May 2, 1962 – October 13, 2013
Obituaries » THOMAS J. COMPANION
COMPANION, THOMAS J., 51, passed away unexpectedly at Central Vermont Medical Center on October 13. Born in Montpelier on May 2, 1962, he was the son of Ellen L. (Callahan) Companion and the late James W. Companion. On Aug. 14, 2004, Tom married the love of his life, the former Susan Brown, in Waterbury Center. Tom was a 1980 graduate of Harwood Union High School and then began his working career as a carpenter, working for several construction companies in the central Vermont area. Tom went on to become an assembler, working at the Bombardier Corp. in Barre before being employed by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters for over 16 years, first in the service department in Waterbury and more recently as a maintenance technician at their Essex plant. Friendly, warmhearted and convivial, Tom was the well-known and well-liked Saturday morning greeter and money-taker for Rodney’s Rubbish Removal, located at the Crossroads Beverage Center in Waterbury. In his leisure time, Tom was an avid hunter, loved four-wheeling, camping in Sharkyville in Bolton and was a master tinkerer of all things automotive. A creative builder too, Tom enjoyed working on construction projects for family and friends. He is lovingly remembered for his devotion to his wife, Susan, and his innate dedication to all those whom he considered friends. Tom is survived by his wife, Susan Companion, of Moretown; his mother, Ellen Companion, of Waterbury Center; his stepson, Paul Brown, and his husband, T.J. Bizon, of Essex Junction; his sister, Theresa Gilman, her husband, Richard, and their children, of Chelsea; his brothers, Rodney Companion, of Waterbury Center, John Companion, his wife, Lisa, and their daughter, of Waterbury Center; an uncle, Michael Callahan, of Bolton; an aunt, Kathy Fleury, of Middlesex; an aunt, Henrietta Guyette, of Waterbury Center; and a very special uncle to Tom, Jim Callahan, of Bolton; his two best friends, Tim Raymond and Andy Metayer; as well as extended family.