SOUTH HARPSWELL and BOSTON – Thomas A. Yanok, 49, a gifted musician and composer of Boston and South Harpswell died peacefully on Feb. 23. 2005, at a Boston hospital. He was born in Brunswick in 1955. Tom graduated from Brunswick High School in 1973, attended the College of Music at Temple University in Philadelphia, then moved to Boston, where he taught voice and piano. He worked briefly for the singing telegram service “Telebells;” and later, for many years, owned and operated the Tremont Tea Room in downtown Boston. Tom was a well-known vocal soloist in the Boston, South Harpswell, Brunswick, and North Conway areas and sang at many churches throughout his career, including the historic Old North Church, the Elijah Kellogg Church in Harpswell, and The First Congregational Church of Christ in North Conway where he performed original music for an AIDS fund-raiser. He was a tenor with the Handel-Haydn Society when Messiah was performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra in the 1980s. He made an album with a group called Wintersauce, and accompanied on the piano the Cancer Society’s fund-raising revue “Crusade Capers” then held annually on the Bowdoin College campus. He performed in “1776” at the Bowdoin College Summer Music Theater and on cruise ships to the Bahamas and Bermuda. Most recently, he composed original music for keyboard. Tom is survived by his parents, Albert J. and Roxlyn C. Yanok of Sebec; a sister, Judith Yanok Boos of Center Conway, N.H.; nieces, Meghan Boos, and Rihana Johnson and her husband, Kerry Johnson, of North Conway, N.H.; a great-nephew, Judson Albert Leo Johnson, also of North Conway, and many aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by a brother, Peter Edmund Yanok, in 1959. Services will be private. Arrangements are under the guidance of Independent Death Care of Maine, 471 Deering Avenue, Portland, ME 04103
THOMAS A. YANOK
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:18 p.m.