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Rest In Peace, Tom Henderson

Tom Henderson, the Executive Director of the Greater Lovell Land Trust, passed away this week. His vision and legacy will survive well into the future.

Over the years, Tom and I had many discussions and not all about the woods and the watershed. Baseball, a passion of his, was a frequent topic. A number of years ago, Tom and I served as judges for a local chowder competition where I learned he had quite a cooking background. And on that day, I learned a bit more about chowders, what he thought about the mix of ingredients, even if we didn't agree on which one was the best tasting. 

I often thought about how funny it was that his job was to preserve land while my job is to sell it. I would like to think that there was some mutual respect and many times he would refer people to me while I would not hesitate to ask him to take a look at a parcel to see if the Land Trust would have an interest in it.

We also had a number of conversations about the Land Trust's rustic camp on Whitney Pond in Stoneham. Tom was proud of the number of renters he was able to get for the rustic camp and we would often compare notes on the vacation rental business.

Lovell and the surrounding towns are in a better place because of Tom Henderson.




Tom Henderson, September 6, 1962 - April 17, 2018




An Elegy in Blue and Green

Rare are those who leave a lasting legacy,

for generations yet to come;

beyond the stone inscriptions weathering in lonely plots,

or the solemn commentaries posted briefly in the local press.


And graced is one whose life has focused 

not on momentary fame or fortune, 

but on a purpose far more elemental:

preservation of the Earth, which gave us origin. 


Tom Henderson’s true monuments are blue and green; 

the watersheds and forests he protected 

by way of what he called his dream job:

preserving ecosystems with all the varied forms of life

that populate Maine’s mountain spines of wooded slopes,

its wild meadows, and its waters.


For we, the fortunate who’ve known him well, 

he’ll be an absent presence,

welcomely returning to our minds,

when summoned by a pilgrimage 

through fields and forests,

or a journey on the lakes or down the rivers. 


He was among the quintessential pillars of this land trust 

since well before the current century. 

He’s been its first and only Executive Director.


Grievously diminished by his passing though we are, 

he’s bequeathed to us his inspiration.

It’s more than bright enough to light our path, 

and certify our dedication to the mission

that defined his life. 

~Burgess Smith, GLLT Board President


Into the forest he goes, his cycle of life complete.
~ Teresa Melanson-Geronaitis, Tom's partner




In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up to benefit Tom's biggest legacy of all, his son Aidan and his future educational goals.


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