Thomas M. Simonds

December 2, 2005

Thomas M. Simonds
U.S. Veteran

US Marine Corps

Simonds – in Woburn, Friday, December 2nd, Thomas M. beloved husband of Jean (Wharf) Simonds. Devoted father of Michelle Slack and her husband Robert of Pepperill, Michael Simonds, USN, of Hawaii and Stephen Simonds of Woburn. Loving brother of Ann E. Hogan and her husband Dan, George E. Simonds and his wife Helen, Jean A. Courtney and her husband Bill, Robert W. Simonds and his wife Anne, Ronald P. Simonds and his partner Raoul Ajamil, all of Woburn, Nancy C. Simonds, SND of Lawrence and James E. Simonds and his wife Judy also of Woburn. Cherished grandfather of Georgia, Cassandra and Christian Slack. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, December 6th, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the Sisters of Notre Dame deNamur, 351 Broadway Street, Everett, MA 02149, or to a charity of one’s choice.

OBITUARY:

Thomas Michael Simonds, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away on Friday, December 2nd at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington after a lengthy illness. The beloved husband of Jean F.(Wharf) Simonds, he was sixty -seven years of age.

Born in Woburn, “Tom??? as he was affectionately know to all, was the son of the late George E. and Mildred (Toomey) Simonds. He grew up in the South End of Woburn, one of nine children and was educated at St. Charles Elementary School and then Woburn High School, graduating in 1957.

In October of 1957, Tom enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving his country proudly as a Lance Corporal in Japan, Korea and the Asiatic and Pacific Theatre.

Upon his return home in 1960, he was employed with the New England Telephone Company, where he worked for over forty years as a PBX technician and craftsman, retiring in 1999.

In 1962, he married his loving wife Jean and together they have shared over forty-three years of marriage. During those years they were blessed with three children, a daughter and two sons. As a family they shared many, many happy times together camping in NH or vacationing in Seabrook during the summer. Throughout their lives, Tom participated and attended his children’s academic and sporting events. He was totally invested in his wife and children’s well being.

A master craftsman, Tom so enjoyed working around his home, building, fixing, changing or moving, whatever it was that needed to be attended to. Not only did he accomplish countless tasks around his own home but also for his brothers, sisters and neighbors.

After his retirement in 1999, Tom and his wife Jean looked forward to relaxing in Florida each winter, enjoying the warm weather and the ocean which Tom truly loved. Together they loved to share good times and to entertain old friends and family from Woburn who would stop in to visit. Those later years also afforded Tom the opportunity to be with his grandchildren whom he cherished. One only need to look at the numerous photos of Tom and his grandchildren to realize the joy he felt when he was in their company.

In addition to his loving wife Jean, Tom is survived by his daughter, Michelle Slack and her husband Robert of Pepperell, his sons, Michael, who is now serving in the US Navy in Hawaii, and Stephen Simonds of Woburn, his treasured grandchildren Georgia, Cassandra, and Christian, his brothers and sisters Ann E. Hogan and her husband Dan, George E. Simonds and his wife Helen, Jean A. Courtney and her husband Bill, Robert W. Simonds and his wife Anne, Ronald P. Simonds and his partner Raoul Ajamil, all of Woburn, Nancy C. Simonds, SND of Lawrence and James E. Simonds and his wife Judy also of Woburn, his in-laws, Leona Hajny and Estelle Wharf of Stoneham, Augustine Wharf of Brighton, Ruth Differ of Winchester, Neil Wharf of Hampton, Gail and Ed Stafford of Woburn and Virginia and James Port of Billerica and FL. Also surviving are many loving nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, December 6th, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home are on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.

At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the Sisters of Notre Dame deNamur, 351 Broadway Street, Everett, MA 02149 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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  1. Audrey Cullen Muise
    My thoughts are with all of you. So sorry for your loss. Since I am in Florida and unable to be at the funeral, I will offer my Mass tomorrow morning for Tom.

  2. Don & Rachel Port
    I will miss you Uncle Tommy. I will forever be remembering the discussion days of “Woburn being the high school sports mecca of Massachusetts”; wrestling with and crying “Uncle” The great genuine laugh & smile and all the help you gave to anyone who needed it.

    Rachel and I wish we could say goodbye in person but please know you and your family are in our prayers. We are certain you are in a better place now and I am certain you are building an addition on to God’s house or redecorating his kitchen or bathroom. You led a great life and were a great example to follow.

    Our prayers also go out to Aunt Jean and my cousins and if there is anything at all we can do please do not hesitate to call.

    All our love,
    Don & Rachel

  3. Bryan and Karla Moulton
    Burnsville, Minnesota

    Jean, Michelle, Michael, Steven and families

    It’s never easy to say goodbye, but even more so when you adored the person leaving. We only got to see Tommy maybe once a year, but every visit was an opportunity to laugh and enjoy his company. We will so miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you each and every day.

  4. Bill Stone and Casey Carlson,

    Casey and I were talking about this the other day. The thing we admired most about “Uncle Tommy” was his temperment. He was so sincere, happy and even keeled. He had this “Calm” about him. One thing we will never get out of our minds is his unforgettable laugh. We Love that deep, hearty laugh. He will be sorely missed by the us.

  5. Donald L. Carrier
    Melrose, MA

    Dear Steve and family,

    it is difficult to say goodby to a loved one with whom you have shared so much of life, especially when that someone is your father. In times like these, I find that words fail me, because whatever words I use will not say how bad I feel at your sorrow. So accept from me that now is just a time to feel and know I am there with you and your family in prayers for Thomas and each of you.

    Sincerely, Donald

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