William “Salvi” Woods

November 15th, 2018

William H., Woods, Jr., “Salvi”, age 51, of Lowell, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on November 15, 2018, following a courageous battle with Scleroderma.

Salvi was born on March 1, 1967, in Woburn, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Billy and Sheila Woods. Salvi grew up in Wilmington, attended Wilmington Public Schools, and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1985. Always a competitor; Salvi, was an outstanding athlete for the Wilmington youth sports teams as well as the Wilmington Wildcat High School football and hockey teams.

Following High School, Salvi, went on to continue his education at Merrimack College in North Andover and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While at Merrimack, he played on the football team all four years and as Captain of the team in his final year there.

Salvi worked hard for his family; at the time of his death he was employed as a Senior Buyer for the Unifirst Corporation in Wilmington. Salvi enjoyed working at Unifirst; and the bond he had with his coworkers was unlike any other. They were more like family than friends. Salvi’s endearing personality, great work ethic, and excellent people skills made him one of the favorites amongst his customers & vendors as well. To say he will me missed there is grossly understated.

Billy married his favorite Irish girl, Eileen McMahon on October 11, 1998 and followed by bringing two wonderful son’s Casey and Patrick into the world. Salvi loved his family with all his heart and was always very proud of “his boys”. Some of his favorite memories took place at the family cottage (the “Minnie HaHa”) on Plum Island with his family & friends and was so happy that his boys got to spend time there each summer as he did as a child. The Woods cousins were more like brothers & sisters and can be attributed to the summers spent on Plum Island and the many gatherings at 185 Wildwood Street.

In his spare time, Salvi, loved playing or following all sports; whether he was golfing with his cousins, playing on several soft-ball teams with his buddies, or taking in a Patriots, Red Sox, or Bruins game he always had a great time and was the ultimate Boston sports fan.

Salvi will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his infectious smile, and his gift for writing poetry. If you were lucky enough to received one of his “special” poem’s you knew he was your friend, that he cared about you and he wanted to make you smile. He loved his family and friends unconditionally; and was the epitome of loyal to the end. Salvi was truly a “great guy” who will forever be loved and missed by all who knew him.

Billy was the beloved husband of Eileen M. (McMahon) Woods, devoted father of Casey and Patrick Woods all of Lowell. Cherished son of the late William H. Sr. “Billy” and Sheila (McKinney) Woods, dear brother of Mary-Alice Cavens & her late husband Joseph of Rowley, Eileen M. Woods and Daniel E. Woods both of Wilmington. Loving Uncle of Megan & Nick Manent and Erin & Max Thomas as well as many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Son-in-law of Claire and the late Jimmy McMahon, brother-in-law Kathleen & David Sullivan, James & Linda McMahon, Brian & Debbie McMahon, Kevin, Maureen and Michael McMahon. Salvi is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, November 20th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, November 19th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in William’s memory may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation New England, 462 Boston St., Topsfield, MA 01983.


15 Entries in Guest Book for “William “Salvi” Woods”

  1. Gina Mancini Nellis says:

    Our little UniFirst family has lost the sweetest soul. We were so lucky to have so many years, laughs, and memories. You fought so hard buddy, but still kept your sense of humor through it all. God bless you and your family. We will miss our “word man” and cherish every poem you left us with. You will forever be in our hearts. Love you Billy. Rest easy.

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  3. Harvey Wolfe says:

    You’ll be missed by all in the fleet. Thanks for being a freind within our family.
    Your knowledge will be missed. Harv

  4. Kevin P. Doherty says:

    To the entire Woods family,
    Please know you are in thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

  5. Linda Murphy Large says:

    Although I am Billy’s cousin, we moved out of Wilmington when I was a teenager and we only got to know one another as adults when my sister and I passed through town on our way to Maine each summer. We seemed to connect right away, and stayed in contact via iMessages. We shared poems that we had written, mine were kind of “sappy” but his were obviously meant to make someone happy and to put a smile on that person’s face! I feel privileged to have had a small window into his soul through his writings. And, as I read the other remembrances of Billy, I can see how others loved him for his kind spirit and caring personality. Rest peacefully now, Billy and know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Kevin Wall says:

    My Condolences go out to the Woods Family. Billy and I shared many laughs during our 10 years working together at the Zampell Companies. Always with his big smile when he arrived for work everyday! After moving on to Unifirst, Billy always took the time to call me every year on Good Friday, a running joke that we shared. Rest in Peace my friend and Gods Speed!

  7. Kristen Brouillette says:

    My thoughts are with the Woods family and the UniFirst Family. I had the privilege with working with Billy for a few years. Our department will forever miss a piece that will never be filled. Your kind soul was something amazing. My heart hurts but I know you will look after us. Rest in Peace my good friend.

  8. Joe Mearn says:

    As many UniFirst employees have stated, it was a privilege to work with Billy. I had both the privilege and honor to work with Billy for the past sixteen years. He loved his family first and foremost, my prayers are with all of you. The materials management team is going to miss him, I know he will be watching over all of us, that is just who he is. I also know that if there are any grammatical errors in my comments, he somehow, someway will correct them. May you rest in peace my friend. God less you and your family.

  9. Kim Huebner McNeil says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Billy. I am so sorry for your loss.

  10. JT Bailey says:

    My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are for Billy’s 2 boys, wife and all his extended family. I knew Billy as I was a supplier calling on him for 12 years and spoke to him many times a week. What a man of integrity. I remember the first time I asked Billy to go to lunch. He made it clear, but polite, that he did not do this as his policy was not to compromise his ethics and potential view of favoritism. I so respected that. I knew him as a fair, honorable person that was detailed and thorough. I loved hearing his stories of his boys and what they were involved in. And second to his personal family he was proud of his UniFirst family. How could you not love Billy and the good Lord must have bigger plans for him, but we will so miss him.

  11. Tracy Hatch says:

    Heaven got a good one! Gone way too soon but fought the good fight like a true champ! Your infectious smile and sense of humor will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers to Eileen, Patrick and Casey and the entire Woods family. Your family has yet another guardian angel to watch over you all!
    I will cherish the funny and thoughtful poems you wrote for every occasion including our 10 year anniversary with UniFirst and when I moved out of the department to take a new position. You were truly one in a million Billy and I’m so lucky to have known you for the last 16 years! Oh….and every time I see a bag of fritos it makes me smile! God bless and rest in peace!

  12. M Hayes says:

    I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved husband and father. May the beautiful memories that you cherish provide comfort and strength for you and your family. May you find solace as you endure this most distressing time with our Heavenly Father (Ps. 83:18) who revives the spirit of those hurting. Isaiah 57:15.

  13. Danielle & Sean Williams says:

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Billy’s passing. Our heart felt condolences are with you Eileen and your whole family. Hugs and prayers….

  14. Mary O Donoghue says:

    Sincere condolences Eileen & Boys & Sympathy to all the family R I P
    Mary Mgt Pat O Donoghue Doolin

  15. Joan Tuxbury says:

    My sincere condolences to the family of Salvi Woods.

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