Marco Island, FL
Thomas Dixon Lovely
April 2, 1930 - October 4, 2016
Thomas Lovely passed away at home on October 4, 2016 with his loving and devoted wife, Erna, at his side. Married for 60 years, Thomas and Erna enjoyed a wonderful life together and their dedication to each other and their children was an inspiration to all. Thomas was born on April 2, 1930 in New York, the youngest of three children of Thomas and Margaret Lovely. Growing up in Jamaica Estates, Queens, NY, Thomas embraced his father's appreciation for education and became a teacher and school principal. His passion for teaching led him to become a professor at Brooklyn College where he developed lasting friendships with professors and students alike. His commitment to education at all levels and his service to his Alma Mater, Adelphi University, led to his appointment to the Adelphi Board of Trustees where he served for over 25 years and became Vice Chairman. Adelphi awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2004.
While education was his most passionate pursuit, Thomas had skill and talent in many areas. His leadership and management skills were recognized by fellow Board members of Floral Park Bank in 1980 when they asked him to become President and CEO of the institution at a difficult and critical time. Thomas flourished in this new career and successfully guided the organization as it grew into Fidelity New York. Success in business was complemented by service to the community where Thomas was a dedicated board member of the State University of New York, Nassau County Medical Center and the Nassau County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Thomas reserved his greatest commitment and love for his family and he embodied values that would enable his sons to succeed in their own right. Knowledge, respect, patriotism, hard work, a good sense of humor and a dedication to those depending on him are all attributes of his legacy. Thomas is survived by his wife Erna, sister June, sons Thomas and Richard, daughters-in-law Alice and Donna and 6 grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Hodges Josberger Funeral Home, 577 E. Elkcam Cir., Marco Island, on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will take place Friday, October 7th, 2:00 pm, at San Marco Catholic Church, Marco Island.