Thomas M. Comerford
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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 and TheSunNews.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.
Published in The Sun News on Jul. 7, 2009.
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July 10, 2009
Dear Diane and family,
Ed and I are sad to hear of your fathers passing. Times like theseake you so glad to ne from a wonderful large family. Since our days together at NU, I have known how much your familyeans to you all. Please give our condolences to your Mom and everyone.
Much love,
Debbie and Eddie
July 8, 2009
Tom was a friend and mentor during my 16 years at HRP. Once retired and living in SC he was ever-faithful to his friends, staying in touch and keeping us aware of the other former HRPers. Over the past year, when his health deteriorated, Tom's faith, courage, optimism & sense of humor became an inspiration to those of us who he stayed in touch with. GOD bless the Comerford family!
Paul Grimes
July 7, 2009
Diane, I was sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I remember your family well and have warm memories of our swim team days at Burning Tree. My condolences to all.
Diane Fitzgerald
July 7, 2009
I realize that words, however kind, can't mend your heartache, but those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you find strength in the love of family and the warm embrace of friends, and know that your community stands behind you in your time of sorrow.
Katie Mays, RN
July 7, 2009
Tom was such a character and joker that he made our volunteer work at Waccamaw Community Hospital so much more fun. He has and will be greatly missed and we pray that God will grant you his mercy and grace during this journey to acceptance of your loss. Sincerly, Mollie Burns
Mollie Burns
July 7, 2009
The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself … any man’s death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.
fjohn reinke (mc1968)
July 7, 2009
Last of the old timers at burning tree, best to john, dean coleman
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