CAMPTON - Thomas William Sheehan, 74, of Campton died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia after a brave battle with cancer. Tom was born in Franklin, Sept. 20, 1938, son of the late John E. Sheehan Sr. and Ida Mary (Auger) Sheehan.
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He attended St. Mary's School in Franklin and in 1952, attended the College St. Joseph in Berthierville, Quebec, for the ninth grade of his high school program. Tom attended Franklin High School for two years and graduated from Tilton-Northfield High School in 1956.
Stationed in Thailand, Tom served with the U.S. Army, United States Security Agency from 1961 until 1964, honorably discharged as a sergeant.
He graduated from Plymouth State College in 1976 with a major in English. Upon completion of his studies Tom taught at the Middle School level in Franklin for several years.
After teaching he owned Sheehan Logging Company for 16 years and always enjoyed the outdoor work. The experience served him well, as he later worked for Sugarbush Land Company, buying and developing land for 11 years.
After the company closed, Tom worked for Allard Lumber Company for five years as a log buyer. He was instrumental in creating the log yard in Haverhill that continues to be in operation.
After retiring in 2005, Mr. Sheehan improved the family-owned cottage on Back Lake in Pittsburg and enjoyed the offerings of the Great North Woods area. Tom and his wife Joan resided at the lake for six months of each year.
During his adult life his volunteer work focused on children and young adults. Over the years he served for 10 years with the Juvenile Diversion Committee in Plymouth, was a former Little League coach and Senior Babe Ruth coach in Tilton and Plymouth, member of the New Hampshire Sports Car Club and Sports Car Club of America.
He was a car enthusiast and had extensive knowledge of all types, holding the record for the hill climb at Mount Ascutney in Vermont at one time. Tom was an avid hunter on his land in Sanbornton and enjoyed his many trips with his son Matt and friends around the U.S. and Canada. He was a generous man who helped others throughout his life and had a keen sense of humor.
His positive outlook on life and love of his family will always be remembered by those who knew him.
In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by brothers, John Sheehan Jr., Robert Sheehan and sisters, Elizabeth Sheehan Beaupre and Margaret Sheehan Dyment.
He leaves his wife of 43 years, Joan (Rivard) Sheehan of Campton; his son Matthew Thomas Sheehan and companion, Carole Smith, of Laconia and her children, Christopher and Ashley Smith, as well as relatives, nieces and nephews from the Sheehan and Rivard families.
SERVICES: Calling hours will be Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road in Tilton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul Church, School Street in Franklin.
Burial with military honors will be held in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 D. W. Highway in Boscawen.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Tom's name to either, David's House, P. O. Box 660, Lebanon, 03766-0660, www.davids-house.org or to Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice, 780 North Main St., Laconia, 03246.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Nov. 30, 2012