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Thomas R. Smolski, age 63, of Newburyport, Mass., passed away peacefully at home on April 17, 2017, after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was surrounded and supported by his family at the Smolski residence.
Thomas was a lifelong resident of Newburyport. A Joppa native, he was born November 14, 1953, the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Smolski. He grew up on Chestnut Street with his sisters, Gale and Carol. He attended the Jackman School on School Street and later graduated from NHS in 1971. He was an avid football fan who played offensive line for the Newburyport Clippers.
Thomas was a dedicated member of the Newburyport community, working at the city’s Water Department and coaching numerous sports teams. Through his service he touched many lives, having a positive impact on many young athletes. From 2003 to 2014, he proudly served as a coach at NHS in football, baseball, and softball. Up until this past football season he could be seen on the Clipper’s sideline. In 2015 he was recognized for his dedication and service to the Newburyport community by being selected as a member of the NHS Wall of Fame. During his service in the community he formed many lifelong friendships with his co-workers, fellow coaches, and players. Some of his closest friends were Paul Colby, Chris Hood, Brent Salvatore, Steve Leavitt and Jack Cuff.
Thomas married Jane M. Croteau in 1978 and was a proud father of his two boys, Michael and Benjamin. He was married to Jane for 23 years, up until 2001, supporting her through her a long hard-fought battle with cancer. Tom was a family man, playing catch with his sons on Eagle Street and staying up until the sun went down throwing batting practice. He also enjoyed coaching his boys in baseball and football and teaching them what it took to be a “Clipper.” In 2004, Tom reconnected with his high school friend, Maureen Martin. They formed a special bond and were married in 2005. Tom and Maureen enjoyed going to Patriots games, visiting Foxwoods Casino, and going out to breakfast on Sunday mornings. Tom and Maureen both cherished family and would host an annual cookout during Yankee Homecoming week. They were best friends and spent 12 loving years in their home on Newhall Lane. Tom also had the opportunity to coach his step-daughter, Chrissy, in softball. Tom was very proud of Chrissy and her accomplishments at NHS, earning her keys and graduating from Westfield State University with honors. Later in life, he was a proud grandfather to seven grandchildren, who always enjoyed their time spent with Grampy Tom.
In addition to his mother, Elizabeth Stone, he is survived by his wife, Maureen M. Smolski; sons, Michael A. Smolski and his wife, Kristin, Benjamin T. Smolski and his wife, Aileen; step-children, Melissa Burdick and her husband, Bryan, Christine Madden, and Matthew Madden. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Hunter, Benjamin, Thomas, Timothy, Mason, Norah and Tessa. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. His uncle, Larry Twomey and aunt, Mabel Jancewicz were two family members that Tom held close to his heart. He celebrated Christmas Eve at Larry’s house every year since 1977 and spent much of his youth at Mabel’s home. Tom gave his time and love to the Newburyport Community but always put family first. He cared deeply for them and was a devoted father, husband, brother and son.
Family and friends may call on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950. Parking available behind the funeral home. Thomas’ funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Byfield Parish Church in Georgetown, Mass. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Smolski Memorial Scholarship Fund at 6 Newhall Lane, Newburyport, MA 01950.
For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.
Published on  April 19, 2017
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