Thomas Francis St. Denis
Thomas Francis St. Denis
  • July 18, 1929 - June 6, 2017
  • Summerville, South Carolina

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St. Denis, Thomas "Tom", age 87, passed away June 6, 2017 in Dayton, OH. Tom was born in Syracuse, NY in 1929 to Francis T. and Mary Celestine St. Denis (nee McGuire). He attended the United States Coast Guard Academy at New London, CT; and Colorado A&M University. Upon the outbreak of hostilities on the Korean Peninsula in 1951, he joined the United States Marine Corps as a Naval Aviation Cadet. He entered combat in 1952 as a Marine Corps second Lieutenant. He left active duty in 1954 but served in the Marine Corps Reserves until 1968. Tom enjoyed several interesting and diverse careers over the remainder of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James and John; and sister, Cathleen. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Ann St. Denis (nee Patrick); children, Elizabeth Ann, Mary Therese, Thomas Francis II, Joseph William, Amy Laureen; step-children, John C. Black and Lenora K. Black; brother, Donald; sister, Mary; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church in Dayton, OH. Interment with military honors will follow at Dayton National Cemetery. On line condolences may be sent to In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of Dayton or the charity of the donor's choice.