Thomas J. Savona, a longtime area resident, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, May 28, 2007 at O.R.M.C. Horton Campus. He was 72 years old.

The son of the late Gaetano and Hazel Savona, Tom was born March 31, 1935 in New York, N.Y. Tom married Helen McGee on April 3, 1954 in New York City.

He was a founding member of the Town of Wallkill Little League. Tom worked as an Electronic Instrument Repairman for the U.S. Air Force in Niagara Falls, N.Y. and retired from the Air Force in 1956.

A family statement reads: "Tom was an avid reader whose favorite subjects ranged from science fiction to economics. He especially enjoyed technology and keeping up with the most current innovations. He will be sadly missed by his entire family, above all by his devoted wife, Helen."

Tom is survived by his wife, Helen, at home; son, Thomas and his wife, Jeanne of Montgomery; daughter, Teresa Henry of Dover, N.H.; four grandchildren: Tracy Henry of Albany, Stephen Henry, and Dylan Henry, both of Dover, N.H., and Mark Sheldon and his wife, Sheryl of Cincinnati, Ohio; and a great grandson, Cameron Sheldon. Tom is also survived by his mother-in-law, Anna McGee of Campbell Hall; sister, Patricia Kerin of Massepequa; dedicated sisters-in-law: Anne Reilly, Kathleen Regan, and Rose Pogozelski; brother-in-law, John McGee; and 27 nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday (today), May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Highland Ave., Middletown. A Funeral Service of Remembrance will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Cremation will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Thomas's name may be made to: Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 400, Kansas City, MO, 64114-3367, or call 800-753-2873 or

Arrangements under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.;