BERNARD — Thomas “Tom” D. Walcott, 58, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Feb. 7, 2015, after a long, valiant fight against cancer. He was born Dec. 14, 1956, in Fitchburg, Mass., the son of Aubrey Rodenhiser, deceased, and Thelma (Walcott) Gravelle.
Tom graduated from Oakmont High School in Ashburnham, Mass., in 1974 before attending Mt. Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Mass. While his early jobs included stints at furniture and computer companies, Tom eventually discovered a deep passion for carpentry and building. Tom began his building career in West Bridgewater, Mass., before moving to Maine to build boats at Hinckley Yachts. He opened the Bar Harbor Barn Co. with one of his best friends, Rick, and the two fulfilled their dream of building beautiful post-and-beam houses. Tom possessed a strong work ethic and always had construction projects in progress.
In addition to his love of building structures, Tom loved to build relationships. His love for his friends, family and even newcomers made him a staple in the community. While in Maine, he created a welcoming environment where everyone in the community could come laugh, play horseshoes, and share stories around a campfire. He had a passion for sports and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. During his younger years, Tom enjoyed skiing, football, hockey and baseball. He enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, hunting and camping trips with his family. Tom also loved playing horseshoes, trivia and bingo with everybody. Tom always found joy in telling stories or jokes to make people laugh, and was known for is his caring, humorous and positive nature that brought smiles to all around him.
Tom is survived by his beloved mother, Thelma Gravelle, and stepfather Bill Gravelle, of Gardner, Mass., sister Donna and brother-in-law, Mike Tidd, of Hudson, N.H., brother Wayne Walcott, deceased, current wife, Cornelia Walcott, and adopted sons, Travis and Tayshawn of Bernard. He is also survived by his first wife, Andrea Closson, of Bernard, Maine, their three children, Sandra Walcott of Lamoine, Michael Walcott of Boston, Mass., and Alyssa Walcott of Tremont; his nieces Amy and Stacey Goguen of New Hampshire, other relatives and many good friends.
The family wishes to thank the community for their long-lasting support and contributions. Condolences may be sent to Connie Walcott, P.O. Box 441 Southwest Harbor, ME 04679. Flowers for the service may be arranged through Westside Florist, Southwest Harbor, Maine. A celebratory memorial service will be held at the Tremont School gym on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m.