Thomaston – Mr. Thomas A. Dailey, 74, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 17, at Waterbury Hospital.
Tom was born August 30, 1943 in Waterbury, son of the late Alfred Wilson and Mary (Markovich) Dailey. A lifelong resident of Thomaston, Tom attended local schools and was a graduate of Thomaston High School, class of 1961. A tool and die maker by trade, Tom was currently employed at J & J Precision in Thomaston.
Tom had a wealth of knowledge about the history of Thomaston and could recount stories and details long forgotten by most. He was an amazingly precise craftsman, builder, and tinkerer who enjoyed sharing his expertise and, of course, always knew the best way to do things. Tom was a kind person who would do anything for his friends and family and often did. He was at his best when he could help solve a problem, no matter what it was. He had fond memories of Savin Rock and Lake Compounce, where in his younger years he worked maintaining the arcade pinball machines. A man of simple tastes, he loved Doo-Wop, World War II history, classic cars, animals, cherry vanilla ice cream, pinball, a good laugh, and anything that made loud noises, especially fireworks. To paraphrase his mother Mary, “They can’t put you in the ground if you keep moving,” and he tried his best to do that.
Tom is survived by one son, John Thomas Dailey of Austin, TX; one daughter, Heather Dailey-Mezzacappa and her husband John of Milford; one sister, Mary Ann Dudley and her husband Jack of Murrells Inlet, SC; his former wife, Susan Mathews; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Alfred William and Jackie Dailey.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 11:00 A.M. at the Lyons Funeral Home 46 High St. Thomaston. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 A.M. until time of service. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Tom’s name to the CT Humane Society 701 Russell Road Newington, CT 06111 or the Savin Rock Museum 6 Rock Street West Haven, CT 06516.
Savin Rock Museum
6 Rock Street, West Haven CT 06516
Connecticut Humane Society
701 Russell Road, Newington CT 06111