Thomas J. Marden

May 6th, 2020

Thomas Joseph Marden, age 84, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on May 5, 2020 at the Life Care Center in Billerica, following a lengthy illness.

Tom was born on July 30, 1935 in Brighton, MA; he was the son of the late William and Margaret Reed.  Tom was raised and educated in Brighton.

Tom enlisted in the United States Air Force on August 14, 1952.  He served overseas in Korea as an Airman 3rd Class for over a year.  On August 13, 1956, Tom was honorably discharged from the Air Force and returned home to his family.

Tom met his wife, Margaret “Joan” (O’Brien) Marden at a Penny Sale.  There was an instant connection between the two and that penny bought the couple almost 63 years of marriage.  They were married on May 18, 1957.  In 1959, Tom and Joan moved to Wilmington, where they raised their four children, Tom, Ed, Kevin and Terrijoan.  The family made many wonderful memories with neighbors and friends.

Tom went to work as a mailman for the United States Postal Service in Tewksbury.  Tom loved his job and made many friends with his customers who became his “regulars.”  He worked there for many years before his retirement in the early 1990’s.

Tom was very involved in the town and belonged to many organizations.  He was a member of the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (BPOE 2070), the Wilmington VFW-2458 and the American Legion.  Tom enjoyed spending time with his friends playing cards and trading stories.

Tom was so proud to be a Veteran; he looked forward to marching in the Memorial Day parade each year and often wore his signature Veterans hat.  He was extremely patriotic and if one offered him help, his automatic response was, “I’m a Veteran, I don’t need help.”  He insisted on his independence but was grateful to his family for their love and support.

Tom was the beloved husband of Margaret “Joan” (O’Brien) Marden, devoted father of Thomas Marden & his wife Donna of Danvers, Ed Marden, Kevin Marden & his wife Ann Marie of Marlborough, Terrijoan Bello & her husband Mike of Tewksbury, loving “Grandpa” of Dan, Annie & her husband Barry, Matt & his wife Elissa and Theresa, “Great-Grandpa” of Seth, dear brother of Patricia McGovern of Dracut and the late Mel, Gene, Walter, Fred, Joan and Terry.  Tom was also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Due to the current situation of the coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Marden family has decided to have a private service at this time.

Memorial donations in Tom’s name may be made to the Wilmington and Wareham Food Pantries.


11 Entries in Guest Book for “Thomas J. Marden”

  1. Christine (Blackburn) Kroken says:

    Terrijoan, so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He will be missed. Please know you and your family are in my prayers, especially in this uncertain time.

  2. Frank West says:

    Joan and family- Karen and I are saddened at the passing of Tom. The Wilmington Minutemen have lost our official Ticket Taker at our 4th of July Pancake Breakfast. We offer our deepest sympathies to you and the extended Marden family- God bless the Marden family mow and always.

  3. Vinny Tortorici says:

    So sorry on your dad’s passing. Thoughts and prayers for your family.
    God’s be

  4. Dcn. Tom Walsh says:

    May God bless your father always and may he see heaven and all those he has loved who reside there now.

  5. Atwood Dickson JR says:

    Joan and family,
    Evelyn and I are saddened to learn of Tom’s passing. Tom was a personal friend and fellow member of Wilmington VFW Post 2458 and American Legion Post 136. Tom was always willing to lend a hand when needed- especially when my son returned from the hospital and a temporary ramp was needed after the blizzard of ‘78. Our deepest sympathies to you and the extended Marden family – God Bless.

  6. Heather Kelly says:

    Terry and Family,

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one.

    Andy Jensen & Heather Kelly

  7. Patricia jasilewicz says:

    My thoughts go out to your family .Tom was a amazing man I’m so sorry for your lost .love to Joan his wife .his children Tommy Eddie Steven Kevin and teryjoan hugs to u all

  8. Michele Moccia says:

    Terri I am so sorry for your loss.

  9. Karen MacInnis says:

    Very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to Joan and her family.

  10. Dave Thomson says:

    So sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences to your family.

  11. Terri O'Conners Allum says:

    Joan and family I am sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I can always picture him marching and carrying a flag on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day parades. May he be at peace.

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