Scott P. Thomas

LOVELL — Scott Peter Thomas, 50, of Lovell, passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on Saturday, April 7, 2012, after a five-year journey with colon cancer.

He was born on Oct. 23, 1961, at the Osteopathic Hospital in Portland to the late Ursula Thomas and the late Clarence Thomas Sr. He grew up in Cornish, graduated from Sacopee Valley High School and graduated from the police academy. He became York County Sheriff after high school. He moved to Lovell, where he lived for the past 30 years.

He married Angela Barker on Aug. 18, 1990. They have three children, Jared, Allison and Spencer. He called his golden retriever, Cassidy, his guardian angel.

Scott owned and operated a family business, Superior Striping (parking lot striping) for 13 years and has now passed the business to his eldest son, Jared, to carry on.

Scott was a past professional candlepin bowler, and he bowled on television.

He was a Men’s League Softball player for over 30 years. He was a past recreation director for the Town of Lovell, as well as a past T-ball coach and girl’s softball coach. He was active in town government as well, serving on the budget committee and as the safety officer for the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department, where he had been a volunteer fireman since high school. He took fire investigation classes, ran fire safety events at the elementary school and taught children what it meant to be a firefighter.

Scott was a past parade chairman for the Town of Lovell. He was a member of the Kora Shrine, where he was a log roller and drove in many parades. He was a member of the Delta Lodge #153 in Lovell, the Lovell Lion’s Club and a Redman member.

He was a team member and sponsor of two racing teams for over 25 years at Oxford Plains Speedway. He enjoyed making maple syrup with his family.

Scott organized and assisted with a number of benefit suppers for community members; anyone who needed help, Scott was one of the first ones there.

Scott was an active advocate for colon cancer screening. When he was first diagnosed after learning there was no cure at the time, his first action was to start the fight with chemo treatments, and then do what he could do to help others with cancer. Scott was the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Survivor Award winner for 2010 — a national award for making a difference in the community and inspiring others.

He did a commercial and several TV interviews with Channel 8. He was a speaker at numerous cancer conferences and meetings around the State of Maine during the past five years of his battle with cancer. He spoke at two cancer conferences in Stowe, Vt., over the past two years and spoke on two radio shows regarding cancer awareness, which aired on several stations in the Midwest. He mentored other cancer patients on their journeys. His motto was “fight the fight, fight for the cure.”

He was courageous, always had a positive attitude, was respectful, honorable, honest and a mentor to many. He was always laughing and enjoying life. He was heroic, loved his community, loved to play sports and was a strong family man. Scott was a loving father and husband. He lit up a room when he walked in with his smile and sparkling blue eyes.

He was a big Red Sox fan and loved going to Fenway Park.

Scott is survived by his wife Angela of Lovell; three children, Jared, Allison and Spencer; nieces and nephews; and many in-laws.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m., at the Wadsworth Arena at Fryeburg Academy. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 45 Main Street, South Paris. Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Scott’s name to the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department, Bridgton Hospital Oncology Clinic or Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation in North Conway, N.H.

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