Newburyport, MA — Thomas Miller Anthony, 84, of Newburyport, passed peacefully Sunday evening, May 18, 2014, at Merrimack Valley Health Center in Amesbury, with his loving family by his side. He was the devoted husband of the late Jeanette (Clay) Anthony, who died December 17, 2003.
Tom was born in Hanover, Penn., on November 30, 1929, and was one of eight children of the late Donald Z. and Emma (Miller) Anthony. He grew up in rural farm country, on his grandmother's farm, and loved farming, fishing and the outdoors. He also loved reading, especially history books, a passion honed while working with his father and grandfather family’s printing press business in Hanover. His grandfather, Hanover Historian William Anthony, wrote a famous Civil War book, “The Battle of Hanover,” that they printed together.
Shortly after graduating from high school, he proudly served with the United States Army from 1947 until his honorable discharge in 1950. During his days serving, he was stationed at Fort Warren on Georges Island in Boston Harbor, planting mines in the harbor. After the barracks where closed down, he and his wife were caretakers of Fort Warren for many months.
When the children were younger, Tom and Jeanette volunteered at the White Whale in Beverly, a center for youth in need of mentors. They were known by many as “Ma and Pa” Anthony. Tom worked for 27 years as an installer of oil burners for Sam Goldberg & Son in Beverly, and apprenticed many men until his retirement from the Pipe Fitters Local 138 of Salem, Mass. He was regarded as a master of his trade by those in the industry, leaving his signature statement of shining the copper pipes after each job and placing a shiny new penny with his name and date written in cement on the job site. Many now carry on Tom’s trademark tradition.