OBITUARY: Donald J. “Don” Mills, 73

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Donald J. Mills, “Don”, age 73, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Tyngsboro, passed away on November 18, 2021.

Don was born on July 15, 1948, in Somerville, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Allen and Sally M. (Parker) O’Keefe. Don was raised in Somerville and graduated from St. Clements High School.

Following graduation, Don went to work for the Boston Globe before enlisting in the U.S. Army on June 12, 1968. Don proudly served for the Military Police during the Vietnam War. After two years of faithful service, Don was honorably discharged on June 11, 1970.

Upon being discharged, Don returned home to his position at the Boston Globe; he worked there for more than 25 years. Don decided to change his career and went to work at the United States Postal Service until he retired.

Don married Joanne (Veino) Mills on November 23, 1969. They settled in Tyngsboro, where they raised their two children, Kerrie, and Scott. Don loved being a “Dad”; he loved attending school events, especially baseball. Don was a fixture at every baseball game; he was Scott’s biggest fan.

Family was everything to Don; he looked forward to holidays, get-togethers, and spending time with his grandchildren, nephews, and nieces. He was overjoyed to become “Pa” to Jaclyn, Hayley, Corey, and Brayden. Don and his brother Steven shared a special bond; they were best friends and did almost everything together. He similarly adored his sisters Kathy and Karen. Don’s parents, Allen and Sally, meant the world to him and a huge part of his life was void with their passing.

In his spare time, Don was a big sports fan; he enjoyed watching Patriots and Red Sox games with his family and friends. Don also loved listening to music with a particular fondness for Stevie Nicks. Don and his son would listen to Phil Collins for hours together while playing Tetris. Don and his daughter Kerrie loved to listen to music together on rainy days sitting by an open window. Even later in life, they would share their bond for listening to the rain together over long phone conversations.

Don will be remembered for his witty personality; he was a character who loved to make people laugh. He was a loving Dad, Pa, brother, son, and friend. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Don was the devoted father of Kerrie Voorhees of Tewksbury, Scott Mills & his wife Nancy of Pepperell, loving “Pa” of Jaclyn, Hayley, Corey, and Brayden, dear brother of Steven Mills & his wife Maggie of Chelsea, Kathleen Kilbride & her husband Tom of Reading and Karen DeMarco & her husband Frank of Billerica, beloved long-time companion Kathleen Perito of Wilmington. Don is also survived by his former spouse and loving friend, Joanne (Veino) Mills, as well as many loving nieces and nephews, brother and sister in laws.

Family and friends gathered for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Tuesday, November 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Don’s name may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Donald Mills

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