SARATOGA SPRINGS - Neal Thomas "Tom" Older, 68, passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, with his loving wife of 48 years, Natalie, and daughter, Kathy, by his side at Saratoga Hospital.
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Born Jan. 17, 1944, in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of Enid Older and the late Elliot Older.
Tom grew up in Middle Grove and graduated from Ballston Spa High School. After graduation, Tom joined the Navy and was a "mine man" during the Vietnam War.
He met his wife, Natalie, while stationed in Subic Bay. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he joined the Saratoga Springs Police Department.
Tom proudly served the Saratoga Springs Police Department as senior investigator. One of his greatest accomplishments was piloting the first Juvenile Aid Division in New York and serving as director. He retired after serving 30 years.
Tom enjoyed many outdoor activities and wrote an outdoors column for The Saratogian.
He is also survived by his siblings, Jim Older, Evamae Jones, Nancy Burke and Cliff Older.
Tom's family would like to extend special thanks and appreciation to his caregivers and staff at Saratoga Hospital ICU.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at St. Clement's.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Gerald B.H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.
Donations may be made in Tom's memory to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 231 Church St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.tunisonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Saratogian on Sept. 6, 2012