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Alumni Relations Director
Mr. Brian Harrison
(603) 742-3206 x5242
Grad Year: 1980
Alumni Announcements
Stephen "Steve" Freeman, age 57, died on Friday, November 14th after suffering traumatic injuries from a bicycle accident in Georgetown, Colorado.
by Brian Harrison
Stephen "Steve" Freeman, age 57, died on Friday, November 14th after suffering traumatic injuries from a bicycle accident in Georgetown, Colorado. His dry wit, charisma, charm, creativity and generosity will be missed.
Steve was a lifelong resident of New England and had recently moved to Colorado. Raised in Rochester, N.H., he attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. A cherished memory was being part of the St. Thomas football team that following two winless seasons, upset a heavily favored Bishop Guertin team 8-7 in the state championship. Many opponents from that game went on to become close friends. Steve continued playing football with a full scholarship to The College of the Holy Cross where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He developed a deep bond with high school classmates recently stating, "After all these years, I still bleed STA blue." He was named Distinguished Alumni of the Year in 2005 and inducted into the inaugural class of the "Hall of Honor" in 2010 for athletic and academic achievements and service to both the community and school. In his youth, where he went, chaos typically followed. With buddies Soapee, Raymo, Butch, Fabes, Gilly, Poulis, Hurls and too many others to list, you may not have known they were coming, but you remembered they were there.
Steve began a career in the insurance and financial services industry with Prudential in 1980 under the tutelage of the great, Ron Lachapelle. As a sales manager, Steve helped numerous trainees cut their teeth in the insurance industry. He was responsible for supervising as many as 50 representatives at one time and spent many evenings at kitchen tables throughout the Seacoast. He continued his financial services career raising a family in Hampstead, N.H. and working with Waddell and Reed, National Life of Vermont, and Mass Mutual. He was the owner of Appletree Insurance and recently served as the President of Transitions Financial, a firm dedicated to coaching and recruiting financial advisers.
Steve lived an open door life striving to help others. It started with his upbringing living in a small house where his parents did not own a key to lock the door. Each day involved friends lounging on the couch and often staying for dinner. Whether he was coaching kids in a youth basketball, baseball or soccer league, training a new sales rep, or donating his time to a charity, he derived great happiness from the success and smiles of others. He was a two time recipient of the Louis Dublin Award for Community Service from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He believed that to those whom much was given, much was expected. He worked closely The Make-A-Wish Foundation , Special Olympics, and the March of Dimes.
Steve is the son of the late Lawrence and Ann Freeman. He is survived by two children, Matthew and Lauren Freeman of the Greater Boston area, and Deborah Freeman of Manchester, N.H. Family includes sisters Cheryl Porelle of Howell, N.J., and Lisa Freeman of Georgetown, Colo., brothers John and Jim Freeman and Jim's wife Cheryl of Georgetown, Mass., nephews Andrew and Adam Freeman, nieces Jordan Porelle, Julianne and Linda Freeman, and numerous aunts and uncles including George Freeman, the running legend of Cobleskill, N.Y. Family, friends and others are invited to the R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main St. in Rochester, N.H. on Sunday, November 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to reminisce, grieve, support, and of course share war stories of a full life cut short. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 24th, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 71 Lowell St., Rochester, N.H. Rather than flowers, Steve would have preferred you do an unexpected, unsolicited act of kindness. 

David T. Philbrick, 53, of Newington, died peacefully Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at his home with loving family by his side.
by Brian Harrison
NEWINGTON - David T. Philbrick, 53, of Newington, died peacefully Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at his home with loving family by his side.

He was born in Portsmouth, November 29, 1960, a son of Mary (Ahern) Philbrick of Rye and the late George O. Philbrick

Raised on Cable Road in Rye, he graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas in Dover with the Class of 1979. Following graduation he married the love of his life and high school sweetheart Susan (Schummrick) Philbrick of Newington (STA Class of 1980) who he shared 23 years of marriage with.

David started working at the family business, Philbrick's Sales & Service of North Hampton at an early age and took over ownership in 1993 when his late father George retired. He successfully ran the family business until his retirement in 2009.

He was a past member of the Rye Lions Club. In his earlier years, David was an avid hunter and archer and earned a position on the New Hampshire State Archery Team. David also loved traveling extensively throughout the world with his wife Susan. He was a kind and generous man who anonymously gave to many charities throughout the Seacoast Area.

In addition to his wife Susan and mother Mary, family members include his brothers, George "Rick" Philbrick and his wife Susan of Stratham, Dan Philbrick, his twin of Dover; sisters, Susan Philbrick Tiffany and her husband Mark of Amesbury, Mass., Kathleen Philbrick of Deerfield; many dear aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and his beloved dogs Harry and Scotto.

In addition to his father George he was predeceased by his sister Jackie Ann Philbrick.

Visiting hours will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014 at the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Saint Theresa Church, 815 Central Road, Rye Beach. Burial will follow in Central Cemetery, Rye. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in David's name to Saint Theresa Church, 815 Central Road, Rye Beach. Please visit to view David's memorial Web site, sign the tribute wall or for directions.

Visit for an online guest book.

Jeremiah "Jerry" W. Carberry ‘67 died Thursday, March 27
Jeremiah "Jerry" W. Carberry, '67, died Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Hyder Family Hospice House

Jerry was a 1963 graduate of St. Mary Academy, a 1967 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and a 1971 graduate of Burdette College. He was also a graduate of the Astonia School of Banking. Jerry was active in the community, having served on the board of Wentworth Home Health and Hospice Care, and the Strafford County Board of Realtors Affiliates. He was a member and former President of the Dover Lions Club, and formerly served as Chairperson of Saint Mary Academy School Board and was a former School Board Member at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. He was a former City of Dover Trustee of Trust Funds, former President of Eastern NH American Institute of Banking and former State Chairman NH Institute of Banking. He was a mortgage banker for Envoy Mortgage Limited Partnership of Dover.

Jerry was of Irish Heritage, a devout Roman Catholic and a communicant of St. Joseph Church. He is survived by his wife Stephanie (Ellis) Carberry, his three children Joshua K. Carberry ‘13, Zachary P. Carberry ’17  and Erin J. Carberry ’18 . He also leaves his siblings Natalie J. Healy ’64 , John E. Carberry, Jr., Rebecca Carberry, Michael A. Carberry, Patrick J. Carberry and wife Margaret, Timothy G. Carberry and wife Christine, Kelli J. Murray and husband James, as well as cousins Paul F. Leary and Martha Leary, many nieces and nephews, and his faithful dog Tek.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Parish of the Assumption, St. Joseph Church, 150 Central Ave. Burial will follow in St. Mary New Cemetery. Family flowers only and memorial in his name may be made to
St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Living Legacy Scholarship Fund,
197 Dover Point Rd., Dover, NH 03820 or on-line at

The Living Legacy Scholarship fund was started as a Class Gift in 2012 to offset the rising cost of education.  The Class of 2012 chose like to leave a legacy at STA by starting the “Living Legacy Fund” that all classes and alumni can contribute to in order to help an incoming freshman each year.  The fund has also been a way to memorialize Alumni, Faculty and Friends of St. Thomas.  Jerry’s name will added to the plaque displayed in the school.

Dr. Gary M. Tanguay, Class of 1969, of West Boylston, died suddenly on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at UMASS Memorial Medical Center.
by Brian Harrison
Dr. Gary M. Tanguay, Class of 1969
WEST BOYLSTON - Dr. Gary M. Tanguay, 61, of West Boylston, died suddenly on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at UMASS Memorial Medical Center.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 38 years, Marilynn S. (Sakowski) Tanguay; a son Jonathan M. Tanguay of Bryan, TX; a daughter Elizabeth Melehov, her husband Gregory and grandson James of Westminster, MA. He is survived by parents Lionel and Viola (Demers) Tanguay of Somersworth, NH; a brother, Bill Tanguay and wife Susan of Durham, NH; a sister Gail Cook and husband Peter of Dewitt, MI, and many nephews and nieces.

He was born in Rochester, NH and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 1969. Dr. Tanguay graduated Magna Cum Laude from Providence College in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He received his medical degree from Boston University in 1977. While at BU, Dr. Tanguay was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta.

After completing his Internal Medicine residency at Memorial Hospital in Worcester, he began his Primary Care practice as a staff physician at Worcester Memorial, joining the staff at Chadwick Medical Associates in 1993.

Dr. Tanguay, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and served as an outpatient preceptor for the Internal Medicine Residency program. He also served on the Board of Trustees at Central Mass Health Care, and as Medical Director of SunBridge Worcester and Clark Manor HealthCare.
Gary enjoyed golfing and was an active member at the Worcester Country Club and York Country Club in York, Maine. He also enjoyed gardening and skiing. His family meant the world to him and he lived his life for them. He treasured every moment spent with them and always captured those memories in pictures. He loved being a new grandfather; he adored his baby grandson and couldn't wait to meet his next one. Throughout their childhood, Gary was very active in his children's lives, coaching many of their sports teams; he never missed their events. His greatest joy was when his family was together.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, April 25 from FAY BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 1 West Boylston Street, West Boylston with a Mass at 10:00 am in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 111 Worcester Street, West Boylston. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, West Boylston.
Visiting hours are Wednesday, April 24 from 5-7 pm in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael Sakowski Scholarship Fund at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 197 Dover Point Road, Dover, NH 03820 or at

To place an online condolence, please visit

Kevin O'Shea '85 - Elected to the School Board of St. Thomas Aquinas High School
by Brian Harrison
Kevin O'Shea was recently elected to the School Board of St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Mr. O'Shea, who graduated from St. Thomas in 1985, joined the School Board after completing his term as chairperson of St. Thomas' Alumni Leadership Council.
Located in Dover, New Hampshire, St. Thomas Aquinas High School is a regional Catholic high school operated under the auspices of the Diocese of Manchester and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The school board assists the principal in the formulation and review of policies regarding the philosophy, mission, and goals of the school. In addition to serving on the board itself, Mr. O'Shea will be a member of the academic and technology committee, one of the seven standing committees of the school board.
Kevin O'Shea joined Sulloway & Hollis in 2005. His practice is primarily focused on commercial litigation, including contract disputes, construction claims, real estate litigation, and commercial collections. He also handles matters involving Internet issues such as privacy and domain registration disputes. Prior to practicing law, Mr. O'Shea worked for more than 10 years as a musical agent and manager for Emmy® and Grammy® nominated artists.

RYE, New Hampshire — Ruth (Blais) Ford, 69, of Rye, a selfless humanitarian and vigorous contributor to the Seacoast Community, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, July 11, 2012, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
by Brian Harrison
RYE, New Hampshire — Ruth (Blais) Ford, 69, of Rye, a selfless humanitarian and vigorous contributor to the Seacoast Community, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, July 11, 2012, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Born in Manchester on July 22, 1942, Ruthie was the daughter of the late William J. and Cora V. (Hartford) Blais. She attended Keene State College and graduated in 1966.

Ruthie was a visionary who was guided by the principle that life was a gift from God, therefore every life is worthwhile. A gentle person with deep inner strength, she was a natural leader who took her beliefs and made action of them, energizing those who crossed her path. Ruthie worked tirelessly for women and their children; she lived a lifetime campaign focused on propelling women forward in motherhood. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Ruthie began volunteering at Seacoast Birthright, a pregnancy counseling center in Portsmouth. In 1987 she became Regional Director and oversaw the expansion of Birthright International throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Perhaps her greatest accomplishment was arranging for the donation of a home in Greenland, N.H., that became New Generation, beginning the fulfillment of a lifetime dream. As a co-founder of this center for homeless pregnant woman, Ruthie has assured that new life continues to come into the world to enrich us all. New Generation celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. To date, 407 women have lived at New Generation and 268 babies have been born to New Generation moms.

Ruthie was a Eucharistic Minister and a Lector at St. Theresa Parish in Rye Beach, N.H., for 22 years. She served on various committees for N.H. Catholic Charities for over twenty years and was an Officer and Director of the Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund, raising over 2 million dollars for distribution to small social service agencies throughout the state of N.H.

Last month, St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, N.H., awarded Ruthie their distinguished LUX IN TENEBRIS (Light In Darkness) award for significant and enduring contributions to humanity. Ruthie was recently promoted to LADY GRAND CROSS for the Equestrian Order Of The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem; its highest and most prestigious office. She loved to cook, was an avid reader, traveled extensively and frequently accompanied her husband, Pat, to conferences around the world. Ruthie touched countless lives with: her compassion, understanding and her passionate concern for women and families. She will be deeply missed by countless people yet she leaves behind a beautiful legacy.

In addition to her husband of 49 years Patrick H. "Pat" Ford, III of Rye, she leaves her children, her pride and joy, Patrick H. IV '82, and his wife Susan W. '82 of Exeter, Julie F '83 and her husband Col. Timothy J. Bailey, USMC of Hampton, Shawn C '87 and his wife Pollyanna G. '86 of North Hampton, Kenneth W. '89 and his wife Ann Marie L. of Barrington, Bruce A. '91 and his wife Paula H. of Dover and Timothy M. '95 and his wife Lori L. of Somersworth. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren, Ashlee C '04, Rhiannon V, Lauren O '09, Tucker J, Sampson H, Connor R '12, Patrick H. V, Lochlan E, Jack R, Jake M, Cole M, Mya A, Mawell J, Ella A, Cooper J, Matthew J as well as Brandon J, Geoffrey P. and his wife Tasha of Dover and her great grandson Ethan Smith. Ruthie will be missed by her brother Kevin M. and his wife Julie T. Blais of Hampton and her sister Brenda B. Machos of West Stewartstown. Nieces, nephews, extended family and countless friends will remember Ruth with a smile!

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Theresa of Lisieux Parish, 815 Central Road, Rye Beach, Tuesday morning July 17, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Family and friends are invited to call to the Robert K. Gray Jr. Funeral Home, 24 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton, Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Interment in the family lot at Central Cemetery, Rye, will immediately follow her Funeral Mass. In Ruthie's memory, contributions may be directed to New Generation, a shelter home for homeless women that Ruth founded in 1987.
New Generation Inc.
568 Portsmouth Avenue
Greenland, New Hampshire 03840

MANCHESTER — The Rev. Monsignor Lawrence E. Burns, 81, died Saturday, April 28, 2012.
by Brian Harrison
MANCHESTER — The Rev. Monsignor Lawrence E. Burns, 81, died Saturday, April 28, 2012.
He was born Aug. 29, 1930, in Manchester, the son of Lawrence and Cora (Beauregard) Burns, and was ordained a priest on July 1, 1956, by the Most Rev. Russell McVinney at the College Chapel of the American College in Louvain, Belgium. Burns studied at St. Anselm College, Manchester, and then he completed his ecclesiastical studies at American College.
Burns was first assigned as associate pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Somersworth in July 1956, and then on staff of St. Thomas Aquinas High School with continued residence at Holy Trinity in Somersworth in August 1961. In June 1962, Burns was assigned to weekend summer ministry of Saint Joan of Arc Parish in Alton, and then in September 1962, he was assigned as part-time associate pastor of St. James Parish in Portsmouth while continuing at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Beginning in February 1963, he served as business administrator and chaplain at St. Thomas Aquinas with residency there.
In June 1974, Bishop Ernest J. Primeau appointed Burns as pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Portsmouth. In October 1984, Bishop Odore J. Gendron appointed Burns rector of Saint Joseph Cathedral Parish in Manchester and in September 1991, Bishop Leo E. O'Neil appointed him as pastor once again of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Portsmouth, where he served faithfully until his retirement in September 2005.
Burns served in many capacities at the diocesan level. He served as a notary to the Diocesan Tribunal from 1960-1972; was named a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre; was priest representative to the Advisory Committee for St. Joseph Junior High School, and served as a member of the Priests Personnel Board for two years. He was the recipient of the Honorary Prelate, which gave him the title of Monsignor in 1989. He also served as civilian chaplain at Pease Air Force Base and Faithful Friar of St. Mary's 4th Degree Assembly Knights of Columbus in Portsmouth.

It is with a very heavy heart that I share some sad news. Mike Brandt passed away yesterday after a long battle with Pick’s Disease.
by Keith Adams
Dear Friends,
It is with a very heavy heart that I share some sad news. Mike Brandt passed away yesterday after a long battle with Pick’s Disease. I can tell you that he was well cared for and greatly loved through it all. Please keep Katie and little Noah in your prayers. As more information regarding arrangements becomes available we will share it with you.
God Bless you all.
Keith Adams
Campus Minister
St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Living Legacy Alumni Scholarship Fund started by the Class of 2012 as part of Senior Gift
by Brian Harrison
Each year, the STA graduating class gets together to raise money for a special gift to the school. This year, the seniors chose to start an Alumni Scholarship Fund. 

With the rising cost of education, the students would like to leave a legacy at STA by starting the “Living Legacy Fund” that all classes and alumni can contribute to in order to help an incoming freshman each year.  Since they would also like a visible memory of their time here at STA, some of the funds will also be used to landscape and beautify the area around the flag pole, including a brick walkway.

The senior gift campaign is especially exciting because there is an anonymous donor challenging the class to step up its generosity. For each senior who donates to the Senior Gift, the donor will make a donation in that senior’s name to the 2011-2012 Aquinas Fund. The donor wants to challenge the class on its generosity to STA, and also teach that when we give of our time, energy, and resources, we inspire other people to do the same. The donor also hopes that the Class of 2012 will continue to give back to STA each year, no matter the amount, as it moves forward from here and becomes part of the school's alumni association.

Bricks can also be purchased by friends, alumni, students, and any friend of STA for $50.00 Each

Create a LEGACY for Saints of the future

For more information on Senior Gift and the Living Legacy Fund, go to the Senior Gift page under Giving:  Senior Gift

To purchase a brick ($50) contact Brian Harrison in the Alumni office.
Each brick can be up to 3 lines of text - 20 characters each.

Another Succesful Pub Night!
by Brian Harrison
Thanks so much to the Alumni and faculty that attended Pub Night at the Portsmouth Brewery last Thursday night.  Over 60 alumni and faculty enjoyed great food and drinks while meeting up with old friends and former students and teachers.  Thanks also to the Merrigan family for their hospitality and generosity.

The members of the St. Thomas Aquinas football team are now State Champions!
by Brian Harrison
Thanks to all the Alumni that were present for the Division V Championship Game on Saturday. 

The members of the St. Thomas Aquinas football team are now State Champions, having defeated the Windham High School Jaguars, 49-28,  in a contest that was competitive but never really close. The Saints, with home field advantage, filled the hill with fans and brought home their second state championship in the past five years, with the team able to hoist the championship plaque for first-year head coach Eric Cumba.

The Winner of the Alumni raffle was Brian Cassidy '89, who was proudly wearing his letterman jacket from STA!

Have you updated your Online Profile?
by David Harris

STA's new website allows users to log-in to update personal profile and set preferences for email communications and other features. If you have not logged on to update your profile, follow the instructions below:


To get started, click on the link "Logging in for the first time?" in the left-hand blue box on the main page. Upon completion of a simple form (requesting both your login and password), you will receive a pair of emails which will lead you through the steps of verifying your account, and you can begin to explore all that St. Thomas Aquinas' site has to offer.


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