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Thomas S. Sarofeen, 67, of Gloucester, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, February 15, 2017, in Lahey Clinic Burlington. He was the loving husband to Faye E. (McComiskey) Sarofeen, with whom he shared 31 years of marriage.

Tom was born in Boston, October 7, 1949. He is the son of Margaret (Salah) Sarofeen of Milton and the late Thomas Sarofeen. He resided in Gloucester for most of his life. He was a graduate of Arch Bishop Williams and a graduate of Salem State College, where he received his degree in elementary education.

Tom served honorably in the United States Army, achieving rank of sergeant, serving overseas in the Vietnam War. He was awarded The Purple Heart, among other honors.

Tom was a managing supervisor for the Social Security Administration for many years, retiring in 2014. Prior to working at the social security administration he held various positions including Industrial Manager at Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, as a publisher of many local publications and for Woodman's of Essex.
Tom was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing sports as well as coaching youth baseball. He also enjoyed golfing and participated in many golf outings and benefits including many years with the E. Ray Kelly tournament to benefit Shriner's Hospital. He was the family photographer and was never without a camera, camcorder, or in recent days his cell phone, to catch many memorable moments. He loved his home and gardens and especially enjoyed caring for his beautiful lawn. Tom had a passion for volunteering to assist his fellow veterans. He had an affection for helping others and was deeply involved with assisting those in need and recognizing the service of all veterans. Tom had a love for bringing people together, and each Friday he would bring pastries and chat with veterans during the Friday Veterans Networking Group and helped set up holiday Veterans gatherings. He would often assist veterans with navigating VA resources and sharing his professional experience from his time with Social Security. Tom took part with the United Veterans Council of Cape Ann continuing his service to his fellow Veterans. Tom cared deeply for his fellow Vietnam Veterans and was a leader in bringing the Vietnam Wall, “Wall that Heals,” to Gloucester in the summer of 2015 and also leading to honor the 50th anniversary of Vietnam with a brunch in 2016. Tom tirelessly continued to show his support to the community working with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1624 to support the Gloucester JROTC program and visited local public schools to educate local school children on military service. Tom was devoted to his community and to his fellow veteran and worked tirelessly to support the needs of others. Tom never shied away from a challenge and continuously strived to do more for his community and fellow Veterans.
In addition to his wife and mother, Tom is survived by his three sons, Jonathan M. Sarofeen and his wife, Courtney of New Jersey, Kevin O’Connor and his companion, Jill Hoehn of Rockport and Keith O’Connor of Peabody; his brother, David J. Sarofeen of Milton; his sister, Tafi Casey and her husband, Thomas of Milton; his three cherished grandchildren, Cole Sarofeen, Michael St. Hilaire and Riley Grace O’Connor. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Madalene McComiskey of Gloucester; his father-in-law, Philip McComiskey, Jr. and his wife, Judith of Gloucester; his brother-in-law, Robert McComiskey and his wife, Deborah of Gloucester; his sister-in-law, Pauline Bresnahan and her husband, Glen of Gloucester; and many loving relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by brother-in-law, Philip McComiskey III.
Tom’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Prospect St., Gloucester on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 11 a.m. Visiting hours will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester on Wednesday evening, February 22, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Interment will be in Dollivers Memorial Cemetery, Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s memory may be made to Cape Ann Veterans Services, 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930 or Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Church, 61 Rockwood St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on  February 20, 2017
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