OBITUARY: Sheldon F. “Shelly” Maga, Jr., 63

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Sheldon F. Maga, Jr., “Shelly”, age 63, of Wilmington, formerly of Haverhill, passed away peacefully at home on April 11, 2021, surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.

In life, there are not many things that are impossible, but trying to explain Sheldon Frank Maga Jr. in just a few paragraphs is one of them. Shelly was born December 28th,1957 to loving parents, Mother Joan and father Sheldon Maga. He was the oldest of six siblings to John, Steve, Joanne, Judi, and Scott. He played the best role of big brother anyone could ask for. Sometimes getting them out of trouble (sometimes getting them into trouble) but always protecting them. Sheldon spent most of his childhood here in Wilmington where he was more than a staple in this town.

When Sheldon wasn’t being the exceptional older brother, he was also an exceptional soccer player in high school. He was not only an excellent teammate but enjoyed soccer so much that he was a coach for many years after High School. Being head of the Fourth of July Committee, his mother Joan asked if Shelly would be Santa Claus at the Wilmington tree lighting. After he saw the enjoyment, he could bring the others, he became Wilmington’s Santa Claus for the next 42 years. So, chances are, you or someone you know has sat on his lap and told him what you wanted for Christmas.

Sheldon had four sons –Sheldon F Maga III, Christopher James Maga, Kyle Richard Maga, and Cory Philip Maga. He always made it a point to take them camping in the White Mountains every summer. Spending time with his boys was his first priority.

Shelly met Lisa Morris who was also a huge part of his life. They would go on fun adventures together and even adopted a roughneck monitor lizard into the family.

Sadly in 2018, Shelly could no longer play Santa Claus for the town of Wilmington. In November of 2018 he had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer known as adenocarcinoma. The cancer had already spread through his lymph nodes and to his spine. It was believed that he would not be able to see the year 2020. Shelly was a fighter and had a long battle to spend more time with the ones he loved and got in a few more of his camping trips. But in January of 2021 his body could no longer handle the cancer treatment. Sheldon passed in the family home he grew up in surrounded by his loved ones.

Shelly was the devoted father of Sheldon F. Maga III “Shelly” & his girlfriend Caitlin Browne of Haverhill, Christopher Maga of Lowell, Kyle Maga & his girlfriend Angela Cunha of Tewksbury and Cory Maga of Haverhill. Cherished son of Sheldon F. Sr. and Joan L. (Drinkwater) Maga of Wilmington, dear brother John Maga & his wife Susan Middleton-Maga of Wilmington, Steven Maga & his wife Betty of Billerica, Joanne Vultaggio & her husband Peter of Tewksbury, Judi Curcio-Hayes & her husband Charles Hayes of Wilmington and Scott Maga & his wife Michele of Wilmington. Shelly is also survived by his beloved companion of Lisa Morris of Derry, NH and is further survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, April 15th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Shelly’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.

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  1. I grew up in a great neighborhood and your family was a big part of it. I have fond memories of each one of you, to Mr & Mrs Maga, John, Steve, Joanne, Judy and Scott please accept my condolences. God comfort you and May Shelly Rest In Peace.

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