Thomas James Damp, 80, recently of Grand Gorge, NY passed away early Wednesday morning, October 7, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.
Born on January 2, 1940 in Queens, NY, Tom was the son of the late Arthur J. and Edith A. (Lyons) Damp. Tom grew up in Uniondale, NY where he graduated from Uniondale High School in 1958.
After graduating High School, Tom went to work as a Lineman for the former Long Island Lighting Company, LILCO (now National Grid) working for over 36 years there, retiring as a Foreman in 1996.
On June 10, 1962, he married Shirley (Lea) A. Webster at his parents home in Uniondale, NY. They moved to Amityville, Long Island in 1965 where they lived for 35 years with their 3 children.
Tom was a very talented artist! He enjoyed drawing and painting and was quite good. He enjoyed playing and watching golf and baseball, cooking and he and Lea loved researching the Civil War. Many family vacations were spent visiting to Civil War battlefields and historic sites. He was a huge baseball fan, especially the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Mets. Tom was also an avid outdoorsman! He loved to go fishing, clamming and crabbing on the Great South Bay of Long Island and deer hunting in upstate NY and PA, where he would sit in the woods for hours just watching for deer; never killing one! He made many life-long friends along the way!
Besides his parents, Tom was predeceased by his brother Charles A. Damp from Brighton, MA. in 1995.
He is survived by his wife: Shirley A. (Lea) Damp of Grand Gorge, NY; Children: Charles R. (Beth E) Damp of Levittown, NY, Jill E. (Victor M.) Mazzella of Grand Gorge, NY (formerly of Lindenhurst, NY) and Thomas J. Damp II of Lindenhurst, NY; Seven Grandchildren: Paige, Christopher and Emett Damp of Levittown, NY; Michael T. Gately of Grand Gorge, NY; Thomas J. Damp III of Colorado Springs, CO; Ryan C.(Jessica) Damp of Chicago, Il. and Joshua R. Damp of Lindenhurst, NY; and a great-granddaughter Lyla of Chicago, Il.; sister: Joan E. McGarry of Largo, Florida; Sister-in-Law: Ruth (Burke) Damp of Brighton, MA.; Brother-in-Law: A. Carl (Krysia) Cording of Ravena, NY.
There will be no calling hours, however, a Memorial Service and Burial will take place at a later time at Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Montclair, NJ where the Lyons Family Plot is located.
One of Tom's favorite charities was St. Jude Children's Hospital as he loved kids; it broke his heart to see any child suffer. In lieu of any flowers to be sent to the family, the family would prefer to see donations made to St. Jude. The family thanks all who donate!