Thomas L. Cawley

Born: Fri., Jun. 3, 1921
Died: Wed., Dec. 7, 2016


9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Sat., Dec. 17, 2016
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 PM Sat., Dec. 17, 2016
Location: St. Patricks C hurch

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Whitinsville - Thomas L. Cawley, 95, previously of Whitinsville, MA, passed away on December 7, 2016 at The Bellavita at Scarborough assisted living in Scarborough, ME.   He was predeceased by his wife Constance W. (Leshenski) Cawley on April 16, 1986.
     Born on June 3, 1921 in Woonsocket RI, Tom was the son of James and Agnes (Garand) Cawley. Soon after, the family moved to Whitinsville where Tom lived most of his life.  
     For more than 40 years, he worked in production and inventory control at the former Whitin Machine Works, and later at the David Gessner Co. in Worcester. He served in the U.S Coast Guard during WWII as a Seaman 1st Class stationed in New York Harbor. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus Mumford Council 365, and at the time of his death was the oldest living member. He was also a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Church.  
     Tom was an avid sports enthusiast. He excelled at basketball and played point guard for the Whitin Gym team during its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s. He was also a member of Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy’s regional all-stars team that Bob organized during the summers of his Holy Cross college years. The team played all over New England and drew large crowds. He also loved golf and played in leagues in Whitinsville and Douglas.
     After their marriage, Tom and Connie became involved in The Knights and Maids musical group supported by the Knights of Columbus. They both enjoyed their trips to Hawaii and Spain. Tom also served as president of their square dancing club.
     After Connie passed away, he vacationed with his daughters Kim and Kerry at Cape Cod and took part in sailing adventures throughout New England and the Caribbean. He particularly enjoyed his month-long visits to Hong Kong and Japan to visit his daughter Kerry’s family when they were living abroad.
     Tom remained mentally sharp until his death, likely due his interest in reading and solving crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Family and friends loved and appreciated Tom, or “Grampa”, for his positive outlook, sense of humor and zest for life.  While old in age, he remained young at heart, bringing joy and laughter wherever he was.
     Thomas is survived by 2 daughters, Karen C. Claflin and her husband Bruce of Sarasota FL, and Islesboro, ME and Kimberly C. Doane and her husband Eric of Scarborough ME; 5 grandchildren: Lt. Col. Christopher L. Claflin, USMC and his wife Christine of Tampa, FL, Elizabeth Claflin Nunnally and her husband Brian of Oakley, CA, Amy C. Cochran her husband Dan of San Jose, CA, Stephen T. Doane and his fiancé Heather Wysocki of Bonita Springs, FL, and Kelsey C. Doane of Scarborough ME; 6 great-grandchildren; one sister Margaret Gould of Spartanburg, SC; and several nieces and nephews He was predeceased by 2 brothers, William Cawley, and John “Jack” Cawley.
     The family wishes to express gratitude to the loving care and consideration provided by Beacon Hospice of Portland, ME and Brookdale’s Bellavita Senior Living of Scarborough, ME.
     His funeral will be held on Saturday, December 17 from Jackman Funeral Home, 12 Spring St., Whitinsville with a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 pm. in St. Patrick’s Church, 1 Cross St. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home will be held on Saturday, December 17 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit

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Christopher Claflin
   Posted Sat December 10, 2016
Wonderful man, patriot, husband, father, and especially to me- Grandfather. His presence and spirit will live with us forever. Fond memories fill me with warmth during this otherwise sad time; it's so easy to hear his laugh, hear his voice, picture him in any of the countless family events which occurred over the years, and know that he lived a wonderful life surrounded by family that loved him. I'm especially comforted knowing he's re-united with his one and only love, his wife and my Gramma. I love you, Grampa.

Kathleen Cawley Raynier
   Posted Sat December 10, 2016
Goodbye dear Uncle Tom, I have loved you

Kevin & Dotti Cullinan
   Posted Sat December 10, 2016
He made it his personal mission to bring the gift of laughter to us all. Mission accomplished, Tom.

Susan Hall Strom
   Posted Mon December 12, 2016
To the Cawley family, Frank and I want to send our condolences on the passing of Tom. Many happy remembrances of humor and zest for life. May he rest in peace.
Susan and Frank Strom

Linda Lemieux Bouley
   Posted Mon December 12, 2016
My sincere condolences to the entire extended Cawley family. Although he was my cousin (second cousin - we shared the same great grandparents Jean-Baptist Garand & Elizabeth LaBlond), we were of different generations and I only met him a few times as I was growing up. My father one the other hand knew him much better. What I remember is what a handsome couple he and Connie were. In recent years I've enjoyed reconnecting with that branch of my family through my genealogy work & social media. May he rest in peace and in the knowledge that he lived a wonderful life filled with love and contributions to country, church and family.

Connecticut Cawleys
   Posted Wed December 14, 2016
To Kerry & Kimmie... Your Dad's passing has brought back memories for all four of us, remembering the wonderful times when we got together as families -- the laughter, the pranks, the great food off the grill -- and of course, cold beer!! Our Dad loved yours -- and we all thought your Dad was just a wonderful and fun-loving man!! We will miss him.

Uncle Tom's legacy lives on in you two -- and your beautiful families. He was so proud of each and every member of your families and all your accomplishments. We hope that the outpouring of love from family and friends will help ease your grief.

In sympathy -- Jim, Anne, Debbie, David

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