Thomas Barton Theall, 63, of Newport, NH died at his home on February 17, 2020. Tom was born on December 30, 1956 in Rochester, NH during a thunder snowstorm. He was the son of the late Ralph W. and Helen L. (Barton) Theall. He lived in Dover, NH prior to moving to Newport in 1966.
He graduated from Newport High School in 1974. He studied photography at Goddard College for a year then studied at Vermont Technical College where he was awarded an Associate of Science Degree in Engineering in 1977. He later attended Colorado School of Trades, earning his Gunsmithing Certificate in 1982. He was a master level toolmaker. He worked at Sturm Ruger & Company, Inc. in Newport as a CNC Programmer/Designer for 30 years. During that time he was also an NRA certified firearms instructor. He was employed as a toolmaker at Sonnax in Bellows Falls, VT at the time of his death.
Tom met and married the love of his life, Monique L. Lacroix, in 2011.
In addition to his wife, Tom leaves his son, Shaun Reno and his wife Jennifer of Keene, NH and his daughter, Madeline Reno and her fiancé Robert Champney Jr. of Elkins, NH. He also leaves his sister Cynthia and her husband Douglas Wilkening of Lowell, MA, his uncle Donald (Tony) Barton and his wife Helen, of Tennessee, and many cousins. Tom, aka Gramp, leaves behind a granddaughter, Abigail Rose Reno, who filled his heart with infinite love and joy. He cherished every single minute he was able to spend in her company.
Tom lived a Christ-centered life. He was a brilliant man and a voracious reader who remembered nearly everything he learned. He was a talented sharpshooter, both with a camera and a gun. He loved to travel and had visited every US state except Alaska. He was quiet and humble. He was involved with a Christian motorcycle ministry for more than twenty years, served as a missionary in Tbilisi, Georgia, and helped countless people in need during his lifetime. He was a proponent of STEM education, particularly for children. He enjoyed chemistry and rigging up experiments just to show kids how fun science could be. He was quick-witted and had a terrific sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church in Newport, NH on Saturday, February 22, at 10 am. Interment will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the American Precision Museum (Memo: Tom Theall) P O Box 679 Windsor, VT 05089.
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American Precision Museum
PO Box 679, Windsor VT 05089