Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:
WILMINGTON, MA — John C. Mainini, age 75, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville, passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side on March 13, 2022.
John was born in Boston, MA, on September 22, 1946; he was the dear son of the late Charles and Frances Mainini. John was raised and educated in Somerville, MA and was a graduate of Somerville High School with the Class of 1964.
John was inducted into the United States Army on December 14, 1967; following the completion of his training and education, he was sent overseas to Vietnam. John was on active duty for about a month when he was wounded and lost his leg during an assignment; he returned Stateside to a Military Hospital. John received several commendations for his fine service including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Commendation Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the EXP. Badge (M-60), MM Badge (M-16) and the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged and Retired with a permanent disability on January 16, 1969 and returned home to his family.
Following his discharge, John went on to further his education; he attended Bentley College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and went on to secure a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Suffolk University.
John married and moved to Wilmington in 1978 where he raised his children, Jason and Robin; they were “his world”. John was the most devoted and loving father a child could wish for; he attended every school and sporting event the kids were involved in and he was their #1 fan. John was the personal “Uber” for them, their teammates and friends long before it was fashionable. John was very active in the Boy Scouts with his son Jason, especially with Troop 56 where he was very dedicated to those kids. John served on the Yankee Clipper Committee, he was a long-time member of the Council and acted as Treasurer for many years. John was a fixture during the Christmas season at the Colonial Park Mall where the scouts sold their Christmas trees and he spent countless hours volunteering at their many events. John continued to be involved in the Scouts for over 28 years. Then there was softball; John was on the sidelines for every one of Robin’s games where she was a star athlete and he even kept his own stats when it came to her pitching. Robin and Jason continued to play softball through their adult years at the Wilmington Town Park; John was at every game to root them on and act as the team statistician.
As the years passed and his children married, John, gained a wonderful daughter-in-law and son-in-law; he loved Christin and Alan dearly and treated them as “his own”. When John became “Papa” to Dylan, Austin and Rylie his world became even brighter; he had more kids to cheer on, play with, encourage, adore and be a great role model to. John’s family was always his number one priority; he constantly showered them with unconditional love and devotion.
John continued to share his time and talents in the community; for over 26 years he was a constant fixture at the Shawsheen Elementary School Library where he helped the students and faculty alike. John also showed off his sewing skills as he made countless Christmas stockings, ornaments and decorations that he gifted to his family, extended family and many friends.
In his spare time, John enjoyed playing poker, following the Boston Bruins, reading and collecting Stephen King novels, adding to his Boy Scout Patch collection and finding the newest or oldest coins to add to that collection. John was very knowledgeable and well read; he was great at trivia and a whiz at crossword puzzles.
John will be fondly remembered for his outgoing personality, his kindness towards others and his willingness to help anyone and everyone. John was a creature of habit who didn’t stray far from daily routines, his family and his friends. He was an all around great guy who will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him.
John was the devoted father of Jason Mainini & his wife Christin and Robin Abbott & her husband Alan all of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Dylan Mainini, Austin and Rylie Abbott, beloved son of the late Charles and Frances (Gibbons) Mainini, dear brother of Nancy Russell & husband Brandon of Ohio, Lynn Williams & husband Mike of New London, NH, Charles Mainini & wife Loxi Calmes of Grantham, NH and the late Richard Mainini. John is also survived by his former wife and friend Cynthia Bouley as well as his nieces, nephews and their families.
Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, March 17th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Graveside service with Military Honors will take place on Friday, March 18th in the Veteran’s Section of Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to Troop 56 BSA, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887.
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