Thomas Merle Mortimer

Born: Sat., May 22, 1954
Died: Wed., Jul. 8, 2020

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Tue., Jul. 14, 2020
Location: Pachaug Cemetery

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Lisbon - Thomas Merle Mortimer died peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer on July 8, 2020 in Lisbon, CT at the age of 66. Tom was born May 22, 1954 in Brookville, PA to the late Merle and Gertrude Mortimer.
Tom grew up in Marienville, PA and graduated from East Forest High School in 1972. Tom moved to Connecticut in 1976 where he met his wife, Denise A. Purcell. They were married on November 9, 1979 in Ballouville, CT. Together they owned Village Pizza Restaurant in Preston, CT for 34 years. Tom had a passion for cooking and loved serving his many customers over the years. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandson.
Tom is survived by his wife of 41 years Denise (Purcell) Mortimer, his son Thomas Mortimer, his daughter-in-law Ivy Tran, his grandson Aiden Mortimer, his brother James Mortimer and sister-in-law Barbara Mortimer. He is further survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and dear friends. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Jillian Mortimer.
There will be a graveside service at 11:00AM Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the Pachaug Cemetery in Griswold. All who loved Tom are welcome to join. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.  The Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road Jewett City, CT has been entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences please go to

Charitable donations may be made in Thomas's memory to the following organization:

American Cancer Society
30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701
Tel: 800 952 7430 x4712

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Denise Moore
   Posted Fri July 10, 2020
Denise, Tommy and family,
Our deepest condolences go out to you. Tom was 1 of a kind! He has been intertwined in my life my whole life, a babysitter, a family member, a boss, a friend. So many memories throughout the years. I am sure Jillian was waiting for him with open arms.
Denise & Frank

Steven and Holly McClellan
   Posted Fri July 10, 2020
Dear Denise, Tommy, Jim ,Barb and all,
Our hearts are broken at the news of Tom's passing. We loved this guy and he was such an important part of the memories that we have as a family over many years. Tom was always quick with a smile, a laugh and a great big bear hug. I remember Marienville days and what fun to be included in some antics around town and at the camp! He made everyone feel special. What a loss. As he traveled home to God, I know there was one of those great hugs waiting for his sweet Jillian. We were lucky and blessed to call him our cousin. We're sending our love to all of you.

Steven and Cheryl Tardiff
   Posted Fri July 10, 2020
We are so very sorry to hear the news of Toms passing. He surely will be missed. God-bless his wife, kids, family members and friends. RIP

Thomas Grzysiewicz
   Posted Fri July 10, 2020
My name is Thomas Grzysiewicz. It is with deepest sympathies and sorrow that I write this. As a child I lived next door on Adelaide St. He was a good man!

Vicki Taylor-Groves
   Posted Sat July 11, 2020
Denise and family,
I am so deeply saddened at the loss of my very special cousin Tom.
The first 20 years of our lives and the times that we spent together,
will always be some of my most favorite memories.
May you find some comfort knowing that Tom, Jillian,
Aunt Gert and Uncle Merle are together once again.
With sincere love and prayers,
Vicki Taylor Groves (McClellan)

Barbara Cramer
   Posted Sat July 11, 2020

Tender Thoughts was sent by Dan .

Denise, Tommy & Family Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ~ Sending our love ~ Our Deepest Condolences Dan & Barbara Cramer

Eugene Dube
   Posted Sat July 11, 2020
My sincere condolence Denise and your Family.
If there is anything i can do besides giving you my love and support please let me know.
Your Friend of forty years.
Denise,Tommy and Family.
Im so sorry.

Sherilyn Lussier
   Posted Sat July 11, 2020
Denise and Tommy, I am so sorry for your loss. Please except my condolences

   Posted Sun July 12, 2020
Denise, Tommy, and Family ~

I am thinking of you all at this time.


Tom and Sue Guiher
   Posted Mon July 13, 2020
Our condolences to all family members of Tom. We have had many good memories at Village Pizza.

Joie and Rex
   Posted Tue July 14, 2020
Denise and Family...You are a part of our family...we deeply feel your loss of this very special man. He gently touched so many lives. May you find the strength to guide you through today...and the days ahead. You are loved, Rex and Joie

Sandra Allyn-Gauthier
   Posted Tue July 14, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hoping all your memories bring you peace, comfort and strength.


Walt Szocik
   Posted Tue July 14, 2020
Keeping you. In our prayers.

Faith and Pete Minta
   Posted Wed July 15, 2020
When death takes the life of a REALLY good person, the loss is felt so much more deeply. Pete and I sent our prayers for your loss. We pray God will grant you peace and your memories will bring amiles to your hearts.

Nora Walden
   Posted Mon July 20, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss.

Tom was a compassionate man and a great neighbor.

I will never forget his (and Tom Jrs help when I needed it) or the fact that when my husband could no longer take care of our lawn Tom took over without being asked.

The Mortimer family will be forever in my memories and I can't tell you how nice it was to know that help was there if I needed it.

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