Obituaries

Keeley, William

March 30th, 2011

William N. Keeley, Sr. “Bill”, age 82, of Wilmington, formerly of Medford, died March 30, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.

Beloved husband of 57 years to Elizabeth R. “Betty” (Chagnon) Keeley, devoted father of William N. Keeley, Jr. & his wife Laura and Brian J. Keeley & his wife Maria all of Wilmington, and Edward F. Keeley & his wife Elvira of Montgomery, AL, loving grandfather of Shannon, Connor, Luke, Brad, Jason, Christopher and Sean. Dear son of the late Coleman & Margaret (Foley) Keeley, brother of the late Joseph, John, Mary and Eileen Keeley, brother-in-law of Randy Chagnon & his wife Gloria of NC, Annette Hunt of AZ, and Frank Chagnon of Medford.

Funeral from the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, April 1st 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 Thursday, March 31st from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in William’s name may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, c/o Jeanne Jugan Residence, 186 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143-1595.

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Crivello, Manuel

March 29th, 2011

Manuel D. Crivello, “Manny”, age 62, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

Manny was the beloved companion of Sharon Keefe of Wilmington and was very special to Lisa Dumont, Paul Simard, and Larry Simard.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, April 2nd from 3-5 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Phillips, Jeanne

March 26th, 2011

Jeanne B. (Spencer) Phillips, age 69, of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Winchester Hospital.

Jeanne was born in Woburn, MA, on October 10, 1941, she was the dear daughter of the late Robert and Celeste (Dickie) Spencer.

Jeanne grew up in the Pinehurst Section of Billerica and moved to Woburn as a young girl. She was educated in Woburn and graduated from Woburn High School.

Jeanne married her “Navy Man” Zora A. Phillips on December 4, 1960, Zora and Jeanne traveled all over the United States during his enlistment. When Zora retired from the Navy after 20 years the family settled in Wilmington in 1971. Jeanne and Zora had a wonderful life together, although they shared only 17 years of marriage before his untimely passing in 1978, they raised five children and created many great memories.

Jeanne was very proud of her husband’s service to the country, she too took pride in her civil duty and was an active member of the V. F. W.’s Women’s Auxillary for many years.

Jeanne was a wonderful woman, she was very devoted to her family, making them her priority. She had an unconditional love for her children, grandchildren, and extended family. She not only raised her children but she was an “awesome” grandmother and was considered a “second mother” to many of them. Jeanne loved to go camping in Maine with her family and friends, together they made many memories to share for generations to come.

In her spare time, Jeanne’s hobbies included reading, shopping, and attending her weekly “Stitch & Bitch” Group with her sisters and her aunt. There the ladies would make baby sets, blankets, and vent to each other, they were actually very talented and enjoyed each others company.

Jeanne will be fondly remembered for her devotion to her family, her strength during adversities, and her willingness to help those she loved. She was a very loving and caring person and will be greatly missed.

Jeanne was the beloved wife of the late Zora A. Phillips, devoted mother of Lon Phillips & his wife Debbie of Billerica, Don Phillips & his wife Terri of Tennessee, Tiffeny Rygiel & her late husband David of Wilmington, the late Celeste “C.C.” Miller & her husband Brian of New Hampshire, and the late Matthew Phillips & his wife Melissa, loving grandmother of Dale Vaillancourt, Lon Phillips, Jr., Bonnie Phillips, Katherine Phillips, Ryan Phillips, Jeanne Rygiel, Shelbi Rygiel, Zorah Rygiel, David Rygiel, Jr., Ashley Rygiel, Kayla Miller, Nicholas Miller, Shawn Miller, Cody Miller, Sarah Fraser, Candice Phillips-Cyr, Courtney Phillips, and great-granddaughters Madison, Sofia, and Evangelynn, sister of Robert Spencer & his wife June of Wilmington, Philip Spencer & his wife Peggy of No. Reading, Celeste Garrity & her husband George, Dorothy Brown & her husband Ed, Christine Nagle, and Lucy Nagle all of Woburn, Cathy Tillotson & her husband George of Indiana, Patrick Spencer & his wife Barbara of New Hampshire, and the late George Spencer & his wife Lee of Burlington, Jeanne is also survived by her loving aunt Doris Scuturio of Pinehurst as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, March 30th 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 Tuesday, March 29th from 4-7 p.m.

Marsh, Baxter “Jack”

March 26th, 2011

Baxter J. Marsh, Jr. “Jack”, age 82, of Wilmington, died March 26, 2011.

Beloved husband of the late Marjorie A. (Priestley) Marsh, devoted father of Karla Martin and her husband Peter of Townsend, Gloria Corcoran and her husband Edmund and Daryn Marsh and his wife Robyn all of Wilmington, Daryl Marsh and his wife Sandi of Lowell, and the late Dana John Marsh, loving grandfather of Peter Martin, Kerri-Anne Boucher, Lauren O’Connor, Michael Corcoran, Brian Corcoran and his wife Alison, Jennifer Corcoran, Melissa Newcomb, Amanda Marsh, Kathryn Marsh, Abygayl Marsh, Rybekah Marsh, and great-grandchildren Logan Martin, Lilah Boucher, and Tyler Corcoran. Dear son of the late Baxter J., Sr. and Alfreda (Button) Marsh, brother of Nancy Dulong of Gainesville, GA, Andrew Marsh of Elyria, OH, Kenneth Marsh of Haverhill, the late Thelma Hynes, Gertrude Wade, and Alexander Marsh, Jack is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, March 30th at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, March 29th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Baxter’s name may be to the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, c/o Global Giving, 1023 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington DC 20005. Member of the I.B.E.W. Local 103 in Boston. U. S. Army Veteran Korean War.

Hunt, Willard

March 25th, 2011

Willard “Ralph” Hunt, age 68, of Billerica, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully on Friday, March 25, 2011, at the Veteran’s Hospital in West Roxbury, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ralph was born in Winchester, MA, on December 30, 1942, he was the son of the late Radall “Harry” and Myrtle (Abbott) Hunt.

He grew up in Wilmington and was educated there. Ralph enlisted in the United States Army on November 28, 1960 and served the country proudly during the Vietnam War, he was honorably discharged in November of 1963.

Ralph was a past member of the V. F. W. in Wilmington and was proud American.

Ralph returned to his family in Wilmington and he married the love of his life Lucy Gray in 1968. Ralph and Lucy moved to Billerica in the mid 1970’s and raised two wonderful children. Family was very important to Ralph, he loved his family dearly and would do anything for them.

Ralph worked in construction, he worked for a few companies until he took a job with Murray Brothers many years ago. Ralph loved working for the Murray Brothers and had a great time with the “guys” he worked with, they became his extended family. When Ralph’s illness forced him to stay out of work he missed hanging out with the “guys”.

Ralph was an avid fisherman, he loved the sport and when he wasn’t fishing or cleaning his fishing gear, he would watch various fishing shows on the T.V. Fishing was a passion that Ralph shared with his family and friends.

Ralph also liked to “relax” on the sofa watch the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Golf, or just read his paper, he liked to know what was going on in the world.

Ralph loved life and made the best of every day, he enjoyed the company of his family and his many friends. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, and a devoted “Papa” to Andrew and Jason, they were the center of his world. He would do anything for anyone and was a true friend to many. He will be greatly missed.

Ralph was the beloved husband of Lucy (Gray) Hunt, devoted father of Denise M. Sullivan & her husband Kevin of Pembroke, NH and the late David M. Hunt, loving “Papa” of Andrew & Jason Sullivan, dear brother of Randall Hunt of Leominster, Snooky Hunt of Vermont, Raymond Hunt of So. Carolina, Rusty Hunt of New Hampshire, and the late Vivian Bleyle, he is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and great friends.

Family & friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Thursday, March 31st at 11:30 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will take place in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. Visiting hours Wednesday, March 30th from 4-8 p.m.

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

Trinchera, Marc

March 23rd, 2011

Marc Trinchera, age 33, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.

Marc was born on June 13, 1977, in Lawrence, MA, he was the cherished son of Joyce B. (DiGiovanni) Trinchera of Salem, NH, formerly of Wilmington and James A. Trinchera of Haverhill.

Marc was a happy child who always had a smile on his face. He was full of energy and was the athletic one in the family. In high school he played for the high school tennis team and joined the football team his senior year.

Marc had many friends and was always kind and respectful to his peers. He had a good reputation in high school and was well respected by his teachers. After graduating from Wilmington High School in 1995. Marc decided to attend Northeastern University where his older brother, Jimmy, had graduated from and his younger brother, Ryan, would later attend and they would be together at Northeastern for 2 years. Marc graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice but decided to take a career path in financial services where he rapidly became successful.

By the time Marc was 27, he became one of the top mortgage brokers in the country for Countrywide Lending. Marc was proud of his success, but was always humble about it and shared his success with family and friends.

Marc was a family man. He loved family functions and spending time with his family. He loved and adored children and would spend hours playing with his nephews and his little cousins. He had a special and close relationship to his mother, Joyce.

Marc faced some tough personal challenges in the last few years of his life, but he remained optimistic and strong and never gave up.

Marc was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He will be remembered for his kind and caring nature and for his willingness to help others. Marc was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

Marc was beloved brother of Ryan P. Trinchera of Peabody, Andrea Schmidt of Guilford, CT, and Jimmy Trinchera of San Marcos, CA, uncle of Jacob, Zachary, Anthony, and Andrew, Marc is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, March 29th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., Wilmington at10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in the family lot at Tewksbury Cemetery. Visiting hours Monday, March 28th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Marc’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.

Spear, Arthur

March 22nd, 2011

Arthur Fogg Spear, Jr., “Buster”, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at his home.

He was born on February 9, 1931, in Hopewell, Virginia. Arthur was the son o f the late Arthur F. And Florence “Netta” Spear and lived in North Quincy until he moved to Wilmington in the summer of 1945.

Arthur graduated from Wilmington High School in 1949, during high school he played varsity football, baseball, and basketball, becoming a star athlete. Arthur was inducted into the Wilmington High School Hall of Fame on January 18, 1992.

He enlisted into the Army Air Force in September of 1949, serving honorably for four years.

Arthur attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, graduating as a Civil Engineer in 1958.

He married his high school sweetheart Margery Ann Bedell on August 4, 1951.

Arthur served on the Wilmington Finance Committee for many years, he was a Wilmington Youth Hockey Coach and Referee, and was the “Grand Marshall” for the 1st Annual Horribles Parade.

Arthur retired in 1990 from TRW Industries in Cambridge.

Arthur is survived by his beloved wife: Margery A. (Bedell) Spear, four daughters: Evelyn L. Haberland and her husband Jay L. Haberland, Leslie A. Plouffe, Elisabeth E. Spear, and Melissa B. Spear, four grandchildren; Cpt. John B. Haberland and his wife Laura, Sarah E. Writer and her husband Evan, Thomas G. Plouffe, Mark E. Haberland, and one great-granddaughter Isobel Ann Haberland. Arthur was the brother of Celia F. Cornish and her husband Robert B., Frank A. Spear and his late wife Shirley F., and the late Florence S. LePore and her husband Peter LePore, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, April 2nd at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Arthur’s name may be made to the Wilmington Congregational Church.

Giordano, Joseph

March 22nd, 2011

Joseph A. Giordano, age 83, of Woburn, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully, Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at home in Woburn following a lengthy illness.

Joe was born on December 7, 1927, in Boston, MA, he was the cherished son of the late Calogero and Marie (Salomoni) Giordano, he was raised in East Boston and was educated there.

He married his childhood sweetheart Marie H. Miano and they celebrated over 50 years of marriage before her passing in 2005. Joe and Marie had a wonderful life together, they were very close to their families and in the late 1960’s they moved to Wilmington to be near family.

Joe was a very hard worker, he worked for several companies in his earlier years, and then he took a job at Aurora Imaging Company where he worked as a Custodial Engineer for over 20 years before he retired.

In his spare time, Joe loved to watch sports, especially the Bruins and was known to be an avid puzzle maker. He enjoyed spending time with his family and extended family, never missing a celebration or special occasion. Following the death of Marie and his decline in health, Joe moved to New Horizons at Choate where he made many friends.

Joe will be fondly remembered as a kind and caring man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Joe was the beloved husband of the late Marie (Miano)Giordano, devoted father of Paula Giordano of New Zealand, dear brother of Michael and Vincent Giordano both of California, the late Salvatore, Angelo, and Jean Giordano, brother-in-law of Albert Miano & his wife Mary of Tewksbury Richard Miano & his wife Josephine of Wilmington, Emo Grasso and his late wife Rita, ant the late Tony & Theresa Galante. Joseph is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, March 25th 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 Thursday, March 24th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Joseph’s name may be made to New Horizons at Choate, 21 Warren Ave., Woburn, MA 01801.

White, George

March 18th, 2011

George H. White, age 84, of Wilmington, died Friday, March 18, 2011, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington following a brief illness.

Born on August 28, 1926, in Woburn, MA, George was the son of the late John A., & Georgeanna R. (Sanderson) White. George was a long – time resident of Wilmington having lived in his family home on Glen Road since 1932.

George graduated from Wilmington High School in 1944 and went on to graduate from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 1948. After college, George enlisted in the US ARMY in 1950 and served his country during the Korean War. After returning from the ARMY, George went to work as a Payroll Manager for the Boston Gas Company and continued to work there for forty-seven years until he retired.

George was a quiet guy who loved nature, gardening, and working outdoors. He enjoyed hiking with family and friends, tackling Mount Washington on one occasion with his dad and brother. He also enjoyed spending time and tinkering around at his farm in Hudson, NH. George had a passion for big trains and he knew everything about them. He preferred them as his mode of travel because he didn’t like to fly. George was a member of the Mystic Valley Railway Society as well as several other train groups.

George was a communicant of the Wilmington Congregational Church for many years, he was active at the Wilmington Senior Center, and was a 32nd Degree Mason at the Friendship Lodge in Wilmington.

George was the beloved brother of John A. White of Wilmington, Charles H. White of Wakefield, NH, the late Violet V. Wood, Robert S. White, Ernest E. White, and Richard White. George is also survived by 14 nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for visiting hours on Friday, March 25th from 3p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A graveside service will take place on Saturday, March 26th at 11:30 a.m. at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

Donations may be made in George’s name to the Shriner’s Hospital, 51 Bloom Street, Boston, MA 02114.

Bemis, Lillian

March 6th, 2011

Lillian M. (Gulliksen) Bemis, age 93, a long-time resident of Billerica, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, March 6, 2011.

Lillian was born on May 19, 1917, in Everett, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Askel and Laura (Sigrid) Gulliksen. Lillian grew up in Everett and was educated there.

She married her sweetheart Howard H. Bemis, Jr., in 1938 and the couple celebrated over 52 years of marriage before his passing in 1990. Lillian and Howard had a great life together, they built their own home in Billerica in 1941 and raised three great sons. Lillian loved being a mother and she devoted her life to her three boys, they were the center of her world.

Lillian was also quite a roller skater in her day, this is a sport she taught to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, it was her great-granddaughter that really excelled in the sport and became a World Champion Roller Skater. Lillian followed her to many competitions all over the world and delighted in her success.

Lillian was dearly loved by her family, she was always young at heart and a pleasure to be with, her great-grandson started his own pig racing business and named it “Grannies Racing Pigs”, Lillian made it to several races and was always acknowledged by her son and great-grandson as “Grannie”.

Lillian’s family also loved to throw her big birthday parties and everyone would attend, Lillian looked forward to those parties and to have her entire family around her, she had a great time.

Lillian’s favorite place to travel was Hawaii, she and Howard made many trips to the various Islands for over thirty years and met many celebrities, making memories to last a life time.

Prior to retiring, Lillian worked at Sweetheart Plastics in Wilmington for many years where she made many friends.

Lillian will be fondly remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, and friend. She was a hard worker, very unselfish, loving, kind, and always doing for others. She was the center of her family and will be greatly missed by them.

Lillian was the beloved wife of the late Howard H. Bemis, Jr., devoted mother of Richard Bemis and his late wife Betty Anne of Billerica, Bruce Bemis and his wife Janice Gifford of Lowell, and Wayne Bemis and his wife Shirley of Merrimack, NH and Bolivia, NC, loving grandmother of Linda Powderly, Robin Robbins, Paula LaPerrier, Tina Smith, Donna Ford, Lance Gifford, Dennis Bemis, Dawn Gifford, Kelly Bemis, Craig Colby, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, Lillian was also the dear sister of the late Marie Kelley and is survived by many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Saturday, March 12th at 10:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment to follow in Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica. Visiting hours Friday, March 11th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Lillian’s name may be made to the Aleppo Transportation Fund, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA 01887.