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Thomas James Bain

Memorial for Thomas James Bain

Born in Franklin, NJ on Aug. 13, 1931
Died on Dec. 5, 2016 and resided in Augusta, NJ.
Visitation: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
Service: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
11:00 am
Cemetery: Branchville Cemetery
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Thomas James Bain, an active member of the Sussex County community, passed away at home on Monday, December 5, 2016.

A lifelong resident of Sussex County, Tom Bain was born in Franklin, New Jersey, on August 13, 1931. He graduated from Blair Academy and Princeton University, where he ran the high hurdles on the Varsity Track team and ate at Cap & Gown Club. After serving in the US Army, he enrolled at Harvard Law School, graduating in 1958. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar and began his legal career with Morris Downing & Sherred the same year, becoming a partner in 1962. He spent his entire legal career with Morris Downing & Sherred, serving as Managing Partner for many years. He retired from the partnership in 1999 but continued Of Counsel into his 80's.

In addition to his work at the law firm, Tom served for over 30 years as Judge of the Municipal Court of Franklin, Hamburg, and Hardyston, and as Judge of the Municipal Court of Frankford and Lafayette. He was Municipal Attorney for the Borough of Branchville, Montague Township, and Sandyston Township. He served for many years as a Trustee of the Branchville Cemetery Association.

Tom volunteered his time and talents to many Sussex County organizations. He served as President of the Branchville Business Men's Club, the Branchville Rotary Club, the Sussex County Bar Association, and the Newton Country Club. He was a Trustee of Newton Memorial Hospital for 35 years and served as Chairman of the Board.

History, especially, local history, was one of Tom's lifelong passions. Tom was a member of the Mayflower Society, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Canal Society of New Jersey, the Branchville Historical Society, and the Minisink Historical Society.

Tom loved the family farm in Augusta, New Jersey, which he made his home. He worked cows on the weekends, sometimes with the help of family and friends, to keep the farm running. He especially enjoyed his weekly breakfast meetings with the Young Progressive Farmers of Augusta.

Tom is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Ann Elizabeth Gordon. He leaves three children: Carolyn Bain Ottenbreit and her husband, Kenneth Ottenbreit, Virginia Bain Maybank and her husband, Joseph Maybank IV, Gordon Thomas Bain and his wife, Christina Bittel Bain, and seven grandchildren.
He is also survived by his siblings, Nancy B. Gunn, Dennis G. Bain, James F. Bain, and their spouses.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church of Branchville, 3 Wantage Avenue, Branchville, New Jersey. Interment will follow in Branchville Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, New Jersey.

Memorial donations may be made in Tom's memory to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860 or Newton Medical Center Foundation, 175 High Street, Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.

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