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James M. "Mac" Thomas

Camden, ME - "Mac" Thomas, 71, of Camden, ME and formerly of Holden, MA, died in hospice on Saturday, September 1, 2018 surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with brain cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Beth Leone Thomas, his three adult children, Evan, Maria and Elena, his brother, Paul, and sister-in-law, Betsy Sowers of Weymouth, MA, and numerous members of his extended family, many in the Worcester area.

"Mac" was born in Worcester on January 2, 1947 to the late James E. Thomas and Bertha M. (Spofford) Thomas, of Holden, MA. His was a happy childhood. From an early age, he had a persistent interest in all things mechanical.

He attended Wachusett Regional and graduated from Hebron Academy in 1965. He loved cars and auto mechanics and studied engineering at General Motors Institute in Detroit. He transferred to Oakland University in Rochester, MI, where he earned a BA in Political Science in 1971. His social conscience was awakened during the tumultuous years of the Detroit race riots and the anti-war movement, and he eventually became a Conscientious Objector. Armed with a Masters degree in Education, his alternative service was with the Teacher Corps.

In the mid-1970s, he became director of a Detroit-area community center. In 1974 he received a Masters in Social Work, the field that proved to be his professional calling.

After settling in Camden in 1983, Mac ran a treatment program and a private counseling practice in Rockport. He served 15 years as a Social Worker at the Maine State Prison, providing behavioral health services to those serving time. He also worked in Frankfurt, Germany, offering mental health counseling for active duty personnel.

Mac possessed the knowledge and skill necessary to build a house from the ground up. He was also a nature lover. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hiking, boating on Penobscot Bay, motorcycling, gardening, and taking long walks with his dogs in the Camden Hills.

Taking a cue from the German model of open access to public walkways, Mac worked diligently in his retirement on the Camden-Rockport Pathways Committee. The Town of Camden recently honored Mac for his work, dedicating a memorial bench in his honor.

Mac was most proud of his role as a father and adored his three children, who were his number one source of happiness and pride. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

A funeral prayer service will be held at 11:00 on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, 11 Union St., Camden, ME. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mac's name to:

"P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center" at 123 John St., Camden, ME, 04843 or "Camden-Rockport Pathways Committee" – c/o Town of Camden, 29 Elm St. Camden, ME 04843
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Sept. 6 to Sept. 9, 2018
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