Obituaries

Lawrence “Larry” Galbo

June 3rd, 2012


Lawrence “Larry” Galbo, age 93, a resident of Wilmington for over 30 years, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.

Larry was born on February 7, 1919, in Weymouth, MA, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Grace (Dellaria) Galbo.

Larry was raised and educated in East Boston, MA; he enlisted in the United States Navy on  May 25, 1944, at the age of 25.  Larry served all over the Asiatic Pacific Theatre and was awarded several commendations and medals for his brave service.  He was honorably discharged in January of 1946 and returned home to his family.

Prior to retiring, Larry was employed at  H. P. Hood & Sons in Charlestown for many years, first as a deliveryman and worked his way up over the years  to Management.  Larry was a dedicated employee, very conscientious, and had a great work ethic.

In his spare time, Larry loved to garden and had a great talent for building bird houses.

Family was very important to Larry, he was married to his beloved Evelyn for over 66 years before her passing on June 2, 2006, he was a devoted father and a loving “Gramps” who was especially close to his grandson Jim.  He will be greatly missed.

Larry was the beloved husband of the late Evelyn M. (Twitchell) Galbo, dear father of Shirley A. Klodner and her husband Robert of Wilmington and the late Lawrence M. Galbo and his wife Judith, loving “Gramps” of Jim Colarusso of Wilmington, as well as five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Family and friends gathered for a Funeral Service in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, June 5th at 11 a.m.  Interment with Military Honors took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Lawrence’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

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Gregory T. Davidson

June 1st, 2012

Gregory T. Davidson, a resident of Tewksbury for over 15 years and formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at home on May 31, 2012.  Greg was born on March 27, 1963, in Malden, MA, he was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica with the class of 1981.
At the time of his death, Greg was employed as a Printing Press Technician for the A. L. Larsen Company in Wilmington for over 29 years; where he was a dedicated and faithful employee.
Greg was also a very talented mechanic, he loved working on all kinds of cars, classic cars, race cars, modern cars it didn’t matter the make or model Greg could fix anything.  Greg’s pride and joy was his red mustang convertible, he enjoyed being out and about in that car.
Greg followed the Boston Bruins and NASCAR racing, he enjoyed watching a game or a race with his family and friends.

Greg will be fondly remembered for his devotion to his family, he was a wonderful son and the best brother anyone could ask for. He was a great nephew, cousin, neighbor and a true friend.
Greg was mild mannered, kind, caring, helpful, and dependable, he would do anything for anyone and he will be truly missed.
Greg was the cherished son of Jeanette T. (Godfrey) and Jay Tighe of Wilmington and the late Carl T. Davidson, beloved brother of Todd Davidson and his wife Denise of Wilmington and Anna Davidson of Lowell, step-brother of Dana, Brian, and Kevin Tighe, loving uncle of Nicholas and Kristi Nearhos, Greg is also survived by his godmother Mary Stella Lind, best friends John and Susan Roy, his godson Charlie Roy, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, June 6th at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, June 5th from 4-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Greg’s memory may be made to Angel Flight NE, Lawrence Municipal Airport, 492 Sutton St., North Andover, MA 01845.

Angelo A. “Rico” Russo

May 31st, 2012

Angelo A. “Rico” Russo, age 85, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on May 31, 2012.

Rico was born on July 3, 1926, in Burlington, MA. He was a cherished son of the late Angelo and Angelina (Aramando) Russo and was one of nine siblings. Rico grew up on the family farm in Burlington, part of a large, loving, and tight knit family.  In 1942, at only the age of 16, he made an unsuccessful attempt to enlist in the U. S. Navy with his older brothers Freddie, Tony, Charlie, and Rudy. Rico later enlisted in the Navy on September 25, 1943 and began a long and impressive career with the Military, spanning two wars, and many years of honorable service to our Country.

Rico was initially sent to Norfolk, VA and attended Armed Guard School with the intention of being a gunner on Navy Ships. What should have been a 26 week course was crammed into a mere six weeks for a very dangerous job, and Rico took on his first assignment as a gunner aboard the S.S. Theodore Sedgwick.  Rico’s first deployment took him through the Middle East, England, Northern France, and back to the United States. He was thrust into the heat of battle right away, trying desperately to get supplies to the troops, and saw much tragedy as a young sailor. His next assignment was aboard the S.S. Rosemont bound for the Mediterranean. They made their way through various ports in Italy and were confronted in battle by a few German U-boats and German air strikes.  Rico’s experiences during WWII did not stop there as he also served on yet another armed naval cargo ship, the S.S. Thomas Sim Lee and traveled to Murmansk, Russia. He was discharged on April 17, 1946 and joined the Army National Guard later that year where he served until 1947.  

Rico wanted to serve the country in each and every military branch, so that same year he joined the U.S. Air Force on October 28, 1947. He received training at Ft. Slocum Air Force Base in New Rochelle, New York.  Following his training, Rico was assigned to Westover Air Force Base and then on to Travis Air Force Base in California.  He served all over the Asiatic Pacific Theatre and was assigned to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii where he attended Flight Steward School.  Rico was part of the Military Air Transport Service, Pacific Air Command Division.  He saw a lot of action during the Korean War and was there for the beginning of the Cold War where he was stationed in Germany and took part in the Berlin Air Lift.  Rico received many commendations and medals for his bravery and time served during World War II and the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on November 6, 1951 and returned to his home and family. When Rico returned from the Korean War he immediately enlisted in the Woburn National Guard.

 Rico returned to Burlington and on January 15, 1955, he married the “love of his life” Bernice M. Russo.  Rico and Bernice moved to Wilmington over 40 years ago where they raised their children. Rico loved being a father and he was very active and involved. He coached Wilmington Pop Warner for many years and was Past President of the Club. Rico loved kids; he gave countless hours coaching and helping not only his children but the children of Wilmington. He was a role model and mentor to many, and in return he earned the love and respect of many children as well as their parents.  When not coaching, Rico could be found at “the fence” of Wilmington High School’s Football Field taking in a practice or watching a football game, always encouraging and supporting the players. He was a true “Wildcat Fan”.

Rico was a hard worker, always providing a stable and loving home for his family. Prior to retiring he worked for the Government for many years as a Shop Steward and Tester with the U. S. Army Corps. of Engineers, first in Waltham and then at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford.  Rico was a reliable and dedicated employee and a wonderful co-worker.

 In his spare time, Rico enjoyed traveling to Florida for the winter with Bernice. They made friends wherever they went but he always looked forward to returning to Wilmington to be with his children and grandchildren. Rico also loved gardening, either vegetables or plants didn’t matter, he loved digging in the dirt. He was a great cook, famous for his “red gravy”. He liked watching the New England Patriots, science fiction television, and the study of metaphysics. He was a deeply spiritual person who truly believed in PMA, “Positive Mental Attitude”, and shared that belief with everyone he met.  Rico also had a competitive side, and he and his brother Rudy relished playing, though seldom beating, their wives Bernice and Gracie in a good game of pinochle. Rico was also a talented square dancer and he and Bernice joined “Skirts and Flirts” in Wilmington many years ago. They made dear friends with thirteen other couples, always making it a point to keep in touch even to this day.

 Most important to Rico was his family. He loved his wife unconditionally, enjoyed watching his children grow, and, when the grandchildren came along, he became the “Greatest Papa” and they were his pride and joy.

Rico was a man who was honest, kind, and generous, he was very down to earth and humble as well. He had an infectious smile and everyone around him was drawn to him. Rico had a way of making adults as well as children feel good about themselves and was always willing to lend a hand or an ear when needed.  Rico was a remarkable man and a proud Veteran; he left a wonderful legacy and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 Rico was the beloved husband of 57 years to Bernice M. Russo, devoted father of Debra Russo, Phillip Russo & his wife Meg, and Michael Russo & his wife Sandi all of Wilmington, and Joseph Russo & his wife Lisa of Billerica, loving “Papa” of  Jamie DiGeorge & her husband Sean, Joseph, Angela, Nicholas, P.J., Natalie, Jacob, Sydnee, Jordan, Samantha, and Michael Russo.  Dear brother of Chris Russo of Sarasota, FL, Catherine Riga of Pepperell, Anna Lisacki of Woburn, and the late Mary Wingert, Anthony, Frederick, Charles, and Rudolph “Rudy” Russo. Rico is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

 Family and friends will gather in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Monday, June 4th from 4-8 p.m. followed by a Prayer Service and Military Honors at 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Angelo’s name may be made to The Home for Little Wanderers, Development Dept., 271 Huntington Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115.

Sheila J. Nason

May 31st, 2012

Sheila J Nason, age 55, of Wilmington, died peacefully in her home with her beloved children at her side on May 30, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Sheila was born on June 20, 1956 in Boston, MA, she was the beloved daughter of the late Joyce (Avery) and William Nason.  Sheila resided in East Boston for many years before moving to Wilmington in 1989,   Sheila was a hardworking and strong individual that not only managed major projects for major health care companies but she trained and ran in sprint triathlons.

Sheila was a devoted mother of three children and the best “Grandma” to her grandsons, her love for her family was unwavering.  She was a woman of great faith and devotion to the lord, a true Christian who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need, no questions asked Sheila was there to help.

She had an abundance of loved ones around her during the hard times and in good times she used her spare energy to help and support others with her kind words of love and faith. Sheila touched countless people, her kind and caring ways drew those around her closer to her; her words of wisdom and love will be in our hearts for eternity.

Sheila was the devoted mother of Eilene Andrew and her husband Jason of Wilmington, Richard Recupero and his fiancé Kerry Enering of Virginia, and Daniel Recupero of Japan, loving “Grandma” of Richard Recupero and Samuel Andrew and was anxiously awaiting the birth of her grandson due this summer,  sister of Barbara Nason and her husband Frank Fagone of Revere.  Sheila is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and lots of dear friends.

Family and friends gathered for a Funeral Service on Monday, June 4th at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Visiting hours were held on Sunday, June 3rd from 6-9 p.m. Memorial in Sheila’s name may be made to My Father’s House, 83 Middlesex Street, North Chelmsford, MA 01863.

Thomas W. Buonarosa

May 19th, 2012

Thomas W.  Buonarosa, fondly known as “Tommy” to his family and friends, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 17trh at the age of 27.

Tommy was born on February 20, 1985, in Melrose, Massachusetts, he was the cherished son of Christine Johnson and the late William Buonarosa.  Tommy moved to Wilmington when he was five years old and remained a resident of Wilmington and a graduate of Shawsheen Tech. High School, Class of 2003.

Tommy was employed as a sheet metal worker at the time of his death and in his spare time he was an avid collector of comic books and graphic novels, a hobby that he started as a young boy.

Tommy is survived by his mother Christine Johnson of Wilmington, his cousins Jenna and Bobby Wheeler and their daughter Ava, Julie Newell, and the late Jake Newell, all of Londonderry, NH.    Tommy is also survived by many friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, May 24th  from 6-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Tommy’s name may be made to a Drug Awareness Program of your choice.

William S. Brandigan

May 19th, 2012

William S. Brandigan, age 88, of North Reading, died peacefully on May 14, 2012.
Visitation will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, May 25th from 7-8 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in William’s memory may be made to M.S.P.C.A., 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.  William was a U. S. Navy Veteran during WWII.

 

Eileen F. (Collins) Cassidy

May 18th, 2012

Eileen F. (Collins) Cassidy of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Winchester Hospital at the age of 62.

Eileen was born in Somerville, on January 13, 1950, she was the dear daughter of the late John and Annie (Doherty) Collins.  Eileen was raised in Woburn and was a graduate of  St. Charles High School.

Eileen married the “love of her life” Donald Cassidy on December 4, 1976 and the couple made their home in Wilmington.  Eileen and Donald shared over 30 years of marriage and raised a wonderful son, prior to his passing in 2008.

Eileen worked as a secretary for State Street Bank prior to her retirement.

In her spare time, Eileen loved to read and she enjoyed working with stained glass, an art that she was very talented at.

Eileen will be remembered for her great sense of humor, her love for her golden retrievers Daisy and April, and for her devotion to her family and friends, especially her son and late husband.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and a true friend to many, she will be greatly missed.

Eileen was the beloved wife of the late Donald Cassidy, devoted mother of Chris Cassidy of Wilmington and Somerville, dear sister of Kathy (Collins) Shea and her husband Ralph, Edward Collins and his wife Andrea all of Wilmington, and the late John J. Jr., James M., and Mary Collins and Nancy (Collins) Dell, sister-in-law of Jim and Rita Cassidy Turner, ME, loving aunt of Melissa and Brian Shea, Eric, Matthew and Brittany Collins, Jamie Collins, Sean, Liam, Brendan and Mariah Cassidy.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave.(Rte.62), Wilmington on Tuesday, May 22nd 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 Monday, May 21st  from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Eileen’s name may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 29 Crafts St., Newton, MA  02460.

Louise C. Iosue

May 9th, 2012

Louise C. Iosue, age 81, of Wilmington and Arlington, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Louise was born on October 29, 1930, in Cambridge, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Louis and Clementine (Pesce) Iosue.

Louise was raised in North Cambridge and Somerville and was a graduate of Cambridge Latin High School. She furthered her education at Emmanuel College in Boston, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in education.

Prior to retiring, Louise was a school teacher in Springfield before returning to Arlington. Louise then took a management position at the Shawmut Bank in Arlington, retiring after many years of dedicated service.

In her spare time, Louise enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, celebrating countless holidays and family gatherings, and traveling all over the world.

Louise was the dear sister of Joseph P. Iosue, Sr. and his wife Eleanor of Wilmington, she was the dear aunt of Joseph P. Iosue, Jr. and his wife Mary and Sharon Enos and her husband Phil all of Wilmington. Loving great-aunt of Corey Iosue, Nicole Iosue, Sara Lane and her husband Joseph, Phil Enos, and great-great-nephew Joseph Thomas Lane. Louise is also survived by many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington for Visiting Hours on Friday, May 11th from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Louise’s name may be made to Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02115.

Doris L. (Farrell) Hand

May 1st, 2012

On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, Doris L. (Farrell) Hand, age 95, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home with her son Bobby faithfully by her side.
 
Affectionately known as Dolly, she was born on January 9, 1917, in Somerville MA. She was one of fifteen beloved children of the late John and Grace (White) Farrell. Dolly’s family moved to Wilmington when she was a young girl, was raised and educated in Wilmington, and graduated from Wilmington High School.
During World War II, she was a tower watcher, spending countless hours keeping an eye out for enemy planes.  She was very helpful and was always trying to do her part. 

On February 16, 1946, Dolly married her sweetheart Roscoe O. Hand after he returned from active duty in the Navy. They spent 46 years together, raised two sons, and shared many memorable times before his passing in September 1992.  She was very active in St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, donating countless hours creating wooden crafts for church bazaars and running the craft tables, playing the piano, and appearing in a variety of minstrel shows.  In her spare time, she loved playing cards, making crafts, and was an enthusiastic gardener.  Many times, Dolly dressed up as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny and visited the schools just to make the children happy and enjoy the excitement on their faces. 

 
Dolly will be lovingly remembered for her quiet nature and her big heart, as a devoted and caring wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She lived her life devoted to family, friends, and her church.  She will be greatly missed.
 
Dolly was the beloved wife of the late Roscoe O. Hand, devoted mother of Thomas R. Hand and his wife Janet of Georgetown and Robert B. Hand of Wilmington.  She was loving Grammie of Jennifer (Hand) Runge and her husband Dr. Nathaniel Runge of Yarmouth, Maine, Kristen (Hand) Ambrosi and her husband Derek Thomas Ambrosi of Nutley, New Jersey, Thomas R. Hand and his wife Megan T. Hand of Stowe, Vermont, and Megan E. Hand of Woburn.  She was lovingly known as Grammie Dolly to her great-grandchildren Emilia Grace and Elisa Mary of Yarmouth, Maine, and Madison Kay, Devon Thomas , and Luna Irene of Nutley, New Jersey.  Dolly was the last of her siblings and is survived by many nieces and nephews.
 
Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, May 5th at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:30 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Friday, May 4th from 5-8 p.m.

Brenda L. (Lesko) Dastous

April 28th, 2012
 Brenda L. (Lesko) Dastous, age 66, of Chelmsford, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on April 27, 2012, following a lengthy illness.  
Brenda was born and raised in Somerville, MA, she came into the world on July 18, 1945 and she was the cherished only daughter of Walter and Juanita (Wilson) Norman.  Brenda was educated in Somerville and a graduate of the Somerville High School, Class of 1963.   Following High School, Brenda enlisted in the United States Army  on July 30, 1963, during the Vietnam War.  Brenda was proud to serve her country and was honorably discharged from Fort Holabird, Maryland on July 16, 1965, returning home to Somerville.   
In 1972, Brenda moved to Wilmington where she raised her three children; Brenda was a very devoted and caring mother who always put her family first and worked hard to provide for them.  Brenda lived in Wilmington for more than 20 years before moving to Tewksbury for a couple of years and finally settling in Chelmsford in 1996.  
Brenda was a very talented artist and had great computer skills; she was employed as a Graphic Designer/Specialist supporting the Air Force Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base for over ten years before her illness forced her to retire.  
In her spare time, Brenda enjoyed doing ceramics and she loved to ride motorcycles with her husband and their friends.    Brenda’s greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren, she treasured every moment spent with them and she was extremely proud of all of their accomplishments. 
Brenda was kind and caring and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  
Brenda was the beloved wife of Andrew A. Dastous, devoted mother of Yvonne Chappie of Methuen, Corinne Lord & her husband Cliff, and Robert Lesko & his wife Jenna all of Wilmington, step-mother of Jamie Roman & her husband Billy of Dracut and Keri Dastous of Chelmsford, loving “Nana” of Jolie & Cody Chappie, Mandi, Tori & Bobby Lord, Anthony & Lucia Roman, cherished daughter of Walter and Juanita (Wilson) Norman, dear sister of Bill Norman & his wife Sandy of Billerica, special aunt of Billy & Jen Norman and their children Delaney & Devin, and Kim & Jamie Ledoux and their children Teagan & Sophie. Brenda is also survived by several sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.  
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, May 2nd at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, May 1st from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Brenda’s memory may be made to psp.org or to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.