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Patterson Resident to be Remembered

Services are slated for this afternoon and Saturday morning.

Beecher Funeral Home provided this obituary:

Thomas R. Van Doran, 61, of Patterson, passed away on Tuesday after a long battle with esophageal cancer.

Thomas was born on May 19, 1951 in the Bronx to the late Eugene and Margaret (Leahy) Van Doran. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1969 and became a New York City firefighter in 1979. After a long courtship, Thomas married Elizabeth Gavaghen on Aug. 5, 1989 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Brooklyn.

Thomas retired from the New York City Fire Department as a battalion chief, after working (and studying) for 29 years, in August 2008. He loved golfing and playing the saxophone for his family. He also enjoyed being a pilot and flying his plane over Putnam Lake. Fortunately, he was a bad golfer and a great pilot—not the other way around.

He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth, his son Thomas, and his daughter Samantha of Patterson; as well as his brother, Gene (Kathleen) of the Bronx; his sisters: Dorothy Van Doran (predeceased by Jerry Rubin) of Poughkeepsie; Ellen Weinberg (Howard) of Archbald, PA and Nora Staller (Robert) of the Bronx. He is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church in Patterson (414 Haviland Drive). Interment will follow at St. Lawrence O’Toole Cemetery in Brewster. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Beecher Funeral Home (located on Putnam Avenue in Brewster, 845-279-3615).

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Thomas to:

The New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation (www.nyffburncenter.com)

21 Asch Loop

Bronx NY, 10475 

Stephen Shea November 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Let's not forget David Durk who also resided in Patterson and was a commendable personality who campaigned against Police corruption in the late 60's and early 70's. Serpico, who also was part of campaign, had a movie made about his role, but David did not receive much credit. In fact, he was practically ostracized for his efforts. Patch, get with it regarding demises in the neighborhood.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) November 17, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Thanks for the comment, Stephen. I'll be sure to post Mr. Durk's obituary if I receive it.
Stephen Shea November 17, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Dear Ashley, Just look in the obituary section of the New york times Wednesday, Nov, 14th.

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