HOPKINTON – Thomas W. Cushing, 91, of Hopkinton passed away peacefully at Concord Hospital June 18, 2014. He was born on September 27, 1922, and was the 7th son of Patrick J. and Frances (Weston) Cushing. He grew up in Franklin, and after graduating from Franklin High School was called into military service. He was on active duty in the Pacific theatre of World War II for three years.
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After his honorable discharge in January, 1946 he married his high school sweetheart, Mildred L. Heath of Summit Street in Franklin. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1949, and accepted his first job as an electrical engineer at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C. 10 years later he accepted employment with Engelhard Industries, where he rose to the position of vice president. After 20 years there, he started his own international metals trading company, Almet, Inc., finally retiring at the age of 72 to Jupiter Island, Fla.
He is predeceased by two sons, William T. and John J. Cushing and his wife, Susan, (McCarthy) as well as his parents and 10 siblings, nine of whom all fought in World War II. His mother was honored for her sacrifice by being asked to christen a navy vessel.
Thomas is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mildred H.; a daughter, Catherine M. Cushing of Hopkinton; and a son, David C. Cushing of Boston; Della S. Cushing, Wellfleet, Mass.; as well as three grandchildren, Charles W., Nicholas P. and Emma S. Cushing; his brother, the Honorable Donald Weston Cushing of Scarborough, Maine, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 28, at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa's Parish in Henniker, followed by a reception at the Colby Hill Inn, Henniker.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the William T. Cushing Scholarship Fund at the University of New Hampshire, Durham.
Well done good and faithful servant.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at bennettfuneral.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on June 24, 2014