Thomas C. Bragg
Thomas Charles Bragg, 92, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and friends at the Hospice House.
He was born Nov. 27, 1920, in Hartford, the third child of Harrison and Mary Ellen (Darrington) Bragg, and attended schools in Buckfield.
On Jan. 3, 1940, he married his loving wife of 69 years Iva Farris Bragg. Tom owned and lived in the same house on Bonney Road in Sumner for over 65 years.
He worked at various jobs: lumberjack, carpenter, heavy equipment operator and was the road commissioner in Sumner for twenty years. Thomas served as sexton for over forty years in Elmwood Cemetery where he mowed the whole cemetery only last week.
He was an active member of the Union Grange and the Congregational Church of East Sumner, serving as Trustee and Deacon.
Thomas thoroughly enjoyed hunting, gardening, making and peddling maple syrup, and fishing. He was always quick to tell stories about his Canadian fishing trip and fishing at Spider Lake. Tom also shot one of the biggest bucks that his sons had ever seen (not weighed but eaten). He was known for his hugs especially to all the grandchildren in his life – 29 grands, 53 greats, and 14 great-greats.
He is survived by eight children: Rosemary Henderson and husband Edison Sr., Helen Jordon, David Bragg and his wife Brenda, Violet Enman and husband Randall, Marie Curtis and husband Albert Sr., Frank Bragg, Christopher Bragg and wife Peggy, Jennifer Clark and husband Robert, and daughter-in-law Lucy Wilcox and husband Glen; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and many niece and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Iva; one brother, Charles Bragg; four sisters, Velma Ellingwood, Grace Keene, Mildred Bragg, Doris Buchannen; one sister-in-law Maxine Pope; six children, James, Beryl Joline, Joyce Verna, Thomas Jr., Edward, and Richard; one son-in-law Wallace Haynes; two grandchildren, Baby Boy Bragg, Amy Bragg and one great grandson, Jared Henderson.
Tom will be sorely missed by his family, friends and acquaintances. Tom’s nickname was “Crop,” and his wife Iva’s nickname was “Maude.”
Funeral services will be held at the East Sumner Congregational Church on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Howard H. MacMullen Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Cliff Gray Cremation and Funeral Services, 60 Andrews Road, Bryant Pond.
The family suggests that those who wish make memorial donations in Tom's name to the East Sumner Congregational Church c/o Chris Bragg 149 Bonney Road, Sumner, Maine, 04220.