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Thomas M. Monteith

December 5, 1938 ~ July 6, 2020 (age 81)

Tribute

Ingenuity, invention, determination: three words that describe the man taken too early from us on July 6, 2020. Thomas Melvin Monteith was born at Mount Sinai hospital in Hartford, CT December 5, 1938. He grew up in North Granby, CT where his parents John and Carolyn had a dairy farm, and farming would remain one of his life-long ambitions. After graduating from Granby Memorial High School, Tom attended Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture at the University of Connecticut. After college, Tom served our country in the US Army. For more than 40 years, he owned and operated Woodland Farms in Granville, MA, a small dairy farm of 40 to 60 head of cattle. Known for his creativity with a welding rod, Tom would often make equipment for the farm from found objects, used parts, and new steel. Several feed mixers, wagons, various implements for handling hay, wood splitters, as well wood stoves to heat water for the dairy operation, rolled forth from his workshop. If there was a new idea that would work for the farm, Tom was soon figuring out a way to make one of his own. There are too many machines to list here, but each one was an accomplishment. In addition to the dairy farm, Tom also sold and serviced farm and lawn equipment, and was a dealer for Powering, Husqvarna, and Echo, to name a few. As a dealer for Vermeer Manufacturing, Tom sold and delivered the distinctive yellow round balers, mowers, and hay rakes throughout New England. For the dairy farmers, Tom was the local Surge dealer, selling and installing Surge milking equipment and products. Many of his customers became close friends. When he retired from farming, Tom became an advocate for the small dairy producer. He wrote several op-ed pieces published in Hoards Dairyman and was an active member of The National Milk Producers Association. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Virginia Monteith, his four children Kenneth Monteith, Jamie Monteith, Melissa Monteith Dubuc, and Robert Monteith, and seven grandchildren. His sisters Lois Fitch and Patricia Renaudette currently reside in Florida. The visiting hours will be Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 4-6 PM at Southwick Forastiere Funeral Home, 624 College Highway, Southwick. (masks and social distancing required). The Funeral Service will take place at the Second Congregational Church located at 202 Center Street West Hartland, CT on Thursday July 16th at 2pm. There will be a burial with full Military Honors for close friends and family on July 17th at 1pm in Silver Street Cemetery, Granville, MA. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Granville Lions club in Tom's name. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.forastiere.com

Services

Visitation
Wednesday
July 15, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Southwick Forastiere Funeral Home
624 College Highway
Southwick, MA 01077

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