Lawrence E. “Stub” Thomas, of West Chesterfield, NH was a lifelong resident of the area and well-known businessman. He died unexpectedly and peacefully at his home early Wednesday morning, May 2, 2018, he was 81 years old.
Stub was born in Brattleboro on January 20, 1937, the son of Lawrence and Gladys (Puffer) Thomas. He was raised and educated in Brattleboro and was a graduate of Brattleboro Union High School. He went on to attend the Vermont Agricultural College in Randolph Center, Vermont earning his Associates degree in Agricultural Science. Soon after he served in the Vermont National Guard.
He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Perini Construction Company at the time Vermont Interstate 91 was being constructed. In 1971 he established his own excavation company, STUB INC, based in West Chesterfield, NH which he operated successfully until his retirement in 1990. During his earlier years he assisted with the day to day operation of his family’s farm, the Thomas Farm on Putney Road.
Stub was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Brattleboro Aerie #2445. He was known for his spirit of friendship and generosity, often assisting non-profit organizations such as Rescue Inc. and others that were in need of support and his professional services. He took a sincere interest in people, enjoyed helping anyone in need and was active in civic duty in Chesterfield NH, Brattleboro VT, and Dover VT. Stub was an avid skier, and enjoyed flying, both fixed wing and in his helicopter.
Descendant family include three daughters, Sheila Whitcomb of New London, NH, Pamela Thomas and life-long partner Tony Atwill of Hotchkiss, CO , Gayle Thomas of Huntersville, NC, and son Ryan Thomas and his wife Cathi of Medfield, MA, eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Stub also leaves a large host of friends, and business associates in the twin-state area.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, May 12th at the Monadnock Covenant Church at 90 Base Hill Road in Keene, NH at 11:00 AM, followed by a luncheon reception at the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Chickering Drive in Brattleboro, VT at 1:00 PM. For those unable to attend the celebration of life service, it will be streamed live on the internet at http://mcckeene.org.
Burial will be private in the Thomas family lot in Locust Ridge Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to his parents.
Memorial contributions in Stub’s name may be made to the Winston Prouty Center, 209 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, VT 05301.
To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence to the Thomas family please visit www.atamaniuk.com.