Swan Funeral Home


Thomas V. Lyons

September 29, 1942January 7, 2021

Thomas V. Lyons, 78, of Old Saybrook passed away peacefully on January 7, 2021. Born on September 29, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Francis Lyons and Rose (Readyhough) Lyons. Tom was married to his wife Sarah for 56 beautiful years before her passing in 2020. Tom played basketball at The University of Delaware as a guard in the early 60’s. He earned a spot on the All-East University Division of the Eastern College Athletic Division (All-EAC). Tom carried on his passion for basketball by coaching in the Old Saybrook CYO league, a league in Brooklyn that sparked his love of basketball. Tom had a passion for every sport and any chance there was he had a game on the television. After his years as a basketball player, Tom took up the sport of running and competed in numerous marathons, including Boston and New York. Tom’s unrelenting determination and commitment brought him success throughout his athletic endeavors and his professional career as a sales engineer for 3M. Above all else, Tom cherished spending time with his wife, children, family, and friends. He always was looking for someone who didn’t want their cookie or who would give him an extra sweet treat. He will be remembered telling his witty jokes; Tom had the unique gift to lighten anyone’s spirits and bring smiles to everyone’s face. He will be greatly missed by his children, Sheri Burgholzer and her husband John of North Reading, MA, Tom Jr. and his wife Chris of Fairfax, CA and Gregory of Old Saybrook, CT. He will be greatly missed by his five grandchildren who call him Peepaw. Tom is survived by his two brothers, a sister and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to PushUps4Parkinsons in Thomas’ name.


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Thomas V. Lyons

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Michael OHerlihy

January 13, 2021

I am sad that I didn't get to see Tom before he passed. I will always remember him as a true gentleman with an unforgettable smile!! RIP my friend. You enriched my life in more ways than you knew.

Gerard Lyons

January 12, 2021

I remember my brother Tom coming home from college in Delaware and visiting our parents and me in Brooklyn, New York. He would come to take me out of class at St Augustine's Elementary School telling the nun that our mother needed to see me. The nun happily agreed.
Then Tom would take me to a Disney movie instead of going home to spend some time with me.
He always was such a convincing salesman.
I miss you very much, Brother, you always were my hero, and you still are.
Love, Gerry