Thomas G. Brophy
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BROPHY-Thomas G., of Smithtown, NY on April 21, 2005 in his 36th year. NYPD 109th Precinct, Flushing, NY. Beloved husband of Rita. Loving father of Matthew. Devoted son of Janice and Eric Schwarz and Thomas and Marsha Brophy. Dear brother of Brian Brophy, Justin and Erika Schwarz and brother of the NYPD. Dear grandson of Carmela and the late Michael Terranova and the late Frank and Mary Brophy. Godfather of Gabriella, Brian Jr. and Jacob. Son-in-law of Dana and the late Vaidotas Jakas and brother-in-law of Raymond Jakas. Also survived by many cousins. Reposing Moloney's Hauppauge Funeral Home, 840 Wheeler Rd. (Rte. 111) Hauppauge where religious services will be held 3:00PM Sunday. Funeral Mass Monday 9:45AM at Parish of the Holy Cross RC Church, Nesconset. Interment following at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY. Visiting Saturday and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Matthew Brophy Education Fund, P.O. Box 983, Commack, NY 11725.
Published by Newsday on Apr. 22, 2005.
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Miss you more every year Thomas. I wish you could meet your niece Caylum and see me today. I hope you'd be proud of me.

Love you and miss you everyday.
Justin Schwarz
April 21, 2017
Happy Birthday Tom. Rest in Peace.
Rita Brophy
August 4, 2013
7 years ago today , you were taken from us. Matthew and I miss you so much. Matt wishes so much, that you were here for us. Happy anniversary in heaven. XOXO
Rita Brophy
April 21, 2012
Happy 43rd Birthday in Heaven. Not a day goes by that we don't miss you.
Rita & Matthew Brophy
August 4, 2011
Happy 6 year Anniversary in Heaven. We miss you everyday.

Love, Rita and Matthew
Rita Brophy
April 21, 2011
Hi Thomas, another Christmas has arrived and will come to pass with you in heaven.

You have been a great inspiration to me the last few months; especially, during the month I spent in the hospital.

I kept your photo in front of me and the rock I took from your grave the day you were buried near me.

I know you are watching over me and on occasion I have felt your hand on my shoulder. Your touch of support renews my strength and provides me with the encouragement to continue the fight.

Love you big guy, Dad.
Tom Brophy
December 25, 2010
Tom, you're always in our hearts. Miss and think of you everyday.

Love,
Rita and Matthew
Rita Brophy
September 11, 2010
Hi Thomas! You are missed every hour of everyday. But today is special, it would of been your 42nd birthday.

I had a special visitor this week. He left with his Mon to go back to LI. Before Matthew left I told him about how we would make a list of the things we wanted to do when we arrived here when you were a boy. Then how we checked off what we did just before we left to go back to LI and added all the other things we did.

I've attached a photo of Matthew and I during his visit.

Love you big guy!
Dad
Tom Brophy
August 5, 2010
Tom,

Always in my heart and mind...
Justin Schwarz
June 29, 2010
Dear Dad,
Happy Father's Dad in heaven. Hope you like my presents I made for you and left at your grave site today. Mom and I love and miss you everyday.

Love,
Matty Mo
Matthew Brophy
June 20, 2010
Matthew Brophy
May 20, 2010
In memory of you Tom.
Rita Brophy
May 16, 2010
Rita Brophy
May 16, 2010
Rita Brophy
May 16, 2010
Rita Brophy
May 16, 2010
Matthew enjoyed his run/walk at Battery Park today in memory of you.
Rita Brophy
May 16, 2010
Dear Tom,

Thinking of you today. Cannot believe it has been 5 years. Matthew called your mom, on his own today, and left a message for her that he misses her and hopes she doesn't cry alot today. He is so you. He had lunch with just his teacher today that he thinks so fondly of. He is so loved ; as were you. I know you would be proud. Continue to guide me as you have been.

Love,
Rita
Rita Brophy
April 21, 2010
Thomas,

So much has happened over the past 5 years and I really wish I had your guidance. I know you are with me in spirit, but I miss talking to you and getting your advice (Whether I liked it or not).

I miss you more today and will be visiting you after work today.

I love and miss you always.

5 years in Heaven and it still feels like 5 minutes to me.

Love your brother,

Justin Michael
Justin Schwarz
April 21, 2010
Hi Thomas.

My Vietnam buddy Bob and wife Patti have come to spend my birthday with me today.

However, my thoughts and memories are of you today as they are everyday.

Love you big guy.

Dad.
Tom Brophy
April 21, 2010
Still miss you and love you every single day!
Justin Schwarz
March 12, 2010
Thinking of you big guy on this your 5th Christmas in heaven with the birthday boy Jesus. Thomas, I know you know how much you are missed but I still must tell you - I MISS YOU.

I had a great phone talk with Matthew and then Rita yesterday. Matthew sounds great!

This year I can tell you for certain that you still inspire young Police Officers at the 109th. Police Officer Matthew Borella and his lovely girlfriend Beth visited Marsha and I for a couple of days this week. Matthew was our 109th NYPD escort for the Battery Park Ceremony, the Medal Ceremony at 1 Police Plaza, he met Marsha and I at the 109th on Fathers Day to see the collage of you in the 109th Gym and stood in the rain with us at the 2009 9/11 ceremony at ground zero. During his visit he told me how your workout routine displayed within the collage serves as a goal for him.

Keep up the good work Thomas.

Love you big guy, Dad.
Tom Brophy
December 25, 2009
Thomas, I want to thank you for the memories you gave me.

Happy Thanksgiving big guy.

Love, Dad
Tom Brophy
November 27, 2009
Thomas,

Words can not explain how badly I want you at my wedding on Saturday. You and Brian would be my best men and we would have such a great time. I feel so cheated that I will not have you there. So many things have happened and I know you would always be in my corner to help and guide me through everything.

Although you will not physically be there on Saturday, I know you will be looking down on Matthew, Rita, Mommy, Kristen & I (And of course the rest of the family) and I know that you will be with us spiritually.

I miss you so much, and it's times like these that make it that much harder to have lost you.

Love always,

Your Brother,

Justin Michael
Justin Michael
September 22, 2009
Tom, Thinking of you again as I often do. And the best carpool of all time! We miss you. God bless you, Rita and Matthew.
Rob Allen
September 11, 2009
Still think of you often - still talk about your visits at dinner time and the coincidence of us both working with you. Was 22 years ago you carried those trays for me! Did I ever say "thank you"? Probably not because you were hiding in the back eating warm tortilla chips! Such a handsome infectious smile - your son has that smile. We miss you. Love, Lea and Bill XXOO
Leanora
August 25, 2009
We're still thinking of you and your family...love, Kama
Kama (Motsch) Cawley
August 6, 2009
Happy Birthday big guy. You were strongly on the minds of your family and friends today, as well as some that never met you. But, why should today be different than yesterday or all the days before that.

I received a very special call from your Mom last night and we spent the last few hours of yesterday and the first 5 minutes of your birthday sharing many fond memories.

This morning Rita called from your grave site and we had a nice chat.

Back on Father's day June 21st Marsha and I visited your Gym at the 109th and then went to Citi Field with an extra ticket in your honor. It was a special day for me.

I miss you very much big guy.

Love Dad.
Tom Brophy
August 5, 2009
To The Brophy Family

God Bless all of you.
THOMAS BROPHY
August 5, 2009
Dear Tom/Dad,

Happy Birthday in heaven.

Love,
Rita and Matthew
Rita Brophy
August 5, 2009
Tom,

Matthew really is a great kid, Rita is doing a great job and I know you would be very proud. Missing you still everyday and always thinking of you in one way or another.

Love,

Justin
July 22, 2009
Tom,

Thank you for always watching over me and Matthew. I know you always help me make the right decisions. You were simply the BEST.

Love,
Rita
Rita Brophy
July 21, 2009
To Dad,

Happy Fathers Day. I love you very much. I know you love all the art work and the shirt I made for you that we left at the cemetery. I love you.

Love,
Matthew B.
Matthew Brophy
June 21, 2009
Dear Tom,

Today, Matthew and I share the same thoughts and feelings (the loss of our Fathers). You are remembered so deeply by Matthew on this day. He is so amazing (for 7 years old) with his thoughts and words of comfort. He is my strength. Wishing you a Happy Fathers Day in Heaven.

Love,
Rita and Matthew
Rita Brophy
June 21, 2009
Thomas,

I miss you more everyday. I wish you could be here to see me get married, I know you'd be right by my side.

Miss you bro...

Justin
June 19, 2009
June 18, 2009
4-21-05 - 4-21-09

Thomas our Angel, 4 years in Heaven.

It's been 4 whole years since you've been gone, but in our hearts you linger on.

Your smile, your laugh, your special way has comforted us from day to day.

We feel your presence in the breeze that dances gently through the trees. And it's your face that we can see, when we're in need of company.

At any time we can recall the love we shared, we saved it all.

And really more than anything we find peace in remembering. For remembering you is easy Thomas, we do it every day.
But missing you is a heartache that will never go away.

We love and miss you so much Thomas, we spent 4-21-09 with Rita, Matty, Justin, Kristen, Pop & Dana. I baked your special cherry cheesecake pie and guess what, Matty loves it too. He's just the best Thomas, just like you - so smart and handsome. Justin and Kristen played with Matty and I read to Matty and Abby Girl. It was a good night for remembering you my dearest #1 son.

Newsday forgot to put your memorial in the paper, but it will be in there on Friday for what would have been your 10th Wedding Anniversary.

RIP my Angel son, I will continue your legacy here on Earth. Watch over us and please kiss Grandpa and Aunt Pat for me.

All our love and kisses forever, Love,

Mom, Pop, Grammy, Justin, Erika, Brian, Carolyn, Kristen, Rocco, Little B & Thomas Jr.
Janice Schwarz
April 22, 2009
Another year has passed without you Thomas. You are missed very much and are always in my thoughts, dreams and prayers. Thank you for all the wonderful memories. Your spirit continues to grow stronger everyday. Tonight there will be 4 candles on my birthday cake, I know you will be there to help me blow them out.

Love you big guy, Dad.
Tom Brophy
April 21, 2009
Thomas,

4 years feels like 4 minutes when you lose someone so important. Every single thing in my life changed on that horrible day 4 years ago. I have tried my best to be strong and fight through the pain of losing my big brother. I have had ups and downs but always know that you are with me and are the wind that is guiding my sails. I take solace in knowing that you're with me in spirit and feel you beside me every day of my life. I know I will still feel this way even 40 years from now.

I love you Thomas and miss you everyday. I'd like to end with a quote:

"We are given many gifts as we go through life. Some we're allowed to enjoy for a long time, others only briefly. But each gift has the power to change us, enrich us, to make us better people.

In our sadness may there also be joy that we've had such a person to love."

-Quote from Unknown
Justin Schwarz
April 21, 2009
Tom...thinking of you so much, you left us 4 years ago..I have been talking to you alot these past few days, I know you hear me..Don't ever stop sending signs that make us know you hear us, you can't imagine how much I am reminded of your strength, I know you know where I am working..I am there for many reasons, Please send prayers this way and I promise I will send them right back. I hope you are at peace. Love always...Vikki
Vikki Cerone-DeRosa
April 20, 2009
Happy Easter Thomas!!! I love and miss you every day...You will NEVER be forgotten.

Love Justin
April 14, 2009
Hi Thomas! I went to bed last night wishing you would rise this Easter morning. Miss you big guy.

Love, Dad.
Tom Brophy
April 12, 2009
Happy New Year!

2009, can you believe it?

Love you bro...

- Justin
Justin M Schwarz
January 8, 2009
Hey big guy. You are major league missed. Today is your fourth Christmas away from us. Thomas you are missed more today than any other previous day, but not as much as tomorrow. This year (2008) has been a year with ceremonies that have honored you as you deserve. Your name is engraved on the Wall of Heroes at 1 Police Plaza, NYC. You are engraved on the New York Police Officers Memorial located in Albany, New York. Your son Matthew carried the single red rose and delivered it to the altar at the 22nd Memorial Mass for Deceased Members of the Law Enforcement Community at St. Mary’s Church in Albany, NY. This single rose shown in front of a police officer’s shield is nationally recognized as the logo of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial located in Washington, DC. Your family was invited to the Ground Zero ceremonies in NYC because of your sacrifice. Your name is engraved on the New York City Memorial located at Battery Park City, NYC. Posthumously the NYPD has presented to your son Matthew your Distinguished Service Medal.

However, in the attached photo of Matthew and I we discretely show two different emotions: first our pride in you and second our sadness that you are not with us. In addition I also am hiding the emotion of outrage that you are not engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. I’ve discussed this with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Director of Research. Thomas, we agreed to disagree with the decisions made by the pro bono Doctors that ruled on your case. And she told me she will gladly reopen the evaluation process as more information becomes available.

Love you big guy, Dad.
Tom Brophy
December 25, 2008
Tom,

Matthew is getting so big and so much more like you every day. We talk about you to him all the time...We promise we will never let him forget you and how great you were.

I miss you more everyday - There are so many things I wish you could be here for, but I know you're in a better place.

I can't believe it's over 4 years now...
Justin Schwarz
December 17, 2008
October 21, 2008
October 21, 2008
Hi Thomas. Many of your family were at Battery Park to witness the unveiling of your name on the New York City Police Memorial yesterday. I’ve attached a photo of Matthew and Rob Healy at the memorial. Rob has been so helpful to us during your illness and since your death.

Miss you big guy. Love you, Dad.
Tom Brophy
October 15, 2008
Dear Tom, Happy 4oth birthday in Heaven, I was unable to get to a computer on your actual birthday but remembered and prayed and sent my love that day.
Missing you always.....Love Vikki
Vikki Cerone-DeRosa
August 9, 2008
Rest in peace Thomas.

Love you big guy, Dad.
Tom Brophy
August 5, 2008
Thomas, you not walking around tomorrow on this earth does not mean you are not with us. Yes you won't be celebrating your 40th birthday and yes there are no good sides of that. I wish I could say something that would bring your very strong spirit back to mortal life. Sadly I can't big guy, love you Dad.
Tom Brophy
August 4, 2008
Miss you big guy. Love Dad.
Tom Brophy
July 27, 2008
Hey Tommy boy!
I was talking to you last night outside around 12 midnight. Hope you could here me!It was a beautiful summer night!Tomorrow is the fourth of July and I know you loved that day!I will be thinking of u extra!Oh ya last Saturday Me, Rocco, MAtty boy, Rita, Kristen and her Dad, we all went to the Subway series game. Thanks to Pop!He paid for all the tickets!!Pop was supposed to go but he had his 6 bypass sergery!!Anyway it was Justins idea too and Justin couldn't go either!Anyway we had a great time!!I was watching Matthew eatting his Icecream out of the Mets hat. He LOVES his ICECREAM just like you!!Oh ys i'm going to See Billy Joel on the 18th at Shea!!I'm soooooo excited!!Please be there with me!!!Well Tom I Love you more then LIFE!!!I know that you are in a better place!I do wish I could touch you but I have you in my heart!!You are always with me!!!!Love Erika Lynn!!!Your sisiter!!!!xxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxxoxox :)
July 3, 2008
May 23, 2008
May 23, 2008
Dear Tom, I saw the article in the paper this week after watching the story on the news that morning, knowing they were honoring you. Justin, your wonderful brother, text messaged me the article on my phone as well that day. It was so awesome to see Matthew in the paper wearing your hat along with Rita. My apartment has a wonderful view of the Empire State building which was the most beautiful color blue this whole week, it was nice to find out Matthew got to "turn on the light"
Thinking of you always,
Love Vikki
Vikki Cerone-DeRosa
May 17, 2008
Since the Legacy webiste won't allow me to post articles - I would like all who read this site to go here - www.JmMetsBlog.com where I put all the information the "Wall of heroes" induction...
May 15, 2008
Thomas, yesterday morning we witnessed the unveiling of your plaque on the NYPD’s “Wall of Heroes”. Your plaque sits on a section of wall dedicated to the 9-11 heroes. The unveiling occurred during a ceremony honoring 11 fallen officers at 1 Police Plaza, NYC. Both Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly addressed the family members and friends that gathered to witness the ceremony.

After lunch we went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral where Rita and Matthew lit a candle in memory of you (see photo). Then we went to the Empire State Building’s lobby where Matthew assisted in pulling the switch to ceremonially light the Empire State Building in blue in preparation of National Police Week and May 15th Police Officer’s Memorial Day.

We are very proud of you.

Love you big guy, Dad.
Tom Brophy
May 8, 2008
A good friend of mine took his journey into heaven yesterday. Thomas, although you never met Dan Steinbach please look him up. Dan gave me his copy of Love, Medicine & Miracles by surgeon Bernie S. Siegel which I shared with you back in January 2004. Go back to my January 7, 2006 guest book entry to refresh your memory of Dan.

I took Dan into Boston for an evaluation back on March 18, 2008. Thomas, that trip sits in my memory very similar to the February 22, 2005 Robert Moses boardwalk stroll we took. Dan and I talked about many things, as we did Thomas. One of them was the denial of your entry on the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington DC. Dan, as I, was outraged.

It was thanks to Dan that I met, spoke to and had a photo taken (see attached photo) with John McCain at Dan’s home on August 17, 2007. I’ll never forget this fellow Vietnam Veteran Senator McCain thanking me for serving as he shook my hand. Jokingly, Dan swore that he jump-started all the interest in McCain for president that day at Dan’s birthday party.

Thomas; you, ground zero and the toxic air were a big part of my conversation with Senator McCain. I was satisfied with his understanding of it all.

Thomas, in the next few months; a plaque honoring you will be unveiled on NYPD’s “Wall of Heroes” at 1 Police Plaza, NYC; your name engraved on the State of New York Police Officers Memorial at Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY; your name and shield number will be added to the 9-11 Battery Park Memorial Wall, NYC; and your name will be officially displayed in the 109th NYPD Precinct, Queens, NY.

Someday, the board members representing the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington, DC will properly correct their decision and engrave your name there as recommended by the New York City Police Department.

Love you big guy, Dad.
Tom Brophy
May 1, 2008
Dear Thomas:

We miss you everyday and hope you are at peace. Matthew is growing up so fast and has become quite a young man you would be proud of. We always think of you and wish you were here. We will always cherish the years we all had together. Never ever forget all the good times. God bless you Tom and know your missed.
Aunt Michele Powers
April 29, 2008
Tom, Just letting you know how much you were on my mind last week on the 3rd anniversary of your leaving us...you are missed so much but your legacy is living on in your son and all of us who love and remember you so much and talk about all the good times. I wear my NYPD sweatshirt proudly as I walk through the city and especially in the subways where a friendly officer will smile and I will mention you. Your leaving us has left a void that is irreplacable but your memory will always live on. Rest well,, Matt told me to send his love and wanted me to tell you that the time in Disney was something he will never forget. We both wish we could go back to that special nite we went out for dinner, Tracy, Lynnie, Rita and you, Chad and Gwenn,and Matt and I. I send you my love and hope you are at peace. Love always.....Vikki
Vikki Cerone-DeRosa
April 28, 2008
Tom
Three years in Heaven, and we Miss you more then ever. You are a part of our lives every day, and there is not a day that goes by where we are reminded of your smile, your laugh and your larger then life personality.

Your son Matthew grows to be so like you in many ways each day and he is a joy and a treasure to us all. I love telling him stories of our childhood and We will continue to tell him stories about you and all of us when we were his age, I wish with all my heart you were here to tell Matthew your childhood stories, however we will do the best we can.

My Sister (Lynn) and I feel blessed to have grown up with you for 37 years, we went through the good the bad and all the in-between things that occurred daily within our family and we cherish the memories.
You are a True Blessing to our Family and we Love and Miss you much. Say HI to Papop Terranova
Love Tracy
Tracy Reilly
April 21, 2008
Thomas, Thomas, Thomas.

Today I spend my forth birthday without you. Three years have passed since you died. You are missed more as time goes on. I know that will continue as long as I am of sound mind.

I received a surprise Happy Birthday phone call from Matthew today. It was a lovely call, he sounded so sincere and calm.

The last time I visited Matthew your partner Rich stopped by. It was the first time Rich and I spent quality time together since you died. Listening to the stories of you and him together both on and off the job touched me so much. Rich respected you every bit as much as you respected him.

My Grandson Will is spending a few days with us and we were walking past the collage I put together in the first few hours after you died. It was displayed at your wake and hangs on the wall where I stood when you called me and said to me “Dad although the doctor did not use the C word I know I have cancer”. That collage contains reminders of many of the fond memories you left me with. It is included as photo 3 in your guest book photo album.

Today the collage, three years to the day after it was created, jumped out to Will (Will is 6). When I hung it on the wall I hung it low enough so children can see it. The summer after you died Matthew spent time there looking at the photos. Today Will kept pointing at photos and asking questions to which I was able to explain my memories of you to him. It was comforting to me.

Thomas, thanks for the memories.

I Love you big guy, Dad.
Tom Brophy
April 21, 2008
Today is 3 years that you left us and this earth. It still feels like that was only yesterday.

I miss you more everyday - Please watch over us and help us to cope with this everlasting void in our lives.

I love you and miss you always,

Justin
Justin Schwarz
April 21, 2008
Thomas - Almost 3 years have passed and still I miss you more everyday.

Nothing is the same since you left us, but we try our best to push on and make it through.

Happy Easter - I love and miss you!

Your son Matthew is amazing and is getting bigger everyday.

- Justin
Justin Schwarz
March 24, 2008
I love u my BIG brother!!!!!!!!!!
March 3, 2008
February 26, 2008
February 26, 2008
Tom,
Here is Matthew in EPCOT/Disney
next to your Legacy picture with him. I explained the moment behind this picture to him. Missing you.
Rita Brophy
February 26, 2008
Always miss you everyday...Always thinking of you...

I am honored to attend any memorial ceremony for you, anywhere they have it.

Congratulations officer Brophy
Justin
February 23, 2008
Hey Thomas. Today would of been Grandpa Brophy's 90th birthday. Hector O'Campo came up to heaven a couple of months ago. Hope you both help Frank blow out the candles on his cake. Marsha's youngest brother Bill joined you up there on February 13th, look him up.

Matthew and Rita are in Disneyworld the past few days remembering their time there with you.

Matthew, Rita, Marsha and I have really enjoyed our webcam calls to one another.

Love you big guy, Dad.
Tom Brophy
February 19, 2008
Hey Tom,,just me letting you know I am thinking of you, last week was Valentines Day, and I was remembering when you had a treatment on Valentines day and Rita had to work that day, so Matt and I went with you to keep you company that day and you and I watched "Ferris Bueller's Day off", I just wanted to let you know that I will never forget spending those days with you, we had alot of laughs on days like that when you were going through so much and still were strong; little things like that brought a smile to your face, Matt remembers that day too, and we spoke about it on V day, I miss you and think of you so much,,, Rest well,,
Love always.. Vikki:)
Vikki Cerone-DeRosa
February 18, 2008
THEY DID IT THOMAS THE GIANTS WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I KNOW YOU'RE LOOKING DOWN SMILING!!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE YOU BROTHER!!!!!!XOXOXOXOXO
ERIKA SCHWARZ
February 3, 2008
God looked around his garden,
And He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this Earth,
And saw your tired face.

He put his arms around you,
And lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.

He knew you were suffering.
He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never,
Get well on Earth again.

He saw that the road was getting rough,
And the hills were hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered, "Peace by Thine."

It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn't go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home


I love you Thomas Gerard Brophy!!!
erika schwarz
February 2, 2008
Dear Tom,
Matthew had his first girlfriend (Grace M.) over today. She is in his class and this is the one he had his first kiss with. Well, she was over today and met most of the family: Aunt Rose, Larissa, Nana, and even Grandpa Brophy in New Hampshire via the webcam. She had dinner with us and I like her alot----she's a tomboy---and loves all of Matthew's Ben 10 aliens and Pokemon.----Matthew has good taste. Then we met her parents and of course---Matthew left a great impression with them too. I just tought you would have gotten a kick out of his special day today. Grace and Matthew discussed you and her grandpa ---I hope you met him already in heaven.
Rita Brophy
January 6, 2008
Thomas, in the name of the father, son and holy ghost you are missed no less today than any other day. Neither Jesus, Mary nor Joseph can make the loss of you to mankind understood.

Love you big guy, Dad.
Tom Brophy
December 25, 2007
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December 10, 2007
Dear Tom,
Matthew and I went to the NYPD Widows Christmas Party----Matthew received/won the red bike they had for some of the children. I met and have many friends who were at that party. Matthew's friends will being going to the same school---he already has a bond with most of the boys who also lost their dads from WTC illnesses. Matthew walked up to Commissioner Kelly and told him "I have a picture of you and my Dad together---he died from the 2 buildings". Commissioner Kelly spoke with me and stated how intelligent Matthew is. We had a wonderful day and all of us have lost our loved ones---it was a hard day---but I cannot thank the NYPD for all they do for us. We love and miss you everyday.
Rita Brophy
December 10, 2007
What’s up Thomas! Marsha and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit with Matthew and Rita on Veteran’s day weekend. They both made us feel so welcome. We enjoyed Matthew’s wit immensely. He is such a charmer and a tease. It really touched me when privately with tears in his eyes he hugged me while saying: “I love my Mother very much”.

Thomas, Matthew is very much a chip off of your block. His mannerism, his personality, his smile, his sense of humor, his gift to gab, even his walk is so much you Thomas. Oh and all ready his ability to charm the ladies is blossoming.

You would be very proud. Enjoy the attached collage. Love you big guy, Dad.
Tom Brophy
November 28, 2007
The following entry was made to the guest book named Thomas Gerard Brophy (Memoriam) back on April 21, 2007. That guest book will expire on April 20, 2008. I feel the entry should survive beyond that date. With Greta Helmke's permission I've entered the entry here in Thomas' perpetual guest book.

Greta's entry to Thomas follows:

April 21, 2007

"We stand proud for knowing your wife and son today. We draw strength from your wife's strength to make it through each day. You are no longer here, but that you will always be loved and cherished is shining in your wife and sons' eyes."

The Helmke Family (Hauppauge, NY)

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Tom Brophy
November 28, 2007
ALWAYS THINKING OF U!!!LOVE YOU!!!
ERIKA schwarz
November 14, 2007
Dear Tom,
You would have been so proud of our son today. He has been V.I.P of the week in school and Rich came in uniform to speak about Policemen and how important they truly are. Rich mentioned that Matthew is his "very important person". He spoke of how you and him were partners. He did a great with the kids----you'd be proud of him too; that I know. Matthew informed his class about your role at ground zero. He understands why you had to leave us---and spoke about how you helped with the two buildings that fell down and all the toxic smoke. At 5 1/2 years old----he knows you were a hero and always will be remembered as that along with being a great dad. He's the tallest and most popular in his class. The girls, teachers and even the principal adore him. Continue to help me as you have been.

Love,
Rita


P.S. Matthew's V.I.P poster has a picture of you in your uniform holding him. It is proudly displayed outside his classroom door.
Rita Brophy
November 8, 2007
Hey Tom,

I'm always thinking about you - Everyday I miss you more and more...Still even 2 1/2 years later
Justin
October 25, 2007
Hi Tom, our 9/11 family hero, I was in the city yesterday finishing up the last of my paperwork for my new job, It still is so surreal to look downtown and see the emptiness of our beautiful skyline missing our towers. Of course,I thought of you and thanked you for being there and know you are with the people you helped. Be proud Thomas, I am so happy for Rita and MattyMo that she was able to pursue your cause and finally get you the recognition you deserve, even though all of us knew it all along. I only was there 2 days later as Saint Vincent's helping in any way I could, and it still haunts me that I coudln't do more because there was no one left to help exept to look at pictures of the missing hoping we would find just one. We are all so proud of you and as I sit here writing this to you, I am ever so proudly wearing the NYPD shirt. I am going back in tomorrow and am starting my job on Monday, everymorning I say hello to many of the officers in Penn station or the subways, and feel safer that they are there, and so are you, watching us all and reminding us to never forget that day that forever changed our lives.
I just wanted to tell you that and let you know you were on my mind this week, as always, but espescially Tuesday.
Rest well Tom, I miss you so much but I am proud to call you my "cousin"--Thomas Brophy, proud member of the New York City Police Department. 9/11/01 Hero
Love always........Vikki
Vikki Cerone-DeRosa
September 13, 2007
6 years ago today...

unlike today, the day started out amazingly beautiful. I remember it rained pretty bad that Monday night before, but when I woke up on Tuesday morning it was one of those spectacular September mornings. My mind goes back to the sky that morning, it was the most beautiful blue sky, not a cloud in the sky, 75 degrees and 0 humidity.

The weather, the monotony of a Tuesday morning, and the harsh reality that summer was almost over seemed to lull people into a false complacency that morning. The sad thing is, that morning, those last moments before the first tower was struck; Those were probably the last innocent, carefree and naive moments this country would ever get to experience. Because at 8:46am, when American Airlines flight 11 hit the north tower, life as we know it was going to be changed forever.

My brother Thomas Gerard Brophy was one of the most proud and capable NYPD officers you would ever meet. He was about 6' 2", 220 lbs , olive skinned and light eyed. He was the oldest of my 2 brothers and 1 sister, me being the baby. Thomas started out as a corrections officer at Rikers Island, and when he got into the NYPD it was one of the happiest days of his life. I'll never forget his graduation at MSG in NYC, it was one of the nicest days and we were all so proud of him. Best of all, you could see the genuine care and pride he had wearing that uniform.

After I first realized what was going on that 9/11/01, I remember calling my brother to make sure he was OK. He actually answered when I called, come to think of it he usually did. "I'm going to the precinct now, we were all called into help" , "I was actually already on my way in when they called" was what he said to me. That's just the kind of guy Thomas was, he didn't wait for people to tell him to help, he just did.

Thomas did 12 hour tours everyday for many months after the attck, never once thinking about himself or his wife and newly born child. 3 years later, Thomas was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. He died on April 21, 2005. After 2 years of paperwork, the NYPD and NYC announced that Thomas death was directly related to the air at ground zero, and his death goes down as "In the line of duty" which adds some validity to it.

On this September 11, 2007 I want to remember my brother Thomas, who gave his life to help others...

I miss you Thomas and I realize more and more everyday how amazing you were.
Justin
September 11, 2007
I LOVE YOU!
ERIKA LYNN
August 17, 2007
Thomas G Brophy,

Happy 39th Bday in heaven... I just went ahead and had some "Watta Melon" roll for you, since you weren't here to have it with me. I love you and I miss you more everyday.

Happy Birthday to a true hero.

Love,

Justin
Justin
August 10, 2007
Hey Tom,, it's Vikki again, it is about 11:30 on 8/5/07. Just wanted to let you know that the Mets are still in first place and FINALLY, Tom Glavine just got his 300th career win!! Happy Birthday! Let's go Mets!

Love ya,,,,Vikki
Vikki Cerone-DeRosa
August 5, 2007
Dear Thomas, Remembering you always on your 39th birthday in Heaven. I hope you know how many people love you and miss you tremendously..but we hope you are at peace knowing how many lives you touched forever. I spoke to you today,,, I hope you heard me and smiled.
Love always, your cousin Vikki
Vikki Cerone-DeRosa
August 5, 2007
Dear Tom,


Happy Birthday in Heaven.
Matthew and I know you saw us at the cemetery today. Matthew was so excited to let you see, from heaven, the beautiful letter he wrote.

We also know you saw the wonderful day we had with your mom.
She brought over the watermelon roll from Friendly's that you always loved to have. I told Matthew the history regarding that sherbert cake and he told all at the table today-- "This was my Dad's favorite---he would drive all over looking for this cake". Many spoken memories of you today--as always. As I always tell Matthew: "Daddy is always in our hearts and minds---he is always looking over and after us."


God, bless you Tom---we love and miss you dearly.
Rita and Matthew Brophy
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Thinking of you on your birthday.

Love you big guy, Dad
Tom Brophy
August 5, 2007
Yesterday morning I awoke thinking of Thomas more than usual. I sat down at my desk and logged into his guest book. I began reading it and didn't stop until I read its entire contents. It says so much about the person he was. The guest book serves to reinforce the immense pride I have of Thomas. So many others share this pride.

Prior to the morning of September 11th, 2001 Thomas had faced many challengers as he developed into an exemplary human being. On the morning of September 11, 2001 Thomas was one of thousands of first time expectant fathers across the United States, he was also one of hundreds of off duty NYPD officers and he was in excellent physical shape.

When he received word that a plane hit a World Trade Center tower he immediately changed into his uniform and headed into work. During the days, weeks and months following 9/11 he worked ground zero helping to put New York City back together.

Thomas was a person that made a difference in this world. Now Thomas is recognized as a Hero. The New York City Police Department's official recognition that Thomas' illness and subsequent death was caused by his work at ground zero does not make his passing any easier. He is not missed any less.

However it is something he desired, I applaud Rita for her relentless effort to pursue this honor on Thomas' behalf. Thomas believed in it and wanted to be recognized this way. His legacy is completely deserving of this place in history.

You were always my Hero Thomas. Love you big guy, Dad.
Tom Brophy
July 31, 2007
Dear Hero Dad,
Happy Fathers Day Daddy. We know you're enjoying your gift. Rest in peace.

Love,
Matthew Brophy
June 17, 2007
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