Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME


Thomas Richard Vance

April 12, 1940September 11, 2020
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Thomas Richard Vance 1940 – 2020 DATELINE: Portland Thomas Richard Vance, age 80 of Portland passed away Friday afternoon September 11, 2020 at Maine Medical Center. He was born in Portland on April 12, 1940 the son of John E. and Silvia Goodwin Vance. He attended Westbrook schools graduating from Westbrook High School class of 1958 where he started a scholarship fund to help Westbrook graduates. He attended the former Gorham State Teachers College now USM.

Tom spent his entire life being involved in his children’s sports and activities. He helped coach baseball teams, and enjoyed fishing and racing. He was dedicated to his family and grandchildren and always made himself available for anyone in need. Tom was a jack of all trades working construction and later became self-employed repairing automobiles both body, fender, and mechanic work. He also performed plowing services and snow removal with his sons and grandsons.

Tom raced Go-Karts up to the age of 78 becoming the oldest Go-Kart Racer at the Tri-State Kart Club located in Pomfret, Connecticut where he was honored as a lifetime member. He was a member of the Eagles Club and Tri-State Kart Club.

He was predeceased by a Sister, Dorothy Vance, and Brother’s, John, Donald & Gene Vance.

Besides his beloved wife of 60 years Ann (Brown) Vance of Portland, he leaves 3 Sons; Richard Thomas and his wife Martha Vance of Windham, Michael Vance of Portland, Ronald and his wife Suzanne Vance of Saco, 1 Daughter, Lisa and her husband David Roberts of Putnam, Conn, 2 Brothers, Raymond and his wife Geraldine Vance, Ralph and his wife Diane Vance both of Windham, 2 Sisters; Gladys and her husband Richard Goan of Westbrook, Sylvia and her husband Mel Axelsen of So. Portland, 9 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to a time of visitation Thursday September 17, 2020 from 4-7PM at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Due to the COVID-19 CDC Guidelines you will be required to wear a facemask. A Graveside Service will be held Friday September 18, 2020 at 11 AM at The Smith Cemetery 513 Gray Road, Windham, ME. For further information and to send a tribute in Tom’s memory please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to The Class of 1958 Scholarship Fund C/O of Westbrook High School ATTN; Sue Bailey, 125 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, ME. 04092


  • John E. Vance, Father (deceased)
  • Silvia Goodwin Vance, Mother (deceased)
  • Ann (Brown) Vance, Wife
  • Richard Thomas Vance (Martha Vance), Son
  • Michael Vance, Son
  • Ronald Vance (Suzanne Vance), Son
  • Lisa Roberts (David Roberts), Daughter
  • Raymond Vance (Geraldine Vance), Brother
  • Ralph Vance (Diane Vance), Brother
  • Gladys Goan (Richard Goan), Sister
  • Sylvia Axelsen (Mel Axelsen), Sister
  • Dorothy Vance, Sister (deceased)
  • John Vance, Brother (deceased)
  • Donald Vance, Brother (deceased)
  • Gene Vance, Brother (deceased)

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  • The Class of 1958 Scholarship Fund


18 September

Graveside Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Smith Cemetery

513 Gray Road
Windham, Maine


  • Visiting Hours

    Thursday, September 17, 2020


Thomas Richard Vance

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Vicki Buzzell

September 18, 2020

So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Sending prayers that his wife Ann and their children find some sort of peace and strength during this difficult time. ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

Richard Vance

September 17, 2020

Will miss you dad. Thanks for being my best friend and always being there when I needed a hand. I will always remember how quickly you stepped up to help anyone in need.
You were a great father to all four of us kids. You led by example and always worked hard.
I will be there often to visit and talk to you. Thanks for great memories racing, coaching, camping, and time spent with your grandchildren.

Brian & Mary Beaulieu

September 17, 2020

Long time friend. He sure was strong headed. His opinion was well known. He loved to debate. Any time with anyone for any length. of time . Loved baseball Red Sox was # 1 (his opinion) was well know. Like it or not. And Go carts was his passion. He enjoyed racing it was a family affair. So thrilled the day Tom, Ann, Rick,Ron, Mike, Lisa and last but not Tyler. The. Whole Family on the Connecticut race track going around the track holding flags. When you saw Tom you saw Ann. GOD BLESS You Tom. Rest In Peace. Amen

Bob & Jone Kenneu

September 16, 2020

We have so many lifelong memories! Starting with meeting at the highland lake dam! We are thankful Tom was part of our family! Too many good times when we were younger to write here. Tom will be missed by many and will be remembered for his work ethic caring for his Ann and his children along with, community support. We love you all and May God comfort you and shower his blessings on you during this difficult time of sorrow. Love Bob & Jone

Peter DiPietrantonio

September 16, 2020

To the family of Tom Vance. With sympathy I send my condolences to the family. In remembrance I am thankful to Tom for his kindness shown to my father and mother, Selvino and Bella DiPietrantonio. Tom always took good care of my father’s cars and trucks as well as making sure that the snow was plowed from the driveway on Lambert Street in North Deering. May God be with you.
Peter DiPietrantonio

joh kelley

September 15, 2020

my first memory at pomfret speedway, is of tom letting me take his car for a spin on the track to see if it was something I wanted to do, we ended up with a pit spot next to tom and phil worked on both cars, mine and tom's, tom always had spare parts if we didn't, he always had the right tools and his friendship was awesome there, from morning coffee to way after dinner on a race weekend. Anne, please accept mine and Mrs. kelley's Heartfelt condolences, see you on the next trip down.

Fay Lamothe

September 15, 2020

My dearest friend Lisa,
I was heartbroken to hear about the passing on your Dad. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Please pass my condolences on to your Mom and your family.
Reach out when your ready, I'm here ❤️.

Dick Gardiner

September 15, 2020

Ann, RIck, Mike, Ronnie, Lisa, and families,

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Tom. Please accept our deepest condolences. Although too few, my memories are all very fond. Thanks for inviting us as children into your home and for always taking the time to stop by when you headed North. You were fortunate as a family to share in many wonderful memories, now may those loving memories bring comfort in the days ahead and hold forever in your heart.

Dick & Laura Gardiner

Claudia Walton

September 15, 2020

To you all....I am so sorry to read of Tom's death in this morning's paper. His obituary brought back many memories of all the good times we had while our children were growing up in the neighborhood....oh, those Little League games...they were truly something. May your memories of all these good times sustain you in the years to come . Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. With love, Claudia

Martha Glassford

September 15, 2020

Spent many years of fun and laughter with Tom and family and i'm sure he and Ed are talking about the drag racing and Oxford Plains and all the card games.I pray for peace in all your hearts that Tom is in a better place Please know i'm thinking of all of you at this time
of sorrow. Love to you all Betty


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