Thomas Joseph Shedlick

March 17, 1925March 30, 2013

Thomas J. Shedlick Retired Foreign Service Officer

With family members at his side, Thomas Joseph Shedlick, 88, retired Foreign Service Officer with the Agency for International Development (AID) and retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, died after a short illness at Inova Fairfax Hospital on March 30, 2013.

Tom, known as “Buddy” to his family, began his career as a bomber pilot in World War II in the Army Air Corps and later was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, where he saw service as a troop carrier pilot and as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI). Upon separation from active service, Tom returned to his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. and completed his studies at St. John’s University School of Law.

He spent the next twenty years as a Special Agent with various federal agencies including the Office of Naval Intelligence/Naval Investigative Service (ONI/NIS), culminating with his assignment as Supervising Agent at the Field Office in Taiwan, the Defense Investigative Service (DIS), and the Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA). Tom became a Criminal Investigator, Foreign Assistance Inspector with the Agency for International Development (AID) in 1976. He was posted to positions in Cairo, Egypt, Washington, D.C., and Manila, Philippines, where he served as the Regional Inspector General for Investigations and Inspections for East Asia and the Pacific.

In January 1988, Tom retired from Federal Service and became a private investigator opening his own company in Alexandria, VA. He continued conducting investigations for the U.S. Peace Corps, U.S. AID, the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Air Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration as well as many private companies and organizations.

Tom was a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, the Federal Criminal Investigators Association, the Professional Investigators Association, the Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as a life member of Naval Criminal Investigative Service Association, the Retired Officers Association, and NARFE.

A great husband, father, and grandfather, master storyteller, humorist, and military history aficionado, Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Lorraine Shedlick of Springfield, VA and four children: Thomas Peter (Madelaine), Edward Paul (Gail), James Patrick (Lauri), and Lorri-Ann Patricia (Patrick), and eight grandchildren: Ryan, Jimmy, Kevin, Carly, Connor, Tommy, Mollie, and Meagan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 6222 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013. The family will receive friends for visitation prior to the Mass at Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Rd Springfield, VA from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will occur at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please donate in Tom's name to:

Poor Clare Monastery of Mary Reverend Mother Abbess 2505 Stonehedge Drive Alexandria, Virginia 22306-2499 (703) 768-4918

or to

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America



  • Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 5, 2013


  • Interment

Thomas Joseph Shedlick

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December 31, 2014

Dear Lorraine, So sorry to hear of Tom,s passing Looked you up as Your Christmas card was returned as undeliverable Hope you and your family are doing well Sincerely,Lucille Scharrer and Patti Gray

June 25, 2013

Dear Lorraine and Family,
Sad to learn of Tom's death. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. You have so many wonderful memories of Tom to help you through this difficult period. I have lost contact with you Lorraine and my mail is returned from your Wickford address and phone there is disconnected. I would really like to make contact again and talk with Lorraine. If any family members could please make contact with me via email so that I can reach out to Lorraine. Lori, Patrick, Connor and Megan had lunch with us here in Melbourne a couple of years ago. My friendship with Lorraine and Tom began in Manila where we worked together. We have kept in contact for 30 years.
I will be in USA in Sept and would appreciate a phone number of Lorraine or any family member that I could phone.
Our sympathy on the loss of a dear friend,father, grand father.
Kind regards Anne Sarr

Jeffrey Marion

May 4, 2013

Dear Mrs. Shedlick,
I want to extend the Marion's family's love and prayers to you and the boys and Lori. Tom was like a substitute dad for me and brother Gregory and sister Sue those years we lived next door in Taipei. It was a pleasure to be in your home always. I want to thank you for putting up with us kids even when we were less than well behaved and especially for all the love and care and time you took with us for Scouting and fireworks and other fun stuff. Love, Jeff Marion

April 16, 2013

Dear Lorraine,
Had sad I was to hear of your dear husband Tom's passing. I lost contact with you and Tom last year. I wondered what had happen when my annual Christmas Card to you and Tom was returned with an undeliverable and no forwardng address. A good friend from the Parish called me long distance to inform me of Tom's funeral at St. Lawrence. They sent me the cut out from the Washington Post Obituaries. Tom and yourself were always such wonderful and caring people. It was my pleasure and good fortune to know you both. I will always remember your kindness and encouraging words. Please know that Tom will be in my daily prayers and Masses. May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. With blessings and kind thoughts, Father E.


April 7, 2013


So sorry to hear of Tom's passing....God Bless you and your family

Brian Friedman

April 6, 2013

Dear Mrs. Shedlick and Eddie, Tommy, Jimmy and Lori-
Our thoughts are with you and I know that your memories of Mr. Shedlick as a husband, dad and grandpa will guide you.

Mr. Shedlick really lit up my scoreboard 35 years ago, as all of you did and Eddie as my closest Shedlick- Friedman brother, continues to do.

Lyle Henry

April 5, 2013

Tom, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. We really don't know each other, but you were so warm and friendly when we chatted about FMeXtra a few weeks ago. I'm sure you got your great personality from your wonderful dad.

April 5, 2013

Dear Lorraine and wonderful family and kids, I have loved helping to take care of you and Tom all these years. I will so miss Tom. It makes me very sad but I guess that is life. He always brightened up our lives. He will always be to me a VERY special guy!!!! Dr. Gallini

Teri Yermal

April 4, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Shedlick Family. Let your faith carry you through the most difficult days ahead.

Kathy Lorenzo Gheen

April 4, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you all! I know that all the wonderful fun memories you have of Tom will carry you through the difficult days ahead.
Love, Kathy Lorenzo Gheen