HERMON – Thomas E. Bourbon, 65, passed peacefully Feb. 2, 2012, surrounded by his family in Bangor. He was born May 7, 1946, in Bangor, son of William and Marguerite Bourbon.
Tom grew up in Orono, the youngest of four children. He was a man of strong faith and commitment to the church. He attended St. Mary’s School, Orono, during which time he was an altar server. He went on to graduate from John Bapst High School in 1964. While at John Bapst he excelled in football, basketball, golf and boxing, earning him an induction to the school’s Hall of Fame. After high school he entered the U.S. Army. After serving his country, he started and ran his own appliance repair business for which he was much trusted and respected by all of his customers. He lovingly passed this on to his only son after 25 years. In 2003, he moved to Florida where he was able to enjoy golfing full time and meet many endearing and wonderful friends, all who enjoyed his sense of humor, quiet, humble way and helpful hands. He returned to Maine to rejoin his family in June of 2011 and was able to enjoy many more fun and entertaining family gatherings. In the fall of 2011, he experienced great pride and joy when he walked out on to his hallowed football field once again to the admiration of the crowd as they recognized inducted Hall of Fame members. Tom loved to be a prankster, often pulling practical jokes and tomfoolery on others. His smile, laughter and gentle nature were infectious and a privilege for others to be around. He loved to be with family and was an avid sports fan, which included rooting for the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox, as well as following the PGA Golf Tournament. He spent much of his free time both pre and post retirement playing golf and was greatly honored to be named Penobscot Valley Country Club "Club Champion" twice. He loved listening and dancing to the oldies. Anyone who saw him could attest to his great dancing abilities, and could never match them. He also enjoyed and kept his hands busy with woodworking and tackling problems that needed to be corrected. There was no task or job too hard for him to fix. His love for and commitment to his family was very strong. He often was heard at family gatherings saying, "This is good." He loved these gatherings and attended any show, presentation and athletic event that his children were involved in. He felt his greatest accomplishment in life was being a father to his children and a grandfather to his grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, William and Marguerite Bourbon, both of Orono; brother-in-law, James Walles of Worcester, Mass.; and niece, Kelly Bourbon of North Berwick. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy of Hermon; as well as his first wife, Anna (Davis) Sprague, mother of their five children, Lisa McKenney and her husband, Mike, and their children, Tyler and Lauren, of Vermont, Robyn Sockbeson and her husband, Thomas Sr., and her children, Elizabeth and Renee, of Indian Island, Michelle Bourbon and her children, Tony, Tatriana, Lindsay, Buddy and Anna, of Bangor, Beth Grant and her husband, Richard, and their children, Amanda and Mackenzie, of Veazie, and Thomas Jr. and his wife, Shannon, and their son, Jeremiah, of Bangor; as well his stepchildren, Michelle Whalen and her husband, Chad, and their children, Samantha, Ethan and Taylor, of Monmouth, Renee Bundy and her husband, Rick, and their children, Anna and Merideth, of Durham, and Jennifer Landry and her husband, Bruce, and their children, Mya and Megan, of Turner; all of his siblings, William Bourbon Jr. and his wife, Charlene, of North Berwick, Robert Bourbon and his wife, Sheila, of The Villages, Fla., and Jeanne Walles of Worcester, Mass. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank all of the staff at Westgate Manor for their kindness, compassion, respect and loving care for Tom and his family.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St., Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments after the service at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor. Interment will be in the spring at Riverside Cemetery, Orono. Those wishing to remember Tom in a special may make gifts in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074 or www.alz.org/maine. Condolences to the family may be expressed at