OBITUARY: Henry R. “Hank” Gilhooly, 75

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Henry R. “Hank” Gilhooly, age 75, of Wilmington, passed away on December 21, 2020.

Hank was born on September 3, 1945 in Somerville, MA; he was the son of the late Howard F. and Rita B. (Lee) Gilhooly.  Hank moved to Wilmington in 1956.  He graduated from Wilmington High School and Franklin Institute.  Hank married his wife Janet, and during their 50 years together, raised their family in Wilmington and never left town, especially because he had three separate addresses on the same piece of land by the lake.

Prior to his retirement, Hank worked for Symnes, Maini & McKee and B. R. + A.  In retirement, Hank and his wife, Janet, worked part-time with family and friends at their Mom & Pop Real Estate.

In his spare time, Hank was an active member of the Aleppo Shrine & Mason of the Friendship Lodge.  Hank enjoyed watching sports, visiting the cape, and traveling.  He loved his grandchildren to pieces and cherished spending time with the family.  Hank loved spending time with his wife and friends especially playing cards, going to doo wop shows, listening to oldies, relaxing on the porch or just “shooting the breeze”.

Hank is survived by his wife, Janet M. (Burchsted) Gilhooly, devoted father of Howard F. Gilhooly & his wife Lisa of Chicopee and Erin Gilhooly-Smith & her husband Tom of Assonet, loving “Grampy” of Aidan and Katie Gilhooly and Thomas and Annie Smith, dear brother of Marylou Irwin & her husband William of Fallston, MD, brother-in-law of the late Roy Burchsted & his wife Ad of Brockton, Russell J. Burchsted & his wife Nancy of Wilmington, and Joyce A. Burchsted.  Hank is also survived by his aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Saturday, December 26th from 11:00-12:30.  A Graveside Service will be held in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:30 p.m.  All guests attending services are required to wear a mask in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Hank’s name may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA  02114.

Henry R. “Hank” Gilhooly

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