Anthony "Tony" Thomas
Leverett, MA — Anthony "Tony" Thomas of Leverett, MA died Thursday September 30, 2021 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA at the age of 61. Tony was born on August 27, 1960 in Waltham, MA, the oldest son of George and Jane Thomas of Lincoln, MA.
Tony's most abiding qualities were his love for his family and for the natural world, his kindness, and his deep curiosity and love of learning about how things work. A lifelong tinkerer, he spent his childhood exploring the inner workings of clocks and radios, and as an adult he could build or fix nearly anything, from intricate mechanical devices and electronics to fine jewelry. This manual dexterity and skill at recognizing how complex pieces fit together was evident in many of the various jobs and hobbies he chose during his life: as a jeweler and lapidary, a musician, an audio engineer, a wildcrafter, and most recently in his work repairing and modifying vintage amplifiers and audio equipment. In all of his varied pursuits he excelled; one of the gemstones from his time as a lapidary, an unusually large local mineral specimen cut using his own unique facet design, is on display in the gemstone collection at the Harvard Mineralogical and Geological Museum in Cambridge, MA.
Tony could not only see the complex patterns of the mechanical world, he also deeply loved and understood the patterns of nature in all its forms. He knew the names and the stories of the stars in the sky, the stones in the ground, and the animals, plants, and fungi that inhabited the New England forests where he spent so much of his life. A walk through the woods with Tony was like a master class in local ecology, delivered with a rare combination of respect, wisdom, and radical amazement at the world and all its tiny mundane wonders.
Tony was an exceptional father and a doting son; he was patient, kind, and deeply loyal. In a world that so often values conformity, he was always wholly and unapologetically himself. He loved children and cats and the works of JRR Tolkein. He lived his life by the belief that "if more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold the world would be a merrier place" and it became one, at least briefly, for everyone who was lucky enough to share a meal, a song, or a joyful moment with him.
Tony is survived by his two children Justin Sundell-Thomas of Heath, MA and Lilly Sundell-Thomas of Essex, MA, their mother Marianne Sundell of Shutesbury, MA, his parents George and Jane (Volpe) Thomas of Lincoln, MA, his brother and sister-in-law Henry Thomas and Jai Gluckman Thomas of Stow, MA, and countless dear friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Jenifer Thomas.
The family will hold a private graveside service on October 6th at Lincoln Cemetery in Lincoln, MA.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Tony's memory with a walk through the forest to notice something new.
Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord. To share a remembrance or to offer a condolence in his online guestbook, please visit www.DeeFuneralHome.com
Published by The Recorder on Oct. 8, 2021.