Thomas Alvin ‘Tom’ Latshaw Jr., 79, educator known for his quick wit and humor

Thomas Alvin ‘Tom’ Latshaw Jr.

WILMINGTON — Thomas Alvin “Tom” Latshaw Jr., 79, formerly of Melrose, Massachusetts, peacefully passed away Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. He was born Sept. 7, 1941, to Thomas A. Latshaw and Isabelle Gannon.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, JoAnn Latshaw; children, Kim Latshaw of Niantic, Connecticut, Thomas Latshaw III, and his wife, Kathryn Latshaw, of Wilmington and Kristin Thornton, and her husband, Matthew Thornton, of McKinney, Texas; grandchildren, Thomas Latshaw IV, Mary Thornton, Jes Latshaw and Tatum Latshaw; siblings, Marilyn Daignault, Barbara Riley and Joan Conroy; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Nancy Lilley.

Tom was a Boston College graduate and hockey player, then played semipro for the Lowell Chiefs. He went to Salem State to obtain his master’s degree and then continued to further his education. Following his schooling, he became an educator and a principal for several years. While raising his family in Acton, Massachusetts, together, Tom and JoAnn had successful careers as self-employed entrepreneurs and lived in three different states.

He was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, athlete, scholar, storyteller and the life of any party. He lived his life with extreme integrity and humility, making an imprint on the hearts and minds of everyone he knew. His quick wit and humor will live on forever in the memories and personal stories of many.

A private ceremony was held in his honor.

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