Ira T. “Tom” Pote

April 9th, 2019

Ira Thomas Pote, “Tom”, age 71, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on April 7, 2019.

Tom was born on March 4, 1948, in Lynchburg, Virginia; he was the cherished only son to Ira and Dorothy Pote. Tom moved to Wilmington, Massachusetts as a young boy where he was raised and educated; he was a graduate of Wilmington High School.

In January of 1967, Tom, enlisted in the United States Army where he served overseas during the Vietnam War. Tom was involved in several training programs to ready him for active duty; he was a recipient of the Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Tom was released from active duty in January of 1970 and continued to serve the country as an active reservist until 1973.

Following his return from active service, Tom, went on to continue his education and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University.

Tom worked for Wilmington Corporation/Hogan Motor Freight as an Operations Manager for many years.

Tom married his “high school sweetheart” Marie Hersom on August 12, 1967 at the First Baptist Church in Wilmington; the couple shared over 51 wonderful years together with their family. Tom’s biggest love was his family; he devoted his entire life to Marie, their four children and their eight grandchildren; they were his world.

Throughout his 50-plus years in Wilmington, Tom was involved in many youth organizations. He was a longtime coach in Pop Warner, Youth Hockey and Little League Baseball. Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending 25 years on Plum Island with his best friends Butch and Judy Currier, as well as reading and watching sporting events.

Tom will be remembered as a great guy who would do anything for anyone. He truly loved his family, extended family and friends and he will be greatly missed.

Tom was the beloved husband of 51 years to Marie (Hersom) Pote, devoted father of Ira T. “Tom” Pote, Jr. & wife Paula of Wilmington, Erik R. Pote & wife Lisa of Tewksbury, James A. Pote & wife Julie of Hudson and Nancy M. Cassidy & husband Rob of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Darrin, Thomas, Brandon, Hayley, Lennox, Teagan, Robbie and Brady. Cherished son of the late Ira H. Jr. and Dorothy J. (Johnson) Pote, dear brother of Sherrill D. L’Esperance & her late husband Earl of Dunellen, FL and Melinda P. Scarlett & her late husband Jon of Smyrna, TN. Brother-in-law of Elaine & Stanley Ashdown, Dorothy Pilcher & her late husband John, Nancy Brennick & her late husband Leo, the late Richard Hersom & his wife Francine and the late John Hersom all of Wilmington, and his sister-in-law the late Maureen Duggan. Tom is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Saturday, April 13th at 11:00 a.m. in the Abundant Life Christian Church, 173 Church St., Wilmington, MA. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ira’s memory may be made to the Red Sox Foundation/Home Base Program, 4 Jersey St., Boston, MA 02215.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.


15 Entries in Guest Book for “Ira T. “Tom” Pote”

  1. Amy Morse says:

    So sorry for your loss. May treasured memories help you through this most difficult time. Sending lots of love and hugs to you all.
    Love, Amy, Jeff, Bennett & Jordan ????

  2. Louise Henderson Cain says:

    So sorry for your loss, my brother and I knew Tommy from high school. Fondly, Louise Cain and Stephen Henderson.

  3. Stacie Murphy says:

    Many memories of growing up with the Pote family, Rest in Peace Mr. Pote. You will be missed by so many. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

  4. Kendyll Boucher says:

    May the memories and love you have surround you and comfort you all during this difficult time.

    With love, Jesse, Kendyll, and Waylon Boucher

  5. Doris O'Connell says:

    My deepest condolences to the Pote family. May all the wonderful memories help you thru this difficult time.

  6. Paul Bielecki says:

    So sorry for your loss, Always enjoyed Tom as a classmate. May he Rest In Peace and be remembered for his service and dedication.

  7. Erin Antinarelli says:

    Remembering your Dad and keeping everyone in our thoughts.

    ~Fred & Erin Antinarelli

  8. Claire (Topping) Gaska says:

    So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. My love, thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.

  9. Janet Duggan says:

    Marie and Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Tom was one of the nicest Wilmington townie guys, always with a big smile and hug when we’d run into each other at Lucci’s and exchange a quick family catch up. Keep the many, happy memories close. Sending positive thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  10. kelly dineen says:

    Tom & Family, so very sorry for your loss. Your dad was just the nicest man. Any time I bumped into him, he always stopped to chat and always had a big smile on his face. Truly one of the sweetest men ever. Thinking of all you . With deepest sympathy,

    Kelly Dineen

  11. Barbara Gennetti says:

    Marie, Tommy, Eric, Jamie, Nancy, Sherri and Lindy – With my heartfelt sympathy and treasured memories. Tommy was a true gentleman and will be missed by many.

  12. Christine nally says:

    Thoughts and prayers to you Marie and your family

  13. Irene Heffernan says:

    To Marie and Family my heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow. Tom was such a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed but will always be remembered in our hearts.

  14. Butch Alpers says:

    Dear Mrs. Pote, Tom, and family, I am sorry for your loss, your husband, and father was a super guy and I will miss him greatly.

  15. John & Shannon Butt says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Pote’s passing. He was always such a light in the room, especially when surrounded by his family. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

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