GRAY – Thomas “TK” Kimball, 57, of Gray, died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, March 23.

Tom was born Oct. 7, 1951, in Melrose, Mass. He graduated from Cheverus High School in 1969, and took a post graduate year at North Yarmouth Academy. He graduated from the University of Maine in Orono and became an English teacher first in Richmond, Va., and then he taught at the Walton School in Auburn and Edward Little High School for more than 20 years.

TK derived great pleasure from working with young people and he gave greatly to them. No doubt that many of his students will remember his sense of humor and his great character.

He served most recently as the Maine State Golf Association’s Junior Golf Coordinator and joined the MSGA in 2000. He also served as Edward Little’s golf coach for several years.

Once he retired from teaching, he combined his love of young people and golf in his new career with the MSGA. He quickly expanded the young people’s golf program from an original schedule of a mere six tournaments a summer for less than 100 junior golfers to a 17 event program serving more than 300 participants.

Under his watch, the program’s focus was not about winning, but about good sportsmanship. He stressed the values that the game of golf teaches and never lost an opportunity to help his young golfers learn. He never gave up his classroom; he just simply moved the venue outdoors to the golf course.

He is survived by his mother, Rosemary, who lives in Yarmouth; his brother and sister-in-law, Jefferson and Jennifer of South Freeport; his sister, Courtney of St. Barths in the Caribbean; a niece and grandniece, Sarah and Molly Sullivan of Cary, N.C.; and a nephew, Tripp Kimball of South Freeport.

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