Thomas Gerald Keiser

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Surry – Thomas G. Keiser, 89, passed away at his Surry home on January 15, 2018. Tom was born on February 19, 1928 in Newton Mass., the son of Harry and Harriet “Betsy” Hoffmeister Keiser. He was a 1945 graduate of Winnetka, IL High School and then went on to graduate from the Colorado School of Mining in 1949 with an Engineer of Mines degree. Tom said of his college days that there were only two things in Golden, CO; the college and Coors brewery, which he visited often for samples.

Tom honorably served in the US Army as a Staff Sargent from 1952 to 1954. After his discharge, he worked for the Federal Bureau of Public Roads as Consulting Engineer. He moved to Maine and began a 25 yr career working for the Maine Dept. of Transportation as a well-respected Highway Engineer. Pam Shofner at Maine DOT said she greatly enjoyed working for him those many years when he was the Area Construction Engineer for everything above Waterville all the way to the crown of Maine and east to Eastport. She said he shared many great fishing stories. Sometime after the passing of his wife Alice, he met and married Barbara Eaton Stratton. They enjoyed many years together in their newly built home in Surry. After retirement, he spent 15 years as Code Enforcement Officer and Plumbing Inspector for the Town of Surry. Tom loved the great outdoors in all seasons. He enjoyed duck hunting with his Labs, fishing adventures with Barbara and friends Charlie Osgood & wife to remote northern lakes, getting there by float plane, ATV or snowmobile. He and Barbara grew strawberries and raspberries for many years which always sold out quickly at his roadside stand. Tom loved flowers and tended a large beautiful garden. He was a good steward of his land of which he cut all his firewood.

He is predeceased by his parents; a brother Dick; wives Alice M. and Barbara Eaton Keiser. He is survived by nieces and nephews. Many thanks to his helpful neighbors, especially the Lowry’s and the kind care received from Total Care Solutions. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Howard Hill Cemetery, Little Deer Isle, ME later this year. If desired, for Tom’s love of dogs, memorial contributions may be made to SPCA of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Rd, Trenton, ME 04605

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