Obituaries

Robert L. Clark

July 19th, 2014

Robert L. Clark, a long-time resident of Wilmington passed away peacefully at the Winchester Hospital on July 17, 2014, his 79th birthday.

Robert was born and raised in Malden, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Elmer S. and Stella I. (Mootrey) Clark. Dear brother of Bruce & Paula Taylor of Hamilton. Robert was a graduate of Malden High School with the Class of 1952 and he served with the U. S. Naval Reservists during the Korean War.

Robert married his “sweetheart” Joan L. Blaisdell on May 12, 1956; the couple settled in Wilmington where they raised their four wonderful daughters.  Bob enjoyed spending time with his family; he was a very devoted dad, gramps, and great gramps. Bob loved family holiday and special celebrations; any occasion to get everyone together. Bob was always supportive of his family; he was there to lend a hand or an ear, whatever was needed.  Bob and Joan shared many terrific years together with their family before her passing in 2008.

Prior to retiring, Bob was a computer specialist for Photon Industries for many years.  Bob loved to tinker and build computers; he was ahead of his time in the computer industry.  Bob was an excellent worker and a great friend to many of his co-workers.

Bob enjoyed being involved in community activities and he was always helping others.  Bob was a member of A.I.M. (Access is Mandatory), he was active at the Wilmington Senior Center, he was the Past Exalted Ruler and honorary life time member of the Tewksbury  Wilmington Lodge of Elks B.P.O.E. #2070, and a member of the Shriners.  Bob was also very talented at making jewelry to share with family and friends.

Bob will be fondly remembered as a very simple man, he was kind, caring, and extremely polite.  Bob always thought of others first and helped out whenever he could.  In the past year Bob loved being a resident at Woodbriar of Wilmington, he enjoyed the staff, the activities, and made many friends with the other residents.  Bob had a big heart; he was loved by many, and will be sorely missed.

Robert was the beloved husband of the late Joan L. (Blaisdell) Clark, devoted father of Cheryl A. Solombrino & her husband Stephen of Wilmington, Sharon L. Ciruolo & her husband Kevin of Athol, Robyn L. Marsh & her husband Daryn and Joy L. Clark & her husband Jim LaChapelle all of Wilmington, loving “Gramps” of Stacey Sawyer, Jeffrey & Kelly Sawyer, Christy & Corey Coonradt, Jarred & Ashley Sawyer, Nicholas Ciruolo, Adam & Kat Sawyer, Jennifer Ciruolo & Shannon Petrucci, Siobhan O’Sullivan, Katy & Mark Chmiel, Abby Marsh, and Bekah Marsh, “Great Gramps” of Alicia Lessard –Sawyer, Stefanie, Danielle & Tyler Coonradt, Joey & Aaron Sawyer, Kasey O’Sullivan, Lea & Jeffrey Joseph Sawyer and Jake Ciruolo, cherished son of the late Elmer S. & Stella I. (Mootrey) Clark. Bob loved his brother Bruce & his wife Paula very much.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, July 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 22nd from 5-8 p.m.   In lieu of flowers donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Woodbriar of Wilmington, Attn: Activites Fund, 90 West St., Wilmington, MA  01887.

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John P. “Buddy” McCarthy

July 11th, 2014

John P. “Buddy” McCarthy, age 92, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at Woodbriar of Wilmington on July 9, 2014.

John was born on March 13, 1922 in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of the late John and Mary C. (Crowe) McCarthy.  John was raised and educated in South Boston.  John was born deaf, but he did not let his inability to hear limit him.  John became very independent at a young age and learned to communicate with others through sign language and writing tablets.

John married his beloved wife and best friend the late Ruth T. (Boitnott) McCarthy; the couple spent many years together before her passing in September of 2012.  Ruth was also hearing impaired, but again, this did not stop John and Ruth from having a wonderful life as they traveled across most of the United States, including a road trip to Alaska and back, and visiting many different countries; they were always so anxious to get back and share their stories.  John was very warm, welcoming, and friendly; he and Ruth loved to throw parties for their friends and neighbors just to get everyone together.

John and Ruth moved to Wilmington over fifty years ago to a street which only had five houses on it.  Those neighbors all became a tight knit group who were more like family than neighbors.  John, Ruth, and the other neighbors all confided in each other, looked out for each other, and shared holidays, weddings, and parties.  Although it may seem that John and Ruth had special neighbors to watch over them; the neighbors felt lucky to have John and Ruth in their lives.

John worked as a machinist at Clifford Manufacturing Company, he had a great work ethic and he also counted many of his co-workers as dear friends.  John retired following many years of dedicated service to the Company.  Following retirement, John liked to spend time in his yard, he tinkered around the house, and took up a passion for Bingo never missing a game at the Dear Center in Quincy every Monday night or at the Danvers School for the Deaf on Fridays.  John was always very active and on the go driving himself from one place to the other until his illness forced him to slow down a couple of months ago..

John was very religious and had a great faith in God; he would faithfully attend Mass for the hearing impaired at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church in Newton on Sundays which was celebrated by his dear friend Fr. Shawn Carey.

John was very giving of his time, especially supporting the New England Home for the Deaf in Danvers for many years.  It was here that John and Ruth hosted many benefits and supported many causes.  He also worked at Camp Mark 7 in New York, which was a camp, specializing in helping the deaf.

John will be remembered as a kind, friendly, nice person who enjoyed bingo, baseball, parties and going to church.  He had a dry sense of humor, which made his friends laugh.  John’s independence was one of his great strengths and his friends admired him for it the most, he was truly an inspiration to those around him.  John and Ruth will dearly be missed by those who knew and loved them.

John was the beloved husband of the late Ruth T. (Boitnott) McCarthy, cherished son of the late John & Mary C. (Crowe) McCarthy, dear brother of Dorothy Garofano of Braintree and the late Teresa Dunn, Mary Flaherty and Catherine Estrella.  John is also survived by many nieces, nephews and good friends including his dear neighbors Lois & Frank Jason and Eileen & Guy Semonelli.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, July 14th 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 will take place in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, July 13th from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the Charity of One’s Choice.

Mary “Connie” Law

July 8th, 2014

Mary Constance (Kelleher) Law, fondly known as “Connie” to her family and friends, of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 7, 2014, she was 71 years old.

Connie was born on May 17, 1943, in Haverhill, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Hugh J. and Margaret (Tannian) Kelleher. Connie was raised and educated in Haverhill and was a graduate of St. James High School with the Class of 1961. Connie went on to earn her degree from Lowell State College in 1965.

On July 31, 1966, Connie married the love of her life Richard “Rich” Law. Connie and Rich moved to Wilmington in 1968 where they raised four beautiful daughters. Connie’s love and devotion to her family was always unconditional. Connie was very involved in her girl’s lives; she spent many years as a girl scout leader and had great times on fun camping and field trips with her girls as well as the other adventurous leaders. Connie, Rich, and their girls enjoyed traveling, having fun, and making great memories to be shared with her grandchildren. Connie always said that her greatest joys and treasures were her four loving and devoted daughters and sons-in-law and her nine fantastic grandchildren.

Connie was also a hard worker who had a lot of kindness towards others; for many years Connie taught at the Millbrook Nursery School and substituted in the Wilmington School System, she loved the kids and they loved her. In 1985, Connie went to work at St. Ann’s Home in Methuen, where she especially enjoyed stocking the Point Store for the students and where she worked with many wonderful and caring people.

In her spare time, Connie’s hobbies included reading, crocheting blankets that she made for family and friends, gardening, traveling, and attending as many of her grandchildren activities that she could get to without getting lost.

Connie was a woman of great faith, who loved God and her church. Connie was an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years. It was with her deep faith that Connie found the strength and courage to face her illness, always fighting and never giving up.

Connie will be remembered as a soft spoken, caring, patient lady who had a heart of gold. Connie’s devotion to her family and friends was always evident with everything she did. Connie was truly an amazing woman who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Connie was the beloved wife of the late Richard J. Law, devoted mother of Eleen Smalley & her husband Daniel of Wilmington, Beth Magliano & her husband James of Pelham, NH, Kate Ryan & her husband Fred and Anne Murray & her husband James all of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Alyssa and Daniel Smalley, Patrick and Anna Magliano, Conor, Donovan and Julia Ryan, Andrew and Jonathan Murray, cherished daughter of the late Hugh J. and Margaret (Tannian) Kelleher, dear sister of Daniel T. Kelleher & his late wife Louise of Dover, NH, Margaret A. “Peggy” Pistone & her husband Robert of Bradford and the late Paul G. Kelleher, loving sister-in-law of Gerry Danforth & her late husband Don of Haverhill. Connie is also survived by many dearly loved cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and many kind and close friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, July 11th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 10th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Connie’s name may be made to the Wilmington Food Pantry, 142 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, MA 01887. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Robert A. “Scooby” Durost

July 1st, 2014

Robert A. Durost, “Bob,” “Scooby,” age 66, of Billerica, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington passed away on June 28, 2014 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Bob was born on August 30, 1947 in Hartland, Maine; he was the cherished son of Kathleen D. “Kay” Durost and the late Alton L. “Curly” Durost.  Bob grew up in Detroit, ME until he and his family relocated to Wilmington in 1959.  Bob was a graduate of Wilmington High School.

Bob enlisted in the Army on November 14, 1968 in Billerica, MA; he was a combat Veteran who courageously served his tour in Vietnam. Bob proudly served his country and was honorably discharged on June 20, 1970 at Fort Lewis, WA, returning to his family in Wilmington.  Bob continued his duties with the Army Reserves until November 13, 1974.

Following his discharge from the Army, Bob went on to further his education earning a  degree in Business.  Bob was known to have a great work ethic and it was no surprise that he started his own trucking business, “Durost Trucking”.  Bob was a very dedicated owner and operator who travelled thousands of miles across country in his trucks.  Bob also enjoyed visiting many places along the way and with a friendly personality he also befriended many people across the country.  After more than 40 years of hard work, Bob finally retired.  In his spare time, Bob had a passion for antique cars, motorcycles and guns.

Bob’s family was the most important thing in his life and he appreciated them every day.  Bob never failed to stop every week to bring his wife Roberta home a bouquet of flowers just to show his love for her, it was always the ”little things” that meant the most to him.  Bob was so proud to be a known as “Dad” and “Grampa Scooby” to his six grandchildren.  His continuation of unconditional love and respect for others was returned to him by his beautiful and loving extended family who gave unwavering support throughout his illness.

Bob will be remembered as a genuinely nice guy who had a great sense of humor; he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncles, and a true friend to many.  Bob was a strong individual who faced his illness with grace and courage and fought every step of the way. Bob will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Bob was the beloved husband of Roberta E. Ferrari, devoted father of Christopher Durost & his wife Erica of Fulton, NY and Heather Robitaille & her husband Kevin of Nashua, NH, loving “Grampa Scooby” of Blake, Zachary, Garrett, Bobby, Chase Durost and Abigail Robitaille, cherished son of Kathleen D. “Kay” Durost of Billerica and the late Alton L. Durost, dear brother of William Durost & his wife Lucille of Tewksbury, Alton Durost, II & his wife Helen of Lyndeborough, NH, Carl Durost & his wife Jeanne of Wilmington and Kathleen Roberge & her husband Daniel of Stark, NH, brother-in-law of Gerald Ferrari, Ronnie Ferrari & his wife Carole, Bernie Ferrari & his wife Paula, Paul Ferrari & his wife Jeanette, Lenny Ferrari & his wife Colleen, Richie Ferrari & his wife Donna and John Ferrari, nephew of Cheryl DuPlessis of Greenville, ME.  Bob is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces & nephews and great-great nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a Funeral Service on Monday, July 7th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Bob’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Alfred S. “Buddy” Blackburn, Jr.

June 30th, 2014

Alfred S Blackburn., Jr. “Buddy”, age 88, of Spring Hill, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on June 28, 2014.

Alfred was born on August 27, 1925, in Stoneham, MA; he was the son of the late Alfred S., Sr. and Edith (Wormersley) Blackburn.   Alfred was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA before enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II.

Alfred began active Service on October 1, 1943; he served overseas from December of 1944 through March of 1946 with the Army Corps of Engineers.  His company served all over Central Europe  and fought at the battle of Luzon.   Alfred received several medals and commendations for his courageous service and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in April of 1946 returning home to his family in Wilmington.

Alfred married his beloved wife Valentina Costa in 1944; the couple lived in Wilmington and had many wonderful years together before her passing in 1992.

Prior to retiring, Alfred worked at the General Electric Company for many years.   His work ethic and dedication to his job made him a favorite amongst his bosses as well as his co-workers.

In his spare time, Alfred enjoyed fishing and collecting mini cars; he could work on anything mechanical and was a talented gardener who made beautiful landscapes throughout his yard.

Following the death of his wife, Alfred went to visit some childhood friends in Spring Hill, Florida and enjoyed the area so much that within a couple of years he retired, bought his own place and made Spring Hill his new home.   Albert made many friends in Florida and spent several years there with his companion Hazel Meyer before her passing in 2008.

Albert will be fondly remembered as a very kind and caring man; he loved his family and friends unconditionally and he will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Albert was the cherished son of the late Alfred S. Sr. and Edith (Wormersley) Blackburn, beloved husband of the late Valentina (Costa), dear brother of Alice V. MacDonald of Salem, NH, the late Edith B. Millett, Florence V. Heenan, and Beverly A. Townley, loving uncle of several nieces and nephews.   Alfred was also very special to his companion the late Hazel Meyer and her daughter Nancy (Meyer) Graves of Spring Hill, FL.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Thursday, July 3 rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.   Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.   Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 2 nd from 5-7 p.m.   In lieu of flowers donations in Alfred’s memory may be made to a Hospice of your Choice.

Bernadette Rita (Chartier) Rowland

June 27th, 2014

Bernadette Rita (Chartier) Rowland, age 76, of Nashua, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua on June 26, 2014.

Bernadette was born on March 30, 1938 in Springfield, MA.  Bernadette grew up in Cambridge and Somerville.

Bernadette married the love of her life, Edward T. Roland in 1957.  The couple settled in Wilmington in the early 1960’s, where they raised their three children; Keith, Desiree and Brian.

Bernadette spent more than 40 years in Wilmington before relocating to Nashua 10 years ago to be closer to her family.

Bernadette was a dedicated and hard worker.  She worked as a Trouble Shooter for AGFA for many years before retiring.

Bernadette was a devoted and loving mother.  She was very proud of her family and was excited to become a “Grammy” to her 7 grandchildren.  Bernadette loved holidays and family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family was important to her.  She would spend hours cooking and preparing for her company.

Bernadette was known for her feisty, yet good sense of humor.  She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

Bernadette was the beloved wife of the late Edward T. Rowland, devoted mother of Keith Rowland, Desiree Patno & her husband Tim all of Nashua, and the late Brian Rowland, loving “Grammy” of Travis Allen, Brandon Edward, Trey Elliott, Alexander Russell, Andrew Joseph, Shea Thomas, Cole Timothy.  Bernadette was also very special to Timmy Patno & his wife Sara of Pepperell.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday, July 1st for Visitation from 11:00-1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery.

Charles P. “Charley” Kelley

June 18th, 2014

Charles P. Kelley, “Charley,” age 62, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on June 17, 2014.

Charley was the cherished son of the late Charles P. and Therese R. (Greenlaw) Kelley, dear brother of Michael J. Kelley & Mary Huse of Wilmington, Robert J. Kelley & his wife Nancy of Sandown, NH, Daniel J. Kelley of Windham, NH, John F. Kelley & his wife Andrea of Grafton, NH, and Timothy L. Kelley of Wilmington.  Charley is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a Funeral Service on Tuesday, June 24th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow with Military Honors in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Monday, June 23rd from 6-8 p.m.

Charley was a dedicated member of the Wilmington Minutemen and also served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Mildred Janet (Faulkner) Bennett

June 9th, 2014

Mildred Janet (Faulkner) Bennett, 90, of Wilmington, MA, formerly of Reading, MA, died peacefully on June 8, 2014 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, MA.

Mil was born on March 30, 1924 to the late James Everett and Mary (Nelder) Faulkner. She was raised and educated in Reading, MA, graduating from Reading High School in 1941. Following graduation, she spent 23 years as a secretary at Eaton Vance, an investment brokerage firm in Boston. 

She married the love of her life, the late Austin F. Bennett Jr., with whom she shared 37 years of marriage. They built their life together in Wilmington, where they brought together extended family every year for much-anticipated holiday gatherings, and where Mil lovingly cared for her aging mother. She was an active member of the Wilmington Congregational Church for many years, and was well-known as a cashier at Elia’s Country Store. She has lived in Wilmington for more than 50 years, first in the family home on Lawrence Street and more recently at Windsor Place. 

Mil is predeceased by her sisters Estelle Wardwell and Catherine Frizzell, her brother James Everett “Bud” Faulkner Jr., her granddaughter Molly, and two nieces that were as close as sisters to her, Cynthia Elia and Nancy Trull.

She is survived by her dear daughter and son-in-law Kim and Tom Dawley and her loving granddaughters Megan and Caitlin, all of North Andover, MA, as well as many devoted nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Thursday, June 12th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Mildred’s Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 13th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.  Interment will follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

Esther F. (Rounds) Lee

June 5th, 2014

Esther F. (Rounds) Lee, age 97, of Littleton, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on June 2, 2014, at the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley.

Esther was the beloved wife of the late Attorney Patrick J. Lee, cherished daughter of the late Albert P. and Ruth E. (Warfield) Rounds, dear sister of the late Mary Riggs, Austin Rounds, and William Rounds, loving aunt of David Riggs, Nancy Riggs, Elizabeth Riggs, Gordon Riggs, Rebecca Michela, Jonathan Rounds, Michael Rounds, Martha Rounds, Chris Rounds, David Schieffelin, Lincoln Rounds and Jane Rounds.  Esther is also survived by many great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Monday, June 9th for Visitation from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Esther’s memory may be made to Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, Attn: Memory Support Unit, 191 Foster Street, Littleton, MA 01460

Alivia B. (Barfield) “Ann” Mahoney

June 3rd, 2014

Alivia B. (Barfield) Mahoney, ”Ann”, age 78, of Burlington, formerly of Wilmington and Peabody, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.  Beloved wife of the late James E. Mahoney, Sr., loving mother of James E. Mahoney, Jr. and his wife Susan of Wilmington, cherished grandmother of Joseph and Catherine Mahoney of Wilmington.  Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral service on Thursday, June 5th, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.  Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, June 4th, from 5-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Ann’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472.