Thomas S. Larson, 102, of Kingston, died Tuesday, September 5th 2023 just days after celebrating his 102nd birthday surrounded by three generations of family. Tom found immense joy in watching his great grandchildren playing and his family takes comfort in knowing his final days were spent enjoying love from family. Thomas was born September 3rd, 1921 in Manhattan to this late Thomas and Sarah (Burnett) Larson.
During World War II, Thomas served valiantly in the US Army as a member of the 495th Company, 66th Battalion, 12th Armored Division, deployed to the European Theater. His unwavering dedication to his country inspired his childhood neighbor, Flora Moore, to send heartfelt correspondences to him during his deployment. Following the war, their bond deepened, and they exchanged vows on June 6th, 1948. They made Staten Island their home, where they lovingly raised their family.
Thomas embarked on a fulfilling career with the NYC Transit Authority, contributing his years as a dedicated subway conductor until his well-earned retirement. Together with Flora, they ventured into a joyful retirement in Kingston, cherishing their time together until her peaceful passing in 2012.
Tom is survived by his children, Thomas J. Larson and his wife Tomi of Pittsburgh, PA., and Diane Lehman and her husband Larry of Kingston who served as his caretakers for the past 8 years. In addition to his children he is survived by his grandchildren, David (Shelly) Larson and Rachel (Karl) Anderson of Pittsburgh, PA, Janet (Ross) Nicholson of Liverpool, NY, and Laura (Michael) Herman of Clifton Park, NY. Tom is also survived by his great grandchildren, Olivia and Jacob Anderson, David Jr. Larson, Katrina and Tessa Nicholson, and Charlotte Herman.
A private memorial will be held at a later date at the discretion of the family.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at Ten Broeck Center in Lake Katrine for their care and support during his stay there this past month.