Thomas F. McGovern passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Place in Port Jervis. He was 92 years old.
He was born on Nov. 18, 1928, in Warwick - the youngest of four children - to Bernard and Marguerite McGovern. He graduated from Warwick Valley High School in 1946 and then served for two years in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer USS Waldron - DD699.
Thomas was employed for 40 years at the Lehigh and Hudson River Railway in Warwick. He eventually retired as an engineer with CONRAIL. He was also employed as a toll collector for the N.Y.S. Thruway Authority, a bus driver for the Warwick Valley School System and as a bailiff for both the Village of Florida and the Town of Warwick Courts.
In his long life of public service, Thomas was a 70-year member of the Raymond Hose Company in Warwick and a 30-year member of the Warwick Community Ambulance Service. He was a member of the L&HRR Alumni Association, the Peace Officers’ Association of Orange County and the Tin Can Sailors.
He was predeceased by his wife Sarah B. McGovern (2013), his siblings Rita Hayes (2014), Leo McGovern (2001) and Bernard McGovern (2013) and his granddaughter Sarah Lauren McGovern (2009).
Thomas is survived by his four sons: Thomas F. McGovern Jr. (Bernadette) of Greenwood Lake; Brad H. McGovern, Charles B. McGovern and David B. McGovern, all of Warwick; and his grandchildren: Derrick Styczek, Amanda Styczek, Lori McGovern, Brian McGovern and Jessica Bluto (Derek).
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at St. Joseph’s Place for their compassion and care during his stay there.
Memorial contributions in Thomas’ name are asked to be sent to the Warwick Volunteer Ambulance Corps., P.O. Box 315, Warwick, NY 10990 or the Alzheimers’ Association of Orange County, 384 Crystal Run Road, Suite 102, Middletown, NY 10940.
Arrangements will be at the convenience of the family at a later date.
Arrangements were made by Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick.
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