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Joseph J. Thibaut

Joseph J. Thibaut, age 90, of Wollaston, passed away peacefully in his home Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. He was a longtime resident of Quincy, and lived in Wollaston since 1955. Joseph was happily married for nearly 59 years to his beloved wife Helen T. (Connolly), also of Boston and Dorchester, who predeceased him in 2008. He had a long and diverse career, first launching several small business ventures and subsequently working for the U.S. Postal Service in East Milton, for many years. He retired from the USPS and was blessed to enjoy over 30 years of retirement with Helen, family, and many friends. Joseph was an avid golfer and member of Presidents Golf Course, where he often played several rounds a week with his regular crew of buddies. He also was a longtime member of the Neighborhood Club of Quincy. He and Helen loved entertaining by their pool, traveling to Cape Cod and Newport, R.I. and spending time with loved ones, including their beagles Jules and Jules II. Joseph was born in Boston, in October 1922 and grew up in the Lower Mills neighborhood of Dorchester. He attended Saint Gregorys Parish School until April 1940 when he enlisted in the United State Marine Corps. In January 1941 he was assigned to the Second Battalion, Seventh regiment at its re-activation in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As part of the First Marine Division (The Old Breed) Joseph served much of his tour of active duty in the Pacific Theater of World War II, and along with his fellow Marines from the Magnificent Seventh saw extensive combat in the battles for Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester. His unit earned several commendations including an American Defense Service Streamer with one Bronze star, an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer with one Silver Star, and a Presidential Unit Citation Streamer with one Silver Star. Joseph returned home to civilian life in Boston after the war, but he remained grateful for the chance to serve his country - and extremely proud to be a United States Marine - for the rest of his life. "Semper Fidelis. Ready for All, Yielding to None!" Joseph is survived by his sister, Mary T. Gildea of Watertown; over 30 nieces and nephews and scores of great-nieces and great-nephews; and his friends and neighbors. He was predeceased by his sister Frances Ryan, and brothers John Thibaut, Thomas Thibaut, and Charles B. Gray of Quincy. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, Oct. 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave., Milton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Oct. 7, at noon at St. Agatha Church, 432 Adams St., Milton. Interment with military burial honors will follow at Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Marine Toys for Tots, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22171. www.alfreddthomas.com Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home Milton, 617-696-4200

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Alfred D.Thomas Funeral Home
326 Granite Avenue Milton, MA 02186
(617) 696-4200

Published in The Patriot Ledger on Oct. 5, 2013
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