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Thomas R. Moody

Thomas R. Moody passed away peacefully at Bridebrook nursing facility in Niantic, CT. on February 3rd. Tom was born to his late parents George and Dorothy (Chapman) Moody in Bristol, CT. on Aug. 19, 1935. He was a lifelong resident of Bristol, a town he dearly loved. He and his beloved wife only recently moved to Niantic, CT. Tom attended Bristol High School before enlisting in the military. After four years of Army service in France and Germany, Tom attended technical school. He subsequently retired from a successful 30-year career at Prat & Whitney, focused on Quality Assurance of aerospace engines. He continued joining his workmates for breakfast at Kizls restaurant for over 20 years. Tom and Kathy volunteered thousands of hours together for The Salvation Army in Bristol over a 20-year span. Tom was an active member of both the Harwinton and Bristol Fish & Game Clubs and The American Legion in Bristol. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his loyal springer spaniels and fishing at his family lake house in Otis, MA. Tom loved spending time in Otis, his second home. Otis had a special place in Toms heart. Tom was also an avid gardener and was legendary for growing the best tomatoes. He enjoyed hiking with his dogs and was proud to have climbed Mt. Washington with his wife, Kathy. He was always thinking of others, exemplified his regular blood donations at the Red Cross. He was known to give rides to locals in need, rescue stray dogs and always help neighbors. He once saved a blind dog that had wandered onto a frozen pond in his best suit after leaving church. He was a kind and giving soul. Tom was predeceased by his brothers George, John, and Richard Moody. Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, Katherine (Arnold) Moody, his children Nancy and Michael Moody, his sister Mary Smith and several nieces and nephews. Tom also loved devoting time to his young neighbors Jacob and Aaron Collins. He regularly joined their mother and close family friend Manon Collins at their baseball and basketball games to cheer them on. He thought of them as family. A catholic mass will be held at St. Joseph Church at 149 Goodwin St., Bristol, CT. 06010 on March 1st at 10am. Military burial will follow at St. Joseph cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Harry C Barnes Memorial Nature Center at WWW.ELCCT.ORG. Mr Thomas 'Tom' Moody

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