May 23rd, 2018



April 12, 1941 – December 6, 2013

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date


MCCARNEY, THOMAS W., 72, of Northfield, passed away December 6, surrounded by his family. He was born in Rome, N.Y., April 12, 1941, the son of Thomas Anthony and Virginia Vandivier McCarney. A 1959 graduate of Rome High School, Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Norwich University in 1963. Afterward, Tom was commissioned into the Army and served in Germany for two years. He was previously married to Linda Severy Hall. In 1977, he married Charlene Elizabeth Kennerson at the United Methodist Church in Northfield. Tom had worked in the purchasing department at Norwich University for almost 10 years. He later owned and operated the Beverage Center in Northfield for 16 years. Beginning in 1993, Tom worked for Jet Service Envelope in Barre, where he forged a strong relationship with the owner, Jeff Blow, and his family. He was a long-standing member of the American Legion Post 63 of Northfield, and was recently inducted into the “Old Guard Alumni of Norwich University.” Tom was a Northfield trustee for 30 years and a past acting town manager. He was very active in many town activities, including the Northfield Observances. Tom was passionate about auto racing, working on race cars in various capacities, and attending countless races. He also enjoyed camping in his motor home and tending his lawn and garden. Tom was also a Norwich hockey season ticket holder who tried to never miss a home game. A creature of habit, Tom enjoyed his morning coffee (and the company) at the Common Café, and his Friday night ritual of seeing the “ladies” at the NSB, visiting the Legion, and enjoying dinner at the Rustic Restaurant in Northfield Falls. In addition to his wife, Charlene, Tom is survived by his two children – Kathleen McCarney, of Northfield, and Patrick and wife, Kate, of Pawcatuck, Conn.; Tom’s sister, Gail Baker, and husband, Edwin, of Winter Haven, Fla.; six grandchildren; special nieces and nephews and “extended family,” the Goslants.

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