Obituaries

John E. Hadfield

March 30th, 2016

John E. Hadfield, age 90, and long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, died Monday, March 28, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.

John was born in Bath, England, September 21, 1925. John enlisted in the RAF (Britain’s Royal Air Force) as a teenager in support of his country following the Battle of Britain during WWII. Shortly after the war, John immigrated to the United States where he met and married Shirley Shipley of Vassalboro, Maine, in 1950. He also enlisted in the United States Army and participated in the Korean Conflict; he was trained in radar operations and, subsequently, became a Quality Control Engineer for various companies in Massachusetts such as Microwave Associates and Itek.

John was a Mason for over 50 years and a member of the Shriners organization. He and his wife, Shirley, began the Wilmington Dance Party and became the first presidents. They attended the dance party for many years. They played bridge every month with their Strout Avenue neighbors, the Simmons, Hoopers and Turners and also enjoyed many travel adventures with them.

Upon retirement, John volunteered at the Winchester Hospital and drove a van to transport burn patients from Logan Airport to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. He also volunteered for 10 years at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, MA.

John is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Shirley Hadfield of Wilmington, MA, his four children, Penelope Roche and husband Michael of Orange, MA, Pamela McDade and husband Norman of Andover, MA, James Hadfield and wife Patricia of Glastonbury, CT, and Patricia Campbell and husband Doctor John of Enterprise, AL. John is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Jennifer and Jillian Roche; Melissa (McDade) McMahon; Elizabeth, Rebecca, Jessica, and John Hadfield; Katelin (Campbell) Haver, Kristine (Campbell) Sawyer, Patrick and Matthew Campbell. John also has two great-granddaughters, Audrey McMahon and Anna Haver.

John was always there for his friends and family and will truly be missed by all.

Family & friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, April 4th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. John’s Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, April 5th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children- Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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Clarence “Ted” Bryant

March 29th, 2016

Clarence “Ted” Bryant, age 61, passed away at home on Friday, March 26, 2016.

Ted was born on November 13, 1954, in Dorchester, Massachusetts; the son of Clarence T. Bryant and Christine (Jacobus) Bryant.
Ted grew up in Wilmington, Massachusetts. Ted and his wife Donna live in Groton, New Hampshire.

Ted and Donna had their own business, “Bryant Fire Protection” for years before Ted went to work for Life Fire Safety in Dublin, New Hampshire.

Ted was an avid hunter and outdoors man. He loved motorcycles and spending time with his family and friends. Ted was known for being outgoing and was always there to help his friends; he could fix just about anything.

Ted is survived by his wife Donna and his two daughters Angela Bryant of Lowell, MA and Sunshine Matthews of Groton, NH, three sisters Beverly Hodges of Parrish, FL, Sandra
Szulereck of Palmetto, FL and Barbara Robitaille of Derry, NH, his brother-in-law Wayne Servideo and wife Leslie of Lynnfield, MA, and his grandsons Jeremy Scott, Billy and Alex Crusselle all of Lowell, MA. Ted is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, April 2nd for Visitation from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Ted’s memory may be made to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Dept., Attn: Business Division, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.

Patrick J. Devine

March 28th, 2016

Patrick J. Devine, age 83, of Wilmington, formerly of Medford, died unexpectedly on March 27, 2016, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.

Patrick was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, on January 7, 1933. He was the beloved son of the late Patrick and Gretta (Ashe) Devine and was raised and educated in County Kerry, Ireland. He married the “love of his life” Joan Flynn in 1959. The couple immigrated to the United States in 1960, settling in Cambridge where they resided for a few years. Patrick and Joan moved to Medford in 1967 where they made their home for over 30 years and raised a beautiful family.

Always a hard worker, Patrick worked for Volkswagen before venturing out and starting his own company, Pat’s Foreign Auto, which he established in the mid 1960’s in Cambridge and then relocated to Somerville. Pat was a great worker and had a vast knowledge of cars. He treated his customers like family and built a great reputation throughout the years. In 1987, after over two decades of running his own business, he brought his talents to Sentry Auto Group and remained there until 1998. Following his retirement, Pat and Joan moved to Wilmington in 1999. He soon began to work part-time for the town of Wilmington Water Department right up until his passing.

Pat was known to be an avid sports fan and athlete. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing hurling, and, in his later years, it was golf that he enjoyed. As a Boston sports fan, Pat loved to watch and attend countless Patriots, Celtics, and Red Sox games and especially enjoyed attending Bruins games with his son Brian.

Pat will be fondly remembered as a “great guy”, hardworking, and very kind. He was a man of great faith and was a communicant of St. Francis Church in Medford where he volunteered many hours at the food pantry.

Pat was a wonderful family man and a great friend whose unconditional love and devotion was evident in everything he did. He will be truly missed by all.

Patrick was the beloved husband of Joan P. (Flynn) Devine, devoted father of Patrick Devine of Medford, Siobhan O’Flaherty & husband Kieran of Wilmington, and Brian Devine & wife Lisa of Medford. Loving “Papa” of Rebecca Devine, Cailin O’Flaherty, Lauryn Devine, Brendan O’Flaherty, and great-granddaughter Gia. Cherished son of the late Patrick and Gretta (Ashe) Devine, dear brother of Michael Devine & wife Nora of Annascaul, Ireland, Tom Devine & wife Zita of Skerries, Ireland, the late Sheila Donovan and Kitty Devine. Patrick is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, on Thursday, March 31st at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Patrick’s memory may be made to Friends of St. Francis Food Pantry, 441 Fellsway West, Medford, MA 02155. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.

Beverly A. (Bryant) Duggan

March 28th, 2016

Beverly A. (Bryant) Duggan, age 77, of Wilmington, passed away following a brief illness on March 26, 2016 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Beverly was born on June 8, 1938 in Melrose, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late George E. and Bernice (Brandt) Bryant. Beverly was raised in Wilmington and graduated as Valedictorian of her class.

Beverly will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many.

Beverly was the beloved wife of the late Francis M. “PeeWee” Duggan, Sr. devoted mother of Francis M. “Frank” Duggan, Jr. of Hollywood, CA and Bruce A. Duggan & his wife Dawn of Wilmington, loving “Gram” of Mindy Duggan, dear sister of the late George E. Bryant, Jr., Robert D. Bryant and Allen B. Bryant, sister-in-law of Kay Reinold, Mary Bambarito, Tom Duggan, Billy Duggan, Gene Duggan, Michael Duggan all of New Hampshire, Peggy Melvin of Florida, Joseph Duggan and Grace Carroll of Wilmington, Jimmy Duggan and Charlie Duggan of Tewksbury, the late Hank Duggan and John Duggan. Beverly is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, March 31st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A Graveside Service will take place at Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Friday, April 1st at 11:30 a.m.

Memorial donations in Beverly’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Eleanor (Gillis) Cameron

March 25th, 2016

Eleanor Cameron (Gillis), age 82, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on March 24, 2016.

Eleanor was born into a large and loving family on April 26, 1933; she was the daughter of the late Malcolm and Annie (Connors) Gillis and one of several siblings. Eleanor was raised in the “Federal Gardens” section of Wilmington where she was part of a tight-knit neighborhood of many relatives and close friends. Eleanor was educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1950?

Eleanor married William “Bill” Cameron more than 58 years ago; together they built their own home in Federal Gardens and raised four wonderful children, Kevin, Lisa, Erin, and Kerry. Eleanor was a wonderful homemaker, she had an open door policy for her family and all of their friends. Eleanor was a wonderful baker who shared her many treats with family and friends over the years and was always there to lend hand or an ear over a much needed cup of tea.

Eleanor cherished the time spent with her family especially her grandchildren; she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. All would agree that she was very loving and kind; always putting others needs ahead of her own.

For many years Eleanor worked as an inspector for the Gillette Company in Wilmington; her endearing personality and great work ethic made her quite an asset to the company.

In her spare time, Eleanor loved to travel, take long walks, and try her luck at Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods Casinos.

Eleanor was a very religious woman and an avid communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington. Eleanor’s faith helped her through many difficult times in life and she not only prayed for her own family and friends but for all who need prayers in their life.

Eleanor will be fondly remembered as quite a “lady”, caring, loyal, and always willing to help anyone in need. Eleanor will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Eleanor was the beloved wife of William C. Cameron, devoted mother of Kevin Cameron & wife Denise of Claremont, NH, Erin Cameron of Andover, Kerry Feyler & husband Dave of Wilmington, and the late Lisa Cameron. Loving “Grandma” of Kasey, Ryan & wife Stephanie, and Anne Marie Cameron, Danny and Michael Feyler, and great-granddaughter Taya Cameron. Cherished daughter of the late Malcolm and Annie (Connors) Gillis, dear sister of Edward Gillis & his late wife Kay of Wilmington, Richard Gillis & wife Joyce of Lexington, the late George, James, John, Mary V. “Mimi”, and Mary Theresa Gillis. Sister-in-law of Dorothy Gillis of North Reading and Peg Rogers of Peabody. Eleanor is also survived by many special nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, March 29th 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, March 28th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Eleanor’s name may be made to VNA of Middlesex East and Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Edith Cunningham

March 22nd, 2016

Edith Cunningham (McManus), age 92 of Lady Lakes, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on December 15, 2015.

Edith was born on December 7, 1923 in Wilmington, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late James and Marijane (Barry) Cunningham.

Edith was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Cunningham, devoted mother of Marijane Blunk of California, Fr. Gerard Cunningham of Florida, and William Cunningham & his wife Stephanie of Rockport. Loving “Grammie” of Kiera Blunk, Lucas, Jenna, and Samuel Cunningham, dear sister of Helen Fish of California.

Edith was the Director of Wilmington Senior Center for twenty years and was instrumental in the creation of the Buzzell Senior Center. When Edith started her mission the Senior Center was just a storefront in Wilmington Plaza; she spearhead the movement to relocate the center to the Buzzell Elementary School which was an abandoned and rundown elementary school. at the time. Edith rallied the town to support the renovation, and she “cajoled” people to volunteer their time to renovate the school. Edith tirelessly oversaw its design and construction and in the new center she instituted numerous programs that benefitted thousands of Wilmington’s elder citizens. Under her leadership the Wilmington Senior Center became a shining example to other towns and cities in Massachusetts as to what a fully functioning Senior Center could and should be.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Friday, April 1st at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

George C. Sullivan, Jr.

March 20th, 2016

George C. Sullivan, Jr., age 93, of Wilmington, died Friday, March 18, 2016 at his residence, the Monarch Assisted Living Community in Woburn. He was the husband of the late Alyce Field Sullivan of Wilmington, to whom he was married for 34 years, and in his first marriage, to the late Bernice T. Thomas Sullivan, to whom he was married for 22 years.

Born October 11th, 1922, in Brighton, MA, the son of George and Ellen Sullivan, he lived in Boston, Milton, North Falmouth, and Wilmington. A graduate of Saint Columbkille High School in Brighton, and Boston College, where he earned a business degree, he served his country in the United States Army Air Corps as a lieutenant and flight instructor during World War II.

George worked professionally for many years as a salesman and account executive at Standard Register in Boston and Fiber Optics Industries in Florida. In his retirement, he operated a successful tax accounting business from home.

George loved spending time, tinkering, and taking long walks at his summer home in North Falmouth with his children and grandchildren. A philosopher, amateur historian, and stamp collector, he was an inveterate reader with a library of over 4,000 books, and was endlessly curious about history. With a profound knowledge of virtually any subject, he used to joke that he possessed “only a smattering of ignorance.” He was also justifiably famous for his Friday “date nights” at both the Silver Lounge in North Falmouth and Kitty’s Restaurant in North Reading.

George is survived by four children: Bronia M. Sullivan and her husband, Carl Zukroff of Boston; M. Susan Sullivan of Newmarket, NH; Robert Sullivan and his wife, Meriem Pages of Northfield, MA; and Nancy Peterlin and her husband Philip Peterlin of Wells, ME; four grandchildren, Stephanie Sullivan of Weatogue, CT and her husband, Alex MacDonald, Nicholas Sullivan of Amherst, MA, Hannah Peterlin of Florence, Italy, and George H. Sullivan of Northfield, MA; one great-granddaughter, Madelyn MacDonald of Weatogue; a brother-in-law, Kevin Field and his wife Gayle of Northboro, MA; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, March 24th for Visiting Hours from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118 or to the charity of your choice.

Edith A. “Edy” (Carlon) Carter

March 17th, 2016

Edith A. “Edy” (Carlon) Carter, age 90, of Wilmington, passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family that loved her.

Edith was born on May 25, 1925, on Glen Road in Wilmington. She was the cherished daughter of the late George and Annie H. (Annable) Carlon. Edith was raised and educated in the Wilmington school system; she spent all of her ninety years as a Wilmington resident.

Edith married the boy next door; Luther (Arnie) Carter. After his untimely passing at the age of forty-seven in April of 1964, Edith took on the role of a single mother and raised six children herself. Edith was proud of her six children, Richard, Gary, Donna, Diane, Kenneth and Robert.

When her children were all in school, Edith went to work for Compugraphic as a Quality Inspector for many years.

In her spare time, Edith liked to go to watch horse and dog races, as well as an occasional trip to play Bingo. She enjoyed taking trips to the beach and spending time with her family.

Edith will be remembered not only for her great love for her family, but also her love of scratch tickets, Bobby Vinton music and sneaking sweets. Edith was delighted to be known as “Grammy” to so many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Edith was the wife of the late Luther A. Carter, mother of Richard Carter & his wife Patricia of Nottingham, NH, Gary Carter & his fiancée Brenda Haslam of Tewksbury, Donna Akerley & her husband Danny of Manchester, NH, Diane Bellegarde of Wilmington, Kenneth Carter & his wife Marilynn of Reading and Robert Carter & his wife Linda of Tewksbury, loving “Grammy” of Cathrine, Christopher, Patrick, Richard II, Amanda & her husband Tyler, Desiree, Nathan, Melissa, Nevin, Kelli, Casey, Kristen, William, Sarah, Mathew and many great-grandchildren, including Zachary, Benjamin and Conway.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, March 19th at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, March 18th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Edith’s name may be made to the Wilmington Senior Citizens Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or VNA Hospice, 100 Trade Center, Woburn, MA 01801.

Daniel Joseph Noonan, Jr.

March 16th, 2016

Daniel Joseph Noonan, Jr., age 72, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2016 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Daniel was born on January 25, 1944 at the Choate Hospital in Woburn, MA; he was the eldest son of the late Daniel J. and Marion P. (Moore) Noonan. Daniel grew up in East Woburn as part of a large loving family of nine siblings. Throughout Daniel’s life, he continued the role of the first born child; always taking charge and caring for his brothers and sister. Daniel was educated in Woburn and graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of 1961.

Daniel started his forty-seven-year career at the Woburn Daily Times at the age of seventeen. He was very dedicated to his job and enjoyed the people he worked with. Daniel worked as a compositor, where he assembled the death, TV and comics pages. He also was responsible for delivering “bundles” of papers to the newsboys for thirty-eight of those years.

Daniel was very proud of his two children; Michael and Tina. He was a wonderful, supportive father. Daniel was always there to lend a hand or give advice when needed, but let the kids live their lives how they wanted. Daniel managed to be his children’s best friend and biggest supporter, especially during sporting events.

Daniel met his wife Deborah G. (Holmes) Noonan at the Daily Times in 1984. Daniel and Deb married on October 13, 1993; as a couple they spent many years making wonderful memories. Daniel loved to spoil his wife; he was such a loving and generous man. Daniel’s favorite times spent with Deb included watching their favorite T.V. shows or sharing a special meal at their “Table 7” on the side porch and sharing drinks on the back deck with neighbors.

He also enjoyed his Friday morning coffee hour with Larry and Mike, and his Wednesday afternoons with George and Peter at the Woburn City Club.

Daniel was a member of the Woburn Elks and Woburn City Club for many years, and had once served as President.

Daniel will be remembered for his selfless, loyal personality; always giving to others and putting himself last. Daniel was able to keep special life-long friendships. In the words of Daniel, “Don’t worry about me, I’m fine. Take care of yourself and have a good one.”

Daniel is the beloved husband of Deborah G. (Holmes) Noonan, devoted father of Michael Noonan & his wife Leann and Christine “Tina” Sellers & her husband Kevin all of Billerica, loving “Poppy” of Caileigh and Skyler Sellers, cherished son of the late Daniel J. and Marion P. (Moore) Noonan, dear brother of Thomas Noonan & his wife Elaine of Woburn, Richard Noonan of Stoneham, Robert Noonan, Donald Noonan both of Wilmington, Joyce Noonan & her husband the late John Mataya of San Jose, CA, John Noonan & his wife Mary Lou of Methuen, Barry Noonan & his wife the late Maryann of Haverhill and the late Steven Noonan. Daniel is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, friends as well as his two very special cats, Abbey and Jessie.

Family and friends are welcome to join us at a “Celebration of Daniel’s Life” which will take place at the St. Anthony Club, 1020 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801 on Saturday, March 19th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Daniel’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to MSPCA-Angell Headquarters, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, MA.

Sergio “Sam” DeMango, Sr.

March 15th, 2016

Sergio F. DeMango, Sr., age 87, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Burlington, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cambridge on March 31, 1928, Sergio, also known as Sam, was the son of the late Pasquale and Filomena (Simone) DeMango – both of whom immigrated from Italy. He was raised in East Cambridge and attended Cambridge schools.

Sergio left school when he was 17 and enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on October 3rd, 1945. He loved being on a ship and proudly served our country. Sergio was honorably discharged on April 30th, 1948.

Upon his return, Sergio, married the love of his life, Mary Amoran. The couple moved to Arlington and in 1958, settled in Burlington, where they raised their four children. To provide for his family, Sergio worked for many years as a foreman for Interstate Container in Lowell. Sergio and Mary resided in Burlington for 32 years until retiring to Tewksbury.

In his free time, Sergio enjoyed landscaping, creative stone work, and gardening. In April of 2015, Sergio fulfilled the only item on his bucket list. He, along with his family, traveled to Washington, DC and visited all the War Memorials. As a veteran, this trip was very special to him.

Sergio was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Amoran) DeMango. He was the loving father of Sergio (Sam) Demango & his wife Maureen of Wilmington, Diane DeMango & her partner Jason Hietala of Lancaster, Laura DeMango of Lexington and the late Florence DeMango. Grandfather and “Vavou” of Christyne Jean Anderson & her husband C.J., David Sergio DeMango and Brendan Michael DeMango. Great-grandfather and “Babu” of Declan, Aubree and Melanie Anderson. He was the dear brother of Isabella DiCarlo & her husband Rocco of Medford and the late Rose & John Ciampaglia. Sergio also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, March 18th, at 10:00 a.m. Interment with military honors to follow in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 17th from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sergio’s name to the following group to benefit special needs individuals: Lexington Social Services, 15 Depot Sq., Suite #5, Lexington, MA 02420.