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Updated: 11/07/2013 08:00:04AM

Thomas Michael Lydon

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Thomas Michael “Tom” Lydon, 97, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

He was born Feb. 13, 1916, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Tom served in the South Pacific in World War II, becoming a Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army. After the war he studied at the University of Pennsylvania on the GI Bill. Tom married his devoted wife Frances McHugh in 1948, and in 1951 they went to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to open a Canadian subsidiary of his employer in the Finance and Leasing Industry. There he became a devoted family man with four children. The family returned to the Philadelphia area in 1971.

Tom and his loving wife retired to Florida in 1980, where they both enjoyed dancing three times a week until her death. Tom was an avid golfer, and had two holes-in-one in his lifetime, the last when he was 87 years old. He was fortunate to have enjoyed good health until almost the very end of his life. Tom was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the VFW and the American Legion.

He is survived by his loving children, the Rev. John Lydon, OSA, Barbara (Roger) Furey and Patricia Lydon; daughter-in-law, Eileen Lydon; and four grandchildren, Caitlin, Meghan, Colleen and Marisa. Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, in 1994; and his eldest son, Thomas Jr., in 2009.

A man of deep Catholic faith, a Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 5265 Placida Road, Grove City, Fla. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Augustinian Peruvian Missions, 214 Ashwood Road, Villanova, PA 19085.

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