Mr. Thomas  L. Smith
  • In lieu of flowers donations to Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Avenue, Suite 1802 New York, NY 10001 would be appreciated by the family.

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“My deepest sympathies to Cyncha and Greg Kupniewski. I know how much Uncle Tom meant to you both, and I love hearing the stories you tell of him!...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Lindi von Mutius - West Windsor, NJ

“Dear Barb, So very sorry for your loss! So glad we believe in Heavenly Reunions! God will carry you through! I pray you will draw closer to the Lord...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: sue mccall - Philadelphia, PA

“My father truly loved and appreciated music. Typical of my his endless knowledge of everything was his broad taste in music -- from Debussy to Pink...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Tom Smith - Son

“My prayers and thoughts are with you. I am so truly sorry for your great loss. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Donna Ciabattoni - PA - Friend

“Dad I don''t know what to say except, I want you back. I miss you so much right now day and I don't know what I'm going to do without you. But I...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: carol raykovitz - langhorne, PA

“Dear Barb and family: I have lost a good friend and the HOMICIDE unit has lost one of the ledgenary good guys.He was the best supervisor that I HAD...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Lawrence Gerrard - North Wildwood, NJ

“My deepest condolences to Tom's family for their loss. I met Tom August 1, 1960 at the Philadelphia Police Academy and began a life long friendship...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: frank friel - philadelphia, PA

“Barb and Family,My prayers are with you at this difficult tme. Loving memories will always be with you ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Peg Presutti - Philadelphia, PA

“Barb and family, Words seem so very inadequate at a time like this. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers. May Tom rest...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Marie McGlade - Aston, PA

“Barb and Family, I don't know what to say to you. I wish I knew the right words that could make this situation a little bit easier, but there are...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Jackie O'Brien - Bensalem, PA

Thomas L., on Friday, November 9, 2012, at the age of 70. Beloved husband of Barbara M. (nee Welsh); loving father of Barbara Laska (Jerry), Thomas (Tara), Carol Raykovitz (Jim), and Michael (Jen); dear grandfather of 10; brother of John Smith, Jr., Constance Barbacane and the late Rita Zaborowski. Thomas graduated from La Salle College High School a member of the class of 1960. At the age of 18 he joined the Philadelphia Police Department as a member of the first Cadet Class. He retired as a Lieutenant from the Philadelphia Police Department in 1986 after serving 26 years. For 20 years he was assigned to the Homicide Division both as a detective and then as its Lieutenant. He was known among his co-workers as a "Warrior among Warriors, one of the few famed "Old heads". Thomas received many awards and commendations in recognition of his abilities as an investigator and supervisor. Police Lieutenant Michael Tobin (ret) stated "Tom will rest in peace if he is remembered as a good and loyal husband, father, grandfather ("Pop"), son, brother, relative and friend. That was the most important part of his life and what drove him to give his all." Relatives and friends are invited to Tom's Life Celebration Thursday evening 6-9PM at the John F. Givnish Funeral Home, 10975 Academy Rd. and on Friday morning 9:30-10:30AM at the St. Timothy's Roman Catholic Church, 3001 Levick St. Phila. PA 19149 and to participate in his funeral Mass 10:30AM. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Avenue, Suite 1802 New York, NY 10001 would be appreciated by the family. To share your fondest memories of Tom visit