Gilford, NH-----Thomas G. Poland, 76, of 15 Bacon Drive, died at his home on Sunday, January 18, 2004, after a long illness.
Mr. Poland was born in Lincoln, Vermont on September 11, 1927, the son of Gerald and Anna (Merrill) Poland. He moved to Waterbury, Vermont as a young child and graduated from Waterbury High School. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy and after basics was sent to Guam and Enwetok. In the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army as a Sgt. 1st Class and received several field commendations. After the war, he was owner and operator of Tom's Calso Service Station and Convenience Store in Waterbury, VT.
Mr. Poland moved to Laconia in 1960 and worked as a labor foreman for L.E. Bean Const. Co.; Bonnette, Page & Stone; and D. D. Snyder of Concord. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf and traveling. He was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors are his wife of 53 years, Lorraine (Smith) Poland, of Gilford, NH; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Kerry Hunt of Edgewater, Florida and Marcia and Scott Berman of Methuen, MA; a granddaughter, Michelle Hunt and her husband, George Allen, of Laconia, NH; two grandsons, Thomas and Robert Berman of Methuen, MA; a great granddaughter, Taylor Rose Allen, and a great grandson, Jake George Allen both of Laconia, NH; a brother, Donald Poland, and his wife, Alice, of Swanton, Vermont; a sister, Marlene McAllister and her husband, Wilber, of Waterbury, VT; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Brooks, of Belhaven, N.C. He was predeceased by a sister, Helen Poland.
There will be no calling hours or funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03427.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.