Thomas Edward Widdick, 70, of Largo, Fla., passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Largo.
Mr. Widdick was born in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 24, 1942, a son of the late George R. and Florence Morgan Long Widdick. After attending Lake-Lehman High School, he moved with his wife, the former Rebecca Oney, to Cranford, N.J., where he retired from the Township of Cranford after 31 years of service.
A veteran during the Vietnam era, Tom served overseas in the U.S. Army
and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He also qualified as a marksman with an M-14 rifle.
Mr. Widdick wrestled in high school and continued to follow the sport. He also bowled in leagues, played pool and threw horseshoes. While in Cranford, he was an avid gardener. Tom built and fixed almost anything, enjoyed music, sunsets, astronomy, all things National Geographic, appreciated art and loved to travel across the country. After his retirement, Tom moved to Largo and volunteered at the Veterans Administration in Bay Pines, working with World War II
He was a devoted husband and is survived by his best friend and wife of 50 years, the former Rebecca S. Oney; he was a hero and role model to his daughter, Rebecca F.; and was a second father to his nephew, George R. Widdick, and his niece, Lesley Tate, along with an extended family.
Tom was known for his helpful hand, kindness and big heart, and will be missed by all.
Mr. Widdick's funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with the Rev. L.D. Reed, pastor of the Emmanuel Assembly of God Church, Harveys Lake, officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Pikes Creek. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to Suncoast Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760. On the memo line, please specify Woodside Hospice.
Online condolences can be made at www.clswansonfuneralhome.com.