Thomas P. Lyons
Thomas P. Lyons
Thomas P. Lyons, 66, of Pitman Road, Warwick, died March 23, 2012 at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He was the beloved husband of 45 years of Patricia (Allsworth) Lyons.
Born in Providence, a son of the late James J. and Theresa (DiPierro) Lyons, he lived in Warwick for most of his life. Mr. Lyons was a longtime coach in youth sports. His team won the Northern U.S. National championship in 1967 in his first year of coaching with his Senior Babe Ruth team with players from Pilgrim, Cranston East and Warwick Vets. He was a former baseball head coach at LaSalle Academy, Our Lady of Providence High School and Coventry High School. At LaSalle Academy he was the first Rhode Island high school baseball coach to compile an undefeated 19-0 season record and win three state championships. He was also a former American Legion baseball coach and a Warwick Babe Ruth Coach, where he led his team to the New England Championship in 1991 and then on to the Babe Ruth World Series.
He served as the district commissioner for Babe Ruth baseball in Warwick and was a founder and first president of the RI High School Baseball Coaches Association. He was honored to be inducted into the Rhode Island Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993. He was also founder of the Brian Fell Memorial Award and the RI Interscholastic League Injury Fund All Star Baseball game.
Mr. Lyons had also been employed with the former New England Telephone Co. in Providence for 22 years and was Chief IBEW 2323 Steward for 15 years. He also was color man for Rhode Island high school football and basketball games for WKRI Broadcasting.
In recent years, Mr. Lyons enjoyed coordinating family trips, attending his grandchildren’s hockey, softball and baseball games and eating at the Cozy Grill.
Besides his wife he is survived by his daughter, Kelli L. Fujitani, and son-in-law, Paul Fujitani, of Ridgefield, Conn., his son, Thomas P. Lyons Jr. of Stamford, Conn., his son, Christopher P. Lyons, and daughter in law Erica Brooks of Stamford; and two brothers, James J. Lyons and his wife, Janice, of Grafton, Ohio and Oliver S. Lyons. He also leaves four grandchildren who were the light of his life, Ryen Elizabeth Fujitani, Ty Christopher Fujitani, Caden Christopher Lyons and McKenna Patricia Fujitani. He was also looking forward to the birth of his fifth grandchild, Jackson Thomas Lyons. He was the brother of the late Mary Ellen Palmer and Dennis M. Lyons.
His funeral will be held March 29 at 10 a.m. from Barrett & Cotter Funeral Home, 1328 Warwick Ave., Warwick, with a service at 11 a.m. in St. Mark Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, Warwick. Visiting hours are March 28 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or at www.jimmyfund.org.