2015-08-28 / Obituaries

Thomas Reagan

Thomas J. Reagan, 88, of Kennebunk, passed away on Aug. 21, 2015 at Gosnell House in Scarborough, surrounded by his loving family.

Tom was born on Aug. 17, 1927 in the village of North Dighton, in the city of Taunton, Massachusetts, a son of Thomas J. and Bernice M. (Kiernan) Reagan.

He grew up in the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts and attended schools there until entering the U.S. Navy in 1944. He served in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters and spent most of his time in the Philippines. Upon discharge he was awarded the Philippine Liberation medal.

Upon discharge, he attended Newman Prep School in Boston, Massachusetts, and then was employed by Dun & Bradstreet as a financial and credit investigator and reporter. He then attended Portland University Law School in Portland, graduating in 1951.

On Sept. 11, 1948, he married Elizabeth Lee LaFountain and they raised five children together.

Mr. Reagan was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1951 and practiced law for 52 years. In 2002, he was presented a Life Membership in the Maine State Bar Association.

In 1959 he was appointed by the late Gov. Edmund S. Muskie to be judge of the Kennebunk Municipal Court, which was superseded by the District Court system years later.

In addition, he was a member of the Webber Lefbvre American Legion Post in Kennebunk and the Kennebunk Rotary Club of which he served as vice president and president. He also served as president of the first Parish Council of St. Martha’s Parish in Kennebunk.

For 26 years he served as a trustee of the Kennebunk Sewer District, the last 13 years as chairman of the board. He helped organize the Animal Welfare Society and served as a trustee and attorney of the society for many years. He also helped to organize the Senior Center at Lower Village and served as a trustee and two terms as president of the board.

He enjoyed sailing and raced his sloop in the MORC races with his sons for several years. In addition he was an avid fly fisherman and belonged to the Shy Beaver Trout Pond Club in Hollis and fished at camps in Maine with his fishing companion Bill Gilpatric. He also participated in golf tournaments as a member of Webhannet Golf Club and on July 4, 1990, while playing with his son, Tom, and others he hit a hole in one on the fifth green at the club.

He led a full, rich life and will be missed by many.

Tom was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth Lee (LaFountain) Reagan who died in 2011, his parents and a sister, Nancy McCann.

Tom is survived by his five children: Catherine L. Reagan of Kennebunk, Thomas J. Reagan, III (Wendy) of Kennebunk , Christopher Reagan (Marian) of Kennebunkport, Mary Elizabeth Hamilton (Gregory) of Ferrisburgh Vermont , and Rebecca R. Mankin and “daughter” Towanna Hawkins (Edward) of Brooklyn, New York , seven grandchildren, Kathryn Mooney (Brock), Sarah Auer (Matthew), Zachary Reagan (Sofia), Lillian and Isabel Hamilton, ThomasHenry Reagan and Patricia Mankin, four great-grandchildren: Lucelia, Carly, Mary Elizabeth Mooney and William T. Auer and two sisters: Anita Gamache of Lakeville, Massachusetts and Carole Reagan Dartmouth, Massachusetts and a brother David Reagan of Lakeville, Massachusetts.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday Aug. 29, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish Church, St. Martha Church, Portland Road, Kennebunk.

Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery Biddeford.

Should friends desire memorial donation may be made to the Animal Welfare Society P.O Box 43 West Kennebunk, Maine 04094 in Tom’s memory.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial, Kennebunk.

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