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Thomas John McNichol, of Framingham, Mass., who also wintered in Sun City Center, Fla., died in his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, November 16th. He was 79 years old.
Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Mary Charlotte (Anthony) McNichol of Framingham, MA and their children, Mary McNichol Romano and her husband Dan Romano of Framingham, Ted McNichol of San Francisco, Calif., Thomas McNichol and his partner, Mark Hittie of Boston, and his adored granddaughters, Carolyn Romano and her fiance, Matthew Wilder, Kathleen Romano and her fiance, Ross Martin, and Kelly Romano. He is also survived by his siblings, Mary Dick of Fairfax, Va., Helen Caron of Wakefield, R.I., John McNichol of Lynnfield, and several nieces and nephews.
Tom was born on May 1, 1938 in Salem, Mass. to Theodore and Cecelia Hanley McNichol. He graduated from St. John’s Prep in 1956 and from Northeastern University in 1960 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also served in the United States Army for two years.
Tom enjoyed a successful career with various technology companies, retiring from Compaq Computer in 2000. He had a passion for being involved in numerous charitable organizations such as the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metrowest. For 19 years, he was a big brother to Justin Neal of Austin, Texas. He further fulfilled his charitable passion by founding the Charles River Clean Up Boat 14 years ago whose main mission is to keep the Charles River free of floating trash and marine debris.
More than anything Tom enjoyed spending time on the water with his family and friends. An avid boater, there was a never a bad day on Lake Cochituate, site of his favorite annual 4th of July celebration.
Visiting hours will be on Saturday, November 18th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St. (Corner of Union Ave.) Framingham.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Tom to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metrowest at bbbscm.org and to the Charles River Clean Up Boat at cleanupboat.org. Special thanks and appreciation to the team at Metrowest Hospice for their wonderful care and support.
For online guestbook and directions please log onto the nortonfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 17, 2017
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