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Thomas Cecil Bridgeo

May 18, 1927 ~ December 1, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old

Thomas Bridgeo Obituary

 Newport, NH: Thomas (Tom) C. Bridgeo, 96, a resident of Meadow Road Senior Housing, died on December 1, 2023 at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont.

Tom was born in Jamaica, Vermont on May 18, 1927, the son of Cecil S. and Maud (Hoard) Bridgeo.

He was raised in Shirley, Mass and attended Shirley High School. Tom often talked about the time he rode his bicycle into Boston! He and his family moved to Croydon where his father had his own logging business and farm. As many young men of his generation, Tom enlisted into the Army Air Force and served stateside as a chauffeur at Fort Devens and in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Upon his return to Croydon, Tom worked alongside his father, logging timber out of the woods using a pair of horses. Many times, their work took them away from home where they would stay deep in the woods, setting up camp, cooking over a firepit.

Tom married Helen Vera Pendexter on November 26, 1949, and together raised five children. He continued working as a logger in the area, as well as running a farm with cows, chickens, and geese (who loved Helen, but hissed at Tom.) He had a large vegetable garden each year, which the kids shared is how they got their summer tans from weeding the garden!

Tom was a hard worker, going to bed early and getting up before dawn was ingrained into his lifestyle. He was employed as a truck driver for Corbet Oil for over 25 years, retiring from Johnson & Dix.

Tom served in his hometown of Croydon as the Road Agent for two years. His frugality and common sense went a long way in keeping the roads open and safe during winter storms.

He and Helen traveled to Nashville to visit the Grand Ole Opry, a train ride to Montreal and Nova Scotia. Closer to home they enjoyed visiting Pittsburg, NH, and the Connecticut Lakes, attending county fairs, especially Fryeburg Fair where they eagerly watched the horse pulling competitions.

Tom loved woodworking and kept his tools and workshop neat and tidy. During the week you knew not to bother him when he was watching television, especially “Wheel of Fortune” or “The Price is Right.”

Tom could be a curmudgeon – He was strict, ‘old school’ and he always had the final word. He showed his love to his wife and family by providing a warm and safe home, food on the table and instilling a strong work ethic in his children.

Tom wanted to remain independent in his apartment. With the help of family, his good friend Gloria, and his most recent caregiver Angeline of DHVNH and Lake Sunapee VNA – His wish came true.

He is survived by his children, two sons: James Bridgeo and wife Cloie of Croydon, NH and Michael Bridgeo and wife Jeannine of Somersworth, NH; three daughters: Pamela Emery of Dover, NH; Carolyn Jennings and husband Eddie of Newport, NH; and Shirley George of No. Newport, NH; one brother David Bridgeo and wife Koreen of Croydon, NH and three sisters Helen Wood of Concord, NH; Dorothy Cahoon of West Palm Beach, FL; Brenda McGuire and husband Donald of Croydon, NH; and Susan Bridgeo of Norwich, VT. Also, fourteen grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Tom was predeceased by his wife Helen of 48 years on September 25, 1997, one granddaughter Ethel Emery, three sisters: Betty Hagianis, Rita Bridgeo and Joyce Wick; two brothers: Robert and Frank Bridgeo.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Croydon Flat Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, P.O. Box 2209, New London, NH 03257, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are respectfully being handled by Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main St., in Newport.

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Services

Graveside Service with Military Honors
Thursday
December 7, 2023

11:00 AM
Croydon Flat Cemetery
Camel Hump Road
Croydon, NH 03773

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