JOBIT: Browne, Thomas J. [MC1953 RIP] 2017-Nov-29


1934 – 2017

NEW PALTZ- Thomas J. (Tom) Browne, 83, of New Paltz, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at Health Alliance Hospital Broadway Campus in Kingston.

Tom was born in Manhattan, N.Y., on April 15, 1934, to the late John P. and Mary O’Brien Browne. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Catholic University, Washington, DC, and his Master of Arts in English from Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y.

In 1953 Tom was admitted to the Christian Brothers, a Catholic religious order dedicated to teaching, and took the name Brother Bernard Francis, FSC. He accepted teaching assignments from 1957 to 1968.

On Jan. 1, 1980 Tom was appointed City Treasurer of Kingston for 4 years under Mayor Donald Quick. After leaving office in 1984, Tom returned to teaching Special Education in the Rondout Valley School District. After 10 years Tom retired, but continued as a home tutor.

Tom will be remembered by students, staff, faculty, and fellow workers as very supportive and patient. Tom was a true teacher who was known for his humor, friendliness and love for his chosen profession.

He also was an avid skier and taught at Windham Mountain as a part time instructor for 10 years. While a member of the Trailsweepers Snow and Sports Club in Kingston he met his wife Muriel Wilde. They wed on May 22, 1982. During they’re 35 years of marriage they traveled to China, Australia, Italy, just to name a few places. They also enjoyed square dancing, did volunteer work with the Crime Victims Assistance Program, and Tom was a proud member of the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s in Kingston.

In addition to his wife Muriel, Tom leaves behind five sisters, three brothers, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation for relatives and friends will be Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. at the George J. Moylan Funeral Home Inc., 2053 Route 32, Rosendale. All are welcome to attend a Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter’s Church in Rosendale. Father Edmund Burke will officiate. Interment will follow at the Rosendale Plains Cemetery privately. It was Tom’s wish for memorial donations be made to La Salle Nursing Development, C/O La Salle Hall, 810 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, N.J., 07738. (

Published in the Daily Freeman on Dec. 1, 2017


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