Obituaries

Lawrence R. McGondel, Sr.

December 20th, 2012

Lawrence R. McGondel, Sr., age 73, of Andover, MA. formerly of Woburn, MA, passed away peacefully on December 19th  2012, at the Mary Immaculate Nursing Center in Lawrence  following a brief battle with cancer. 

Larry was born on May 16, 1939 in Woburn, MA. He was the beloved seventh child of Charles Edward and Sarah Jannette (Connolly) McGondel. Larry grew up in Wilmington and moved to Woburn where he graduated from Woburn High School in 1958. Prior to retiring Larry was a master plumber by trade. He worked many years in his own plumbing business. He was also a member of the National Guard for seven years. After retiring Larry played an active role in helping to raise his grandchildren. They will never forget all the fond memories they had with him during those years. 

Larry married Janet Manuel on June 3, 1961, together they shared 26 years of marriage, raised four beautiful children and each shared the joy of being grandparents to six grandchildren.

Larry will be fondly remembered for his devotion to his family. He loved his wife and children dearly and was an extremely “Proud Papa” to his grandchildren who will miss him dearly.

Larry loved attending the kids and grandkids dance recitals, baton competitions, baseball games and other important events throughout their childhood.  

Larry enjoyed fishing, following the local sports teams, watching his favorite television shows (especially the soap operas) and playing the lottery. His family and friends will always remember the entertaining conversations he shared with him. 

Two of Larry’s favorite trips were when he took his children on their first trip to Disney World in Florida and when he went to Las Vegas for the first time. 

Larry’s family will remember him as a generous man who had a heart of gold one who would give you the shirt of his back if you wanted it. 

Larry was the devoted father of Pamela Streletsky and her husband Paul of Haverhill, MA, Sandra Pelleriti and Steven Lundin of Billerica, MA, Janet Leblanc and her husband Michael of Tewksbury, MA. and Lawrence and his wife Jessica of Portsmouth, NH.  Loving “Papa” to Samantha, Sara, Jenna and Michelle Streletsky and Michael and Brian Pelleriti.  He is also survived by his former wife, Janet Manuel of Wilmington, MA as well as several nieces and nephews.  

Larry is also survived by his brother George and his wife Grace of Wilmington, MA, sister, Margaret “Peggy” Flannigan of Wilmington, MA, and sister-in-law, Elsie McGondel of Reading, MA. Lawrence is preceded in death by his brothers Charles, Bartholomew, John, and William.   

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rte 62) Wilmington, MA, Saturday, December 22, at 9 am followed by a funeral mass celebrated at St. Dorothy’s  Church, Main St (Rt 38), Wilmington, MA., at 10am.  Services will conclude with burial at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours at Nichols Funeral Home will be held on Friday December 21st, from 4-8pm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Larry’s memory to Mary Immaculate Nursing and Restorative Center, 172 Lawrence St. Lawrence, MA. 01841.

The family would also like to express their gratitude to the staff at Mary Immaculate Nursing Center and Merrimack Valley Hospice for the wonderful care that their father received during his last months.

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Elpis (Primpas) Tsicouleas

December 19th, 2012

Elpis (Primpas) Tsicouleas, age 86, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on December 19, 2012, following a brief battle with cancer.

Elpis was born on November 28, 1926, in Boston, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Nicholas and Euenia (Tingus) Primpas.  She was raised and educated in Cambridge and Brighton.

Elpis married “the love of her life” John Tsicouleas in 1961 and the couple moved to Wilmington where they raised their only child Stephen, he was the light of their lives.
In the early years of their marriage, Elpis and John loved to travel with family and friends.

Elpis was all about family, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, neighbor, and friend.  She loved to gather with family for countless celebrations and feasts; Elpis was very social and she was always so proud of her family.  Elpis was a wonderful lady who will be greatly missed..

Elpis was the beloved wife of more than 50 years to John Tsicouleas, devoted mother of Stephen Tsicouleas and his wife Susan of Standish, ME, loving “YaYa” of Nicole Tsicouleas, cherished daughter of the late Nicholas and Euenia (Tingus) Primpas, dear sister of George Primpas and his wife Inez of Pompano Beach, FL, the late Desi Salmonte, and Diane Batchelor, special aunt of Lisa, Paul, Ricky, and Charlie.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, on Saturday, December 22nd at 11:00 a.m.  Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen.  Visiting hours will be held Friday, December 21st from 5-7 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Elpis’ name may be made to the Hydrocephalus Association, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 905, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Walter F. Allen, Jr.

December 19th, 2012

Walter F. Allen Jr., age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2012, at Woodbriar Nursing Facility in Wilmington.

Walter was  born in Arlington, MA,  on August 7, 1925, he was the dear son of the late Walter F. Sr. and Beatrice V. (Lowe) Allen. Walter grew up in Medford, MA  and was a graduate of Medford High School.
Walter enlisted in the United States Navy on May 13, 1943, and began active duty on August 11th of that same year.  Walter was an Aviation Specialist and he served as an Aviation Free Gunnery Instructor during World War II.  Walter received  the World War II Victory Medal as well as the American Theatre Medal and was honorably discharged on May 9, 1946, returning home to his family.

Walter married his “sweetheart” Mary Estelle Smith on November 9, 1952, together they shared more than 35 years of marriage, raised two beautiful daughters, and shared their love of being grandparents, before Mary’s death on March 27, 1988.

Walter was a talented carpenter and built his family a house in Wilmington in 1954, this was a home made with a lot of pride, love, and a place where many special memories were made.

Prior to retiring, Walter worked as an artist in the Advertising Department at the Boston Gas Company for many years.  Walter was a dedicated and wonderful employee and a great co-worker.

Walter will be fondly remembered for his love of music and his talent as a musician.
Walter was a devoted family man and a good friend, he will be greatly missed.

Walter was the beloved husband of the late Mary E. (Smith) Allen, loving father of Debra Patricia Carlson and her husband Alan of Plymouth, MA and Cheryl Ann O’Connell of Marshfield, MA, cherished grandfather of Michael O’Connell of Quincy, MA, Heather O’Connell of Pembroke, MA, and Kelly Dumais of Troy, NH, he was also the dear brother of Doris Squib of Andover, MA.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, MA, on Friday, December 21st from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m.  Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Walter’s memory may be made to All Care Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn, MA  01901.

Aili Eileen J. “Dixie” Lind

December 15th, 2012

Aili Eileen J. “Dixie” Lind, age 95, died December 14th in Wilmington, MA.

Eileen was born March 31, 1917 in Hancock, MI to William and Lydia (maiden name) Ryytty.  She grew up on a farm in Pelky, MI.  During the war she moved to Detroit and worked as a Telephone Operator.  There she met her future husband, Kenneth, who was in the Army Air Corps. stationed in the area.  After marrying, Eileen and Kenneth moved to Massachusetts.

Eileen worked as a waitress in various restaurants and as a sales clerk in Weinberg’s Department Store in Wilmington.

After living in several towns, the family moved to Wilmington, MA, where she spent the rest of her life.

Eileen was the beloved wife of the late Kenneth J. Lind, devoted mother of Kenneth J. Lind, Jr. and his wife Mirta of Littleton and Bruce F. Lind and his wife Susan of Scarborough, ME, loving grandmother of Kevin Lind and great-grandmother of Matthew and Jessica Lind, cherished daughter of the late William and Lydia (Seppanen) Ryytty, dear sister of Hilia Offord of Michigan and the late Lillian Ryytty.  Eileen was also pre-deceased by her niece Gail.

Funeral Services for Eileen will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations in Eileen’s name may be made to the Lahey Clinic, Cardiac Unit, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805 or to Windsor Place, 92 West St., Wilmington, MA 01887.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Windsor Place Carlyle 1 for the care they gave our mother during her last days.

Mark B. Godfried

December 13th, 2012

Mark B. Godfried, age 77, of Gloucester, passed away unexpectedly on December 11, 2012. Mark was born on August 23, 1935, he was the cherished son of the late Morris and Edith (Schlossberg) Godfried.  Mark grew up in Newton and Brookline and was a graduate of  Brookline High School.

Mark continued his education at Bates College; earning his Bachelor’s Degree.
He enlisted in the U. S. Navy on April 24, 1958 and went right into Officer’s Training School, starting his duties as an Ensign.  Mark was commissioned as a Chief Navigation Officer aboard the USS Hank, serving off the coast of Vietnam and was part of history during the Cuban Missile Crisis.   Following six years of dedicated service, Lieutenant Mark Godfried was honorably discharged on August 8, 1963, returning home to his family.

Upon his return from active duty, Mark went to work for his families restaurant, “Godfried’s Home Bakery,” a local landmark located on Rte. 1 in Saugus.  This is where Mark met his present wife Stella “Starr” Michelson and the couple married in 1975.  Mark and Starr moved to Magnolia in 1979 where they raised their only son, Andrew, Mark’s pride and joy.

Everyone who knew Mark would agree that Gloucester was the place for Mark to live because even as a youngster he had “fishing” in his blood.  after leaving the navy, Mark did his recreational fishing on his boat the Glaucus, and for more than 15 years he Commercially fished on the Stella G. Mark left the ocean Commercially in the early 90’s First working for his dear friend Gerald Abrams at Fresh Water Fish Company in Boston.   While working within the entire business, he specialized in the accessing and exporting of bluefin tuna to Japan before working exclusively with Bluefin tuna as Mark and Gerry worked together at FWF Tuna in 1998. With Mark and Gerald’s knowledge of the industry, their company soon expanded to where they were exporting bluefin Tuna all over the world.  Mark is one of the few responsible for the development of the Italian Bluefin tuna industry in Sardinia.

In Mark’s “semi-retirement”, he was sought after for his knowledge and dedication to the fishing industry and was a consultant for North Coast Seafood in Boston.  Mark’s continued dedication for the Gloucester Fishing Industry and their Fisherman earned him the title as a “Fishing Icon”.

When he was not fishing, Mark was known as and excellent cook and enjoyed cooking for his wife Stella, his family, and friends.  His thirst for knowledge led him to be and avid reader, a highly opinionated politician, and a self-proclaimed curmudgeon.

Mark’s family and friends will remember him as a proud father and Papa, a devoted family man and true friend, and a man of great dignity and respect.  Mark will always be remembered for his work ethic and for letting his wife Starr know that whenever it ended,  he had a great run”.

Mark was the beloved husband of Stella “Starr” (Michelson) Godfried, devoted father of Andrew A. Godfried and his wife Tara (Glynn) of Danvers, loving “Papa Mark” of Molly Joan, Andrew Robert and Courtney Elizabeth, cherished son of the late Morris and Edith (Schlossberg) Godfried, brother of Arline Land of Gloucester,  uncle of Abbe Land and her husband Martin Gantman of West Hollywood, CA, Jon Land and his wife Michelle of Savannah, GA and Lisa Land Maloney of Hull, MA, and best friend of many, specifically Louis Linquata and Pasquale Fronteirio.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Mark’s life at the Union Congregational Church, 3 Norman Ave., Gloucester, on Tuesday, December 18th at 10:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark’s memory may be made to the Foundation for Faces of Children, 258 Harvard Street, #367, Brookline, MA 02446-2904.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Donna (Carpenter) David

December 12th, 2012

Donna A. (Carpenter) David, age 59, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2012 at the Tufts New England Medical Center following a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

Donna was born on November 26, 1953 in Winchester, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Paul N. and Barbara J. (Moore) Carpenter.  Donna was a life-long resident of Wilmington, a “Townie” and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1972.

At the time of her death, Donna was employed as a Customer Service Representative for the AGFA Corporation for the past 14 years.  Donna was a dedicated and faithful employee, well organized, helpful, and friendly.  She was a great asset to her co-workers and created special bonds and friendships that lasted throughout the years.

Donna was very devoted to her family and friends, they always came first, she was extremely dedicated to her daughter Kellie and son Matt, she was a wonderful daughter, special sister, a loving aunt, niece, cousin, and a true friend in every sense of the word.  If you were a friend of Donna’s you were a friend for life, she was always there to lend a hand or an ear.

As a mother, Donna was second to none, her children were her world.  With the help of her own mother, Donna was able to care for her daughter Kellie at home and Kellie brought much joy and happiness to Donna each and every day.

Donna was very involved in her son Matt’s sporting events from little league to hockey, Donna was always there on the sidelines to root Matt and his teammates on.  Donna had a great love for hockey was a supportive “hockey mom”, she organized countless fund raisers for the Warriors Hockey Team and when they took the title of State Champs there was Donna with her famous grin from ear to ear, she was so proud of Matt and the team.  As everyone knows, Donna made friends where ever she went and that includes a hockey rink, Donna fit in well with all the hockey moms and dads, everyone loved to be around Donna because her personality was so upbeat.

Donna liked to have fun and she loved to vacation with her family and friends.  Whether it was a cruise, trip to Florida, New York, Lake Winnipesaukee, or hanging out at Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, Donna made every trip an adventure.  One of Donna’s all time favorite trips was to Disney World in Florida where she got to spoil her two nieces, Ashlie and Taylor, and show them the best time on their first adventure to Disney.

Donna will be fondly remembered as kind, compassionate, lovable, and very dependable; if you needed anything done call Donna she was always there no matter what.  Donna will be remembered for her sense of humor, her love of yellow roses, her infamous “flip flops”, and her great smile that would light up a room, even in times of adversity Donna never gave up, her courage and strength should be a lesson to us all.

A wonderful lady with a heart of gold Donna will be greatly missed.

Donna was the devoted mother of Kellie David and Matthew David, cherished daughter of Paul N. and Barbara J. (Moore) Carpenter all of Wilmington, beloved sister of Judi Carpenter of Methuen, Paul N. Carpenter, Jr. and his fiance Pam Richards of Meredith, NH, and Susan Jones and her husband Chris of Billerica, loving aunt to Ashlie and Taylor Jones, stepmother of Lisa Perry and her husband Steve and their children Tyler and Madison all of Methuen and Bill David of Dracut, niece of Charlotte and Harry Stewart of Wilmington and Walter and Elaine Carpenter of TX, cousin of Harry and Sue Stewart of Londonderry, NH, David Stewart of Wilmington, Robert and Cheryl Stewart of Trumbull, CT, Thomas and Jo Stewart of Georgetown,  Linda Bridges and Candy Bridges both of Wilmington.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Donna’s life at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, December 17th at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, December 16th from 1-5 p.m.  Memorial donations in Donna’s name may be made to the Nu Path Inc., 147 New Boston Street, Woburn, MA 01801

William L. “Chuck” Keough

December 12th, 2012

William L. “Chuck” Keough, age 81, of Reading, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on December 12, 2012, at the Winchester Hospital.

Chuck was born in Lowell, MA, on November 8, 1931, he was the dear son of the late Leonard and Alice (Hamilton) Keough.  Chuck was raised in Tewksbury and a graduate of Tewksbury High School, he furthered his education at Boston University and earned a degree in business from Burdett College in Boston.

Chuck was drafted into the United States Army on July 22, 1952, during the Korean War.  Chuck served overseas, earning rank as Sergeant, he received several medals and commendations for his faithful service to the country and was honorably discharged on May 18, 1955, returning home to his family.

Chuck married his “sweetheart” Elaine F. O’Connor on June 15, 1957, the couple moved to Wilmington in 1964, where they raised their beautiful family.  Chuck and Elaine were proprietor’s for many years of a local landmark “Stop & Go” Sub Shop located in North Wilmington.  Chuck was always great to the patrons, especially the High School kids who he employed for many years.

Chuck was a “fun guy” with an amazing sense of humor, he and Elaine had countless parties over the years at their home, they had tons of friends, and they always had an “open door” policy where everyone was welcome.
Chuck and Elaine had a great life together over the years, they loved to travel, play cards, have fun, work hard, and were especially dedicated to their family.  Elaine’s passing in November of 1993 left Chuck brokenhearted after sharing more than 36 years as a couple.

Chuck was known to his family and friends as an AVID sports fan, especially when it came to the Patriots and the Red Sox. He was known for his knowledge of sports history and trivia. He watched countless games over the years with his family and friends.

Chuck will be fondly remembered for his devotion to his family, he loved his wife and children dearly and was an extremely “Proud Papa” to his grandchildren who will miss him.

Chuck was the beloved husband of the late Elaine F. (O’Connor), devoted father of Paul Keough and his wife Lisa of Woburn, Patricia Druid and her husband David of Reading, Bill Keough and his wife Karen of Wilmington, Frances Keough and Ed Nuttall of Tewksbury, loving “Papa” of Sean, Nolan, Brendan, Erin, Alicia, Elaina, William, John, Patrick, and John, cherished son of the late Leonard and Alice (Hamilton) Keough, brother-in-law of Bob O’Connor and Doris Keough.  Chuck is also survived by many nieces and nephews and was the last survivor of a large extended family of brothers and sisters.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, December 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours Friday, December 14th from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in William’s name may be made to the Arthritis Foundation,  29 Crafts Street, Suite 450, Newton, MA 02458 .

Frances D. (Doucette) Keough

December 12th, 2012

Frances D. (Doucette) Keough, age 95, of Wilmington, passed away on December 11, 2012, at the Winchester Hospital.  Born in Boston on September 14, 1917, Frances was the beloved daughter of the late Frederick and Frances (Doherty) Doucette.  She was raised in Wakefield, attended Wakefield public schools and was a graduate of Wakefield High School.  Frances loved to swim and canoe in Lake Quannapowitt when she was a child.

Frances was married in 1942 to George E. Keough.  The couple raised 5 children together.  The family moved to Wilmington in 1949 and has remained in town since.

Frances attended the Katherine Gibbs Secretary School and got a job as a secretary at the RCA Company in Burlington.  Frances enjoyed her job and continued to work  until the age of 70.

Upon retiring, Frances became active in several groups in Wilmington.  She was a member of the Wilmington Women’s Club and the Wilmington Arts Council.  Frances loved being a part of these groups and devoted much of her time to them.  Along with volunteering her time,  Frances was also an avid reader.

Frances was the beloved  wife of the late George E. Keough.  She was the loving mother of Lucy Keough of Washington, D.C., Mary Keough of Wilmington, Thomas Keough and his wife Denise of Andover and the late Katrine Keough Hynes and the late Christopher Keough.  She was the cherished grandmother of Johanna Hynes and her husband Robert Barnett, Paul Hynes and his wife Carmela Cadiz, Jessica Brigish and her husband David, Matthew Keough and his wife Erin, Karen Keough and George Keough, great-grandmother of Isaac Barnett and Devon Lowy.  Frances is also pre-deceased by her two sisters; the late Eleanor Nichols and Gertrude Mullaney.

Family and friends are invited  for a visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, December 14th from 6-7 p.m. and on Saturday, December 15th 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon,  followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Frances’s name may be made to the Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Elena (Savino) Coviello

December 10th, 2012

Elena (Savino) Coviello, age 87, of Wilmington, formerly  a long-time resident of the North End of Boston, died peacefully at home on December 10, 2012.

Elena was born and raised in Italy, she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Caterina (Caggiano) Savino.  Elena moved to Tripoli, Africa, where she met the love of her life Joseph Coviello, and they married in 1944.  Elena and Joseph resided in Tripoli for many years and raised a beautiful family of six before returning to Genoa, Italy.

In 1963, Elena came to the United States to experience the birth of her first grandchild, and stay with her daughter Rosa and twin sons Vito and John, they settled in the North End of Boston.  In 1964 her three youngest children Cathy, Sergio, and Nancy followed and shortly after Joseph arrived, reuniting the entire family.  Elena and Joseph, along with their family resided in the North End for more than forty years where they made many memories to last for generations to come.  In 2003 following the death of her beloved Joseph, Elena moved to Wilmington to be with family.

Elena will be remembered for her many talents, she was an avid knitter her specialty was socks.  Elena made thousands of pairs of socks over the years giving them to everyone she knew, family, friends, doctors, nurses, animals (yes she even made little socks), and strangers; if you got a pair of Elena’s socks you knew you were special.

An incredible seamstress would be an adjective to describe Elena’s talent for sewing; she worked for many years at Priscilla’s of Boston where she dressed some of the most beautiful brides and made their “special day” even more special by making them look their best.

A wonderful cook, as her family would agree, describes the aromas that would be coming from Elena’s kitchen where she would prepare delicious dinners and holiday feasts.  Elena loved to feed people and watch them enjoy her creations.

Elena’s most cherished talent was that of a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and friend, her unconditional love for her family and friends was always evident in whatever she did.  Elena’s family was first and foremost in her life, she treasured the time she spent with them, enjoyed family holidays and celebrations, and she was extremely proud of all of their accomplishments.  Elena was very important to her family and dearly loved by her family and all who knew her; she will be greatly missed.

Elena was the beloved wife of 59 years to the late Joseph Coviello, cherished daughter of the late John and Caterina (Caggiano) Savino, devoted mother of Rosa Lobuono and her husband Frank and John Coviello and his wife Anne all of Tewksbury, Vito Coviello and his wife Floriana of Bedford, Cathy Guarino and her husband Guy of Revere, Sergio Coviello and his wife Sharon of North Reading, and Nancy Garrett of Wilmington, loving “Nonnie” of Ralph, Gina, Rita, Joseph, Vinnie, Daniel, Cynthia, Christina, Joseph, Denise, David, Steven, Marc, Jared, Adam, Matthew, Robert, and Brian, as well as great granchildren Annemarie, Liam, Aidan, Devllin, Sabella, Christopher, Carolyn, Paige, Leo, Hailey, Marco, Sophia, Mia, Mia, A.J., and Jordyn, dear sister of Maria Ruberti of Stoneham, Michelina Abbondanza of Burlington, the late Rosa, Pasquale, Joseph, Luigi, and Gerry.  Elena is further survived by her dear sister-in-law of Maria Savino of the North End as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, December 13th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:30 a.m.  Entombment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 12th from 4-8 p.m

Robert E. Hanley, Jr.

December 10th, 2012

Robert E. “Bobby,” Hanley Jr., age 58, of Wilmington, died peacefully on December 10, 2012 at the Wilmington Health Care Center, following a lengthy illness.  Bobby was born on March 6, 1954 and was the son of the late Irene R. (Lord) DelRossi.  Bobby grew up in Wilmington and attended Wilmington High School.

Prior to his illness forcing his retirement,  Bob worked as a truck driver for the Libby Company and Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Store.  Bob also worked in the office for Hill Fence Company for several years.

Bobby was considered to be a “Homebody”; while at home, he enjoyed mastering crossword puzzles and watching movies.  His family and friends considered him to be a movie buff, he could tell you all the stats on movie stars young and old as well as the information about the movies.  Some of Bob’s favorite shows included “The Honeymooners” and the “Three Stooges” and his all time favorite movie was “Arthur”.

In his spare time, Bob enjoyed riding the open road on his Harley, spending time with his beloved family, and his many friends.

Bobby will be remembered as a loving and compassionate person, he absolutely adored his late daughter Lorna Jean and his mother Irene, who he dearly missed.  He was a great guy to many people and he will be missed.

Bobby was the beloved father of the late Lorna Jean, cherished son of the late Irene (Lord) DelRossi, grandfather of Jazz Rhiana Jordan, dear brother of Blanche Morgan and her husband Richard of Hudson, NH, Mary “Mae” O’Neil and her husband Russell of Lawrence, MA, and Thomas Hanley and his wife Karen of North Conway, NH, loving uncle of Michele, Kim, Jamie, Kelly, and Shannon, great-uncle of Jarrod, Alexis, Mikayla, and Tristan, Bob is also survived by many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, December 20th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place at the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, December 19th from 5-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Bob’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, Attn: Gift Box Program, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.