OBITUARY: William Thomas Bostock, 74

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

METHUEN, MA — William Thomas Bostock, “Tom”, age 74, of Methuen, MA, formerly of Wilmington, MA and Bangor, ME, passed away unexpectedly on April 1, 2022, in North Conway, New Hampshire, while on vacation with his wife and friends.

Tom was born in Bangor, Maine, on August 18, 1947; he was the dear son of the late Theodore and Winnifred (Rose) Bostock. Tom was raised and educated in Maine and a graduate of Bangor Maine High School. Following graduation, Tom, enlisted in the Air Force on September 28, 1966, at the young age of 18. Tom proudly served overseas during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged from active duty on July 24, 1970; he returned home to his family in Maine and continued to serve the Country in the Air Force Reserves until August of 1972. Tom went on to continue his education at the University of Maine, Augusta Campus where he earned his Associates Degree in Business.

Tom spent some time living in Florida where he made many friends before returning “up North” where he went to work in the Automobile Industry in 1973. Tom worked his way through the industry starting out as a Service Advisor then on to Shop Manager before earning his position as Service Manager; a position he kept for many years. Tom continued taking classes to keep up on the latest changes in the auto industry and during one of those classes in 1976 he met his “soulmate” Sharon Haynes. The couple soon became inseparable and married on September 24, 1977. Tom worked hard for many years at multiple Volkswagon and Mazda dealerships throughout Massachusetts; his endearing personality and customer service skills made him quite successful as a service manager and friend to many of his co-workers. Tom retired at the age of 64 but continued to help his fellow colleagues whenever and wherever he was needed.

Tom and Sharon spent many wonderful years together; they traveled the world and enjoyed seeing new places, experiencing many customs and meeting great people. They looked forward to the time they spent with family and friends, whether it was heading out on a vacation, sharing countless holidays or celebrations or just “hanging out”; everyone had a great time with Tom.

In his spare time, Tom, enjoyed playing golf, reading, figuring out his “gadgets” or watching television in every room of his house. He had a competitive side that enjoyed playing cards, especially a good game of poker or heading out to a casino for some gambling just to try his luck. Tom liked to follow some Boston sports; baseball being his favorite or head out with friends for a “good beer”; microbrew being the best.

Tom will be remembered as a “great guy” with a good personality and an infectious sense of humor. He made everyone around him feel welcomed and loved. Tom treasured the times spent with family and friends; especially his wife Sharon, his “Lovey” whom he loved with all his heart. Tom would go out of his way to help his family, friends, neighbors or anyone else who needed a hand; he will forever be missed by everyone whose lives he touched.

Tom was the beloved husband of Sharon A. Bostock (Haynes) of Methuen, he was the dear brother of Linda Bostock, Penelope “Penney” Bostock, Scott Bostock, and Bonny Cross all of Maine, he was the loving Uncle of Chelsea Hodgson, Mandy St. Onge, Nikki Giles, Christina & Dan Woodbury, Stephen Haynes & Stacey Joyce-Haynes, Jessica & Scott Mearls, Damon Loder, Fallyn Loder, Taylor Mailloux, Adrian Mailloux, Benjamin Mailloux, Eleanor Haynes and their families. He was a special brother-in-law of Richard & Marie Haynes, Paul & Stephanie Loder, Michele & Scott Kelly, Jennifer Haynes, Peter Haynes and Christina Helberg. Tom is further survived by many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday, April 5th for Visitation from 4:00-7:00 p.m. followed by a Service at 7:00 p.m. A Graveside Committal Service with Military Honors will take place on Thursday, April 7th at 12:00 noon in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Tom’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

Tom Bostock

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