GILES ERNEST THREADGOLD
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THREADGOLD, Giles Ernest 92, born in Auburndale, MA but for the last half century a resident of Falmouth, died in Georgia on Sunday, December 18, 2016. Giles wore a number of hats during his life but is probably best remembered locally for his tenure as a Howie Carr sidekick. Together with his big smile and colorful attire, he was a fixture at the Falmouth Road Race, where he held court, exhorting the faithful from his corner at Scranton Ave and Robbins Road for the past 20 years. During the years he established many wonderful friendships working in Falmouth at The Casino by the Sea. He was a veteran of WW2, fought at the Battle of The Bulge and came home with a couple of Purple Hearts. After playing on the BC 1949 National Championship hockey team, he graduated from Boston College and picked up an MA in social work from BU while working as a counselor at the Dennison House. He would later distinguish himself as a collegiate hockey, football and baseball official, working the plate at the College Baseball World Series in Omaha, the line of scrimmage at the Army-Navy football classic. He truly enjoyed the many people he met through the years while on occasion suffering the slings and arrows of fan abuse at more local, regional and national high school and college hockey games than even he could recount. He was obsessed with golf. After his five children and two grandchildren, he was probably proudest of his tenure as hockey coach at Charlestown High School in the 1960s, where his teams were a perennial City League presence in the state HS hockey tournament. Giles never stopped asking about his group of friends that he met every afternoon at Dunkin' Donuts in Falmouth. He leaves his wife of 30 years, Sheila Threadgold, her three daughters, family and grandchildren. His previous marriage to Mary Dougherty produced five children of his own – Mary Anne Threadgold of Falmouth, Kevin up in Maine, Kathy and Rick Hulme Framingham, Kim Threadgold in Weston and Billy Threadgold, Casa Mesa, Ca. His grandchildren, Sawyer and Madison Hulme. All are invited to attend a burial service at 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Ave, Bourne MA. For online guestbook, obituary and directions, visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com. Chapman, Cole & Gleason Falmouth, MA - 508.540.4172


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Published in Boston Globe from Dec. 21 to Dec. 23, 2016.
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August 17, 2019
A great hockey official and personality . Missed nothing but always a gentleman
Melrose admirer
November 30, 2018
My friend Giles
Stevie Costa
December 27, 2016
To the Threadgold Family,

Our hearts were broken when we heard of Gile's passing. So many Summers he was the referee of many Smith, Sweeny altercations. He always had a big smile no matter what was going on. He knew how to smooth the cement. I will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Your friends always,

Steve and Karen
Stephen Smith
December 27, 2016
Thanks Mr. Threadgold. You were part of what made my career a success
Anthony Flecca
December 27, 2016
I was very sorry to hear of your loss.

Burt Weiner
(Newton North High School)
Burt Weiner
December 26, 2016
My memories go way back to the West Junior High School in Watertown. Little did he know how he influenced me to become a teacher and coach. Thanks for proving to me that you can be what you want to be. I admired his work then with special education students. He had such great way with everyone. Rest is piece my mentor.
Anthony Flecca
December 26, 2016
"Tiger and the other one"
December 26, 2016
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December 23, 2016
My condolences to the Threadgold family

Giles was my guidance counselor at Bigelow Jr High school, he said it the way it was and didn't hold back.
That's a good thing.

You will be well missed
Barry Little
December 23, 2016
Wow, talk about a life well lived! Rest in peace, Giles. Condolences to the family.
Karen & Byron Hood
December 23, 2016
Mr Threadgold, a huge influence on a lot of impressionable kids at Bigelow Jr. High in Newton Ma. Quick story, Mr. Threadgold took myself and 3 other "difficult" (In today's time we would have been put on adderall) into Boston via public transportation on a school day. He spoke to us the entire ride in about life and the lessons we are learning. When we arrrived at the Haymarket stop in government center, he looked at us and said, have a good day and I'll see you tomorrow in School. We were shocked and excited at the same time, but most importantly, we knew we had to be responsible for the balance of the day, and we were. His steady hand will surely be missed. God bless!
Carl
December 23, 2016
A loss of another local sports legend from the Greatest Generation - RIP
December 23, 2016
He was a great man. He was my guidance counselor at Bigelow Jr High. He organized hockey games at the local rink before school. He will be missed.
Ron Collins
December 22, 2016
Mr. Threadgold was such a huge influence for me when I was only 12-13 years old. He made sure to umpire as many games I caught in little league - always with his mask right in front of mine- singing great songs during the game.His strikkkkkkkke calls I can still hear with great joy! He was my guidance counselor at Bigelow- and he taught me how to defend myself by teaching me how to wrestle . So many great stories- he was always for everyone-which makes his considerable legacy that much richer . My deepest condolences to his entire family.
Michael Wish
December 22, 2016
Kim,
I am so sorry for you and your family's loss.
We talked this summer how I remembered him from Bigelow.
My thoughts are with you.
Margot
December 22, 2016
My prayers and sympathy to the Threadgpld family, I was fortunate to have had Giles as a hockey coach at Charlestown high in the mid 60's he taught us sportsmanship and how to win hockey games. As students then as young men at the casino we always enjoyed coach Threadgold company may he Rest In Peace
Paul Brady
December 22, 2016
What a legend Mr Giles was. When he officiated a Hockey game you knew he would be fair to both sides . Always a gentleman on and off the ice. Great sense of humor
Rest In Peace Mr Giles

A Melrose Fan
December 22, 2016
what a walk back in time when I saw the name . An amazing , talented , thoughtful Man who knew how to make us see the right path. May you rest in blessed peace , what a wonderful life I am sure the eulogy will be amazing
Cheryl [Van Fossen ] Martines
December 22, 2016
Rip Giles. You always made me laugh
John Kennedy
December 22, 2016
I was blessed that he worked as a Guidance Counselor when I was in school (Bigelow Junior High in Newton). He was a commanding presence, both avuncular and colorful, and supremely unforgettable. His genuine caring and exhortation to be our best resonates with me today.
Enrique Vitug
December 22, 2016
It was my good fortune to know Giles twice. As a kid, I was one of the many he dazzled while skating at the Mary Hannon playground on Dudley Street. Later we reaquainted as coaches in the Boston schools. There was nothing shy and retiring about him and he spread his joy and presence with great energy.
R.I.P.
Mike Kelly
December 22, 2016
RIP Mr Threadgold. They did not mention your time at Bigelow Jr. High in Newton Ma. where you touched so many kids. You put the fear of God in a lot of our young lives,taught us respect but always had time to listen to us.You will be missed by many.
Marye (Streight)Steele formerly Newton Ma. now Florida
Marye Steele
December 22, 2016
Giles refereed or umpired many a Harvard game in which I played or watched. His style was unique, especially his shrieking "STRIKE" call which could be heard throughout the ballpark and probably all the way to Harvard Square. In Football he was always the referee and stood behind the quarterback or kicker, so I had many conversations with him. When Giles walked onto the field or diamond you had to be on your toes because nothing escaped his gaze. He had a sense of humor and was very approachable. He was one of the most intriguing people I've met in sports, to say Giles was "one of a kind" is an understatement!
Mike Lynch
December 22, 2016
Giles refereed and umpired many a Harvard game in which I played or watched. He was always firm and decisive in his calls, especially when he was behind the plate - when it was a strike - everybody in the park and probably in Harvard Square heard his shriek-ish strike call. In football he was always the referee, standing behind the Quarterback or the Kicker, so I had many a conversation with him. He was a unique character and when he showed up on the field you knew you had to be on your toes because he was always well prepared. His life story in intriguing and so was Giles!

Mike Lynch
Harvard '76
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December 22, 2016
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December 22, 2016
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December 22, 2016
Billy. Sorry for your loss. Giles will be missed and many memories will live on. Rest In Peace Giles
Tim Burke
December 22, 2016
Jill Taloumis
December 22, 2016
Jill Taloumis
December 22, 2016
Jill Taloumis
December 22, 2016
December 22, 2016
As a hockey referee,Giles always seemed to have words of encouragement,praise or constructive criticism for young players while refereeing.I have enjoyed hockey in various forms throughout my life and never forgot the on - ice comments Giles made.

Please accept my condolences and my attempt to recognize how Giles affected people in such a positive way.

Dan Griffin
Originally Melrose,now,Wisconsin
December 22, 2016
You will be missed, Giles. Love you. ~Jill
Jill Taloumis
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