John Richard Thebeau, Jr., age 62, a life-long resident of Wilmington, a loving husband, son, brother, father, uncle, and a true friend to all he touched, died tragically and unexpectedly on May 13, 2015.
John was born in Woburn, MA on October 12, 1952; he was the cherished son of Eileen D. (Hitchcock) Thebeau and the late J. Richard Thebeau, Sr., of Wilmington. John was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1971.
John was known to have a “lot of rhythm” and a great ear for music; he was a talented musician since his teenage years and he especially liked to play the drums. John turned his talents into a career until an injury to his hand forced him to retire from playing. John continued to enjoy all kinds of music and he always shared his passion for music with his family and friends.
At the time of his death, John was employed as a truck driver for D & R Trucking Company in Wakefield. John was known to be an excellent driver, very cautious and considerate of others on the road. His pleasant disposition and friendly nature made him a favorite employee at the company.
John will be remembered as a “gentle giant;” a big teddy bear with an even bigger heart. His unconditional love and devotion for his family and friends was evident in everything he did. John loved to have people to his home; he had a knack for entertaining and enjoyed having everyone to his back yard better known as “Thebeau’s Tavern”. John also loved to go boating and being at the ocean; everyone always had a great time with John and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
John was the beloved husband of Dolores “Dee” Penney, cherished son of Eileen (Hitchcock) Thebeau and the late J. Richard Thebeau, Sr. of Wilmington, devoted father Joseph Parsons of Chester, NH and Paige Thebeau of Wilmington, MA. Dear brother of Linda Thebeau and her partner Diana Musto of Mashpee, MA and Lisa McHale and her husband Brian of Punta Gorda, FL, uncle of Jillian and Edward Bennett of Florida. John is also survived many cousins near and far, his beloved pooches Lenny, Louie, and Lola, as well as many dear friends.
Family and friends gathered for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, May 17th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, firstname.lastname@example.org . www.nicholsfuneralhome.com