Thomas Rand Moulton, 54: Gruff, caring and supportive

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YARMOUTH — Thomas Rand Moulton, 54, died Feb. 27 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

He was born in Portland on Jan. 12, 1958, one of three sons of Louise and Harold Moulton Sr. Moulton was educated in Yarmouth schools, where he loved playing basketball, and graduated in 1976. 

Moulton worked his way up through the ranks of a paving company in Lewiston, an experience that gave him the confidence to start Tom Moulton Paving & Construction Inc. in 1987.

He had the good fortune and even better sense to marry Kathleen Tierney in 1980 and together they had three children. She died in 2004.

Moulton was a hard worker known for his quality work – work which was only outdone by his devotion to his family. The only time he would leave work was to attend games for one of his family members. He was a hockey coach for Casco Bay Hockey and coached the Yarmouth Middle School girls’ basketball team.

He enjoyed a good game of cards, cribbage, playing golf at Val Halla, snowmobiling and hunting and fishing “upta camp,” a retreat he built for family and friends to enjoy on Kingsbury Pond. He was also an accomplished dart player with a number of championships and rumored New England-wide ranking.

He had a sharp perception of others and the world around him, tempered with a dry and unique sense of humor. Moulton’s appearances could be deceiving: He was gruff, but with a big heart. He was caring and supportive, and readily let others receive the credit for work done. His friends will remember him as a sweet, caring man with a heart of gold.

Moulton is survived by his wife of five and half years, France Moulton; children Darcee, Keith, Stephanie, Chad and his fiancee, Ashley, and Shane; mother, Louise Standley; brothers Harold “Butch” Jr. and Edward “Chipper”; a large extended family; and many, many friends.

Visiting hours took place on Mar. 4 at Lindquist Funeral Home in Yarmouth. A funeral service was held on Mar. 5 at the First Baptist Church. Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery in the spring.

Donations in Moulton’s memory may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, East Coast Office, 124 Watertown St., Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472.

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