Obituaries

Albowicz, Anthony

May 1st, 2010

Anthony L. “Tony” Albowicz, age 68, of Wilmington, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the Winchester Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.

Tony was born in Waltham, MA, on May 5, 1941, he was the dear son of the late Longin and Elizabeth (Roberts) Albowicz. He was a life-long Wilmington resident.

Tony loved to cook and was employed for many years as the “house” caterer for the V.F.W. Hall in Tewksbury.

Tony enjoyed traveling especially for Florida and he loved to be outdoors.

He will be fondly remembered for his artistic ability and knack for interior decorating, his sense of humor and great laugh, and for his devotion to his family. Tony was truly a man who loved life and will be greatly missed.

Tony was the husband of Joyce (Barnaby) Albowicz, devoted father of Tracy Burke & her husband Daniel and Anthony David Albowicz all of Wilmington, and Douglas Albowicz of Tewksbury, loving “grampy” of Kyle, Shawn, and Daylon Burke and David Sullivan-Albowicz, dear brother of the late Elizabeth, Judy, and Joseph. Tony is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, May 3rd at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Graveside Service at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Anthony’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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Flaherty, Virginia

May 1st, 2010

Virginia R. “Ginny” (Fitzpatrick) Flaherty, age 83, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at home on May 1, 2010.

Born in Waltham, MA, on June 5, 1926, Virginia was the dear daughter of the late Lawrence B. and Anna (Hoey) Fitzpatrick. Virginia grew up in Dorchester and was a graduate of Jeremiah Burke High School. Following graduation Ginny worked as a secretary for the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

She married Martin J. Flaherty on October 2, 1948 and together they shared nearly sixty years of marriage prior to his passing on October 1, 2008. Marty and Ginny moved to Wilmington in 1956 and raised their seven children.

Ginny was employed at that time as the Assistant Manager for Commercial Bank in Burlington for many years. Ginny also worked at the IRS and part-time for Bradlees Store in Woburn.

When Ginny retired she loved to spend her time taking care of her grandchildren; her family meant everything to her. She spoke with each of her children every day just to see what was going on in their lives and she never missed a family occasion or celebration. The grandchildren could always count on their Nana to be there to support them and celebrate their many accomplishments.

Ginny also liked to travel, go to the gym, bowl, and socialize, she enjoyed the many Memorial Day Parades and 4th of July Celebrations that took place in Wilmington just across from her home. She will be remembered for her big heart, her devotion to family and friends, and for her concern for others. Ginny was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and neighbor, who set many wonderful examples to live by. She will be greatly missed.

Ginny was the devoted mother of Anne Urtiaga & her husband Daniel of Alabama, Martin J. Flaherty, Jr. & his wife Janice of Maryland, Janet Flaherty of Maryland, Thomas Flaherty & his wife Donna of Barnstable, Mary Angles & her husband Alberto of No. Andover, Lynne Melaragni & her husband Paul of Wilmington, and the late Jack Flaherty, loving grandmother of Erin Finney, Jeanne Finney, Jack Finney, Martin J. III & Devon Flaherty, Amy Watkins, Thomas Jr., Katelyn & Jaclyn Flaherty, Brianna, Christopher, John, Samuel, & Lucas Angles, Gianna, Isabella, & Nicholas Melaragni, great-grandmother of Thomas Gonzales, Liam, Emma & Kean Dao, and Grace & Aiden Finney, cherished sister of Florence McMahon of Arlington, Richard Fitzpatrick of California, and Robert Fitzpatrick of Quincy. Virginia is also survived by many brothers & sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, May 6th 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 Wednesday, May 5th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Virginia’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Dunbar, William

April 27th, 2010

William A. “Will” Dunbar, age 23, a long-time Wilmington resident, died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, April 27, 2010.

Born in Winchester, MA on December 6 1986, Will was the beloved son of William T. Dunbar and his partner Marlaina Pratt of Wilmington and Roberta Bielasz of Florida. Will was very active in sports and loved to play soccer. He was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 2005.

Will was a landscaper for All Star Landscaping in Woburn for several years and more recently worked as a Lube Tech for Jiffy Lube in Wilmington. He loved motorcycles, music, and going into the clubs in Boston with his friends. He will be fondly remembered for his great smile, big heart, and his kind and caring nature to those around him. He was a good friend to many and he will be sorely missed.

Will was the brother of Melissa Loiselle of Burlington, nephew of Estelle Burdick and Priscilla Loiselle both of Burlington, Rebecca Morgan of Tewksbury, Marie Dunbar and Lisa Dunbar both of Wilmington, grandson of the late Joanna and Colon Dunbar and Barbara Bielasz-Lander, Will is further survived by many cousins and friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, May 3rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Sunday, May 2nd from 5-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Will’s name may be made to the William A. Dunbar Memorial Fund, c/o Eastern Bank, 370 Main St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

McLellan, George H. Jr

April 26th, 2010

George H. McLellan, Jr., age 84, of Wilmington, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2010, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill.

He had been married for 43 years to Lurlyne (Black) McLellan who passed away in 1998.

George was born in Kenora, Ontario, Canada, on October 29, 1925, he was the dear son of the late George H., Sr. and Ebba (Johnson) McLellan. He attended schools in Melrose, MA and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1943.

George served in the 280th Combat Engineer Battalion in the U. S. Third and Ninth Army in Europe during three major campaigns of World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for achievement in action in Germany in 1945.

After graduating from Northeastern University in 1951, he worked as an engineer with Jackson and Moreland Engineers of Boston. Later George was employed as an engineer and program manager with Litton-Itek Optical Systems in Lexington, MA. Whil there, he worked on special camera systems, some of which flew in NASA Apollo and Space Shuttle missions. He retired in 1995.

George was a member of Good Samaritan Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Reading, MA and a life member of the V.F.W. Post 2394 in Melrose, MA.

George was the devoted father of William McLellan and his wife Sharon of Freemont, NH and his daughter Nancy McClellan of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Joshua and Madison McLellan, and dear brother of the late Florence Ryan.

George’s Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 1st at 10:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Friday, April 30th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to Home Health Foundation, Family of Agencies, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9 Entrance 1, Lawrence, MA 01843.

Dickinson, Richard

April 25th, 2010

Richard P. “Dick” Dickinson, age 77, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2010, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston following a lengthy illness.

Born in Woburn, MA on February 20, 1933, Dick was the dear son of the late Edward and Claire (Garland) Dickinson. He grew up in Wilmington and was a graduate of Keith Academy High School in Lowell. Prior to retiring, Dick worked for Bank of Boston for over 45 years. In his spare time, Dick loved to ski, golf, tend to his garden, and travel, especially to Ireland with family and friends.

Dick belonged to the National Guard for over 20 years, he was a member of the men’s choir at St. Dorothy’s Church and St. Thomas Church where he was also a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. He actively volunteered at St. Anthony’s Shrine on Arch Street in Boston and was well respected for the hours he unselfishly devoted to many charities. Dick will be fondly remembered for his great smile, beautiful voice, endearing personality, devotion to his family and friends and for his love of Notre Dame. He will be greatly missed.

Dick was the loving and devoted husband of Catherine A. (Harrington) Dickinson with whom he would have celebrated 44 years of marriage this coming October, brother of Cynthia Murphy of Tewksbury and the late Robert Dickinson, brother-in-law of Mary Harrington of Newburyport, Margaret & Peter Neitz of Quincy, James & Margaret Harrington of Arlington, Eileen & Richard Mirra and Anne & Bernard Sullivan all of Charlestown, Dick is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Thursday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Wednesday, April 28th from 3-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be made to St. Francis House, 39 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116.

Lydon, Paul

April 25th, 2010

Paul J. Lydon, of Wilmington, formerly of Newton and Watertown, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2010, at home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with ALS at the age of 42.

Born in Boston, MA, on January 25, 1968, Paul was the dear son of Peggy (O’Connor) Lydon of Newton and the late John Lydon. Paul grew up in Newtonville and was a graduate of Newton Catholic High School Class of 1986. He went on to further his education and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from U Mass Boston. At the time of his death, Paul was employed as a chemist for EISAI Inc., a Pharmaceuticals Company.

Paul married Alice McCusker on October 28, 1995, after 10 years of courting, and the couple lived in Watertown for a few years before moving to Wilmington in 1998.

Paul and Alice had four children; Joseph, Sean, Liam, and Molly. He absolutely loved being a husband and dad, he cherished every moment spent with his wife and kids. They were the center of his universe. In his spare time Paul enjoyed reading, running, and watching the history and military channels. He will be remembered for his intelligence, sense of humor, humbleness, and love of his Irish heritage. Paul was a fighter, he faced his illness with courage and strength, never giving up when things got tough and always setting an expample for those around him. He was never worried about himself, always having the utmost concern for his family and their well being. Paul will be fondly remembered for his kindness not only to his family but to his friends, neighbors, and co-workers. He was a true “gentleman” in every sense of the word.

Paul was the beloved husband of Alice L. (McCusker) Lydon , devoted and loving father of Joseph Paul, Sean Patrick, Liam James, and Molly Grace Lydon all of Wilmington, dear brother of Michael Lydon & his wife Donna of Marston Mills and Tommy Lydon of Newtonville. Paul is also survived by many brothers and sisters in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and dear friends. Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m.. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Thursday, April 29, from 3-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Paul’s name can be made to “Friends of the Lydon Family“, c/o Kelly Sullivan, 6 Middle St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Martin, Ellen

April 21st, 2010

Ellen MartinEllen L Martin. (Bavuso), age 67. of Wilmington, died peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ellen was the beloved wife of Robert “Bob” Martin, devoted mother of Leann Otis & her husband Chuck of Wilmington and Daneen Petrone & her husband Tony of Tewksbury, loving “Grammy” of Marina & Katelyn Otis and Nathan & Meghan Petrone, dear daughter of the late Bernard & Helen (Forgione) Bavuso, cherished sister of Barbara DeStefano & her husband Charlie “Butch” of Wilmington, aunt of Charleen & Brian Portorski and Kristin & Scott Tully, Ellen is also survived by her long-time friends Ruthann & John Vanella of Burlington as well as many other dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, April 26th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Sunday, April 25th from 4 – 8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Ellen’s name may be made to Relay for Life – Wilmington, 9 Riverside Road, Weston, MA 02493, Attn: Jennifer Wassan.

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Veloza, Anna

April 15th, 2010

Anna M. Veloza, of Wilmington, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on April 15, 2010 at the age of 86.

Born on April 1, 1924, Anna was the daughter of the late Peter and Lenora Michalkiewicz. She was raised in Cambridge and attended private school. Upon her graduation, Anna went on to the Wilford Academy in Boston and received an associates degree in hairdressing. She was a hard working woman, spending over 35 years in hairdressing and also earning her Real Estate License.

She moved to Wilmington with her family in 1955. In addition to her career, Anna enjoyed cooking and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be sorely missed by all of them.

Anna was the beloved wife of the late George Veloza. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage together until his passing in 2008.

Anna is survived by her children: Susan Lesperance and her husband Tony and George R. Veloza and his wife Lee all of Wilmington. Her grandchildren: Michelle Cincotta, Michael L’Esperance, David Lesperance, Anthony Lesperance, Jr., Charles Veloza, Karen Veloza, and Kerry Veloza. Great grandchildren: Nichole and Gina Cincotta; Andrew, Mary Kate and Cassaundra Lesperance; Samantha, Rachael, Erica, Maxwell and Alyssa Lesperance; Brian and Sabrina Veloza; and Dominic and Jada Veloza. Anna was also the sister of Helen Bergman of Wilmington, and the late Peter Michaels, Andrew Mitchell and Nell Sawicki. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service from the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, April 22, at 12:00 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Anna’s name may be made to VNA of Middlesex-East and Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Silvers, John

April 9th, 2010

Dr. John Phillip “Jack” Silvers, of Kingston, NH, formerly of Wilmington, passed away April 9, 2010, at the Exeter Hospital at the age of 90.

Born on January 23, 1920, in Chicago, Jack was the son of Cecil and Beatrice (Cunningham) Silvers. He was raised in Portland, Indiana, where he graduated from Portland High School. Upon graduation, Jack attended Purdue University where he was a member of the ATO fraternity. He received his bachelor’s degree and continued on to earn his PhD in thermodynamics.

Married in November, 1945, Jack was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Kelso) Silvers who currently resides at Edgewood Nursing Home in Portsmouth, NH. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage together.

Dr. Silvers worked in the field of research and development and was a pioneer in the fields of nuclear energy, space exploration and undersea exploration. Among his many noteworthy career achievements, he served on the design teams for the Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear powered submarine, and the Mercury and Apollo space programs.

Early in his career, Dr. Silvers lived in Park Forest, IL and worked at Argonne National Laboratories. He moved to New England after being recruited to work for Avco RAD in Wilmington, MA. During his career, he served as a consultant for research at MIT and was the president of the Massachusetts Science Foundation. He retired to Kingston, NH in 2000. He was an active member at the churches where he lived, teaching and singing in the choir. He was a member of the Faith United Protestant Church in Park Forest, IL, the First Congregational Church in Wilmington, MA and attended the First Congregational Church in Kingston, NH.

Jack enjoyed many hobbies. He was a professional tenor, and sang in the Purdue University Glee club, the Lexington Choral Society, and the Rockingham Choral Society. He was a skilled artist, winning many amateur artist awards. He also loved to down hill ski, play tennis and was an avid golfer. He was a former member of the Andover Country Club where he held a handicap of 8.

Other than his wife, John is survived by his loving children, Cheryl Park and John T. Silvers, both of Kingston, NH and the late Terry A. Silvers. He was the devoted grandfather of William, Jr. and Bradly Park, and Maegan Silvers and great grandfather of Nathan Diffin. Brother of Marjorie Ferguson of Portland, IN.

Visiting hours will be held from the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, Saturday, April 24th from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., immediately followed by a funeral home service for John at 12:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in John’s name can be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


Vassallo, Robert E. Sr.

April 9th, 2010

Vassallo, RobertAttorney Robert E. Vassallo, Sr., age 73, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, April 9, 2010.

Born in Malden, MA, on September 4, 1936, Robert was the dear son of the late Herbert and Priscilla (Holmes) Vassallo. Robert grew up in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School Class of 1955. Robert enlisted into the United States Navy in September of 1955, where he served on several Naval Destroyers and was involved in the Lebanon Crisis. Robert was honorably discharged on September 21, 1961.

Robert met and fell in love with Maryann Scuito, and they married on February 16, 1958. Robert and Maryann moved to Wilmington where they raised their three children.

Robert was intelligent, well educated, and very respected both personally and professionally. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston State College in 1975, his Juris Doctor from New England School of Law in 1984, and his Program of Instruction for Lawyers from Harvard Law School.

Robert was in Law Enforcement for over 20 years, first as an Investigator for the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston. He then joined the Wilmington Police Department earning the rank of Sergeant. Robert owned his own Law Practice and was a Trial Attorney since 1985.

Robert’s legal expertise and willingness to help others led him to involve himself on many boards. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Wilmington Family Counseling Service, Board of Directors for Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Union Official, Collective Bargaining & Grievance Committees for the Wilmington Police Department, Board of Directors for the Visiting Nurses Association of Middlesex East, and most recently the Board of Trustees of Eagles Landing Condominium in Tewksbury in 2002 and 2003. Robert was also an active member of the Aleppo Temple Shrine in Wilmington.

Robert will be fondly remembered as a devoted and loving family man, dedicated Police Officer, and a respected Attorney. He was kind, considerate, always willing to do for others, a true friend, and a gentleman. He will be greatly missed.

Vassallo, Robert ERobert was the beloved husband of Maryann (Sciuto) Vassallo, devoted father of Robert E. Vassallo, Jr. & his wife Marnie of Melrose, Denise A. Sweeney & her fiance Paul Connolly of Wilmington, and Linda Cote & her husband Richard of Wilmington; loving grandfather of Kellianne, Kyle, and Ryan Sweeney, Jacqueline Cote, and Nicholas Vassallo; dear brother of John Vassallo and his wife Janice of Florida, Paul Vassallo of Maine, Charles Vassallo of Brockton, Priscilla Antkowiak and her husband Ray of Auburn, Lyn Dealtry and her husband Don of California; son-in-law of Rose Sciuto of Wilmington, and brother-in-law of Carol McGinn and her husband John of Wilmington. Robert is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 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 Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 from 4 – 8 pm.

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