Contoocook, NH — Thomas J. Kerins, 100, passed away while surrounded by family at his home in Contoocook, N.H., on Friday, June 28. Tom was born in Lawrence, Mass., on April 22, 1913, to Thomas and Katherine (King) Kerins. He was a graduate of Lawrence High School.
Tom married his neighborhood sweetheart from south Lawrence, Sarah (Sally) Hardacre, in 1936. They were blessed with four children, all of whom survive him; Katherine Carr and Thomas Kerins Jr. both of Contoocook; Roberta Kerins SCH of New York; and William Kerins of New Orleans, La. Tom is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Ruth Boulet, of New Orleans; grandchildren, Michael, Kathleen, Thomas, Kevin, Maura, Ellen, Elizabeth, Sarahjon, William, Henry, and their spouses; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; 22 foster children; and numerous nieces and nephews. Sally, his wife of 61 years, predeceased him, as did his brothe,r John, his step-brother, Patrick McDonough, and his son-in-law, James Carr.
In 1933, Tom began a 43-year career as a milkman. He loved his work, first with Shawsheen Dairy and later with H.P. Hood & Sons, from which he retired in 1975, after 34 years.
Throughout his life, Tom was dedicated to helping those in need. He was a longtime, active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and he was never happier than when he could assist an individual or family through a temporary crisis. He loved his church, St. Michael, and he remained an active volunteer even after moving to New Hampshire. Until the age of 99, he looked forward to traveling once a week to St. Michael to assist the staff in putting out the weekly bulletin. He also served as a primary caregiver to his mother-in-law, Elizabeth, his brother-in-law, Russell and his wife, Sally throughout their long illnesses. In his final years, he was lovingly served by members of St. Theresa Parish of Henniker, N.H.