Thomas H. Arsenault

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1933 – 2014

RUMFORD — Thomas H. Arsenault, 81, died peacefully with his family by his side Saturday, Dec. 27, at his residence on Kennebec Street, Rumford.

He was born in Rumford on March 3, 1933, the son of William E. and Hortense (Dumas) Arsenault, and graduated from Stephens High School in Rumford in 1951.

Tom was a great husband, father and coach and known for doing a tip-roll at the eighth tower of the Main Trail at Black Mountain Ski Area when prompted by a shout from the T-bar, “alley-oop!” An outstanding athlete himself (golf, skiing, softball and bowling), he taught many how to ski and left a legacy of good sportsmanship with the hundreds of kids he coached. He was a well-read, intelligent man who loved words even though he was a man of few. His competitiveness, quiet leadership and strength will always be an inspiration.

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Tom served in the U.S. Army as a corporal with Company A, 12th Engineer Battalion, from April 1953 to March 1961. He was a founding member of the Chisholm Ski Club as well a member of the Oakdale Country Club, the Rumford VFW, the Rumford Elks, American Legion and Rumford Eagles. He volunteered for the Mexico Recreation Department for many years and served as president of St. Theresa’s Church in Mexico. He retired in 1995 from the Rumford paper mill where he worked as a pipefitter.

He was married on July 16, 1966 in Augusta to Madeline “Maddy” Epps, who survives of Rumford. Other survivors include daughters, Kelly Fitz-Randolph and husband, Doug, of Freeport, Amy Cox and husband, Dan, of Oxford, and Kerri Arsenault and husband, Andrew Wood, of Roxbury, Conn.; sons, Thomas Arsenault and wife, Stephanie Morgan, of Alexandria, Va., and Joel Arsenault and wife, Melissa, of Alton, N.H.; sisters, Donna White of Kennebunk, Carol Johnson of Kennebunk, and Charlene Greene of Fla.; grandchildren, Kristie Doyle and husband, Josh, and Dylan Cox of South Paris, Kairat Fitz-Randolph of Freeport, and Xavier and Campbelle of Alton, N.H.; two great-grandchildren, Madison and Connor Doyle of South Paris.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Reggie and Norman; and three sisters, Doris, Vicky and Frances.

Friends are invited to sign the family guestbook and share their thoughts, condolences and memories online at www.meaderandson.com.

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