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Thomas Jacques, of Middleton, Mass., passed away peacefully, but suddenly, on January 18, 2018. He grew up in Beverly in a large French-Canadian family during a time when children were free to roam. His many interesting experiences as a child were an early hint of his amazing ability as a provider, bringing home squirrels, rabbits, fish, and other creatures to add to the family cooking pot. His early working career was at the United Shoe in Beverly where he had varied jobs that helped bring out his innate organizational and engineering abilities. But he longed to have his own business, and when the opportunity arose, he started Jacques Plumbing in Middleton, Mass., which he ran very successfully for over 30 years. Tom was a brilliant, generous, humble man of absolute integrity, who shared his wisdom with all he knew. Gardening, fishing, digging oysters and clams, finance, and politics, were his passions. He would share with family and friends the largess of the activities he loved best. His selflessness will be remembered as well as his outstanding work ethic.
He was married to his beloved wife, Beverly (Blais), for 55 years. He was devoted to her, and cared for her until she passed away in 2015. He leaves behind a daughter, Julie Jacques, of Byfield; a son, Mark Jacques, and his wife, Christine ,of Middleton; and a cherished grandson, Ethan Jacques, of West Roxbury; a loving companion, Katharine Brown. of Rye, N.H.; along with siblings, Harvey, Paul, Andy, Rosemary, Betty, and Jacqueline.
A "salt of the earth" man who will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have their lives touched by him.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 1 p.m., at Angelica's Restaurant, in Middleton. All are welcome to attend. Kindly visit www.mackeyfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence.
Published on January 28, 2018
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