OBITUARY: Richard C. Celata, Sr., 77

WILMINGTON, MA — It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Richard C. Celata, Sr., 77, of North Reading and Wilmington, MA on May 13, 2020 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, MA.

Richard was born on August 12, 1942, in Medford, MA to Michael A. Celata, Sr. and Julia (Hermandinger) Celata. He was raised in Medford before settling in Wilmington.

He was a proud 4th degree and lifelong member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus. So passionate about old cars, he spent countless hours building and restoring all kinds with his son Richie. He especially loved his first project – a 1933 Plymouth. In recent years he could be seen restoring and driving a 1987 Chevy pickup, a 1955 Chevy Belair, a 1955 Ford pickup, a 1949 Mercury and his latest project – a 1970 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. He attended many local car shows where he loved to share his work.

Richard is survived by his dear friend Carol S. Celata of Wilmington, MA with whom he shared 3 children. He was the devoted father of Julie M. DeCosta and her husband Gerard DeCosta, of Litchfield, NH, Richard C. Celata, Jr. and his wife Kelley Celata of Wilmington, MA and Mary Ellen Borland and her husband Lee Borland, of North Reading, MA. Loving grandfather “Papa Rich” to his four grandchildren Anthony and Alison Celata of Wilmington, MA & Emma and Alex Borland of North Reading, MA who were the love of his life. Dear son of the late Michael A. Celata Sr. and Julia A. Celata. Cherished brother of the late Michael A. Celata Jr. and the late Stephen J. Celata.

Private graveside services will be held at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington, MA. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for a later date.

Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be made to the American Heart Association at 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6 Waltham, MA 02451.

Richard C. Celata, Sr
Richard C. Celata, Sr.

(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)

Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s