BRUNSWICK — L. Thomas Bouthot, 81, died June 24 at Mid Coast Hospital.
Born in Fort Kent on Dec. 28, 1929, the son of Josephel and Clarisse Landry Bouthot, he attended local schools until he and his family moved to Brunswick. In 1950 he graduated from Brunswick High School.
During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Army.
In 1956 he purchased the Model Market Store on Pleasant Street, and renamed it Uncle Tom’s Market.
On Sept. 17, 1960, he married Solange Trepanier, and together they ran the store until his son David took the lead, while he continued working at the store up until the time of his death.
Uncle Tom’s Market had been a landmark in Brunswick for decades, and was well-known for its home-cooked nuts and cold beer. Always dressed for work in his white coat and apron, he will be for his gags and practical jokes.
He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus Sekenger Council and a member of St. John’s the Baptist Church.
He was predeceased by four sisters and two brothers.
Surviving are his wife Solange of Brunswick; a son, Daniel Bouthot and his wife Margaret of Brunswick; a daughter Renee Bouthot Lewis and her husband Michael of Richmond; three grandchildren, Gabrielle and Celeste Bouthot and Joseph Lewis; four sisters, Theresa Lachance of Gardner, Mass., Florence Bachand of Brunswick, Patricia Dagenais of Manchester, Conn., and Claudette Albert of North Haven, Conn.
Visiting hours was scheduled for Thursday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick.
A funeral service will follow at 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, at the funeral home.
A reception luncheon will be held following the committal at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Brunswick.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Memorial condolences may be made and a video tribute may be viewed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com.