Margaret “Maggie” E. (Fallon) Tibbetts, of Hull, died January 12, 2019. Born September 15, 1940 in Quincy. Daughter of Kenneth P. Jr. and Dorothy A. Fallon. She is survived by her husband and soulmate of 55 years, Richard C. Tibbetts Jr., brother Kenneth P. Fallon III and his wife Judy of Naples FL, son Richard C. Tibbetts III and his wife Julia of Newton, son Taylor F. Tibbetts and his wife Nancy of Scituate, daughter Lindsey A. Buchleitner and her husband Neil of Hull, grandchildren Elizabeth A. Chisholm and her husband John of Hull, Katelyn T. Ryan of Hull, Taylor L. Tibbetts of Scituate, Franconia and Henry Buchleitner of Hull, Charlie and Julian Tibbetts of Newton, and great grandson John Chisholm of Hull, as well as many nieces and nephews. Sister of the late Gregory R. Fallon,
Maggie grew up in Quincy. She graduated from Quincy High School in 1958 and Chandler School for Women in 1960, after which she worked as a legal secretary and travel agent. She married Richard in 1963. They lived in Hanover, Duxbury, and eventually settled in Cohasset where they raised their family.
Maggie was a member of the Cohasset Golf Club for over thirty years where she twice won the Lincoln Bowl, was an active member in the Massachusetts Women’s Golf Association, and competed in many golf matches and tournaments throughout Massachusetts. She loved everything about golf: the mental challenge, the rules and honor system, the long walk in the fresh air, how humbling it can be, the people, the laughs, and the undying conviction that even if today’s round wasn’t going to plan, tomorrow’s might very well be that magical round of a lifetime where everything just falls into place. In this sense, golf was like a metaphor for her whole life. Maggie was also a member of the Cohasset Yacht Club, a terrific bridge player, and an absolute master codebreaker who could solve the morning cryptoquote over just a few sips of coffee.
While her husband Richard ran Wollaston Alloys, a steel foundry he owned in Braintree, Maggie raised their three children at home. After Richard sold the business in 1982, they did a great deal of traveling. They also enjoyed spending time over the years at vacation homes in Key Largo, Stuart, Marco Island and Naples FL, as well as North Conway NH, where Maggie loved to snowmobile with her family and friends up over Hurricane Mountain into Maine.
With their children raised and starting families of their own, Maggie converted and renovated the family home in Cohasset into The Inn At Actor’s Row. It was an elegant, yet charming bed and breakfast with eight working fireplaces and an extensive collection of antique American clocks which she and Richard had curated over many years. Maggie’s inn was featured in Colonial Homes Magazine in 1991. It was well regarded by locals, who hosted their out-of-town guests there for such occasions as weddings and graduations, and was beloved by many of the singers and musicians who performed at the South Shore Music Circus. When the inn became too much of a daily commitment, keeping Maggie from the golf course for too many days in a row, they sold it and moved to Scituate, then to Hull to retire.
A few years later, in 1998, bored of retirement and eager for a new challenge, Maggie and Richard convinced their son Taylor and his wife Nancy to go into business together. They bought two wine and spirit stores in Hull and Scituate. They added a third store to their growing family business in the Pine Hills community in Plymouth in 2010. Maggie played a key role in the redesign and rebranding of all three stores, and she expanded the company’s efforts into new retail lines including gourmet foods, unique gift items, and her fabulous, one-of-a-kind gift baskets.
Maggie was incredibly fun loving, and had a great talent for entertaining. She could throw a fabulous party at the drop of a hat. She loved to get dressed up, had an iconoclastic sense of style, and amassed a wonderful collection of costume jewelry, especially earrings, the bigger the better. She was an unbelievably talented cook who only rarely needed to glance at a cookbook. She was fiercely independent. She could ride a motorcycle, navigate an airplane, and create wonderful works of art in acrylic and oil. In fact, Maggie could do almost anything she set her mind to.
Yet above all else, Maggie was unswervingly devoted to her family. She was generous to a fault, always thinking of ways to support her husband, children and grandchildren in whatever endeavors had caught their passions. Maggie was a true matriarch. She will be more than missed.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 4-7:30 pm in The Cove Harbor Bar and Restaurant, 124 Elm St., Cohasset Harbor, MA 02025.
Charitable donations in Maggie’s name can be made to Scituate Etrusco Associates, One Common St., Scituate, MA 02066.