Thomas J. Shamon

January 25, 2020

Thomas J. Shamon
U.S. Veteran

U.S. Army

Thomas John Shamon,-  U.S. Veteran, of Burlington passed away, Saturday, January 25.  Born in Boston on October 13, 1929, son of the late Elias and Josephine (Haddad) Shamon and raised in its Jamaica Plain section during the Great Depression.  Survived by his wife of 64 years, Kathleen ‘Kay’ Theresa (Murphy) of Burlington and brother Edward Shamon and his partner Judy Delaney of Bedford.  Also, by two sons, John Thomas, Executive VP of a major hotel chain in Dubai UAE; Jeffrey Ned, a Director with the U.S Dept. of Veterans Affairs in Bedford MA; and daughter, Kathryn ‘Kate’ Jean Rushford, a Marketing Specialist with Microsoft in Burlington MA.  Also survived by two daughters-in-law; one son-in-law and several grandchildren.  A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, January 30th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10.  Interment will be Thursday following the Mass at 12:45 p.m., in Bourne National Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours;  Wednesday evening,  January 29th, 3-7 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to: Veterans of Foreign Wars,  18 Walnut ST, Woburn, MA, 01801.

Thomas John Shamon,-  U.S. Veteran, of Burlington passed away on January 25.  Born in Boston on October 13, 1929, son of the late Elias and Josephine (Haddad) Shamon and raised in its Jamaica Plain section during the Great Depression.  Survived by his wife of 64 years, Kathleen ‘Kay’ Theresa (Murphy) of Burlington and brother Edward Shamon and his partner Judy Delaney of Bedford.  Also, by two sons, John Thomas, Executive VP of a major hotel chain in Dubai UAE; Jeffrey Ned, a Director with the U.S Dept. of Veterans Affairs in Bedford MA; and daughter, Kathryn ‘Kate’ Jean Rushford, a Marketing Specialist with Microsoft in Burlington MA.  Also survived by two daughters-in-law; one son-in-law and several grandchildren.

 

John, as he was known, attended school in Boston and Rutland, Vermont. He graduated high school in the latter city, home to his Lebanese-born maternal grandparents.  He served in the United States Army as a member of its Counter Intelligence Corps in Europe.  Subsequently, he earned a Master’s Degree from Northeastern University in Engineering and Management.  Most of his professional career was as a Design Engineer and Manager at Raytheon in Sudbury and Lowell and at MIT Draper Laboratory in Cambridge. 

 

His marriage to Kay of Woburn accounts for his good fortune with residing in that city for much of his life, where he was recognizable in its Central Square area for over 40 years.  For the last two decades, he resided in nearby Stoneham and Burlington.  John’s friends knew him as a passionate adherent to the progressive policies of the Democratic Party and for his dismay with the retro-activism of some Republicans.  He was an active member and former Adjutant of a local American Legion post.  A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, January 30th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10.  Interment will be Thursday following the Mass at 12:45 p.m., in Bourne National Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours;  Wednesday evening,  January 29th, 3-7 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to: Veterans of Foreign Wars,  18 Walnut ST, Woburn, MA, 01801.

 

 

 A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, January 30th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10.  Interment will be Thursday following the Mass at 12:45 p.m., in Bourne National Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours;  Wednesday evening,  January 29th, 3-7 p.m..In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to: Veterans of Foreign Wars,  18 Walnut ST, Woburn, MA, 01801. 

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  1. Sorry to hear of your loss. I spent many hours at your house hanging out with Jack. Mr Shamon is partially responsible for me becoming an engineer and even offered to help me get into Raytheon when I graduated from school. I remember him working on his $100 cars, which he could keep going for years. I also remember all the mystery novels in the den. He was a great man

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