Thomas R Golden was born Oct. 2, 1920 in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania to Joseph and Anna Golden. He lived there along with three siblings until graduating from Villanova University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He then moved to Lynn, Massachusetts to work as a test engineer for General Electric.
Tom began his 30 year military career in 1941 as an ensign in the Navy reserves. While assigned to diesel engineer training at Cornell University he met and married Alyce M. Norton.
In late 1945 Tom was assigned as engineering officer of USSLSM 351 a new ship built in Chicago. The ship sailed via the Mississippi River and the Panama Canal to San Diego, where it was deployed to the western Pacific. The ship arrived in Okinawa after successfully weathering a major typhoon. In early 1946, Tom was released from active duty and returned to his work with General Electric in Massachusetts testing gas turbine engines for aircraft. During this time, Tom was active with the Navy Reserve and his first child, Helen Elaine was born.
In 1950, he was recalled to active duty at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado for training to serve in Korea and Japan with the Landing Ship Dock Squadron One. His next posting was Treasure Island near San Francisco followed by time with the Atlantic Amphibious Force staff in Norfolk, Virginia, where his son John was born.
His next orders took his family to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf where Tom worked with local Bahraini officials and British officers. Serving as the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval Training Center in San Diego brought he and his family back to southern California where he was promoted to Captain before returning in 1969 to Virginia as a member of the Commander-in-Chief Atlantic staff. He retired from the Navy in 1973 and returned to Coronado.
Retirement provided Tom with time to enjoy sailing and woodworking. He and his first wife Alyce enjoyed 41 years of marriage. While volunteering at the hospital Tom met Peggy O’Connell. Together they dedicated ten years to scheduling volunteers for the hospital’s Meals on Wheels program. Tom expanded his community involvement by becoming a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Coronado Optimist club, and serving as a sacristan at Sacred Heart for over a decade ensuring the church was in good repair. They were blessed with 32 years of marriage; during which they enjoyed being members of the Crown Club, traveled extensively and enjoyed creating special memories for their eight grandchildren. Tom entered into his eternal rest three months shy of his 100th birthday.
The funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic church on Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m. COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines will be followed. The mass will also be available via livestream at newce.org/shc/.