John Richard Thebeau, Jr.

May 14th, 2015

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, .


19 Entries in Guest Book for “John Richard Thebeau, Jr.”

  1. Amanda/Shawn says:

    Im sorry for your loss JT will truly be missed. My prayers and thought go out to ur family.

  2. Michelle (LaValle) DeBye says:

    So very sorry to hear about John. What a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  3. David and Marcia Maglio says:

    So very sad and tragic! May the Lord hold his loved ones in he palm of his hand, and give them peace in this time of heartache…God Bless You Johnny…

  4. Terri O'Conners Allum says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with John’s Family and Friends in this time of sadness. We have lost a wonderful classmate. I knew John also through his Dad, as my Dad & I were active in the VFW in Wilmington and the parades for the Holidays.

  5. Ralph Block says:

    such a shame, very sorry to hear of such tragedy.
    Rest in peace John.

  6. Linda Scifo says:

    So sorry to hear the tragic passing of Johnny. I will always remember the way he made me laugh in Algebra class. God bless John and those he left behind.

  7. Pat gilligan says:

    So sorry.senseless tragedy.
    My sympathy to you and your family

  8. Jaye and Wayne Francis says:

    Sorry for the loss of JT he was great guy he will be missed by many but never forgotten! Our thoughts and prayers are with His family during this difficult time! Rest easy my friend!

  9. Maggie D'Errico says:

    To Johnny’s family,so sorry for your loss. I was a classemate of his and I remember him for his kindness. Rest in peace Johnny.

  10. Susan Hewitt says:

    To all of John’s family,
    We would like to express our sorrow and extend condolences to the family of John. Such a horrible tragedy. He was a good man. I was a classmate of his and have good memories of him. Rest in Peace Johnny. You will be missed.
    Susan and Dennis Hewitt

  11. Kevin & Debbie Clark says:

    We meet John on the first day we moved into Wilmington this past October. Not long after the moving truck left he knocked on our door and said “Hi I’m John I live across the street if there is anything I can do for you just call”. Everyday since it’s been a wave and a smile. We would see John outside keeping his yard just so and hanging outside with friends you could here his laugh from across the street. Just last Saturday he was putting up his pool and now we are going to miss that wave and smile.

  12. Linda Thebeau says:

    My family and I want to Thank you all for such kind words. They mean so much to us during this time. It was so tragic and senseless losing John. He will truly be missed.
    Linda, (sister)

  13. James McNeil says:

    Truly a great man…
    Rest In Peace JT.

  14. Emily Dooucette says:

    A long-time friend of John’s beautiful mom, Eileen. Remembering the thoughtfulness of daughter, Linda, taking us all out to dinner. These tragedies you read about usually happen to other people. I felt so very sad to hear of John’s demise. Sudden tragedies are the most difficult to bear. You and your family, Eileen, are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

  15. Mark Neli Nelson says:

    JT was a Great Guy a good Honest hardworking Man an a Ton of Fun to be around, Thanks for the Great Times on your boat back in the day. Rest in Peace Brother

  16. Marjie Carroll says:

    Dearest Eileen, Linda and Lisa,

    Words cannot describe of how sad I was by Johnny’s tragic accident. Please know that I am with you in spirit, even though I cannot be there in person for you. I have so many wonderful memories of him and the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Much Love,

  17. Kathy Ingalls says:

    We all remember John and his smile and the laughter he brought to all of us. Even though separated by years, you were a shinning star and the tragedy of your passing shall not diminish the joy of your life. Soar with the Angels!

  18. Debbie Shine Harrington says:

    Was sorry to hear of John’s passing, thoughts and prayers to your family at this difficult.

  19. Diane DeRose says:

    I always remember Johnny making me laugh and making sure that everyone who’s lives he touched will never forget him He was a great guy!
    He will be missed by me and all who knew him.
    My heart goes out to his wife and family.
    God Bless,
    Diane DeRose

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