dayle Fitzpatrick and her fiancé James Otting of Salem, NH, Donald Frost and his wife Roberta of Derry, NH, and Gary Frost and his wife Robin of Wilmington, loving aunt of Garett, Jennifer, Jacob, Jonathan, Zachary, Jeremy, and Nicholas.
Family and friends will gather for a Service on Thursday, January 3rd at 10:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Interment to follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 2nd from 5-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Loreen’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.  At the time of her death, Loreen was employed as a medical assistant at the Winchester Hospital where she leaves many co-workers and friends.

Phyllis M. (Benson) Campbell

December 30th, 2012

Phyllis M. (Benson) Campbell, age 83, of Billerica, formerly of North Reading and Wilmington, died peacefully on December 29, 2012, at the Lowell General Hospital

Phyllis was born in Reading on August 7, 1929, she was the dear daughter of the late Gilman and May (Hickman) Benson.  Phyllis was raised in Reading and Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School.

Phyllis lived in North Reading and Billerica for many years where she raised her family before moving to Wilmington and then finally retiring and moving back to Billerica.

Prior to retiring, Phyllis worked as a waitress and a hostess at Kitty’s Restaurant in North Reading for many years and a hostess at Stelio’s Restaurant in Wilmington; she had an upbeat personality and sense of humor that were quite an asset to her job.  Phyllis made countless life-long friends with her co-workers and patrons over the years.

Phyllis will be fondly remembered for her love and devotion to her family, she cherished every moment spent with them and made sure to speak to them every day.  Phyllis loved to spend summers camping in Naples, Maine with the family, she enjoyed every family holiday, celebration, and loved to cook for everyone. Phyllis was a “character”, who could speak her mind, she loved to “hang” with everyone and she truly loved her family and friends.  She will be greatly missed.

Phyllis was the beloved wife of the late Jack Campbell, devoted mother of Donna Hubbard & her husband John of Haverhill formerly of Reading, Jeanette Norton & her husband George of The Villages, FL formerly of Billerica, Phyllis Shelley & her significant other Robert Dufrense of Chelmsford, Joyce Nicoletti & her husband Michael of Nashville, TN, Jack Campbell & his wife Daryl of Lowell, and Jeffrey Campbell & his wife Karen of Billerica, loving grandmother of Nicole Andrews, Tracy Devine & her husband Patrick, Jennifer Rabuffo & her husband Michael, James Norton & his wife Nicole, Jeffrey Norton & his wife Tina, Jody Norton & his wife Nicole, Jay Michael Norton, Steven Shelley & his wife Christine, Kristin Charlton & her husband Edward, Jacqueline Neal & her husband Clark, Michael Nicoletti, Elizabeth McKeil & her husband Greg, Samantha Campbell, Amanda Campbell, Alexandra Campbell, Abigail Campbell, and great-grandchildren Bradley, Hunter, Sydney, Campbell, Trey, Bayleigh Rose, Mallory, Korin, Linus, Kayla, Drew, Peter James, Lily, Caroline, Addison, Gabriella, Nathan, McKenzie, Hannah, and Chelsey, cherished daughter of the late Gilman and May (Hickman) Benson, dear sister of the late Barbara Barber.  Phyllis is also survived by her companion Charles Duffy of Billerica.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Thursday, January 3rd at 12:00 noon in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Interment to follow in Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading.  Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 2nd from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Phyllis’ name may be made to D’Youville Senior Care, 981 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854.

Lucy O. (Kidder) Ramsdell

December 27th, 2012

Lucy O. (Kidder) Ramsdell, age 95, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home on December 26, 2012. Lucy was the wife of the late Almon H. Ramsdell, devoted mother of Evelyn Grassia and her husband Ralph and Robert Ramsdell, loving “Gram” of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lucy is also survived by her sister Dorothy and her beloved companion Edward Wright.

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

Michael J. McKenna, Sr. “Mickey”

December 26th, 2012

Retired Wilmington Police Detective Michael J. McKenna, Sr., fondly known as “Mickey”to his family and friends died unexpectedly on December 26, 2012, he was 78.

Mickey was born on December 5, 1934, in Boston, MA, he was the dear son of the late Francis and Helen (Butters) McKenna.  Mickey lived with his family in Winchester, MA, before they moved to Wilmington when he was a young boy.  Mickey was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1953.

In December of 1953, Mickey enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  Mickey served with the Company E Special Training Regiment during his time in the service and he was honorably discharged on March 38, 1958, returning home to Wilmington.

Mickey always had a love for the ocean, following his return from active duty he took a job with the Woods Hole Ocean Graphics on Cape Cod where he learned a lot about the ocean and its inhabitants.

In May of 1969, Mickey was appointed as a Patrolman for the Wilmington Police Department and started a long career in Police Enforcement.  Mickey worked his way up to Detective, a job he loved for many years.  Mickey retired in December of 1996 following nearly 30 years of dedicated service to the community.

Mickey will be remembered as an avid Red Sox and Bruins fan, he took in countless games at Fenway Park over the years with his kids, brothers, and friends.  He was also thrilled to see the Red Sox win the Pennant and the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in his lifetime.

In his spare time, Mickey loved to play cards, cribbage, and board games; especially chess and checkers with the grandchildren.  He also liked to go to the ocean, walk the beach, and visit his daughter and her family in Colorado where he could discover the “West” and be a “cowboy”.

Mickey will be remembered for his quiet demeanor and for his love of family, he truly enjoyed being a “Grumpy” and was very proud of his children and grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed.

Mickeyl was the beloved husband of Patricia L. (Murray), devoted father of Colleen Hennessey and her husband Thomas of Dover, Michael J. McKenna, Jr. and his wife Kristen of Wilmington, and Erin Hastedt and her husband David of Highland Ranch, CO, loving “Grumpy” of Sam and Katie Hennessey, Kaitlynne and Jason McKenna, Mason and Sofia Hastedt, dear son of the late Francis and Helen (Butters) McKenna, brother of Maureen McHugh and her husband Bozo and Terry McKenna all of Wilmington, Richard McKenna and his wife Carolyn of Andover, Susan Gauthier of Boston, and Robert McKenna of Florida.  Mickey is also survived by many aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte.62), Wilmington on Saturday, December 29th 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 Friday, December 28th from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Michael’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, got@woundedwarriorproject.org.