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Thomas Joseph Neff

July 7, 1939 ~ February 29, 2020 (age 80)


Thomas J. Neff III, 80, passed away at home surrounded by his family on 29 February, 2020. He leaves behind his loving wife of 40 years, Eileen, his children, Thomas J. Neff IV, Carla Adams, Erica Snyder, Katrina Greer, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Tom was born in Chicago on July 7, 1939 to Thomas J. Neff Jr. and Irene (Frandsen) Neff. He spent his formative years in Sonoma, California which shaped his love of history. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served a “kiddie cruise” on the USS Midway and the USS Lexington. Both of these ships are now museums. Following a short stay attending Santa Rosa Junior College he enlisted in the Army and spent several years in Germany. He then continued to proudly serve his country as a communications specialist at NSA (completing his BA in political science) until his retirement in 1994.

During his “retirement” Tom was involved in his HOA as vice-president and treasurer, working for Common Cause and the MD Correctional system. He was able to travel with his beloved wife to Italy, Ireland, Malta and various countries in Eastern Europe. Along with his son, he obtained his black belt in tae kwon do, did some line dancing and took up golf. In truth, he was a family man. Throughout life he was a thoughtful, generous, honest and true man. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake.

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MD Veterans Cemetery - Crownsville
1122 Sunrise Beach Road
Crownsville, MD 21032

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Hospice of the Chesapeake
90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena MD 21122
Tel: 1-410-987-2003

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