CARROLL - Clarence S. Thompson passed away July 3 2014, at his home in Carroll, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 10, 1932, in Tonawonda, NY, the son of Clara (Scott) and Clarence Thompson.
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He was raised in West Enfield and attended schools there. He graduated from Lee Academy in 1950, Husson College in 1956 and the University of Maine in 1978, obtaining his Master's degree in education. With the love of his life, wife of 62 years, Jane (Oliver) Thompson, he resided in Mattawamkeag and Carroll. He was a teacher in Fort Fairfield, principal of Mattawamkeag High School, Assistant Principal at Schenck High School and Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln from 1973 until his retirement from education in 1989. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a third degree mason and had just received his 60-year pin. He was an avid fan of both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants. It was common to see him at many Lee Academy events. He enjoyed many happy years of retirement, farming, golfing, traveling around the world and his annual month of April in Indian Shores, Florida, with his many "retirement friends" from the Lincoln area. He was a long-time member of the Springfield and Carroll Congregational Churches and was a deacon and treasurer of both. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lee Academy. He was very community minded and always thinking of and helping others.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Matthew and wife, Melanie; his daughter, Stephanie; two very special grandsons, Andy and his wife, Reyna Ham and Adam and his wife, Jackie Ham; his "adopted" grandsons, Jacob and Tyler Kuester; his recent great-grandson, Mason Ham and great-granddaughter, Jodie Marie Ham; and his sister, Gloria Riggie, of Buffalo, NY. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Harry Thompson. His family wishes to give a heartfelt thanks to PVH in Lincoln, his very kind hospice nurses, Dr. Irving and Cancer Care of Maine.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Springfield Congregational Church, 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19. A private interment will be held at Lindsay Cemetery, Carroll, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Clarence and Jane Thompson Scholarship, c/o Lee Academy, 26 Winn Rd., Lee, ME 04455. Those who wish may sign an online guest register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com
Published in BDN Maine on July 8, 2014