Thomas Dobbins

Obituary of Thomas Dobbins

Thomas G. Dobbins, a retired Foreman at Monsanto Chemical, passed away after a brief illness at the Woburn Nursing Home. He was 90 years old. Mr. Dobbins was born in Woburn, the son of Irish immigrants, the late Thomas and Isabella Dobbins. He was raised and educated in Woburn. He was a graduate of Woburn High School. Mr. Dobbins went to work at Monsanto Chemical after High School. He was inducted into the Army in April of 1943. Because of his experience with chemicals, he attended the Chemical Warfare NCO School. He arose to the rank of Corporal and was the recipient of the WW II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the American Theater Campaign Ribbon. He was discharged at the end of the War, but he continued his support of the military through his involvement in the American Legion. After the war, he returned to Monsanto Chemical Company where he worked as a Foreman. In Burlington, he served as special Policeman Mr. Dobbins was a member of the Billerica Elks and Woburn Moose. He enjoyed sports and working out. He played baseball as a student as well as an adult, rode a bike, and worked out at the Elks. In his retirement years, he started a landscape business. He enjoyed the work and staying active. He enjoyed the time spent with family and friends and will be lovingly remembered. Mr. Dobbins was the beloved husband of Helen (DiStasio) of Woburn. The loving father of Janice Quinlan of Burlington, Laurie Field of Bath, ME, and Marlene Tumbarello of Woburn. He was predeceased by his brother Robert Dobbins. He was also survived by 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON, on Friday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. A memorial visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.
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