, Gloucester, MA

January 26, 2013

Theodor Christian Thomson, 74

Gloucester — Theodor Christian Thomson, died in Gloucester, on the evening of January 21, 2013. He was 74 years old.

Chris was born in Boston and as a youth spent summers on the Annisquam River at Rust Island, swimming, exploring the Annisquam from Little River to Ipswich Bay in small boats, and playing on the arching spans of the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge as it was under construction.

He received an Associate in Arts degree from Boston University. He fished with his close friend and mentor, the lobsterman, Babe Melanson. He went to sea on a fishing boat out of Gloucester, and as an adult worked as welder in Newburyport. He earned a captain’s license, and hoped to go back to sea. He loved Gloucester and Cape Ann and in his sixties happily bicycled all over the area, making his living digging clams.

He was one of Gloucester’s joyful, solitary eccentrics, living in the woods for extended periods of time, enjoying both the freedom and the isolation of one who rejects conventional taboos, rules and appearances. In Chris’ own words, “I had a wonderful life.”

He is survived by a sister, Charlotte Thomson, of Maui, Hawaii.

ARRANGEMENTS: Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.

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Donations in his memory, may be given to the Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis Road, Gloucester, MA 01930.