DOVER-FOXCROFT - Kenneth E. Thomes Jr., 78, died Jan. 4, 2013, at his son's home in Portland, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 10, 1934, in Portland, the son of Kenneth Sr. and Margaret (Ryan) Thomes.
Kenneth grew up in Falmouth and attended Falmouth High School, class of 1953. After high school Ken joined the National Guard and was part of the 103rd Armored Calvary. On July 2, 1957, Ken reported to work for Portland Fire Department at Ladder Company 6, Park Avenue, and retired as captain at Central Station, Nov. 1, 1977, after 20 years of service. Kenny then worked for Central Maine Power for years and was especially happy to work at the Harris Project, just above his camp in Moxie. He later started work as a carpenter with Thomas Kane Associates and retired completely after working for Cianbro Corp. Kenneth was "at home" in the outdoors. He loved hunting, trapping and fishing, and enjoyed these treasures with many lifelong friends, especially his grandson, Trey, who took to his same interest and pleasures. Kenny was a member of Maine Trappers Association and a member of Maine's "Big Buck" Club multiple times.
In addition to his parents, Kenneth was predeceased by his former wife and mother of his children, Barbara L. Savage, in 1997; and his son, Glen H. Thomes, in 2004. He is survived by his two sons, Steven A. Thomes and wife, Sue, and Scott M. Thomes and wife, Loretta; two daughters, Linda J. Thomes and Patricia A. Bailey, all from Portland; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; his sister, Patricia A. Thomes of Windham; aunt, Eva Langely of Casco; and a special nephew, Michael Thomes of Florida.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. A private service will be held for family. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made in Kenny's name to Firefighter Cancer Support Network, care of Jeff Howe, 22016 Superior Court, Santa Clarita, CA 91390. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ctcrawford.com