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Thomas F. Dudley

Obituary
October 22, 1932 - June 1, 2018
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Brunswick- Thomas Fleming Dudley passed away on June 1, 2018.   Thomas F. Dudley was born on October 22, 1932 in Brooklynn, New York.   He graduated from Brooklynn's Richmond Hill High School and shortly afterwards enlisted in the United States Navy.   Tom did basic training at U.N.T.C. Bainbridge, Maryland and graduated from Company 186 in 1951.  After completion of boot camp at Bainbridge, Tom received training as aviation hydraulic structural mechanic and metal smith at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida and NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island.   When his formal training as an AIRDALE had concluded, Tom did a tour in Trinidad, before reporting for his first shore base at U.S. Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine in February 1954.   During his tour of duty aboard NAS Brunswick, where he held the rank of Gunnery Sergeant assigned to base security.   It was in the summer of 1954 when Tom Dudley met his wife, Flavia Fortin of Brunswick, Maine.

Tom and Flavia were married in January 1956 at Saint Clements Church in South Ozone Park, New York.   After Tom was discharged from the U.S. NAVY, he was employed at Chemical Bank in New York before reenlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserves TAR Program in 1957.   While serving in the TAR Program, Tom's tour of duty included NAS New Orleans, NAS New York, NAS Norfolk and NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts.  During Tom's tour of duty aboard NAS South Weymouth from 1964-68, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer and was in-charge of the Transient line.  In 1970, CPO Dudley was reassigned to NAS South Weymouth until his retirement from the U.S. Navy on February 1, 1972.  After Tom's discharged from the Naval Reserves, he and his family relocated to Brunswick, Maine.

After settling in the town of Brunswick, Tom was trained in Offset Lithography at Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute before his employment as a Journeymen Press Operator at The Times Record.   In 1981, Tom was promoted to Production Supervisor at The Times Record.  In 1987, Tom was employed at The Kennebec Journal until his retirement in 1994.

During his retirement years, Tom loved to read books and periodicals, especially on the genre of military campaigns.   He also enjoyed woodworking and landscaping at his home.   Tom relished watching television documentaries on the Civil War and UFOs.  CPO Dudley was an avid member of the Fleet Reserve Association and was a member of Saint John's the Baptist Catholic Church.

Tom is survived by his wife of 62 years, Flavia of Brunswick and his four children: Michael of Biddeford, Alice Dudley and Thomas K. Dudley both of Brunswick, and Daniel Dudley of Topsham.  A sister, Patricia D' Amico of New Hope, PA.  Tom is predeceased his father, Thomas A. Dudley, mother, Josephine Moore- Dudley and sisters Joan Kingsley and Katherine Wetter.

Tom Dudley was considered by many who knew him as a great guy and well liked and will be sadly missed by his loving family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, June 6th at 1 PM at St. John’s the Baptist Church-All Saints Parish 39 Pleasant St. Brunswick. Interment with military honors will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Brunswick. Memorial donations may be made to St. John’s School 39 Pleasant St. Brunswick, Maine 04011.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home 12 Federal St. Brunswick where memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com