STANDISH — Thomas Milton Hancock of Casco passed away Thursday, July 13. He was born June 25, 1951, to Betty and Sumner Hancock. He graduated from Casco High School in 1969, studied business education at Husson, earned a masters in education from New Hampshire College and a Ph.D. in education from Nova Southeastern.

He married Holly B. Marr in 1975 and welcomed son Geoffrey in 1977 and son Evan in 1979.

Tom worked at Hancock Lumber, a family-run lumber company, from 1967 to 1990 when he returned to his true love of teaching. He taught at various schools and colleges, culminating in a 16-year career at St. Joseph’s College, where he served as an administrator, professor and adviser.

Tom was actively involved in the United Church of Christ, both in Casco and statewide, and served as a dean and counselor at the UCC Pilgrim Lodge summer camp. He was involved with Seeds of Peace, an international summer camp in Otisfield, as an adult delegation program director and as the Southeast Asian program director in India and Pakistan. Tom was honored to be a Mercy associate working with the Sisters of Mercy to further their mission. He was well-known as The Voice of Casco Days.

He is survived by his wife, Holly; his brother, Doug; his sons, Geof and Evan; his daughter-in-law, Gina; and granddaughters, Lily, Emilia, Adeline, Lucy and Sophia. He is also survived by a large Hancock and Homans extended family.

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Thomas M. Hancock

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