Eleanor (McCarthy) Naimo

Eleanor Mary Josephine Naimo (McCarthy), of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on July 29, 2020.

Eleanor was born in Watertown, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Charles A. and Mildred J. (Alls) McCarthy and beloved sister of Gloria, Charles and Paul McCarthy.

Eleanor was the dear wife of the late Joseph D. Naimo, Jr., devoted mother of Charles McCarthy Naimo of Lunenburg, MA, Ronald McCarthy Naimo and his wife Kelly of Pepperell, MA, Tracy Naimo Hamilton of Ipswich, MA and Michel McCarthy Naimo and his wife Dawn of Wilmington, MA. Eleanor was a loving grandmother, fondly known as Memère and Mimi to Shelby, Harrison, Keira, Benjamin, Nicholas, Jonathan, Joseph, Anthony and Dominic.

Before settling down in Wilmington and achieving her dream of motherhood, Eleanor traveled the world while working for American Airlines. She also worked as a legal assistant, while taking classes at Suffolk University, taught ballroom dancing and was a breeder of champion Dobermans. In 1966, her first child was born then had 3 more children every 2 years after, this being her greatest joy. Nothing mattered more than the good health & happiness of her children. She was our caregiver, protector, confidant and mentor who believed we could accomplish anything. She instilled love, compassion, loyalty and kindness in all of us. She was our 24/7, whether 3PM or 3AM, just a phone call and she was there. She believed in the goodness of people, had a wise sense of humor, valued new & old traditions, had a passion for research & learning, gems & jewelry, perfect gift-giving and her beloved Dobermans, especially her current fur baby “Secret”. She touched and cared deeply for others and in the worst of times, she never gave up her faith & truly believed in the power of prayer.

As she raised her young children, she worked nights as a fashion consultant for Queen’s Way Fashions. With her school-aged children, she became very active in the school system, eventually becoming a child school advocate for families. This further lead to her becoming a court-appointed advocate for abused children. She had an endless desire to help others, especially children. For many years, she hosted foreign exchange students and always enjoyed a full house of her kids & their friends. She retired from Winchester Hospital, where she worked as a home healthcare aid when her grandchildren were born. These 9 adored children brought her more happiness than could ever be expressed. She had a very unique & special relationship with each one. They could do no wrong in her eyes and she had the ability to make each of them feel like they are the most amazing, most important and most perfect person in the world. Whether a special occasion, a quick visit, a phone call, or an afternoon of story-telling or playing, she cherished every moment and couldn’t get enough of her “kid fix” from them.

Eleanor was proud, selfless, supportive and beyond generous to her family, friends or anyone who was important to us. She fought so hard to stay with us and even on her sickest days, her priority was still the safety and well-being of her children & grandchildren. She was not only our mother or grandmother, she was our friend, our everything who is deeply loved & will be missed every day. It was an honor & blessing to have her in our lives.

Due to the current situation of Covid 19 and for everyone’s safety, Eleanor’s family has decided to have private services at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to Boston Children’s Hospital, in memory of Eleanor Naimo. Contributions can be made at bostonchildrens.org/givenow. Or mail checks, payable to Boston Children’s Hospital, to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215-5301. Please include “Eleanor Naimo” in the memo line.

Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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