Thomas Milan Obituary 2024




In Memoriam: Pepperell Community Stalwart, Thomas Milan


In Memoriam: Thomas Milan, A Pepperell Icon

A Life Well-Lived, Filled with Love and Dedication

With heavy hearts, the Pepperell community bid farewell to Thomas Milan, a cherished resident who passed away peacefully on April 4, 2024, surrounded by his loving wife, Eleanor.

Born on November 26, 1941, in the quaint town of Pepperell, Massachusetts, Thomas grew up to become a pillar of his community, leaving behind an enduring legacy of kindness, sportsmanship, and unwavering dedication.

Pepperell’s Stand-Out Athlete and Navy Veteran

As a young boy, Thomas’s athletic prowess shone brightly. He excelled in multiple sports, earning him recognition as a stand-out local athlete. After graduating from Pepperell High School and Keith Academy in Lowell, he proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1961 aboard the USS Yosemite (AD-19).

A Dedicated Employee and Work Ethic Exemplar

Upon his return to civilian life, Thomas embarked on a 45-year career at James River, the Pepperell Paper Mill, and the Bemis Company in Shirley. His unwavering work ethic earned him an extraordinary accolade: an award for never missing a single day of work in 40 years. Such exceptional dedication is a testament to his character and commitment.

An Unwavering Passion for Sports

Beyond the workplace, Thomas was a legendary supporter of sports, both professional and amateur. His heart beat for all New England sports teams, and he rarely missed a game on television. However, his true passion lay in supporting North Middlesex Regional High School, where he became known as “Super Fan.” His booming voice, inspiring players to strive for excellence, will be fondly remembered.

A Man of Simple Pleasures and Deep Connections

While Thomas had an insatiable love for sports, he also appreciated the simple things in life. Reading the sports page with a Natty Daddy beer and a few scratch tickets, taking leisurely drives, fishing local streams, and vacationing on Newfound Lake or the Outer Banks in North Carolina brought him great joy.

Thomas possessed an uncanny ability to connect with people, remembering names and details that created lasting impressions. He always took an interest in others’ lives and left them with a smile on their face. His witty comments and hilarious voice messages will be cherished memories for his loved ones.

A Legacy of Love and Support

Thomas Milan was an unforgettable figure who touched countless lives. He is survived by his devoted wife, Eleanor; his daughters Joanne Milan, Karen Milan, Lisa Milan, Christine (and Ted) Lorden; his brother Michael (and Betsy); his step-children Lynn Hawkins, James Rioux, and David Rioux; and his many grandchildren.

A Fond Farewell and Eternal Remembrance

Services for Thomas Milan will be held at McGaffigan Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at the Pepperell Cemetery on Park St.

The Pepperell community will always remember Thomas Milan as a man of unwavering dedication, infectious passion, and unwavering kindness. His legacy will continue to inspire and uplift those who knew and loved him.


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