H. Perry Thomas
Lincolnville — H. Perry Thomas passed away peacefully at home March 11, 2014. He was born June 1, 1918, in Lincolnville, to Herbert & Abby (Richards) Thomas, the second of seven children.
After serving in the US Navy, Perry worked at Bath Iron Works as a welder. He started Thomas Construction in the late 1940s. In the mid-50s, he opened Thomas Auto Sales, a general auto repair shop, gas station and car wash which he operated until 1987. He began plowing the roads of Lincolnville and surrounding towns as a child with his father and continued on his own for many years after.
Perry enjoyed hunting in his younger years. He was an avid pilot for 30 years and adored his 1942 J3 Piper Cub, Mighty Mouse, which was stored at "Thomas International Airport," aka the air strip/mown field behind his Lincolnville home.
Always willing to lend a helping hand, Perry was a hero to some and a great friend to many. He was affectionately called Uncle Perry by relatives and non-relatives alike. He had a soft spot for children and donated anonymously to families in need and children throughout his life.
Perry is survived by his dear, devoted wife of 72 years, Natalie (Macleod). He is also survived by his loving son Daniel Thomas and his wife Susan of North Andover, Mass., as well as four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren — Joseph and Angela Kotlinski of Norwell, Mass., their children Lydia, Daniel and William; Craig and Jennifer Thomas of Stoneham, Mass., their children Perry, Spencer and Jared; Kara Thomas of North Andover, Mass., her daughter Sydney Donaldson; and Eryk Thomas of North Andover, Mass. Perry is survived by his brother Alan Thomas of Lincolnville and sister Phyllis Bohrer of Bandon, Ore.; sisters-in-law Janet Richards and Ann Thomas, both of Lincolnville; daughter-in-law Linda MacNeil of Wakefield, Mass.; his beloved Jamie (Peters) Wolcott of Big Bear Lake, Calif.; and many nieces & nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents and brothers Pearson, Roland, Paul and Halson.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Perry’s memory may be made to local food pantries or other charities of your choice. Private service and interment.