MURRELLS INLET | Thomas Matthew Comerford, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, formerly of Greenwich, Conn., died Sunday, July 5, 2009 in Murrells Inlet.
Tom was born June 3, 1928 in Richmond Hill, New York, son of the late James and Catherine Lynch Comerford.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dolores ''Dorsey'' Dugan Comerford of Murrells Inlet; their six children, Thomas (Betteanne) of Edmond, Okla., Diane (Mike) McCormack of Hagerstown, Md., Kathleen (Bob) Jaeger of Norwalk, Conn., John (Michele) of Fairfield, Conn., James of Atlanta, and Jane (Joe) Gaffigan of Burr Ridge, Ill.; also his 12 grandchildren, Kara (Shawn) Jex, Katie and Aimee Comerford, Michael, Emily, Maura and Kevin McCormack, Kelly and Eddie Jaeger, Sarah Comerford, and J.P. and Caroline Gaffigan; one great-grandchild, Hayden Jex; and a dear family friend, Ed Belding.
He was predeceased by his brother, James; and two sisters, Mary Langton and Catherine Roslund.
Tom graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, New York, in 1946 and Manhattan College in 1950. Tom was a champion runner in both high school and college. Tom was inducted to the Bishop Loughlin High School Hall of Fame in 2001 and to Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
Tom was also an avid golfer and skier. He was a founding member of Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Conn. He spent many wonderful days on the golf course and on the ski slopes of Stratton Mountain, Vt. When he retired to South Carolina, 15 years ago, he continued working on his golf game at Wachesaw Plantation Club in Murrells Inlet.
After serving in the Korean War, Tom went into the advertising and broadcast fields, working for Young & Rubicam, AVCO Radio and Television Sales and Corinthian Broadcasting. Tom was executive vice president when he retired from Harrington, Righter & Parsons in New York in 1994.
A guest book is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Tom's name to Fr. Pat's Kitchen, Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, 1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.