Obituaries

Judith A. (Tipton) Lee

July 14th, 2013

Judith A. (Tipton) Lee, age 56, of Wilmington passed away on July 13, after a courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Born in Charlestown on February 10, 1957, Judy was the beloved daughter of the late Lonia and Dorothy (Bassett) Tipton.

Judy was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, aunt, cousin, in-law, bus driver, caretaker of the thousands of students she transported, #1 WHS Wildcat hockey fan, and cherished friend to an endless number of people whose lives she touched.

Judy and her husband Rich were married for 32 years and shared a wonderful life together. The devotion her husband, Rich, showed Judy was unwavering always. They were soul mates, who truly loved one another unconditionally. Through Judy’s battle with ALS, there was nothing he wouldn’t do for her. They enjoyed spending time with family and friends. When family and friends would arrive at their door, they often would find Judy and Rich enjoying a sporting event on TV, especially in the winter watching hockey. The WHS Wildcat boys hockey players, parents and coaches were always her #1 favorite sport team and held a special place in Judy’s heart. The Boston Bruins took second and the New England Patriots took third. In the spring, summer and fall Judy could be found out on their deck enjoying the weather, entertaining friends, working in the yard and waving to all of those she knew driving down Clark Street.

Judy’s two children, Kristin and Richie, gave her the ultimate strength and courage to fight this disease with everything she had. They too provided unwavering support and commitment to Judy each day. Whether it was packing Judy up for a ride to her many doctor appointments, getting bundled up for hockey games, dosing and giving her all her necessary medicine, making meals, keeping her comfortable and on some nights, simply sitting quietly by her bedside while the rest of the family slept, she appreciated every act of love and care they provided to her. She could not have been more proud of her children or loved them more. The hardest part of her journey was in the end, knowing inevitably that she would be leaving her husband, her two children and her grandson in this physical world. She drew strength from her belief that she will still be with them, watching over them, just now from heaven.

What ultimately completed Judy’s life was the health and well-being of her two children and her 3 year old grandson, Aidan. Aidan brought so much love and countless smiles to Judy’s face and warmed her heart every day. Each time Aidan came into her home, he would run to her calling out to “Nannie”. It was a beautiful sound to her ears. She would explain to a new grandparent that a grandchild is the most precious, cherished gift to receive. “Nannie” never stopped Aidan from crawling up onto her lap and being wrapped in Nannies arms. When Aidan knew his behavior was questionable, it would only take a crawl up onto “Nannies” lap, tell her he loves her or say, “Happy Birthday Nannie”, knowing it would bring a smile to her face. Her family’s endless love gave Judy the strength and courage to fight her personal battle with ALS for as long as she was physically able to. Judy loved and cared for her nieces, nephews, in-law relatives, even relatives that weren’t really relatives and her many cherished friends. Judy’s circle of lifetime friends were always there for her and shared in her laughter and tears. These were friendships that only can be compared to the friendships seen in the movie Steel Magnolias. Friends from when she first moved to Wilmington, who played, laughed and sang silly songs, her friends from her Girl Scouts days, fellow bus drivers and the friends she has recently reconnected with, were all so very special to Judy. She appreciated each and every friendship so very much.

Judy will always be remembered for her laughter, positive, optimistic attitude and her amazing personality. She drove a school bus in Wilmington for many years before her diagnosis of ALS. Judy loved her job and was an excellent and respected bus driver and caretaker for the children and student- athletes she transported each day. She had a way about her that touched a countless number of people, whether it was a child she was transporting to school on the bus, a high school hockey player going out onto the ice, or a friend that shared moments of happiness or their troubles with her.

Judy’s absence will leave a huge hole in the hearts of her family, friends and those who knew her in the Wilmington community. Rarely does a person get to see the amount of love and appreciation people have for them before they pass on. Judy did. Judy often shared in her last few months that it was the only beautiful, wonderful thing that came out of her being diagnosed with ALS. She saw it, knew it, felt it. It was her hope that the precious memories that have been shared with her will soon fill that hole and dry those tears and allow smiles and laughter to return into those lives. She also wanted to send a final thank you for the love, kindness and appreciation shown to her and for the ongoing efforts to defeat ALS in the near future. As she was a gift to so many, you were a gift to her.

Two of Judy’s favorite songs that always lifted her spirits, held special memories to her and always made her smile were “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars and “Big Green Tractor” by Jason Aldean. Perhaps listening to these songs will do the same for all that may need their spirits lifted during this time.

Judy was the beloved wife of Richard Lee of Wilmington. She was the loving mother of Kristin Lee and Richard Lee, both of Wilmington. She was the cherished “Nannie” of Aiden Almonte. Judy was the dear sister of Janice Moran and her late husband Tony of Somerville and James Tipton and his wife Elizabeth of Arizona. Judy was also the sister-in-law of Mary Goodearl and her husband Rick of Wilmington, Walter Lee and his wife Jan of Colorado and the late Robert Lee. Judy is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends are asked to gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Friday, July 19th, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, July 18th, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Judy’s name can be made to the Judith Lee Memorial Scholarship, c/o Janice Gennetti, 18 Burt Rd., Wilmington, MA 01887, the ALS Massachusetts Chapter, 315 Norwood Park South, Norwood, MA 02062 or to the VNA Middlesex-East, 607 North Ave, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

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Arline L. (Godfried) Land

July 10th, 2013

Arline Godfried Land, age 79,  born 12/13/1933, died 7/9/2013.
Beloved mother of Abbe Land (Martin Gantman) West Hollywood, CA, Jon Land (Michele Earad Coupe) Savannah, GA and Lisa Land Maloney, Hull, MA.  Leaves her grandchildren, grandnieces and grandnephew; also Starr Micholson Godfried, Magnolia, MA, beloved nephew Andrew (Tara Glynn) Godfried, Danvers, MA and dear friend and cousin Claire Glovin, Boston, MA.  Predeceased by parents Morris and Edith (Schlossberg) Godfried, brother Mark Godfried, Magnolia, MA and former husband, Harvey Land, Philadelphia, PA

A memorial service will be held Friday July 12, 2013 11:00 am at Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle Street, Gloucester.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:
Temple Ahavat  Achim: 86 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA  01930
Aid for Cancer Research:  P.O. Box 376, Newton Center, MA 02459 aidforcancerresearch.org
The Open Door:  28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930
The Trevor Project:  8704 Santa Monica Blvd., #200, West Hollywood, CA  90069

Daniel J. Doherty, Jr.

July 9th, 2013

Daniel J. Doherty, Jr., of Stoneham, died peacefully surrounded by his family on July 8, 2013, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Dan was born in Charlestown, MA, on January 4, 1941, and was the cherished son of the late Daniel J., Sr. and Giovanna “Lee” (Genna) Doherty.  Dan lived in Charlestown as a youngster and his family moved to Cambridge shortly thereafter.

Dan graduated from Rindge Technical High School in Cambridge in 1959 before working as a Longshoreman on the Boston Waterfront. He then began working for New England Telephone and Telegraph in 1962 until he retired from Bell Atlantic in 1994.  After retiring from Bell Atlantic he continued working as a Communications Consultant traveling throughout New York and New England until retiring for good in 1999.

Dan married Gloria Jean Mercier (also from Cambridge) in 1960 and they lived in Cambridge with their five children until moving to Stoneham, Ma in 1971.

Dan loved being with his family and enjoyed having family gatherings and parties to get everyone together.  Some of the traditions that he enjoyed most were the yearly Halloween and New Year’s Eve parties in the basement of his Stoneham home and later at the Marconi Club in Stoneham and summertime cookouts at the cottage in Marshfield, Ma…..which included his favorite holiday….the Fourth of July!!!!  Dan was always playing games or sports.  During the family gatherings and cookouts he enjoyed playing cribbage, backgammon, cards, ping pong and horseshoes with anyone who was willing to play and he also loved to play walleyball with all his family members and racquetball with his son, son-in-laws and brothers at the Woburn Racquet Club.

Dan was an avid sports fan and loved to watch the Patriots and Celtics and also coached Little League baseball in Stoneham.  His favorite pastime was taking his motorcycle out for a ride and traveling to motorcycle rallies such as the Americade in Lake George, New York and the Honda Hoot, in Asheville, North Carolina.

Dan will be fondly remembered by his devotion to his family and his love of life and will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Dan was the beloved husband of Gloria J. (Mercier) Doherty, devoted father of Deborah Strong & her husband David of Haverhill, Dana Doherty of Malden, Diane Mondello of Haverhill, Donna Carriker &  her husband Thomas of North Reading, and Daniel J. Doherty III & his wife Kelly of Barrington, NH, loving “Papa” of Jennifer, Amanda, David, Elizabeth, Brianna, Anthony, Andrew, Adam, Tawnya, Shawn, Aislinn, Daniel, Erinn, Sean, and great-grandchildren Henry, Mason, and Steven. Cherished son of the late Daniel J., Sr. and Giovanna “Lee” (Genna) Doherty, dear brother of Joan Gigante & her husband John of Florida, Bill Doherty & his wife Barbara of Newton, Christine Kotowski & her husband Bob of Medford, Marion Pacheco of Stoneham, Jackie Doherty & her husband Jay Mason of Lowell, and Michael Doherty & his wife Karen of Westford.  Dan is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in law and the loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 13th for Visitation from 1-4 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 4:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Daniel’s memory may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Ave., Haverhill, MA  01830.

Amy Beth Holmes

July 8th, 2013

Amy Beth Holmes, age 43, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at home on July 6, 2013.

Amy was born in Lawrence, MA on November 26, 1969, she was the cherished of Robert E. and Florence E. “Ponnie” (Harris) Holmes.  Amy was raised in Wilmington, she attended Wilmington Public Schools, and was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1987.

Amy worked at the Beacon Company in Stoneham for many years as a medical biller.  Amy was extremely bright and always had thirst for learning; she recently decided to return to school to further her education.  At the time of her passing, Amy was enrolled in college and was working towards a degree.  She was a whiz on the computer and spent countless hours reading and learning.

Amy had a special bond with her only daughter, Amanda, she was the light of her life.  Amy loved to travel with her daughter and her family, some of their special trips included Disney World in Florida and spending every Halloween in Salem; Amy loved to have fun.

In her spare time, Amy loved to cook and try new recipes for her family and friends.

Amy was the youngest sibling of a large and loving family and extended family; she cherished the time spent with them at family holidays and celebrations, but especially the time spent with her daughter who she loved unconditionally.  Amy will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Amy was the loving mother of Amanda Reis of Wilmington, cherished daughter of Robert E. and Florence E. “Ponnie” (Harris) Holmes of Wilmington, dear sister of Robert E. Holmes, Jr. & his wife Wilma of Dracut, Charles E. Holmes & his wife Victoria, Penny L. Holmes and Cherryl M. Coppola all of Wilmington.  Amy is also survived by her godson Nathan as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family and friends will gather in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, July 11th, for Visitation from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 8:00 p.m.

Edward R. McInnis

July 6th, 2013

Edward R. McInnis, age 66, of Acton, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 5, 2013, at the Emerson Hospital in Concord following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ed was born in Boston, MA, on March 14, 1947, he was the cherished son of the late John J. and Mary (LeMoure) McInnis.  Ed was raised in Wilmington, he loved to be part of the Silver Lake Crew and the Rocco’s Gang.  Ed attended Wilmington Public Schools and enlisted in the U. S. Navy on May 4, 1964, during the Vietnam War.  Ed served aboard the USS Kaskaskia and was honorably discharged on December 14, 1966, returning home to his family in Wilmington.

Ed married his High School “Sweetheart” Patricia A. Graves on August 22, 1971, sharing nearly 42 years of marriage and raising a wonderful family.

When Ed returned home from the Navy he enrolled in the New England Tractor Trailer Driving School and then started a long career as a truck driver.  Prior to his illness forcing his retirement; Ed drove for Markham Metals in Wilmington and Purity Supreme for many years.  He was also a member of the Teamsters Union for more than 10 years.  Ed was a dedicated employee and worked hard to provide for his growing family.

In his spare time, Ed loved to listen to music, dance, play cards, go fishing, but most of all he loved to watch the Red Sox and was probably their most “loyal fan”.

Ed will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor and for his devotion to his family and friends, he was a wonderful husband, father, grampy, son, brother, uncle and a true friend.
Ed will be greatly missed by all.

Ed was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Graves) McInnis, devoted father of Tim McInnis & his wife Rosalie of Fitchburg, Keith McInnis & his fiance Liz Whitney of Littleton, Gregg McInnis & his wife Lauren of Billerica, Bruce McInnis & his wife Kristen of Windham, ME and the late Erik McInnis, loving “Grampy” of Ethan, Aubrey, Andrew and Owen, cherished son of the late John J. and Mary (LeMoure) McInnis, dear brother of Donnie Cooke, Betty Gangi, Jeannie Dell’Isola, Janice Babineau, Tommy McInnis and the late Jackie McInnis.  Ed is also survived by many brothers & sisters-in-law, nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, July 10th 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 Tuesday, July 9th from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Ed’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

L. Randolph “Randy” Jennings

June 28th, 2013

L. Randolph “Randy” Jennings, age 80, of Wilmington, passed away on June 28, 2013. Randy was the devoted husband for 54 years of the late Harriet (Kelley) Jennings, who passed away on July 6, 2011.

Randy enlisted in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Subsequently, he served as Staff Sergeant in the Army Security Agency’s Nuremberg, Germany Station. Randy attended UMASS and Boston University. He was a Project Engineer in the Bath Corporate Program Office; Senior Program Manager of Shuttle Programs at Northrop; and at Avco-Textron, the Program Test Manager of a Satellite System and Systems Engineer of Robotic Units. He was a member of AA since 1970 and a Cancer survivor since 1984. Following retirement, Randy became an avid candlepin bowler and online Bridge player. Randy will be remembered by his work associates for his technical capabilities and sense of humor.

Randy was the loving father of Denise, Patricia and Lendon Jennings, Maura Murphy and Julianne Mullane and her husband Stephen. Grandfather of John, James and Kathryn Garvey, Elizabeth and Emily Pardy, William, Michael and Kevin Murphy, Maureen Murphy, and Daniel, Lauren and Maura Mullane. Great-grandfather of Tommy, Kiera and Charlie. He was the brother of Nancy Clow and her husband Dennis and brother-in-law of Patricia Lee and her husband Don

Friends and relatives will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, July 2nd, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rt. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, July 1st, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Randy’s name can be made to Betty’s Place, Shelter for Homeless Women, 40 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116.

Michael S. Blowers

June 27th, 2013

Michael S. Blowers, age 45, of Lexington, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2013. Michael was the cherished son of the late William F. and Juanita J. (Venuti) Blowers, beloved brother of Kenneth C. Blowers and his wife Valerie of Reading and J. Triana Blowers of Billerica, loving uncle of Joshua Chisholm and Kristian LeBlanc, great-uncle of Jacob. Michael is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services for Michael will be private. Donations in Michael’s name may be made to the Greater Waltham ARC, 56 Chestnut Street, Waltham, MA 02453.

Andrew T. Pawlak

June 24th, 2013

Andrew T. Pawlak, age 70, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on June 23, 2013. Andrew was born in Warsaw, Poland on August 13, 1942 and was the only child of the late Tadeusz Pawlak and Genowefa Sniezko.

As a young child living in Poland, Andrew experienced the difficult consequences of WWII. He lost his father in the war, but with the strong will of his mother and grandmother; Andrew was brought to the United States at the age of eight. They lived in Newton for a short period and then moved to Boston. Andrew remained in Boston until he was a teenager and then settled in Wilmington for over fifty years.

Andrew graduated from Boston College High School and furthered his education at Northeastern University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He also attended Tufts College in Medford and received his Master’s in Economics.

Andrew was an Economics professor for Salem State University for over thirty-five years. He was well respected by the faculty and students. Andrew retired a few years ago, but was able to keep touch with his co-workers over the years.

Andrew loved to ride his bike. He could be seen around town riding with his beloved dog “Kenny” hurrying along next to him. Andrew made daily visits to Starbucks and the Wilmington library. He loved to read and could be seen donating books and movies to different libraries in the area. Aside from reading, Andrew loved to watch all types of Boston sports, especially tennis, which he loved to play in his younger years.

Andrew will be remembered as a genuine person. He was devoted to his grandchildren and went out of his way to help his daughters. Whether it was a ride or lunch, the girls could always count on Dad to be there for them. Andrew was a special part of their lives and he will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Andrew was the beloved father Andrea Rayworth and her fiancé Jamie Ammendolia of Kennebunkport, ME; Sonia Pawlak and her husband Robert Anderson of Seattle, WA; Laura Tetreault and her husband Jacob of Lebanon, ME; loving “Fada” of Douglas Rayworth, Jesse Rayworth, Elijah Tetreault, Sophia Tetreault and Lars Pawlak. Andrew was predeceased by his parents, Tadeusz Pawlak and Genowefa Sniezko, his step-father, Stefan Sniezko and his grandmother, Wladyslawa Cielgska. He is also survived by his former wife and good friend, Betsey Clark.

Family and friends will gather in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, June 27, 2013 for Visitation from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:30 p.m. Interment to follow at the Wildwood Cemetery. Memorial donations in Andrew’s name may be made to the Friends of the Wilmington Public Library, Attn: Friends, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.

Susan E. Eslinger

June 24th, 2013

Susan E. Eslinger, age 54, of Wells, ME and Marco Island, FL, formerly of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on June 17, 2013, following a lengthy illness.

Susan was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on April 4, 1959, she was the cherished daughter of the late Howard E. and Evelyn A. (Carter) Eslinger.

Susan was employed for many years as a para-legal before her illness forced her retirement.

Susan moved to Wilmington, MA, many years ago but she loved spending her winters in Marco Island, Florida and summers in Wells Beach, Maine, where she made countless friends over the years.  Susan was part of a “second family” that summered at Seaglass Village in Wells where she enjoyed her Sunday’s at the pool, playing bocci, bingo, going out to dinner, or just “hanging out” at the camp fire with friends.

Susan will be remembered for her strength and courage throughout her illness; she was truly a “fighter” who never gave up in the face of adversity.  Susan lived her life to the fullest, she was kind, generous, and very friendly toward others.  Sue was truly a remarkable lady who will be dearly missed by all.

Susan was the long-time companion of David G. Cahill of Wells, ME and Marco Island, FL, cherished daughter of the late Howard E. and Evelyn A. (Carter) Eslinger, dear sister of Brad Eslinger and his wife Julia of Lexington, MA and Mark Eslinger and his wife Lori of Eagan, MN, loving aunt of Brad, Andrea, and Nick.  Susan is also survived by her dear friend Joan Cahill, as well as many friends in Seaglass Village, Maine and Marco Island, Florida and her beloved cat, “Baby Dee.”

Family and friends will gather for Visiting hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, June 27th from 4-8 p.m.  A Graveside service will be held on Friday, June 28th at 10:30 a.m. in St. John’s Cemetery, 260 Cambridge St., Worcester, MA.  Memorial donations in Susan’s name may be made to the M.S.P.C.A. – Angell Hospital, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.

Christine E. (Connolly) Dooley

June 19th, 2013

Christine E. (Connolly) Dooley, age 59, of Wilmington, formerly of Everett, died peacefully on June 19, 2013, at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, following a 13 year battle with cancer.

Christine was born in Woburn, MA, on May 15, 1954; she was the beloved daughter of Joseph and Helen (Fields) Connolly.  Christine was raised in a large, loving family in Everett, MA, and was a graduate of Everett High School with the Class of 1973.

Christine married “the love of her life” Arthur J. Dooley, in November of 1987, sharing more than 25 years together and making many great memories for generations to come.  The couple  moved to Wilmington in 1995, where they raised two wonderful sons Ryan and Alan.  Christine loved being a mother, there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her “boys”.  Family was certainly first and foremost to Christine and they in turn gave her the strength to fight her illness and live life to the fullest.

In her spare time, Christine enjoyed shopping, doing crafts, boating, and summering at Lake Sebago with her family and friends.

Christine will be fondly remembered and truly admired for her courage in the face of adversity and for her devotion to her family and friends.  Christine was kind, caring, and giving; she was truly quite a lady who will be truly missed by many.

Christine was the beloved wife of Arthur J. Dooley, devoted mother of Ryan Joseph Dooley and Alan Stephan Dooley all of Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Fields) Connolly, dear sister of Kevin Connolly & his wife Arlene of Woodinville, WA, Karen Lessard & her husband David of Winthrop, Brian Connolly & his wife Joanne of Hampstead, NH, Keith Connolly & his wife Shelly Smith of Seattle, WA, Mark Connolly of Springfield, Lisa Taylor & her husband Ron of Chester, NH, and the late Patricia Duffy, sister-in-law of Mary & Robert Guanci of Wilmington.  Christine is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, June 22nd 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.  Donations in Christine’s memory may be made to the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Funding directed towards the Division of Otolaryngology, 75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115.