Thomas P. Lyons of Dorchester, former Deputy Commissioner of Health and Hospitals for the City of Boston, died Friday, December 31, 2021, at Newbridge on the Charles Long Term Care Facility in Dedham, MA, surrounded by his loving family.
Born on the 4th of July 1930 in Woburn, MA, he was the son of the late Thomas H. and Agnes (Martin) Lyons. After graduating from UMass Amherst, he worked at the family greenhouses in Woburn, growing vegetables and flowers. He changed occupations mid-career and joined the City of Boston's Department of Health and Hospitals helping to manage the physical facilities for the City's vast and aging hospital network, eventually overseeing the construction of the new Boston City Hospital in the early '90s. He was a long-time parishioner and supporter of St. Ann Parish in Dorchester, an avid reader, as well as a faithful and often-frustrated golfer. He loved Broadway, New Orleans jazz, the Red Sox, and the Celtics, especially during The Bird Era.
He is survived by his children, Patricia and her wife Dorothy, Thomas and his wife Beth, Peter and his husband Michael, and predeceased by his sons John and Michael. He is also survived by his brother Father Peter A. Lyons, TOR and his sister Regina Charles. He adored his five grandchildren, Eric, Corey, Teresa, Kaleigh, Noah, and his four great-grandchildren Maureen, Matthew, Marley, and Peyton.
Due to the current surge of Covid-19 in the community, services will be private. Donations can be made in his honor to Franciscan Friars, TOR Missions & Ministries, P.O. Box 500, Loretto, PA 15940, or online at https://franciscanfriarsloretto.org/donate/donate-online/.
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