PRESQUE ISLE – Thomas J. Clukey, 59, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at The Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle, surrounded by his loving wife, family and closest friends. Tom was born Sept. 18, 1953, in Presque Isle, the son of Clyde and Bertha (Ferland) Clukey.
Tom graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1971 and attended the University of Maine, Presque Isle and Northern Maine Community College. In 1972 Tom opened the first branch store for Brake Service and Parts, Presque Isle. 1972-1983 he served in various capacities for Brake Service in Presque Isle and Bangor, including district sales representative, warehouse manager and sales manager. In 1983 he moved to Boston to establish the heavy duty division of New England Wheel and Rim. In 1984 he moved back to Presque Isle and together with his family they opened Clukey’s Auto Supply. Today, Clukey’s Auto Supply has stores operating in Presque Isle, Caribou and Houlton. Tom was very active in the community and was always willing to help where he was needed. He was involved as a member and past president of Walker Siding Snowmobile Club, former director and manager of Fort Fairfield Rotary, former member and director of Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and a more than 20 year member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge of Elks, Presque Isle. Tom was a mason and member of Trinity Lodge No. 130 AF & AM, Presque Isle, Scottish Rite Bodies of Bangor, Maine Consistory 32 degree Valley, Portland, past president and life member of Aroostook Shrine Club and a life member of the many Anah Shrine Clubs. He was one of the founding members and past president of Anah Indy’s. He was a member and past director in 2011 of ROJ Court 150, Bangor. Tom was appointed a potentate’s aide in 1997 by Potenate Ed Pellon and in 2006 was appointed outer guard by Potentate Richard P. Hallett. Tom loved his home on Squa Pan Lake, he loved fishing, being out on the water and entertaining friends on his party boat.
Tom is survived by his loving wife and soul mate, Gail (Madden) Clukey; sons, Dana Lovell and wife, Joann, of Gilford, Kyle Rideout of Dover and Jason Trask of Presque Isle; sisters and their spouses, Barbara and Stanley Plisga of Eddington and Cindy and Hubert Embelton of Hermon. In addition, he is survived by his niece and nephews, Kristen Perry and her family of Orrington, Matthew Packard and his family of Farmington and Jared Embelton of Boston. Tom will be sadly missed by his loving family and his faithful dog, Marley. He will also be missed by his numerous special friends, too many to name, and acquaintances that enjoyed making many memorable moments with him. Tom was predeceased by his parents; and brother, Dick Clukey.
Friends and family may call 4-8 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with the Most Reverend John Paul Labrie officiating. Interment will be after services at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Presque Isle. After committal services, a reception will be held at Aroostook County Shriner’s Hall, Houlton Road, Presque Isle. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s memory may be made to Shriner’s Hospital, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04402-0735. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.duncan-graves.com.