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Old 12-08-2010, 08:22 AM
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Monomoy Island Ferry says good bye to a Great friend

Hello Everyone,

With a heavy heart, I am writing to tell you, that Capt. Tom Newton passed away unexpectedly Saturday Dec 4th at the age of 62. Tom ran the black Rip Ryder 3 from 1999 to 2005.
Tom was not only a great Capt. but a great political ally for all of us, when it came to protecting the parking on the causeway and access to the refuge, by using his experience as a member of the board of selectmen in Eastham. Though he never came right out and told me, I know he made last minute calls to the head of the board in Chatham on different occasions to make sure cooler heads prevailed on the parking issues.

Capt. Tom was soon to be a first time grandpa.

Though I hadn't seen him since the summer, I was blessed the Thursday before to run into him at the store and share one last hand shake and a good laugh.

Capt Tom's obituary can be found at

Capt Keith
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:31 AM
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Keith, thanks for passing that info on. Tom was a great guy and a true gentleman. Soft spoken and had a great sense of humor. I will miss him and thanks for the obit info.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:58 AM
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Took my first trip to Monomoy with him some 10 years ago. Very sorry to hear this.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:16 AM
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To me in many ways Tom was like a helicopter pilot appearing on the horizon... OK so we weren't doing jungle combat just flats fishing but sometimes Monomoy can be a remote excursion involving slogging over desolate miles of peat and sand to engage in a strategic battle of wits with big cow bass in skinny water, sucking every last drop out of the spring water bottle and savoring an energy bar like it was a 5 star dinner. Drained at the end of the day with the stripping basket providing a hard pillow, someone would say "here comes the Rip Ryder" and the first thing you'd see after the bow wake is Tom's smile. Truly one of the "good guys" that made the experience what it was.

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Old 12-09-2010, 08:17 AM
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Thanks Keith
Tom was a great guy.
He and I caught a few from the boat together when trips were slow.
62 is too young.
Thanks for letting us all know. I will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:19 AM
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My condolences to Tom's family. I knew him casually as a boat captain and enjoyed his sense of humor.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:03 AM
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I didn't know him well but sounds like a great guy. I definitely saw him driving the boat and he always looked happy
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