Thomas Lovely
1930 - 2016
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Thomas Lovely

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.


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Published in Naples Daily News on Oct. 6, 2016.
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Funeral Mass
02:00 PM
San Marco Catholic Church
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July 31, 2017
DearErna,
It was only by seeing that a Mass was being said for Dick at St. Anne's this week that I learned of his passing. We had kept in touch via email for all of these years, and I wrote several times to say I hoped all was well. I never heard back but never guessed he was gone. Please accept my belated but sincere condolences. He was a wonderful friend, the consummate gentleman, a superb colleague on the Adelphi Board of Trustees, and a welcoming friend at Fidelity Bank. I shall remember him with fondness always. You and he were perhaps the most devoted couple I have ever known. May wonderful memories of the life you shared bring you peace.
Sincerely,
Dorothy Habben
Dorothy Habben
December 29, 2016
I was privileged to meet Mr. Lovely through my business (Marco Island Pharmacy) from the first moment we met Mr. Lovely was an absolute delight; His charming personality, bright and positive outlook, his candid and fascinating ability to converse, and his consideration and his love for Mrs. Lovely, which always was his first priority. I thank God for having giving me the opportunity to have met such a great person. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Lovely and their Children and Family. Belkis Alvarez
Belkis Alvarez
November 2, 2016
Mr. Lovely was the inspirational teacher who set the foundation for my future as a high school English teacher and college professor. When I had him for speech class at Long Beach Junior High School, little did I know that speech would end up being the best class of my entire public school education. He was classy, kind, smart and we all looked up to him. He helped us to become better speakers and more confident. I've never forgotten him and remember him with great fondness and appreciation. My sincere condolences to his family. Mr. Lovely was a highlight in the education of so many!
Judi Hearst Weissman
October 22, 2016
My heartfelt condolences to family and friends. Mr. Lovely was the epitome of kindness. I had the pleasure and privilege of being in his Speech class at LBHS and knowing him at Adelphi. He left his mark on so many people in his lifetime. He truly earned his "wings."
Laurie Siederman
October 20, 2016
I am so privileged to have had Mr. Lovely as my teacher both in junior high and high school. The skills he taught me have carried me through my professional life. And every time I speak in pullblic I remember what I learned. Mr Lovely was my mentor; my Mr Holland's Opus.
Ben Berkley
October 19, 2016
How very happy Dick would be to read his students' fond memories of him. Hopefully Erna and her wonderful family will also be aware of the touching tributes on Facebook. Mr Lovely did have a positive influence on the lives of many.

Nan and Bob Andrews
October 19, 2016
Tom Lovely was a wonderful teacher, principal, and caring human being. Everyone from Long Beach who had the chance to be a student of his remembers him in the highest regard and we will all miss him dearly.
We send our condolences and warmest wishes to his family.
Cliff, Albert, and Larry Russo
October 19, 2016
Fond LBJRH memories of Mr. Lovely from the late '60's...a classy, distinguished gentlemen...condolences to his family.
lee werner
October 19, 2016
Teachers are the unsung heroes of our time. Mister Lovely was not only a great teacher - I remember many of his classes vividly - but he had a wonderful presence that exuded patience and humor. Tall, stately, always immaculately attired in a suit, his "Speech" classes, were also examples in how to comport oneself in the real world. His memory evokes fondness and admiration.
LBHS '66
Jim Metzner
October 19, 2016
As a teacher and principal, Mr. Lovely was the perfect role model. He carried himself with confidence and was always well-dressed and well-groomed. Most important, he was kind. He knew how to maintain his classroom as a place for learning, but always with fairness and humor. He was approachable. His students remember him as one of their favorite teachers (the reactions on Facebook to his passing attest to this). I was amazed but not surprised to read of his career accomplishments later in his life. Family and friends of Mr. Lovely, you can be proud of this very special man.
Debbie Shapiro
October 19, 2016
Thanks for your kindness and thoughtfulness during those years in school.
Errol Gold
October 19, 2016
To The Family of Mr Lovely, He was a 'lovely' man-I was a student of his in Jr High- (late 1950's)he was so handsome and spoke so well...I hope he had a very happy life..My condolences to the family. Ellen Spooner-Sherin
October 19, 2016
Mr. Lovely was my speech teacher in Long Beach in the late 1950's. I will always remember him with respect and gratitude for all he gave us as an educator and role model.
Marjorie Fleischman Korenblit
October 19, 2016
So sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. Lovely with warmth and fondness. I had such fun in his class and remember every speech I made. His kindness and support enabled me to rise to the occasion and know I would be critiqued with caring. I have spoken about him to so many friends... and all of us have the same memories of this gentle man!

May he rest in peace...
Lynn Gergen
October 19, 2016
My favorite teacher is gone but will never be forgotten. Mr Lovely was my Mr Opus. His teachings have guided me through my entire business life and every time I speak in public I remember the lessons he taught. My sincerest condolences to his beautiful family.
Ben Berkley
October 19, 2016
mr loverly was our speech teacher in long beach, ny when we were kids. at that junior high age when boys became a "thing", he was the object of every girl's affection...not only a handsome man but he dressed and carried himself as a true gentleman. more importantly...he was kind and caring to his students and we loved him. though petrified when i first took his class...i have since had to stand up in front of large groups of people to talk and have never been afraid. condolences go out to his family and his friends. he changed a lot of lives for the better...and that is always a great thing.
October 19, 2016
I am one of the lucky ones who was a student of Mr. Lovely at Long Beach Junior High. I owe so much of my life to him. I remember how handsome and a suave and debonair dresser he was. My heartfelt and sincere condolences to his loving family and many friends he made all throughout his life. You will not be forgotten and may you RIP.
Sue Weicholtz Garber
October 19, 2016
As my speech teacher in Long Beach (NY) Junior High, Mr. Lovely had a most influential impact on my life. He told us that his class would be the most important one we'd take and that was the absolute truth. A most wonderful human being whose memory I will honor forever.
Eileen Lloyd MacDougall
October 19, 2016
A former speech teacher of mine in Long Beach NY..a true gentleman who carried a great sense of humor..
October 12, 2016
In our thoughts and prayers! From all of us at Always There Home Health Care
October 8, 2016
I met Mr. & Mrs. Lovely over 2 years ago, since then I see them every week, they are a wonderful couple. I can see how much love they have to each other. While he was in the hospital or in therapy places, he was missing so much the love of his life.
During the weeks that I went to cleaned or to delivered groceries I enjoyed listening to the stories about trips, children, sickens and life, I learned a lot with him, he was always grateful for what I did and never stop telling me to keep smiling. He was so happy to be back home, he said "last night I couldn't sleep just to think about that tomorrow I will be home, I remembered when I was a little boy and I couldn't wait to be Christmas".
His last story was: "When you are dying and God ask you, have you done your part in life? And you will ask, what is that God?. He will say did you visit the sickness and helped others?. Mr. Lovely said that we have done our part in life. To keep doing it.
He is with God in Heaven, and one day we will be joining him.
Mercedes
October 7, 2016
Laura and family - so sorry to hear about your grandfather's passing. May his memory sustain you with love.
Kathleen Ward
October 7, 2016
Laura,

So sorry for the loss of your grandfather, thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Christine Brown
October 6, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear the sad new about Mr. Lovely my deepest condolences to the whole Lovely family during this difficult time. You all are in my prayers.
Marshall Davidson
October 6, 2016
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Karen Duvall
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