CDR Thomas P. "Tim" Guilfoil USN, Ret.
1941 - 2020
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Gales Ferry - CDR Thomas "Tim" P. Guilfoil, USN Retired, 78, of Gales Ferry, passed away Thursday July 2, 2020, surrounded by his family. Tim was born Dec. 23, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Pa. to Thomas and Mary Freyvogel Guilfoil. On May 16, 1964, he married Patricia Lane Guilfoil; she survives him.

Thomas "Tim" Guilfoil graduated from St. James High School, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1960. Commander Guilfoil was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, in lieu of a second award; the Navy Enlisted Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Star, the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the Battle Efficiency Ribbon and the Navy Sea Service Ribbon with Bronze Star. In 2005, Tim retired from the U.S. Navy and continued to live in Connecticut.

Following his naval career, Tim worked at Sonalysts in Waterford for 18 years as a contractor for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). After retiring from Sonolysts, Tim continued to stay active and support his military and Gales Ferry communities through his service as a Volunteer Fire Police with the Gales Ferry Volunteer Fire Company, Director for the Retired Activities Program at the Naval Submarine Base Groton-New London and an active member of his church parish, Our Lady of Lourdes, serving as a Lay Eucharistic Minister; and as a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Tim is predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Mary Guilfoil. He is survived by his loving wife, Patty of 56 years; daughter Amy (Tony) Dumont; sons, Thomas (Michele) Guilfoil Jr. and Christopher (Tracy) Guilfoil; grandchildren: Alexandra, Danielle and Jacqueline Dumont; Samantha, Abigail (Roy) and Taylor Guilfoil; and Connor and Jake Guilfoil; and siblings, Patricia Johnson, Mary Kay McNally and Patrick John Guilfoil.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday July 7, 2020, at the Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames Street, Groton. COVID-19 protocols will apply. Masks must be worn prior to entry. A limited number of people will be allowed in the building at one time.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1650 CT-12, Gales Ferry. Due to COVID-19 regulations, the first 80 people will be permitted to attend. The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed: use Zoom ID # 863 7021 8406

Military honors will be presented after the Mass for the public. Please obey the appropriate distancing requirements.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tim's honor to: The Gales Ferry Volunteer Fire Company, PO BOX 31, 772 Route 12, Gales Ferry, CT 06335. For more on Tim and his career, please visit www.byles.com.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Day on Jul. 6, 2020.
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October 19, 2020
Very sorry Patty. Tim was my favorite person on Guardfish. I think he was everyone's favorite person on Guardfish. In common, I was a NESEP and Guardfish was my first boat after commissioning. Tim later gave me my last ORSE as Engineer on Henry Clay. Amazingly, a small world, Tim came to Indian Point to give me my Senior Reactor Operator exam.
Grant Lewis
Friend
September 1, 2020
Tim from your buddies in Pittsburgh we will always be proud of you and will miss your great sense of humor. Carl Rrctenwald
Carl rectenwald
July 11, 2020
Best Skipper I had.
David Murray
Served In Military Together
July 9, 2020
Shirley and I wish to extend our condolences to the Guilfoil family and especially to Pat. Cdr Guilfoil and I served together on the Pre-Commissioning Crew of the USS Jacksonville, Cdr Guilfoil was our Executive Officer. He was one of the best Executive Officer's that I ever had in my 23 yrs of service, he will be missed. We later went on and worked for Sonalysts, Inc together. Shipmate rest your oars and Fair Winds and Following Seas. God Bless.

Pedro & Shirley Gonzales
Military
July 8, 2020
Over the years, we have often recalled Tim as a fine naval officer, good friend, neighbor, and shipmate, but mostly as a member of that fading breed, a true gentleman.

We were honored to be able to attend the funeral mass via Zoom.

Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Patty, Tommy, Amy, and Chris.

Frank and Maryellen Lacroix
Frank and Maryellen Lacroix
Friend
July 8, 2020
The Guilfoils and Fioris in Mar 69 while attending West Milton NY, USN Nuclear Power School.
Susan and I were lucky to meet Patty and Tim while attending a special class designed for ten ensigns who were ex-enlisted nuclear trained who just graduated from a four year college program and had their nuclear training updated to an officer level. I was lucky to join them and particularly being teamed up with Tim, who helped me through the entire program. We like all his friends will sorely miss seeing him but he will be in our hearts forever. Patty and family, you all had a wonderful husband and Dad and we, a friend, and in this time of sorrow, we can all reflect in what a wonderful life he had. Very sincerely, Mario and Susan
Mario and Susan Fiori
Friend
July 8, 2020
My #1 Skipper!
Fredrick M Hauck
Served In Military Together
July 7, 2020
Our sincerest condolences on the loss of Tim. Chris had good memories of their lighthearted lunches while they were at Sonalysts. We are keeping the family in our prayers.
Chris Frye
Friend
July 7, 2020
My memories of Mr. Guilfoil from my childhood are of a towering man always smiling and funny. My thoughts go out to Pat, Amy, Tom, and Chris.
Joseph Wread
Acquaintance
July 7, 2020
What a great commanding officer to work with on USS Scamp. His leadership, integrity, and insight were always on target.
George Mortensen
Served In Military Together
July 7, 2020
What a great commanding officer to work with on USS Scamp. His leadership, integrity, and insight were always on target.
George Mortensen
Served In Military Together
July 7, 2020
To the Guilfoil Family,
I am sorry for your loss. I served with CDR Guilfoil aboard the USS Jacksonville. He was a great XO who treated everyone fairly and with respect. It was a pleasure to know him. He will be missed.
Stephen Jorgensen
Military
July 7, 2020
TIM WAS AN AFFABLE AND COURTEOUS FELLOW TO WORK WITH AT THE SUB BASE'S RETIRED ACTIVITIES OFFICE. WE WILL MISS HIM. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.
Thomas A. O'Connell
Coworker
July 7, 2020
You were a great Skipper. I am proud to have been part of your crew. Rest your oars. We have the watch.
Pete Swiercz
Military
July 7, 2020
I had the privilege of serving with CDR Guilfoil on the USS Scamp, 1982-85. I came to that boat, an E7. He turned me into a Chief. I'll never forget you Cap'n.
Pete Swiercz
Served In Military Together
July 6, 2020
Wonderful man. Gary and I sure enjoy being with you all.
DEBBIE GREENE
Friend
July 6, 2020
Pat & Family,
I'm very sorry about your loss. I served with Tim on Jacksonville and worked with him at Sonalysts. He was an incredible XO and coworker. Forever calm and super ethical and fair. He will be missed by many.
Paul Brandon
Served In Military Together
July 6, 2020
Patty, Chris and family, Im so sorry to hear of Tims passing. He was one of the good guys! My thoughts are with you, sending hugs your way.
Liz Smith
Friend
July 6, 2020
Tim was one of the fine gentlemen. He'll be missed. My condolences to his family and my regrets that I cannot attend the services.
Nancy S. Russell
Coworker
July 6, 2020
Patty and Family,
Please accept my sincerest condolences on Tim's passing. I have many great memories of you and Tim starting at the University of Oklahoma. Tim was always a hard charger in everything he tackled. You could always depend on him to get the "Job Done". Patty, you were always at his side rooting him on. Please note that you and your family are in my prayers. May the Lord give you and your family the strength to get through this.
May Tim have "Fair Winds and following Seas" for his journey. May he "Rest in Peace"!!

Pete Nann, Georgetown SC
Peter Nann
Military
July 6, 2020
Pat and family, though I only served with Tim for one patrol, in 1975, I learned much from him and always felt privileged to have worked for him. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rich Luke
Military
July 5, 2020
So sorry. You've got good memories. Lean on them and stay strong.
Charles Salvato
Classmate
July 5, 2020
Dear Pat and Family,
We are deeply sorry for the passing of Tim. May God hold you all close at this difficult time. We are very proud to have known Tim.
Love,
Martha and Joe Wread
Joseph and Martha Wread
Military
July 5, 2020
Patty. Our thoughts and prayers surround you and your family. Tim was a good friend as well as an outstanding submarine officer. We survived many hardships together. We will continue to be with you in spirit. Wayne and Sharon
Wayne Rickman
Friend
July 5, 2020
James or Karen Brice
Friend
July 4, 2020
Tim was one of the best. I will always treasure the memory of our service together and friendship.
Harry Wallace
Military
July 4, 2020
Great man Rest your oars. Sorry for your loss Patty. Enjoyed our time together.
Carl Schepens
Friend
July 4, 2020
Sending you strength and love at this time.
Erica Apodaca
Friend
July 4, 2020
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FRED BRAY
July 4, 2020
Dear Patty & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Tim was an awesome husband, father and person. What a great role model for your family to look up too. Sending prayers and love. Love Joan
Joan Cummings
Friend
July 4, 2020
Condolences to Tim's family, and Patty. Doris and I have many fond memories from our time together at the University of Oklahoma, particularly with both Tim and Fred as members of LKOT. Tim was special, always leading in any endeavor he undertook. My life was better for knowing Tim. RIP, Friend.
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FRED BRAY
Classmate
July 4, 2020
Dear Patty and Family,Terri and I send our thoughts and prayers for you and Tim with our deepest sympathy.
We never met Tim, but Elaine told us what a wonderful person he was.
Lew Gentiluomo
Friend
July 4, 2020
My condolences to the Guilfoil family
Brian Sullivan
Friend
July 3, 2020
We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. You are all in our prayers! What a beautiful tribute to your dad, Tom! What an amazing man!
Heidi Johnson
Friend
July 3, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss Chris.
Anne Dukes
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July 3, 2020
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July 3, 2020
Aunt Patty and Tommy, Amy and Chris. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our prayers and condolences for all of you . May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family and give you comfort and peace. We love all of you and will keep you in our prayers . All our love and prayers from our family
James Lane
Family
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