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FALMOUTH — Thomas W. Kelly, 72, died Jan. 20 at Maine Medical Center.
Kelly was born Jan. 12, 1942, in Millinocket, the son of Lawrence and Catherine Kelly. He attended Stearns High School and Husson College and served as a Husson Trustee for many years.
He began working for Great Northern Paper Company in 1968, and progressed rapidly, becoming controller in 1978. After the acquisition of Great Northern Nekoosa by Georgia Pacific Corp. in 1990, he worked as a special consultant for them and later for Bowater Inc.
Kelly had a deep and profound love for the woods and waters of northern Maine. His favorite spot was the camp he built more than 40 years ago on Norway Island on Millinocket Lake. He and his family enjoyed many wonderful summer and fall days on this island overlooking Mount Katahdin.
He had the quiet, extraordinary competence of a true Maine woodsman. He embraced all four seasons and enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, boating and snowmobiling with men he had known for over 40 years. He treasured these lifelong friendships.
He was a wonderful husband, father and friend.
He was predeceased by his parents, and brothers, Norman, Lawrence, William and Paul.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; son, Michael, of Yarmouth; daughter, Jill and son-in-law, Adam Fanucci, of Portland; and many loving nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the compassionate caregivers at SCU 2 at Maine Medical Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.