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Thomas John Ridzon MD

August 7, 1934July 17, 2020

Thomas John Ridzon passed at the home of his daughter on July 17, 2020. He was the only child of John Ridzon and Mildred Stropki Ridzon and was born on August 7, 1934 in Bergholz Ohio. He received a degree in Chemistry from Western Reserve University in 1955 and a medical degree from St. Louis University Medical School in 1959. He and Patricia May LaValley married in St. Louis in 1958. After graduating medical school, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Louis City Hospital where he served as the Chief Resident. He later completed a fellowship in Endocrinology at Barnes Hospital. St. Louis, MO.

Beginning in 1962, he practiced medicine in St. Charles, MO. In 1972, he moved to New Bedford, MA and practiced there for over forty years until his retirement.

He and Pat had 3 loving children, Renee Ridzon (Jerrold Ellner), Leslie Bernert (Bob Bernert) and Paul Thomas Ridzon (Marika Mulligan) and 4 grandchildren, Kara Ridzon Bernert, Chloe Terese Bernert, James Thomas Ridzon and William Paul Ridzon.

His favorite activities included spending time with his family, sailing and keeping everything in his home in top repair. In his later years, he enjoyed reading and playing bridge. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be sent Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, PO Box 70567, Dartmouth, MA 02747 or www.dnrt.org. For online tribute www.waring-sullivan.com.


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Thomas John Ridzon MD

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Valerie Higgins

July 29, 2020

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 22. Dr. Ridzon was my 2nd endocrinologist. I fired the first one after 2 visits. Dr. Ridzon's sense of humor and ability to explain diabetes in a way I could understand were just a couple of reasons I stayed with him until his retirement (I begged him not to retire). His influence was a large part of the reason I am now a Certified Diabetes Educator. My most sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Kevin Roy

July 29, 2020

Renee and family, my deepest sympathies during the loss of your father. Sending love Kevin

Renee Ridzon

July 23, 2020

Measures of a man
There are many ways that we measure someone and their life. These include financial success, material possessions, accolades, travel, celebrity, and more.

Tom Ridzon had a comfortable life with professional success, owned lovely homes with beautiful views of sunsets, had cars and boats and leisure time to travel the world and relax at home. He left his wife in comfort. These however are not the numbers that make a man...

1 wife
2 faithful dogs
3 children and their spouses
4 grandchildren
5 siblings by marriage, with spouses
6 decades of fatherhood
18 nieces and nephews
25 years as sailing crew
59 years a doctor
Scores of projects of roofs mended, cars fixed, engine oil changed, houses reshingled, lawns mowed, windows caulked, walls painted, furniture built, pipes fitted, decks constructed, wiring installed, gutters cleaned, home appliances repaired
Hundreds of grateful patients
Thousands of cold beers with family and friends

These are the measures of Tom Ridzon and are the essence of him as a man. The day before his death, I said to him,”Daddy, I love you”. In a weak voice he replied “I love you”. I know this to be true and it is a source of solace.

Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts

Jerrold Ellner

July 23, 2020

I have known Tom for 20 years as my father-in-law (and longer through the prism of Renee). He was a “mensch”. That is a yiddish term that strictly means an upright individual, a “person of integrity and honor”. But to me it means something different – Tom was important as a source of advice, support, friendship and love to so many in the world. I suspect that he had a unique and valued relationship with each of his family, friends, patients and people at large. He was calm, smiling, gentle and knowledgeable. Not to say he was milque-toast. As a sailor he had some salt. But there are many treasured memories, as we all have. For me it was Tom’s trips to stay with me in New Jersey - to sit in the corporate lounge at Giants and Jets games. He was great to hang out with. I introduced him to many of my closest friends – he was at ease and fun to be with across ages and cultures. When I had job troubles in New Jersey I came to Dartmouth to explain to Pat and Tom. They coddled me as though a son – not an in-law. When Tom retired I asked my bosses at Boston Medical Center if Tom could teach there – he knew so much medicine. But Tom had moved on. Now I wish I could ask him about COVID – he always had something important, original and not the usual to say. So I have lost another father. And the lesson for me is to be more “mensch” and to value those that are around us.

Joanne Mendes

July 23, 2020

Dr. Ridzon was the Mendes family physician until his retirement. He was not only an excellent physician, but a kind, thoughtful and genuine man of integrity. He also had the greatest sense of humor.
I am saddened to read of his passing, and to his family I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I am a better person to have known this wonderful wonderful man.
Joanne Mendes

Robert Caldas D.O.

July 21, 2020

Pat, Renee,
My sincere condolences. Tom was a great mentor, personal physician and asset to our community. He will be greatly missed.
My prayers are with you and your family.

Patricia Andrade, MD

July 21, 2020

My sincere condolences on such a loss.
He was always a wonderful and helpful colleague. My prayer for your family is for strength during this time but also that you treasure his memory and all that he contributed to in your lives.

Marcia Kozik Douglas

July 21, 2020

Dear Ridzon family,
I am so sorry for your loss. It was so comforting to have Dr Ridzon as my doc to guide me through my diabetic challenges . I remember my mom (Shirley Kozik) calling him at home one day, and he told her to bring me to the house. He was painting the front door, took one look at me, asked a few questions, and said he’d meet us at the hospital. He was always so thoughtful and direct with me, which I really appreciated. His expertise was unmatched in my experience over the years. And my mother thoroughly enjoyed working with him and thought the world of him and all of you.
Marcia Kozik Douglas

Janice Cabral

July 21, 2020

Dr. Ridson was my Doctor for 26 years and helped me survive many trails and tribulations in my life. A kind and caring man
RIP and God Bless

Shanna York

July 21, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Ridzon as a medical secretary at 570 Hawthorn st. He was a great mentor, and a ball of laughs when there was downtime in the office. He was and will always be one of the best endocrinologist and md's I ever had the chance to work with. God bless his family during this difficult time🙏🏽❤️


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