OBITUARY: John C. Gigliotti, 90

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — John C. Gigliotti, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2023.

John was born in Winchester, MA, on May 13, 1932; he was the dear son of the late Carmine and Vencenza (Janerico) Gigliotti. John was raised and educated in Winchester along with his siblings.

John proudly served in the United States Navy Reserves for several years.

John was a hard worker throughout his life; he along with his brother Frank started the Gigliotti Auto Body Company in Wakefield, MA. John had a vast knowledge of his profession, he was meticulous with his work, and he always treated his customers with the utmost respect. All attributes that made him quite successful throughout the years.

John moved to Wilmington over 60 years ago where he raised a wonderful family. For the last 31 years he and his wife Joyce have enjoyed their home and yard. John loved to watch outside the windows at the birdfeeders; he enjoyed seeing various birds fly about. John also enjoyed watching the animals outside, as well as the changing seasons. John also loved having his home filled with family and friends; everyone was always welcomed.

John was a life-long member of the Wakefield Elks where he would volunteer his time and talents just about every weekend and cook for countless functions throughout the years. John was also a member of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus in Wilmington for over 30 years.

John will be fondly remembered for his love of children especially his grand babies; he seemed to light up whenever they came into the room and the little ones always flocked to his side.

John was a “Mickey Mouse” fanatic according to his family; he thought Mickey was a “Happy Guy” and that’s what John always wanted everyone to be “Happy”. John had quite the collection of Mickey Mouse memorabilia and he took all his children and grandchildren on a vacation to Disney World where a wonderful time was had by all. John even got picked to go on stage and dance! Little did any of us know, that they were going to dress him as a ballerina!

John enjoyed traveling quite a bit throughout his life. Italy was his favorite, but he also enjoyed France, Germany, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Ireland, and Canada. John enjoyed taking his children to Casco, Maine, for two weeks every summer when they were young.

John will be remembered as a great guy who would go out of his way to help anyone in need. John loved his family, friends, and his beloved dog Ginger with all his heart; he made an impression on everyone he met and will forever live in the hearts of those he touched.

John was the beloved husband of Joyce (Cole) Gigliotti, devoted father of the late Joanie Kish, Florence Beeson & her late husband John of Westford, Maryann Little & husband James of Wilmington, Chuck Gigliotti of Cocoa Beach, FL and the late Tony Gigliotti. John was dear to Joyce’s children John Ashley & wife Ruth of Barnstead, NH, Michael Ashley & wife Judy of Ipswich, Paul Ashley & wife Kim of Essex, Kathleen Ashley of Cape Neddick, ME, and Timothy O’Brien of Salem. Loving Grandfather of Leah Pappas & husband Andrew, Nikki Rogers & husband Dennis, Katie Eastman & husband Bob, Jonathan Beeson, James Little, Benjamin Little, Samantha Little & fiancé Patrick Casey, Jillian Little, John Ashley, Brandon Ashley & wife Kristen, Jennifer Lamson & husband Nicholas, Matthew Ashley, Chris Ashley & wife Christina, Rachel McInnis & husband Andrew, Melissa Lower & husband Ben, Emily Allen, Meghan O’Brien, Shannon O’Brien, as well as his many great-grandchildren. Dear brother of the late Catherine Richards, Lenny Cannon of Wilmington, and Frank Gigliotti & wife Ruth of Ipswich, son-in-law of Juanita Raynoso of Melbourne, FL. John is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Sunday, March 19th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Park, Waltham, MA 02452.

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John C. Gigliotti

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