“He Was Lovable”


by Chris Wangler

January 9, 2022

A well-liked Waltham native and dedicated father of 9-month-old twins died suddenly over the holidays at age 36.

But the heartbreak over Joe Thibodeau’s passing has been matched by an inspiring community response, raising tens of thousands for his widow in only a few days.

Thibodeau with Twins
Late Waltham native Joe Thibodeau with his twin daughters

Joe slipped into a coma, was intubated in an ICU for 10 days and passed away from a non-viral infection on New Year’s Day. He tested negative for COVID twice.

“He was my best friend,” Bill said, fighting back tears. “I talked to him every day.”

The Thibodeau family has Waltham roots dating back to the mid-1980s.

Bill and Joe grew up on Main Street, attending Banks and South Junior. Joe played for the WHS Hawks football team as a lineman.

Joe and his wife Meghan moved away briefly after marrying in 2013, then returned to buy a home in Cedarwood. When twin girls Jenna and Molly arrived, Joe doted on them constantly.

Joe Thibodeau pastimes
Joe played bass in local bands and loved to fish.

Bill described his brother as a kind-hearted man and dedicated dad, uncle and husband. He loved fishing, Boston sports and weightlifting.

Joe’s true passion was for music, playing bass in Waltham bands, including The Northern Pike. “He played all the time,” said Bill.

A wake is happening Thursday at Joyce from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with private funeral services to follow.

Without Joe’s salary as an IT manager, the family immediately worried about Meghan. She works for a good company on South Street in Waltham, but has been left to raise the twins on her own now.

A family friend set up a Go Fund Me page. In four days, more than 400 donors have raised more than $60,000. The goal is now $75K.


Courtesy photos