Obituaries

Ida L. Pica

July 13th, 2016

Ida L. Pica (Goodwin), age 85, of Wilmington, passed away on July 12, 2016, at the Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston.

Ida was the beloved wife of Samuel E. Pica, Sr., devoted mother of Samuel E. Pica, Jr., Sandra (Pica) Goodwin, Ann McGaffigan, Marilyn (Pica) Small, and the late Robert Pica. Loving “Nana” of 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Ida was the dear daughter of the late Raymond and Freda (Hammond) Goodwin and the last of 5 siblings.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Friday, July 15th at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Ida’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave. #2, Norwood, MA 02062.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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Michael F. O’Connell

July 11th, 2016

Michael F. O’Connell, age 24, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on July 9, 2016, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Michael was born on October 25, 1991; he was the dear son of Kevin and Cindi O’Connell. Michael was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School with the Class of 2010. Michael went on to continue his education at Middlesex Community College in Bedford where he earned and Associates Degree in Criminal Science.

Throughout his life, Michael was an outstanding athlete; he played baseball, football, swimming, but he excelled in soccer. Michael was a standout soccer player with for Wilmington Youth Soccer as well as Shawsheen Tech High School Soccer Team and earned title as MVP for both programs. Michael returned to help coach the soccer team at Shawsheen Tech for several years following graduation.

At the time of his death, Michael was employed as a Mental Health Specialist for McLean Hospital in Belmont; Michael was a hard worker who always showed kindness and compassion for his patients.

In his spare time, Michael volunteered as a youth counselor at the Northwoods YMCA Camp in New Hampshire; he had such a passion for helping children and would do anything to make even one child’s life better.

Michael was a member of a large and loving family; he was one of nine siblings and he always made his family his number one priority. Michael cherished the time he spent with his family at their lake house in New Hampshire and loved to “hang out” at home in Wilmington with his parents and siblings. Michael enjoyed family holidays and special occasions; he looked forward to any reason to get together with his parents and siblings and they always had a great time no matter what they were doing.

Michael was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and a true friend to many. Michael had a large extended family and tons of friends; his endearing personality and willingness to see the good in people made everyone want to be around him. Michael was a special person who always tried to make a difference in the world; he was greatly loved and will forever be missed.

Michael was the cherished son of Kevin and Cindi (Aubert) O’ Connell of Wilmington, beloved brother of Kim Peters & husband Glenn of Billerica, Kevin O’Connell of Lowell, Kelli O’Connell of Burlington, Eric Anderson of Hudson, NH, Shayna O’Connell of Tewksbury, Nick O’Connell, Chris O’Connell, and Matthew O’Connell all of Wilmington. Loving Uncle of Alycia, Justin, Cheyenne, Madison, Cameron, Colleen, Emily, Julia, Jamie, Gavin, Ava, and great-niece Riley. Mike is also survived by his girlfriend Melissa Hoover of Wilmington, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and extended family.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, July 14th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Michael’s memory may be made to DCF Kids Fund, Inc. and send to Jennifer Kitchenham Executive Director of the DCF Kids Fund, Inc., 600 Washington St, Floor 6, Boston, MA 02111.

Samuel J. Bernard

July 9th, 2016

Samuel J. Bernard, age 100 years, of West Melbourne, FL, formerly of Everett, MA, died peacefully surrounded by his family on July 8, 2016.

Sam was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy A. (Covino) Bernard, devoted father of Ronald S. Bernard of Tewksbury and Samuel L. Bernard of Boston. Father-in-law of Lynn Ann Bernard of Tewksbury. Loving Grandfather of Gina Murphy of Methuen, Ranee and Timothy Rooney of Wilmington, Ronald Bernard of Tewksbury, Michelle Kane of Everett, Anthony Bernard of Salisbury, Brian Bernard of Quincy, and Great-Grandfather of Morgan, Jake, Ashley, Conor, Jack, Aidan, Gavin, Morgan, and Tatum. Dear son of the late Simone and Nora (Dempsey) Bernard, brother of the late Rita Reardon, Anthony, James, Andrew, and Albert Bernard. Sam is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel, 302 Elm Street, Everett, MA, on Wednesday, July 13th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow.

In lieu of flowers donations in Samuel’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut St., Suite 103, Wellesley, MA 02481, www.jdrf.org

Samuel was a United States Navy Veteran during World War II and a Postal Clerk for the Boston Post Office for many years before he retired.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

James P. O’Neil

July 5th, 2016

James P. O’Neil, age 93, of Wilmington formerly of Somerville, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on July 2, 2016, at Care One in Wilmington, following a brief illness.

Jimmy was born on July 16, 1922, in Cambridge MA; he was the son of the late John and Margaret O’Neil. James was raised and educated in Somerville and was always proud of his Irish Heritage. He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on November 3, 1942 during WWII. One of James’s responsibilities for the Coast Guard was to train dogs for Military purposes; James was very passionate about his job and it led to a life-long love of dogs. James was honorably discharged on January 17, 1946 and returned home to his family. Upon his return to Somerville, James immediately joined the American Legion Post 19 and became very involved in the Post moving up the ranks and becoming the Commander for several years.

Jimmy married his “sweetheart” Jean George in 1942 sharing 65 years together before her passing in 2007. The couple lived in Somerville for many years where they raised four wonderful daughters; Marianne, Beverly, Donna, and Debbie. Jimmy worked very hard to provide for his family and they had many great times throughout the years. Prior to retiring, James worked as a truck driver for Teamsters Unions Local 25 in Charlestown.

Jimmy O loved a “good party” where he could cook up a storm and entertain for his family and friends. He loved all kinds of music and was quite a dancer; he and his wife Jean could float across the floor doing a waltz or switch gears to a fast paced jitterbug, they were always impressive to watch as they danced together.

Jimmy was an avid golfer who got a “hole in one” when he was well into his 80’s and also loved to follow Boston Sports teams.

Jimmy also enjoyed the years he spent in Florida or at Old Orchard Beach in Maine where he made countless friends who became extended family.

Jimmy will be fondly remembered as a wonderful guy who could be gruff on the exterior but had a heart of gold and would literally give you the shirt off his back. James was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, and a true friend to many; he will be greatly missed but would want everyone to dry their tears and celebrate his life; a life well lived.

Jimmy was the beloved husband of the late Jean M. (George) O’Neil, devoted father of Beverly Childers & her husband Frank of Stoneham, Madonna Toto & her husband Michael of Wilmington, Deborah Picardi & her late husband Gino of Indialantic, FL, and the late Marianne O’Neil. Loving Grandfather of Cathy-Jean LeBel & her companion Sean Cunningham, Frankie & Kim Childers, Stephen & Daniela Barresi, David Barresi, Rebecca Caples & her companion Rob Russo, Geno Picardi, Amanda Picardi, and Great-Grandchildren Emma, Bryan, Noah, Cole, Stefano, Bianca, Ava, Mia, Domenic, David, and Stella. Cherished son of the late John and Margaret (Sheehan) O’Neil, dear brother of the late Peggy Vadaro, Catherine, Mary, John, Eugene, and Danny O’Neil. James is also survived by his sister-in-law Lillian O’Neil of Medford as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 9th for Visitation from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in James’ memory may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 186 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.

Beatrice M. Barry

July 5th, 2016

Beatrice M. Barry (Sullivan), age 92, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 4, 2016, at Woodbriar Health Center in Wilmington.

Beatrice was born on September 6, 1923, in Somerville, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Augustine and Miriam Sullivan. Beatrice was raised in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1942.

Beatrice married the “love of her life” Richard Barry, Jr. on June 22, 1958; together they shared many wonderful years before his untimely passing on March 26, 1984. Bea and Dick became parents to two terrific children, Mike and Anne. Bea loved being a mother; she was always supportive of her children and very proud of their accomplishments. Bea also adored being a grandmother to her granddaughter Katie; she was the light of her life.

Beatrice led a very active life; following High School she worked for the War Labor Board and volunteered for the USO to help in any way with the war efforts until the war ended. Bea then went to work as a secretary for Household Finance Company and the First National Bank of Boston for many years before she retired.

Bea and her friends loved to take day trips and a few over night stays with the Wilmington Recreation Department; they always had a great time. Bea also loved to travel with family, especially her daughter; some of their more memorable trips were to England, Ireland, California and Florida just to name a few.

Bea also loved to be by the water; whether it was growing up on Silver Lake, taking trips to the beach or just relaxing by the ocean with family and friends; she enjoyed every minute of it.

In her spare time, Bea enjoyed dancing, especially at the Knights of Columbus dances with her friends and she was an avid Bruins and Red Sox fan who hardly ever missed a game. Let’s not forget Bea’s fondness of candlepin bowling; she not only belonged to the coffee league over at Candlewood Lanes in North Reading for many years but she watched bowling religiously on Saturdays, enjoying every strike

Bea will be remembered as a lovely lady, kind and sweet who would do anything for anyone. Bea cherished the time she spent with family and friends at parties, cookouts, and holidays; she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Beatrice was the beloved wife of the late Richard V. Barry, Jr., devoted mother of Michael Barry and Anne Barry both of Wilmington, loving “Ma” of her granddaughter Kathryn Barry. Cherished daughter of the late Augustine and Miriam (Melzar), dear sister of the late Rita Doherty, Charles and David Sullivan. Beatrice is also survived by her dear friend Mary Boylen as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 9th 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 Friday, July 8th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Beatrice’s name may be made to a Charity of your choice.

Kathleen A. Nardone

June 22nd, 2016

Kathleen A. Nardone (Hansford), fondly known as “Kathy” to her family and friends died peacefully at her home on June 22, 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 69 years old.

Kathy was born on April 15, 1947; she was the cherished only daughter of Frances and Doreen Hansford. Kathy was raised and educated in Medford, MA and was a graduate of Medford High School with the Class of 1965. Kathy went on to further her education at Tewksbury Hospital; she studied hard and earned her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Kathy loved being a nurse, for many years she worked at Lawrence Memorial in Medford and Lahey Clinic in Burlington. In her later years, Kathy worked at several nursing homes caring for the elderly. Kathy always had a way with her patients; she was so caring and compassionate and always had their best interest at heart.

On August 25, 1964, Kathy married her “sweetheart” Frank Nardone and another wonderful chapter in her life began. Kathy and Frank did everything together and truly enjoyed their time spent with family and friends. Kathy and Frank lived in Burlington for 20 years where they raised their three boys, Frank Jr., James, and Shawn. Kathy loved being a mother; her unconditional love and support for her family was evident in everything she did.

Kathy and Frank moved to Wilmington over 20 years ago and fit right in to their new community where their neighbors became like family and their door was always open to anyone in need.

Kathy also enjoyed the many years she summered in Hartford, Maine with her family and friends or summers they spent camping in New Hampshire. Kathy loved being on the water no matter where she was; she could just sit for hours relaxing with a cup of coffee and watching the boats go by.

Kathy will be remembered for her love of reading, watching movies especially a “good horror flick”, and her talent for decorating especially her home.

Kathy was quite a lady who would do anything for anyone; she was kind and loving but a “fighter” when it came to her illness. Kathy’s perseverance in the face of adversity gave her more time to spend with those she loved. Kathy will be greatly missed but forever in the hearts of her family and friends.

Kathy was the beloved wife of Frank A. Nardone, devoted mother of Frank A. Nardone, Jr. of Kingston, NH, James E. Nardone & wife Terry of Turner, ME, and Shawn P. Nardone & wife Stefany of Atkinson, NH. Loving “Grandma” of Charlene, Jessica, Travis, Nathan, Heaven, Aiden, and great-grandson Deklan. Cherished daughter of the late Frances and Doreen (McGuffy) Hansford, dear sister of Billy Hansford & wife Susan of Tewksbury and Robert Hansford & wife Sally of Medford. Aunt of Kendra Pacella, Shauna Hansford, and Jarred Hansford. Kathy was also very special to Jill Cohen and is also survived by her beloved dog Maddie.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, June 25th at 10:30 a.m. followed by Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, June 24th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Robert J. Simmons

June 22nd, 2016

Robert J. Simmons, cherished husband of Janice, died peacefully at the Spaulding Hospital and Rehabilitation of Cambridge on June 22nd, 2016.

Bob was born in Medford on April 2nd, 1947 and was the dear son of the late William and Janet (Ball) Simmons; brother of Carolyn and her husband Bill Gable, brother of Joseph and his wife Melissa (Glencross) and beloved uncle to Michael and Stefanie Gable and Billy, Tommy and Jonathon Simmons all of Wilmington. Bob was predeceased by his sister, Mary, and his brother Frank.

Bob proudly served his country for four years in the US Air Force. He trained in Biloxi, Mississippi and was stationed in Pakistan. He retired from Raytheon after 30+ years as an engineer. Bob not only played softball for a number of years, but he became known as “Coach” to his many players and friends. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge 2071 for many years and became Exalted Ruler in 2009.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral on Monday, June 27th, at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62) Wilmington, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with military honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, June 26th, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bob’s name may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network Development Office, 1575 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Catherine A. Witkos

June 21st, 2016

Catherine A. (Niven) Witkos, age 76, of Wilmington, passed away on June 17, 2016 at the Care One at Wilmington.

Catherine was the beloved wife of the late Joseph R. Witkos, cherished daughter of the late Neil and Anne (Costello) Niven, dear sister of Margaret F. Woolfrey of Wilmington, the late Neil Niven, Jr. and his wife Maureen Niven of Tewksbury and the late John “Jack” Niven and his wife Cyndie Niven of Reading, loving aunt of Tessa A. Niven, Paul Niven, Timothy Niven, Peter Niven, James Woolfrey, III, Jennifer Woolfrey and the late Stephen Niven.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Ave., Bourne, MA  02532 on Monday, June 27th at 1:15 p.m.

Memorial donations in Catherine’s name may be made to Local Heroes, P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA  01887.

Dorothy C. Stewart

June 21st, 2016

Dorothy C. Stewart, age 97, passed away peacefully at the Meadow View Center in North Reading on June 21, 2016.

Dorothy was born on April 25, 1919, in New Bedford, MA; she was the beloved daughter of the late Harry and Ada (Spencer) Stewart. Dorothy was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA and was Valedictorian of the Wilmington High School Class of 1937 and a graduate of Boston University with the Class of 1941.

Dorothy served in World War II as a Sergeant in the United States Army (WAC) and was honorably discharged in 1946; she then went on to a long and successful career with the U. S. Government. Dorothy was an avid world traveler and shared her passion of traveling with family and friends.

Dorothy is survived by her sister, Doctor Pearl S. Pitt of St. Simons Island, GA, her brothers Harry T. Stewart of Wilmington, MA, and Norman T. Stewart of Arlington, TX, and sisters-in-law Ann Stewart of Harwich, MA, Charlotte Stewart of Wilmington, MA, and Estafana Stewart of Arlington, TX, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews who adored their “Aunt Dot”. Dorothy was pre-deceased by her brother Ervyl Stewart and brother-in-law Dr. Leldon Pitt.

Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held in the Veterans Lot at Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, June 24th at 2:00 p.m.

David W. Redfearn

June 21st, 2016

David W. Redfearn, age 90, of Wilmington, passed away on June 19th, 2016.

David is the beloved husband of Natalie E. (Anderson) Redfearn, devoted father of Nancy Assenza & her husband Joe of Atkinson, NH, Adrienne Goffnett of Michigan, Allison Mondi of Woburn and the late Stephen Redfearn, cherished son of the late David and Harriet (DuLong) Redfearn and dear brother of 3 sisters.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, June 27th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, June 26th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in David’s name may be made to Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, www.marineheritage.org. David was a U.S. Marine Veteran who proudly served during WWII.