Dr. Thomas Michael DiResta

December 19, 1933July 9, 2013

SWAMPSCOTT –Dr. Thomas M. DiResta, 79, of Swampscott. Entered into rest Tuesday evening, July 9, 2013 at the North Shore Medical Center/Salem Hospital in Salem. He was the beloved husband of the late Irene (Lefebvre) DiResta.

He was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, became a tailor by the age of 8. Was a successful singer as a teenager and performed many local venues. Thomas spoke seven languages fluently, met his bride Irene A. DiResta at the age of 18, shortly before joining the Navy, which he served during war time. After serving in the military, Thomas M. DiResta, attended UMASS Amherst and College Hospital in Des Moines, studying to become a physician. Married Irene A. DiResta in 1956, and enjoyed 61 lovely yrs. together.

Thomas had his medical practice in Lynn on Ocean Street for over 40 yrs. he performed many surgeries, delivered many children and was also on the staff of Saugus General Hospital, Union Hospital, Lynn Hospital and Mount Pleasant Hospital which he also specialized in substance abuse. He was the Industrial physician for North American Philips Lighting and Monsanto. He was the team physician for Saugus high school football team for many yrs. He played several instruments, but enjoyed playing the organ in his home most. He enjoyed with his daughters and grandchildren his homes in Naples, Fla. as well as his beach front property in Salisbury, MA. He was a member along with his beloved wife of the Ferncroft Country Club for many years. He resided for over 25 yrs. in Swampscott, MA. At the age of 78 converted into Judaism, where he had his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Emanuel, with Rabbi Meyer residing, and shortly after was accompanied by his grandson Thomas M. Reed to Israel.

Surviving him are his two devoted daughters, Elizabeth Slate of Swampscott and Pamela Anderson & her husband Bruce of Lynn; one loving sister, Lucy Girardi of Methuen; four cherished grandchildren, Thomas and Jessica Reed and David and Deanna Slate and one great grandson, Isaiah Thomas Barnhill, many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late James, Michael, Mary-Anne and Marco DiResta and Jennie Ficiara. Services at Stanetky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin Street, Salem on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. DiResta’s memory may be made to the Jewish National Fund - National Office, 42 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021 or For online condolences, please visit


  • Funeral Service Monday, July 15, 2013

Dr. Thomas Michael DiResta

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Nancy Merryman & Andrea Ogles

July 17, 2013


We are deeply sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Your father was a caring man and will be greatly missed by all.

Joanne Cheever

July 15, 2013

I don't know where to begin but I'll try. DR DiResta was my doctor a very long time ago. He also treated my Husband for a an illness that turned fatal. My husband died when I was 6 months pregnant. Dr DiResta was by my side at the wake and the funeral of my Husband. His name was Michael Cheever. At the wake he was crying as I stood next to him. He took off a gold necklace with a medal on it and placed it on my husband in the coffin. My husband told me before he died that IF we had a baby boy he wanted me to name him Thomas Michael Cheever. And I did. It was an honor. So many years have gone by and I wish that I could have seen Dr DiResta again. He was my ROCK through the worst time of my life then. His wife was always by his side and a very compassionate woman. I loved both of them very much. I hope they found their way back to each other in the sky. Thank you Dr DiResta..............You did so much for me and educated me on simple things that have gone a long way in my life. God Bless you and if you see a 3 year old boy in Heaven ask him if his name is Thomas Michael....Cheever................


July 15, 2013


mary hemeon

July 15, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to The DiResta Family. He cared for our family for many years, and will never forget the quality of care and the quality of our friendship. He was one-of-a-kind and will be greatly missed.

Mary & Kevin Hemeon

Rick Corrado

July 14, 2013

Condolences to Betty and the DiResta Family, Rick and Jill Corrado

Ellen Simard

July 13, 2013

So sad to hear of Dr. D's passing. Dr. D was a great Dr.! I loved how he treated his patients like we were family! He will be missed by all who knew him! Love and prayers to his family, especially to his daughter Betty. Now he can be with his loving wife whom I'm sure he has missed. May they both RIP

Lorraine Taylor

July 13, 2013

My sincere sympathy and prayers to the DiResta family. I worked for Dr. Thom and Irene many years ago, while I was going to nursing school. I was blessed to know them both.
Lorraine (Patterson) Taylor

July 13, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Tom. It was truly an honor to work with him for his Bar Mitzvah and I will truly miss him. He was a wonderful man. My heart goes out to the family at this time of loss. May his memory always be for blessing. Sam Frydman (Tom's tutor)

Ziggy Wolicki

July 13, 2013

My Deepest Sympathy to The Dr.Thomas,Michael DiResta Family.

Denise mailloux

July 13, 2013

Betty and Family
so sorry for your loss ,my prayers are with you, I will always remember your dad, my doctor for over 35 years, he was the best, cherish those lovely memories as they are forever etched in your heart . He was one of a Kind
God Bless him always