William was born in Malden, MA, on August 5, 1922, he was the dear son of the late Clarence and Lillian (Wakelin) Johnson. He was raised and educated in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School.
William lived in Saugus and Burlington before moving to Wilmington many years ago.
William was a Navy Veteran of World War II for four years spending two years in North Africa and he served on the USS Portsmouth Light Cruiser. William received many commendations for his service including the American Campaign, European, Middle Eastern Campaign, and the Victory decoration. He was honorably discharged on August 9, 1946.
Following his return from the Service, William continued his education, graduating with a degree from the New England College of Art. He worked as a Graphic Illustrator at MIT Instrumentation in Cambridge, MA, Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, and RCA Aerospace Laboratory in Burlington, where he worked on the Moon Project. He retired from RCA after twenty-five years of dedicated service.
In his spare time William was an avid gardener, fisherman, and a landscape painter. He will be fondly remembered as kind, generous, and devoted to his family and friends.
William was the beloved husband of Doris (Fiske) Johnson, with whom he celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on January 10th, he was the devoted father of Diane Bosworth of Wilmington and Alan Johnson of Townsend, loving grandfather of Craig and his wife Kirsten Bosworth, Michelle and her husband Brian Donnelly, Derek Johnson, Bobbi Jo Johnson, Edward and his wife Kristen Johnson, Tamara and her husband Ryan Kaddy, and great grandchildren William, Gresham, Dylan, Nicholas, Briana, Autumn, Amanda, Evan, and Jordan. Dear brother of the late Evelyn Simpson and Gertrude France, brother-in-law of Norma Dube, uncle of Elizabeth Simpson, Linda Paine and her husband Steve, and Janice Clark, as well as several great nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather for Visiting hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, March 13th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in William’s name may be made to VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.
Alice was born in Somerville, MA, on January 4, 1926, she was the cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Diana (Mercurio) Dankese. Alice grew up in the Fields Corner Section of Dorchester and was a graduate of Dorchester High School, Class of 1944.
Alice married her “sweetheart” Thomas Vasquez on October 9, 1949, the couple moved to Weymouth, and shared over 46 years of marriage before his passing in 1997. Alice and Tom had a wonderful life together and she dearly missed Tom these last fourteen years.
Prior to retiring, Alice worked at the First National Bank of Boston, where she was a dedicated and faithful employee.
In her spare time, Alice was very active in the Weymouth Senior Center, she loved to garden, and spend time with her family.
Alice will be remembered as a wonderful daughter, sister, and aunt, she was very helpful to her parents, very generous of her time, and very good to her family. She will be dearly missed.
Alice was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Vasquez, dear sister of Robert Dankese and his wife Loretta of Billerica, the late Mercurio, John J., Joseph P., Helen, Anna, and Mary Dankese, sister-in-law of Sheila Dankese of Weymouth, and Lee Dankese of Newton. Alice was also the loving aunt of many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, March 13th from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton, MA. Memorial donations in Alice’s name may be made to St. Thomas of Villanova Church.
Fielding, Herbert L., of Middleboro, a former long-time resident of Wilmington, age 86, passed away on March 2, 2012 at the University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. Beloved husband of Priscilla (Tillson) Lockwood-Fielding of Middleboro and Green Valley, AZ, loving father of Karen Madson and her husband Greg of Indiana and the late Stanley Fielding, survived by his wife Judy Crawford of Wilmington, cherished “Grampy” of David Fielding, Benjamin Madson and his wife Lillie, Samantha Madson and Matthew Madson, son of the late Forest and Mae (Baker) Fielding. Herbert was predeceased by his wife Julia (Webber). Funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Herb’s name can be made to Camp Forty Acres, c/o Scott McGrath, 22 Perry Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887. Herb was a WWII Army Veteran and Bronze Star recipient. He was also a long-time employee at the Polaroid Company.