Thomas J. Herlihy

July 18, 1935 - March 20, 2016
Thomas J. Herlihy

Thomas John Herlihy, 80, of Hudson, FL, was born on July 18, 1935 passed away on March 20, 2016 with his son Todd by his side.  He was born in Rochester, NY and lived there till he moved to Florida 20 years ago.  Tom worked at Lawyer’s Co-op (a law book publisher) as a computer programmer, and in payroll at Genesee Hospital. He also operated rail switches for General Railway Signal. Tom was city curator of the Edgerton Model Railroad Train Room and enthusiastically devoted many hours working on their model train layouts so that future generations may enjoy them. Catholic by faith, Tom was a graduate of Aquinas Institute and a Knight of St. John. He was involved in scouting and loved camping with his children. Always busy, Tom also enjoyed wood working in his remaining spare time.

Tom is preceded in death by his first wife, Elfrieda of 18 years and his second wife, Wiloway of over 30 years.  He is survived by their large blended family: Children- Maria Herlihy, Therese Herlihy, Patricia (Rich) Ross, Ellen (Henry) Drews, Timothy (Anne) Herlihy, Micheal Herlihy, Eric Herlihy, Susan (Dan) Goff, Debra Leatzaw, Todd (JoAnn) Clyne, William Clyne; Sister –Sr. Mary Lou Herlihy of the Maryknoll Congregation; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and several cousins. 

Of their father, his children say, “We couldn’t think of a man with a more beautiful heart than dad.”  Tom will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Edgerton Model Railroad Club at 41 Backus St, Rochester, NY 14608.

Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home


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  • March 24, 2016
    John & Cheryl Millwood says:
    Remembering his wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May he now rest in peace! I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. Our condolences to you and your family.

  • March 24, 2016
    Theresa lit a candle:
    Lit since March 24, 2016 at 3:31:21 PM

  • March 25, 2016
    Rev. Richard Hagee says:
    I know one of his daughters, Therese Herlihy. She is wonderful. If Tom was anything like Therese, and his family and friends say he was, then Tom was a great guy with a super sense of humor.

  • March 27, 2016
    Frank Spinelli says:
    We worked together at Lawyer's Co-op in Rochester. Tom was the most energetic and lovable person to work with. We still use a piece of his furniture at home. It has Tom's label, "Made with lots of T-L-C by POPPY's woodshop 1991." Rest in peace and God love you, Tom.

  • April 08, 2016
    Mary Lou Herlihy says:
    From my childhood I can remember Tom's train layout in our basement; also his innate electrical abilities, like putting together a crystal radio, and later his computer abilities. I shall miss our phone calls. His sister Mary Lou Herlihy

  • May 29, 2016
    Daniel J Munding says:
    He was my God Father , I'm sorry through the years and miles we lost track of each other , but his faith in God , planted seeds in me when I was very little I'm thankful for his friendship, and love of way back then.

  • June 02, 2016
    Todd Clyne says:
    My Dad. My Mentor. My Friend.