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Thomas J. Tait, Jr.

1943 - 2021


Thomas J Tait, Jr., of Wappingers Falls, passed away Thursday January 28, 2021 in his home, after a brief battle with Cancer. He was 77 years old.

He was born in Beacon on December 27, 1943, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Tait. On June 20, 1970 in St Mary's Church, Wappingers Falls, he married Linda L. Cramer, who predeceased him.

Thomas served in the U.S. Navy where he learned to be a pipefitter, and was a member of Local 201 (later 21) Plumbers/Steamfitters until his retirement.

Thomas was very much a part of the community: he was a member of S.W. Johnson Engine Company 2 as well as the Victor L. Bracone V.F.W. Post #5913, both in the Village of Wappingers. He was also a Life Member of the New Hamburg Yacht Club, where he commanded ‘Doc Buster,’ named for the ingenious way he docked the tri-hull cabin cruiser, and later ‘Knothead,’ named for Woody Woodpecker’s nephew.

One of Thomas’ greatest pleasures was taking his family camping. He borrowed a tent in 1979 and headed out to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut, and was hooked after that. Besides the annual trips to Hammonasset Thomas took his family camping everywhere from Fiddler’s Bridge to Walt Disney World, where a lifetime of great memories were made.

Thomas is survived by his sons, Thomas J. Tait III and his partner Monique Brennan, of Highland, John V. Tait of Peekskill, and Trevor R. Tait of Union Vale, grandchildren, Abigail, Tanner, Xander and Peyton, sisters Kathy (Ken) Jennings, Mary (Charles) McCluskey, Regina (Tom) Berta, brother-in-law Lajos Szanto, and in-laws Carol and Ed Wright.

In addition to wife Linda, Thomas is predeceased by brothers Francis and John Tait, sister Elizabeth Szanto, and daughter-in-law Vanessa Tait.

Thomas’ sons wish to recognize the efforts of Hudson Valley Cancer Center and Hospice of the Hudson Valley, as well as the great care he received from JANE’s Home Care, Fishkill.

Friends may call at the Delehanty Funeral Home at 64 E. Main St., Wappingers Falls, Friday February 5, from 4 to 8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday at 10:00 at St. Mary’s Church, Clinton St., Wappingers Falls, followed by burial St. Mary's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.

To send condolences or for directions visit


Friday, February 5

4:00 - 8:00 PM

Delehanty Funeral Home

64 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY


Saturday, February 6

10:00 AM

St. Mary's Church

11 Clinton Street, Wappingers Falls, NY


St. Mary's Cemetery

19 Clinton Street, Wappingers Falls, NY


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