SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 4, 2013

Sgt. Sean F. Thibedeau, 45


Beverly — Sgt. Sean F. Thibedeau, Combat Engineer United States Army National Guard, died unexpectedly at Beverly Hospital on Sunday, March 31, he was 45. Born and raised in Beverly, he was the son of Harley Thibedeau and his partner Marjorie Cucinelli of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and Mary (Saunders) Adams of Florida. A graduate of Beverly High School, Sean enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served proudly for four years as a helicopter mechanic. In 2002, he began his career with the Massachusetts Army National Guard, serving three combat tours. He was mobilized in July 2006 to Kosovo where he served in the Military Police, June 2009 to Iraq and November 2011 to Afghanistan, where Sgt. Thibedeau was a team leader. The Company's mission was route clearance, which involved driving down routes in their area looking for improvised explosive devices and detonating them before they killed or injured US Soldiers or Afghan civilians. Sgt. Thibedeau was the recipient of numerous awards for his service; notably two Army Commendation Medals during his recent deployment as well as a Combat Action Badge. In his down time Sean enjoyed target and sport shooting alongside his father and was also an avid Bruins fan.

In addition to his parents, Sean is survived by his son, Brett DiBenedetto of Beverly; his half siblings, Angelina, Teddy, Betty Ann, Wanda and Deborah. He is further survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as many fellow soldiers and friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell-Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., North Beverly on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and will conclude with military honors. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Burial will be private. Contributions in his name can be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at www.VFW.org. For more information, directions, and condolences visit www.campbellfuneral.com.