Thomas J. Leahy Sr.
Thomas J. Leahy Sr., 83, of Rensselaer, NY, formerly of Levittown, NY and New Port Richey, Florida passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019. Born October 27, 1936 in Bronx, NY he was the son of the late Denis J. and Lillian (Sheehan) Leahy.
Tom is predeceased by his beloved wife, Margaret, of 60 years and have four children: Thomas J. (Kathleen) Leahy, Jr. of Murphy, NC; Catherine (Michael Scott) Leahy-Scott of Valatie, NY; Timothy W. Leahy of Guilderland, NY; Joan (Frank Davis) Leahy Davis of North Greenbush, NY. He is also survived by three brothers and two sisters: Denis Michael (Carol) Leahy, Robert Leahy, Kevin (Kathleen) Leahy, Mary Patricia (James Vela) Leahy and Denise (David) Spar; six grandchildren, Thomas J. (Kat) Leahy III, Patricia E. (Frank) Paino, Kerri A. Leahy, Christian V. Leahy, Megan E. Scott and Michael Thomas Scott and two great-grandsons, Frank and Nicholas Paino. Tom is predeceased by his sisters Margaret A. Mahon and Loretta Cafaro.
In his younger days, Tom played basketball at All Hallows High School, Bronx, New York, was named to the All City basketball team and then went on to play basketball on full scholarship for Villanova University. It was at Villanova where he met his wife, Marge, who was with her high school visiting the university. In recent days Tom loved to watch basketball and many other sports as well as at least four news channels.
Tom served as a police officer for 37 years for the Inc. Village of Floral Park, serving 36 of those years as the President of the Floral Park Police Benevolent Association. He also served as President of the Nassau Police Conference. Over his 37 years Tom also was a member and assisted lobbying efforts on behalf of police for the Metropolitan Police Conference of New York and the Police Conference of New York. Tom’s entire career was dedicated to the protection and advancement of police officers. He was a fierce negotiator representing union issues to benefit police officers. He lobbied for legislative bills which supported police and their mission. Tom was truly an advocate for the rights, integrity and reputation of all police officers.
Upon retirement Tom and his wife, Marge, moved to Florida. Health issues brought them back to New York to be close to family. Tom’s beloved Marge passed away October 28, 2019. As there is no “Tom and Marge” without Marge, Tom succumbed to his health issues 8 weeks after Marge’s death to be with her.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, December 30th, 2019, 11:00am at Church of the Holy Spirit, 667 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY with Fr. Quy Vo and Fr. Joseph O’Brien con celebrating. Calling hours will be held Sunday, December 29, 2019 from 3-6 pm at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, New York, 12184. Private interment will be scheduled at a later date at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rensselaer, New York.