Elmer T. “John” Pickles

October 20, 2007

Elmer T. “John” Pickles
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

ELMER T.”JOHN” PICKLES – in Woburn, October 20th, lovingly survived by his family, Mary J. Mills and her late husband William “Bud” of Woburn, William Mills III and Sue Stevens of Reading, Patricia Hauser and her husband Robert of FL, Jeanne Grindlinger and her husband Gene of ME, Robert Mills and his wife Carole, John Mills and his wife Judi, Lauren Higgins and her husband Arthur, all of Woburn and very dear friend Pauline Kelly and all of her children of Woburn Along with many loving nieces, nephews, and dear friends. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, October 24th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, North Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8p.m Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the FSHD Society, 3 Westwood Road, Lexington, MA 02420.

OBITUARY:

Elmer T. Pickles, a long time resident of Woburn, passed away at the Glen Ridge Nursing Center in Malden early Saturday morning. The beloved son of the late Thomas and Mary (O’Brien) Pickles, he was eighty-seven years of age.

Born in Chelsea, Elmer was raised in East Boston, and was a graduate of East Boston High School. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served his country in Europe during World War II.

Following the war, Elmer worked for Boston Salt Company for a number of years as a truck driver and later for George Mann Company in Stoneham where he remained until his retirement. While working in Stoneham, he took up residence in Woburn, where his best friend from childhood, “Bud” Mills, and his family, lived. “John” as he was well known became an intregal person in the Mills family. He was involved in everything that the family shared day to day and as a result he too became a contributor to the city’s activities. He took part in the Woburn Recreation Department “Coach” for baseball during the eighties and early part of the nineties. For the Mills and their extended relatives, he was affectionately known as “Uncle John” a honorary place in their family which was most endearing to him and a moniker which he loved and cherished.

“Uncle John” is lovingly survived by his family, Mary J. Mills and her late husband William “Bud”of Woburn, William Mills III and Sue Stevens of Reading, Patricia Hauser and her husband Robert of FL, Jeanne Grindlinger and her husband Gene of ME, Robert Mills and his wife Carole, John Mills and his wife Judi, Lauren Higgins and her husband Arthur all of Woburn. Further survived by Tony DiLuna and Mary Ress, Robin and Bruce Humphreys, Charles and Susan Moran, Patrick and Colleen Moran and many loving nieces, nephews, and dear friends. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, October 24th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, North Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held Tuesday from on 4 to 8 p.m . Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the Facio Scapulo Humeral Dystrophy Society, 3 Westwood Road, Lexington, MA 02420.

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  1. Pick,Just your smile was enough to make people want to call you a friend. Your passing has been a heartbreaking experience but my sympathy lies with the people who never had the pleasure of knowing you. You’ve been a great friend and will always be remembered and loved.
    P.S.”GO SOX” YOU’VE GOT AN ANGEL IN THE OUTFIELD.

    I WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND MISS YOU,DONNA

  2. Pick,
    We will miss you. We know Papa Lewie saved you the best seat in the house. Right next to his so you both can watch the Red Sox together.

  3. Lauren

    Thank you Uncle John for all you taught me, showed me, and contributed to who I am today.

    Forever and a day I’ll love you and miss you.

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