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Kevin M. Thornton

d. March 1, 2020

Thornton, Kevin M., of Norwood, formerly of Needham, died at home March 1, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Colette F. (Landen) Thornton for 54 years. Loving father of Christine (Brian Henry) of Los Angeles, Dennis (Wendy) of Westwood, and Erin (Kevin) Reilly of Needham. Cherished grandfather of William, Kendall, Jack, and Aidan. Son of the late Edward, J. and Ruth D. Thornton of Newton. Brother of Lenore Thornton of Cotuit, and the late Suzanne Thornton and Margot Isabelle. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Kevin grew up in Newton and Scituate. He attended Mount Alvernia Academy, St. Sebastian's School, and Boston College. Upon graduating from BC, Kevin entered the U.S. Army as a military police officer. After the Army and a tenure at Bayer and American Optical, he took over his family's roofing and sheet metal business, Edward J. Thornton, Inc. For many years, Kevin was a supporter of Boston College football and was a longtime member of Charles River Country Club.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours in the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock St., WESTWOOD on Wednesday, March 4, from 4-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday morning, March 5, at 10am in St. Bartholomew's Church, 1180 Greendale Ave., Needham. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kevin's memory to The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, PO Box 2157, Framingham, MA 01703, or

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