Thomas M. Brown, 75, of Bangor, died Sept. 29, 2016. Tom was born May 10, 1941, in Houlton, the son of Scott and Susie (Blanchard) Brown. A graduate of Houlton High School, he attended Bates College where he allegedly studied history, but really majored in pool and golf. He later received his law degree from Boston University and practiced law for 50 years at Eaton Peabody. Tom was an avid golfer and enjoyed countless rounds at Penobscot Valley and Houlton Golf Clubs.
Tom was a true "County Boy." He loved and cherished all things Aroostook - his lifelong friends, family roots, and the region's rich history. He was a true and loyal friend to those who knew him. He relished his monthly poker group, traveling with his wife of over fifty years, Gail, being with his dog Molly, puttering around his house in Georgetown where he always stoked his yard "burn" pile, and the annual hunting trip with his cronies, even though he never carried a gun. He was also an advocate for his adopted home of Bangor, always promoting its many strengths and helping raise support for the establishment of programs, including the Challenger Learning Center and The Children's Museum. He also served on the Maine State Board of Corrections and was an Army Reservist in the 1970s.
The Browns would like to express their eternal gratitude to the anonymous family who in the face of death gave the gift of life to Tom through the donated heart he received in 1989. Tom lived his life to the fullest, grateful for each precious day. Deep gratitude also extends to the wonderful, caring and talented healthcare professionals at Eastern Maine Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital, who cared from Tom over the past 35 years.
Tom is survived by his wife, Gail; son Win and his wife, Wendy, and their daughters Kathryn and Anya of Westford, MA; daughter, Jill Roberts and her partner, Kyle Kauffman, of Kannapolis, NC; son, Greg of Bangor; brother, Scott and his wife Carolyn; brother-in-law, John Hoxie and his wife, Diana; cousins, nieces and nephews, and his much-loved dog, Molly. He was predeceased by his son, Michael, and sister, Catherine.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Tom's life at a visiting hours reception at Penobscot Valley Country Club on Monday, October 3rd, from 4 -7 p.m. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 4th at Hammond Street Congregational Church, 28 High Street, Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. Mark Allen Doty officiating, followed by a coffee in the Fellowship Hall.
Should friends desire, memorial gifts may be made to the Thomas M. Brown Scholarship, Houlton High School Alumni Association, POB 900, Houlton, ME, 04730; The Challenger Learning Center, 30 Venture Way, Bangor ME 04401; or Hammond Street Congregational Church, 28 High Street, Bangor, ME 04401. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.