Thomas M. Keogan

April 20th, 2020

Thomas Michael Keogan of Wilmington MA, formerly of Melrose, MA, passed away peacefully on April 6th, 2020.

Tom was born on July 24, 1943, in Melrose, MA; he was the dear son of the late Thomas James and Lilian Rose (Sawyer) Keogan of Melrose, MA.

Tom was the loving husband of Cora Marie (Ree) MacEachern whom he married in 1968. The couple moved to Wilmington in 1970 where they have resided together in marriage for the past 51 years and raised their two sons. Tom is survived by his sons Sean Thomas Keogan and his wife Donna (Mickle) and Patrick Michael Keogan and his wife Heidi (Pavlidis), his grandchildren Kayley Rose, Mick Thomas and Riley Patrick all of Wilmington. He was the brother of Theresa Symes and her husband Dennis of Reading MA and the late Sandra Russell and her husband George who still resides in North Carolina.

Tom graduated Melrose High in 1961 and began a long career in auto body industry until the 90’s when he ventured out on his own and became the owner/operator of the Wilmington Redemption Center on Main Street in Wilmington for many years. Tom eventually closed his store but still wanted to do something to keep busy, so he became a greeter at the North Reading Walmart until his retirement a few years ago.

Tom loved to jump in the car and take a road trip with family and friends eventually ending up at places like the wildlife reserve in Plum Island or some other nature related trail or destination. Tom spent many days on the lakes of New Hampshire or Maine at family cottages or the beautiful landscape of Vermont with his many family members there. Tom loved his pets, classic rock, classic cars, photography, nature, history, the big bad Bruins and comfort food but most of all Tom truly loved his time spent with family and friends and cherished the 50 plus years with Ree, his sons, his grandchildren and the many family and friends he had through the years.

Due to the current situation with the Corona virus and for everyone’s safety, the Keogan family has decided to do a Celebration of Tom’s life at a later date. Please follow our website for updated information at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in remembrance of Tom to the Spartans 4 Life Foundation at

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Thomas M. Keogan”

  1. Patricia & Charls MacEachern says:

    We will surely miss you Tom especially at holiday times! There were so many times we spent together especially eating! We looked forward to your visits to NH and celebrating your birthday at Guiseppi’s restaurant. We will remember you walking your sweet dog and venturing off to the shops in Meredith! Especially the time you decided to ho fishing on the Lake and was gone it seemed like forever. You lost your way on Winnipesaukee! You missed dinner but found your way back to promptly take a nap! Yes you will be missed by all who loved you!

  2. Dick & Kathy Hordon says:

    We will truly miss Tommy. Memories of escapades in high school and over the years, fun weekends spent in New Hampshire, “deep” conversations about everything under the sun, and lots and lots of laughs. A good man. Yes, Tommy will truly be missed. We’re sending our love to Ree and to the family.

  3. Sharon & Noel Baratta says:

    Deepest sympathy to our dear friend Ree and to your entire family. Tom will always be remembered for his devotion and loyalty to you, his children, grandchildren, and friends. His laugh and Irish wit, his adventurous spirit, and his love of nature and life are memories to be cherished always. He will be sorely missed! Rest In Peace our Dear Friend.

  4. Judy says:

    To Tom’s family, I did not know Tom personally but I recognized his picture and saw that he was a greeter at Walmart in North Reading which I have been going to for many years. I wanted to let you know that all the times that I saw him there he was always so sweet, with a smile and greeting. It was always nice to see a friendly face when you walked in. So sorry for your loss and rest in peace Tom.

  5. Marlene Mahan Roberts says:

    So many funny wonderful memories from High school years to early married life and having our children. We have fond memories of “monopoly”. Ree will understand that. We have been physically apart for many years but always together in spirit. Rest in peace my dear friend.

  6. Christine LaGois says:

    So happy that we got to see Uncle Tom a few moths ago. He will be sorely missed and forever loved

  7. Peter Thomas says:

    Over 50 years of friendship. Great memories back when we wore a younger man’s clothes we shopped together, visited a few Gin Mills where Tom and I would solve all the worlds problems. We also shared our love for target shooting. Once we got tired of one club Tom would find another one, he loved to drive around to see new things. As Father Time crept into our bodies, neither one of us could handle the Liquid Loud Mouths (alcohol) anymore so our adventures were toned down to cruising around MA and NH for places to visit, try out a new place to grab a meal, basically just enjoying each others company as we have always done since the late 1960’s.
    Goodbye my friend I will miss you a lot and thank you for all the years of friendship.

  8. Gene & Lorraine Gerry says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Ree and her family. We lost a friend who was gifted with a wonderful sense of humor. The memories of our Melrose reunions in Plymouth, NH. will be fondly cherished.

  9. Barbara L. Dickie says:

    Ree, I am so sorry to hear that your beloved Tom has passed. May his memory comfort you always.

  10. Patty Andersen says:

    Marie & Family,
    So sorry for the loss of your husband your in my thoughts & prayers at this time thinking of you take care
    Patty Andersen

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