Michael A. DeStefano, Jr., age 84, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, surrounded by his family at the Winchester Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born on December 4, 1925 in Chelsea, MA, Michael was the dear son of the late Michael A. Sr. & Lucia (Ciarlone) DeStefano. Michael grew up in Chelsea, MA and was educated there, he joined the United States Navy on October 14, 1942. Michael was an Aviation Machinist and was responsible for maintaining many fighter jets. Michael served all over Europe, the Middle East, and the Asiatic Pacific Theatre, receiving many commendations for his service. He was honorably discharged on January 27, 1946. Michael returned to Chelsea and married his sweetheart Yvette T. Labbe on April 29, 1950; they were just shy of celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary. The couple moved to Wilmington in 1951.
Prior to retiring, Michael was employed as a Foundry Worker for Union Metal in Chelsea and Ferris Technology in Lawrence for many years.
Michael was considered a very “earthy person” he loved to plant tomatoes, flowers, and work in his yard, which he kept in pristine condition. He also loved to golf, fish, owning his own tuna boat at one time, and do wood working. Michael will be fondly remembered as a talented carpenter, a good friend and neighbor, devoted family man, and wonderful “Grandpa” who loved spending time with his grandchildren and help them with their many projects. He will be greatly missed.
Michael was the beloved husband of Yvette T. (Labbe) DeStefano, devoted father of Mary Ann Chamberland & her husband Warren of Westford, loving grandfather of Kelly Ann Belt & her husband Jeffrey and Justin Mark Chamberland, dear brother of Edward DeStefano & his wife Joan of Revere, and the late Ann Petit, Rosemarie Thompson, and Irene Ely, brother-in-law of Evelyn Longo of Chelsea and Joseph Labbe of Winthrop, also survived by many nieces & nephews.
Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, March 6th 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. Visiting hours Friday, March 5th from 4-9 p.m.
Memorial donations in Michael’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.