Murrells Inlet, SC
Formerly of Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
Thomas M. Potter of Murrells Inlet, SC, formerly of Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2009 at the age of 84 at the Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortandt Manor, NY.
Born in Albany, NY on June 27, 1925, he was the son of the late Albert and Alice Potter.
Tom graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, NY and soon enlisted and proudly served our country during World War II with the U.S. Navy. After returning home from World War II, he enrolled and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH receiving a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he served again with the U.S. Navy in the Korean War where he was a recipient of the Victory Medal, European Theatre Medal, and The Asiatic-Pacific Medal. Tom was the former owner of Tom's Tavern in Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY and previously employed by Colgate-Palmolive Company and McKesson and Robbins as a Sales Representative.
Tom spent most of his life in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY and enjoyed golf and traveling to the South Pacific and the Caribbean Islands. Upon retirement in 1992, Tom relocated to South Carolina to enjoy golfing and long walks on the beach with his dog, Bucky. He was a member of Moose Lodge #2351, Surfside Beach, SC, American Legion Post #178, Murrells Inlet, SC, Elks B.P.O.E. Post #2797, Murrells Inlet, SC, Masons Grand Lodge #035, Delmar, NY and a past member of Storm King Golf Club and board member of Orange County Liquor Dealers Association.
Tom was a loving father and a kind and patient man that touched the heart of many friends and customers through the years. He truly was one of a kind that will never be forgotten.
He is survived by a brother, Albert of Delmar, NY; his sons, John and his wife, Sharon of Cornwall and Scott and his wife, Laura of Walden; his daughter, Debra Sullivan and her husband, John of Delmar; and four grandchildren: Amanda and John Sullivan and Ryan and Tyler Potter.
A Memorial in celebration of Tom's life will be held at Quigley Bros. Funeral Home, 337 Hudson St., Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY 12520 on Saturday, September 26, from 10-11:45 a.m. with a service to follow.
Arrangements under the direction of Kevin Quigley of Quigley Bros. Funeral Home, Inc.; 845-534-9424. To send condolences or for directions, visit www.quigleybros.com.
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Published by Times Herald-Record from Sep. 23 to Sep. 24, 2009.