Thomas P. “Tom” Lorenc, Sr., 71, of Hendersonville, formerly of Ridgeland, SC passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Charles George VA Medical Center. He was a son of the late Theodore and Mary Jarzabek Lorenc. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Theodore Lorenc.
Tom served in the 25th infantry of the US Army during the Vietnam War and was part of Task Force 35, which received the Presidential Unit Citation for their gallant defense of Tan Son Nhut Air Base during the Tet Offensive. He was a long time member of the DAV and Trench Rats. A devout Catholic, he was a member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden, NC. He retired as a master woodworker and previously served as a police officer in Oklahoma City and Meriden, CT.
Tom enjoyed sports especially his beloved New York Giants and Yankees. He also loved playing and watching golf. He had a love for animals especially cows and dogs. Tom discovered a gift of writing through a Veteran’s therapeutic writing group. One of his pieces will be displayed at the Charles George VA medical center.
Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Midge Lorenc; daughter, Kimberly Green and husband, Brad; son, Thomas P. Lorenc, Jr. and wife Gretchen Cohenour; two grandchildren, Ethan and Madolyn Green; and many special family and friends around the world from his home town of Middletown CT to across the pond in Wishaw Scotland.
A funeral mass will be held 11am on Friday, March 29, 2019 at St.Barnabas Catholic Church. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service in the social hall of the church.
Committal services with military honors will be held 1pm on Monday, April 1, 2019 at Salisbury National Cemetery.