GARLAND - On July 22, 2018, Terry Edward Thomas succumbed to his lifelong battle with depression at age 53. He was born September 9, 1964 to James and Sandra (Rollins) Thomas, and grew up helping on the family farm with siblings, Alyce Masters, Mary Wilson, and Kevin Thomas. As a youngster he was active in 4-H, the Garland Junior Fire Department and the Garland Little League. He graduated with a Forestry Degree from the University of Maine with high honors while providing for a young family with wife Nancy at the time.\n\nHe returned to the family farm, resuming his volunteerism with the Garland Fire Department while his family continued to grow. He was also an active member of the Garland Baptist Church and served as a Deacon and ran the youth group for several years. Aaron Thomas and Meagan Wiehn came first, and then Jacob Thomas and Shelby O'Neal, followed by TJ and Sam Thomas who filled the old farm house on the Campbell Rd. He loved taking the kids for rides on tractors, letting them help in the calf barn, and bringing stray cats home for them. Going fishing was always a favorite time, as well as snowmobiling. At home, he'd chase the kids around with socks as "daddy monster," and loved planting pumpkins for the kids and later for the grandkids to pick out in the fall. As busy as he was with work, he'd always make time to support the kids in sports and other events and to teach life lessons. Recently, he'd spend as much time as he could with the 8 grandchildren, commenting that, "There's a lot of reason to laugh around those little guys."\n\nA memorial service will be held at 10 A.M. Wednesday, August 1st, at the Garland Community Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Millett officiating. Friends may call from 9 A. M. until the time of the services. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Garland Community Baptist Church Youth Group, PO Box 76, Garland ME 04939.