Thomas J. Stockett

April 19, 2001

Stockett – in N. Andover, formerly of Woburn, April 19th, 2001, Thomas J., beloved husband of the late Elinore G. (McCann) Stockett. Devoted father of Judith E. Worth of NV, Steven T. Stockett of CA, Ginney Behn of Hull, Eileen Mageary of Georgetown, and Geraldine Bird of Brookline. Brother of the late Mildred Skinner and Joyce Williams. Dear friend of Jeannette Barrow of Merrimack. Also survived by 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Lyncn-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, April 23rd, at 10:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main St., Woburn, at 11. Calling hours Sunday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Anthony Rectory, 80 Elm Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

Late Navy veteran, WW II, Past National President of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

OBITUARY:

Thomas J. Stockett, a former Woburn resident who was the Past National President of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, passed away in North Andover Thursday evening, April 19th, 2001, following an illness of several months. He was the husband of the late Elinore G. (McCann) Stockett, who died in 1988.

Born in Boise, Idaho, he was the son of the late Ronald T. and Susie M. (Lytle) Stockett. He was raised in California, where he completed his high school education.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the Navy aboard the USS Dale, stationed in Hawaii. He was a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack, and went on to become very active in the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, serving as president of the national organization. He visited the site of the attack every five years, along with a number of his fellow veterans, and actively participated in reunions of the members of the crew of the USS Dale. He was a regular participant in radio talk shows, even until recent years, discussing the events which helped bring the United States into the war.

Mr. Stockett worked as an independent consultant in physical plant administration. He was most recently a consultant for New England Life, and in that capacity served as an executive on loan to the Boston Public Schools. He had also worked as a consultant for Harvard University and the Museum of Science, as well as the Christian Science Church in Boston. He retired in 1983.

He lived with his family in Lynn and Swansea before coming to Woburn in 1969. In Swansea he served as Director of Civil Defense. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University in 1969, at the same time his daughters were graduating from their respective schools. He later taught night classes in Human Relations at Northeastern.

He was a life member of the VFW, a member of the Elks, and was past commander of the VFW Post 8500 in Somerset.

In addition to his late wife Elinor, who worked closely with him in the administration of his duties with the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, he was predeceased by two sisters, Mildred Skinner and Joyce Williams.

Surviving are four daughters: Judith E. Worth of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ginney Behn of Hull, Eileen Mageary of Georgetown, and Geraldine Bird of Brookline;

a son, Steven T. Stockett of Midway City, California;

fifteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a dear friend, Jeannette Barrow of Merrimack.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, April 23rd, at 10:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 11. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Anthony Rectory, 80 Elm Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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