Thomas P. Maher, 91, of Clinton, died peacefully at home on March 29, while surrounded by loved ones. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia (Hardiman) Maher.
Born in Watertown, Massachusetts, on Feb. 23, 1931, he was the son of the late Frank and Bridget (Madden) Maher. He grew up in Brighton, Massachusetts, earning an economics degree from Boston College before joining the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. Following his service, he returned to Boston, where he met and married the love of his life, Patricia. They resided in Rockland, Massachusetts, for many years before relocating to Branford, and then ultimately settling in Clinton in 1970. Tom found employment with Grossman’s Lumber in Branford as a store manager. He was later promoted to district manager and transferred to the Groton location, where he remained until he retired in 1995.
Tom was a regular at Saturday Mass at St. Mary’s Church, and a member of the men’s bowling league in Old Saybrook. But “Mr. Maher” is most remembered for his involvement with Clinton Little League (serving several years as president) and Clinton Youth Football. People came to know and enjoy Tom as a friendly, positive, and outgoing man who always had a smile and a joke. He could be found at every game of Dan and Greg’s, cheering them and their teammates on in football and baseball and, later in life, in the men’s softball league. When Tom became a grandfather, he became a bleacher regular once more, running from gymnastics to soccer to basketball to softball, watching his grandchildren take over where his sons left off. “Mr. Maher” was also known for his work as a substitute teacher in the Clinton Public Schools, where he could be found during his retirement, when he wasn’t on the golf course.
Tom is survived by his son, Daniel Maher and his wife Pamela of Clinton; his son Gregory Maher and his wife Heather, also of Clinton; his grandchildren Shannon Maher, Mikayla (Maher) Reynolds and her husband Austin, Taylor Maher, and Matthew Maher, also all of Clinton, and Jessica Woodstock of Middletown; his brother Francis Maher and wife Claire of Rockland, Massachusetts; and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his brother John Maher and his sister Theresa (Maher) Zwahlen.
All who knew Tom knew his passion was his family, his church, golf, and the Red Sox. He will be deeply missed by his family and the many people whose lives he touched. As per Tom’s wishes, there will be no public service. If you wish to honor Tom’s memory, the family asks that you donate to one of Clinton’s many youth sports programs or to St. Mary’s Church in Clinton.