Thomas Canotas McCue

  • Born: April 14, 1994
  • Died: December 9, 2017
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Thomas Canotas McCue of Manchester, NH died peacefully on December 9, 2017. He was 23 years old, living and working in Saint Paul, MN and looking forward to beginning college in Minneapolis next month.

Thomas was a sweet, sensitive, intelligent, funny, and loving young man who had more friends than he realized. He attended Manchester Central High School and graduated from Family Foundation School, Hancock NY, in 2012. He was admitted to Rutgers University (Class of 2017) but the disease of addiction and the challenges he faced led him on a different path. Along the way he had the support of many kind and talented people who understood, befriended and guided him - for whom we are grateful. He demonstrated great strength and resilience.

Thomas loved the ocean and the lake. He enjoyed attending YMCA Camp Coniston, Grantham NH, especially as a Counselor-in-Training. At Central High School, he was a member of the Varsity Swim Team and the Central Crew Club.

Much to his surprise, and far outside his comfort zone, he played the lead as Mr. Mushnik in his high school musical "Little Shop of Horrors" and performed with the chorus at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2012. But his flair for performing arts was most evident when he was telling jokes and sharing stories.

Thomas loved music and art, especially tattoo art. He was happiest drawing and surrounded by his friends and family. He will be remembered lovingly for his fierce loyalty, compassion and humor.

He is survived by his parents, Vasiliki Canotas and Mark McCue; his sister, Amelia and brother, Matthew; his grandmothers, Fanny Canotas and Ruth McCue; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Plato Canotas and John McCue.

A funeral service took place on Monday, December 18, 2017 at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester. Fr. Michael Wilson officiated. Private burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Office of Philanthropy, 1375 St. Anthony Ave., Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55104-4009 (, or to NAMI New Hampshire, 85 North State St., Concord, NH 03301 (


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear family of Thomas, especially Vasilike and Fanny who I have known for over 50 years.
My heart breaks for you all, this loss of your son, brother, grandchild and so young. There is little I could say to help
you at this very sad time, only that I am thinking of you all
and am holding you in my heart.
Most fondly,
Louise Hirshberg

Posted by louise Hirshberg - Kittery, ME   December 26, 2017

Dear Vasiliki,
I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your son Thomas. There are no words that can possibly touch the sorrow that you and your family are going through. Please know that I truly understand the hardship of watching a child in pain, and that I am thinking of you with love.

Posted by Linda Dagnello - Worcester, MA - Family   December 23, 2017

Vasilike, I am so very sorry to hear of your son's passing. I pray that he is at peace and that your loving memories will be a source of comfort to you and your family in the long, hard days ahead. xo

Posted by Cathy Mahon Babson - Concord, NH - Coworker   December 22, 2017

Vasilike & Mark. My heartfelt condolences on your loss. Having experienced a similar death in my immediate family several years ago, I know the pain and suffering you are experiencing. My thoughts, prayers and love
are with you and your family.
Bob Dastin

Posted by Bob Dastin - Manchester NH & Goodyear,AZ   December 19, 2017

Mark and family. We are thinking of you at this time and can only imagine what you are going thru. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Scott Mahn - Richmond, KY - Family   December 18, 2017

Dear Mark and Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy and know that we are thinking of you. May you find a small measure of comfort knowing that you have many friends that feel your grief and care about you and your family.
Leslie Walker, Jeff Kipperman and Andrew Luce.

Posted by A friend   December 18, 2017

Vasiliki, Mark and family - My heart aches for you all. I am so very, very sorry and saddened by your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

Posted by Christine Stavrinos - Manchester, NH   December 18, 2017

Dear Mark and the entire McCue family, Our deepest condolences for your loss. We hope you find peace and comfort in the many good memories you have of Thomas. Judith and Joe Maloy

Posted by A friend   December 18, 2017

Dear Mark and Vasiliki,

Sending you hugs and prayers to get you and the family through during this time.

My heart aches for you and wish I had the comforting words to ease your pain.

Please know many people are thinking and praying for Thomas and the family. My heart is heavy, but I believe he is no longer in pain and suffering.

Posted by Mary and Harold Baldwin - Concord, NH - friend   December 18, 2017

Mark, Vasiliki, Amelia & Matthew- I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Lisa Diamantis - Manchester, NH   December 18, 2017

Vasiliki, Mark, Amelia, Matthew, and Mrs. Canotas,
My heart breaks for all of you. I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember Thomas as a young kid who was always so friendly and sweet! We always loved seeing your kids running around your next door and I fondly remember babysitting them. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time.

Posted by Sarah O'Neil Belin - Newton, MA   December 17, 2017

Dear Mark and Vasiliki,
My heart aches for you and your family. Sending my love and compassion to help ease your pain. May Thomas' love and light be with you always.
Love, Jill

Posted by Jill Blackmer - Concord, NH   December 17, 2017

We are so deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Words cannot express how heartsick we are.

Posted by Wendy and Dennis Ducharme - Candia, NH - Friend   December 17, 2017

Dear Vasiliki and family, I am so very saddened to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May his memory be eternal.

Posted by George Skaperdas - Hooksett, NH   December 17, 2017


Vasiliki,Mark,Amelia,and Matthew,
We are all so sorry to hear about Tom. We are heartbroken for all of you. Sending you all prayers,love and hugs .

Posted by Anna,Ken,Hunter,& Carson Viscarello - Manchesterv, NH - Friend   December 17, 2017


My heart is so broken in pieces loosing Thomas , Thomas is our son ,Thomas was with us every Tuesday ,Thomas is in good place with GOD
Sending you love prayers to you and family .
No word can ease your pain
I'm so sorry
Love you

Posted by Rita Azzo - Manchester, NH   December 17, 2017


Vasiliki and Mark, I am so sorry for your loss. I met you at on a Tuesday. Both of you, but mostly Casiliki. Please accept my prayers also.

Posted by Maureen Barrett - Manchester, NH - Friend   December 16, 2017


Amelia and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories of your brother/ son help you through these very sad times.
Donna Porter (NH-INBRE)

Posted by Donna Porter - White River Jct, VT   December 16, 2017

Our condolences and prayers for the McCue/Canotas Family...
Neil and Molly Castaldo

Posted by Neil Castaldo - Hanover, NH - Friend   December 16, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Tom as a funny and friendly eighth grader. Your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by Deborah McCullough - Manchester - Teacher   December 15, 2017


I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a kind, compassionate and loving young man. He is now your angel in heaven and he is at peace in the loving arms of our Lord. May the Lord comfort you in your sorrow. With prayers, Mary

Posted by Mary Luckers - Manchester, NH   December 14, 2017

I have fond memories of many long talks with Tom at The Family Foundation School. He was a kindhearted, sensitive young man. I am so sorry for your loss. Jan Cheripko

Posted by Jan Cheripko - Bethany, PA - Friend   December 14, 2017

Vasiliki and Mark, so very sorry for your loss. May God give you strength in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Diane Ritter    December 14, 2017

We are heartbroken for your family. Love to each of you.

Posted by Dan and Karin Gagnon - Hooksett, NH   December 14, 2017

I only knew Tommy for a short time here in Minnesota, but will remember him forever. My condolences to his friends and family.

Posted by Jason Delmont - Saint Paul, MN - Acquaintance   December 14, 2017

The loss of Tommy is absolutely heartbreaking. Our sincere condolences. He was unique, gentle, funny, caring and sensitive. We will miss him very much.

Posted by Steve & Heather - St. Paul, MN   December 14, 2017

Sincerest condolences to the family for this huge loss. Having lost a wonderful brother to alcohol addiction, I know more than I ever wanted to know about the hopelessness one feels in seeing loved ones
go off the deep end, despite being surrounded by a loving family and all kinds of therapy.

Posted by Paul Doane - Hooksett, NH   December 14, 2017

Vasiliki, Mark, Amelia and Matt, Sending our love and sympathy to you in this difficult time. Thomas was a kind, friendly person; we always liked seeing him at school events. With our deepest sympathy. Ben, Harriet , Bee and Rachel King

Posted by Harriet King - williston, VT - Family Friend   December 14, 2017


I am so sorry for the tragic loss of Thomas. Deepest heart felt sympathy to family and friends.

Posted by - Manchester, NH   December 14, 2017

Dear Vasiliki and Mark. What can a parent say to another at a time like this but to extend a remote HUG to the two of you and then go hug our kids. Thank you for sharing your pain. We hope that it will help others.
Jim and Lynn Normand

Posted by Jim & Lynn Normand - Manchester, NH   December 14, 2017

So sorry to hear about your son.

Posted by Alice Mccarrick - Manchester   December 14, 2017

Dear Mark and Vasiliki,
We join your many other friends in expressing our most sincere condolences in your loss of Thomas. May he rest in peace and may your grief be soothed by memories of the wonderful person he was.

Posted by Paula and Scott Wakefield - Bedford, NH   December 14, 2017

Mark and Vasiliki, so very sorry for the sorrow and loss you are feeling. I only met you once at the support group last month, but know the love you have for your son. Thomas sounds amazing and I know he will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers for you, your family and of course Thomas.

Posted by Jo Ann Brewster - Hooksett - Acquaintance   December 14, 2017

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,endures all things. Love never ends. 1 Corintians 13:7-8 "Dear Vasiliki and your family my sympathy and prayers..........

Posted by frances hastings - manchester, NH - Family Friend   December 14, 2017

Sending love to the McCue family. I am so fortunate for my time spent with Tom at Coniston. Sincerely, JD

Posted by Jen Deasy - Sunapee, NH - Friend   December 14, 2017

Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Posted by Shari Hastings Lucey - Merrimack, NH   December 14, 2017

Dear Vasiliki and Family- I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort. Our families knew each other from Webster and Hillside Schools and the North Adams neighborhood. Sincerely, Carol Ash

Posted by Carol Ash - West Lafayette, IN   December 13, 2017

We are heartbroken to hear of your loss, as all families are faced with the same issues and challenges you have faced. He sounds like a wonderful young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Brad and Kathy Cook

Posted by Bradford Cook - Manchester, NH - Friend   December 13, 2017

Mark and Vasiliki - we are so terribly sorry, our hearts go out to all your family. I remember so fondly Thomas' loving spirit; that spirit will endure. With love, Amy and Jeff

Posted by Amy Ignatius - Concord   December 13, 2017

My deepest sympathies to the family for this incredible loss.

My prayers and heart are with you all.

Posted by Sharon Wilson - Manchester, NH - Teacher   December 13, 2017

Dear Mark, Vasiliki, Amelia, and Matthew: We know how loved and cared for Thomas was by his family and friends. He's at peace now. Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Much love, Bruce, Vickie, Matthew and Dylan

Posted by Vickie Kalil - Salt Lake City, UT - Friend   December 12, 2017

To Tom's loved ones, it's been years since I've seen him, but he left such an impression on me as a sweet, kind, and exhuberant soul who had a welcome smile that was a comfort in early sobriety. I am so sorry for your loss, and the loss of everyone who will miss out on getting to have him in their lives.

Posted by Anna Carrigan - Lee, NH - Friend   December 12, 2017

Mark,Vasiliki, Amelia and Matt. So sorry for the loss of a Thomas. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and Thomas. You are a wonderful and loving family. God bless you all during this time.

Posted by Muriel Bruneau - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   December 12, 2017

So sorry for your loss . I think of these kind SS often from family school always enjoyed working with Tom on my cleaning crew

Posted by Mechele Wormuth - Hancock, NY - Acquaintance   December 12, 2017

What a beautiful tribute to Thomas and his life...he was a sweet soul...I will miss him but his story will live on forever...thank you Thomas!

Posted by Mary Bligh - Bedford, NH - Family Friend   December 12, 2017

Thomas McCue was my friend. He was talented and loved deeply by those who knew him, particularly his parents and siblings. I am proud of his achievment in his short life. He will remain in my heart for the time I spent with him. I wish I had figured out more of what he needed. Bob Kantar, friend

Posted by Robert Kantar (Bob) - Lyndonville,Vermont, VT - Friend   December 12, 2017

Mark, Vasiliki, Amelia and Matthew,
I was so sorry to hear this news. I know how much you all loved and supported Thomas in his struggles, and I know you have some good memories to treasure. I am sure he will live on as he remains in your thoughts for a long time. Best wishes.

Posted by John Malmberg - Concord, NH - Friend   December 12, 2017

All of our love to you.
Meggie, Katie, Tim, and Peg Donovan

Posted by Peg Donovan - Auburn, NH - Family   December 12, 2017

Vasiliki and Mark, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Pierrettr Auger - MANCHESTER, NH - Family Friend   December 12, 2017

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