Colonel Thomas Francis Conroy
- November 28, 1937 - November 4, 2012
- Venice, Florida
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“Thinking of Col. Thomas Conroy as he takes his righful place among America's Heroes today, 14 Feb 2013 at 1300 in Arlington National Cemetary. God...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: HQ USSOCOM-Transnational Threats - FL
“Tom was my Battalion Commander while we served in the 10th Special Forces Group. I leaned of his Maine roots while we were in Beirut together in...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Tom Greco - Biddeford - Friend
“Dear Karen and Family,
So sorry to hear that Tom has passed away. I remember our days at SPHS.
In reading the obituary Tom certainly lived a...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Dick McArdle
“So sorry to hear about Tom passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. In reading the obituary, I realize just how much he gave of himself to the...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Patricia Kirlin - ME - friend
“Our thoughts and prayers to Karen and family. It is amazing when you think of all the lives Tom touched, and the treasured memories he left behind,...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Connie & Louise Nisbet - ME
“To Tito Kevin and the whole Conroy Family,
We wish to express our sympathy in your loss and to let you know that our thoughts are with you. May...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Aina Powers - Chino Hills, CA
“To the HERO of our family with Maribel Conroy...
Dear Colonel Thomas Francis Conroy,
We owe the freedom we now enjoy in our adopted...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Joey & Rebecca Avelino - Houston, TX
“No one could have known how great the the Tom Conroy we Met at Vista Del Lago 9 or ten years ago, he was a great neighbor and friend, active in any...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Lillian and Michael Halupa - FL
“To Karen & Family: Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May the Lord lay his hand on you and walk with all of you during this sad...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Carol Sullivan - Venice, FL
“Dear Kevin, Erin shared your dad's obituary. Our prayers are with you and your family. Your Dad had an amazing life and we know he was very proud of...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Robert & Priscilla Quinn
“Even though I only met Tom only a couple of times he was a special man to have served our great country. My mom Joanne speaks of him fondly and I am...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Michael Bodman - Westbrook , ME
“My condolences to the entire Conroy family. I did not know the Colonel, but after reading his obituary, I can clearly see what a wonderful man he was...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Ken Hollingsworth
“We are so close with you in spirit as you grieve this loss. Our heartfelt prayers are with you. We all love Uncle Tom so much. God bless you...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Susan Conroy - South Portland, ME
Surrounded by his loving family, Colonel Thomas Francis Conroy left this life on November 4, 2012 in Venice, Florida. A proud native of the state of Maine, Tom was born in Portland the son of Irish immigrants Mark Joseph Conroy and Susan McGonagle Conroy. The youngest of five children, the family settled in South Portland where Tom was raised and attended schools graduating from South Portland High School in 1956. During his senior year, Tom met the love of his life Katie Lord. Tom and Katie were married in 1959. After high school, Tom attended Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, ME for a postgraduate year. He was always very proud of his football team's success that year as the 1956 MCI squad finished their season undefeated, untied and unscored upon. Tom earned a football scholarship to the University of Connecticut where he started every game during his career earning All East and All Yankee Conference Honors his last three years as a two way end. When he graduated from UConn in 1961, Tom held the record for the most consecutive starts in a career. Tom was always immensely proud of his association with UConn. Later in life, he earned a master's degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Following his graduation from UConn, Tom was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army where he distinguished himself during his 27 year career as an officer. Tom was widely considered "a soldier's soldier", a leader of men known for his impeccable integrity, uncommon discipline and uncompromising devotion to "his troops." Serving with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1967 as a company commander, Tom was highly decorated winning a Silver Star for gallantry in action, three Bronze Stars for heroism, an Air Medal, an Army Commendation and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry, one with silver star and one with gold star. Other highlights of Tom's military career included serving on the DMZ in Korea in the mid-70s, being selected as a battalion commander in 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in the mid-80s and concluding his career serving in Europe at NATO Head Quarters. Following his retirement, Tom was able to pursue his many varied interests that were on hold during his career. These included many summers sailing Casco Bay in "The Magmell", cruising the back roads of western Maine on his Harley, restoring a lake home in Stoneham, Maine, supporting his favorite teams (UConn, Notre Dame, Patriots, and Celtics) and, of course, traveling the country and the world with Katie visiting family and friends. In the early 90s, Tom was able to fulfill a life-long ambition to work on a western ranch when he volunteered for many years each spring at Bar H Ranch in Soda Springs, Idaho. He loved the people and the culture of that part of the country. Tom certainly had few regrets having lived life to the fullest.
Beyond all these life experiences, Tom was first and foremost, a devoted and loving husband and father. Family was of utmost importance to Tom and he prioritized the importance of family in both his personal and professional life. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years Karen (Katie) Lord Conroy. Together they raised four children – Mark (Monique) Conroy of Easthampton, Massachusetts, Steven (Anne Marie) Conroy of Amherst, New Hampshire, Kevin (Maria Isabel) Conroy of Tampa, Florida and Rebecca (Chip) Monzeglio of Glastonbury, Connecticut. Tom is also survived by two brothers both of South Portland, Maine – Joseph (Elizabeth) Conroy and Edward (Maureen) Conroy. He was predeceased by siblings Francis and Marie. Tom's beloved ten grandchildren include Erin Conroy, Meghan Conroy, Kristina Conroy, Daniel Conroy, Kevin Conroy, Thomas, Emma and Molly Monzeglio, Liam and Isabella Conroy.
Colonel Thomas Conroy will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. A memorial mass to celebrate his life is being planned in his hometown parish of Holy Cross Church in South Portland, Maine. Farley Funeral Home in Venice, Florida is handling the arrangements. To send condolences visit www.farleyfuneralhome.com.