Peabody — Wilfred “Tibby” Thibodeau, 92, beloved husband of the late Beatrice (Dumas) Thibodeau, died peacefully on Monday morning, July 7, 2014, at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, while in the comforting presence of his family.
Born in Annapolis Royale, Digby County, Nova Scotia, he was the son of the late Amos and Beatrice (Surette) Thibodeau. He grew up in Lynn, where he graduated from Lynn English High School. He lived in Peabody for nearly 70 years. He attended Salem State College and Boston University for his teaching degrees.
As part of The Greatest Generation, Mr. Thibodeau was a veteran of World War II, with service in the United States Navy. He served during the D-Day Invasion on Omaha Beach.
“Tibby”, as he was affectionately known, was a very skilled carpenter and was a teacher at Peabody Vocational High School for House and Mill Carpentry.
Besides his talents in home building, he had a top reputation for skate sharpening, as many North Shore hockey players had him service their skates. He also loved greeting people and helped at Home Depot on Route 1 in Danvers.
He is survived by two sons, Peabody Police Officer James Thibodeau and his wife, Julie, and Daniel Thibodeau, all of Peabody; a daughter, Arlene Broughton and her husband, Brody Broughton of Peabody; five grandchildren, Thad Broughton, Taryn Broughton, Tory Broughton, Blaine Thibodeau, and Drew Thibodeau; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Jean Allard of Chicago; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death, besides his wife and parents, by his sisters, Margaret Ann Quinn and Jeannette Tatroult; and brothers, Roy and Albert Thibodeau.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather on Friday, July 11, at 9 a.m., from the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by a funeral Mass, at 10 a.m., in St. Ann’s Church, Peabody. A visitation will be held on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the funeral home. Cremation will take place after the Mass. Memorial donations may be made to either Haven from Hunger through St. Ann’s Church Mission, 141 Lynn St., Peabody, MA 01960, or to Kaplan Family Hospice House, c/o Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Please visit www.ccbfuneral.com for his obituary and to sign condolences.