Thomas L. Wight ’81

Thomas L. Wight ’81 died on March 18, 2018, in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

(The following appeared online at in March 2018):

Thomas L. Wight died unexpectedly on March 18, 2018, in Chelmsford, MA. Born on December 17, 1958, Tom grew up in the mountains of Newry, Maine, and still loved spending time there.

He attended Telstar High School in Bethel, Maine, and graduated valedictorian in 1977. He went on to attend Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, graduating in 1981 with a BA in physics. Tom’s first job was as a computer programmer at Wright Pierce in Brunswick, Maine. He most recently worked as a software engineer at Vantiv.

Tom brought his unbridled joy and infectious enthusiasm for life to everything he did. One of Tom’s greatest pleasures was playing tabletop and role-playing games with his family and friends. For twenty years Tom was an active and dedicated member of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Chelmsford, where he volunteered his time and talents in a multitude of ways, including religious education, human resources, and rebuilding trips to New Orleans. He helped everyone around him be the best they could be. He was a rock among the shifting channels of life for all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Tom’s greatest and enduring passion was for his family. He is survived by his wife of thirty-three years, Edith P. Murphy; three children, Rick, Marion, and Dan of Chelmsford, MA; his father, Frederic O. Wight of South Paris, ME; his sister Susan L. Brooke of Newry, ME; his brother William W. Brooke and wife Gail (Dickey) of North Whitefield, ME; his brother Randall H. Brooke and wife Audrey (Jordan) of Newry, ME; his brother Matthew O. Wight and wife Donna (Field) of Malaga, WA; and his younger brother Scott F. Wight of the Bronx, NY. Tom also enjoyed spending time with his many nieces and nephews and their families. Tom was predeceased by his mother, Sue L. Wight.

2 Comments Thomas L. Wight ’81

  1. Ralph Bowie

    Just recently found about this ….. Death. He was without a doubt one of the most respected and loving people I have met. He taught me more than chess.


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