Thomas M. Potter
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
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I was saddened to hear of Tom's passing. He was a sweet, gentle man. I will always remember how kind he was and his little impish grin. He's probably playing golf in heaven!
May all the prayers you receive sustain you all in your time of need.
Tracey Fischer
September 28, 2009
Rest well Tom .My condolences to John Scott and Debby. So many memories.
Pat Quigley
September 28, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the Potter family. Thank you Tom for all the great memories you will be missed.
David Rice
September 28, 2009
My prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Tom was a great man. Many, many, many fond memories over the years. I remember playing volleyball with him in Ft. Montgomery in the early 80's, what a competitor! He will be missed.
David Rikert
September 27, 2009
Prayers to the family.
He will be missed for sure. So many stories to be told of the times at Toms!! Great service for him today very touching when the US Navy did a flag ceramony. Lots of friend showe dup and it was good to talk with everyone and get some details of his post "Toms Tavern life" he had a big heart and was the most forgiving person you could ever meet. If only we all could get along as well as Tom did the world would be a much better place.
George Handforth
September 26, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. We have many fond memories of Tom and the tavern. He truly was a kind gentle man with a big heart.
Steve & Margaret Lynch
September 25, 2009
Scott, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have so many good memories of time spent with you, your dad and the old gang.
Debbie Retta-Quinn
Debbie Retta-Quinn
September 24, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Debra Retta-Quinn
September 24, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
September 24, 2009
Scottie my prayers are for your dad and my best to you and your family.
Art Fitzgerald
September 23, 2009
I'm so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I worked with Tom at the Moose Lodge for many years and have alot of fond memories. He was very well liked and respected by many of the members and the people he worked with in the kitchen. He will be sorely missed.
Tommy & Debi Murray
September 23, 2009
John ,Scott and Debra and your Familys I'am So sorry to hear of your Dads passing , i had just talked online to Sharon and got his address at the VA Hospital and was going to send him a card this week, but didn t send it yet.Tom was a great Guy and alot of Fun i think he had more Younger friends then any his own Age , The Tavern was alot of Fun way back when, always like to Kid around with your Dad
God Bless Tom Potter and may he now rest in Peace in the Tavern Above.And Prayers to you all.
David & Lou-Ann MacMorran
September 23, 2009
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You have to know what a wonderful man your father was and how very many lives he touched over the years. God bless all of you at this time.
Valerie (VanKleeck) Mullett
September 23, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Maria Canelstein
September 23, 2009
My sympathy to Tom's family. I met Tom 28 yrs ago at Tom's Tavern when he still bartended himself. I will always remember his smile! What a sweet man.
Traci Lee(Ebneter)
Crossville TN
September 23, 2009
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