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Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Homes

655 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY

OBITUARY

Thomas Dunleavy

September 23, 1929March 5, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas Dunleavy of Plainview, NY announces his passing on March 5, 2020, at the age of 90.

Tom was born on September 23, 1929, in Blindwell, Ireland to William and Mary Dunleavy. He had five brothers and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his brothers Michael John, Martin and William, and his sister Bernadette. Tom is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret, nee Rainsford, his brothers Paddy and James, his sister Bridie; his children, Margaret (Maxim), Kathleen (Robert), Veronica (John), William (Paige), Thomas, Suzanne (Michael), Joseph (Nora), Brendan, James (Lori), Colleen (Daniel), and Maureen (Brian), 19 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

Tom emigrated to the United States in September 1949, settling in Brooklyn, NY. He enlisted in the US Army in July 1951 and served on the front line in Korea from March 17, 1952 until October 19, 1952, when he was wounded and evacuated. He served in numerous campaigns and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Korean Service Medal, with bronze star.

Tom attended St John’s University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Upsilon Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1958. After beginning his career in public accounting, and later serving as the controller of a private company, Tom built a successful CPA practice, where he served a loyal clientele for over 50 years. Tom also served on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Federal Saving & Loan, where he led their successful initial public offering in 1993.

Throughout his life, Tom was an active member of the Catholic Church and for many years was an officer in the Catholic War Veterans. As a member of Our Lady of Mercy Parish for the last 47 years, Tom served as a Parish Trustee, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a life member of the Holy Name Society and a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society. For many years, he was a faithful participant at the 7 am mass.

Tom was a voracious reader and a student of history, regularly encouraging his children to never forget theirs. Tom also was a passionate golfer, playing countless rounds throughout the United States and around the globe. He was never shy about stopping at the 19th hole or reminding his playing companions about the $2 he had won from them that day.

Throughout his life, he returned each summer to Kilconly, Ireland to visit his family and childhood friends, never forgetting those closest to him, his Irish heritage, or the one room school house where his education began; all of which served as the foundation from which he built the rich, long, and successful life he led.

Dunleavy, you’re on the tee!

The celebration of Tom Dunleavy’s life will begin with visitation on Saturday, March 7th and Sunday March 8th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home at 655 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY.

A funeral mass will be held on Monday, March 9th at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Mercy RC Church, 500 South Oyster Bay Rd, Hicksville, NY, followed by interment at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org).

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • Visitation Sunday, March 8, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mercy RC Church, 500 So. Oyster Bay Rd. Hicksville, NY Monday, March 9, 2020
  • Interment at St. Charles Cemetery, 2015 Wellwood Ave. Farmingdale Monday, March 9, 2020

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Gerry Martyn

March 9, 2020

Our condolences to Tom s wife and family in USA and also here in Ireland Really enjoyed his visits to Blake s in Kilconly Gerry and Mary Martyn

Teresa Coyne

March 8, 2020

Margaret and Family
My deepest sympathies and best wishes to all the family at this sad time.
I'm thinking back on the happy times we all spent in Clondalkin, Your attendance at our wedding celebrations and the deep discussions on Irish history and politics right now bring a smile instead of sadness.
I pray for the happy repose of his soul and that he will be reunited with many loved ones
Teresa, Gerry, Gerard, Noeleen, Fergal and extended families

Marian & PJ Leonard

March 8, 2020

We are sorry to hear of the passing of Tom Dunleavy.
Tom always called to our house for visits during the summer months when he was at home in Brooklawn.
Tom never forgot where he spent his childhood years.
May he rest in peace.
Marian & PJ Leonard,
Brooklawn,
Tuam.

Adair Family

March 8, 2020

Sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was a great friend and neighbour of the late Maureen Adair (Gill) and Christy Gill, Lehid. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this time. May he rest in peace.

The Adair Family
Blindwell

Michael King

March 6, 2020

I first met Tom at Twohy, Kelleher and Gallagher 30 years ago and saw him not too long ago at the Korean War Veterans Memorial service in Brooklyn, New York, in November, 2018, where he was one of the honorees. Tom saw heavy combat in Korea where he was badly wounded.

Tom was very caring of his wife, Margaret, and his 11 children

Tom always displayed a can-do attitude and it was a pleasure working with him.

Tom is in heaven now where we will see him again.

Michael King

March 6, 2020

I first met Tom at Twohy, Kelleher and Gallagher 30 years ago and saw him not too long ago at the Korean War Veterans Memorial service in Brooklyn, New York, in November, 2018, where he was one of the honorees. Tom saw heavy combat in Korea where he was badly wounded.

Tom was very caring of his wife, Margaret, and his many children

Tom always displayed a can-do attitude and it was a pleasure working with him. Tom is in heaven now where we will see him again.

joe alba

March 6, 2020

I'm a rare Italian-American guy that even today, still knows the words and tune of six Irish Revolutionary songs such as Green on Green, Danny Boy, etc. and it is all Tom's doing. I was pledging to join a frat at St. Johns and I was adopted by Tom Dunleavy as my pledge sponsor. At first, I was scared by that booming Irish brogue, and then realized there was a heart of gold behind it all. During subsequent years, we met occasionally at St Johns games and even when he was in a separate tier at Madison Square Garden, I could still hear his voice; "Hey Joe, come on up and have a beer with me." Tom's gone but his memory lingers. Now the folks upstairs have to deal with that wonderful Irishman.

Eileen Valenti

March 6, 2020

I was fresh out of High School, working at TK&G, when I first met Mr. Dunleavy. He was always very jovial, quick with a hilarious joke, and always so very complimentary, qualities that made a young, new worker eager to do her best at the job she loved. That was 41 years ago and through all those years we have shared many great, fun times that I will be remember and cherish always. Rest in peace, Mr. Dunleavy. 'til we meet again. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Dunleavy and the entire Dunleavy family.

John Twohy

March 6, 2020

I was saddened to hear of Tom Dunleavy's passing at age 90. He lived a long and very full life. I recall him making the rounds to see clients in downtown Brooklyn. Among these were my father and grandfather at TK&G on Pierrepont Street. Tom was always full of fun -- he had great stories to relate, jokes to pass on, frequently over lunch, which was not complete without a nip of something to drive off the chill. Then back onto the LIRR to head home. A remarkable fellow who will be missed and long remembered.

Gigi Nordfors

March 6, 2020

It has been our good fortune to have shared a few moments with this great man! One of the best memories....playing cards at Kathy & Bob ‘s Labor Day celebration..... so sorry for your loss.
All our love,
The Nordfors family