Crossing the Bar – COMO Thomas L. Briggs

Monday, January 12, 2015

 Crossing the Bar – COMO Thomas L. Briggs. USCG Auxiliary Photo.

Crossing the Bar – COMO Thomas L. Briggs. USCG Auxiliary Photo.

National Commodore Mark Simoni regrets to inform you of the crossing of the bar of U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary family member Commodore Thomas L. Briggs, Past District Commodore of 9th Eastern District. Commodore Briggs is survived by his wife Daphne Stephens; three daughters; two sons; a step daughter; and two step-sons, Tom is predeceased by his first wife, Patricia M. Briggs in 1979.

Obituary: Thomas L. Briggs

Thomas L. Briggs, 90, of Syracuse, passed away Saturday morning, December 27, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 19, 1924, he was the son of Carl C. and Irene F. Briggs.

Tom served in the United States Army during World War II with the 104th Infantry Division “The Timberwolves” as a medic, receiving a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster and a Bronze Star. He obtained a Masters in Sociology and Social Work. He was a Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University for 25 years teaching Social Work. He was a Charter Member of the National Association of Social Workers. He also taught abroad for Syracuse University in Holland and England.

Tom was a Commodore and Safety Course instructor of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Northeast Region. He was a leader of Boy Scouts of American for over 25 years and was an author of numerous publications with emphasis on team work and manpower development.

Tom loved boating, cooking, traveling and Syracuse University Basketball. He was a communicant of All Saints Church. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Daphne Stephens; three daughters, Eileen Briggs, Clare (Kevin) Miller and Mary Barbara Briggs; two sons, John (Susan Izumi) Briggs and Timothy (Patricia Griffith) Briggs; step daughter, Ruth Hanning; two step-sons, Charles (Janet) Hanning and Akale (Mahalet) Weld; six grandchildren, Travis, Christopher, Sean, Justin, Scott and Patricia; and five step-grandchildren, Kiernan, Aedan, Mateo, Jacob and Yadidya. Tom is predeceased by his first wife, Patricia M. Briggs in 1979.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday at All Saints Church, 112 Lancaster Place, Syracuse. Family and friends may call between 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service.

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Fair Winds and Following Seas.

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