Obituaries

Alice M. (Crowley) Rochford

January 30th, 2013

Alice M. (Crowley) Rochford, age 84, of Wilmington and formerly of Dorchester, died peacefully on January 30, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Alice was born in Dorchester, MA on March 19, 1928, she was the dear daughter of the late Joseph F. and Mary (Fisher) Crowley.  Alice was raised and educated in Dorchester before moving to Charlestown where she raised her children.

Prior to retiring, Alice was a waitress for many years and in her spare time she was always volunteering for good causes and helping others.

Alice moved with her daughter and family to Wilmington 23 years ago and she quickly became very active in the community.  Alice was very involved in the Wilmington Senior Center for over 20 years, she was part of the meals on wheels program, she loved to play a good game of cards, and socialize with her many friends at the Senior Center.

On Tuesday’s she could be found at the Knights of Columbus Hall helping out at A.I.M.; Alice was an active volunteer and she loved helping others, her kindness and caring ways always attracted people to Alice.

Alice was an avid gardener with a green thumb, she had beautiful gardens and roses were always her favorite flowers.  Alice also had a soft spot for animals and she just loved being around them.

Alice will be fondly remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and true friend.  She always found the time to help others and always made them feel special.  Alice was truly a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.

Alice was the beloved wife of the late Charles F. Rochford, devoted mother of Ellen “Dede” (Cosgrove) Sullivan and her husband Stephen of Wilmington and the late Richard Cosgrove, loving grandmother of Colleen McCauley-Coughlan of Lancaster, MA, Amanda Rose Cosgrove of East Boston, mother in law of Rose Cosgrove of East Boston, and great-grandchildren Jacob Sinkus and Erin Coughlan both of Lancaster, MA, dear , sister of Irene Manning and her husband Jim of Rockland, Josephine Spencer of Dorchester, the late Jack Crowley and Justine “Chris” Richards.  Alice is also survived by her dear friend Bob Simmler as well as many nieces, nephews, and godchildren.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, February 2nd at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers donations in Alice’s memory may be made to the American Stroke Association, 185 Franklin St., Boston, MA 02110.

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William J. “Bill” Doyle

January 30th, 2013

William “Bill” Doyle age 85, of Wilmington formerly of Everett passed peacefully on January 30, 2013 listening to his favorite Irish tune. Bill was born March 10, 1927 in Everett, MA, he was the dear son of the late Joseph and Alice (McMurrer) Doyle.  Bill led a full life with a passion for People.
He was the beloved husband of Eleanor “Ellie “Cuoco Doyle, father of William ‘Billy” Doyle of Pt Charlotte, FL and Robert “Bobby” Doyle and his wife Patty and his two cherished grandchildren..Terrance William and Jill all of Red Bank NJ, he is also survived by his sister Eleanor Hall of Malden along with many nieces and nephews all across the country. He was predeceased by his parents Joe and Alice and his brother John all of Everett.
His road was well traveled serving in the US Navy during World War II;  he returned home for a long business career working in Boston during which time he was a Grand Knight and 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus.  But in midlife his real true love came when he became the owner of Church Street  Hardware and Liquor;  known to many as the Mayor of the Square with his legendary Doyle’s Softball team.
Bill was also a very active Rotarian and past president of the Wilmington Rotary Club.  For many years bill also volunteered with the Wilmington Little league and St Thomas CCD program.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, February 2nd 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 with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, February 1st from 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please make all donations in Bill’s name to the Wilmington Rotary Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 73, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Patrick R. Abruzzio

January 29th, 2013

Patrick R. Abruzzio, “Pat”, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 27th, his 69th birthday.

Patrick was born in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, he was the beloved son of the late Patrick and Carmella (Massiello) Abruzzio.  Pat was raised in the North End of Boston before moving with his family to Somerville.

He married the “love of his life” Doreen M. H. Haggart on April 25, 1965 and the couple moved to Wilmington in 1965 where they raised their son.

Pat started his career in the construction industry as a welder but his ambitions led him to become a salesman for the meat and seafood industry and he quickly became the proprietor of A & A Supply.  Pat’s personality and business sense made his company a success until his illness forced his retirement several years ago.

Pat will be fondly remembered for his fondness of Harley Davidson Motorcycles, he loved his bike and he especially enjoyed long rides with his wife Doreen.

Pat was a huge Boston Bruins Fan, he took in many games with family and friends and was ecstatic when they won the Stanley Cup.

Pat loved his family and friends unconditionally and he also had a great fondness and soft spot for all animals.  Pat was very kind, caring, and generous and he will be dearly missed by all.

Pat was the beloved husband of Doreen M. (Haggart) Abruzzio, devoted father of Desmond Abruzzio and his companion Brittany Lund all of Wilmington, dear brother-in-law of Desmond and Eileen Haggart, Ronald Haggart, and Dennis and Freida Haggart all of Scotland and he was the dearly loved uncle of many nieces and nephews in the United Kingdom.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, January 31st at 11:30 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 30th from 4-7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Patrick’s memory may be made to the.MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway Route 28., Methuen, MA 01844. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Marilyn K. (Damron) McCarthy

January 24th, 2013

Marilyn K. (Damron) McCarthy, age 89, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Marilyn was born on May 30, 1923, in Kansas City, Missouri.  She was the only daughter of William D. and Anna (Rectkenwald) Damron.  The family moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma, and that is where Marilyn and her brother James were raised.
Marilyn met the love of her life, Joseph McCarthy, when he was stationed in Oklahoma during his time in the service.  The couple was married on May 6, 1944 and would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary this May.  The couple moved back to Massachusetts when Joseph was discharged in 1945.  They spent several years in Somerville with their three children, James, Francis  and Robert, before settling in Wilmington in 1961.  She worked for many years as a switchboard operator.  Marilyn was a very neat and clean person.  She would always be cleaning the house, dusting, doing dishes or anything that she thought needed to be done, never just sitting back and relaxing.  When she wasn’t cleaning, Marilyn would spend time doing arts and crafts.  She loved to do needle point crafting and made many of the decorations throughout the house herself.  Along with arts and crafts, she loved to spend time out in her garden.

Marilyn was very active in the community of Wilmington, especially the Senior Center.  She loved to take part in the activities there, especially the line dancing.  Marilyn served as Commissioner on the Board for the Center and served as a liaison for the town in their dealings with the Minuteman Senior Service.  Marilyn also started and taught a nutrition class and a sewing class at the center.

Marilyn was the beloved wife of Joseph F. McCarthy of Wilmington. She was the loving mother of James J. McCarthy and his wife Christine of Billerica, Frances A. “Sissy” Dalton of Wilmington and Robert P. McCarthy and his wife Linda of Ashburnham.  She was the cherished grandmother of William and Angela McCarthy, Christopher Dalton, Robert Jr., Kevin, Brian and Patrick McCarthy and the dear great-grandmother of 13.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 28th, at 9:00 a.m., and celebrated a  funeral mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rt. 38), Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m.  Interment took place in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours were held on Sunday, January 27th, from 2-4 p.m.  Memorial donations in Marilyn’s name can be made to Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Nancy Rice Hale

January 23rd, 2013

Nancy Rice Hale, age 78, formerly a long-time resident of Marion Street in Wilmington, died peacefully on January 22, 2013.

Nancy was born on August 5, 1934, in Bridgewater, MA. She was the cherished only child of David K. and Ethel M. (Hart) Rice.  Nancy was raised in Bridgewater and then later moved with her Dad to Waltham.  Nancy completed her education graduating from Waltham High School in 1951 and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Ceramics at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

Nancy always had a passion for the arts, an adventurous spirit, a fondness for other cultures, and a curious nature. As a young woman she traveled to Europe where she particularly enjoyed her time in Italy. The museums and architecture made a life-long impression on her.

Nancy worked for many years for the DC Heath Publishing Company where she was credited for her work as a photo researcher on many publications including a textbook about Martin Luther.  She also had personal contacts with museums all over the world for her research and was very well accomplished and respected.

Nancy loved music. Classical music was her favorite and she was excellent at identifying the composers.

Nancy will be remembered for her love of family as a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her love for her family was unconditional and she took pride in all of their accomplishments and milestones in life.

Nancy truly enjoyed her retirement with her husband Charles. They loved to walk the beach and shared a love of the outdoors, bird watching, gardening, and spending Saturday evenings out dancing.

Nancy had a creative personality and an open mind and heart.  She was kind, caring, and most of all loving.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Nancy was the beloved wife of the late Harold Charles Hale, devoted mother of Mark T. Egleston and his wife Elyse of New York, Tracy L. Egleston of Newburyport, Carolyn E. (Hale) Depoto and her husband Marc of Franklin, MA, and David L.  Hale and his wife Sachiko of Japan, loving grandmother of Brian J. Leudesdorf and his companion Megan Thrift, Laurel E. White, Marina M. and Erika N. Hale, Lily D. and Dante C. Depoto.  She was the cherished daughter of the late David K. and Ethel M. (Hart) Rice.

Family and friends  gathered in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 28th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Nancy’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472

Joseph A. Murphy

January 22nd, 2013

Joseph A. Murphy,  Murph , age 17, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on January 21, 2013, at the Winchester Hospital.

Joe was born on July 6, 1995, in Malden, MA.  He was the cherished son of John B. and Paula M. (D’Amico) Murphy.  Joe and his family moved to Wilmington in 1999, where he was currently a Senior at Wilmington High School.  In his early years, Joe loved to play sports; football, hockey, and lacrosse were some of his favorites.

As he matured, Joe’s artistic abilities seemed to develop and stand out.  Joe was a talented and gifted writer and his artwork was truly wonderful.  Joe found his niche as an animated video editor, a hobby that he shared with his brother Dennis and sister Amelia. He looked forward to Dunkin’ coffee runs and late night conversations with his sister. He loved music, and prided himself on finding underground artists that had not yet reached popularity.  His ability to argue politics with his brother and father was legendary.

Joe will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor, his free spirit, and his playful nature.  He loved to have fun and everyone wanted to be around him.  Joe had an endearing personality, a quiet shyness, and a gift of making others feel special.  He was not only kind and caring to others; he always had a soft spot for the  underdog .

Joe’s family was most important to him. He would often reminisce about his childhood, all the great times together and the countless memories they shared.  Joe was truly nostalgic at heart and very sentimental.

Joe will be remembered as a loving son, brother, nephew, cousin, and a true friend.  He will be greatly missed.

Besides his parents who survive him, Joe was the loving brother of Amelia and Dennis Murphy all of Wilmington, beloved nephew of Janice Murphy of Chelsea, Stuart Schagrin of Amherst, NH, the late Florence Schagrin and Thomas Murphy.  Joe is also survived by his cousins Matthew and Caroline Schagrin,  as well as many other dear cousins, his girlfriend Brianna D’Alfonso, and countless friends.’

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, January 24th from 3-6 p.m. Immediately followed by a Celebration of Joe’s Life at 6:00 p.m.  Memorial donations in Joe’s name may be made to the Joseph A. Murphy Scholarship Fund, c/o Citizens Bank, 224 Main St., Wilmington, MA  01887, in honor of college bound students with learning disabilities.

Monica M. (King) Meyers

January 19th, 2013

Monica M. (King) Meyers, age 76, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Everett, passed away at home on January 18, 2013.

Monica was born and raised in Everett, MA, she came into the world on March 6, 1936, and was the cherished daughter of the late William and Margaret C. (Downey) King.  Monica was educated in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School.

Monica married the love of her life Patrick James Meyers, Sr. “Jim” on January 20, 1956, celebrating nearly 57 years of marriage and raising a beautiful family.  Monica and Jim resided in Everett for most of their married life before moving to Wilmington several years ago.  At home Monica was known as a “Mrs. Fix It” and a true carpenter at heart, there wasn’t much Monica couldn’t do if she set her mind to it.

Monica had a great work ethic, she started as a Clerk for Baybank and with her knowledge of banking and her customer service skills she worked her way up to Bank Manager and then to Bank Officer.  She retired following 25 years of dedicated service to her staff and customers and she thoroughly enjoyed her job.

Family was most important to Monica, she was a dedicated wife, mother, mother-in-law, Nana, daughter, sister, aunt, and a true friend to many.  She loved to host holidays, especially Thanksgiving where she cooked multiple turkeys and pies, the more the merrier at her table where everyone felt included, welcomed and loved.  Halloween was another favorite holiday where Monica would greet her little trick or treaters dressed as a witch, she really got into the spirit of the holiday.

Monica loved being a mother and Nana, she was extremely proud of her family, their accomplishments, celebrations, and their dreams.  She was supportive, caring, kind, and showered them with unconditional love.  Monica was quite a lady and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Monica was the beloved wife of Patrick James Meyers, Sr. “Jim”, devoted mother of Donna M. Meyers of Wilmington, Jim Meyers and his wife Marybeth of Middleton, Stephen M. Meyers and his wife Aeri of North Reading, and Raymond K. Meyers and his wife Gayle of Wilmington, loving “Nana” of Daniel Meyers and his fiancé Carolina, Andrea Meyers, Evan Meyers, Jarod Meyers, Julianne Meyers, and Olivia Meyers, cherished daughter of the late William and Margaret (Downey) King, dear sister of Barbara Keefe of Wakefield, Margaret Napolitano of Stoneham, Jean Morecroft and her husband Jim of Saugus, Loretta Cormier of Arizona, and the late Thomas King.  Monica 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 on Thursday, January 24th 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 Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 23rd from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Monica’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Robert A. Bourassa

January 18th, 2013

Robert A. Bourassa, age 81, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2013, at his home.  Robert was born in Wilmington on November 5, 1931.  He was the son of the late Donat and Marie (Bedard) Bourassa.  Robert was raised in Wilmington and graduate of Wilmington High School.

Following high school, Robert joined the United States Army in August of 1952.  He proudly served his country during the Korean War.  Robert earned the rank of Corporal in the Army.  Following his service, he was discharged in 1954 and came back to Wilmington.

Robert returned home where he married the love of his life, Elizabeth, on August 25, 1956.  The couple raised their four children and shared 40 years of marriage until her passing in 1996.  Robert worked and provided for his family as a pipe coverer for the Union Local 6 in Boston.

Robert loved sports.  Watching the Red Sox and Patriots games were his favorites.  Robert also liked to play softball and enjoyed bowling as well.  Robert was also a member of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge, where he made many friendships.

Family was the most important thing to Robert.  He loved family gatherings and spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He loved to take in all the sporting events of the kids, whether it was baseball, football, lacrosse or any other sport.  He also enjoyed going camping with them.  Robert loved his dogs, Mittens and Sabre, who were also a part of his family.  He will truly be missed.

Robert was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth M. (Lewandowski) Bourassa. He was the loving father of Karen M. Camilli of Acton, Robert O. Bourassa and his wife Deanna of Lynn, Pamela E. Leighton and her husband Michael of Wilmington and Gary J. Bourassa Lowell.  He was the cherished grandfather of Bobby and Allyson Bourassa, Ryan Bedard, Peter, Zachary and Nicholas Leighton, and Alexandra and Gianna Bourassa.  Robert was the dear brother of Harry and Donat Bourassa, Theresa Fredericks, Lucille Tallini and the late Ann Crocker, Margaret Hickey and Paul Bourassa, Robert is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, for a funeral on Wednesday, January 23, at 9:00 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m.  Interment with military honors to follow at Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, January 22, from 4-8 p.m.  At the request of the family, please wear casual attire.

Irene M. (Sharp) Brennan “Auntie I”

January 17th, 2013

Irene M. (Sharp) Brennan, fondly known as Auntie I to most of Wilmington, died peacefullly at the Winchester Hospital on January 17, 2013, at the age of 91.
Irene Margaret Louise (Sharp) Brennan, came into this world on January 6, 1922 in Charlestown; she was the cherished daughter of Edmund and Alice (Finn) Sharp.  She spoke so fondly of growing up in Charlestown, attending St. Francis de Salles school, remembering each and every nun that had an impact on her life.
Auntie I’s maiden name Irene Margaret Sharp or as she would put it I.M. Sharp which sums up her intelligence.  Auntie I started kindergarten where she spent 5 days before being promoted to first grade, double promoted again within a couple of years and on the third double promotion her mother had to put a halt to it because she didn’t want her 11 year old to be in high school.  So she started high school at twelve and graduated not long after her 16th birthday.  Auntie I went on to Salem Teachers College, which was not the norm for a girl to attend college in the 1930’s earning a bachelor’s degree in education; she later went on to  earn her master’s degree in education from Suffolk University in Boston.  She even considered going back to school and getting her Doctorate degree at the mere age of 85. Education was of utmost important to Auntie I, not only for herself but for others, she was a great source of encouragement to everyone to get an education and a great resource to others as to how to go about it.
Auntie I’s career started in a summer retreat town know as Wilmington, “the country” for someone from Charlestown, where she came to substitute for two weeks and stayed as a teacher and guidance counselor for more than 42 years.  Auntie I taught business at Wilmington High School and retired following many years as a guidance counselor at the North Intermediate School;  the school department and her students would agree they were lucky to have her.  Her zest for teaching and her love for her students facilitated a wonderful career that Auntie I always spoke fondly of.
The best interest of the students was top priority for Auntie I; she treated her students with care, loyalty, respect, she had their back when she thought they weren’t being treated fairly and she would give them a push when she thought they were lazy, she always wanted them to strive for their best and settle for nothing less.  Auntie I gave them her opinion, good or bad, whether they asked for it or not, she helped tirelessly in and out of the classroom, and when she became a guidance counselor she was a source of encouragement and a resource to finding a way to further your education.  She helped students get into private high schools, shawsheen tech, and countless colleges that were questionable, she went the extra mile during the application process to make sure her students had everything they needed and she was just as excited when their acceptance letters arrived.
Auntie I felt very rewarded and lucky to have had the opportunity to be a part of so many lives, to let others know how proud she was of them, to help build self esteem, and in turn she was very well respected and loved by countless students.  She would always be so happy to be included in many school reunions over the years and would share with us the details of the parties and of her former students.  It didn’t matter if it was your 50th class reunion and you were in your late 60’s, by the sounds of her stories you would think you were still 16 years old at Wilmington High School.  For all of you that included her in those reunions I would like you to know how happy you made her.
During summer break from school, Auntie I was the director of the Head Start program, a summer program that gave under priveledged students a head start to learning and fun.  She tirelessly rallied for the funding every year to make sure these children had the extra help they needed to succeed in the school year to come.  She also planned field trips and special events for the kids to make learning more fun.
Auntie I also ran a summer recreation program in the  Bath House  at Silver Lake’s Town Beach where many kids from Wilmington gathered for arts, crafts, and fun.
Auntie I’s talents were many, she was active in the minstrel shows and many bazaars at St. Dorothy’s Church, directed  and choreographed countless plays with the Wilmington High School’s drama club; making many of the costumes and sets, and let’s not forget her cake decorating, her license plate was “cake lady”.  Auntie made thousands of wedding, christening, anniversary, birthday, retirement, or any other special occasion cakes, and she did it with a lot of love, never expecting anything but a photo of the cake. Auntie I was also a member of the ISIS Cake Decorating Club.
Auntie I had a passion for volunteering and helping others, to help better education she continued to stay active as a member of Merrimack Valley Guidance association, Mass Association of School Counselors, and the State alumni Association.  Auntie I was active in the Wilmington Women’s Club, the Wilmington Figure Skating Club as a former CEO and at the Ristuccia Rink helping with many skating shows over the years; encouraging the skaters and enjoying every minute of it.
Auntie I loved volunteering at AIM every Tuesday where she had lots of friends,  In her later years she would often be seen on the common during the fourth of July celebrations decorating cookies to be sold to raise money for scholarships.
In her spare time she loved to spend time with her  family  attended each and every special occasion, she held court at Rocco’s every Wednesday with her girls, and she loved her newfound friends, happy hour, bingo, and movie night at the Pines in Tewksbury.
Auntie I belonged to many clubs and volunteered for countless organizations, she gave of her time, her talents, and her money, she was like the energizer bunny for a woman of her age, never letting anyone down. Her efforts did not go unnoticed and she was honored with the Wilmington Good Guy Award in 1991 from a community she loved for more than 65 years as a resident and they loved her back.
Auntie will be fondly remembered as a woman of great faith, she loved God, her husband, her family, her extended family, and  her kids  from the town of Wilmington.  She left a wonderful legacy of learning and countless friends where ever she went.  She will be greatly missed
Irene was the beloved wife of the late Paul J. Brennan, cherished daughter of the late Edmund J. Sr. and Alice (Finn) Sharp, dear sister of the late Edmund J. Sharp, Jr. and Marie Regina Sharp, sister-in-law of Francis and Ruth Brennan of Westwood and the late Henry “Bud” and Mary Brennan.  “Auntie I”is also survived by her best friend Alice Sullivan of Wilmington, as well as many nieces, nephews, godchildren, and a large and loving extended family.
Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, January 22nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church.  Interment took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Irene’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 136, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Rachel Ann (Palmer) McCarthy

January 15th, 2013

Rachel A. (Palmer) McCarthy, age 59, of Dracut, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on January 13, 2013, at the Mass General Hospital.  Born in Woburn on July 2, 1953, Rachel was the cherished daughter of Richard and Rachel (McLaughlin) Palmer.  She was raised in Wilmington and attended Wilmington Public Schools.

After graduating Wilmington High School in 1971, Rachel went on to further her education at the Addison-Gilbert Nursing School in Gloucester.  She was part of the last graduating class at that school.  Upon graduating, Rachel began her long career in the profession she loved, nursing.

Rachel lived with her family, husband Jim and son James “Shamus”, in Dracut.  There they made many friends.  They loved to take trips to the beach.  Anywhere there was sand and water, Rachel would be there.  They especially loved going to Gloucester and Ocean Park in Maine.  She loved to cook, it seemed like every time she took out a pot, a group of people would show up to eat.  Rachel loved having them around.  Family was very important to her, she had the ability to remember everyone in the room’s birthday, no matter how big the group, and making all feel special.  Rachel also loved her pets and enjoyed spending time reading.

Rachel worked for many years at the Woburn Nursing Center, part of Salter Healthcare Company, on Francis Street in Woburn.  She loved her work and enjoyed making people smile and laugh.  Rachel treated all her patients with love and respect.   She also liked to teach, she taught several nurse’s aid courses at St. John’s in Lowell.   Rachel will be missed sorely by her family, friends and all the lives she touched.

Rachel was the beloved wife of James F. McCarthy, III of Dracut. She was the loving mother of James P. “Shamus” McCarthy of Boston. She was the cherished daughter of Richard and the late Rachel (McLaughlin) Palmer of Wilmington.  Rachel is the dear sister of Richard Palmer of Wilmington, Douglas Palmer of Boston, Jeffrey Palmer and his wife Karen of Manchester, NH, and Christine Taylor and her husband Bruce of CT.  She very much enjoyed her role of “Auntie Rachel” to Daniel, Katherine, Joseph, Maeve, Graeme, Riley and his parents Nicholas and Courtney.  Rachel is also survived by her many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, January 18, from 4-7 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. At the family’s request, please omit flowers and plant a rosebush or tree as a memorial to Rachel or donations in her name can be made to a charity of one’s choice.