He secured a business degree from Suffolk University after a stint at Northern Essex Community College and wound up marrying his high school sweetheart, Gail Blanchet. They adopted two children. Two grandchildren also add to their bliss.
After a successful banking career which led him to become president at two institutions, Thornton spent 14 years with Edward Jones Investments in Haverhill before opening an independent firm at 191 Merrimack St., where his dad, Daniel, began his investment career.
He’s served as president of the Kiwanis Club, Haverhill Board of Realtors, and New Hampshire League of Savings & Loans Association.
Fenlon, too, was unable to attend the induction ceremony due to illness. In the end, it was Thornton who represented this trio in the name of three buddies from Bradford who never let go of their friendship.
Writer and photographer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.