Obituaries

Clifford J. Southmayd

July 5th, 2021

Clifford J. Southmayd, “Cliff”, age 72, of Stoneham, formerly of Wilmington, passed away of May 22, 2021, following a lengthy illness.

Cliff was born on June 16, 1948, in Somerville, MA; he was the son of the late Arthur M. and Lillian R. (Sheahan) Southmayd. Cliff was raised and educated in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School.

Cliff enlisted in the United States Army on August 5, 1966, during the Vietnam War; he actively served the country until September 5, 1969, when he was honorably discharged. Cliff went on to the Army Reserves until August of 1972.

Cliff went on to continue his education in nursing; he went on to work in the healthcare industry for many years.

Cliff was the husband of the late Louise (Regnere) Southmayd. He is survived by his three children Tracey Schumacher of Idaho, Kelly Goddard of Wyoming and Sue Stewart of Connecticut, as well as five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Charles Southmayd and his wife Debbie and Thomas Southmayd and his wife Louise all of Wilmington, the late Arthur Southmayd, the late Merrilyn Corcoran and her late husband Robert, the late Janice Brabant and her late husband Richard, the late Claire Connelly and her husband Neal and the late James Southmayd and his wife Jeanne. Cliff is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

At Cliff’s request, his Funeral Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Cliff’s memory to the Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com.

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Pat Wood (Priscilla Wood)

July 5th, 2021

April 9, 1937-June 26, 2021

Pat Wood (Wilcox) passed away June 26, 2021, after a sudden illness.

Pat was the beloved oldest child of Millie and Giff Wilcox and was raised in Revere. Pat had many fond memories of growing up with her two siblings; Linda and Joe of Revere, and her work as a telephone operator.

In 1959, Pat married Richard Wood, her lifelong love and a career Navy submariner. Rich and Pat raised four children; Kay, Colleen, Mike and Richard, together, mainly in Groton,
CT and Wilmington, MA.

Pat was a dedicated Navy wife and was very active in her children’s schools as a room mother, volunteer, and scout leader. After retirement, the family moved to Wilmington.

In her late 30s, Pat matriculated at the University of Lowell, where she received her Master’s Degree. In her 40s, Pat began a new career committed to helping victims of domestic violence. She served as the Executive Director of Alternative House Domestic Violence shelter for twelve years. Tragically, Pat lost her beloved Rich in 1988 and became a widow.

Pat was a cherished and devoted grandmother to her grandchildren; Kay’s son Shawn Connor and Colleen’s daughters Stephanie MacDonald and Michelle LaBonte. When her daughter,
Colleen became ill, Pat decided to sell her house in Wilmington and move to Derry to be near her and her two daughters.

After her grandchildren were grown, Pat and her son Mike decided to move to Litchfield, where she continued to be active in her community. Pat continued in her lifelong efforts to champion those in need as she served as a Guardian ad Litem for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) where she advocated in the courts for children who were involved in legal issues. She was a volunteer at the hospital for many years and was active at the Senior Center and her Book Club.

Pat was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. She was eagerly awaiting the birth of her first great-grandson, She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all
those whose life she touched.

She is survived by daughter Kay and her husband David Reed and their son Shawn Connor his fiance Natanya Silverman, son Michael Wood, step-son Rich Wood, his children Chrissy and Richie Wood and late daughter Colleen’s widower Scott Youngand their children Stephanie and her husband Chris MacDonald as well as Michelle and her husband Corey LaBonte.

The family will gather for Visitation at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Saturday, July 10th at 12:30 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, in honor of Pat’s late daughter, Colleen.

Carol J. Mills

July 5th, 2021

Carol J. Mills died on June 30, 2021 after a brief illness.

Carol was born August 17, 1949 in Melrose. She grew up in Saugus and graduated from Saugus High in 1967. After high school, Carol worked at General Electric in Lynn and later Ametek in Wilmington, retiring in 2009.

In addition to being an avid reader, Carol enjoyed traveling with her mother Helen (Wood) and her loving companion, Jim Kinsella. Her travels included England, Ireland, Mexico, India, Brazil & Canada, as well as many parts of the U.S.

Carol’s greatest joy was being in the company of others. She was blessed to have many close friends whom she enjoyed regularly attending plays, movies and going out to dinner with. Carol was the center of family gatherings. Her stories brought humor and entertainment to every occasion.

Carol is predeceased by her parents Helen and Frederick Mills of Saugus, her brother Thomas Mills and her companion of many years, Jim Kinsella. She leaves behind her brother David and wife Donna of Naples, Florida, sister Laurel Leary and her husband Kevin of Sarasota, Florida, sister-in-law Laurel Mills of Wilmington, seven nieces and nephews and five grand nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to gather at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave (Rt. 62) Willington, MA, on Sunday July 11th for visitation from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Joan L. Miller

June 29th, 2021

Joan L. Miller (Bower), age 88, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on June 27, 2021, with her family at her side.

Joan was born in Salem, MA, on July 19, 1932. She was the cherished daughter of the late Albert and Laura (Demers) Bower. As a young girl, Joan, lived in Salem, MA and Merrimack, NH, for several years before moving to Tewksbury, MA, where she was raised and educated. Joan was a very bright young lady. She was well read and loved history. She graduated as the Valedictorian from Tewksbury High School with the Class of 1949.

Joan married the love of her life Harold “Mike” Miller on April 17, 1953. The couple lived in Woburn for a brief time before moving to Wilmington where they raised six wonderful children. They built their dream home on Marion Street where they had countless family gatherings throughout the years that included New Year’s Eve ice skating parties on the pond, Easter celebrations, cookouts, birthday parties, graduation parties and so much more.

Joan was a devoted and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked hard for her family and was very proud of all 61 of them. Joan was the motivation for this years Christmas in July celebration as she could not have her entire family together last Christmas because of Covid. She was also the reason for the annual family birthday celebrations at the Gazebo in Salem Willows. She loved the pepper steak sandwiches and salt water taffy! Joan was very much looking forward to this years celebrations. She truly enjoyed seeing her family have a great time together.

Joan loved her home, she had an open door policy and all were welcome to come inside or join her on the deck where she loved to sit in the sun and listen to the birds. Joan cherished her role as Grammie, Great-Grammie and Mimi. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the highlight in her life. Joan looked forward to her great-grandchildren coming over and serenading her with their favorite songs outside her window. Joan and Mike had many wonderful times with their family and friends before his passing in 1980. They left many great memories to be shared for generations to come.

Joan was a hard worker, for many years she was a cashier at Zayre’s and Ames before taking a position as an electro mechanical assembler for AGFA in Wilmington. Joan had a great work ethic and was well respected by her coworkers and customers alike.

In her spare time, Joan loved reading, bingo, Foxwoods and following the Boston Red Sox. Joan along with her brother Bob and Uncle Boyd were three of the greatest Red Sox Fans ever. Joan’s 80th birthday party was even Red Sox themed! Her family built a model of Fenway Park that included the Green monster and Pesky Pole. They played ball in the “Little” Fenway and there were peanuts and cracker jacks for all!

Joan will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady. She was kind and generous to everyone and she loved her family with all her heart. Joan will forever be loved and missed by all.

Joan was the beloved wife of the late Harold “Mike” Miller, devoted mother of Charles “Chuck” Miller & his wife Susanna of Brecksville, OH, Joanne Merrill & her late husband Ernie of Wilmington, Laura “Lou” Noftle & her late husband Eddie of Wilmington, Robert “Bob” Miller & his wife Danette of Townsend, Michael Miller of Wilmington, Harold “Buddy” Miller, Jr. & his wife Debra of Woburn. Loving Grammie of Emily & Shane Savastano, Charles Daniel “Dan” & Katerina Miller, Johnathan Miller & Emily Schmitt, E.J. & Angela Merrill, Christopher & Sharon Merrill, Melissa & Christopher Glidden, the late Jeffry Heroux, Nicholas & Nikki Noftle, Shaun Miller & Kim Bozza, Deanna Miller & Michael Tavenner, Mitchell Miller & Marissa LeSage, Kara & Chris Messick, Michael & Gina Miller, Matt Miller, Miles & Sarah Miller, Zachery Miller, Sidney Miller, Anjolia Miller, Elyza Miller. Adoring Great-Grammie and Mimi of Adam, Avery, Alex, Cameron, Alexis, Madelyn, Lucas, Natalie, Joey, Haley, Kyle, Abby, Cali, Hayden, Evelyn, Mikey T., Emmett and Mikey S. Dear sister of Robert Bower & his wife Andrea of Wilmington, DE, the late Edward Bower and the late Albert “Skip” Bower, Jr. Joan was also the special aunt of Beverly Hoffmeister of Liberty Lake, WA. as well as her many nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Monday, July 5th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A Service to celebrate Joan’s life will take place at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 6th at 10:30 a.m. followed by interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joan’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Alvan R. Lurvey

June 26th, 2021

Alvan R. Lurvey, age 94, of Francestown, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA and Windham, NH, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 25, 2021.

Alvan was born on September 13, 1926, in Lynn, MA; he was the dear son of the late Arthur and Grace (Perkins) Lurvey. Alvan was raised on Commercial Street in Lynn, MA. He attended the Lynn Public School Systems before enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II.

Alvan’s active duty began on September 17, 1943, where he served in the Atlantic Ocean before heading to the Pacific and South Pacific. Alvan was a Seaman First Class and part of the plank crew of the U. S. S . Aucilla during her maiden voyage. The ship which was a sturdy oiler brought vitally needed fuel into Iwo Jima and Okinawa and chalked up its 100000th mile of two-ocean operations in 16 months. In addition to Iwo Jima and Okinawa, she also transported fuel and lubricating oil, aviation gasoline, ammunition and even belly tanks for the navy fighter planes into the waters of the Leyte Gulf, Surigao Straits and the China Sea. Before returning to the Pacific, the U. S. S. Aucialla, along with her crew supplied ships in the Normandy Invasion as well. Alvan received several commendations for his fine service including the American Campaign Medal, European African Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with 5 stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 star and the World War II Victory Medal. Alvan was honorably discharged on January 22, 1946 and returned home to his family; he was truly part of the “Greatest Generation”.

Upon his return from active duty, Alvan went on to continue his education at New England College of Art where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts.

Alvan was known to be an amazing artist his entire life; early on he developed this natural talent and made it a career. Alvan went to work at the Raytheon Company as a commercial artist; a job he loved for over 30 years. Alvan’s creative mind, artistic ability and unwavering work ethic were all attributes that made him very successful throughout the years, not to mention his outgoing personality which made him a favorite person among his co-workers.

On April 18, 1948, Alvan married “his sweetheart” Geraldine Downey; the couple moved to Framingham, MA, where they lived for many years before moving to Wilmington, MA, in 1966. Alvan and Geraldine raised three beautiful children and were proud grandparents and great-grandparents. Alvan loved his family unconditionally and looked forward to the many special times they spent together.

While residing in Framingham, Alvan was a Mason at the Alpha Masonic Lodge and was very active in the community.

Following his retirement from Raytheon, Alvan and Gerry built their “dream home” on their land in Francestown, NH; this was “heaven on earth” for them and they enjoyed sharing it with family and friends. Alvan loved working with his hands whether it was renovating his homes, building something new or creating beautiful gardens; his unending talents made everything beautiful.

As years passed, Alvan and Geraldine relocated to Windham, NH, to be closer to their family. The couple lived in Windham for nearly 13 years where they made many friends and spent lots of time with their children and grandchildren.

In his spare time, Alvan, enjoyed painting, he could replicate some of the most famous artists or create his own landscapes; whatever he put his mind to he could do. Alvan’s work was that of a “true artist” but he remained humble and never wanted any recognition for his work.

Alvan will be fondly remembered as a “social guy” who was very interesting to listen to; he had an endearing personality and made friends wherever he went. He was always out and about helping others; a great neighbor and friend to many. Alvan loved his family with all his heart and he will forever be missed by all who knew him.

Alvan was the beloved husband of 71 years to the late Geraldine V. (Downey) Lurvey, devoted father of James Lurvey & his partner Janice Gilbert of Florida, Linda Lurvey of Bedford, NH and Bob Lurvey & his wife Deb of North Andover, MA. Loving”Papa” of Garth Lurvey & fiance Jo, Holly Lurvey & husband Jason Beane, Heather Robison & husband Justin, Steven Kreatz & wife Kathryn, Daniel Kreatz & wife Amanda, Haley Loiseau & husband Scott, Adam Lurvey & fiance Domenica, Dylan Lurvey & fiance Ami, Jaclyn Lurvey and great-grandchildren Brandon, Skyla, Brianna, Ainsley, Quinn, Cameron, Aidan, Victoria, Ava, Emma, Lily, Summer, Mila and Blake. Cherished son of the late Arthur and Grace (Perkins) Lurvey. Alvan is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday, June 29th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 1:00 p.m which will conclude with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Alvan’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

Lee M. Rogers

June 17th, 2021

Lee M. Rogers (Ratsey), age 84, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on June 15, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Lee was born in Somerville, MA on January 8, 1937; she was the dear daughter of the late Louis and Jane Ratsey. Lee was raised and educated in Medford, MA and a graduate of Medford High School with the Class of 1954. Following graduation, Lee went to work for the State Street Bank in Boston where she learned a lot about banking and bookkeeping and made a lot of friends throughout those years.

Lee married and moved to Wilmington in 1963; settling in the North Wilmington area where she raised her beautiful family. Lee was a very devoted mother; her children were her world and she supported them unconditionally in everything they did. Lee was always present at every school event, sporting event and every activity that they were involved in; she was their biggest cheerleader. When Lee became a “Nana” and “Great Nana” the traditions continued as she went to countless school and sporting events, dance recitals, birthday parties, graduations and special events. Lee also looked forward to family vacations, holidays, cookouts or any other reason to bring “her gang” together; she loved the time spent with family, they had a lot of fun and made countless memories together.

Lee was a “social butterfly” who loved people, made friends wherever she went and would go out of her way to help others in need. Throughout the years she would drive various friends to doctors appointments, shopping excursions or give them a ride wherever they need to be; she was always such dependable and reliable friend.

Lee looked forward to her trips to the casinos, especially Foxwoods where she would go with her friends or the Wilmington Rec. Department just to “try her luck”. Lee also enjoyed the many trips she took with the Wilmington Rec. Department, her friends or her family to Italy, Greece, Ireland, Aruba and her all-time favorite trip was to Alaska where she was really taken with the beautiful scenery.

Lee loved her weekly games of bowling; she belonged to several leagues throughout the years and was known to have a competitive streak which was all in great fun. Lee also had her weekly Saturday evening routine with her girlfriends where they would attend 5:30 Mass at St. Thomas Church and on to Rocco’s Restaurant for dinner and more socializing.

Prior to her illness, Lee was always out and about; she never wanted to waste a minute and lived life to the fullest with her family and friends. Lee was very good to everyone she met, she was helpful, thoughtful and friendly. Lee was “one of a kind” and will forever be in the hearts of those she loved.

Lee was the beloved mother of Michael Rogers & his wife Laura of Gloucester, Paula Sughrue & her husband Tim of Wilmington, Gregory Rogers of Rockport and Lisa Wright & her husband Stephen of Wilmington. Loving “Nana” of Michelle and Kevin Rogers, Katelyn McManus & her husband Justin, Timmy Sughrue, Jr. & his wife Lauren, Stephen Sughrue & his wife Samantha, Olivia, Nicole, Ben, Matthew and Rachel Wright as well as her Great-Grandchildren Andrew, Nora, Aiden, Shay, Halle, Carter and Emma. Cherished daughter of the late Louis and Jane (Dooley) Ratsey, dear sister of Ann O’Neil & her late husband Charles of Danvers. Lee is further survived by her nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, June 21st from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial for Lee will take place on Tuesday, June 22nd at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Lee’s memory to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215 or to the Epilepsy Foundation of New England, 1 Dunham Road #200, Billerica, MA 01821. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Mathias Bryant Bedell

June 15th, 2021

Mathias Bryant Bedell, fondly known as “Bryant” to his family and friends, of Haverhill, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2021, at the Boston Medical Center; he was 88 years old.

Bryant was born on December 31, 1932, in Winchester, MA; he was the dear son of the late LeRoy and Vilma (Bryant) Bedell. Bryant was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1952.

Following graduation, Bryant, enlisted in the United States Navy on January 27, 1953; he served overseas aboard the USS Salisbury before returning Stateside to California. Bryant was honorably discharged on December 21, 1956, and returned home to his family.

Upon his return from active duty with the Navy, Bryant went to work for his father and the family business, Bedell Brothers Insurance Company located in Wilmington Center. Bryant had a great work ethic, vast knowledge of the insurance industry, wonderful people skills and a great personality; these were all attributes that made him quite successful throughout his career. Bryant along with his brother Bennett took over the family business in 1960 and ran it successfully for many years before retiring.

Bryant had a thirst for knowledge and was well read in many subjects; that along with his love for helping people and involvement is his community led him to sit on the Board of Directors at Mass Bank for over 30 years and the Board of Directors at Winchester Hospital for many years as well. He was a long-time member and Past President of the Wilmington Rotary Club where he had many friends, involved himself in community activities, fundraisers and threw memorable yearly Clam Bakes for the whole club.

In his spare time, Bryant enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. Bryant was an all-around “good guy” and will be forever missed by all who loved him.

Bryant was the beloved husband of Bobbie J. (Malcolm) Bedell of Haverhill, devoted father of Ellen Bedell & her husband Ray Dechoretz of South Bristol, ME, Nora Pearson, Andrew Bedell, Michael Bedell & his wife Christine all of Haverhill, stepfather of Steven Puglia of North Reading, Sherry Ohlson of North Reading, and David Puglia of Haverhill. Loving Grampa of Olivia and Evan Pearson, Julia and Peilan Bedell, Courtney and Ryan Puglia, Samantha, and Sara Ohlson. Dear brother of Shirley O’Donnell of Marshfield, Marjorie Spear of Wilmington, Iva Riley of Chico, CA, the late LeRoy “Bennett” Bedell Jr., the late Richard Bedell and the late Vilma Merrill. Bryant is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

At Bryant’s request, his Funeral Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bryant’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Stephen A. Ohrenberger

June 7th, 2021

Stephen A. Ohrenberger, “Steve,” aged 70, passed away suddenly on June 1, 2021.

Steve was born on May 5, 1951 in Providence, RI. He was raised and educated in Whitman, MA and was a graduate of Whitman-Hanson High School Class of 1969.

Steve met his best friend and love of his life Nancy E. Turner at Whitman-Hanson High School. They married on August 18, 1974 and moved to Bridgewater where they raised a beautiful family and shared many great times together. They sold their house in Bridgewater after 35 years and spent the last 8 years enjoying their wonderful life at White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth, MA where they made lasting friendships.

Steve graduated with a Masters in English from Bridgewater State College. He spent 10 years as an English high school teacher at Dighton-Rehoboth High School. He then had a successful career at Bridgewater Savings Bank culminating as VP, Chief Information Officer. Most recently, he enjoyed having a Mr. Fix-It business and took pride in many of his renovation projects. Steve was a hard worker and could fix and create anything.

Steve was the beloved husband of Nancy E. (Turner) Ohrenberger; devoted father of Jason S. Ohrenberger & his wife Lisa of Wake Forest, NC, Megan E. Kirkum & her husband Michael of Plymouth, MA, and Elise A. Bishop & her husband Darren of Tolland, CT. He was the loving “Grampa” of Clara, Ava, Mason, David, Nora, Ryan, Heidi, Julia, Lila and Alice. Dear son of the late Arthur and Jane (Boyle) Ohrenberger, brother of Sally Kennedy & her partner Geoff of Melbourne, Australia, Mark Ohrenberger & his wife Anne of Yarmouth, MA, Michael Ohrenberger & his wife Karen of Middleboro, MA, Catherine Spillane of Carver, MA, John Ohrenberger & his wife Ashley of Rochester, MA, and Tim Ohrenberger & his wife Teri of Layton, UT. Steve is survived by his two brothers-in-law Bruce Turner and Carl Turner and their families. He has many nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly.

Steve was a devoted husband of 47 years to Nancy, a loving father, and a grateful and happy grandfather. He was a selfless man who loved his family more than anything. He loved to travel with his wife, his brother Tim and sister-in-law Teri, his sister Sally and her partner Geoff, and life-long best friends Steve and Ann Hurd. Together they discovered so much of the world and had so many laughs. He loved the group of friends he and Nancy had formed in their White Cliffs Community. They traveled together as well, making even more memories to treasure.

He loved playing golf and even just watching from his back patio at the 15th hole. Steve loved music, playing guitar, reading, and learning about anything. He was a sponge for knowledge and loved sharing it with anyone who would listen. He was a man proud of a plethora of useful and useless information. He was a master craftsman, creating beauty in projects big and small. He was larger than life and inspired respect and love to all fortunate to know him.

Steve had a powerful work ethic, and he taught it to his children through his quiet, perseverant action rather than words. He set a wonderful example of steadfast love as a husband and father for his children to follow, and he deeply honored and respected his three children’s families and homes. He never failed to support his wife and children as they pursued their dreams and plans. He showed up in their lives and never quit on them. He was a real man.

His favorite saying was “no matter where you go, there you are.” We know he will always be with us.

Funeral Services for Stephen will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s memory may be made to The Friends of Aine Foundation, a foundation created by his niece Christine Phillips and her family in memory of their beautiful daughter Aine. It is a foundation that was near and dear to Steve’s heart. www.friendsofaine.com or 146 Lowell Street Manchester, NH 03104.

Evelyn R. Carmody

June 5th, 2021

Evelyn R. Carmody (Brooks), age 96, a long-time resident of Lynnfield, MA, passed away peacefully at her home on June 1, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Evelyn was born in Brunswick, ME, on May 5, 1925; she was the cherished daughter of the late Fred and Edna (Hamlin) Brooks.
Evelyn was raised and educated in Brunskwick, Maine and a graduate of Brunswick High School with the Class of 1942. Even as a young girl, Evelyn, was known to have a sunny disposition, an endearing personality and she made life-long friends wherever she went; these were traits that she would keep throughout her life.

Evelyn met the “love of her life” Joseph Carmody while both working for HP Hood in Newburyport, MA; the couple soon became inseparable and married on May 18, 1947. Evelyn and Joe moved to Lynnfield, MA in 1947, they shared sixty wonderful years together, raised a beautiful family and had lots of fun times throughout the years before Joe’s passing in 2007.

Evelyn was a very devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother; her family was her number one priority. Evelyn loved being a “mom” to her children and their friends; she had an “open door” policy at her home where everyone was welcomed and made to feel loved. When Evelyn became a “Nana” and then a “Great-Nana” her life became even more enriched; she looked forward to spending time with them and was always so proud of their accomplishments. Evelyn was a wonderful homemaker and an excellent cook; she loved to feed everyone and have a group around her dinner table. She enjoyed gardening and had a real talent for art, especially painting.

When Evelyn’s children were grown she decided to take a position as a cook at the Danforth House in Lynnfield and then on to the Arnold House in Stoneham; a position that she would hold for over 34 years. Evelyn loved to feed her patients and the staff; she always knew what others needed and made each of them feel like family.

Evelyn will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady, kind, caring and friendly. Evelyn loved to spend time with her family, friends and neighbors and would do anything to help anyone. Evelyn had a heart of gold and will forever be missed by all who loved her.

Evelyn was the beloved wife of the late Joseph V. Carmody, devoted mother of Joseph V. Carmody II & his wife Eileen of Brentwood, NH, Janis E. Carmody of Lynnfield, Cheryl A. Deveau & her husband Michael of Brush Prairie, WA and J. Michael Carmody & his wife Susan of Wilmington. Loving Nana of Joseph V. III, Christopher J., Mark A. and Melissa E. and Great Nana of Amber, Taylor and Lillie. Dear Sister of the late Fred Brooks and Louise Christy.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Friday, June 11th for Visitation from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. followed by a Graveside Service at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield, MA, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Evelyn’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Walthem, MA 02452. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Joseph E. Brown

June 4th, 2021

Joseph E. Brown, “Buster, Joe”, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 28, 2021.

Joe was born on December 4, 1933, in Wilmington, MA. He was primarily raised by his aunts, Jessie, Hilda, and Emma and his grandmother, Hilda Catherine.  He attended the Wilmington School system and then Greater Lowell Technical High School.

Joe followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the United States Military on April 13, 1953. He dedicated his time to serve our great country in the Marine Corps for three years during the Korean war. He was honorably discharged on April 12, 1956, but “once a Marine always a Marine” and Joe took pride in the time he served.

After he was discharged, Joe made a career out of construction and was always willing to teach anyone who wanted to learn. He owned his own company, JB’s Home Improvement and was a member of Carpenters Union Local 41. He loved to work, but it was never truly work to him. He always said, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Joe married Margaret “Peggy” (Booker) of Woburn, MA and they had three beautiful children together. He was the proud father of one son Richard and two daughters Gail and Laurene.  He always offered a lending hand in helping to raise his three granddaughters Briana, Alexa, Michelina, and grandson Richard.

Joe had a passion for golf; he always made time to practice in his yard or participate on the course with his friends. In his free time, if he was not out on the golf course, he was watching it on TV. He was an avid coffee drinker and always had a thermos on hand. He loved spending his winters in the South, he enjoyed the heat of Florida and the scenic route he took along the way. He was known for his vibrant personality and compassion for everyone. He abided by the phrase “we are not here for a long time; we are here for a good time.”

Joe will be missed dearly by his family, three children Gail Kelley of Salisbury MA, Richard Brown of Woburn MA, Laurene Brown of Tewksbury MA, his grandchildren Richard Kelley and wife Alana Kelley of Sebastian, FL, Briana Brown and her husband Graham Barlett of Berthoud, CO, Alexa Brown of Woburn, MA, Michelina Brown and her husband Jeremy Faircloth of Fayetteville, NC, as well as many other family and friends. Joe was preceded in death by his aunts, Jessie Hudson-Fanjoy, Hilda Crescitelli, Emma Colgate and his parents Mary and Joseph Brown.

Joe’s family would like to extend their gratitude to special family, friends, and caregivers for their excellent care of Joe.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, June 12th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Graveside Service with Military Honors at Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joe’s name may be made to: Fisher House Boston as “Donations in Memory of Joseph E. Brown” at www.fisherhouseboston.org or checks can be mailed to Fisher House Boston, P.O. Box 230, South Walpole, MA 02071. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com