John B. Tolman

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John Broad Tolman
SCARBOROUGH - John B. Tolman passed away on Jan. 17, 2014 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 19, 1936, the son of Kenneth and Olive (Paul) Tolman. Raised in South Portland, he graduated from South Portland High School in 1955. John was active in sports, glee club and class plays.
He served in the US Army for 3 years including a tour of duty in Korea with the 7th Infantry Division.
He graduated from Bates College in 1962 with a B.S. Degree in Mathematics. While at Bates, he met and later married his wife, Jean.
John worked for 19 years with IBM as a Systems Engineer and then with LL Bean as a Manager of Technical Services. Upon retirement in 1999, he and Jean moved to Rangeley, Maine where they had a camp. John enjoyed fishing, reading, bridge, and watching the large variety of wildlife.
John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean Lenore Hemingway Tolman; his sons Gregory and wife Kathy, Jeffrey and wife Kathleen, and Scott; grandchildren include Nicholas, Nathanial, Andrea, Emily, Zachary, and Jillian Tolman. Other survivors include a sister, H. Diane Tolman Leonard and her husband Bernard of Pemboke, plus a brother-in-Law Robert Rumery of Portland. John is predeceased by a sister, Betty Gene Rumery and a brother, James Tolman.
In accordance with John's wishes, there will be no ceremony. Family members will be invited to a private celebration of John's life at a later date. Arrangements are under the guidance of Direct Cremation of Maine, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast Maine.
Donations in John's
memory may be made to:
The Hospice of Southern Maine
Trail of Memories
180 US Route One, #1
Scarborough, ME 04074

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 23, 2014
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