THOMAS R. HALE

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.

CARIBOU – Thomas R. Hale, 76, died April 22, 2006, at his Grimes Mills residence in Caribou. He was born July 17, 1929, in Caribou, the same year as the Grimes Mills Covered Bridge was taken down and electricity first came to Grimes, the son of Maurice and Minnie (Sharp) Hale. He attended the Grimes School, was a 1947 graduate of Caribou High School and attended the University of Maine at Orono. Mr. Hale was a farmer and potato grower on the family farm at Grimes for many years. For more than 25 years, he was also employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a rural route carrier. He attended the Caribou Assembly of God. He was a member of Caribou Lodge No. 170 AF & AM, as well as the Anah Temple Shrine where he was in the Oriental Band. Tommy was a lifetime member of the Future Farmers of America and enjoyed collecting and restoring antique tractors, primarily John Deere. He was a member of the Maine Antique Tractor Association and the NRA. He is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Thomas and Donna Hale of Westmanland, William and Lori Hale of Winter Park, Fla., and Robert Hale and his fiance, Anna Ewing, of Caribou; three daughters and sons-in-law, Kristi and Jim Bell of Caribou, Lori and Raymond Johnson of Hampden and Susan and Jeffrey Bell of Caribou; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Averill and Donald Belyea of Caribou and Carol and John Parker of Seymour, Ind.; 14 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Hale was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Johnson; and a brother, Lendell. Friends may call noon Tuesday, April 25, at the Caribou Assembly of God, Sweden Street Caribou, until time of services which will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Rennie Tichnor, pastor officiating. Interment will be in the Grimes Cemetery. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Mr. Hale may do so through Northern Broadcast Ministries, WFST. Funeral arrangements by the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou.

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