In Memoriam


Thomas F. Donovan - June 10, 1925 -- January 20, 2013

Thomas F. Donovan died peacefully in his sleep on January 20, 2013 at the age of 87.   Tom was the loving spouse of Caryl(nee Lewin), father of James P.(Linda), Thomas C.(Rhonda), Maureen( John), Daniel J.(Denny), Diane M., Richard F. and Elizabeth A.(Jerry L) and grandfather to thirteen wonderful grandchildren.

Born in the borough of Brooklyn on June 10, 1925, Tom attended St. Patricks School and Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Bay Ridge and was a cum laude graduate of The College of the Holy Cross and the Fordham University School of Law. Tom and his family have been residents of Garden City, New York for more than fifty years.

Tom completed his higher education after service with the Merchant Marine during World War II. Upon graduation from Holy Cross, Tom began his lifelong career with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1955.

Beginning as an assistant, Tom progressed through many management positions to ultimately become the General Manager of Rentals and Development for the newly built World Trade Center. In this capacity, Tom was responsible for acquiring tenants and negotiating leases for the millions of square feet represented in the Twin Towers. He received many awards for his service to the Port Authority, including The Award of Achievement and the Distinguished Service Medal

A very devout man, Tom was a daily communicant and contributor to his local parish of St. Joseph's in Garden City and served as a member of the board of Catholic Charities 1984- 2000.

An avid reader, inveterate world traveler, appreciator of intellect and lover of his family he will be deeply missed by both his family and friends.

Visitation for Tom was held at Fairchild and Sons Funeral Home on Wednesday January 23rd. A funeral mass was held at St. Joseph's Church on Thursday January 24. Burial was private.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions in Tom's name be made to Catholic Charities 90 Cherry Lane, Hicksville, NY 11801.  


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