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56 Washington St.
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Phone: (781) 235-1481
Fax: (781) 235-3466
Thomas  Megan

Thomas F. Megan

Tuesday, October 28th, 1930 - Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
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Thomas F. Megan, beloved husband of Claire H. (Russell) Megan, a longtime resident of Wellesley, passed away suddenly Jan. 8 at the age of 88 surrounded by his loving family.

Tom approached life with great joy, optimism, passion and generosity and brought that to all he did as a music-lover, golfer, professional, and most of all as a husband and father.

As the devoted father of six children and nine grandchildren, all of whom adored him, Tom helped to shape their lives in important ways, attending their games and concerts, reading to them, encouraging their music-making, and introducing them to the game of golf. He loved to make them laugh, even if it annoyed them.

A sense of playfulness and humor infused everything he did as he would encourage his children and grandchildren to "roar like a lion" or “slay the dragon” as they headed off to school. He loved to sing and if he didn't know the words, he would make them up.

Tom, who was most recently living at North Hill in Needham, was born the son of Emily A. Moran and Thomas F. Megan on Oct. 28, 1930 in Watertown, MA. He grew up during the Depression and when his family had to move into a smaller house, it proved serendipitous because it was on the edge of Oakley Country Club.

Soon young Tom was working as a caddy and slipping onto the golf course, sharpening his game whenever he could.

He had a lovely voice as a child and when a member of Trinity Church in Boston heard him sing a solo at his elementary school, Tom was invited to join that church’s prestigious boys' choir.

Tom went on to Boston College graduated cum laude in 1952 and was a member of the BC golf team that won the New England College Intercollegiate Golf Championship in 1952. He was also president of the music club, which included the chorus, orchestra and band.

Shortly after graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a Lieutenant Junior Grade, teaching at the U.S. Naval prep-school in Bainbridge, MD.

For 65 years, the center of his life was his childhood sweetheart, Claire. Tom was smitten from the moment he met Claire in dancing school. She was 12 and he was 13. From then on, there was no other for him and together they fashioned a marriage --- based on love, respect, generosity and fun -- that was a model for all who knew them.

Tom spent most of his career working as a partner for the former Big Eight firm known then as Touche Ross -- now known as Deloitte.

For six years, he ran the Worcester office for Touche Ross and was a member of the Worcester Airport Commission.

Later, he moved to Wellesley where he spent most of his life and was an active member of St. John the Evangelist.

He also kept up his passion for golf as a member of Weston Golf Club for over 40 years and served as treasurer. He played regularly right through last fall, taking his sons and grandsons out for rounds.

When he retired from Touche Ross, a younger partner said he had achieved “an enviable balance” of career and family.

He led an active retirement with lots of travel, golf and music, most recently singing in a chorus in Needham. When he was 76, he took up guitar and at 85, thanks to a loving gift from a daughter-in-law, he started painting.

Besides his wife Tom leaves his children, Kathleen Megan and husband Peter Pach of Middle Haddam, CT; Tom Megan and his wife Diane Edgecomb of Jamaica Plain, Jack Megan of Concord; Robert Megan and his wife, Carrie of Wellesley; Carolyn Megan and her partner, Michael Gelsanliter of Portland, ME; David Megan and his wife Wendy Millette of Concord.

He also leaves his sisters, Janet Greehan, a longtime resident of Belmont and Katharine Row, a longtime resident of Weston.

He also leaves nine grandchildren, Nell, Sam, Matthew, Claire, Emma, Julia, Evan, Katie and Ben, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and his daughter-in-law Sarah Gray Megan.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of his life with a wake scheduled Thursday, January 10, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Burke Funeral Home, 56 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA.

A Mass celebrating his life will be held on Friday, January 11 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church 9 Glen Street, Wellesley MA. Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellesley will follow.

Donations may be made to: the Blessed John XXII National Seminary in Weston, MA and to the Pine Street Inn in Boston
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 10th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, January 10th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home 56 Washington St. (Rte 16) Wellesley Hills
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  • Service

    Friday, January 11th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, January 11th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Saint John the Evangelist Church, 9 Glen Road, Wellesley Hills
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  • Interment

    Location
    Woodlawn Cemetery
    Address
    148 Brook Street
    Wellelsey, MA 02482
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Tony McManus

Posted at 04:34pm
Claire...and kids...I just learned from John of Tom’s death and I want to pass on my wishes to you all. We saw each other all too infrequently,but it was a genuinely enjoyable experience each time....he was a unique and special (and fun) person. All the best to you in what must be sad time...
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Bill and Cindy Mantzoukas

Posted at 10:05am
With deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. Bill and Cindy Mantzoukas
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Maureen Febiger

Posted at 05:32pm
Dear Claire, You and Tom were the cutest couple ever. I became acquainted with you on Standish Circle when visiting the Kelleys across the street from you. From these encounters, I was always happy to see you at St; John's or elsewhere around town. I am remembering with fondness, our meeting this fall, with you and Tom while you were on the path around Lake Waban getting your exercise and fresh air. I am so sorry to learn of Tom's passing. He was so full of life just a short time ago. Chris and I send our condolences to you and your wonderful, large, loving family. I am sure he will be missed by all who knew him. Maureen and Chris Febiger
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Deborah Plumer

Posted at 12:31pm
Dear Megan family - I want to extend my most sincere sympathy to all of you. Indeed, your dad was the North Star for Standish Rd when we were all growing up. Your family was the epicenter of excitement on our street and our lives were greatly enriched by your presence. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Deb Erikson Plumer
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John F Manning

Posted at 12:05pm
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