Thomas ‘Tom’ Neary, 88


Thomas “Tom” Neary, 88, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Linthicum, Md., passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. He was born in Salisbury, Md., on Oct. 24, 1928, son of the late Thomas Francis Neary and Edna M. (Bailey) Neary.

Neary proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in psychology. He retired as a section chief with Western Electric in Baltimore, Md., with more than 30 years of service.

Neary served as past president of the Lord Baltimore Lions Club, was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Frankford Chapter #12 and was a former Mason with Doric Lodge #30 in Millville, Del. He also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and at the ER at Beebe hospital in Lewes, Del. He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying up and down the East Coast. He also enjoyed oil painting, boating, fishing, skydiving, scuba diving, gardening and parasailing.

In addition to his parents, Neary was preceded in death by his first wife, Viola Neary, in 1995 and a brother, Philip Neary. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Betty Anne Neary; three children, Michael Neary and his wife, Lynn, of Frankford, Del., Deborah Price and her husband, Bob, of Pasadena, Md., and Quent Bruso and his wife, Theresa, of Paxton, Mass.; nine grandchildren, Ashley, Victoria, Matthew, Christopher, James, Angela, Alysia, Brandon and Haleigh; 11 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a sister, Catherine Pence of Florida; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Millville United Methodist Church, 36405 Club House Road, Millville, Del., with services immediately following. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Lord Baltimore Lions Club; P.O. Box 525; Ocean View, DE 19970. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.