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Thomas J. Gorham

Posted By Earnie On November 13, 2020 @ 8:54 am In Obituaries | 18 Comments

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1952 – 2020

Woodstock Valley – Thomas J. Gorham, 68, of Red Cedar Rd., passed away on Wednesday, November 11th at his home after battling a long illness. He was the loving husband of JoAnn (Lippiello) Gorham for 46 years. Born in Boston, MA, Mr. Gorham was the son of the late Thomas and Ellen (Bilodeau) Gorham.

Mr. Gorham retired in 2019 after working for 36 years as a sales manager for Killingly Building Products. In his time at KBP he traveled and met clients throughout southern New England. He joined the Bungay Fire Brigade in 1978, and he was named a Life Member in November of 1993. Tom served the brigade as a lieutenant, captain, and most recently as a deputy chief. He volunteered on the school board for Saint Mary School in Putnam. His pastimes included traveling, visits to Walt Disney World, and exploring new restaurants with his family. Tom was an avid fan of the UCONN women’s basketball team, and he held season tickets to the Connecticut Sun women’s basketball team. He was a devoted family man and especially doted on his granddaughter, Josephine.

In addition to his beloved wife, Tom is survived by his daughter, Victoria Ywarsky and her husband John of Brooklyn, CT; his sister, Roberta Nicholson of Auburn, MA; his granddaughter, Josephine Ywarsky; his father in law, Victor Lippiello; his niece Karen Mackintire; and his nephew Richard Nicholson, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Tom’s family from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2020 in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam. Due to Covid-19, the funeral mass will be private. Family and friends may attend a graveside service to be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Providence St., Putnam, CT at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 17th.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116; to the Bungay Fire Brigade, 1256 Rte. 171, Woodstock, CT 06281; to the Plainfield Infusion Center, 584 Norwich Rd., Plainfield, CT 06374; or to the DKH Rose Bove Larose Cancer Center, 320 Pomfret St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.

Condolences for the family of “Thomas J. Gorham”

Condolence from Diane Bates on November 13th, 2020 9:59 am

Dear JoAnn and family,
I was saddened to learn of Tom’s passing. He certainly was a fighter and gave it his all. I always looked forward to seeing him at church on Saturdays. May all your good memories help you during this sad and difficult time. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
With Love,

Condolence from JANICE ALTON on November 13th, 2020 10:35 am

JoAnn so sorry to learn of Tommy’s passing. Sending you and your family sincere sympathy. Jan Dodge Alton

Condolence from Mike and JoanneCoderre on November 13th, 2020 10:59 am

JoAnn, Vicky & Family, So sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts & prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

With sympathy, Mike & Joanne

Condolence from George Davis on November 13th, 2020 11:28 am

Tom was a great guy and an asset to the fire department and community. Always easy to get along with and didn’t hesitate to volunteer his services. He will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Maria Cogswell on November 13th, 2020 5:53 pm

We’re thinking of you with such sadness.
Larry and I are sending our deepest condolences at this difficult time in your life.
Stay strong and will see again in the near future.❤

Condolence from Dee Carnahan on November 14th, 2020 8:33 am

Dear JoAnn, Vic, and family. I am so sorry for your loss of Tom, but he is no longer suffering or in distress, and is now in the loving arms of our Lord Jesus in heaven. I am praying for his soul, as well as for all of you who loved him so much! May God bless you at this very sad time with peace until you see him again. Much love, Dee

Condolence from Janet Facer on November 14th, 2020 9:51 am

JoAnn, so very sorry for your loss. While I can’t be there with you right now, I am sending you my thoughts and prayers. Love you forever my friend. I am here for you if you need anything (even from a distance). I am only a phone call away.

Condolence from JAYME McCOURT on November 14th, 2020 10:35 am

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We were very sad to hear of Tom’s passing. Love to you all.

Condolence from Linda and Spencer Hall on November 14th, 2020 6:57 pm

JoAnn and family,

Sincere condolences on the passing of your loving husband. Caring thoughts and prayers are being sent your way. God Bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Alfred E. Mowry on November 15th, 2020 9:55 am

Dear JoAnn Gorham, experiencing the death of a husband is so personal that very few of us can understand the grief involved. Perhaps it will help to ease your sadness if you know that Thomas will be greatly missed by all of his friends and that we all share in your sadness. I wish to express my heartfelt sympathy and the hope that the kind words of your family and friends will make this difficult time a bit easier to bear. Most sincerely, Alfred E. Mowry.

Condolence from Janice & Mark Adamec on November 15th, 2020 10:43 am

JoAnn, we are saddened to hear of Tom’s passing and are thinking of you and your family with heartfelt sympathy. We are only a few houses away if you need anything. Hope we can get together for lunch again soon.

Condolence from Denise Fitzgerald on November 15th, 2020 11:46 am

Dear JoAnn, Vicki and family,
David and I were so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We remember the wonderful vacation we all took together in Disney. So grateful for that memory.
Praying the God will grant you all peace and healing in the coming days.

Condolence from Sue and Jerry Beausoleil on November 15th, 2020 2:17 pm

This news was surprising. Our condolences to you and your family. Tom was devoted to his family, hard working and always ready to volunteer. Our deepest Sympathy.

Condolence from Natalie Doyle on November 16th, 2020 2:15 pm

Dear JoAnn and Family,

So sad to read of your loss of Tom. There are no good words to comfort anyone at a time like this, but I hope that you will be sustained by the love of friends and family close by, and years of memories.

Warm thoughts of comfort from an old classmate. ❤️

Condolence from Anne Marie Saguisag on November 16th, 2020 2:42 pm

I am very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed getting to know Tom and JoAnn over the past few years. Tom was a very kind and intelligent man, and I know that he will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Dick Baron on November 16th, 2020 4:30 pm

Tom was great work with during his terms as a fire fighter, fire officer and Deputy Chief in the Bungay Fire Brigade. He was highly respected by me and everyone else that I know who got to work with him, a true gentlemen and public servant. “Rest In Peace” my friend.

Condolence from Elaine Ducharne on November 20th, 2020 12:21 am

Joann so sorry to hear of Tom ‘s passing.I know he fought a good fight.

Condolence from Elaine Turner on December 3rd, 2020 6:54 am

Joann and Vicki and family,
We were so saddened to hear you lost your dear husband, Dad, brother, and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May his love and angelic presence be in your hearts always.
Love, Elaine, John, Johnny and Stephanie Turner ❤

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