Friday, September 13, 2013

OFFICIAL obituary for Tom Hennessy

Thomas ("Tom") Hennessy, Jr. of Boca Raton, FL, died Mon., Sep. 9, 2013
after a long struggle with multiple illnesses. Tom was born in Scranton, PA
and lived with his family in towns across the Northeast through the age of
14 when the family moved to Japan. Tom graduated from St. Mary's
International School in Tokyo, Japan and Fairfield University in CT. Tom
enjoyed successful careers in sales and the service industry, and after he
became ill, he was a tireless advocate for those suffering from disease,
disability and misfortune. He was a gifted saxophone player, and loved jazz,
wine, and gourmet food. He was also fond of fast cars - driving, racing,
selling, and caring for them. He was the beloved son of Kate, and the late
Thomas M. Hennessy, sister Mary, brother Charlie and sister-in-law Nancy
Cowdin, brother Kevin, brother George, sister-in-law Rebecca, nephews Sean
and Ryan, sister Ellen, brother Robert, sister-in-law Katie, nephews Luke
and Mason, and niece Maggie. Tom will be remembered for his wit,
determination, dedication to friends, his love of the city of San Francisco,
and his advocacy. The funeral mass will be celebrated Thur., Sep. 19, 2013
at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, MD, at 11 a.m. The family
will welcome guests at 10 a.m., prior to the mass. Internment at Gate of
Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, MD, followed by a reception at Our Lady of
Mercy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the
Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association at or to
the National Alliance for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis at
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