Obituaries

Lydon, Paul

April 25th, 2010

Paul J. Lydon, of Wilmington, formerly of Newton and Watertown, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2010, at home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with ALS at the age of 42.

Born in Boston, MA, on January 25, 1968, Paul was the dear son of Peggy (O’Connor) Lydon of Newton and the late John Lydon. Paul grew up in Newtonville and was a graduate of Newton Catholic High School Class of 1986. He went on to further his education and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from U Mass Boston. At the time of his death, Paul was employed as a chemist for EISAI Inc., a Pharmaceuticals Company.

Paul married Alice McCusker on October 28, 1995, after 10 years of courting, and the couple lived in Watertown for a few years before moving to Wilmington in 1998.

Paul and Alice had four children; Joseph, Sean, Liam, and Molly. He absolutely loved being a husband and dad, he cherished every moment spent with his wife and kids. They were the center of his universe. In his spare time Paul enjoyed reading, running, and watching the history and military channels. He will be remembered for his intelligence, sense of humor, humbleness, and love of his Irish heritage. Paul was a fighter, he faced his illness with courage and strength, never giving up when things got tough and always setting an expample for those around him. He was never worried about himself, always having the utmost concern for his family and their well being. Paul will be fondly remembered for his kindness not only to his family but to his friends, neighbors, and co-workers. He was a true “gentleman” in every sense of the word.

Paul was the beloved husband of Alice L. (McCusker) Lydon , devoted and loving father of Joseph Paul, Sean Patrick, Liam James, and Molly Grace Lydon all of Wilmington, dear brother of Michael Lydon & his wife Donna of Marston Mills and Tommy Lydon of Newtonville. Paul is also survived by many brothers and sisters in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and dear friends. Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m.. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Thursday, April 29, from 3-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Paul’s name can be made to “Friends of the Lydon Family“, c/o Kelly Sullivan, 6 Middle St., Watertown, MA 02472.

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Martin, Ellen

April 21st, 2010

Ellen MartinEllen L Martin. (Bavuso), age 67. of Wilmington, died peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ellen was the beloved wife of Robert “Bob” Martin, devoted mother of Leann Otis & her husband Chuck of Wilmington and Daneen Petrone & her husband Tony of Tewksbury, loving “Grammy” of Marina & Katelyn Otis and Nathan & Meghan Petrone, dear daughter of the late Bernard & Helen (Forgione) Bavuso, cherished sister of Barbara DeStefano & her husband Charlie “Butch” of Wilmington, aunt of Charleen & Brian Portorski and Kristin & Scott Tully, Ellen is also survived by her long-time friends Ruthann & John Vanella of Burlington as well as many other dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, April 26th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Sunday, April 25th from 4 – 8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Ellen’s name may be made to Relay for Life – Wilmington, 9 Riverside Road, Weston, MA 02493, Attn: Jennifer Wassan.

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Veloza, Anna

April 15th, 2010

Anna M. Veloza, of Wilmington, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on April 15, 2010 at the age of 86.

Born on April 1, 1924, Anna was the daughter of the late Peter and Lenora Michalkiewicz. She was raised in Cambridge and attended private school. Upon her graduation, Anna went on to the Wilford Academy in Boston and received an associates degree in hairdressing. She was a hard working woman, spending over 35 years in hairdressing and also earning her Real Estate License.

She moved to Wilmington with her family in 1955. In addition to her career, Anna enjoyed cooking and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be sorely missed by all of them.

Anna was the beloved wife of the late George Veloza. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage together until his passing in 2008.

Anna is survived by her children: Susan Lesperance and her husband Tony and George R. Veloza and his wife Lee all of Wilmington. Her grandchildren: Michelle Cincotta, Michael L’Esperance, David Lesperance, Anthony Lesperance, Jr., Charles Veloza, Karen Veloza, and Kerry Veloza. Great grandchildren: Nichole and Gina Cincotta; Andrew, Mary Kate and Cassaundra Lesperance; Samantha, Rachael, Erica, Maxwell and Alyssa Lesperance; Brian and Sabrina Veloza; and Dominic and Jada Veloza. Anna was also the sister of Helen Bergman of Wilmington, and the late Peter Michaels, Andrew Mitchell and Nell Sawicki. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service from the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, April 22, at 12:00 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Anna’s name may be made to VNA of Middlesex-East and Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Silvers, John

April 9th, 2010

Dr. John Phillip “Jack” Silvers, of Kingston, NH, formerly of Wilmington, passed away April 9, 2010, at the Exeter Hospital at the age of 90.

Born on January 23, 1920, in Chicago, Jack was the son of Cecil and Beatrice (Cunningham) Silvers. He was raised in Portland, Indiana, where he graduated from Portland High School. Upon graduation, Jack attended Purdue University where he was a member of the ATO fraternity. He received his bachelor’s degree and continued on to earn his PhD in thermodynamics.

Married in November, 1945, Jack was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Kelso) Silvers who currently resides at Edgewood Nursing Home in Portsmouth, NH. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage together.

Dr. Silvers worked in the field of research and development and was a pioneer in the fields of nuclear energy, space exploration and undersea exploration. Among his many noteworthy career achievements, he served on the design teams for the Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear powered submarine, and the Mercury and Apollo space programs.

Early in his career, Dr. Silvers lived in Park Forest, IL and worked at Argonne National Laboratories. He moved to New England after being recruited to work for Avco RAD in Wilmington, MA. During his career, he served as a consultant for research at MIT and was the president of the Massachusetts Science Foundation. He retired to Kingston, NH in 2000. He was an active member at the churches where he lived, teaching and singing in the choir. He was a member of the Faith United Protestant Church in Park Forest, IL, the First Congregational Church in Wilmington, MA and attended the First Congregational Church in Kingston, NH.

Jack enjoyed many hobbies. He was a professional tenor, and sang in the Purdue University Glee club, the Lexington Choral Society, and the Rockingham Choral Society. He was a skilled artist, winning many amateur artist awards. He also loved to down hill ski, play tennis and was an avid golfer. He was a former member of the Andover Country Club where he held a handicap of 8.

Other than his wife, John is survived by his loving children, Cheryl Park and John T. Silvers, both of Kingston, NH and the late Terry A. Silvers. He was the devoted grandfather of William, Jr. and Bradly Park, and Maegan Silvers and great grandfather of Nathan Diffin. Brother of Marjorie Ferguson of Portland, IN.

Visiting hours will be held from the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, Saturday, April 24th from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., immediately followed by a funeral home service for John at 12:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in John’s name can be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


Vassallo, Robert E. Sr.

April 9th, 2010

Vassallo, RobertAttorney Robert E. Vassallo, Sr., age 73, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, April 9, 2010.

Born in Malden, MA, on September 4, 1936, Robert was the dear son of the late Herbert and Priscilla (Holmes) Vassallo. Robert grew up in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School Class of 1955. Robert enlisted into the United States Navy in September of 1955, where he served on several Naval Destroyers and was involved in the Lebanon Crisis. Robert was honorably discharged on September 21, 1961.

Robert met and fell in love with Maryann Scuito, and they married on February 16, 1958. Robert and Maryann moved to Wilmington where they raised their three children.

Robert was intelligent, well educated, and very respected both personally and professionally. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston State College in 1975, his Juris Doctor from New England School of Law in 1984, and his Program of Instruction for Lawyers from Harvard Law School.

Robert was in Law Enforcement for over 20 years, first as an Investigator for the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston. He then joined the Wilmington Police Department earning the rank of Sergeant. Robert owned his own Law Practice and was a Trial Attorney since 1985.

Robert’s legal expertise and willingness to help others led him to involve himself on many boards. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Wilmington Family Counseling Service, Board of Directors for Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Union Official, Collective Bargaining & Grievance Committees for the Wilmington Police Department, Board of Directors for the Visiting Nurses Association of Middlesex East, and most recently the Board of Trustees of Eagles Landing Condominium in Tewksbury in 2002 and 2003. Robert was also an active member of the Aleppo Temple Shrine in Wilmington.

Robert will be fondly remembered as a devoted and loving family man, dedicated Police Officer, and a respected Attorney. He was kind, considerate, always willing to do for others, a true friend, and a gentleman. He will be greatly missed.

Vassallo, Robert ERobert was the beloved husband of Maryann (Sciuto) Vassallo, devoted father of Robert E. Vassallo, Jr. & his wife Marnie of Melrose, Denise A. Sweeney & her fiance Paul Connolly of Wilmington, and Linda Cote & her husband Richard of Wilmington; loving grandfather of Kellianne, Kyle, and Ryan Sweeney, Jacqueline Cote, and Nicholas Vassallo; dear brother of John Vassallo and his wife Janice of Florida, Paul Vassallo of Maine, Charles Vassallo of Brockton, Priscilla Antkowiak and her husband Ray of Auburn, Lyn Dealtry and her husband Don of California; son-in-law of Rose Sciuto of Wilmington, and brother-in-law of Carol McGinn and her husband John of Wilmington. Robert is also 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, on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 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 Tuesday, April 13, 2010 from 4 – 8 pm.

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

Madden, Michael

April 7th, 2010

madden, michaelMichael F. Madden, of Wilmington, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on April 7, 2010 at the age of 69.

Born on June 20, 1940, Michael spent his childhood in Cambridge. He then entered the U.S. Army in 1960 and served his country proudly. Michael moved to Wilmington in the late 1960’s where he met his future wife, Lynn Fielding. They soon married and enjoyed 36 years of marriage prior to her passing five years ago. Michael spent many years as a maintenance mechanic at Sweetheart Plastics where he met Lynn.

After working for several different companies during his career, he finally retired from the Converge Computer Company in 2005. Michael was quite the handy man; he enjoyed doing projects around his house and working around the yard. Michael was always willing to help out a neighbor with whatever they needed. When he was not doing projects around the house, Michael could be found listening to his favorite music or watching an old western movie or enjoying the occasional trip to Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods. Most of all Michael enjoyed his family and friends, he cherished all the time he was able to spend with his children and grandchildren.

Michael was the beloved husband of the late Lynn (Fielding) Madden, devoted father of Kimbly Cataldo and her husband John of Atkinson, NH, Kelly Madden and her husband James L. Robbins II of Atkinson, NH, Michael A. Madden and Cindy Calderbank of Tewksbury, and Kathleen “Punky” Macdonald and her husband Bob of Tewksbury. Michael was the loving grandfather of Samantha, Shawn, Lynn, Patrick, Alyssa, Kaitlin, Kassidy, Katrina, and Krissi. Beloved son of the late Leonard and Eleanor (Whalen) Madden. Brother of Paul Madden and his wife Cathe of Nashua, NH, and the late Tom, Leonard and Sally Madden. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours we held Sunday, April 11, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc.

Memorial donations in Michael’s name may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.

Bernardi, Mary

April 2nd, 2010

Mary M. (Froio) Bernardi passed away peacefully in her daughter’s home on April 2, 2010 at the age of 101.

She was born on June 17, 1908 in East Boston, the daughter of the late Rosina (Brenci) and John Froio. She joins her husband Alfred C. Bernardi, who died in 1981.

She was a woman of simple beginnings and simple means. She was the oldest of eight children and went to work at the age of 14 to help provide for her family. She worked in a cigar manufacturing plant and went on to spend most of her career packing candy at Schrafft’s chocolate factory in Charlestown, from where she ultimately retired.

With little more than factory pay, thrift, and good planning she was able to accomplish many things. These included putting her children through both parochial school and college. She bought lumber a stick at a time as she could afford it. During her life she renovated three houses, and designed and built a home in Reading. She also built a lake side cottage, which she loved.

She lived on her own in a retirement community in Florida for 24 years after the death of her husband. She enjoyed dancing, dining and the company of other seniors. She later moved back to New England where she lived in the homes of her daughters. She particularly enjoyed time spent at the Buzzell Senior Center in the last decade of her life.

She was fond of telling stories that reflected life and times of long ago, such as when meat bones would be saved and brought down to a horse drawn wagon to be traded for soap; when a refrigerator was a simple box and the ice to keep it cool was bought daily. She remembered kerosene lamps and gas lights that preceded electricity and would marvel at being able to simply turn on an electric light with the flick of a switch.

She was the beloved matriarch of her family, which included her daughters Dorothy Getty of Wilmington and Barbara Schindler and her husband John of Chelmsford, her grandchildren Mark Getty and his wife Debra of Pelham, New Hampshire, Laura Grant and her husband Douglas of Edinburgh, Scotland, David Getty and his wife Lubelia Goncalves of Wilmington, John Schindler of Roxbury, and Kendra Sheridan and her husband Rob of Jamaica Plain, and her great grand children Catriona, Arianna, Angela, Sienna, and Mason. She is also survived by her sister Matilda Neilson Brill of North Palm Beach Florida.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, April 9th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass as St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Thursday, April 8th from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Castellano, James

March 31st, 2010

James Castellano, of Stuart, FL, formerly of Wilmington, passed away March 31, 2010 at the age of 68.

Born on July 17, 1941 in Somerville, Jim was the beloved son of the late James and Serafina “Sophie” Castellano. As a child, Jim and his family moved to Wilmington, where he lived for many years and was educated.

Jim loved to cook and bake, and opened his own restaurant, Old Nancy’s, in Georgetown, MA.

In the early 1990’s Jim moved to Florida, where he enjoyed taking care of his mother and cooking for and entertaining family and friends.

Jim loved to travel all over the world, but loved to come home to spend time with his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren here in Wilmington. He enjoyed many vacations with them especially to Disney World and Atlantis.

Jim was the loving father of James V. Castellano and his wife Teresa, beloved “Grandpa” of Anthony, Chloe and Joseph Castellano all of Wilmington. Dear brother of Michael Castellano and his wife Lucy of Florida; Lillian Johnson of Florida, Rose Scifo of Wilmington and Anna Lupoli of Tewksbury. Jim is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Funeral Mass for Jim will be held on Saturday May 15, 2010, at St. Dorothy’s Church, Mains Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Boudreau, John “Larry”

March 30th, 2010

boudreau, larryJohn “Larry” Boudreau, age 87, of Pelham, NH, formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at the Lowell General Hospital.

Larry was born on December 11, 1922, in Lower Melbourne, Nova Scotia, Canada, he was the dear son of the late Everett and Elizabeth (Amirault) Boudreau. Larry grew up in Lower Melbourne and at the age of 18 he enlisted in the Canadian Army during WWII, serving with the Corps of Engineers. Larry was honorably discharged in 1946 and moved to the United States, settling in Wakefield, MA before becoming a United States Citizen in 1962.

Larry married Jean M. Hanlon on September 29, 1951. They lived in Arlington for many years before building a home and moving to Wilmington in 1965. Larry and Jean raised their three children in Wilmington, involving themselves with sporting events and school functions with their children and grandchildren.

Larry was an extremely talented craftsman, prior to retiring in 1987 Larry was employed as a Millwright for Harvard University in Cambridge for over 31 years.

For enjoyment, Larry loved to dance. He returned to Nova Scotia frequently to stay close with his family. He and his wife Jean enjoyed their many trips to Florida. Their family summered in Chatham boating, fishing, lobstering, and just relaxing at the beach.

Larry was a “Jack of all trades”. He could always be counted on for advice with a project or help building and repairing anything, he was a perfectionist. If you were fortunate enough to receive one of Larry’s Grandmother Clocks, you would cherish the time and talent that he put into them. He always said that “I’ll forget more than you’ll ever know”.

Larry was a sports “nut”. He enjoyed watching the Bruins, boxing, and especially the Red Sox. He would get more than a little excited when they were losing. Larry was also a former Commander of the Canadian Legion in Arlington.

Larry will be fondly remembered as the beloved husband of 52 years to the late Jean M. (Hanlon), devoted father of Sharon J. Despres & her husband Bob of Pelham, NH with whom he resided, Paul L. Boudreau & his wife Karen of Wilmington, and Mark Boudreau & his wife Kathy of Gloucester, loving grandfather of Cameron and Danielle Despres and Ryan, Courtney, and Patrick Boudreau, dear brother of John Harold Boudreau of Somerville, and the late Elizabeth Mae Baudreau, Joseph Harvey Boudreau, and Norman Vadness Boudreau, step-brother of the late Gerry Lee, and special uncle of Donna Marie Southard of Burlington. Larry is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, April 6th 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 Monday, April 5th from 4-8 p.m.

Nary, Edward

March 28th, 2010

nary, edwardEdward A. Nary, Jr., age 57, of Tewksbury, died unexpectedly, Sunday, March 28, 2010.

Born on November 2, 1952 in Rochester, NH, Eddie was the beloved son of the late Ann D. (DesRoches) Nary of Tewksbury and Edward A. Nary, Sr. of North Carolina.

Eddie grew up in Tewksbury and was a graduate of Tewksbury High School Class of 1970. Eddie was a smart guy, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do when he put his mind to it. He was employed for many years as a tradesman and a mechanic until he had a bad accident and that forced him to retire from the construction industry. Eddie went on to work for Prince Pasta in Lowell for several years until he retired. In his spare time Eddie enjoyed cooking and was eager to try his recipes on his family and friends. Eddie was also an avid golfer and loved to follow New England sports teams especially the Red Sox and Patriots.

Eddie is survived by his daughter Christy Nary of Belton, Missouri, his brothers and sister Michael Nary of Tewksbury, Lee Nary of Bar Harbor, ME, Kevin Nary of Venice Beach, FL, and Karen DesRoches of Wolfeboro, NH, his two nieces Amy and Michelle Nary, his step-father Bob Couture of Tewksbury, as well as many cousins.

A Graveside Service to celebrate Eddie’s life will take place on Thursday, April 1st at 12:00 noon in the Tewksbury Cemetery, 172 East Street, Tewksbury.

Memorial donations in Eddie’s name may be made to the M.S.P.C.A. c/o Development Office, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.