Obituaries

Patricia E. (Dion) Dickerson

October 1st, 2013

Patricia E. (Dion) Dickerson, age 72, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by her loving family on October 1, 2013 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA, following a courageous battle with lung cancer. 

Patricia was born on July 26, 1941 in Lowell, MA; she was the cherished daughter of Olga P. (Komenchuk) Daley and the late Leo Dion.  Patricia’s family roots were in Charlestown where she was raised and educated.  She moved to Woburn for a few years and was a graduate of Woburn High School.

Patricia married the “love of her life,” Hugh D. “Dennis” Dickerson at the age of sixteen and the couple spent more than fifty-six years of marriage  and had a great life together.  After a few short years, Patricia and Dennis moved to Wilmington where they raised their four wonderful children; Dennis, Donna, Terry and Patricia. 

Patricia worked at Dynamics Research as an electronics technician for many years.

Patricia was a huge Red Sox fan and was famously known for her LOVE of the team.  Throughout the years, Patricia enjoyed getting her family and friends together to attend or watch countless games.  Patricia was ecstatic when they won the Pennant and was so proud of their record this year, she was so looking forward to following them in the playoffs.  To say Patricia was an AVID fan would be an understatement; she just loved the team and their players.

In her spare time, Patricia enjoyed doing puzzles and playing cards.  In her earlier years she loved to go camping and canoeing with her family throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.  The family had lots of fun on these trips and made many great memories to share over the years.

Patricia’s whole life was about her family; a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, Patricia’s love for them was unconditional and there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for family.  Patricia looked forward to family holidays and celebrations just to get everyone together; she was a kind, caring, and very generous with her time and talents.  Patricia will be remembered as “one of a kind” to her family and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Patricia was the beloved wife of Hugh D. “Dennis” Dickerson, devoted mother of Dennis Dickerson of Wilmington, Donna Kelley and her companion Rick Comeau of Windham, N.H., Terry Shannon & her husband Robert of Dracut and Patricia Morrison of Wilmington, loving “Nana” of Lisa Mannion and her husband Dennis, Linda Kelley, Michael Shannon, Robert Shannon, Keryn Shannon, Amanda McHugh, Matthew Dickerson, and Melissa Dickerson,  and “Great-Nana” of  Chelsea and Connor Mannion, cherished daughter of Olga P. (Komenchuk) Daley of Malden and the late Leo Dion, dear sister of Marie T. Soda of Burlington, Michael J. Dion of Malden, Edward L. Dion & his wife Joan of Swampscott and Johanna Marshall & her husband Robert of Thornton, CO.  Patricia is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, October 4th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Patricia’s name may be made to the Red Sox Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

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Lorraine R. Benson

September 24th, 2013

Lorraine (Lorry) R. (Frykberg) Benson, age 81, of Wilmington, MA, formerly of Tewksbury, MA, and Cromwell, CT, died peacefully on September 24, 2013, following a lengthy illness. 

Lorraine was born in Chicago, IL, on March 2, 1932, she was the cherished daughter of the late Harry and Rose (Rambach) Frykberg.  Lorraine lived in Chicago until the age of five when her family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Lorraine had a natural talent and interest in music.  While attending South Side High School she played the violin and the piano for the high school orchestra.  Following graduation, Lorraine continued playing her instruments for several orchestra’s in and around Fort Wayne and later in Middletown CT.

Lorraine continued her education by attending Oberlin College for two years and then transferred to Indiana University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in 1954. 

While in her early 20’s, Lorraine followed her college friend Helen’s footsteps and moved to Boston.  Lorraine took her first job at the watch counter at Jordan Marsh in Boston.   Later, inspired to help others, she took a position as a social worker for the State of Massachusetts, eventually completing her Master’s degree in Social Work at Boston University in 1962. 

In 1968, Lorraine moved to Cromwell, Connecticut, with her family.  She became active in the Covenant Congregational Church and played the piano for the choir, always sharing her love of music.

Lorraine also continued her Social Work for the State of Connecticut, her dedication to the families she helped over the years in Massachusetts and Connecticut was unwavering.  Lorraine’s kindness and compassion for them over the years will forever be remembered by the many people that she helped.

Following her retirement, Lorraine enjoyed traveling with her family and friends including trips to England, Ireland, Florida, Cape Cod and a cruise to the Caribbean.  She enjoyed many visits with her granddaughters, entertaining them on her piano while playing favorites including Hello Dolly.

In her spare time, Lorraine loved to play bridge with her friends and spend time in her rose garden where she grew beautiful roses.

In her later years, Lorraine moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to her son and his family, creating many lasting memories.

Lorraine was the beloved mother of Eric A. Benson and his wife Irene of Tewksbury, MA, loving “Grandma Lorry” of Katelyn and Sarah Benson, cherished daughter of Harry and Rose (Rambach) Frykberg.

Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 28th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Lorraine’s memory may be made to the Woodbriar of Wilmington, Employee Assistance Fund, 90 West St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA  02472.  Arrangements under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.  www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Joanne “Joanie” (Collins) Sullivan

September 24th, 2013

Joanne (Collins) Sullivan, “Joanie”, age 81, of Tewksbury, formerly a long time resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on September 23, 2013, at the Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus.

Joanne was born in Boston on February 15, 1932, she was the dear daughter of the late Patrick and Mary E. (Lampro) Collins.  Joanne was raised in Dorchester and was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy, Roxbury, MA.

Joanne married Eugene Sullivan on April 11, 1953, the couple lived in Boston for a short time before moving to Wilmington over 60 years ago where they raised their family of eight children.  Joanne was a very dedicated and loving mother; her family always came first, whether there was a school event, sporting event,  or any other activity that her children were involved in she was always there showing her love and support.

Joanne was a hard worker, for many years she was a billing clerk for Consolidated Freightways and a life member of the Teamsters Local #25 in Charlestown.  Joanne was a great employee, her dedication and loyalty was unwavering and she made many friends at work throughout the years.

Joanne had a competitive side; she was always up for a game of cards with her sisters and dear friends, especially canasta.  She loved to go bowling, or take a trip to Foxwoods or Ocean City, New Jersey where she took her chances at the slot machines.  Joanne would often follow Boston sports; Red Sox, Bruins (she loved her hockey), or Patriots, and she loved to watch professional golf.

Joanne enjoyed traveling with her family and friends, she loved to visit the Cape, go to the beach, and had many fond memories of her trips to her sister’s home in Dennisport, MA.

In later years, Joanne welcomed her role as “Nana” and “Great-Great”, she adored her grandchildren, cherished the time they spent together, and was very proud of each and every one of them.

Joanne will be fondly remembered as a very private and quiet lady, but she had an inner strength that carried her through.    Joanne was a woman of great faith, she trusted in God, and she loved her church.  Joanne was very devoted to her family and friends, she was fiercely loyal and loved unconditionally.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Joanne was the beloved wife of the late Eugene B. Sullivan, devoted mother of John “Jack” Sullivan & his wife Lisa of Fitchburg, Michael Sullivan of San Diego, CA, Mary Harnum & her husband Kirby of Canton, Eileen Costello & her husband John of Tewksbury, Jeremiah Sullivan & his wife Michelle of Pittsburgh, PA, Eugene “Donny” Sullivan of Wilmington, Timothy Sullivan & his wife Kelley of Haverhill, and the late Joanne Sullivan, loving “Nana” of John Patrick, Courtney, Nicholas, Nathaniel, Matthew & his wife Julia, Joanne, Paul, Luke, Kaitlyn & her husband Todd, Thomas, Margaret, Bridget, Meghan, Kayla, Jennifer, Brian, Thomas, and Michael, “Great-Great” of Ericka, Jack, Owen, Hannah, Connor, Lucy, Joseph, Peter, Jude, Madeleine, Andrew, and Maria, dear daughter of the late Patrick and Mary E. (Lampro) Collins, sister of Mary Surran of Tewksbury, Eileen Collins of Weymouth, the late Robert Collins, Rev. Michael “Buddy” Collins, M.M., and Nancy MacDonald.  Joanie is 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 Friday, September 27th at 11:00 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, September 26th from 5-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Joanne’s name may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn:  Donor Services, P. O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX  75265-0309

Cheryl W. Carpenter

September 23rd, 2013

Cheryl W. Carpenter, age 71, of Tewksbury, passed away on September 22, 2013.  Cheryl was the devoted mother of Kurt Hanson & his wife Maria of Centerburg, OH and Erik Fecke & his wife Monica of Danvers, loving grandmother of Jessica Hanson, Miles Fecke and Cassius Fecke, cherished daughter of the late John and Ethel (Baxter) Carpenter, dear sister of Bruce Carpenter and his wife Ann of Lowell, special aunt of Scott Carpenter, Sheila and Paul Corrado and Kerri Carpenter.  Cheryl is also survived by three great-nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service on Tuesday, October 1st at 11:00 a.m. in the Wildwood Cemetery, Wildwood Street, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Cheryl’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA  01701.

Francis E. Downs, Sr.

September 20th, 2013

Francis E. Downs, Sr., age 90, of Wilmington, passed away at home on September 19, 2013.  Born on April 9, 1923, in Warren, VT, Francis was the oldest of twelve children to Glenn and Phoebe (Carpenter) Downs.  Shortly after Francis was born, the family moved to Wakefield where Francis spent most of his childhood.  At the age of 17, the family relocated to Wilmington, the town that Francis would make his home. 

Francis married the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” Akins, in 1948.  Together, they raised five children.  He loved to take the family on trips to Kennebunk, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as well as enjoying picnics and taking rides to the beach on Sundays.  Francis loved gardening, picking blueberries and strawberries, as well as playing cribbage, collecting wind-chimes and taking in Football games.  Francis loved his family and took great care of them.  He would always be willing to lend a hand to whomever needed one; all they had to do was ask.  In their later years, Francis and Betty enjoyed the company of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  They were so important to them and they were extremely proud of all of them.          

Francis was a hard worker.  He worked many jobs during his life to provide for his family.  In 1944, Francis took a job with the Town of Wilmington, at the age of 21, and spent thirty six years there working as a foreman and the superintendent for the cemetery department before his retirement in 1980.  Francis also worked for Coombs Furniture for over 30 years doing furniture deliveries.  Francis also spent many years as the “right-hand man” of Bud Lyford, former owner of the Nichols Funeral Home, whatever Bud needed, Francis was always there with a helping hand.  After retirement, since he never finished high school, Francis secretly went back to school and received his GED on August 31, 1992, at the age of 69.

Francis was the beloved husband of Elizabeth V. (Akins) Downs. He was the devoted father of Wilfred F. “Bill” Downs & his wife Beverly of Lowell, Glenna Feeley & her husband John of Alton, NH, Francis E. “Frank” Downs, Jr. & his wife Pamela of Wilmington, Andrew “Mack” Downs & his wife Danielle of Pelham, NH, and the late Phyllis Hagan & her husband Joseph “Butch” of Delaware. Frances was the loving grandfather of Tina Allen, Wilfred F. II, Michael, Patrick, Courtney, and Timothy Downs, Joseph Barnes & his wife Earlene, Andrea Barnes, Dereck and Stephen Downs, Ben, Travis, Jarred and Jason Hagan and Jacob and Christine Downs, great-grandfather of John, Dillon, Angelina, Jaylyn, Natasha, Devin, Matthew Lylah, Kynley, Hannah and Cailyn.  Francis was the dear brother of Forrest Downs of Wilmington, Clifton Downs of Mansfield, Stella Flynn of Reading and the late Clayton, Clesson, Harvey, Edward and James Downs, Geneva Morrison, Charlotte Godett and Pauline Russo.  Francis is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends gathered for a Funeral Service on Tuesday, September 24th at 11:00 a.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Interment followed in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours were held Monday, September 23rd from 4 to 8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Francis’ name may be made to the Care Alternatives Hospice, 100 Locke Drive, Marlborough, MA 01752 or the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

James R. Busby

September 19th, 2013

James R. Busby, age 88, of Wilmington, MA passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on September 18, 2013 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. 

James was born in Cambridge on January 20, 1925, the cherished son of the late George and Elizabeth (Doherty) Busby. James was raised in Somerville and was part of a large and loving family. While attending Somerville High School, he was drafted and enlisted in the United States Navy on March 29, 1943, during WWII. He proudly served aboard the USS Hall (DD-583) traveling throughout Europe and Asia. He received several commendations for his service to the country and was honorably discharged on January 28, 1946.   

After leaving the service, James married the love of his life, Norma T. Belliveau, on October 11, 1952 and they spent nearly 61 years together before her passing on August 9th of this year. James and Norma were always together. They were soul mates who truly loved each other. As a young couple, they moved from the city to Tewksbury where they lived for several years before settling in Wilmington for fifty years where they raised two wonderful children, Karen and Jim. James loved his family and always put them first. Working hard to provide for his family, James proudly spent many years as a truck driver for Consolidated Freightways and was a member of Teamsters Local #25 in Charlestown. He was very proud of his safe driving record and he received many awards for his driving skills.

 James enjoyed traveling and outings with family and friends. Whether it was a cruise, a trip to Foxwoods, a Red Sox game, or an outing for ice cream, he was always up for a good time. Family cookouts, celebrations, parties, and holidays were very special times for James.  He was known to be a prankster and a “big kid” at heart. He had a great sense of humor and many humorous memories were made whenever he got together with friends and the families of his brothers and sisters, the “Busby Clan.”  Many stories are still shared about their adventures and good natured fun.

James’s devotion to his wife was unwavering. He adored his children and their spouses, and when he became Grandpa/Papa he showered his grandchildren with unconditional love and support. James lit up whenever he was with them and cherished every moment they were together. He never missed a chance to spend time with his grandchildren, of whom he was so very proud.

James and Norma loved to go dancing. Whether it was ballroom dancing or square dancing, they always had a great time. James was also a lifetime member of the VFW in Medford and the Wilmington Senior Center where he enjoyed participating in their many activities, especially aerobics. In his spare time, James enjoyed gardening and grew beautiful flower gardens around his yard. He was an avid Red Sox fan and hardly ever missed a game no matter what was going on. James was very generous when it came to his time as he was always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. James had a warm heart and always rooted for the underdog, even if he didn’t know that person. He will be remembered as a very joyful, loving, and compassionate man.

It goes without saying that James was deeply loved and “one of a kind” to his family and friends. He will forever be missed by all who loved him.

James was the beloved husband of the late Norma T. (Belliveau) Busby, devoted father of Karen Diorio and her husband Jerry of Auburn, NH and James R. Busby Jr. and his wife Susan of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Kristen and Jason Diorio, Jamie, Katie, and Sarah Busby. He was the cherished son of the late George and Elizabeth (Doherty) Busby, dear brother of Elizabeth “Betty” Ober of Woburn, William “Billy” Busby of Nashua, NH, George Busby of Melrose, Robert “Bobby” Busby of Quincy, and the late Christine Viccario of Somerville, and Catherine “Kay”Hayden of Woburn. James is further 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, September 23rd 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 with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be at the Funeral Home on Sunday, September 22nd from 4-8 p.m.

Barbara L. (Meikle) Stratton

September 18th, 2013

Barbara L. (Meikle) Stratton, age 86, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on September 18, 2013. Barbara was born on December 16, 1926 in Hamden, CT. She attended the University of Connecticut before moving to Chicago, IL where she worked as a buyer for Plax Corporation.

She met her husband Robert in 1953 and they were engaged by the end of the year and married in June of 1954 in Connecticut.  They were married for 58 years.

In 1963 they moved to Michigan, where Barbara was a Market Researcher, and she remained in that occupation following their move to Wilmington, MA in 1971. She later became a representative for Creative Memories and gave workshops and classes on photo album design. Barbara also started and ran several creative endeavors, including production of artistic hand-painted bells and hand-knitted scarves. Following her retirement, Barbara authored a collection of poetry titled “A Taste of Honey”, and served as an editor for Big Table Publishing Company and Boston Literary Magazine.

Barbara was known for her sense of humor and her love of dogs. She enjoyed spending time with her family, sitting by the pool in the hot sun drinking coffee, and doing jigsaw puzzles on line.

Her husband Robert passed away in March of 2013. Barbara leaves behind her loving close family: son James Stratton and his wife Roberta of Chelmsford and their son Robert, son Richard Stratton and his wife Cindi of Hudson, NH and their children Christopher and Courtney, and daughter Robin Stratton of Newton.

Visiting hours will be Friday, September 20th  from 5 – 7 pm at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave (Route 62) Wilmington. Funeral services will be held privately.

Edith C. (Mondi) Miller

September 18th, 2013

Edith C. (Mondi) Miller, age 83, of Londonderry, NH, formerly of Ft. Myers Beach, FL and Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. 

Edith was born in Boston, MA, on January 3, 1930, she was the dear daughter of the late Antonio and Josephine (Previte) Mondi.  

Edith was the beloved wife of Thomas Miller for over 54 years before his passing in 2011.  Edith and Tom raised a wonderful family and made countless memories to share for generations to come.   Family was first and foremost to Edith, she was a talented seamstress, an excellent cook, and baker; there was always room at Edith’s table, she welcomed everyone.  Edith will be forever remembered for her “world famous” meatballs, brownies, and pecan tarts. 

Edith enjoyed every minute spent with her family and friends; she loved to host family celebrations and always made holidays special.  Edith also had a competitive side, she was always up for a good game of scrabble and was affectionately known as the “scrabble queen”.   Edith’s unconditional love for her family and friends was always evident, she was always willing to give a hand or lend an ear whenever she could, Edith was quite a “lady” and will be greatly missed by all.  

Edith was the beloved wife of 54 years to the late Thomas F. Miller, devoted mother of Thomas A. Miller and his wife Medora of Wilmington, Toni-Ann Butler and her husband James of Londonderry, NH and Gary A. Miller and his wife Maryanne of, Rochester, MN, loving “Gigi” of Paige, Bo, Tom, Jake, Matthew, Caroline and Kirsten and great grandchildren Summer and Sawyer.  Edith was the cherished daughter of the late Antonio and Josephine (Previte) Mondi, dear sister of Nino Mondi and his wife Ellen of Henderson, NV, Robert Mondi and his wife Kathy of Mico, FL, Maye Carr of Hemet, CA, the late Dominic Mondi, Russell “Sonny” Mondi, and Josephine Crivello.  Edith is survived by her sister-in-law Ingrid Mondi as well as many nieces and nephews.  

 A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, September 21st at 12:00 noon in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.  She will be laid to rest with her husband on Monday, September 23rd at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Amedisys Hospice of Londonderry, 1E Commons Drive, Unit 33, Londonderry, NH  03053.  Arrangements under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

Helen L. (Cutter) Dacey

September 15th, 2013

 Helen Louise (Cutter) Dacey, age 94, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on September 14, 2013, at Woodbriar of Wilmington.   

 Helen was born at home in Wilmington on May 9, 1919, to Henry Huse Cutter, Sr. and Letitia Mae (Purington) Cutter.   Helen led a full life, which included her job as a Registered Nurse in California, at the Winchester Hospital, private practice, and finally at the Tewksbury State Hospital before retiring.  

Helen was a long time member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church.  Helen was a very active member of the “Widows Group” and one of her church’s prayer circles.  

After retiring, Helen took up golf and square dancing but she eventually gave them up when her health declined.   In later years she enjoyed slow dancing, exercising with the Wilmington seniors, and she volunteered at A.I.M.   Helen will be fondly remembered for her warm personality and always a smile, she will be missed by all.

Helen was the beloved wife of the late Frederick Francis Dacey, Jr., devoted mother of Frederick F. Dacey III of Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late Henry Huse Cutter and Letitia Mae (Purington) Cutter, dear sister of Charlotte Purington Gillchrest of Marietta, SC, the Late Harry Joshua Cutter, Herbert Warren Cutter, Mildred Alice Darling, Arthur Eugene Cutter, Edith Letitia Scott, Dorothy Irene Gillespie, and Henry Huse Cutter, Jr.

  Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Saturday, September 21st, at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington.  Interment to follow in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.    Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, September 20th from 2:00–4:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Memorial donations in Helens name may be made to the Oncology Department, C/O Winchester Hospital Foundation, 611 Main St., Winchester, MA  01890. 

Frederick R. Perry

September 14th, 2013

Frederick R. Perry, age 81, of Wilmington, died peacefully following a brief illness on September 14, 2013, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

Fred was born in Boston, MA, on January 30,1932, he was the cherished son of the late Frederick and Florence (Baldwin) Perry. Fred was raised in Medford, MA and was a graduate of Medford High School.

Fred married his “sweetheart” Margaret “Peggy” Wise in 1955 and the couple moved to Wilmington in 1960, where they raised their four children. Fred had his own plastering business with his knowledge and hard work ethic, Fred soon had a growing business. Fred was a perfectionist when it came to plastering, he always did an excellent job and had many clients that counted on him throughout the years. While Fred worked hard during the day, he also attended Northeastern University in Boston at night to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and took classes at Boston Architectural School.

When Fred finished his degree he took a position at Bond Brothers Construction Company in Everett as a structural engineer. Fred was a dedicated and well liked employee and was very proud of his many projects throughout New England.

Fred was known to be an avid skier and he also loved sailing. Fred was on the ocean or  the lakes with his family and friends whenever he could find the time. Fred was very proud of the “home” he built in New Hampshire and spent countless weekends enjoying Lake Winnipesaukee over the years.

Fred had many talents, he could fix just about anything and was always willing to give someone a hand. Fred had a “green thumb” when it came to gardening , always experimenting with vegetables, flowers and seeds; throughout his yard.

Fred will be fondly remembered as hardworking, helpful, caring, and most of all for his devotion to his family and friends. He had a gift for telling stories and enjoyed expressing himself with his many personal proverbs. He was larger than life in size and spirit and he will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Fred was the beloved husband of Margaret “Peggy” (Wise) Perry, devoted father of Frederick Perry& his companion Linda Hamilton of Bridgton, ME, Linda Perry-Garnett of Anchorage, AK, Cindy Perry and her husband Larry Peck of Bend, OR, and Dr. John Perry of North Yarmouth, ME, father-in-law of Maureen Perry of North Yarmouth, ME, loving “Grampy” of Marc Garnett, Elizabeth, Matthew, Christopher, and Nicole Perry, and Victoria Peck, cherished son of the late Frederick and Florence (Baldwin) Perry, dear brother of the late Catherine Skiffington. Fred is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, September 18th at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 17th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Frederick’s name may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.