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Obituaries: Helen Sheridan, Jack Wigglesworth, George Andreotes, Gal Melchiorri

Natick has lost two former firefighters.

Helen F. (Shea) Sheridan, 87, died November 27. Born in Boston, she had been a resident of Natick since 1950. She held a bachelor's degree from Framingham State College. She was devoted to her community, serving as on the Natick Schools PTA , as a Brownie/Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout/Boy Scout leader, and a CCD teacher. She was a member of the Natick Historical Commission, an auxiliary member of the Amputee Veterans, the AMVETS, the Disabled American Veterans and the First Marine Division Association.

She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 60 years, Joseph P. Sheridan. She is survived by 9 children, 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Her funeral was celebrated on December 4, and her burial will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

John H. “Jack” Wigglesworth, 79, died November 28. Born in Natick, he was a 20-year veteran of the Marine Corps, serving in Korea and Vietnam. In 1969, he retired from the Corps and returned to Natick, where he served as a firefighter until his retirement in 1986.

He was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Janice in 1991. He remarried, and is survived by his wife of 15 years, Betty, 4 children, one stepson, and 10 grandchildren.

His funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 6th at 11 a.m. in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, followed by burial at Dell Park Cemetery.

George Andreotes, 57, died December 2, after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. The Natick resident was a 20-year employee of FedEx, and a member of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Massachusetts.

He is survived by his wife, Denise, one son, and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours at John Everett & Sons Funeral Home will be on Thursday, December 6th from 3-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 7,at 11 a.m. in the Parish of the Good Shepherd at St. Zepherin’s Church, 99 Main St. (Rt. 27) Cochituate Village. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Natick.

Galiano L. “Gal” Melchiorri, age 96, died on Sunday, December 2. Born in Ontario, he moved to Natick as a child, and graduated from Natick High School, Class of 1933. He joined the Army during WWII, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his return to Natick, he served as a firefighter for 37 years.

He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Evelyn, in 2003, and a son, John in 2007. He is survived by 5 children and 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Church on Monday, Dec. 10th at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, Natick. Visiting hours will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home on Sunday,  2 to 5 p.m.

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