OBITUARY: Derek J. Santos, 25

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Derek J. Santos, age 25, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on November 1, 2020.

Derek was born in Stoneham, MA, on September 20, 1995; he was the cherished son of Darcey (Burmeister) Santos and Manuel “George” Santos of Wilmington. Derek was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 2015. In his younger years he enjoyed playing sports. He was an avid writer, enjoyed drawing and delved into other forms of the arts.

Derek will be fondly remembered as a “great kid”; he was kind, caring and would go out of his way to help anyone. Derek treasured the time he spent with his family and friends; he enjoyed just “hanging out”. Derek had a passion for music and loved playing his guitar. Derek had a laugh that was infectious, a smile that would light up a room, an endearing personality, a big heart and a beautiful soul. Derek was so loved by many and will forever be missed.

Besides his parents, Derek is survived by his beloved siblings Bridget and Domenic Santos both of Wilmington, he was the loving grandson of Judes and Richard Ziemba of Agawam, Kathy and the late Richard Burmeister formerly of Minnesotaof Arizona, Aldina and the late Getulio Santos of Malden. Derek is also survived by his loving fiancé as well as his many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Thursday, November 5th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial for Derek will take place on Friday, November 6th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Derek’s memory to Oranges for Morgan, c/o May Family, 39 Washington Street, Boxford, MA 01921.

Derek J. Santos

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