Anthony G. “Tony” Estrella

December 10th, 2013

Anthony G. Estrella, “Tony”, age 78, a resident of Billerica for 60 years, passed Monday, December 9, 2013, quietly at home cared for by family and friends.

 Anthony was born on January 7, 1935, in San Miguel Azores, the beloved son of the late Anthony Estrella, and the late Mary (Vieira Garcia) Estrella.

 A native of the Azores, Anthony Estrella came to this country at the age of thirteen. Although he has always shown artistic talent, he never thought that this would become his profession. A fall from a tree at the age of fifteen left him a quadriplegic.  Since life has a way of sculpturing itself, Mr. Estrella found himself honing his artistic talents until it became a part of him. Portraitures were his specialty and the life force that he brought to a painting was amazing to see. To capture someone’s face and place it on canvas is a feat, but Mr. Estrella goes a step further as he seems to capture a person’s spirit. The eyes especially follow you, and in a semi dark room you would swear that the person in his painting is alive and ready to speak. 

 Not willing to get stuck in a rut, Mr. Estrella also created beautiful landscapes, seascapes, and still life paintings. Many of these works are of real places, but many others are a creation of his imagination. Tony takes bits and pieces of his travels and places them together to form a new location created by the images in his mind. His seascapes especially bear pieces of his childhood in the Azores. The faces of the fisherman going about their daily work show their love of the sea or the toll the sea takes from them. The detail is perfect down to the tiny knots in the fishing nets. 

 Mr. Estrella worked mainly in oils, but his talent also extended to other mediums. He was an accomplished sculpturer, carver and collector. Photography helped him in his art as he would take picture after picture of a piece of his intended work, a rigging on a sail for example. He then uses the picture to make sure the rigging is technically correct when he goes to paint the sail.   

 Although Tony spent many hours on his own work, he found that teaching art was very fulfilling. He enjoyed his role as teacher stating that “you meet all types of people, and you feel good when they turn out something they are proud of.” Over the years he had many, many students. Some of them were strictly hobbyists, taking lessons for the night out or the camaraderie of the classroom while others have taken their talents and exhibited or sold their works. Tony said it gave him great pleasure when he would travel the summer circuit in Maine or Rockport, Massachusetts and see work exhibited by a former student. “It’s like seeing your child accomplish a goal”. 

 Over the years Mr. Estrella exhibited in many venues. He won many awards and accolades for his work and several of his pieces hang in prominent locations. It is however still the love of his art that gives him excitement. Parting with his work is sometimes difficult especially if it is a piece that holds memories. One of his older works labeled “Town Drunk” has been sold twice and twice Tony bought it back. “It is a portrait of a real person in the Azores. A kind, lovable man who somehow let alcohol take over his life, but when you talked to him you heard the wisdom of the world and in his eyes you saw the joy and pain of life. Somehow I just can’t let this painting go. It still hangs in my home and when I look at it, it humbles me.” 

 Sadly, the light has dimmed on Tony’s talent as he quietly passed away at the age of 78, on Monday, December 9, 2013. 

 Anthony is survived by a sister Theresa (Teri) LaBella and her husband John F. Doherty of Wilmington, a brother John G. Estrella and his wife Diane of Billerica, a sister Rosalie (Rose) Fitch and her husband John of Wilmington. He also leaves a niece, Stacy LaBella and her daughter Cecilia Taucher of Billerica and three nephews; Jacob Fitch, Joshua Fitch and Justin Fitch of Wilmington.

 Family and friends will gather for Mr. Estrella’s funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 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.  Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, December 13th from 3-7 p.m. 

 Donations to Anthony’s memory may be made to Wilmington Rotary Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 503, Wilmington MA.


James Joseph “Joe” Gilligan, Jr.

December 9th, 2013

James Joseph Gilligan, Jr., “Joe”, age 84, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly, December 8, 2013, at home.

Joe was born in Woburn, MA, on August 8, 1929; he was the dear son of the late James J., Sr. and Mary E. (Koschwitz) Gilligan.  He was raised in the Silver Lake section of Wilmington where he made many life-long friends.  Joe was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the class of 1947 and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from St. Anselm College in 1951. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University in 1959.

Joe was drafted by the United States Marines on October 22, 1951, having been selected from a gymnasium full of USMC candidates. He served as a Staff Sergeant overseas during the Korean War.  Joe received several commendations including the United Nations Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal.  Joe was proud to be a Marine, and was honorably discharged on October 21, 1953 and returned to his family in Wilmington.

Joe married the “love of his life” Patricia A. Tighe on June 25, 1955, sharing more than 58 years together and raising a beautiful family.  Joe was very devoted to his wife and children; they had many great times throughout the years.

Joe went to work as a science teacher for the Wilmington Public Schools in 1954. Joe was not only a teacher and disciplinarian but he was a devoted educator, a mentor, and a friend to countless students.  Joe had a reputation for being “fair”, giving the kids the benefit of the doubt, but always holding his students accountable and molding them into good people.  Joe taught life lessons to students that carried them throughout their adulthood and he was also a favorite among his co-workers.  Joe spent many years as a Vice-Principal of the West Intermediate but first and foremost, he considered himself a teacher.  Joe retired in 1998, following many years of dedicated service to the community.

After his own play of sports in high school and after graduate school, his love of sports continued; baseball, baseball, baseball, as he lived and breathed.  Joe was the Wilmington High School “Wildcats” baseball coach from 1956 – 1971, with more than a few winning seasons. Joe also coached and refereed Wilmington youth hockey; he just loved to watch the kids play sports always rooting them on.

Joe was an avid Red Sox fan, and he also enjoyed watching countless Patriots, Bruins, Celtics, and Red Sox games with his family and friends.  He was also an avid reader in many genres, a history buff, and he enjoyed making up and playing games with his children and grandchildren.

Joe will be notably remembered for his dry sense of humor; he always came out with a good “one liner” and was often looked to for adding humor to any situation.  Joe will be fondly remembered as hardworking, honest, kind, caring, and most of all devoted and loving to his family and a true friend to many.  Joe will be missed not only by his family and friends but by a community that he served so well.

Joe was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Tighe) Gilligan, devoted father of Kathleen Gilligan and her husband Tom Angelo of Oakland, CA, Theresa D’Arcangelo and her husband Joseph of Reading, MA, Eileen Cantone and her husband David of Plaistow, NH, James D. Gilligan and his companion Gina Johnston of Auburn, NH, Shannon Gilligan of North Andover, MA, and Timothy Gilligan and his wife Karen of Hudson, NH. Joe was the loving “Grampy” of James D’Arcangelo and his wife Patricia, John D’Arcangelo, Dominic, Vincent, and Michael Cantone, Tabitha Gilligan, Patrick, Liam, Bridget, and Declan Gilligan, and great-grandson Anthony Joseph D’Arcangelo.  He was the cherished son of the late James J., Sr. and Mary E. (Koschwitz) Gilligan, and dear brother of Elizabeth Cavanaugh of Londonderry, NH.  Joe is also survived by his brother-in-law, Jay Tighe and his wife Jeanette of Wilmington, as well as sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, December 12th for Visitation from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675,

Claire T. (Meyer) Stemmler

December 6th, 2013

 Claire T. (Meyer) Stemmler, age 78, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home on December 5, 2013, with her loving family at her side.

 Claire was born on December 27, 1934 in Nordhorn, Germany.  She was one of four daughters of the late Johannes and Elisabeth (Hillbrink) Meyer. Claire was raised in Germany and made her first trip to the United States in 1955, where she first met “the love of her life” Heinz W. Stemmler.  

Claire and Heinz married on May 10, 1958 at the Boston Trinity Church. After they were married, Claire and Heinz made the United States their permanent residence. They first moved to Dedham and then Roslindale before settling in Wilmington in 1964. Here, they shared more than 55 years of marriage and raised a beautiful family together.

 Claire was a devoted mother and her first priority was raising her three children: Mike, Ron and Monika. Claire and Heinz’s door was always open and their home became the neighborhood “drop in center” for all the local children.

 Claire took great pride in her home. She was meticulous as a house keeper and as an avid gardener. Claire worked hard in her yard, letting her artistic ability take over.  She created many beautiful gardens. 

 Claire worked part time at Avon, starting out as a sales clerk. Through her hard work she was promoted to district manager. After, Claire worked for DeCrosta Florist in Wilmington for many years. Claire loved “her flowers”. She had a knack for designing and a great personality to tend to the customers.  

 In her spare time, Claire loved to travel with her family. Whether it was taking trips with her husband and children throughout Germany and Europe or their annual weeks camping in Maine with the grandchildren, she always made the most of their time together and cherished every moment. 

 Claire will always be remembered as a beautiful woman, inside and out. She was loving, caring, and most of all, giving of her time to others. Claire’s unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends was always evident. She will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

 Claire was the beloved wife to Heinz W. Stemmler, devoted mother of Mike Stemmler and his wife Michelle of South Lawrence, Ron Stemmler and his wife Cheryl of Wilmington, and Monika Wright and her husband Grant of New Boston, NH, loving “Oma” Ryan and Shawna Rae Stemmler, Derek and Meghan Stemmler, Brittney and Colby Wright, cherished daughter of the late Johannes and Elisabeth (Hillbrink) Meyer, dear sister of Hildegard Kramer of Germany, the late Elisabeth Von Den Benken of West Roxbury,Ma and the late Maria Juengehuesing of Germany. Life-long best friend and sister in-law to Sigrid and Karl Stemmler of Dracut, Ma. Claire is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and a large extended family in Europe.

 Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, December 11th 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 to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 10th from 4-8 p.m.

 Memorial donations Claire’s name may be made to the VNA of Middlesex East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

JoAnne D. (Bucci) DiJulia

December 6th, 2013

JoAnne D. (Bucci) DiJulia, age 67, of Wilmington, formerly of Medford, died peacefully at home on December 5, 2013, surrounded by her loving family after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

 JoAnne was born on July 17, 1946 in Cambridge, MA.  She was the cherished only child of Joseph V. and the late Evelyn (Sarkisian) Bucci.  JoAnne grew up in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School.

JoAnne attended Boston College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education.  Her first teaching position was in the Revere Public Schools, where she taught from 1968 – 1976.  JoAnne loved the children, she was committed to her students, and was just a “natural” as an educator. 

JoAnne married her husband, Joseph W. DiJulia, in 1971.  The couple moved to Wilmington in 1975, where they raised their two sons, Marc and Christopher.  JoAnne was a very dedicated wife and mother, her family was her world.   JoAnne’s love and devotion for her boys was unconditional; whether it was a sporting event or special function, she would be right there, very enthusiastic, always cheering them on.   As JoAnne’s sons grew into young men, she supported their decisions and encouraged them to be wonderful adults.  JoAnne was so proud of the adults that they became and they thought of her as the best mother they could have wished for. 

 When JoAnne became “Grandma” to Christopher’s daughters, Kaitlyn and Lily, her life took on new meaning, and she cherished every moment that was spent with her little girls; they lit up her life.

 Prior to retiring this past March, JoAnne was employed as the billing manager at Children’s Hospital in Boston.  JoAnne loved her job and was a favorite amongst her co-workers.  JoAnne’s work reached far beyond the billing department; she was actively involved in countless fund raisers and blood drives throughout the hospital especially “pints for half pints”, it was one of her favorites.  JoAnne met many families in need of assistance throughout the years; her compassion, dedications, and level of care was always a priority to her.  JoAnne was often seen  in the Hospital Chapel where she would organize Masses, run special services, or she would just be there to lend a hand, an ear, or a hug to someone in need.  Children’s Hospital became an extended family to JoAnne.

 JoAnne’s faith led her to be an integral member of St. Dorothy’s Parish.  She was not only an active communicant but she taught CCD, was a member of the Finance Committee, a large part of fundraising, a Eucharistic Minister, and most importantly a Lector every weekend.  JoAnne was a woman of great faith, strength, and courage, it was these traits along with the endless support from her family and friends that helped JoAnne fight through her illness, never giving up hope.

 In her spare time, JoAnne loved to travel, especially with family and friends.  Some of her favorite trips included New York, Italy and Alaska.  JoAnne also enjoyed exercising, she was an active member of Curves and she would often be seen walking countless miles around Wilmington greeting folks with a wave or a smile.

 JoAnne will be remembered for her warm personality and for her dedication to others.  She led her life with the utmost dignity and class; she was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

Frank Harrison McLean, Jr.

November 26th, 2013

Frank Harrison McLean, Jr., age 88, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on November 24, 2013 after a long illness at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill.

Frank was born on September 30, 1925 in Everett, MA.  He was the son of the late Frank H. McLean and Alice (Toothaker) McLean.

Frank enlisted in the United States Army in 1943.  He served his country during World War II in France and Italy as a tank mechanic.  After three years of faithful service, Frank was honorably discharged from the Army on May 11, 1946.

Following the war, Frank worked for the General Services Administration for more than 30 years as a quality control inspector throughout the New England region.

Frank and his family moved to Wilmington, MA, where he became involved in local civic organizations.  He served as a long time member of the Wilmington Housing Authority and served as a Past Master Mason of the Friendship Lodge in Wilmington.  Frank was elected and served on the Founding Committee for the Shawsheen Regional Vocational Technical High School from 1967-1985.  Through the Committee’s hard work and dedication, Shawsheen Tech was developed.

Frank was a dedicated member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church.  He served as an usher during Sunday services and taught Sunday School and belonged to the Mens Club and Couples Club at the church.  Throughout his life, Frank’s religion was important to him and he kept strong beliefs.

In his spare time, Frank had many hobbies.  He loved to escape to the family’s summer home on Foster’s Pond in Andover, where he found tranquility by casting his fly fishing rod late into the evening.  Frank also loved to repair and refurbish antique clocks.  Frank became quite respected within the antique community for his talent and his keen ability to repair most clocks.  In fact, he became a Seth Thomas repair expert.  Frank was a very talented woodworker and spent countless hours creating beautiful boxes, clocks and other gems.  On the weekends, Frank and his wife, Nancy, could be found traveling to antique auctions and clock shows from Maine to Texas.

Frank was the beloved husband of Nancy A. (Larange) of Wilmington, devoted father of Frances H. Donovan & her husband Mark Roche of San Diego, CA, Janice Moegelin & her husband Charles of North Andover, Frank H. McLean of Methuen, Brian McLean & his wife Susan of Salem, NH, and he was very special to Linda Hulteen & her husband Kurt of Alaska and Michael Kinney & his late wife Robin of Merrimack, NH, loving “Grampy” of Jennifer Donovan, Ryan Donovan, Karla Lockwood, Kristina Moegelin, Meghan McLean, Breanna Farrell, Eric McLean, Matthew Moegelin, Joseph Moegelin, Kyra McLean, Patrick Kinney and Christopher Kinney, and great–Grampy of Bruin Donovan, Ruby Donovan and Lola Donovan, cherished son of the late Frank H. and Alice H. (Toothaker) McLean, dear brother of Ralph McLean of Maine and the late Kenneth and Harold McLean.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, November 30th for Visiting Hours from 10:00-12:00 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 p.m.  Interment will follow at Wildwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Frank’s name may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, Wilmington, MA  01887.

William F. “Bill” Walters

November 25th, 2013

William F. “Bill” Walters, age 82, of Tewksbury, formerly of New Smyrna Beach, FL, died peacefully on November 24, 2013 at the Fairhaven Health Care Center in Lowell.

Bill was born on June 21, 1931 in Kansas City, Missouri.  He was the cherished son of the late Albert F. and Eunice (Zimmerman) Walters.  Bill grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Paseo High School. After graduating from high school, Bill went on to Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied Engineering.

He and his high school sweetheart, Nancy C. (Mitchell) Walters were married on September 1, 1951.  They shared more than 62 years of marriage together.  Bill and Nancy had a special bond.  They really enjoyed each other’s’ company and Bill’s face would light up whenever Nancy entered the room.

Prior to retiring from Chesebrough Ponds, Bill worked as an Engineer for more than 30 years.  Bill’s work took him all over the world and, several times during his career, the family moved along with him.  They lived in Kansas City, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Geneva, Switzerland.  After returning to the U.S., Bill and Nancy retired to New Smyrna Beach, FL, where they loved visiting Disney World.

Bill and Nancy were collectors.  He was a life-long coin collector.  His travels gave him many opportunities to bring home interesting moneys, both modern and ancient.  As a couple, Bill and Nancy collected Hummel figurines, Sebastian miniatures, and especially Muffys.  In fact, Bill became so involved with the collection of Muffys that he earned the name “Mr. Muffy” with one of the local vendors.  Bill also loved to barbecue, tell corny jokes, root for the Cardinals, and trout fish.

Bill was a devoted family man; his family was the most important thing in his life.  Whether it was holidays or special occasions, Bill always enjoyed spending time with his family.  Every Mother’s Day weekend, Bill would pack up the family station wagon and take his three daughters camping and fishing.  His goal was to give Nancy a break for the weekend, but he also created many memories with the girls and set an example of giving generously and thoughtfully.

Bill was a committed Christian.  He was a man of great faith and even though he moved several times in his life, he and the family always found a church home and became active members.  He held many positions at the churches where they worshiped and is a past President of American Baptist Churches of Connecticut.  When settling in Florida, Bill and Nancy joined the Coronado United Methodist Church.  Two years ago, Bill and Nancy moved to Tewksbury to be closer to their daughters, but they still remained parishioners of that Church.

Bill will be remembered as a loyal, kind, compassionate husband, father, “Grandpa” and friend.  All members of his family share the belief that he had a profound influence on their lives, their character, and who they are in the world. He loved the people he shared his life with and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Bill was the beloved husband of Nancy C. (Mitchell) Walters; devoted father of Sue Kirkland & her long time companion Dennis Rieu of Burlington, Linda Lue Leiserson of Wilmington, Patricia Ann Cummings and her husband William of Endicott, NY; loving “Grandpa” of Charles E. Leiserson, Jr., William M. Leiserson and his wife Erin, Debby Leiserson, Stacy Kirkland, William Cummings and Elizabeth Cummings; cherished son of the late Albert F. and Eunice (Zimmerman) Walters; dear brother of the late Vivian Schell and Albert F. Walters, Jr.; and brother-in-law of Jane Walters of Ormand Beach, FL.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service on Friday, November 29th at 11:00 a.m. in the Abundant Life Christian Center, 173 Church Street, (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Coronado United Methodist Church, 201 S Peninsula Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169. Arrangements under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

Janet (Magee) Surrette

November 24th, 2013

Janet (Magee) Surrette, of Andover, MA, formerly a long time resident of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on November 23, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She was 80 years old.  Janet was the widow of Walter Surrette Jr., who died in 2005, after celebrating 48 years of marriage.  

Janet was a homemaker and lived for her family.  She was a Cub Scout leader for many years, a school volunteer, went on every school field trip, and somehow managed to taxi all five kids to all their school and sports activities.  

At one time she was a passionate collector of bottle caps, matchbooks, t-shirts, and music CDs.  She took the kids on many roads trips in search of new items for her collections.  

Janet was a loving wife, a great mother, and a special Nana.  She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.  

Janet was the devoted mother of Fredrick Campbell of E. Boston, MA, Arthur Campbell of Peabody, MA, Karen Skavicus and husband Al of Raleigh, NC, Walter Surrette III and wife Kathy of Peabody, MA, and the late Daniel Surrette, loving “Nana” of Sarah, Derek, and Danielle Campbell, Samantha and Colton Skavicus, Kasey and John Slate-Romano, Brodie Slate-Surrette, Shawn Surrette, and the late Savannah Surrette.  Janet was the dear daughter of the late Roy and Ella Magee and sister of the late Muriel Sullivan and Thomas Magee.  

 At her request, Janet’s services will be private. 

Memorial donations in her name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA  02472.  Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.

Anna F. (Porro) LaValle

November 22nd, 2013

Anna F. (Porro) LaValle, age 84, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on November 20, 2013. 

 Anna was born on June 11, 1929 in Boston, MA.  She was the cherished daughter of the late Savino and Philomena (Avigne) Porro.  Anna was raised in Roxbury as one of ten children and attended Practical Arts High School in Boston.

Anna married the “love of her life” Albert J. LaValle, on July 17, 1949.  The couple moved to Wilmington in 1959, where they raised their two beautiful daughters, Renee and Michelle.  Anna and Al had a wonderful life together and their devotion to each other was unconditional. Anna was very devoted to her family, she enjoyed family holidays, and just getting together with her children and grandchildren; they always brought so much joy to her life.

Anna loved to travel; she and Al visited many different National Parks.  Some of their favorite trips started in California and they would drive through Nevada, where they would stop in Las Vegas for a few days, they always had a great time. 

Prior to retiring, Anna worked as a Quality Control Specialist at M/A –Com in Burlington for sixteen years.  Anna was a hard worker, honest, dependable,  pleasant and she made many friends throughout the years.

Anna and Albert shared a passion for dancing.  They belonged to the square dance club “Skirts and Flirts” from 1969 to the early 2000’s.  Anna also belonged to the Wilmington Senior Center, where she made many friends and liked to join in on the organized activities. 

Anna will be fondly remembered as a beautiful woman, inside and out, she was kind and loving and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Anna was the beloved wife of 64 years to Albert J. LaValle, devoted mother of Renee Cotter & her husband Carl of Sandown, NH and Michelle DeBye & her husband Paul of Londonderry, NH, loving grandmother of Symon, Ryan, and Kyle Cotter, Ariane Chisholm, Pat, Tina, Janelle, and the late Crissy Lunsford, cherished daughter of the late Savino and Philomena (Avigne) Porro, dear sister of Antoinette Christiano of West Roxbury, Cosmo Porro of Norwell, Daniel Porro of Pocasset, the late Joseph Porro, Grace Spada, Angelina Weiner, Dorothy Malacaria, John Porro, and Dolores Johnson.  Anna 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 Sunday, December 1st for Visiting Hours from 2-4 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 4:00 p.m.  

Memorial donations in Anna’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA  02472.

Keith A. “Keke” MacDonald

November 21st, 2013

Keith A. MacDonald, fondly known to his family and friends as “Keke”, age 50, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2013, surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.

  Keith was born on December 31, 1962 in Boston, MA.  He was the loving son of Norma (Keefe) MacDonald and Angus (Tulloch) MacDonald.  Keith grew up in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1980. 

During his high school days as a “Wilmington Wildcat”, Keith played football, hockey, baseball, and basketball.  Keith got along well with his coaches as well as his teammates and classmates; he was very outgoing and a friend to all. When he wasn’t playing sports, Keith was busy coaching; whether it was with the little league team “Dodgers” with his brother Jack or All Star girls basketball or the girls traveling basketball team with his friend Bob, Keith was always there to lend a hand.  Keith undoubtedly loved to teach children and to give all kids a chance; he was a great role model to those he coached. 

 Keith was very proud to be an American and to serve his country in the Army National Guard for more than 10 years.  He was honorably discharged as the rank of Staff Sergeant on January 17, 1992 and often spoke of the respect he had for the young men and women that serve our country today.

Keith was a hard worker, for many years he was a tunnel worker throughout the city of Boston for Union Local #88 in Quincy.  His work ethic and dedication to his job made him a favorite amongst his co-workers.

 Keith was a man of great faith; he loved his God and was a true believer.  In his early years he was an active communicant of St. Thomas Church in Wilmington and a member of the Fr. Croke Council #4982 Knights of Columbus.  Over the past decade or so, Keith became a member of the Open Door Baptist Church in Belmont where his dear friend Bob Butler is the Pastor.  Keith really enjoyed being a member of the church and with the help of Pastor Bob and his family he was able to strengthen his faith which has sustained him throughout his illness, never giving up hope.

Keith was a “character”, he had a great sense of humor and a beautiful smile.  Keith enjoyed “hanging out” with friends, he was an avid Boston sports fan who loved to watch or take in a game as often as possible, and let’s not forget his love of Karaoke; Keith could certainly belt out a tune.

Keith will definitely be remembered as a wonderful and devoted son, brother, and uncle; not only to his own nieces and nephews but to their friends as well.  Keith’s kindness and caring ways was also spread amongst a large extended family and countless friends.  He will be forever missed by all. 

Keith was the beloved son of Norma (Keefe) MacDonald and Angus MacDonald of Wilmington, dear brother of John “Jack” MacDonald and his wife Lori of Reading, Tami MacDonald of Billerica, and Greg MacDonald and his wife Elena of Kiev, Ukraine, loving uncle of Kara, Nicolas, Maria, Matthew, Cameron, Alex, Rachael, Audrey, and Malcolm.  Keith is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

 Family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Keith’s life on Monday, November 25th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Interment with Military Honors will follow  in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, November 24th from 3-7 p.m. 

 Memorial donations in Keith’s name may be made to the Open Door Baptist Church, 300 Pleasant St., Belmont, MA  02478.

Gabriel P. Teixeira

November 19th, 2013

Gabriel P. Teixeira, fondly known as “Tex” to his family and friends, age 85, of Derry, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA and Jay, ME, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2013 at the Hanover Hill Nursing Home in Manchester, NH.

 Gabriel was born on May 8, 1928 in Middletown, RI.  He was the cherished son of the late Jacintho and Mary (Cavalho) Teixeira.  Gabriel was raised and educated in Newport, RI. 

 Gabriel joined the Army Air Corp. on January 8, 1946 at the young age of seventeen.  While serving in the Army, Gabriel worked with the Crash Fire Fighting Unit.  Gabriel was very proud of his Military Service during World War II and he was honorably discharged on March 20, 1947 in Craig Field, Alabama; returning home to his family in Rhode Island.

 Gabriel married Naomi (Johnson) Teixeira on May 8, 1954, celebrating over 59 years of marriage.  Gabriel and Naomi lived close to her family in Wilmington until 1989 when they retired to Jay, Maine.

 Thinking of having a career in music, Gabriel came to Boston to use his talents as a singer; he sang at Supper Clubs and Night Clubs.  Gabriel didn’t find that as lucrative as he thought so he went to work as an Ironworker for Union Local #7 in Boston.  Gabriel was a hard worker and he loved his job.  Following 27 years as a dedicated and faithful employee, Gabriel finally retired to Maine with his wife Naomi.

 Gabriel returned to his true passion of singing and joined the choir at the Rose of Lima Church where he sang for ten years and made many friends.

 Gabriel was a life-long member of the Army Vets Post #33 based out of Jay, ME.  He was also a fourth degree Knights of Columbus member.

 Gabriel was the beloved husband of Naomi (Johnson) Teixeira of Derry, NH, cherished son of the late Jacintho and Maria (Cavalho) Teixeira, dear brother of the late Manuel Teixeira, late John Teixeira and the late Mary Hull. Gabriel was  the brother-in-law of Virginia and her husband, the late Arthur Dewey Johnson of Wilmington, uncle of Yvette (Johnson) Atkinson and her husband Tom of Londonderry, NH, Dewey Johnson and his wife Michelle, and Kristen Johnson all of Wilmington and is also survived by many special nieces and nephews.

 Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, November 22nd at 11:30 a.m. followed by a Graveside Service with Military Honors in the Veterans section at the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, at 12:00 noon.  Memorial donations in Gabriel’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA  01887.