OBITUARY: Anthony P. L’Esperance, 79

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Anthony P. L’Esperance, “Tony”, age 79, of Alexandria, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on March 21, 2022.

Tony was born in Malden, MA, on October 8, 1942; he was the cherished son of the late Earl and Maddalena L’Esperance. Tony, along with his brothers, were raised and educated in Wilmington, in a large and loving family.

Tony married the “love of his life” Susan Veloza on May 2, 1965, in St. Thomas of Villanova Church here in Wilmington. The couple were inseparable and truly best friends. Tony and Sue settled into their own home in Wilmington where they raised four great kids. Family was everything to Tony; he showered his children and grandchildren with unconditional love, encouraged them to do their best and showed them the importance of family by always leading by example. While raising their own children, Tony and Sue’s home was always open to the neighborhood kids; Tony treated them as his own and was known to them as the “Pizza Maker” for his famous pizza nights.

Tony treasured the time he spent with his family and friends; they traveled all over, enjoyed their camping excursions and shared many family celebrations together where countless memories were made. Tony looked forward to the times he spent with his boys teaching them to hunt, fish, or do any other outdoor activity they found interesting. He had a passion for New England sports and loved to sit and watch the Patriots or Bruins games with his wife, children, and grandchildren; always rooting for his “home teams”.

Tony worked hard to provide for his family; for many years he was employed as a shipper/receiver for the Rohtstein Corporation. Tony had a great work ethic; he was meticulous at his job and friendly with his co-workers; all attributes that made him a favorite employee.

Following his retirement, Tony and Sue built their “dream home” in the mountains of New Hampshire where all were welcome. He really got to enjoy his final days surrounded by those he loved in a place that was beautiful and peaceful.

Tony will be fondly remembered as a “great guy” who would do anything for anyone. He always had a warm smile and a kind word for all. He will forever live on in the hearts of those he touched.

Tony was the beloved husband of 56 years to Susan (Veloza) L’Esperance, devoted father of Michelle Cincotta of Dracut, Michael L’Esperance and his wife Jennifer of Wilmington, David L’Esperance of Alexandria, NH and Anthony L’Esperance and his companion Nancy Dalton of Wilmington. He was the loving “Papa” of Nichole and Alex Iby, Gina Cincotta, Rachael, Samantha, Alyssa, Ericka and Maxwell L’Esperance, Andrew, Mary-Kate, and Cassaundra L’Esperance. Cherished son of the late Maddalena (Zammuto) and Earl J. L’Esperance, Sr., dear brother of the late John L’Esperance, Earl J. L’Esperance, Jr., and William L’Esperance. Tony was a special brother-in-law to Sherrill L’Esperance of Florida and George and Lee Veloza of Colorado; he is further survived by his nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, March 31st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 30th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Tony’s memory to the Brain Injury Association of America, P. O. Box 7416, Merrifield, VA 22116-7416.

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