Thomas Canota McCue, 23: Loved music and the arts, was compassionate and loyal

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MANCHESTER, NH — Thomas Canotas McCue, 23, of Manchester, died peacefully on December 9, 2017. At the time of his death he was living and working in St. 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 2018) 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.

SERVICES: Calling hours are Sunday, Dec. 17, from 3 to 7 p.m. with a Trisagion Service at 6 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, Manchester, NH. A funeral service will take place on Monday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Fr. Michael Wilson will officiate. 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 (