Thomas F. Lee Sr.
1932 - 2021
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Thomas Francis Lee Sr. died peacefully on February 21, 2021, at his home in Centerville, with his family at his side. Tom will be remembered as an Irish tenor who needed no excuse to break into song, a quick wit, and a consummate storyteller. Born May 21, 1932 in South Boston, to Michael and Delia "Bridgie" Lee of County Galway, Ireland, Tom attended Gate of Heaven school and served as an altar boy in the parish church, experiences that became the stuff of legends told and retold throughout his life. Another story, this one a romance, began in 1949 at Schole's Riverview where Tom met Cecilia, the love of his life. Little did they know when they took their first turn around the roller-skating rink, that they would marry and spend more than seventy years together. Tom proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard LST 515 visiting ports around the world. Upon returning to civilian life, he went to work at the Boston Edison Company. Later the family settled in Brockton, Mass. where they raised three children. With the help of the G.I. bill, Tom attended college, eventually earning his master's degree at Boston State College. This launched a second career as a schoolteacher in the Brockton Public Schools. Tom and Helen retired to their beloved cottage on Cape Cod and enjoyed a seasonal residence in Naples, Fla., never far from the beach and a boat. Tom is survived by his three children, Mary Anne Lee of Spencertown, N.Y., Denise Holzman of Marstons Mills, Mass., and Thomas Lee, Jr. of Bloomfield, Conn.; his son-in-law, Paul Shipman of Bloomfield, Conn.; and grandchildren Jennifer Lee Holzman of Tampa, Fla., and Andrew Lee Holzman of Honolulu, Hawaii. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Cecilia Helen (Doherty) Lee and cherished son-in-law William Holzman, as well as his brother John Lee, Avon, and his sister Mary (Lee) Kupstis, South Boston. Tom is also mourned by his many brothers and sisters-in-law and more than fifty beloved nieces, nephews, and their children. Funeral services with the immediate family were held on February 23, 2021. A celebration of Tom's life with stories and song is planned when we can again safely gather with family and friends. For online condolences, please visit

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Published in The Enterprise on Feb. 25, 2021.
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February 26, 2021
I taught school with Tom at West Junior High in the 1980 s. He was a great teacher and his students loved him . He always had a positive attitude and his fellow teachers enjoyed his witty sense of humor. He will be missed by family, friends and students.
Ron Marrese
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