THOMAS M. HEBERT

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:19 p.m.

VAN BUREN – Thomas M. Hebert, 60, died Nov. 11, 2005, at a Bangor hospital. He was born April 25, 1945, in Van Buren, the son of Henry E. and Isabel (Cyr) Hebert. Tom was educated in local schools and was a 1962 graduate of Van Buren Boys High School. He graduated from William Penn College in Iowa in 1966 and then taught school in Iowa for one year. His career in education included teaching at Holy Rosary School in Caribou, as a substitute teacher in Van Buren, and teaching at Limestone High School from 1984-1990. He was employed as a program administrator at St. Michael’s Center in Bangor and also worked as a counselor for Job Corps in Bangor. From 1990 until his retirement in 1999, he worked for his brother John at Hebert’s Pharmacy in Van Buren. Tom was an avid and unrelenting supporter of the youth throughout his life. He was involved with Catholic Youth Organization while at Holy Rosary in Caribou. While a member of St. John’s Parish in Bangor he taught in their CCD program. For nearly 20 years he worked summers at Pine Tree Basketball Camp in Waterville. Tom was actively involved in his community and church especially after moving to Van Buren in 1983. He was one of the organizers of the Grande Riviere Celebration several years ago. He was a former Civil Defense Coordinator for the town of Van Buren, a member of the Van Buren Lions Club where he served in several offices, including King Lion. Tom was a former trustee of the Van Buren Hospital District, a member of the Friends of the Library of the Abel J. Morneault Library, and a member of the Patients First Committee at Cary Medical Center. In his parish of St. Bruno-St. Remi, Tom served on the pastoral council, was a eucharistic minister and lector, and served as a member of the Church Renovation Committee. He was also a former chairman and committee member of the annual parish bazaar at St. Bruno-St. Remi, a fundraiser for the parish CCD program. He was a member, past chairman and vice chairman of the SAD No. 24 School Board. As a child and student advocate all of his life, Tom was involved with Project Graduation for many years. He is survived by one daughter, Julie Hebert and her fiance, Willis Gardner, of Ashland; two brothers, John Hebert and his wife, Sylvia, of Van Buren and Robert Hebert of Old Orchard Beach; one sister, Lisa Hebert of Van Buren; special nieces and nephews, Stephanie Randall, her husband, Brian and their children, Megan and Ian Thomas, Helene Adams, her husband John, and their sons, Ben and Luke, John Hebert, his wife, Amy and their son Henry. He will also be missed by his many friends and colleagues, including his “other brother”, Tom Flanigan. Tom was predeceased by his wife, Linda (Coleman) Hebert Dec. 8, 2000. Relatives and friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, at the Ouellette-Thibault Funeral Home, 118 High St., Van Buren. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Bruno-St. Remi Catholic Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, 163 Lancaster St., Portland, ME 04101. For online register, please visit www.ouellettefuneralhome.com

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