Thomas Francis Kinch born September 18,1951 in Boston, MA died at the Sippican Healthcare Center, in Marion, MA on June 19, 2020. The family of Thomas Kinch would like to thank the staff of Sippican Healthcare Center and the Fidelis Hospice team for their devotion and care. Tom was also so grateful to you.
On, Friday, June 19th Tom Kinch said goodbye, left us and left his body, not the body of his youth, after a courageous battle with cancer. His daughter, Jessica, was by his side when he passed.
In his youth he engaged in sports. Tom was a great baseball player. A love he helped instill in his grandson, Joshua, since he was young, never missing one of his games. Not only did he attend, but he’d offer a stick of gum to all of the players and spectators as he made his way to his favorite perch, the back of his pick-up truck. His daughter remembers him inspiring spirit on the sidelines of her soccer games years ago and most recently at his granddaughter’s. He was also attentive to his granddaughter, Gia’s love of dance. Who would have guessed a grizzled Tom Kinch would attend dance recitals. Again, he never missed them.
Tom was an amazing person, a smart person. He had a genius IQ, but was never happy as a student. Instead he was a voracious reader till the end, much like his mother, Irene. And he could play a harmonica to match his dad, Charlie, both parents have passed. He loved music by Tom Waites or the Allman Brothers during some fun times spent in the sun of Southwest Florida. That’s when he met Betty, Jessica’s mother and his former wife, both loving parents and grandparents. He worked for UPS for 25 years and happily retired 18 years ago.
The best decision was when he moved to Fairhaven, just eight years ago, down the street from his daughter, Jessica, who meant everything to him and son-in-law, Jay. He would love walking to Fort Phoenix to read his latest book. The area rejuvenated him and he would tell us, “You should come down here, it’s a hidden gem. It’s beautiful!”
His outings, at least once a year, with his four brothers, Jim, Joe, Tim and Patrick were raucous occasions. You can always hear when Kinches congregate, with their raspy, megaphone voices. There was usually a picture to mark the time.
Tom wasn’t much for large gatherings, holidays, birthdays, celebrations, funerals for that matter. He liked things simple without making a fuss. He liked to stay out of the limelight. But he had a generous heart and expressed it in the funniest of ways, like bringing a ham wrapped in newspaper for a Christmas present or numberless treats for the grandkids every time he visited. He has many nieces and nephews, who thought the world of Uncle Tom and have plenty of funny memories, some of which they recently shared with him. We’ll miss you, Dad, Grampa, Uncle, Brother, Tom. We love you.
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