Daniel Patrick O’Neill Jr. “Papa”

January 18th, 2014

Daniel Patrick O’Neill Jr., age 71, of Baltimore, MD, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away at his home following a lengthy illness on December 23, 2013.  Born in Lowell, MA on March 29, 1942, Dan was the cherished son of the late Alice (Gath) O’Neill and Daniel Patrick O’Neill Sr.  Dan was raised in Lowell and graduated from Lowell Vocational School.  Following high school, Dan enlisted in the United States Air Force.  He served his country proudly and was honorably discharged in 1968.

After returning home from the service, Dan married his love Joan, of Wilmington, on July 24, 1971.  Dan and Joan made their home in Wilmington in 1978, where they lived for 25 years and raised their three wonderful children.  Dan and Joan were devoted members of their church and loved to vacation in Florida with many friends especially Nick and Judy Delninno.  Dan or “Papa” as he was known could always be spotted driving around Wilmington in his trademark El Camino.

Dan retired after 15+ years as a custodian for the Town of Wilmington; working full time at the Wilmington High School.   He was a devoted follower of the high school football team and enjoyed spending time with his co-workers.  Prior to his time with the Town of Wilmington, Dan worked as a painter and a machinist.  Dan enjoyed reading, playing keno, scratching scratch tickets or just sitting out on his deck.  He and Joan loved their long time pet Chihuahua Riggins, anyone that would visit would always see Riggins right by their side.

Dan was the beloved husband of 42 years of Joan A. (Aruda) O’Neill, devoted father of Lisa O’Neill Flanagan and her husband Scott of Somerville, Leanne O’Neill Tilton & her husband Michael of Baltimore and Stephen & his wife Krysta of Wilmington; loving and adored “Papa” of Jessica and Julius Thompson, Ricky & Charissa Tilton, Candi & Jen Morgan, and Shane O’Neill. His sisters Maureen Toupin and her husband Roland of Dracut and the late Annmarie Ogden and her husband Robert of Dunstable. Dear brother-in-law of Barry Aruda of Maine, Cindy Poulin and her husband Fred of Fall River & Wayne Aruda and his wife Mary of Wilmington.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 25th, for Visiting Hours from 3-6 p.m. and will conclude with Military honors. In lieu of flowers donations in Daniel’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA  01887.


Richard E. “Dick” Bowerman

January 14th, 2014

Richard E. “Dick” Bowerman, age 72, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at the Daniels House Nursing Center on January 13, 2014.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 11, 1941, Dick was the cherished son of the late Mary Elizabeth Donahue and Carleton Henry Bowerman.  Dick was raised in Cambridge and graduated from Matignon High School.  Following high school, Dick enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  He served his country proudly and was honorably discharged.

After returning home from the service, Dick married the love of his life Patricia on June 12, 1965.  Dick and Patricia, were a true example of a couple; there wasn’t anything they wouldn’t do for each other.  They were always together and truly enjoyed each other’s company.  Following their wedding, Dick and Patricia lived in Somerville for a few years before making their home in Arlington in 1969, where they lived for over 40 years and raised their four wonderful children.

Dick worked hard to support his family, retiring after 40+ years as a banker for Shawmut, Fleet and Sovereign Banks as well as working nights at Wonderland Race Track in his younger years.  He put himself through school, attending classes at night, and earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from Suffolk University as well as attending the New England Banking Institute.  Dick enjoyed playing chess, card games, collecting trains or just sitting out on his deck.  He and Patricia loved to travel together.  They took many cruises and trips to Aruba, always having a great time.

Richard was the beloved husband and best friend of 48 years of the late Patricia A. (Wodzynski) Bowerman, devoted father of Laura Ann Ott & her husband Daniel of Apple Valley, MN, Rebecca Marie Anthony & her husband Michael of Wilmington, Mark Richard Bowerman of Wilmington, and the late Eric Charles Bowerman of Gloucester; all formerly of Arlington, loving and adored “Papa” of Breyer and Hadley Ott, Matthew, Stephen, and Lindsay Anthony, dear brother-in-law of Charlene Weekley & her husband Ronald of Melrose and “Uncle Dick” of Alison Costello and Justin Weekley.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 20th, for Visiting Hours from 4-6 p.m.  Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 6:00 p.m.  In lieu flowers, donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the MGH Department of Radiation Oncology, Attn: Sarah Christensen, MGH Development Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.

Kathleen A. (Sullivan) Wesley

January 14th, 2014

Kathleen A. (Sullivan) Wesley, age 73, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 12th, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House.  Wife of Richard R. Wesley of North Reading, loving mother of Rick Wesley and his wife Krista of West Newbury and the late Mark J. Wesley, cherished grandmother of Shannon, Danny and Kate Wesley, daughter of the late Thomas and Ellen (Naughton) Sullivan, and dear sister of Mary Ford of Bedford, William Sullivan of Yarmouth Port and Thomas Sullivan of Las Vegas.

Family and friends are invited for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 18th, from 9-11 a.m. immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations in Kathleen’s name can be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, c/o VNA of Middlesex-East, 607 North Ave, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA  01880.  Immediately following the Funeral Mass, Kathleen’s family will be receiving guests at the Hillview Country Club, 149 North St., North Reading, to continue a celebration of Kathleen’s life.

Charles Duffy, III

January 12th, 2014

Charles Duffy III, age 56, of Indianapolis, IN, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on December 16, 2013, following a courageous battle with cancer. 

 Charlie was born on April 11, 1957, in Winchester, MA; he was the beloved son of Charles Duffy, Jr. and Dorothea M. (Froton) Duffy. 

 Charlie was raised and educated in Wilmington; he was active in Wilmington Youth Hockey and Wildcat Pop Warner Football for many years.

 Charlie was a hard worker; he worked in the construction business his entire adult life.  He started with doing forms and worked his way up to building additions and houses; Charlie mostly enjoyed working with his brothers, they all had a special bond.

Charlie will be remembered as a quiet guy, he kept to himself, but he loved to hang out with his family and friends.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Charlie is survived by his parents Charles Duffy, Jr. of Tewksbury and Dorothea M. (Froton) Duffy of Indianapolis, IN, his children Danielle Thomas and her husband Paul of Lowell and Daniel C. Wandell of Tewksbury, his grandson Collin Robson, his brothers and sisters; James Duffy and his wife Barbara of Tewksbury, Karen Webster of Salt Lake City, UT, Kevin Duffy of Boston, David Duffy and his wife Lynel of Indianapolis, IN, and Mary Duffy and her partner Anne Crawshaw of Sherbourne, as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Charlie was pre-deceased by his brother Michael Duffy. 

 Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Saturday, January 18th at 11:30 a.m in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, January 17th from 5-8 p.m.  Following the Funeral Service on Saturday, the family will be receiving guests at the Tewksbury Elks Lodge, 777 South Street, Tewksbury, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. to continue a celebration of Charlie’s life. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Charles’ memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA  01701.

Mary E. (Wickwire) Ames

January 12th, 2014

Mary E. (Wickwire) Ames, age 63, of York, ME, formerly of Wilmington and Medford, passed away peacefully at home on January 8, 2014, with her loving daughter at her side.

Mary was born on April 19, 1950, in Somerville, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Charles and Doris (Glennon) Wickwire.  Mary was raised and educated in Medford, MA, and was a graduate of Medford High School.  As a child, Mary spent her summers with family at her aunt’s home in Harwichport on Cape Cod; these were very special times in her life fully of great memories.

Mary married the “love of her life” Dennis W. Ames in July of 1977; the couple moved to Wilmington, they shared twenty great years together, raised their twins Jill and Doug, and made many happy memories before Dennis’ untimely passing in 1999.

Mary was a hard worker; in her early career she went to work at the State House in Boston and an administrative assistant.  Later in her career she went back to school and earned her certificate as a Medical Assistant.  Mary went to work for the Woburn Medical Center where she was very attentive to her patients and made many friends with her co-workers.  Mary retired and moved to York, Maine.

In her spare time, Mary enjoyed bowling, and following her favorite T.V. shows “Jeopardy” and “The Office”.

Mary was a woman of great faith and a devout Catholic, she was a communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington for many years.  It was her strong belief and faith in God along with the love and support of her family and friends that sustained her through the death of her beloved husband and son.

Mary will be fondly remembered as an “amazing mother” and a dear friend to many.  Her unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends will forever be dear to their hearts.  Mary was truly an amazing woman who will be sorely missed.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Dennis W. Ames, devoted mother of Jill Ames of Merrimac, MA, and the late Douglas Ames, cherished daughter of the late Charles and Doris (Glennon) Wickwire, dear sister of Elizabeth McStay of York, ME, Charles Wickwire of  Pelham, NH and Robert Wickwire of Wilmington, MA.  Mary was also the loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Tuesday, January 14th at 10:00 a.m.  Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 13th from 5-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Mary’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

H. Patricia “Pat” (Seander) Swain

January 7th, 2014

H. Patricia “Pat” (Seander) Swain, age 88 of Wilmington passed away January 6, 2014 surrounded by her loving family, after a long period of declining health.  Pat is survived by her husband of 66 years, Albert W. Swain.  Born on June 30, 1925, she was the only child of Marion (Farr) and Andrew Seander of Medford, MA.  

For several years Pat worked as a proof reader for many Boston area publishing companies.  She enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting and gambling, but most of all spending time with her family especially the decades they spent together at their summer home in York Beach, ME.  In her later years she was never without her beloved dog Brady by her side.     

Pat will be deeply missed by her daughters, Donna J. Anderson of Tewksbury and Cherilyn P. O’Neil and her husband Joseph of Wilmington; her grandchildren Brian K. Anderson and his wife Kelly of Billerica, and Kerrie P. Sancartier and her husband Michael of Dracut, Evan M. O’Neil and his wife Rachel of Wilmington, and Zachary O’Neil of Wilmington; her great-grandchildren, Mollie and Meghan Anderson and Emma and Abigail Sancartier.  She was pre-deceased by her grandson, Justin A. O’Neil and her son-in-law, Douglas W. Anderson.  

At Pat’s request, all services and her internment at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington, MA will be private. 

Donations in Pat’s memory can be made to the Justin Andrew O’Neil Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Kerrie Sancartier, 30 Diamond Dr., Dracut, MA 01826.

Ruth (MacAusland) Mullarky

January 7th, 2014

Ruth (MacAusland) Mullarky, age 87, of Kennebunkport, ME, formerly a long time resident of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on December 21, 2013.

 Ruth was born in Syracuse, New York, on April 10, 1936; she was the cherished daughter of the late Raymond and Marjorie (Lake) MacAusland.  As a young girl, Ruth moved with her family to Massachusetts, settling in Lowell.  Ruth was raised and educated in Lowell and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

 Ruth married her “sweetheart” Robert Gardner Mullarky in July of 1954 and the couple soon settled in Wilmington, MA, where they raised their three sons.  Ruth and Bob shared many great years together with their family before his passing two years ago.

 Ruth took a position as an elementary school teacher for the town of Wilmington.  Ruth’s unwavering dedication to her students and their education was always evident; she would go the “extra mile” for them and they in turn loved her.  Ruth taught at the Whitfield School, the Walker School, and at the time of her retirement she was at the Wildwood School.  Ruth was a favorite amongst her co-workers where she made many life- long friends throughout the years.

 Family was most important to Ruth, she was a very dedicated wife and mother; they were her pride and joy.  Ruth was very supportive of her sons whether it was a school or sporting event and she never missed a hockey game, Ruth was their biggest fan.  When Ruth became “Grammy” to Ryan, Dylan, and Megan, she cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren, they were the light of her life and she was very proud of each of them.

 Ruth was a very social person; she enjoyed traveling with her family and friends.  Ruth was also an avid golfer and she had a lot of fun golfing every chance she got at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading with her “group of ladies”.

 Ruth will be fondly remembered for her kindness and generosity to others and she will be greatly missed by all.

 Ruth was the beloved wife of 57 years to the late Robert G. Mullarky, devoted mother of Kevin Mullarky and his wife Terry of Kennebunkport, ME, Dana Mullarky and his wife Penny of Methuen, and Peter Mullarky and his wife Joan of Wilmington, loving “Grammy of Ryan, Dylan, and Megan Mullarky, cherished daughter of the late Raymond and Marjorie (Lake) MacAusland.  Ruth is also survived by her dear friend Alvin French of Tewksbury as well as many close friends in Massachusetts and Maine.

 Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Saturday, January 11th from 12:00 – 4:00 in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA. 

 In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Mullarky Trust, 15 Beachwood Avenue, Kennebunkport, ME  04046.

Patricia D. (Leland) Woods

January 4th, 2014

Patricia D. (Leland) Woods, age 67, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 3rd, 2014, at the Mass. General Hospital.  Beloved wife of Richard “Dick” Woods of Wilmington, formerly of Cambridge, loving mother of Martha MacDougall and her husband Timothy and Stephen Woods, all of Wilmington, cherished grandmother of Katie, Kellie and Samantha MacDougall, daughter of the late Elmer and Gertrude (Dimmick) Leland and was predeceased by her dear sister, Judith Barry.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, January 8th, at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, January 7th, from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Patricia’s name can be made to Mass. General Hospital Breast Cancer Center, c/o Development Office, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1300, Boston, MA 02114.

John Warren Howland

January 2nd, 2014

John Warren Howland, of Tewksbury, formerly of Revere, passed away unexpectedly on January 1st 2014.

John graduated Arlington High School in 1951 and then he served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After leaving the Army, John attended and graduated from the Bentley College of Accounting and Finance. His professional career was started at John Hancock in Boston where he retired as Vice President of Financial Services after working there for over 40 years. He was actively involved in John Hancock’s annual campaign for the United Way and was a yearly volunteer for the Boston Marathon.

After living and raising his family in Revere, Massachusetts for 46 years, they moved to Stonebury Crossing in Tewksbury. John was an active member in the Stonebury Condo association, serving as President.  John was also Chairman of the Briarwood Condominium Association for 30 years in West Yarmouth, where he and his wife owned a vacation home. They enjoyed the Cape for many years of golf and relaxation. They also spent several years wintering in Fort Myers Beach, FL, where he leaves behind several very close friends.

John will be remembered by his family as a devoted husband, and a loving father and grandfather. He will be remembered by everyone who knew him for his leadership and generosity.

John was the loving husband of Dolores (DellaPorta) Howland for 55 years, beloved father of Kenneth Howland and his wife Tammy of Wilmington, the late Gary Howland of Revere and Robin Memory Frost and her husband Gary of Wilmington, cherished grandfather of Katie, Emma and Ashleigh Howland and Jonathan, Zachary, Jeremy and Nicolas Frost, son of the late Donald and Mary (Maguire) Howland, dear brother of the late Richard Howland of Somerville, William “Bill” Howland of Birmingham, AL and his late wife Nancy, the late Donald Howland, survived by his wife Patricia of Everett, Nancy Doyle and her late husband Maurice of Derry, NH and the late Bruce Howland, survived by his wife Donna of Chelmsford.  John is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral on Monday, January 6th, at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, 120 Main St. (Rt. 38), Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m.  Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, January 5, 2014 from 2:00 -6:00 p.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Memorial donations in John’s name can be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA  02451-8750.

Sandra M. (Vona) Groves

December 30th, 2013

Sandra M. (Vona) Groves, age 63, of Wilmington, went to be with The Lord on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Winchester Hospital.

Sandra was born on August 1, 1950, in Revere, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Helen G. (Chase) Vona–Levens of Stoneham and the late Salvador Vona.

Sandra will be remembered as a loving mother, wife, friend and thoughtful and giving neighbor.

Sandra was the loving mother of Ryan C. Groves and Lauren M. O’Brien and her husband Scott, husband and friend of Don M. Groves of New Hampshire, dear sister of Richard Vona of Rhode Island and special aunt of Melissa Vona.  Sandra is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation on Saturday, January 4th, at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  immediately followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Rev. Ron Grimley.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 847-234-0022  and Joslin Diabetes Center 1 Joslin Place, Suite 745, Boston, MA 02215 617-309-2412.