Thomas F. Wholley, Jr.

  • Born: August 13, 1950
  • Died: December 26, 2018
  • Location: Methuen, Massachusetts

McDonald Funeral Home

19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
Tel. (781) 334-9966

Tribute & Message From The Family

Thomas F. Wholley, Jr., age 68, of Methuen formerly of Wakefield, died Wednesday, December 26 at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Born in Boston on August 13, 1950 he was the son of the late Thomas F. and Ruth (Powers) Wholley.

Mr. Wholley was raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1968 and Lowell Technical Institute, Class of 1972. He was a former Wakefield resident and was a member of St. Joseph Parish. He worked at VHB in Watertown for many years as a civil engineer and retired in 2015.

He was the beloved husband of Denise A. (Sarro) Wholley, with whom he shared 45 wonderful years of marriage. He was the loving father of Melissa S. Rivers and husband Michael of N. Andover and Scott T. Wholley and wife Cheryl of Rhode Island. He was the brother of Nancy Dionne and her husband William, Janet Wholley and her partner John Burke, JoAnn Pisacreta and her husband Robert, Kathleen Corso and her husband Robert and the late Michael Wholley and his surviving wife Lynn Wholley and the late Robert Wholley. He was the adoring Papa of Max Rivers, Mia Rivers and Abigail Wholley. He is also survived by his dear friend Paul Bedard, as well as many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Monday at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield at 10am. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield. Visitation for relatives and friends at the Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-6pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611 or Donate Life New England, 60 First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Denise, Melissa & Scott,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Tom was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. My prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Lynmarie MacMillan - Stoneham, MA   January 08, 2019

Denise, I am so saddened to see this obituary in the McDonald's Funeral Home website. Tom taught with me for several years in the Religious Education Program at St. Joseph's. It was a joy to watch Tom with the students. May God bless Tom and you and the family. Bob and I and Larry moved to California a couple of years ago to be near our daughter and her family. Prayers to you

Posted by Maggie Brennan - Clayton, CA - Friend   January 05, 2019


You will be missed Tom. Love and Prayers to Denise and family, and may Our Lord Jesus give you all Peace and Comfort during this time. I can remember Tom and I taking a trip on the freeway (93 or 95) and him and I talking about noise abatement many years ago.

Tim and Julie

Posted by Tim Culwell - Mesa, AZ - Family   January 04, 2019

Tom was a mentor and a true friend, always happy to share his time and passion for life. We will miss you Tom.

Posted by Nick Sanders - New Boston, NH   January 03, 2019

I lived on Foster Street until I was twelve. I will never forget Tom Wholley.

Posted by Deane Johnston - EVERETT, MA   December 31, 2018

My family and I will pray for you all. Tom was a great cousin, brother, husband, and dad. I hadn't seen him in years, but my mom always kept me updated on what was going on. He will be missed, but is at peace with the Lord. Know that you are loved.

Posted by Paul Sullivan - Milwaukee, WI   December 30, 2018

I am so very sorry for your loss. Tom was a best, always positive, I enjoyed working, more like recreational problem solving, with Tom over the many years. The NH office was very excited to have Tom join lpthe project team, and when he visited us WE all lined up for those very special donuts he would bring. He was truly a special person and will be missed.

Posted by Bruce Tasker - Concord, NH   December 29, 2018

Tom was such a pleasure to work with and be around. My sincere condolences to his family. We will all miss his cheerful presence.

Posted by Robert Wildey - Charlotte, VT - Coworker   December 28, 2018

So sorry for your loss I worked with Tom for many years at VHB - he was a wonderful person

Posted by Joyce Hamner - Watertown, MA - Coworker   December 28, 2018

So sorry to hear of Tom's passing.
He was a wonderful man and human being. It was a joy working with him.
The world is a little sadder now.

Posted by Sharon Long    December 28, 2018

Tom was a wonderful part of our group, a bunch of teenagers who hung around the Horace Mann. He was a fierce competitor and we had many great football games over at the Parlin. He would QB and throw darts all over the field. No one beat him in a game of 21. At night we would play cards on the schoolyard steps. He was a good kid and sounds like he grew to be a fine man. May he rest in peace.

Posted by bob napolitano - Londonderry, NH - Friend   December 28, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Tom for many years and always loved hearing his stories about his travels and his family. He will be missed.

Posted by Terri Courtemarche - Chelmsford, MA - Coworker   December 28, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss. Tom was such a positive, beautiful person.

Posted by Jessica Crawford - Wakefield, MA - Coworker   December 28, 2018

So sad... Tom was always an upbeat guy, a real pleasure to work with and be around. Very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Amy Bernstein - Brighton, MA - Coworker   December 28, 2018

Our prayers go out to the entire family. It has been many years that we have seen each other I will always remember the great cousin, brother and father that you were.
Jack Bell

Posted by Jack Bell - Denver, CO - Family   December 28, 2018

So sorry for your loss . He was a very nice man and a great neighbor for many years!

Posted by Kathy Cronin - Wakefield, MA - Neighbor   December 27, 2018

To the Wholley family. I grew up on Arlington Street and went to the Horace Mann School.. I remember you lived on the corner of Foster and Villa Ave. Great years. My sincere condolences to all. May Tom rest in peace. God Bless him.

Posted by Christine Falzarano - Everett, MA - Neighbor   December 27, 2018

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