Wilmington Plants Tree On Town Common In Memory Of Late Tree Foreman Robert Allen

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen recently approved the request of Ginny Allen, sister of former Wilmington DPW Tree Division Foreman Robert “Bobby” Allen, to donate a tree on the Town Common in his honor.

The tree, a 3” diameter Princeton Elm, was planted on Thursday April 15, 2021 in his memory, along with his family and friends alongside.

A graduate of Wilmington High School (Class of 1957), Allen served overseas during the Vietnam War and was assigned to the USAO Trois Fontaines Ammunition Depot. After being honorably discharged, he married “the love of his life” Dorothy St. Hilaire. They settled nearby in Woburn and raised three children.

Allen worked for the Tree Department in Wilmington for over 40 years. His loved ones say he had a great work ethic, working six days every week. Allen was also a devoted family man — he always kept his Sundays free for his family. 

Allen stepped down as Tree Foreman in 2001. He would pass away in 2014 at the age of 73 after a courageous battle with cancer. 

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Left to Right: Jamie Magaldi (Wilmington DPW Operations Manager and Tree Warden); Lorrie Flaherty (daughter of Bob Allen); Kim Nye (daughter of Bob Allen); Robin Marciello (friend of the family); Danielle Flaherty (granddaughter of Bob Allen);  Dan Flaherty (Son In Law of Bob Allen); and DPW Tree Foreman Scott Smith

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Photo credits: Jamie Magaldi (Wilmington DPW Operations Manager and Tree Warden)

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