Obituaries

Paul M. Raposo

February 17th, 2014

Paul M. Raposo, age 84, of Wilmington, passed away on February 16th, at the Winchester Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.  Beloved husband of Rose M. (DiTucci) Raposo of Wilmington, loving father of Paul Raposo and his wife Juli of Rochester, NH, Kathleen Raposo and Steven Raposo and his wife Tina, all of Wilmington, cherished “Grampa” of Sherry, Casandra and Tony Raposo and Sean Hickford, “Papa” of Danielle, Steven and the late Krystal Raposo, great “Papa” of Rene` and Janetsi, son of the late Manuel and Laudalena (Amaral) Raposo and dear brother of the late Ronald Raposo, who is survived by his wife Marietta of New York.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, February 21st, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 20th, from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Paul’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA  01701 or American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St., 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA  01701.

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Joan M. (Kelley) “Joanne” Harrington

February 16th, 2014

Joan M. (Kelley), “Joanne” Harrington, age 79, of Stoneham, formerly of Charlestown, passed away peacefully on February 15th, 2014, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, surrounded by her family.  Beloved wife of the late John C. Harrington, Jr., loving mother of John C. Harrington, III and his wife Sharon of Charlestown, cherished grandmother of Kelliegh Harrington and her fiancé Scott Moses, Krystina Chan and her husband Ricky and  John IV and Cameron Harrington, Great grandmother of Noah, Alyssa, Kaelyn and Analyse, cherished daughter of the late John V. Jr and Mary J. (Herlihy) Kelley, dear sister of George Kelley and his wife Mary Lou of Wilmington and the late John V. Kelley, III, survived by his wife Rita of Wilmington, sister-in-law of Henry Harrington and his wife Carol of Westminster and the late George and Mary Gallagher.  Joanne is also survived by her dear friend Connie Ryan of Haverhill as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, February 19th, 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 will take place in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, February 18th, from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Joanne’s name can be made to the Charlestown Youth Football and Cheering Program, 70 Old Ironsides Way, Charlestown, MA  02129.

James J. McDonough

February 12th, 2014

James J. McDonough, age 62, of Stoneham, formerly of Woburn and Lynn, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on February 11, 2014, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading.

James was born on June 27, 1951, in Woburn, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Donald J. and Cecilia L. (Malloy) McDonough.  James was raised and educated in Burlington, MA, and part of a large and loving family.

James married his high school sweetheart Carole (Haynes) McDonough  on November 28th, 1971 and enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. on January 31, 1974.  While serving in the Marine Corps., James became a dad to his daughter Sherry who was born at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  During his tour of duty, James was part of the ordnance maint 2nd maint battalion; he earned several commendations and medals for his  faithful service to his country; James was honorably discharged from active duty in February of 1976 and went on to further serve the country as part of the Marine Reserve Unit until 1980.

Following his return from the Marines, James and Carole settled in Woburn, MA, where they raised their family.  The family soon expanded with the birth of their sons Daniel and Eric to join their big sister Sherry.  The family was complete and James took his role as a “dad” very seriously; not only was he a protective father but he worked hard and made many sacrifices to make sure his family had what they wanted and needed.  Family was always first and foremost to James, he loved his family unconditionally, cherished every moment spent with them, and beamed with pride as he watched his family grow.

James was known as a very hard worker, for many years he was a technician for the Acme Book Binding Company before his illness forced his retirement.  James’ work ethic and personality not only won over his many co-workers but also the owners of the company.  James became part of an extended family at work and was truly loved by everyone.

In his spare time, James enjoyed fishing, riding on his motorcycle, or just hanging with his family and friends.  James was fondly known as a “good and true” friend to many, he was always there to lend a hand or an ear when needed and never expected anything in return.

When James was diagnosed with cancer a year ago he faced it head on with courage and grace; always maintaining a thankful attitude for the many dedicated doctors and nurses who helped with his care.  James was truly an amazing person who will be greatly missed by all.

James is survived by his beloved children Sherry L. (McDonough) Rodrigues and her husband Ronaldo Rodrigues of Wilmington, Daniel McDonough and his wife Jamie of Stoneham, Eric McDonough of Virginia, formerly of Woburn, and Annabelle Cappello of Maine, as well as his former wife and dear friend Carole (Haynes) McDonough of Woburn, James was the loving “Grampy” of Finn McDonough, dear brother of Carol Patterson and her husband Tom of Kennebunk, ME, David McDonough of Biddeford, ME, formerly of Marshfield, Robert McDonough of Billerica, Steven McDonough of Biddeford, ME, Paul McDonough and his wife Diane of Nashua, NH, William McDonough of Biddeford, ME, Tom McDonough of Biddeford, ME, and Sandra McDonough and her husband Tony Daye of Sandford, ME.  James is further 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, MA, on Saturday, February 15th for Visitation from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 4:00 p.m. and will conclude with Military Honors.  In lieu of flowers donations in James’ memory may be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA  01867.

Barbara M. (Goldthwaite) Ouellette

January 30th, 2014

Barbara M. (Goldthwaite) Ouellette, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Amesbury, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Woodbriar Nursing Home on January 29, 2014 following a lengthy illness.

Barbara was born on August 6, 1926 in Haverhill, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Charles and Ruth (Batchelder) Goldthwaite.  Barbara was raised in West Newbury and graduated from West Newbury High as Valedictorian of the class of 1945.   After graduation, Barbara attended MacIntosh’s Business College and took the complete secretarial and accounting business courses plus cost accounting from the fall of 1945 to March 1947.

Barbara married the “love of her life,” Henry J.A. Ouellette on her birthday, August 6, 1949 and settled in Amesbury.  Barbara and Henry shared 45 years of marriage, raised a wonderful family, cherished their role as parents and grandparents, and made countless memories to last for generations to come. Henry’s passing in 1995 was hard on Barbara; she not only lost her husband but her best friend.

In addition to caring for her six children, Barbara also worked hard as a bookkeeper for several different companies and private clients.  Barbara was not only a talented bookkeeper but a well respected and trusted employee.  Barbara finally retired in 1986 following many years of dedicated service to others.

Barbara had many different hobbies and interests; her favorite being nature.  Barbara loved working in her garden, bird watching, and visiting different lighthouses.  Barbara was also very interested in genealogy, having done extensive research on the family trees of the Goldthwaite and Ouellette families.  Through Barbara’s research, she was able to discover that the Goldthwaite family settled in Boston in 1630 from England.  She was also a member of the “DAR” or Daughters of the American Revolution.

Barbara loved to travel with her family and friends; she visited all 50 states and several different countries.  She loved mountain climbing and camping.  One of Barbara’s most memorable trips was driving across the entire country with all six of her children in a station wagon with no air-conditioning, it was quite an adventure but everyone had a great time.

Barbara will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She had a wonderful personality and made many friends anywhere she went. She was the welcoming hostess for many WWII 13th Infantry  8th Division reunions. The veterans and their wives became an extension of her family. She was there to welcome them with her warm smile and many hugs.  Barbara loved to help family and friends, whether it was cooking, shopping or lending an ear, she was always there.  Barbara will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Barbara was the beloved wife of the late Henry J.A. Ouellette, devoted mother of Richard Ouellette & his fiancée Virginia “Ginny” Frazier of Beverly Farms, William Ouellette & his wife Diane of Pottsville, PA, Donald Ouellette & his wife Karen of Tewksbury, Sandy Kulseth & her husband Michael of Olympia, WA, Norman Ouellette & his wife Liliya of Salem, VA and Deborah Espinosa & her husband Bruce of Hampton, CT, loving “Nannie” of 11 and  “Great Grandma” of 8, dear sister of Robert Goldthwaite & his wife Rosalie of Chambersburg, PA, Verna Pratt of Anchorage, AK, Muriel Wanderer of San Francisco, CA, Susan Whitcomb & her husband Doug of Acton, and the late Mark Goldthwaite, Betty Flanagan and Jeanne Micklon.  Barbara is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, February 8th for Visitation from 11:00 -12:00 noon. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a future date.

Memorial donations in Barbara’s name may be made to the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, P.O. Box 463, Methuen, MA  01844.

Joanne J. (Enos) Spinelli

January 28th, 2014

Joanne J. (Enos) Spinelli, age 73, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on January 26, 2014 at the Winchester Hospital.

 Joanne was born on January 3, 1941, in Boston, MA; she was the eldest daughter of the late Frank B. and Mabel (Gouvea) Enos.  As a young girl, Joanne lived in Everett before moving with her family to Wilmington in the early 1950’s.  Joanne graduated from Wilmington High School with the class of 1958.

 Joanne married the “love of her life” Ross Spinelli in 1961; they met in Boston moved to Malden and started a family just before they moved to Wilmington , spending more than 48 years together before his untimely passing in 2009.  Joanne’s love for her family was unconditional; she was a very devoted wife and mother to Ross Jr. and Mark.  Joanne was very proud of her sons and of the men that they became.  Joanne loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren Anthony, Nicolas, Domenic, Gianna, Novena, Dino, and Catalina Rose, they were the light of her life and she cherished every moment with them. 

 Joanne also enjoyed baking and cooking; she loved to get new ideas and recipes from such television shows as Paula Dean, and Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives and then share them with her family and friends. Joanne looked forward to going to Bingo with her friends and was forever grateful for the friendships she shared with Gail Stewart, Debbie Rousseaux-Ellsworth, Corrine DeGennaro, and Rita Capuano; they were always very supportive of one another.

 Joanne will be fondly remembered as a kind and caring woman, she was always there to lend a hand to others, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Joanne was the beloved wife of the late Ross Spinelli, devoted mother of Ross F. Spinelli, Jr. and his wife Maria of Epping, NH and Mark A. Spinelli and his wife Jennifer of Hampstead, NH, loving “Grammy” of Anthony, Nicolas, Domenic, Gianna, Novena, Dino and Catalina Rose, she is survived by many relatives , cousins and friends.

 Family and friends will gather for a Funeral on Saturday, February 1st, at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Dorothy’s Church, 120 Main St. (Rt. 38), Wilmington, at 12:00 noon.  Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday, January 31st from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. 

 Memorial donations in Joanne’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

Anthony Paolini

January 28th, 2014

Anthony Paolini, age 77, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2014 at the Fairhaven Healthcare Center in Lowell, due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Anthony was the beloved husband of 50 years of Elaine (Williamson) Paolini of Wilmington, devoted father of Susan Pelletier and her husband  Michael of Wilmington, Sandra Snyder and her husband Jeffrey of Georgetown, Tricia Paolini, Anthony Arthur Paolini, both of Billerica and Elaine Ivy of Malden, loving “Grampy” of Sydney and Ashley Pelletier, Samantha, Isabella and Olivia Ivy, cherished son of the late Agostino and Clorinda (DiNino) Paolini, dear brother of Augustine Paolini of Malden and the late Alexander Paolini and his wife Helen and the late William Paolini.  Anthony is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services are private.

Memorial donations in Anthony’s name may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA  02472.

Pasquale J. “Patsy” Carbone

January 23rd, 2014

Pasquale J. Carbone, fondly known as “Patsy” or “Papa” to his family and friends, age 82, of Lowell, formerly a long-time resident of Tewksbury and Wilmington, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on January 21, 2014. 

Patsy was born on August 7, 1931 in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Pasquale and Evelyn (Arsenault) Carbone.  Patsy grew up in the North End of Boston and graduated from Somerville High School.

After graduation, Patsy enlisted in the United States Army on February 19, 1951.  Patsy served during the Korean War and was a survivor of “Outpost Harry.”  After three faithful years of service, Patsy was honorably discharged from the Army on February 19, 1954 , at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

After returning home from the military, Patsy met and married his “sweetheart” Janice “Jane” Lumb.  The couple moved to Wilmington in the late 1950’s for a few years before settling in Tewksbury, where they raised their two boys, Tom and Pat. Patsy and Jane had a great life together and made countless memories to share with generations to come before her untimely passing ten years ago.  Following Jane’s passing, Patsy attended Sunday Services at the Methodist Church, never missing a week to honor his lovely wife Jane’s memory.

Patsy was very intelligent and had a strong work ethic; he worked as an Aeronautics Engineer for Avco Defense Systems in Wilmington for several years before taking a position at BASF. Patsy did a lot of traveling for work and made countless friends wherever he went and throughout the company.  Patsy finally retired following many years of dedication and hard work. 

One of Patsy’s favorite hobbies was cooking and eating.  He was a great cook who always had a feast going for his family and friends.  Patsy loved to teach his family all of his favorite recipes from the North End and share the “family secrets” about the ingredients.  Patsy also loved to show his artistic side by painting and drawing.  Patsy was known as a “profound reader”; he enjoyed all kinds of books and there wasn’t a book that he didn’t highlight and critique. 

Patsy was very organized and particular.  Everything had a place and he kept his home and yard immaculate.  He was a devout Republican who didn’t mind sharing his political views with anyone who disagreed with him; always enjoying a “good debate”.  

Patsy will be fondly remembered as a great guy who loved his family and many friends unconditionally.  He had an endearing and easy going personality and people were drawn to him.   Patsy would often be seen driving around in his red convertible T-Bird with the top down during the good weather, he was always waving to everyone; no one was a stranger to Patsy and he will be greatly missed by all.

Patsy was the beloved husband of the late Janice “Jane” (Lumb) Carbone, devoted father of Thomas Carbone & his wife Kathryn of Wilmington and Patrick Carbone & his wife Donna of Lowell, loving “Papa” of Dominic Carbone & Jeri, Julieann Carbone& Ryan, Jacqueline Carbone, and Elena Carbone, “Big Papa” of Madelyn and Josephine Buchanan, cherished son of the late Pasquale and Evelyn (Arsenault) Carbone and dear brother-in-law of Elizabeth Lumb of Key West, Florida.  Patsy also had a special place for his dog Macy.

Family and friends will gather on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visitation from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Memorial Service to celebrate his life at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Patsy’s name may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, Wilmington, MA  01887 or to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Ste. B-102, Danvers, MA  01923.

Daniel Patrick O’Neill Jr. “Papa”

January 18th, 2014

Daniel Patrick O’Neill Jr., age 71, of Baltimore, MD, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away at his home following a lengthy illness on December 23, 2013.  Born in Lowell, MA on March 29, 1942, Dan was the cherished son of the late Alice (Gath) O’Neill and Daniel Patrick O’Neill Sr.  Dan was raised in Lowell and graduated from Lowell Vocational School.  Following high school, Dan enlisted in the United States Air Force.  He served his country proudly and was honorably discharged in 1968.

After returning home from the service, Dan married his love Joan, of Wilmington, on July 24, 1971.  Dan and Joan made their home in Wilmington in 1978, where they lived for 25 years and raised their three wonderful children.  Dan and Joan were devoted members of their church and loved to vacation in Florida with many friends especially Nick and Judy Delninno.  Dan or “Papa” as he was known could always be spotted driving around Wilmington in his trademark El Camino.

Dan retired after 15+ years as a custodian for the Town of Wilmington; working full time at the Wilmington High School.   He was a devoted follower of the high school football team and enjoyed spending time with his co-workers.  Prior to his time with the Town of Wilmington, Dan worked as a painter and a machinist.  Dan enjoyed reading, playing keno, scratching scratch tickets or just sitting out on his deck.  He and Joan loved their long time pet Chihuahua Riggins, anyone that would visit would always see Riggins right by their side.

Dan was the beloved husband of 42 years of Joan A. (Aruda) O’Neill, devoted father of Lisa O’Neill Flanagan and her husband Scott of Somerville, Leanne O’Neill Tilton & her husband Michael of Baltimore and Stephen & his wife Krysta of Wilmington; loving and adored “Papa” of Jessica and Julius Thompson, Ricky & Charissa Tilton, Candi & Jen Morgan, and Shane O’Neill. His sisters Maureen Toupin and her husband Roland of Dracut and the late Annmarie Ogden and her husband Robert of Dunstable. Dear brother-in-law of Barry Aruda of Maine, Cindy Poulin and her husband Fred of Fall River & Wayne Aruda and his wife Mary of Wilmington.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 25th, for Visiting Hours from 3-6 p.m. and will conclude with Military honors. In lieu of flowers donations in Daniel’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA  01887.

Richard E. “Dick” Bowerman

January 14th, 2014

Richard E. “Dick” Bowerman, age 72, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at the Daniels House Nursing Center on January 13, 2014.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 11, 1941, Dick was the cherished son of the late Mary Elizabeth Donahue and Carleton Henry Bowerman.  Dick was raised in Cambridge and graduated from Matignon High School.  Following high school, Dick enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  He served his country proudly and was honorably discharged.

After returning home from the service, Dick married the love of his life Patricia on June 12, 1965.  Dick and Patricia, were a true example of a couple; there wasn’t anything they wouldn’t do for each other.  They were always together and truly enjoyed each other’s company.  Following their wedding, Dick and Patricia lived in Somerville for a few years before making their home in Arlington in 1969, where they lived for over 40 years and raised their four wonderful children.

Dick worked hard to support his family, retiring after 40+ years as a banker for Shawmut, Fleet and Sovereign Banks as well as working nights at Wonderland Race Track in his younger years.  He put himself through school, attending classes at night, and earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from Suffolk University as well as attending the New England Banking Institute.  Dick enjoyed playing chess, card games, collecting trains or just sitting out on his deck.  He and Patricia loved to travel together.  They took many cruises and trips to Aruba, always having a great time.

Richard was the beloved husband and best friend of 48 years of the late Patricia A. (Wodzynski) Bowerman, devoted father of Laura Ann Ott & her husband Daniel of Apple Valley, MN, Rebecca Marie Anthony & her husband Michael of Wilmington, Mark Richard Bowerman of Wilmington, and the late Eric Charles Bowerman of Gloucester; all formerly of Arlington, loving and adored “Papa” of Breyer and Hadley Ott, Matthew, Stephen, and Lindsay Anthony, dear brother-in-law of Charlene Weekley & her husband Ronald of Melrose and “Uncle Dick” of Alison Costello and Justin Weekley.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 20th, for Visiting Hours from 4-6 p.m.  Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 6:00 p.m.  In lieu flowers, donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the MGH Department of Radiation Oncology, Attn: Sarah Christensen, MGH Development Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.

Kathleen A. (Sullivan) Wesley

January 14th, 2014

Kathleen A. (Sullivan) Wesley, age 73, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 12th, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House.  Wife of Richard R. Wesley of North Reading, loving mother of Rick Wesley and his wife Krista of West Newbury and the late Mark J. Wesley, cherished grandmother of Shannon, Danny and Kate Wesley, daughter of the late Thomas and Ellen (Naughton) Sullivan, and dear sister of Mary Ford of Bedford, William Sullivan of Yarmouth Port and Thomas Sullivan of Las Vegas.

Family and friends are invited for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 18th, from 9-11 a.m. immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations in Kathleen’s name can be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, c/o VNA of Middlesex-East, 607 North Ave, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA  01880.  Immediately following the Funeral Mass, Kathleen’s family will be receiving guests at the Hillview Country Club, 149 North St., North Reading, to continue a celebration of Kathleen’s life.