Nickerson Funeral Home

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Thomas C. Halliday, III, M.D.

November 23, 1933May 11, 2020

Thomas C. Halliday, III, M.D. of Chatham, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on May 11, 2020 at Cape Cod Hospital from complications due to COVID-19. Dr. Halliday was born November 23, 1933 in Bronx, New York to Margaret A. and Thomas C. Halliday, Jr. He graduated from Evander Childs High School at 16 years old in 1950 and was a 1954 graduate of Bates College, majoring in biology and running for the track team. He went on to New York Medical College, Class of 1958, and upon graduation began an internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, NY. In June 1958, he married Carol A. Halliday (nee Wywiorski) and upon completion of his internship in 1959 began practicing family medicine in Cicero, NY. In 1960, they moved to Chestertown, NY where he opened a family medical practice. Shortly thereafter, they started a family having three daughters, Jane Merritt (b. 1960), Susan Carol (b. 1962) and Beverly Jean (b. 1969). In 1974, he relocated to Chatham, Massachusetts, married Brenda L. Halliday (nee Hills) and joined Chatham Medical Associates, where he practiced until 2013. He then practiced at Liberty Commons, Pleasant Bay Nursing Home and The Terraces Orleans until May 4, 2020 when he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

After family and medicine, Dr. Halliday (AKA Thomas, Dad, Poppa, Tommy) loved playing and watching sports with friends and family. In his early years, he was a runner (boasting a 4:20 mile) and in the '60s raced outboard runabout racing boats under the colors of the Lake George Regatta Association, receiving his International Racing Drivers License in 1967. Later in life he picked up skiing, tennis, golf and squash. He was a member of Eastward Ho!, competing in many club tournaments, and Mid-Cape Racquet and Health Club. He had a passion for pleasure sailing, especially in the waters off Chatham and the Virgin Islands, which he passed on to his daughters. In his spare time, when not reading medical journals, World War II history or a great novel, he loved watching competitive sporting events and managed to be both a New England Patriots fan and a NY Giants fan. Yes, he proved it is possible.

Serving his community was his calling. Whether as a caring physician, a library trustee, or attending Brewster Baptist Church, his love of community was felt by many. The lives he has touched will never be forgotten.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters and their spouses, Jane M. Halliday-Randall and John B. Randall of Old Saybrook, CT and Chestertown, NY; Susan C. Halliday and Michael R. Cloutman of Chestertown, NY; Beverly J. Halliday and Nicholas C. Schmid of Carlisle, MA, a grandson, William M. Randall of Brunswick, ME; his sister, Hon. Nancy Ely-Raphel of Washington, D.C., his nephews, John H. Ely of Washington, D.C.; and Robert D. Ely and his wife Mary Jean Bonadonna of New York, NY; and grandnieces Elizabeth H., Katherine G. and Thalia L. Ely. He is predeceased by his grandson, John T. Randall, formerly of Old Saybrook, CT.

A celebration of his life will be announced at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.


  • A celebration of his life will be announced at a future date


Thomas C. Halliday, III, M.D.

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Jill Albright

June 2, 2020

Dr. Halliday was a wonderful, caring person who I enjoyed knowing at Liberty Commons. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Joanne Crain

May 26, 2020

Dr. Halliday was a blessing to my mother as well as me, during her stay at Pleasant Bay. His compassion and giving nature meant so much. My prayers are with your family.

Joanne Crain

Sharleen Soule

May 24, 2020

Thinking of you, Brenda.
So sorry to read about Tom.
Miss our tennis days when we, Jan & Bobbie too, played some tennis but caught up with each other’s lives. Great times.
Hope you can look back on those times and find some good things to remember.
I know Tom was very much loved by friends and patients and I know you were a constant supporter of his family and career.
Much Aloha.

Joshua L Zuckerman Roxanne Webster

May 24, 2020

Like an officer leading the battle against COVID -19 Dr. Halliday was on the frontlines, he gave himself to save others, a true hero.From the entire Pleasant Bay family, who had the fortunate opportunity to work with him over 25 years ...we salute Dr. Halliday.

Darby & Jim Hobbs

May 22, 2020

Dear Halliday Family. Both Jim and I were saddened to hear the news of your loved one passing. This is a very difficult time for so many but we pray that you find tender moments of reflection of how brave and courageous and loving your Father, Husband, Uncle, Brother, Friend was. Thomas Halliday loved to care for people and he would have it no other way. A true gentleman and lover of life. May you find peace in the memories and feel his love in your heart where he may be no longer on this earthly plane, but in spirit he is guiding and protecting each of you. All our love and prayers, Jim and Darby Hobbs xoxo

Shireene Piskura

May 21, 2020

Always had a smile and a laugh. So sorry for your loss, he was a good man. May God be with you always.

Kim Young

May 21, 2020

You were my dr. for many years!
Sorry you got that bad COVID-19
Rest In Peace!
So sadden for his loved ones.

susan butland

May 20, 2020

Dr. Halliday was my mom's Doctor at Pleasant Bay. She would always perk up when he came and he always had a smile. He was a kind, gentile man. I'm sincerely sorry for your loss.

Bob White

May 20, 2020

So many memories of Tom ... it's hard to believe that he is gone, but never forgotten. Many of these memories revolve around the time spent with he and my Dad as they shared their passion for power boat racing... Tom was always so confident in his endeavors, which always impressed me and left a permanent impression on me.
I was fortunate to have known him !

Lynn Wagner

May 19, 2020

What an amazing person and a remarkable life. I am grateful I had the chance to work with him, he was such a kind, caring person. He absolutely loved his patients. Praying that you will find comfort in your memories. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers.


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