ATKINSON – Thomas M. Stephenson Jr., U.S. Air Force, Medical Service Corps, retired, 80, passed away Jan. 7, 2011, at a Bangor hospital. Tom was born Aug. 7, 1930, in Berkley, Va., to Thomas M. Sr. and Lettie (Watkins) Stephenson. Tom grew up and attended schools in Virginia. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at 17, beginning a more than 20-year service career. He attended Officer Candidate School and became a captain, serving his country all over the world, before being stationed in Maine. Tom was a southern boy, but discovered Maine and decided that this is where he wanted to retire. Tom was an entrepreneur who held many positions, including nursing home administration and a licensed public weigh master at Tilton’s Auction, but one of his biggest accomplishments was the development of Snow Mountain Ski Area, Winterport. One of his great passions was flying. He obtained his pilot’s license at age 60, and was a member of Aero Club at Maine Air National Guard, Bangor. Tom was a lifelong learner who enjoyed reading and spending time on his computer. In earlier years Tom loved the outdoors, participating in scuba diving, hunting and fishing. In later years he enjoyed spending time on his tractor, engaging in a good discussion about politics, and keeping in touch with former fellow servicemen. Family was a big part of Tom’s life and he loved following all of his grandchildren’s accomplishments and took great pride in all they did. Tom will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Sheila (Tilton) Stephenson of Atkinson; his children, Patricia Forrest and husband, Steven, Thomas M. Stephenson III and wife, Cindy, all of Hampden, Marietta Coulter and husband, Russell, of Casco, Angel Sawyer and husband, Thomas, of Corinth, and Randy Tozier and wife, Dixie, of Atkinson; grandchildren, Abby and Michael Coulter, Alyssa and Clayton Forrest, Kim and Michaela Stephenson, Matthew Sawyer and Emily Monahan; a brother, William Stephenson of New Orleans; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sandra and John McGonagle, Sherry and Edward Lucia, and Bruce and Bonnie Tilton; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. In keeping with Tom’s wishes, services will be private for family. Memorial contributions in Tom’s honor may be made to American Heart Association, 51 U.S. Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com.