CHESTER - Tom Wolford went home to be with his Lord, two siblings, and other close relatives on May 27, 2015 at Eastern Maine Medical Center, after courageously fighting a serious lung disease for several years. He was born July 27, 1964, in Akron, Ohio, to Thomas G. and Martha L. (Bates) Wolford.
Tom grew up and lived in Chester, Maine, having graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in nearby Lincoln, served in the United States Air Force, attended Eastern Maine Technical College in Bangor, earned his bachelor's degree at Penn State, and courageously conquered kidney disease with the help of his sister Debbie's gracious gift of a kidney in 1991.
Tom had several loves: he loved traveling, and visited all the contiguous states, "collecting" counties as he drove (2679 total); he loved telling his original "punny" jokes to anyone within listening range; he loved being a substitute teacher, mostly in the Greenbush school; he loved studying maps and working on math problems, even working out a formula for determining population density; he loved attending the First Bible Baptist Church in Lincoln, and volunteering in various activities there. He also donated much time and energy over the years to Health Access Network and the Friends of the Lincoln Library.
Tom is survived by his parents; sister Sandra, her husband James Snowden, and favored nephew Samuel, all of Bracknell, Berkshire, England; sister Kathleen McIntyre of Milford, Maine, and nephews Jared Powers of Cleveland, Tennessee, and Bradley Powers, his wife Jessica and their children, Bridgette, Emelia, and Eli, of Clinton Township, Michigan; sister Linda, her husband Christopher Campbell, nephew Christopher, and nieces Abigail, Moriah, and Jessica, and her husband Charlie Case and their children, Owen and Lorelei, all of Talkeetna, Alaska; and niece Valerie Wolford Powers of Stacyville, Maine. He was predeceased by brother Daniel and sister Deborah Troxell.
Tom requested that family and friends be invited to a viewing the evening before the funeral and a celebration of life immediately following the funeral. The viewing, scheduled for Tuesday, June 2nd, 6-8 p.m. and the funeral, scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd, 1 p.m. will be held at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln, Maine with the Rev. Terry Upcott officiating. Interment will be in South Chester Cemetery. The celebration of Tom's life will be held at the First Bible Baptist Church at 51 Fleming Street in Lincoln. Tom also requested that attendees share their favorite joke that he had told them.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at or mailed to his parents' home at 520 North Chester Road, Chester, Maine. Donations may be made in Tom's honor to the First Bible Baptist Church in Lincoln.