WINTHROP ? Thomas C. Hughes, 55, of Mallard Lane on Annabessacook Lake died March 11, 2003, at his lakeside home with his wife, family and friends by his side. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe was born in Scranton, Pa., Dec. 17, 1947, the son of Clifton L. and Martha Bowker Hughes, who predeceased him. He also was predeceased by his beloved younger sister, Jane Hughes Doore. \r\r\n\r\r\nTom retired because of ill health after 30 years of service to the state of Maine. Various positions he held were licensing/monitoring specialist, contract specialist and program evaluation specialist for the Department of Human Services. He was the program manager of the Division of Driver Education and Evaluation Program (DEEP) and director of the sheltered workshop GROW program at the Augusta Mental Health Institute. He also held positions in the Bureau of Rehabilitation as a rehabilitation consultant and counselor. \r\r\n\r\r\nTom had a true zest and excitement for life. He appreciated each and every day to the fullest, never taking his friends and family for granted. He cherished each and every one of them. His wit and sense of humor never left him in spite of the many medical challenges he faced for many years. He was well known for his 'Maine' sense of humor even when teased he wasn't a native born. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe was a true believer that each person should be stewards of the earth and in that belief he was an active advocate. He was an officer and board member in the Annabesacook Lake Improvement Association, a lake water quality monitor and Winthrop trustee for the Cobbossee Watershed District, and founding member of the Winthrop Landfill Citizens Action Committee. He also served on the committee that designed the Winthrop Transfer Station. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe leaves his wife, Sandra Small-Hughes; his sister, Joan Lathe and her husband Frank Lathe, of Augusta and Jupiter Fla.; his nephews, Richard W. Lathe and his wife, Mary Kate, of Chelsea, Sean Lathe of Louisianna, and Michael and Andrew Rowe of Lecanto, Fla.; his nieces, Cindy Gagne of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., Sarah Doore Davies and her husband, Dan, of Suffield, Conn., Jessica and Katie Neal of Poway, Calif., and Janice and Michelle Rowe of Lecanto; and sisters-in-law, Cynthia Small Neal and her husband, Richard, of Poway, and Pam Small Rowe and her husband, Raymond, of Lecanto. \r\r\n\r\r\nRelatives and friends are invited to visit from 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Roberts Funeral Home in Winthrop. A celebration of his life will be held at at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Cox Memorial United Methodist Church in Hallowell. \r\r\n\r\r\nFor those who wish, contributions in Tom's memory may be made to the Jane Hughes Doore and Thomas Hughes Scholarship Fund, c/o Stephen MacDougal, Hall-Dale High School, 97 Maple St., Farmingdale 04344.