WILMINGTON, MA — Paul T. Buonopane, 74, of Wilmington passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday March 4th. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Patricia “Pat”, his sons – Paul and his wife, Laura (of Andover) and Michael and his wife Theresa (of North Andover), and grandchildren – Thomas, Tyler, Fallon, Chloe, Lucy and Grace.
Paul grew up in a large family in East Boston and loved sharing stories of his days growing up in the city. Paul’s humor and kind heart endeared him to all who knew him and so he always had many friends to share the road with him – in both good times and bad. Paul loved his time with the guys, golfing, playing cards or eating out near their old neighborhood.
At the young age of 13 he met the love of his life Patty and he was smitten forever more. Patty was his rock and quickly became his whole world. Together they made Wilmington their home. Paul was a devoted dad and adored his boys. He never missed a game or any event they were involved in, including coaching youth basketball. When the boys were young, Paul’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and he started up a construction company in the Boston area, (B&B). Paul and Patty loved spending time with family and traveling, making memories.
Papa’s greatest source of pride in his life were his grandchildren and his favorite past-time became bragging about them. He and Patty made a tradition of seeing each of them off on their first day of school. He earned the title of “Best Papa Ever” by the hours he spent watching cheer, taekwondo, musicals, soccer, dance competitions, lacrosse, and hockey. He often travelled a great distance for the chance to see his grandson play hockey. Papa beamed with love and pride whenever he was with them; always eager for a road trip and to see if he could combine it with a visit to the casino. He was always their # 1 fan and encouraged them in all their interests.
Papa was the famous maker of “the gravy” and because of him, the tradition of Sunday family dinner is alive and well. We will forever miss those Sunday dinners together gathered around the dining room table. Dessert always lingered on while Papa shared his wisdom and advice, making us all laugh and smile while he did. Paul was the definition of a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. His life exemplified self-less love of family, and this is the legacy he leaves behind.
Paul was the beloved husband of Patricia (Imbriano) Buonopane, devoted father of Paul Buonopane & his wife Laura of Andover and Michael Buonopane & his wife Theresa of North Andover. Loving “Papa” of Thomas, Tyler, Chloe, Fallon, Lucy and Grace, cherished son of the late Anthony and Margaret (Babb) Buonopane, dear brother of Phyllis McGill, Kathy Pergola, David Buonopane, Steven Buonopane, the late Margaret Teeling, Robert, Michael and Marie Buonopane. Paul is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, March 7th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, March 6th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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