Thomas Smith Batchelder Jr., 69, of Claremont, NH, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019, at his home.
He was born in Claremont, NH, on April 16, 1950, the son of Thomas and Veronica Batchelder.
He was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Claremont in 1968. Upon graduating high school, he was employed at Joy Foundry as an expeditor. He also joined the United States Coast Guard Reserve, serving from 1969 to 1975. He joined the Claremont Fire Department as a career firefighter in 1973, promoted to Lieutenant in 1981 then retiring from the fire service in 1984. He then worked as a package delivery driver for United Parcel Service for over 30 years, first delivering in Claremont, then the Alstead/Acworth area.
He was a past selectman of Acworth, NH, member of the Polish American Citizens Club, VFW and American Legion. He also participated for a number of years in the Claremont Men’s Adult Modified Softball League as well as other leagues.
He is survived by his wife, Tracy Skrocki and her daughter, Lindsay Miller, his sons, Thomas (Toby) Batchelder III and his partner, Courtney Porter; Kirk Batchelder and his fiancé, Tracy Simoneau; Spencer Batchelder and his partner, Dan Remsen and his daughter; Annie Batchelder and her fiancé, Josh Oikle, as well as his grandchildren, Logan Batchelder, Keegan Batchelder, and Jacoby Oikle . His brothers, Peter and partner, Marline Taylor, and John Batchelder and his sister, Sara Litevich and her husband, Jim; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Mary, as well as several aunts and uncles.
Friend may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont, NH on Friday evening, October 18th from 4 to 6PM. A Graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 11AM at the West Claremont Burying Grounds in West Claremont with Military honors.
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