John W. Thomas III

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 1:45pm

John W. Thomas III, 80, of Dresden, passed away on the afternoon of May 21, 2022, surrounded by his large and loving family.  Born in Damariscotta on Jan. 15, 1942, he grew up in Boothbay with his mother and siblings.

John worked as a clam digger for many years, and enjoyed fishing, hunting and wood working.  A very handy man, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix if given enough time.  

He was predeceased by his mother, Josephine Campbell; the love of his life and companion, Faye Heath; daughter, Judith Thomas Bailey; son, Sterling Thomas; brother, Austin Nolan; and sister, Jane Brewer.

He is survived by his son, John Thomas and his wife Tiffany; daughters, Tyrell Russell and her husband Arthur, and Gwen “Wendy” Waltz and her husband Gary; brother, Teddy “Bear” Thomas; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m., on Friday, June 3 at the Maple Ridge Cemetery in Harrison.  There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m., on Friday, June 3 at his daughter’s home: 297 Hollywood Boulevard in Whitefield.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences, and messages for his family, may be expressed by visiting: