Thomas Cassidy, 88

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 8:30am

Thomas L. Cassidy, age 88, a resident of New Canaan, Vero Beach and Block Island, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan. He was the husband of Marjorie Lawlor Cassidy. 

Tom was born in Waterbury, Conn. on June 17, 1928 and grew up in Watertown, Conn. He was the son of the late John Hughes and Charlotte (Theve) Cassidy. Tom graduated from Taft School, Georgetown University and earned an MBA at the Wharton School of Business. He was active in sports, playing Varsity hockey and baseball at Taft and Georgetown. Tom and his three brothers led the Georgetown team to the AAU College Hockey final four tournament.

Mr. Cassidy and his family moved to New Canaan in 1960 and had many friends in town. He worked at the First Boston Corporation in New York for 25 years, where he was Managing Director of Corporate Finance. He then worked at TCW Capital, an affiliate of Trust Company of the West, where he was a partner until he retired in 1999. Mr. Cassidy was on the boards of several companies, including Congoleum Corp., Federal Paperboard, Spartec and Holnam Inc. Prior to his professional career, Tom served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was on active duty for two years, and received several decorations including the Bronze Star.

He was as charitable and generous as he was hardworking; volunteering his talents to organizations such as Juvenile Corrections of Vero Beach, Florida, All Saints School in Norwalk and Waveny Care Center of New Canaan. Mr. Cassidy enjoyed golf, and relaxing at his lifetime retreat on Block Island with family and friends.

In addition to his wife Marjorie, Thomas will be deeply missed by his three sons, Thomas L. Cassidy, Jr. (Moira) of New Canaan, William C. Cassidy (Elizabeth) of Darien and Peter L. Cassidy (Lisa) of Darien; two daughters, Anne Callahan (Christopher) of West Windsor, Vermont, and Mary Finnegan (John) of Bedford, New York; a brother, Jerome Cassidy of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Jean Duffy of Marblehead, Mass. and Charlotte Chamberlin of Southbury; as well as fourteen grandchildren, Megan, Emily and Clare Finnegan; Charlotte, Lilly and Patrick Callahan; Tommy, James, Brian, Chris, Lillian, Arthur, Georgia and Sally Cassidy. Thomas was predeceased by two brothers, John and Patrick Cassidy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at St. Aloysius Church, 23 Cherry St., New Canaan, Conn. Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Tom’s memory to the Waveny Care Center, New Canaan, Conn., or the Block Island Medical Center, Block Island, R.I.

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