Thomas Thornton Obituary

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Thomas Edward Thornton Jr.

November 2, 1949 - October 8, 2011
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Thomas E. Thornton, Jr. Milford – Thomas E. Thornton, Jr., 61, died peacefully with courage and dignity at his home on October 8, 2011. He was surrounded with the love of his family. He was born on November 2, 1949, the beloved first son of Thomas Sr. and Gloria (Michaud) Thornton. He graduated as class president from Old Town High School in 1968. While there he met and eventually married his high school sweetheart, Brenda Yerxa. They shared forty wonderful years of marriage and friendship. Tom's love of community led him down many paths. He was a past president and Paul Harris recipient of the Old Town Rotary Club. He served on...
Thomas E. Thornton, Jr.
Milford – Thomas E. Thornton, Jr., 61, died peacefully with courage and dignity at his home on October 8, 2011. He was surrounded with the love of his family. He was born on November 2, 1949, the beloved first son of Thomas Sr. and Gloria (Michaud) Thornton.
He graduated as class president from Old Town High School in 1968. While there he met and eventually married his high school sweetheart, Brenda Yerxa. They shared forty wonderful years of marriage and friendship. Tom's love of community led him down many paths. He was a past president and Paul Harris recipient of the Old Town Rotary Club. He served on the Small Business Administration, the Katahdin Area Council of Boy Scouts and the Maine Rural Development Authority. He was a trustee of Husson University and on the Board of Directors of Machias Savings Bank.
Tom was a true entrepreneur. His start in business was at Thorntons' Amoco and Interstate Batteries, where he formed many lasting friendships. His proudest accomplishment was being President of Freightliner of Maine and working with his children to form a family business. He measured his success by the many dedicated employees who became his "Freightliner family". Many of his business ventures were shared with his loyal partners and friends Jack, Joe, Bernie and Charlie.
Tom had a great love of nature. He felt most at home spending time "Upta Camp". He had the privilege of operating Nugent's Camps on the Allagash Waterway for three years with family and partners Stella and Rob. Many happy hours were spent out in his workshop "puttering" on his latest project. He was a wonderful husband and a great father to his three children. He will always be remembered for his sense of patriotism, his love of community and his quick wit. His stories and jokes will be missed at many gatherings of family and friends.
In addition to his mother, Gloria and wife, Brenda, he is survived by three children and their spouses; Nicole Madden and her husband Derek, Toby Thornton and his wife Melanie, and Lee Thornton and his wife Julie. He was a proud Papa to Justin, Chase and soon to be born, Ford Thomas. He is also survived by three brothers; Peter and his wife Chris, Michael and his wife Ann, and David and his wife Kim. He was Uncle Tommy to Whitney and Shane, Kate and David, Michele and Doug, Rachel and Eric, Daniel and Ashley, Josh and Kelsey, Richard and Gloria, Meghan, Brittany and Jeff, and Raekel and Freddie. His nieces and nephews gave him many great-nieces and great-nephews whom he loved dearly.
He was predeceased by his father, Thomas E. Thornton, Sr., his mother-in-law and father-in-law Dorothy and Maynard Yerxa, and brother-in-law, Stanley Yerxa. He was a great son, brother, husband, father, Papa, uncle, cousin, and a friend to all.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1pm on Friday, Oct. 14, at Holy Family Church, 429 Main St., Old Town. All are invited to a light luncheon following the service at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 5 Gilman Falls Ave., Old Town. The burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any charitable donations in Thomas' honor, be made to the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association c/o William Osborne, Treasurer, 1242 Essex St., Bangor, ME 04401. Notes of Condolences may be made at www.birminghamfuneralhome.com

"I did not know Tom as long as many others but feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know him while working on the 100th anniversary "Wing..." Gary Savignano

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