Thomas P. “Tom” Lorenc April 26, 1947 - March 24, 2019

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.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made Disabled American Veterans (DAV) BY CLICKING HERE or to Valor Hospice of the Charles George VA Medical Center BY CLICKING HERE.

Service

Date: 03/29/2019
Time: 11:00 AM
St. Barnabas Catholic Church

109 Crescent Hill Rd.
Arden, NC 28704
(828) 684-6098


Visitation

Date: 03/29/2019
Time: 10:00 AM
St. Barnabas Catholic Church

109 Crescent Hill Rd.
Arden, NC 28704
(828) 684-6098

Visitation will be held in the social hall of the church


Cemetery

Date: 04/01/2019
Time: 1:00 PM
Salisbury National Cemetery

501 Statesville Boulevard Salisbury, NC 28144
Salisbury, NC 28144
(828) 684-6098


Leave a Condolence

Condolences(5)

  1. Jayne Newton says

    Tom – what can I say ??
    We never met in person, my friendship blossomed with your beautiful wife online, the sister I never had. Through Midge I got a chance to ‘wave’ at you when we had our facetime chats and send you hugs & love, you were such a special man to everyone around you,
    you served your country in more ways than one, and loved what you did.
    You were given one last battle to fight and you did it with courage & dignity, until the Lord thought it was time for you to rest and called you home.
    To Midge, on the loss of your soul mate & husband. Tommy,Kim & their partners on the loss of their father & father in law, to Ethan & Madolyn on the loss of their grandad..love & hugs to you all.
    One last thing Tom – I salute you xxxx
    God Bless & rest in peace 💖

  2. Frank & Fran Goethe says

    Midge & Family or thoughts and prayers to you for the lost of your love one.
    Tom was a sincere person Frank enjoyed talking with him keep looking to the hills for your strength.

  3. Keith says

    Our thoughts and prayers to Midge, Tommy, Kim & Brad, Ethan & Madolyn on the loss of their husband, father and grandpa. Tom was an incredibly special friend and part of our family and will be remembered for the rest of our lives. He was one of the kindest and most caring person you could ever meet and made such a difference. A hero to his country and to his family. We will miss you very much Tom. Love from your Scottish family Keith & Colin

  4. Steve & Lyn Thiebe says

    Thank you Tom for taking a step of faith, placing the call and contacting us. The call which made a lifetime of connection for decades to come. Thank you for making us smile and laugh, at times until tears began to stream! Can not wait to read your words at the Veterans Center, when you read them outloud to us in May 2018, so wonderful, so stirring but onward you continued to write, bravo. Our brother you are and will be missed. Celebrate well brother, celebrate well, you deserve this peace. Feel free and rejoice in meeting our Father and our Brother Jesus.

    To all our family there, rest assured Peace be with you all and we love you! Words can not express our desire to be with you all, timing- the element of timing, correct..
    Beautiful sister Midge, take time to smile with fond thoughts of Tom’s beautiful blue eyes when he adoringly glanced your way, his love continues for you.

  5. Barbara Andrews says

    Midge I can’t express enough how very sorry we are for you Tommy and Kim. I feel so bad that I can’t be with you at this time but, you are in my heart always.