Obituaries

Mary I. “Mae” (Fleming) Mahoney

March 31st, 2014

Mary I. “Mae” (Fleming) Mahoney, age 94, of Wilmington, formerly of Charlestown, died peacefully on March 30, 2014.

Mae was born on March 2, 1920 in Charlestown, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late James and Mariah “Molly” (Collins) Fleming.  Mae was raised and educated in Charlestown and was a graduate of Charlestown High School.  Although Mae moved to Wilmington 66 years ago she always considered herself a “Townie’ and never forgot her roots.

Mae married the “love of her life” Francis P. Mahoney on January 24, 1942; together they shared more than 43 years of marriage and raised a beautiful family.  Mae always beamed with pride when she spoke of her family; she was very devoted to her husband and children.  Mae was a wonderful mother who’s unconditional love and support was always evident.  Mae cherished her role as a grandmother and great-grandmother; attending countless sporting and school events, dance recitals, graduations, and birthday parties over the years and enjoying every minute of it.  Mae always made her house feel like home and her doors were always open to family and friends.

Mae was a woman of great faith and an active communicant of St. Dorothy’s Church in Wilmington for many years.

In her spare time Mae enjoyed reading and was also very supportive of the “Friends of Wilmington Memorial Library”.

Mae will be fondly remembered for her beautiful smile, her tenacity, and for her kindness to others; she will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mae was the beloved wife of the late Francis P. Mahoney, devoted mother of Francis “Frank” Mahoney, Jr. and his wife Carol of Boxford, Irene Mahoney of Wilmington, Mary Weatherbee and her husband Robert of Hudson, FL, Michael Mahoney of Newburyport, Barbara Mahoney of Windham, NH, Annmarie Mahoney of Newburyport, the late Margaret “Peggy” Graham, and Patricia “Pat” Mullen, mother-in-law of Janet Mahoney of Wilmington, James Mullen of Dracut, and Charles Graham of Tewksbury, loving Grandmother of Carolann, Marybeth, Pattiann, Michael, James, Meghan, Ryan, Sean, Brett, Ashley, Nick, Nate, and great-grandchildren Maura, James, Liam, Travis, Mariah, McKenzie, and soon to be the 7th great-grandchild.  Cherished daughter of the late James and Mariah (Collins) Fleming, Mae was the last survivor of eight siblings and the dear aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, April 4th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, April 3rd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.  Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to the Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA  01887.

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Retired Everett Police Patrolman Ronald C. “Red” Gundersen

March 29th, 2014

Retired Everett Police Patrolman Ronald C. “Red” Gundersen, age 80, of Wilmington, formerly  a long-time resident of Everett, passed away peacefully at home on March 28th, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

Red was born in Everett, MA, on June 22, 1933; he was the cherished son of the late Carl M. and Isabelle K. (Thompson) Gundersen.  Red was raised and educated in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School Class of 1951.  Red was an avid athlete and an exceptional baseball player; a “stand out” for the Everett High Team.

Red was inducted into the United States Army on May 8, 1953, serving overseas during the Korean War.  Red received several commendations during active duty as a Corporal and was honorably discharged on April 23, 1955; returning home to his family in Everett.

Red was appointed to the Everett Police Department in 1955 faithfully serving the community for more than 33 years before retiring in 1988.

Red married his “sweetheart” Margaret E. Walker on April 28, 1962, sharing more than 51 years and together they raised a beautiful family.  Red was very devoted to his family and enjoyed every moment they spent together.  Red and Margaret lived in Everett for many years before moving to Wilmington in 1992.

In his spare time, Red thoroughly enjoyed watching sports and spent as much time on the golf course as he could.  Red was not only a huge New England Sports Fan but he also considered himself an avid golfer who got two holes in one; a fact that he was very proud of.

Red will be fondly remembered for his devotion to his family and friends and for his singing ability; he loved to belt out his favorite tunes.  Red will be greatly missed by all.

Red was the beloved husband of Margaret E. (Walker) Gundersen of Wilmington, devoted father of Karl Gundersen & his wife Maria of Medford, Kristen Michaud & her husband Christopher of Pelham, NH, Kurt Gundersen & his wife Grace of Indonesia, and Keren Reese & her husband Kevin of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Kassidy Reese, Cullen Michaud, Connor Michaud, Karlie Reese, Karissa Gundersen, Kahsy Gundersen, and Kaelyn Gundersen, cherished son of the late Carl M. and Isabelle K. (Thompson) Gundersen, dear brother of Lawrence J. Gundersen & his wife Betty of West Brookfield, MA.  Ronald is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for Visitation on Tuesday, April 1st, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Ronald’s name may be made to the Pioneers, Project Number 111032, 10123 William Carey Drive, Orlando, FL  32832.

Samantha E. Romano

March 26th, 2014

Samantha E. Romano, age 21, of Lowell, formerly of Billerica and Tyngsboro, passed away unexpectedly on March 24, 2014, at the Massachusetts General Hospital. 

 Samantha came into this world on September 27, 1992, at the Winchester Hospital; she was the cherished and adored daughter of Thomas J. Romano, Jr. and Nicole M. McLaughlin.  Sam was a beautiful child, bright, happy, and definitely “Daddy’s Girl”. 

Samantha was raised in a large and loving family; she was very close to her parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Sam loved to spend time with her family; whether she was looking forward to a family holiday or just “hanging out” watching movies, she always had the best time when they were together. Samantha was raised and educated in Billerica and Tyngsboro where she had lots of friends and a huge social network. 

Samantha was very loving and caring; she lit up any room she entered with her great personality and sense of humor.  Samantha loved to laugh, act like a “goof ball”, and make others laugh; her huge belly laugh was always unmistakable in a crowd. Sam was known to have an “adventurous” side; she loved to be on the go, and was willing to try new and different things.  Sam also enjoyed food and going out to lunch or dinner with her family and friends.

Sam will be fondly remembered as a “great kid”, who was loving and happy; she had an infectious smile and an unconditional love for her family and friends.  Sam will be forever missed by her family, friends, and all those whose life she touched.

Samantha leaves behind two children Logan and Justin, she was the beloved daughter of Thomas J. Romano, Jr. of Dracut and Nicole McLaughlin of Lowell, dear sister of Michael Luce, Abigail and Victor Rivera, all of Lowell, Ashley Romano of Burlington, Mia and Cole Romano of Dracut, loving granddaughter of Thomas and Mary Romano and Theresa and the late Edward McLaughlin of all Tewksbury, Great-granddaughter of Agnes Romano and Allen Adrian both of Tewksbury, niece of Edward McLaughlin of Arizona, James McLaughlin and Michael McLaughlin of Lowell, Anne Romano of Cambridge, Al Romano and Melinda Romano both of Tewksbury and Mary Romano of Lowell.  Samantha is also survived by her extended family Miguel Rivera, Heather, Alyssa, Cassandra, and Nicolas Schrow, as well as many great aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, March 30th from 2-5 p.m.  Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, March 31st, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Tewksbury Cemetery.

William J. L’Esperance

March 26th, 2014

William J. L’Esperance, age 69, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at home on March 24th, 2014.

William was born on March 4, 1945 in Malden, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Earl J., Sr. and Maddalena (Zammuto) L’Esperance. As a young child, William moved with his family to Wilmington, where he was raised and educated.  Bill was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1963.

Following graduation, William went to work for the Town of Wilmington in the maintenance department.  He was a loyal and dedicated worker for many years at the department of Public Works, in the different School buildings, and at the Town Hall; where he eventually retired from.

In his spare time, William enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He loved to spend time with his family; especially with the nieces and nephews.  Bill enjoyed his family holidays, special celebrations, and vacations; he treasured every moment spent with family.

William will be remembered by his family and friends as a genuinely good guy, he had a quiet demeanor, he was kind, caring, and would do anything for anyone.  Bill will be truly missed by all.

William was the dear brother of Anthony L’Esperance and his wife Susan of Alexandria, NH, the late John L’Esperance and the late Earl L’Esperance and his wife Sherrill of Dunnellon, FL, special uncle of Michelle & David Cincotta, Michael & Jen L’Esperance, David L’Esperance, Anthony & Lidia L’Esperance, Julie & Doug Hamilton and Craig L’Esperance, Great Uncle Nichole, Gina, Alyssa, Ericka, Max, Andrew, Mary Kate, Rachael, Cassandra, Samantha, Michael, Matthew, Stephanie, Jessica and Kimberly, and great-niece Ava.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for Visitation on Saturday, March 29th, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Memorial donations in William’s name can be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

Agnes E. (Leverone) Whitelock

March 23rd, 2014

Agnes E. (Leverone) Whitelock, fondly known as “Vee” to her family and friends, died peacefully on March 20, 2014 at the age of 96.

Vee was the beloved wife of the late Stanley B. Whitelock, cherished daughter of the late Frank J. and Mary L. (Mullen) Leverone, dear sister of Catherine “Kay” Souza of Merrimack, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA, Anthony “Tony” Leverone and his wife Peggy, and Theresa “Tess” Anderson all of Wilmington, Frederick “Fred” Leverone and his wife Elaine of Wauchula, FL, the late Francis “Frank” Leverone, Maglena “Mag” Shine, Martin “Miner” Leverone, Marguerite “Margi” Cifra, Joseph “Joe” Leverone, George Leverone and Gertrude “Gert” Wagstaff.  Vee was also the loving aunt of many generations of nieces and nephews.  She was also loved by their many dogs who were devoted to her and Stan.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, March 26th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington, at 12:00 noon.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Agnes’ name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN  38105 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA  02472.

Linda (Wojer) Bevis

March 21st, 2014

Linda (Wojer) Bevis, age 67, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on March 20, 2014 at the Winchester Hospital.

Linda was born on January 6, 1947 in Chelsea, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Zigmond and Rose (Belchezk) Wojer.  Linda was raised and educated in Chelsea.

Linda was the beloved wife of Douglas L. Bevis of Wilmington, devoted mother of Douglas Bevis of Wilmington, Shawn Bevis and his wife, the late Carri L. Dalton-Bevis of Pepperell, Tim Bevis of Tewksbury and Tom Bevis of Wilmington, loving “Nana” of Douglas “D.J.” Bevis, Jr., Shane Bevis, Valerie Bevis, Christopher Dalton, Shawn L. Bevis, Jr., Kylee Bevis, Justin Bevis and Madison R. Bevis, dear sister of Elaine Williams of Maine, Jane Nigro of California, Gail Rectenwald of Chelsea and Christopher Wojer.  Linda 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, MA, on Saturday, March 29th for Visitation from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m.

Kevin W. Kleynen

March 19th, 2014

Kevin W. Kleynen, age 57, of Lowell, formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on March 18, 2014. 

Kevin was born on September 17, 1956, in Lowell, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Louis L. and Margaret C. “Sis” (Hennessy) Kleynen.  Kevin was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1974.  Kevin went on to further his education at Lowell State College; earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

At the time of his death, Kevin, was an accountant for the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.  Kevin’s personality and sense of humor made him a favorite amongst his co-workers; Kevin made many life-long friends at work.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoyed following sports; Bruins, Patriots, and most of all the Red Sox were his favorites.  He loved going to Fenway Park, sitting in the “Green Monster”, and taking in countless Red Sox Games with his son Lucas, other family members, and his many friends.  Kevin also loved to travel with his son and family, most recently taking a cruise with his son Lucas, and attending many concerts over the years; everyone always had a great time with Kevin, he was so much fun to be around.

Kevin collected lots of sports memorabilia over the years; proudly displaying it throughout his home for everyone to enjoy.  Kevin went to countless sports card shows where he traded for his favorite players, and amassing quite a collection. Kevin ultimately enjoyed bowling, he was not only an avid bowler but he ran the Wilmington Bowling League for many years over in North Reading.

Kevin will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love of family, friends, and his beloved cats.  Kevin always looked forward to every family get together, pool party, holiday, and special occasion where he could party and entertain his family, cousins, and friends.  Kevin had the ability to make others laugh and feel comfortable in his presence and he will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Kevin was the devoted father of Lucas M. Kleynen of Haverhill, beloved son of the late Louis and Margaret “Sis” (Hennessy) Kleynen, dear brother of Patricia Kleynen of Wilmington, Louis “Bud” Kleynen and his wife Nancy of Aiken, SC, and John “Jack” Kleynen and his wife Debra of Haverhill, loving uncle of Jodie and Sean McDonough and their children Jake and Molly all of Tewksbury.  Kevin is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Monday, March 24th at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 23rd from 4-8 p.m.

Vita Orlando Sinopoli

March 18th, 2014

Vita Orlando Sinopoli, age 89, of Wilmington and Dennis, MA, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 18, 2014.

Vita was born in Fitchburg, MA, on December 11, 1924; she was the cherished daughter of the late Peter and Lucy Orlando. Vita was raised and educated in the North End of Boston, following her graduation from High School; Vita continued her education at Boston Clerical School earning a secretarial degree.

Vita married the “love of her life” William J. Sinopoli on October 2, 1949; Vita and Will shared more than 56 years of marriage, enjoyed a wonderful family, and made countless memories to share with generations to come.  Will’s passing in 2005 left a void in her heart; he was truly her best friend.

Vita and Will moved to Wilmington in 1958 where they raised their three children; Vita Marie, Donna, and Bill.  Vita was a very devoted mother who loved her family unconditionally and was always so proud of their accomplishments.  When Vita became a “mother-in-law” and then a “Nonnie” and finally a “Great-Nonnie” she couldn’t have been prouder.  Vita loved expanding her family and she welcomed everyone with open arms.

Vita was an amazing cook and baker; she enjoyed sharing her favorite dishes and recipes with her family and friends, and always had a house full for a Sunday dinner. Vita cherished every moment spent with her family, she enjoyed family holidays, vacations, or just getting together for a summer weekend on Cape Cod; she just loved being with her family.

Prior to retiring, Vita worked for the Wilmington School Department and was the secretary at the North Intermediate School for more than 18 years.  Vita was much more than the secretary; she was a “second mother” to a student in need, a taxi driver if they missed the bus, a banker if they didn’t have lunch money, and the “go to person” for every teacher, custodian, and Principal. Vita had a great work ethic and she was very well loved and respected by the faculty as well as the students.

Vita and Will retired to their home on Cape Cod in 1983 where they enjoyed a slower pace at life.  Vita spent time writing and painting.  Vita became a well-known author throughout the North End of Boston when she published her book “From My Bakery Perch”; which captured her life growing up in the North End and sharing some of her family’s favorite recipes.

Vita and Will returned “home” to Wilmington in 2001 to be closer to their family and especially their grandchildren, whom they adored.

Vita will be fondly remembered for her kindness and consideration of others.  Vita’s love and devotion for her family and friends was always evident and she was always there to lend a hand.  Vita was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, daughter, sister, nonnie, friend, and neighbor who will be dearly missed by all.

Vita was the beloved wife of the late William J. Sinopoli, devoted mother of Vita Marie Graham and her husband Ric, Donna Meuse and her husband Ken, and William Sinopoli and his wife Darlene all of Wilmington.  Loving “Nonnie” of Michael and Patrick Graham, Kristina Meuse and her husband Al Alpuerto, Matthew Meuse, Bridget Haranas and her husband Mark, Bill and Bob Sinopoli, Great-Nonnie of Brett Skipper and Makaela Meuse, Rose-Vita and Amelia-Hope Alpuerto, and Summer Haranas.  Cherished daughter of the late Pietro “Peter” and Lucia “Lucy” (LaGrassa) Orlando, dear sister of the late Peter Orlando.  Vita is also survived by many dear nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, March 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 20thfrom 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Vita’s name may be made the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA  02472.

Frances E. (Dempsey) Dudley

March 15th, 2014

Frances E. (Dempsey) Dudley, age 82, of Wilmington, died peacefully on March 15, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. 

Frances was born in Boston, MA, on October 12, 1931; she was the cherished daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Goss) Dempsey.  Frances was raised and educated in Mission Hill.

Frances married the “love of her life” and her best friend Robert F. Dudley on May 15, 1954, celebrating nearly sixty years of marriage  and creating a beautiful family together.  Frances and Bob lived in Brighton for several years before moving to Wilmington forty-seven years ago where they raised their children. 

Family was first and foremost to Frances; she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  Frances’ unconditional love and support for her family was always evident and she cherished every moment they were together.  Frances enjoyed family holidays, celebrations, or  getting together at the family homestead, just having her family together made Frances smile.

Frances enjoyed her home, she loved putting in gardens, growing flowers, feeding the birds and squirrels, and bird watching from the front porch.  Frances loved all kinds of birds but seeing a red cardinal was one of her favorites.

Francis loved to travel with family and friends; she enjoyed finding new places, she was known as the best “map reader” long before mapquest and although she didn’t have her own driver’s license she had a license to be best “back seat driver and co-pilot”.

Frances will be fondly remembered as a kind and caring woman, she was a good friend and neighbor, always willing to help others.  Frances had quite a sense of humor that she passed on to her family and her devotion to her family was well known by all.  Frances was quite a “lady” and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Frances was the beloved wife of Robert F. Dudley, devoted mother of Ray Dudley and his wife Randy of Gilmanton, NH, Deborah Harris and her husband Steven of Amesbury, Susan Cooper and her husband Golden of Wichita, KS, Judie Cherry and her husband Chris of Semmes, AL, Mary Downs and her husband Jimmy, Paul Dudley and his wife Penni all of Wilmington, Robert Dudley and his wife Andrea of Biddeford, ME, and Pattiann Graham and her husband Shawn of Windham, NH, loving Nana of  Raymond, Caleb, Megan, Christopher, Courtney, Robert, Jennie, Laura, Buddy, Alisha, Joey, Alex, Ashley, Jimmy, Gabriella, Joshua, Lily, and Emma, Great Nana of Khloe, T.J., Kaelyn, Jocelyn, Sailor, and Wynnie, cherished daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Goss) Dempsey, dear sister of the late William Dempsey, Mary Theresa Mann, and Ruth Smolinsky.  Frances is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, March 18th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas 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 17th from 4-8 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers donations in Frances’ memory may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA  01923.

Charles T. Spinazola, Sr.

March 12th, 2014

Charles T. Spinazola, Sr., age 77, of Wilmington, formerly of Woburn, January 19, 2014.  Charles was the dearly beloved husband of Susan Phipps Spinazola of Wilmington, cherished son of the late Clarence “Clem” Spinazola and the late Mary (McGovern) Spinazola, devoted father of Charles “Chuck” Spinazola, Michael Spinazola and his wife Susan all of Woburn, Christopher Hartford of Riverside, AZ and the late Cheryl Hartford Nickerson previously of Wilmington and Malden.  Loving Grandfather of Janet Spinazola of Woburn and Amy & Michael Nickerson of Malden.  Great Grandfather of Jaiden Spinazola of Woburn.  Faithful brother of John Spinazola and his wife Pam of Wilmington, Mary Packard and her husband Richard of Woburn.  Also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Deeply missed by many lifelong friends.

After a brief illness with cancer, Charlie “Butch” passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at Brigham & Women’s Hospital under the expert and compassionate care of the Dana Farber treatment team.  During his last conscious hours, he contacted many of his dearest loved ones and friends to share final words of affection and bid a fond farewell until they “meet again on the other side.”  His widow and immediate family were gathered together at his bedside to share in his final hours.  He and his family deeply appreciated a prayer service to comfort him and ease his passage into the afterlife offered by a dear family friend, Gilly.

In November of 1936, Charles “Butch” was born in Brooklyn, NY, where his parents wed.  Shortly afterwards, his parents returned to their hometown neighborhood and took up residence next to the Spinazola family home in Woburn.  The ethnic melting pot of his childhood surroundings bore panoply of memories he loved to regale to whoever would listen.  Here he was also lovingly embraced by numerous maternal/paternal relatives and was endowed with the nickname “Angel.”  Rather than to choose between either his Irish or Italian roots, early on, he dubbed himself “an American.” As a youth, he had a passion for football and hanging with friends at the “old Y,” “JuJu’s” the cinema, and driving around Horn Pond.  Surprising for many, he also aspired to become a priest which ultimately gave way to his love for the pleasures of life.

During his early work life, he reveled in farmhand camaraderie planting, harvesting, making cider, and bringing goods to Haymarket.  At the age of 18, after cleaning grease from his hands, his shirt sleeve caught fire.  When he put his hands between his groin to put out the fire, his pants caught on fire culminating in severe burns. He spent the following year in a specially made hammock at Choate Hospital after which, he was shocked to realize he no longer knew how to walk. After his recovery, he joined the family business, Midland, Inc. which afforded him a lifelong occupation surrounded by the things he loved most his father, his sons, nature and operating heavy equipment. During the winter, many days would be spent on Rte. 128 plowing and removing snow for days after a storm.  During the Blizzard of ‘78, he worked for three days straight helping to clear cars off the road.  At the “pit” he prided himself on becoming an expert in the creation of fine quality loam earning him the well-deserved title of “Loam King” by his peers.  His widow often teased him that he self-employment left him uncensored like child who never left the sandbox.  With his dear friend, the late George Morse, who had a passion for horses, he founded Midland Farm Stables, which operated for many years in a vacated barn on the family business property.  Sadly, life as he knew it came to a screeching halt when the barn and multiple landscape enterprises business on the property were demolished under the pressure to found the Maple Meadow Landfill due to DEP regulations. His loam business gave way in the midst of all these change and his spending time with his father during his final days of life.  Subsequently, he found himself devastated not only by his father’s death but, forced retirement.

Aside from family, work was his life’s passion.  After his father’s death, he found it impossible to step foot either on the ground he’d worked, tended and loved so much or in the garage where he’d spent hours since childhood with his dad and family friends maintaining equipment and fantasizing living out his retirement as a welder.  He longed for the casual companionship he’d shared sitting under a his favorite tree listening to the babbling brook, feeding the ducks and chatting with friends, horse lovers and landscapers on hiatus waiting for their truck beds to be filled with buckets of loam (i.e. dirt).  Sadly, in his last days, this lovable, altruistic and generous man found himself broken hearted struggling with anxiety, depression and health issues (COPD/CHF) making it difficult to enjoy the fruits of his yet, ever so grateful for the enduring love and relationship of his life companion it became imperative to him after a 38 year courtship that they marry and she take his last name. On January 10, 2014 just nine days before his death he was elated to state his vows in a private ceremony at their home declaring this the “happiest day of my life.”  Even in his final days his caring, compassion and love for others never waned.  He was always ready to lend an ear and to help someone in need. Friends remember him most for his love of life, loyalty, dependability, gift of gab, humor and playful pranks. He will be deeply missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, 351 Main Street (Rte. 38), Woburn, on Saturday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA Nevins Farm Animal Care and Adoption Center, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 .