Helen T. Shay

December 18th, 2011

Helen T. (Prescott) Shay, age 88, of Wilmington, passed away on December 18, 2011, while rehabilitating at the Wilmington Health Care Center.

Born on February 28, 1923, Helen was the beloved daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Dix) Prescott. She was raised in Cambridge and after graduating high school, Helen joined the Marines in December of 1943. She served her country as an electrician during World War II and was honorably discharged from the US Marine Corps.  in January of 1946.

 After her discharge from the military, Helen met and married Albert W. Shay. The couple eventually moved to Wilmington where they built their home and raised their four children. Helen and Albert shared special memories with their family and friends until his passing in 1979.

 Helen worked as a Supervisor for many years at Compugraphic in Wilmington before her retirement.

 Helen was a devoted family woman. She loved her children and treated them all equally. She had a special place in her heart for the Special Olympics and enjoyed watching her son Stephen participate in the games. Helen was very adamant that Stephen not be treated differently and that he strived to reach his potential. Helen was also very close to her mother and her sisters. She loved making memories with her family by taking trips all over New Hampshire and Maine. She enjoyed the beach, camping and especially Wellington State Park. In her spare time, Helen also enjoyed watching figure skating, Miss America Pageants, playing bingo, and taking trips to Foxwoods.

Helen is the beloved wife of the late Albert W. Shay, loving mother of Stephen Shay and Michael Shay, both of Wilmington, Susan Shay and her husband Paul Coolidge of Hudson, MA, and the late Charles “Charlie” Shay, treasured Great Aunt of Christopher Ostrowski and his wife Mary of New Port Richey FL, as well as dear sister of the late Joseph Prescott, Ann Prescott and Mary Versackas.

 Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday, December 21st, from 4-8 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt.62), Wilmington. Family and friends will gather on Thursday, December 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 will follow at the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Helen’s name may be made to Local Heroes Inc., P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


Susan M. Peabody

December 18th, 2011

Susan M. Peabody, age 55, of Winthrop, formerly of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on December 15, 2011. Born at Choate Hospital in Woburn, on November 20, 1956, Susan was the beloved daughter of Margaret (Keane) Peabody of Wilmington and the late Lester Peabody Jr. She grew up in Wilmington and graduated Wilmington High School with the class of 1974.
Susan was a very accomplished and educated woman. Upon her graduation from high school, she attended Windham College in Vermont before transferring to Emerson College, where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. Susan then attended Katherine Gibbs school where she studied Business and Secretarial Framing. She then furthered her education at Simmons College and received her Masters in Business Administration. Lastly, Susan enrolled at Northeastern University and obtained her Paralegal Certification. After her extensive education, Susan went to work for MFS Mutual Funds in Boston, where she worked as a Paralegal for many years before her illness forced her to retire.
In her spare time, Susan had many hobbies, a talented and gifted artist, she was a creative seamstress and loved to cross stitch. She also was an avid collector of dolls and ornaments. She enjoyed reading, theater, art, and ballet. Susan will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She will be remembered for her generous and charitable nature. She was a philanthropist who was compassionate about others and the world around her.
Susan was the dear sister of Lester Peabody and his wife Trish, Mark Peabody and his wife Nancy, and Chris Peabody and his wife Ellie all of Londonderry, NH, Betsy Peabody and her partner Dianne Harhigh of Concord, NH, and Keith Peabody of Wilmington, loving aunt of Lester, Samantha, Caitlin, Michael, Meredith, Nathan, Jonathan, Jacqueline, and Julia, Susan was devoted to Daniela DeSantis (for whom Susan was like a mother) and her fiance Dharmesh Joshi, and Federico DeSantis all of Winthrop, she is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, December 19th from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Family and friends will gather on Tuesday, December 20th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.. Interment will take place at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Susan’s name may be made to St. Anne’s Shrine, 92 Saint Anne’s Road, P. O. Box 280, Isle La Motte, VT 05463-0280.

Richard L. Snow

December 15th, 2011

Richard L. “Richie” Snow, age 73, of Wilmington, formerly of Tewksbury, died unexpectedly, December 14, 2011, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.  Richie was born in Brighton, MA on November 2, 1938, he was the dear son of the late Frank P. and Elizabeth G. (VanStry) Snow. 
Richard married Beverly A. Barry on May 9, 1964, they lived in Cambridge for a couple of years before moving to Tewksbury where they resided for 24 years and raised their only child, a wonderful daughter Linda, she was the world to them. He was a long time parishioner at St. William’s Church in Tewksbury. Richard and Beverly lived in Wilmington for the past 23 years.
Richard was a hard worker, always providing a good life for his family, he was a truck driver for the Teamsters Union Local #25 in Charlestown for many years before retiring.  Richie was also a bartender and a long-time member of the Tewksbury Wilmington Lodge of Elks BPOE  #2070 in Tewksbury, he was very proud to be a member.  Richie loved spending time at the Elks and considered his fellow members  an “extended family”.
In his spare time, Richie followed baseball and was an avid football fan.  He enjoyed traveling to Florida and loved watching the sunsets with Beverly at his side. 
Richard’s passion was his family, his wife Beverly was the “love of his life”, his daughter Linda was his “pride and joy”, he found a “son” in his son-in-law Greg, and his grandchildren Nicholas, Matthew, and Allison, made him laugh and smile, he loved them unconditionally and cherished being their “Papa”, they will forever miss him.  Richie was always there for those he loved, he was a wonderful family man and a true friend to many.
Richie was the beloved husband of 47 years to Beverly A. (Barry) Snow, devoted father of Linda A. Boutoures and her husband Greg of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Nicholas, Matthew, and Allison Boutoures, dear  brother of Beverly Milligan and her husband Joseph and Patricia Beek and her husband Borden all of Brockton, nephew of Lawrence Snow of Brockton, brother-in-law of Paul and Joanne Barry of Danvers, Joan Blaine of Wakefield, the late Leonard and Dorothy Barry, and Margaret and Phil Wall, Richard is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, December 19th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Williams Church, 1351 Main Street (Rte. 38), Tewksbury, MA 01876, at 10:00 a.m.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Sunday, December 18th from 1-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Richard’s memory may be made to St. Williams Church.

Patrolman Shawn Lee

December 11th, 2011

Lee, Patrolman Shawn W., age 39, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on December 10, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. Shawn was the beloved husband of Lisa (Martino) Lee, devoted father of Michael and Patrick Lee, cherished son of Donald and Maryann (Rooney) Lee all of Wilmington, dear brother of Stacie Paradis and her husband Stephen, loving uncle of Heather Paradis all of Tewksbury, special nephew of Mickey Rooney and his late wife Dorsey, Joanne and Barry Sanborn, Dennis and Yvette Rooney, the late Billy Rooney, the late James Rooney and his wife Bev, the late Suzanne and Arthur McNeil, godson of George White. Shawn is also survived by many cousins, friends and fellow officers. Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, December 14th 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 Tuesday, December 13th from 3-9 p.m. Memorial donations in Shawn’s name may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P. O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. Shawn was a United States Air Force Veteran during Desert Storm and a Police Officer for Wilmington Police Department.

Shirley Knight

December 10th, 2011
Shirley M. (Giannone) Knight, Age 75, of Wilmington MA, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2011 surrounded by the love of her family.  Born and raised in Somerville on March 6, 1936, Shirley was the beloved daughter of the late Walter A. and Pearl (Stewart) Giannone.  Shirley graduated from Somerville High School in 1953.
Shirley was a fun loving “goofball” and would do anything for a laugh. She was also a gifted cook, baker, writer, poet, web page designer, accountant, computer technician, and gardener.  Shirley also had a very big heart and would always be there to help people by making cakes for weddings, fixing people’s computers, preparing taxes and much more.
Shirley had a special love for animals, enjoyed eagles and peregrine falcons, but Panda Bears were her favorite, as she would follow the births of Panda Bears around the world. 
Shirley was devoted to her family and would do anything for them.  She was a loving wife, mother, “Nana”, sister, aunt and friend to many and she will truly be missed. 
Shirley was the beloved wife of Robert A. Knight married on November 20, 1955 and recently celebrated their 56th anniversary. The loving mother of Kenneth J. Knight of WA, Cheryl J. Field and her husband Ed of Hudson, NH and Steven M. Knight and his wife Giselle of Wilton, NH. She was the devoted “Nana” of Andrew, Kevin, and Jennifer Monty, as well as Colby and Charlotte Knight.
Shirley was the dear sister of Gloria Brian of Stoneham MA, Thelma Gasper of Somerville MA, Margie Develis of Vero Beach FL, and the late Walter Giannone of Somerville, Shirley was the dear half-sister of Roberta Cohen (Quincy MA),  Digger Riley (Winter Haven FL),  Herbie Riley (Quincy MA), Shirley is also survived by her sister-in-law and best friend of 60 years Yolanda Giannone of Somerville.
A Funeral Home Service will be held on Friday, December 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington MA.  Visiting Hours will be 11am till 1pm with a service from 1-2pm.  Memorial donations in Shirley’s name can be made to the Cancer Charity of one’s Choice.

Frank Gracia

December 9th, 2011
  Frank J. Gracia, age 87, of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by his family on December 8, 2011 at  Mass General Hospital in Boston.   Frank was born on October 5, 1924, in Boston, MA,  the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Fria) Gracia.  He  was raised and educated in the Boston area, and his family settled in Dorchester when Frank was a child. He graduated from the Boston Trade High School, and soon after took a job as a dispatcher with the Gillette Company in South Boston.   Frank married his sweetheart Nora “Patsy” McLoughlin on April 21, 1956.  In 6 years (and 5 children later) Frank and Pat had established a family, raising that family in a marriage lasting over 55 years.  In 1968  Frank moved his family to Wilmington when his job at Gillette relocated to Andover.   Frank was an ever popular co-worker and friend to all he came to know.   Working part-time at Church Street Hardware, his customers became his friends, and their friends became his.   From his morning duties as a school crossing guard, to his faithful attendance at the Town Park for his sons’ softball games, it soon seemed all in town knew FO’G.  Where smiles and laughter congregated, Frank seemed always at its center.     With his marriage to Pat it wasn’t long before the “Irishman” in Frank O’ Gracia (FO’G)  blossomed.  Irish music became Frank’s music, and his popularity across the McLoughlin clan was ensured.   But Frank also grew to enjoy sports in the heyday of the fifties and its NY-based baseball team.  For someone else this may have been a problem, but even this transgression failed to make a dent in FOG’s popularity amongst the locals.   Frank  attended many baseball games, but he will always recount his and Pat’s attendance at the World Series and Don Larsen’s “perfect game” as his favorite baseball memory.   Frank will forever be remembered for the love and the pride he had in his family, his children, and grandchildren.  He loved being known as Grampy,  Dad, FOG, or just Frankie.   Frank Joseph Gracia was for the many who knew him the embodiment of a  ”people’s person”, from the time he arose each morning and went out to breakfast, until the evening he enoyed in laughter with friends around the kitchen table, and from the time he was born in 1924 until he left us on December 8, 2011.  For the many, many who knew and loved Frank, he will be greatly and forever missed.   Frank was the beloved husband of Nora “Pat” (McLoughlin) Gracia, devoted father of Paul M. Gracia & Kim Richardson of Chester, NH, Thomas F. Gracia & his wife Sandra Lee of Tewksbury, Michael J. Gracia & his wife Julie, Susan P. Davidson & her husband Bruce, and Nancy E. McMahon & her husband William all of Wilmington, loving “Grampy F. O.’G.” of Lindsay & Kyle Gracia, Michael, Teresa, & Daniel Gracia, Kayla, Jonathan, & Jillian Davidson, Kelli & Meghan McMahon, brother of the late John “Unc”, Dominic, and Paul Gracia, Mary Parker, and Agnes Davidson. Frank is also survived by nieces, nephews, and countless friends.   Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, December 12th 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 Sunday, December 11th from 3-7 p.m. Memorial donations in Frank’s name may be made to the ALS Foundation, 315 Norwood Park South, 1st Floor, Norwood, MA 02062.

Angelina T. Brabant

December 8th, 2011

Angelina T. (DiChiara) Brabant, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, age 73, passed away unexpectedly on December 7, 2011, at the Saints Medical Center in Lowell.  Born in Revere on January 28, 1938, Angelina was the beloved daughter of the late Americo and Jennie (Barilone) DiChiara.  She grew up in Revere and moved to Wilmington in the 1950’s as a teenager, where she continued her education and was a graduate of Wilmington High School. 
After moving to Wilmington, she met Robert Brabant and the couple married in 1960.  They had a great life together, started a family, and took pride in raising four boys.  Angelina and Robert moved to Tewksbury where they spent the last 22 years as residents.
Angelina worked as a CNA at the Tewksbury Hospital for over 15 years she loved her work and was dedicated to her patients.
Angelina loved to cook and also loved to take trips to Foxwoods Casino with her family.  Her family was the most important thing to her, she enjoyed family holidays, birthdays, or special celebrations, Angelina never missed an opportunity to be with her family.  Angelina was always there to lend a hand and she beamed with pride whenever she talked about her children, grandchildren, or great-granchildren.
Angelina is the beloved wife of Robert E. Brabant of Tewksbury, loving mother of Robert Elfman and his wife Joanne of Pepperell, Kevin Brabant and his wife Jayne of Hudson, NH, Steven Brabant and his wife Tina of VA, and David Brabant and his wife Lisa of Wilmington.  Angelina was the cherished grandmother of Lindsy, Rachel, Robert, Kevin, Brian, Tony, Allan, Jessica, Nathan, Danielle, Steven, Daniel, David, Heather, Stephanie and Kristen and great-grandmother of Andrew, Brennyn, Mia, Jessie, Emily, Alexis, Caleb, Mathew, and Madison.  Angelina was the dear sister of Richard DiChiara of Lowell, Dorothy Iovanna of Lynn,Shirley Barilone and her husband John of CA, and John long and his wife Angela of CA.  Angelina is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. 

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, December 12th from 3-7 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Angelina’s Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, December 13th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St.(Rt. 62), Wilmington.  Interment will follow in Tewksbury Cemetery.  Memorial donations in Angelina’s name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Norwood, MA  02026.

Lorraine & John Quinn

December 2nd, 2011

Lorraine E. (Clark) Quinn, age 82, November 28, 2011 and her husband John L. Quinn, Sr., age 86, November 30, 2011, both of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by their family.

Lorraine was born in Boston, MA on October 20, 1929, she was the cherished daughter of the late Harold and Marjorie (Aulenbach) Clark. Lorraine was raised and educated in Woburn, MA and was a graduate of Woburn High School.

John was born May 11, 1925, in Wakefield, where he was raised and educated, he was a graduate of Wakefield High School. John was the dear son of the late John and Josephine (McIntosh) Quinn.

John was drafted into the United States Army in July of 1943 where he received training as a Sharpshooter. John served all over Central Europe, he was instrumental in capturing enemy positions by ground attack and was very experienced in the use of all hand weapons and communications. John was a proud member of Company G 393rd Infantry Regiment and was very decorated for his war efforts, he received the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, and Sharpshooter Rifle Expert Combat Infantry Badge. John was honorably discharged on November 11, 1945.

Following his return from the Army, John took a job at Barry Controls Company where he worked his way up to Manufacturing Manager. John was known to be a “workaholic”, he retired following 36 years as a dedicated and faithful employee.

John and Lorraine were married in 1950, celebrating over 61 years together and making memories to last for generations to come. They lived in Woburn for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1959, where they raised their children. Family was most important to John and Lorraine, they enjoyed family celebrations, holidays, and vacations, cherishing every moment spent with their children and grandchildren, they were very proud of their families accomplishments and never wanted to miss anything.

As a couple, John and Lorraine enjoyed many things together, they loved all kinds of music, especially Country Music, and they loved to dance. John and Lorraine became avid Square Dancers and were members of the Skirts and Flirts Square Dancing Club in Wilmington. They also liked to go on trips with the Wilmington Recreation Department, especially the trips to Foxwoods.

While John enjoyed working in the yard and golfing in his younger years, Lorraine loved to go to the beach and the mountains.

John will be remembered for his quiet demeanor, he was gentle and reserved.

Lorraine was feisty and fearless and enjoyed being with people. Lorraine never let her illness get the best of her, nothing was going to stop her from making the most out of life.

John and Lorraine will both be remembered for their devotion to their family and friends, they were wonderful and kind people who will be greatly missed.

Lorraine and John were the beloved parents of Kathleen Powers and her husband Peter of Winchester, Maureen Quinn of Lowell, John L. “Jay” Quinn, Jr. of Wilmington, Barbara Savell and her husband Mark of Hudson, Timothy Quinn and his wife Kerri of West Roxbury, and Jeffrey Quinn and his wife Carroll of Tewksbury, loving grandparents of Michaela and Kyle Savell, Jack and Josie Quinn, Megan and Timothy Quinn. Lorraine was the dear sister of Robert Clark and his wife Gail of Naples, FL, Judith Vollmar and her husband Peter of Reading, and the late Harold Clark. John was the dear brother of Helen Fuller of Danvers, Dorothy Morris and her husband James of Reading, Brenda Cleary of Wakefield, and the late Mary Burke, Richard Quinn, and Kathleen Sheedy. Lorraine and John are also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, December 5th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Route 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, December 4th from 2-6 p.m. A Private Interment will take place at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA at a later date. Memorial donations in Lorraine’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Memorial donations in John’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Raymond E. Carter, Jr.

December 2nd, 2011


Raymond E. Carter, Jr., age 82, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at the Winchester Hospital. Ray was the dear son of the late Raymond E. Carter, Sr. and Doris J. (Prescott) Carter. He is survived by his sister Marion Rolf of New York and is predeceased by his brother John Carter. Funeral Services were private.

Joyce K. Brisbois-Weiner

December 2nd, 2011

Joyce K. (Walden) Brisbois-Weiner, of Wilmington, died peacefully with her family at her side on December 1, 2011, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. 

Joyce was raised and educated in Wilmington, graduating with the Wilmington High School Class of 1961 as Salutatorian. Joyce furthered her education at Bentley College in Waltham where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Taxation and Tax Law. 

Joyce had a great work ethic and she was always driven to succeed in life and family.  Joyce started her career working for a local accountant and was involved in the real estate market building houses. She started her own bookkeeping and accounting business, steadily building a clientele that she kept throughout her many years in business. Joyce passed the Certified Public Accountants Exam in the early 1980s and soon after opened Joyce K. Brisbois CPA in Wilmington. Joyce was not only very intelligent, she also had a wonderful demeanor.  Over the years, many of Joyce’s faithful clients became close friends. 

Joyce was extremely active and did a great amount of volunteer work.  She loved the town of Wilmington and gave back to her community time and time again. Joyce was a member of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the Wilmington Finance Committee, a Justice of the Peace, a Notary Public, and a faithful member of the Wilmington Rotary Club for over 20 years. Joyce was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club for her continuous devotion to her community. She was very generous with her donations and more so with her time and expertise.  Joyce always found the time to help others and put the needs of others before her own. 

Joyce was also a member of the Association of Certified Public Accountants and a Member of the Board at Winchester Hospital. 

Joyce’s talents were endless. She was a gifted painter, an avid gardener, a landscaper, and she also had a knack for interior decorating.  There wasn’t anything that she wouldn’t try once.  Joyce was a well accomplished woman. 

In her spare time, Joyce liked to golf, go boating, travel with her family and friends, and spending time in Palm Beach with Marvin.   Joyce’s love for her family was unconditional and unwavering.  She beamed with pride whenever she was asked about her husband, children, or grandchildren. Joyce enjoyed celebrating the holidays, special family events, or just sharing a Sunday dinner with Marvin and the kids.  She never missed an opportunity to be with them. Joyce was very proud of the family that she built. 

Joyce will be remembered for her caring ways, her devotion to her family and friends, her generosity to others, and for her willingness to make the world a better place. She was well respected, hardworking, honest, kind, and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. 

Joyce was the beloved wife of Marvin Weiner, devoted mother of Amy Weiner of Tewksbury, Francis Brisbois of Wilmington, Andrew Weiner of Billerica, Todd Brisbois, Lauren Weiss, Judith Weiner, Jordan Weiner, and Lindsey Weiss all of Wilmington, loving “Mimi” of Aaron and Alia Weiner and Grace Jean and Sophia Jean Brisbois. Dear sister of Patricia Murphy of Pelham, NH, James “Bill” Walden of Florida, Ralph Barden of Wilmington, Ted Barden of New Hampshire, and Eve Barden of California. Joyce is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and countless friends. 

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Sunday, December 4th from 3-8 p.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Joyce’s Funeral Service will be held in the Church on Monday, December 5th at 11:00 a.m. followed by an interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in Joyce’s name may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 1 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02146.