Linda Dora Babin
Linda Dora Babin, a longtime resident of Groton, passed away in December at the age of 75 after a long illness. Linda was born in Leominster on May 3, 1947, to Michael and Dora Fiorentino. She was a member of the Class of 1965 at Fitchburg High School where she was a very popular student and both a majorette and a member of the student council. Linda received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education at Fitchburg State College in 1969 and 1971 respectively. While starting her teaching career she completed an additional 32 credits.
Her initial teaching assignment was at St. Anthony’s School in Fitchburg, followed next by her assignment at Reingold Elementary School in Fitchburg where she served as a beloved first grade teacher for many years. Linda was a compassionate and impactful educator who was valued by all. She was so sought after as a teacher that the requests from parents to place their child in Linda’s classroom far outnumbered the available spots. For many years she would encounter former students who would greet her with, “Hi Miss Fiorentino, you were my first grade teacher!”. She would always remember their names and those greetings brought joy to her heart.
During her early teaching years Linda volunteered as coach of the Fitchburg High School majorettes and served as an officer in the local teacher’s union. In 1985 she married Michael Babin of Fitchburg and they bought their first home in Groton where they raised their family. Once her children entered elementary school, Linda spent the next years as a substitute teacher in the Groton-Dunstable school system, as well as serving as a Reading Specialist for which she was certified. She also taught at the Acton Children School in the years that followed.
Linda was, above all, an incredible mother. Supportive and involved, she would spend her time making sure her children were able to take advantage of numerous school and extracurricular activities and would happily volunteer to lend a hand in any way she could contribute to those organizations. Linda was also an excellent cook known for her baked ziti, sweet and sour chicken, anisette cookies, and the often-requested celebration salad. After her children finished high school and went off to college, Linda spent many years caring for her father and then her mother in their last years. Selfless and unwavering, for Linda family was the most important aspect of her life.
Linda is survived by her devoted husband of 37 years, Michael of Groton; her daughter Michelle Babin of Lowell; her son Michael Jr., his wife Laura, and their son Bradley of Groton; her brothers and their spouses: Michael and Pam Fiorentino of Falmouth; Denis and Sharen Fiorentino of Youngsville, NC; Mark and Lynn Fiorentino of Wilton, CT; Doug and Maggie Fiorentino of Oviedo, FL; as well as many nieces and nephews, and dozens of cousins from her parents’ large extended families.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to a charity supporting Alzheimer’s research. A celebration of life memorial will be held at a later date to be announced.