Kenneth E. Thomes Jr., 78

Kenneth E. Thomes Jr.

PORTLAND — Kenneth E. Thomes Jr., 78, of Dover Foxcroft, died on Jan. 4, 2013, at his son’s home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Portland on July 10, 1934, the son of Kenneth, Sr. and Margaret (Ryan) Thomes.

Kenneth grew up in Falmouth and attended Falmouth High School, Class of 1953.

After high school, Ken joined the National Guard and was part of the 103rd Armored Calvary. On July 2, 1957, Ken reported to work for the Portland Fire Department at Ladder Company 6 on Park Avenue and retired as captain at Central Station on Nov. 1, 1977, after 20 years of service. Kenny then worked for Central Maine Power for years and was especially happy to work at the Harris Project just above his camp in Moxie. He later started work as a carpenter with Thomas Kane Associates and retired completely after working for Cianbro Corporation.

Kenneth was “at home” in the outdoors. He loved hunting, trapping, and fishing and enjoyed these treasures with many lifelong friends, especially his grandson Trey, who took to his same interest and pleasures. Kenny was a member of the Maine Trappers Association and a member of Maine’s Big Buck Club multiple times.

In addition to his parents, Kenneth was predeceased by his former wife and mother of his children, Barbara L. Savage in 1997; and his son, Glen H. Thomes in 2004.

He is survived by his two sons, Steven A. Thomes and Scott M. Thomes; two daughters, Linda J. Thomes and Patricia A. Bailey, all from Portland; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his sister, Patricia A. Thomes of Windham; aunt, Eva Langley of Casco; and a special nephew.

Visiting hours were on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. A private service will be held for family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Kenny’s name to: Firefighter Cancer Support Network, care of Jeff Howe, 22016 Superior Court, Santa Clarita, CA 91390.

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