Thomas P. Billings, 92, lifetime Shrewsbury resident, passed away peacefully on the morning of Monday, February 8, 2021 with his loving family at his bedside.
Born in Worcester and raised in Shrewsbury, Thomas was the only child of the late Wilfred A. (Tony) and Margaret (Garganigo) Billings. He was a graduate of Major Howard W. Beal High School in Shrewsbury, prior to attending Worcester Junior College, graduating with an Associate degree in Engineering. He entered the U.S. Army in Jan. of 1951 serving his country in Germany during the Occupation, until transferring to the Reserves in Dec. 1952. Thomas married Barbara M. (Nieuwenhoff) Billings, his best friend and partner in all things, on October 30, 1954. The pair settled in Shrewsbury to begin their family and recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. He was a hoisting engineer for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local #4 his entire career. His expertise was sought after, and was well known throughout the Commonwealth.
Thomas was known as a “Jack of all Trades” amongst family and friends for his many talents. He could fix anything, and if you needed it - he had it! He was a member of the Victor R. Quaranta American Legion Post #397, the Worcester Pistol and Rifle Club in Boylston, and the National Rifle Association.
Along with his beloved Barbara, he leaves his children: Nancy A. (Billings) Breault and her husband Francis M. Breault, of Shrewsbury, Patricia M.( Billings) Hoey and her husband Timothy C. Hoey, of Milford, Richard A. Billings and his wife Sara, of Northborough, and Lisa M. Billings, of Shrewsbury; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Thomas’ name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (stjude.org/donate).
Services and burial with military honors will be held privately for the Billings family. The Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main Street, Shrewsbury is honored to be assisting with arrangements.