Steven F. Thomas, 90: World War II veteran, enjoyed carpentry

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PORTLAND — Steven F. Thomas, 90, died peacefully Oct. 11 surrounded by his loving family.

Born on Dec. 10, 1919, in Portland, son of Vincent and Mary Thomas, he attended Portland schools and graduated from Portland High School in 1937.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman and Chief Petty Officer.

For 36 years he worked for New England Telephone Company, starting as a lineman and retiring as a manager in 1981.

He was a member of the American Legion Andrews Post, the Elks Lodge 188, the Telephone Pioneers, and was a communicant of St. Pius Church.

He married his first wife, Louise Foley Thomas, and raised two children, Vincent and Katherine. They spent many happy summers at their Sebago Lake camp.

Louise died from cancer in 1970.

In 1972 he married Grace and they enjoyed traveling together around the country and throughout Europe.

Throughout his life he was active in sports, including handball in his younger years and golf in retirement.

His hobbies included carpentry, building furniture, swimming and boating.

He will be remembered as a quiet man whose big grin and twinkle of the eye said so much.

He was predeceased by his first wife Louise, and his siblings Josephine Slauenwhite, Mary Dibble and John Thomas.

Survivors include by his loving wife of 38 years, Grace; two children, Vincent and his wife Denise, and Katherine; three stepchildren, Ernest, Joanne and Karen Vandermast; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff at both Southern Maine Dialysis and Hospice of Southern Maine.

Memorial services were held last week.

Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland.

Memorial donations may be made to Southern Maine Dialysis, 1600 Congress St., Portland, ME 04102 or to Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Suite 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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