Thomas Frederick McCabe

October 14, 1936May 30, 2018
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Thomas Frederick McCabe, of Killingworth, passed away on May 30, 2018, at home. He was born on October 14, 1936, in New Haven, the son of John Henry and Mae Emily (Jourdan) McCabe. Tom grew up in Branford Connecticut, attending the high school there. He was a 4-H member in New Haven County, with projects that included horses, cattle, dogs, gardening and canning. He was a member of the Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corp for a number of years, where he was an enthusiastic base drummer.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served in the Korean conflict. He was active duty/reserves for 6 years. In 1964 he married and settled in Killingworth, where he resided until his death. Thomas was a conservation law enforcement officer with the State of Connecticut Marine Division which went hand-in-hand with the fact he was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and fly tying, and especially enjoyed fly fishing on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. Tom was also a seasonal commercial lobsterman here in Connecticut, and he loved the Sound. Tom enjoyed his hunting dogs, pointers and setters, and birds, having owned tumbler pigeons, chickens, parrots and peafowl.

Thomas is survived by his wife Barbara Eckert McCabe; daughters Emily McCabe Alger and her husband H. Joseph Alger, Jr., of E. Haddam and Elizabeth McCabe of Moodus, Daughter-in-law Heather Birdsey; grandchildren Nicole and Carlie Chapman, Mikayla Alger, and Broden Wells. He was predeceased by his son John William McCabe.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday June 5th from 5-8pm at Swan Funeral Home, 80 E. Main St., Clinton. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 6th at 11am at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Killingworth. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: Middlesex and New Haven County 4-H Fair Association, 1066 Saybrook Rd., Haddam, CT 06438, or to A Place Called Hope (a local Birds of Prey rehab and educational center), 154 Pond Meadow Rd., Killingworth, CT 06419, or to Tsunami FHC (field hockey scholarship account), 59 Wickham Rd., E. Haddam, CT 06423.


  • Calling Hours Tuesday, June 5, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Thomas Frederick McCabe

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Ken Ferguson

June 5, 2018

I have always had a part of me always to enjoy being with Tom. We fished and hunted together close to 50 years. My family met Tom & Barb and family on the Margaree River in Cape Breton. I was a kid then, and remember meeting Emily, Beth and John. We camped to gather on the Murry point in North River every summer, all us kids had a blast climbing cliffs to gather and then getting fishing in with Tom and others. Tom and I fished the Margaree and Baddeck Rivers for years together. We caught lots of salmon over the years to gather and had many laughs sending people to the Red Bank pool on the Margaree that we hated together. When asked where we caught all our fish it was always there, we had years of laughter over that.
I moved out to Saskatchewan and when fishing in CB with Tom again we figured himself and Roy (his hunting partner) where hunting and staying only an hour away from me for a few years. They ended up staying with me in Saskatchewan every fall for 6 weeks to hunt migratory birds. Tom drove me nuts watching sports day and night for week when we were not hunting… I have so many great, great memories of Tom. He was like a second father to me whenever we got together. The nicest thing I will never forgot about him is, he always told other people of the adventures we had to gather, and the stories about us over the years and all the fun times.
Tom made my wife (Sherri) and I a lobster trap coffee table for our wedding, we will always cherish this gift from Tom & Barb. I WILL MISS HIM.

Tannie and Lenny Cummings

June 5, 2018

Tom was a gentle giant. He truly loved his family and was always there for them. He will be greatly missed. Happy hunting big guy.

Nancy Johnson

June 4, 2018

I suspect Tom is sitting with my grampa Eugene Johnson, talking about the joys of being a game warden, and how Grampa used to sneak up on his bike and make sure Tom wasn't breaking any rules! Life is amazing...Grampa became Tom's mentor, and a good friend! I am sorry for your loss. I wish you peace.

Francis Bresson

June 2, 2018

Tom was an excellent Conservation Officer and a complete gentleman. Tom was a credit to his uniform and loved his life as a State Conservation Officer serving the sportsmen of Connecticut and protecting out natural resources. God Bless and Happy Fishing.

darrell and deborah ferguson

June 1, 2018

I t is very hard to say good by to someone so nice and special - I always enjoyed seeing Tom .He was down to earth and real . And a sailor like me . I will miss him a lot even though we did not see each other much. I hope his next journey is a great one /Maybe he is sitting on a bench with my dad wondering if the fish will bit .
RIP tom

Don Ferguson

June 1, 2018

The best memory I have of Tom was fishing with him and his son John on the Hart Pool in the Margaree River in Nova Scotia. It was October and the leaves were in their full fall colours when a snow squall hit. During that snow squall I hooked two large salmon, back to back, letting John play both fish. John was young, maybe 16, and Tom and I got the biggest kick out of watching him play those two salmon. That was the beginning to an incredible week of fishing for the three of us! Tom was a great person to enjoy the outdoors with. He taught me a lot on the river and I will always have a deep respect for him. Tight lines Tom!