OBITUARY: Martin F. Tildsley, Sr., 64

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Martin F. Tildsley, Sr. “Marty” age 64, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on July 27, 2021, following a courageous battle with ALS.

Marty was born on March 21, 1957 in Winchester, MA; he was the dear son of the late Jim and Claire Tildsley. Marty was raised in a loving family in Wilmington as the youngest of three brothers who remained very close throughout their lives. Marty played town sports, made many life-long friends, attended Wilmington Public Schools and graduated Wilmington High School with the Class of 1976.

In 1980, Marty married the love of his life and best friend, Carol Donovan. Marty and Carol were the proud parents of two wonderful sons, Marty, Jr and Ryan. Marty was very devoted to his family; he loved spending time with his sons and was heavily involved in Wilmington youth sports, coaching T-Ball, Little League, travel basketball, and Pop Warner. When not coaching a team, he was often seen in the stands rooting for his boys as well as their many friends. Marty and Carol had an “open door” policy at their home; they were often hosting family cookouts at their back yard pool, family holidays or any other occasion to get everyone together. They were also very gracious to Marty Jr. and Ryan’s many friends who enjoyed “hanging out” at the Tildsley house.

Marty shared his love of Boston Sports Teams with his sons and brothers; he was an avid fan and very enthusiastic at every game. Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and his beloved Patriots; as a group they would attend countless games throughout the years; he even held season tickets to the Pat’s for many years. During football season when not attending a game, Marty and Carol, headed over to his brother Sid’s house where family and friends gathered, they took their favorite stools at the outdoor bar and had a great afternoon or evening with the “gang”.

Marty looked forward to family camping trips at the Adams Campground in Seabrook, New Hampshire, where he and Carol, along with their family and friends spent many weekends and family vacations. Marty went on to share these past times with his grandsons later in life as their beloved Papa.

Marty was a hard worker, for over 35 years he was a letter carrier for the USPS in Tewksbury. Marty’s great personality and sense of humor as well as customer service skills made him quite an asset to the Post Office, it is well known that he was loved by the Town of Tewksbury, his customers and his peers.

In his free time Marty was an avid collector of nostalgic memorabilia; he enjoyed the Three Stooges and old Westerns. Marty found some of the most unique items and carefully displayed them for all to see.

Marty was a long-time member of the Tewksbury Knights of Columbus, where he had many friends. He enjoyed going to Kitty’s Restaurant with his wife Carol and his brothers, Sid and Jim; where they always had a good meal and would play a few games of Keno just to try their luck. Marty was also very proud of being a million-dollar scratch ticket winner from the MA state lottery.

Marty will be fondly remembered as a funny guy who he loved telling a good joke or pulling a good prank on his family and friends. Marty loved people especially his family and friends who he would do anything for. Marty was an all around great guy and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Marty was the beloved husband of the late Carol (Donovan) Tildsley, the loving father of Martin Tildsley, Jr. and his wife Marlene of Wilmington and Ryan Tildsley and his wife Suzanne of Tewksbury. Devoted Papa to his grandsons Daniel, Logan, Derek, Dylan and Lawson. Cherished son of the late James Tildsley and Claire (O’Neil) Tildsley. Dear brother of James Tildsley and his wife Katherine of Boston and Sidney Tildsley and his wife Sharon of Wilmington. Son-in-law of Dana and Carolyn Donovan of Chelmsford. Brother-in-law of Debra & Michael Soha of Chelmsford, Joseph & Rhonda Donovan of Lowell, Mary & James Tully of Dracut, Julie & Timmy McNamara of Chelmsford and Kevin & Tracey Donovan of Lowell. Marty is also survived by many special nieces, nephews, and friends. Marty and Carol were predeceased by their precious dog, Keno.

When Marty’s family lost their beloved Carol this past February during the pandemic they were saddened to not have been able to have a public service so they would like everyone to know that all are welcome to attend Marty’s wake and funeral Mass and they will have a Memorial display to honor Carol as well.

All Family and friends are welcome to gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Sunday, August 1st from 2:00-6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave. Wilmington, on Monday August 2nd at 10:30 am. Interment to follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Marty’s memory to the Angel Fund for ALS Research 649 Main St., Wakefield, MA 01880.

Martin F. Tildsley, Sr.

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