OBITUARY: Norman D. MacEachern, 87

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Norman D. MacEachern, age 87, of Wilmington, MA, passed away on March 27, 2022, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Norm was born on July 15, 1934, in the small town of Inverness Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia, Canada; he was the eldest of five sons to the late Joseph and Florence MacEachern. Norm loved being from a small town and was always proud of his Canadian roots and his Scottish heritage. Norm had a passion for sports throughout his life, as a young boy he would organize “pick up” baseball and hockey games with the neighborhood kids or would perch by the radio and listen to sports radio for whatever game he could tune into. He was a good athlete in his day. Norm enjoyed being raised and educated in this “close knit” community where everyone knew their neighbors and they all watched out for each other.

Norm fell in love with Jane MacMullin whom he met while she was visiting family in Cape Breton and he followed his “sweetheart” back to Boston. Norm and Jane married on September 5, 1959 and settled in the family home on Kirk Street in Wilmington, where they raised their beautiful family. Norm and Jane’s house was always open to family and friends; they loved to entertain and have a “house full”.

Norm was a devoted and loving husband, dad, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather; he worked hard as Union Iron Worker with Local #7 in Boston to provide for his family. He taught them the importance of having an education, a great work ethic, a strong family bond and to always give back by caring for others. Norm and Jane looked forward to traveling with their children back to Cape Breton Island where they visited family, extended family and researched their roots; he taught them always to be proud of their heritage.

When Norm settled in Wilmington he became quickly involved in his new community; he was active at St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years where he was an Usher at weekly Masses. Norm, along with some family and friends were charter members of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Council who gave of their time and talents to help the community and many local causes. Norm was also a member of the Canadian American Club in Watertown where he was the Prompter for their Saturday night square dances.

Norm also became a big New England Sports Fan who enjoyed his visits to Fenway Park or Boston Garden to take in a game with family and friends. He was an avid Bruins fan.

Norm will be fondly remembered for his love of Scottish music that echoed throughout his home, for his endearing personality, great sense of humor and the kindness he showed towards everyone he met. He had a warm personality, a big heart, a pleasant smile, and a witty sense of humor. Norm’s unconditional love and devotion to his family and friends was evident in everything he did; he left his footprint on the hearts of everyone he touched and he will forever be missed.

Norm was the beloved husband of 60 years to the late Jane M. (MacMullin) MacEachern, devoted father of Karen Strem & her partner Frank Moss of North Andover, Patty Fay & her husband Mike of Wilmington, Janice Hanlon & her husband Billy of Billerica, Nancy Acquaviva & her husband Dave of Haverhill and Joe MacEachern & his wife Annie of Londonderry, NH. Loving “Noonan” of Justin & his wife Stephanie, Matthew & his wife Michelle, Brendan & his partner Victoria, Mikey & his wife Kristen, Sean & his wife Kerri, Corey & his wife Dana, Brett & his partner Erika, Tyler & his fiancé Siobhan, Emily & her fiancé Danny, Kyle, Shane, Ava and great-grandchildren Delaney, Shea, Layla, Michael, Harrison, and Cole. Cherished son of the late Joseph and Florence (MacIntyre) MacEachern, dear brother of Gerard MacEachern, Danny MacEachern & his partner Stephen all of Nova Scotia, Canada, the late Joseph MacEachern and John MacEachern. Norm is also survived by his extended MacMullin family as well as his many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, March 30th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 29th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

The MacEachern family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Benchmark Senior Living in Haverhill for their professional care and compassion to their father.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Norman’s memory may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, PO box 61420, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Norman D. MacEachern

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