Thomas Joseph Lydon, “Boston Tom” as his Butte friends know him, age 59, of Butte, formerly of Boston, passed away on November 11, 2023. Tom was born on October 31, 1964, to John and Inga (Girffes) Lydon, in Quincy, Massachusetts. There were six boys in the household! First born, John, then Patrick, Terrance, Mark, and twins, Timothy and Thomas.
Tom was raised in Boston where he received his primary education. Tom spent his grade school and high school years playing football and ice hockey – he was a sports fanatic. After school, Tom’s primary profession was as a mover. In Maine, Tom worked at Bathe, a naval yard that built big ships. A friend of his came to Great Falls to work for Mayflower transfer and storage. Tom followed to work for a subsidiary of Mayflower called Suhr and got to Great Falls just in time for COVID.
Tom showed up on the doorsteps of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on January 5, 2021, before the 7am Mass, frightening his soon to be confidant, Nita Perriman. He approached her and told Nita that his own mother would roll over in her grave if he let Nita continue shoveling the stairway. He promptly took over the shoveling job and that same morning went into the sacristy asking for work from Father Patrick Beretta. Fr. Beretta visited with him and found out Tom wanted a job, not for the money, but for the work. Soon after, due to the help of Fr. Beretta and Rick Shalk, Tom had a job in Melrose as a night calver on a ranch. He did this for a short time and ended up back in Butte.
Upon his return to Butte, Tom helped Ruth Morrow at her shop and rented a room from her. He also stayed with Nita’s cousin, Cliff Kent. During this time, he did work for and helped Sue Ueland, Gretchen and Dave Leipheimer, and many others. In the summer of 2021, Tom came to work on Nita’s deck and found it was easier to camp in her basement then her drive him back and forth to Butte each day. Tom ended up living with Nita until his death.
Tom found his home in Butte and at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The people who knew him embraced him and became family. During his time with Nita, they developed a special bond; he was like a son to her, and her, a mother to him.
Tom was a sports aficionado. He knew everything you could know about coaches, players, college teams, pro teams, etc. Before his arrival in Butte, he ended up in Helena for a short time. Here he was published on the front page of the January 2021 edition of the Tavern Times for winning a ticket from a sports bet at the Rialto Bar. He loved sports betting and wanted his friends to understand it also. He was also sure to provide shirts form Boston College to his friends, so they were aware that there was another Irish college aside from Notre Dame!
Tom will be dearly missed by those near and afar. While he found his home in Butte, he has family that survives him back on in Maine and Massachusetts – brothers, John Lydon, Terrance “Terry” Lydon, Mark Lydon, and his twin, Timohty Lydon, as well as extended family members. Of course, he is survived by many friends and confidants in Montana, too numerous to name them all.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, John and Inga; and his brother, Patrick Lydon.
A funeral mass will be held at 7am on Wednesday, December 6th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 2801 Washington St. in Butte. Tom will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte in 2024. Memorials in honor of Tom are suggested for his monument expenses. Checks made payable to Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services and mail to 2009 Harrison Ave., Butte, MT 59701.
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