Jean Marie Thomas
December 19, 1935 – June 10, 2019
Portland- Jean M. (Tomasso) Thomas, 83, a longtime resident of Portland, passed away peacefully on June 10, 2019. Jean was born in West Newton, MA, on December 19, 1935, a daughter of Anthony and Mary (Marcucci) Tomasso. She moved to Portland, ME in 1948 and grew up on Cotton Street (Gorham’s Corner). She attended Portland schools and graduated from Portland High School in 1954. She was the recipient of the PHS Preti Award acknowledging her athletic and academic achievements. Jean was employed at Peat Marwick and later at UNUM where she retired. She was a longtime volunteer for the Red Cross and after retiring from UNUM, she volunteered her time there also. Her devoted volunteer work will be greatly missed.
Jean’s athleticism continued after high school and through all her life. She participated in more than 25 marathons and belonged to the ski and track club, again volunteering wherever she was needed. The numerous awards she received, certainly signifies a humbleness and true passion for physical fitness. Jean enjoyed making candy during the holidays and giving it to family and friends. Her small kitchen turned into a little candy factory. She had a precise system and it worked well, as she produced pounds and pounds of fudge, needhams, peanut butter balls and chocolate covered nuts from that one small kitchen. Every year, her family members waited for her signature bag of goodies although there were never enough peanut butter balls.
Jean’s life was full and well lived. Her independence, hard work, self-confidence and purpose lead her to succeed in all areas of her life. There is so much to be proud of.
Jean was pre-deceased by her parents; a brother, Richard Thomas; a sister, Jacqueline Gallant; niece, Maureen Johnson and her great-nephew, Evan Gallant.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Katherine Thomas; brother-in-law, Robert Gallant; nephews, Anthony and Joseph Gallant; nieces, Concetta Morse and Jeannie Gallant. She is also survived by ten great nieces and nephews.
Jean’s family would like extend their thanks and gratitude to Judy Caparrito and all the staff at Avita House for the care they gave Jean during the last two years.
There will be no visiting hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Ave. Portland, ME. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.
Please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to sign Jean’s online guest book. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Red Cross, 2401 Congress St. Portland, ME 04102.
- Anthony Tomasso, Father
- Mary Tomasso, Mother
- Richard Thomas, Brother
- Jacqueline Gallant, Sister
- Maureen Johnson, Niece
- Evan Gallant, Great Nephew
- Katherine Thomas, Sister-in-law
- Robert Gallant, Brother-in-law
- Anthony Gallant, Nephew
- Joseph Gallant, Nephew
- Concetta Morse, Niece
- Jeannie Gallant, Niece
- She is also survived by 10 great nieces and nephews
American Red Cross
2401 Congress St., Portland, Maine 04102
- Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Jean Marie Thomas
June 16, 2019
I first met Jean at Lifeline in 1977. She was an inspiration and a running mentor over the years. Most recently, she walked tirelessly through my North Deering neighborhood in the very early morning. We had many nice, 5:30 am chats over the years. She will be missed.
June 16, 2019
I worked with Jean for many years at Peat Marwick.
In 1976 Jean convinced me ( she could be very convincing) to join Life Line, a program at USM. She knew I suffered from asthma and that an exercise program including running might help me.
She was correct and over the next 15 years I joined her on many weekday and Sunday runs.
She was a great friend.