David J. Thwaites

March 10, 2015

David J. Thwaites

DAVID J. THWAITES – of Woburn, Tuesday, March 10th. Beloved husband of Kathleen A. (Mayo) Thwaites. Devoted father of Christopher J. Thwaites and his wife Alison, Martin L. Thwaites and his wife Amanda, all of England, and Dianne K. Hustus and her husband Hol of Woburn. Dear brother of Geoffrey Thwaites and his wife Sandra of England. Cherished “Grandad” of Damian, Kimberley, Sarah, Jonathan, Melanie, Paula, Mark, Harrison, and Emily and great-granddad of Sasha, Samuel, Summer, Cameron, Amber, and Joe. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, March 16th at 3:30 p.m. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 3:30 prior to the Service. Interment is private. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in David’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

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OBITUARY:

David J. Thwaites passed away at Tufts New England Medical Center, Tuesday evening, March 10th. The beloved husband of Kathleen A. (Mayo) Thwaites, he was eighty-two years of age.

Born in London, England, he was the son of the late Arthur J. and Lillian B. (Cooke) Thwaites. Raised and educated there in London, David achieved his standard education and continued on to the Cass College of England, where he studied Chemistry.

During his time in college, David was also a member of the British Royal Navy, serving England in the early 1950’s. Upon his completion of college and the Navy, he secured his first professional position at WJ Bush. It was there that he met and fell in love with his bride of sixty-one years, Kathy Mayo. Together they brought three children into the world, to whom he was devoted.

David began working for Canada Dry as a chemist, which was a position that he held for a number of years after leaving Bush’s. But in 1976 David and Kathy made a decision to move to America! Ridgefield, Connecticut first, Boothbay, Maine, and then they settled in Woburn in 2000. David continued his work in the soft drink industry, where he founded International Beverage Management. David served as Chairman and Founder right up to the time of his death. The drinks, which he developed, are served throughout the United States and Caribbean.

Above all else though, David’s family always came first. As dedicated as he was to his work he was twofold with his family. He has enjoyed all of the family adventures, celebrations, calamities and daily comings and goings. Always enjoying his grandchildren, “Grandad” spent very special time with his grandchildren playing (and teaching) “snooker”, watching football and really getting involved with premier soccer. He was a lifetime fan of Tottenham Hotspurs.

David lived life to the fullest. His adventuresome spirit, love of his family and dedication to everything he was involved in has certainly provided those who had the pleasure of sharing time with David with some wonderful memories.

David is lovingly survived by his wife, Kathleen A. (Mayo) Thwaites; his children, Christopher J. Thwaites and his wife Alison, Martin L. Thwaites and his wife Amanda, all of England, and Dianne K. Hustus and her husband Hol of Woburn; his brother, Geoffrey Thwaites and his wife Sandra of England; his grandchildren, Damian, Kimberley, Sarah, Jonathan, Melanie, Paula, Mark, Harrison, and Emily; and his great-grandchildren, Sasha, Samuel, Summer, Cameron, Amber, and Joe.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, March 16th at 3:30 p.m. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 3:30 prior to the Service. Interment is private. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in David’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

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  1. Dianne,
    So sad to hear of David’s passing. He was a wonderful man with a wonderful passion ! I enjoyed working with him and his enthusiasm for his business was contagious!! I am so happy I had the privilege to work with him and help him build what he I know he cherished!!! My sincere condolences to your family.
    Karen

  2. We were so blessed over the past 35 years to be a part of your family and shall cherish every memory we have! Our love to your whole extended family from our whole extended family – Karen, Giles, Hawley, Giles A. and Lauren Rae

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