Tildsley, James

November 15th, 2010

James A. Tildsley, age 81, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died Monday, November 15, 2010, at the Lowell General Hospital.

Born on November 25, 1928, in Medford, MA, James was the dear son of the late Sidney A. and Louise (Minchello) Tildsley. He grew up in Medford, MA and was a graduate of Medford High School. James enlisted in the United States Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in November of 1947.

He married Claire O’Neil on June 10, 1950, together they enjoyed over 56 years of marriage before her passing in April of 2007. The couple moved to Wilmington in the 1955 where they raised their three sons.

James got very involved in Wilmington Little League, serving as the President for 10 years. He, as well as several other fathers were instrumental in breaking ground for the Rotary Park and they built the first dugouts themselves. James enjoyed supporting kids sports and never wanted a child to be left out.

James and Claire loved to travel, they took many trips to Las Vegas, wintered in Florida and then lived there full time for several years, he loved to go to Lake Ossippee with his family and friends, and enjoyed the ocean in Wells, Maine, where he lived for 10 years before returning to Wilmington to be closer to his family.

James loved his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed attending their sporting events and rooting them on. They will miss him dearly.

James was the beloved husband of the late Claire C. (O’Neil), devoted father of James A. Tildsley, Jr., & his wife Kathryn of Andover, Sidney A. Tildsley & his wife Sharon and Martin F. Tildsley & his wife Carol all of Wilmington, loving “Papa” of Kaylan, Kyle, Brian & his wife Erica, Kevin, Jason & his wife Leah, Kellee, Marty & his wife Marlene, Ryan, and great-grandchildren Tayla, Sidney, & James George, brother of Joan Jack of Worcester, brother-in-law of Francis O’Kane of Brighton, also survived by many nieces, nephews & good friends in Florida.

His funeral will be held from the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, November 18th at 9:00 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Wednesday, November 17th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donation’s in James’ name may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 1 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02146.


13 Entries in Guest Book for “Tildsley, James”

  1. Deb and Jim Fiumedora says:

    Dear Jim, Sid, Marty, Kathy, Sharon, Carol and families,
    We have so many fond memories of Uncle Jim and Auntie Claire and are so sorry to hear Uncle Jim has left this world – but comforted to know he is back with Auntie Claire, Mom and many other loved ones in Heaven. Did he bring his corkscrew? Our thoughts and prayers are wi you all.
    Cousin Deb, Jim, Andrew and Bridgette

  2. Lisa Murphy says:

    I am so sorry for your lose. May he rest in peace.

  3. Steve & Rosetta Coyne says:

    Jim was a great man. His greatest is reflected in those he touched in his lifetime. We are great because we stand on the shoullders of those who went before us.


    Rosetta and Steve

  4. nancynickerson says:

    Dear Jim,Kathy,Sid&Sharon, Marty&Carol and all the family; So sorry to hear of your Dads death I enjoyed his and your mom’s love and laughter when together with the nick’s you all had a special “Bond” together which they enstilled on all of you. Please take that with you and reflect on who you are today because of them. My prayers thougths and love are you all. Take care of one another. Love Nancy Nickerson

  5. Ralph & Ilda Barbieri says:

    Dear Sid, Sharon and family.

    We are sorry to hear that Sid’s father passed away. Please accept our deepest symphany.

    Love, Ilda & Ralph

  6. Cathy Coyne says:

    Jim, Sid, Marty, Kathy, Sharon, Carol and families,

    So sorry for your loss. I do have a lot of great memories of Uncle Jim and Aunt Claire. My prayers are with you all.

    Cousin Cathy Coyne

  7. Frank & Patty Staffier says:

    Dear Sid, Sharon & Family,
    We are very sorry to hear about the sudden passing of your Dad/Grandfather. The few times we shared with your Dad, it was
    obvious how much he loved and enjoyed being with his family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love, Patty & Frank

  8. Beth Arnald says:

    Sid and Family,

    Our condolences on the loss of your Dad. Sounds as though he lived a full and wonderful life and has left many great memories, may you find comfort in all the memories as you deal with the emotional loss.

    Beth, Dick, Douglas and Katherine Arnald

  9. Gary & Charleen Hobel and family says:

    Our most sincere sympathies to Sid, Sharon and the entire Tildsley family.

  10. Norwell Staff, Walpole Woodworkers says:

    Sincere sympathies to Sid, and the Tildsley family.

  11. Rosemary and George Pinksten says:

    Dear Jim and Kathy,
    Sorry to hear of the death of your Father. It is never easy to lose a parent and I know that he will live on in your hearts forever. Sending condolences to the family and keeping you in our prayers.

  12. Ralph DeLisle says:

    Dear Marty, Jim and Sid, I don’t really know what to say. Jim was the best. I enjoyed him and Claire so much. Always a laugh when you were with Jim. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ralph.

  13. Rosemary Sullivan says:

    Dear Marty and family,
    Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Always remember the things he stood for and how much he loved all of you. You will always have a part of him within. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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