Thomas Depew of Coanda in Burnaby, BC. With over six years of experience in physics and engineering disciplines such as spectroscopy, image processing, experimentation and custom software development.
He served as Regional Superior of the Maryknoll Lay Missioner Association in Venezuela and is survived by his wife Kay, his siblings, grandchildren and great grand children.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Depew was born in 1795 to Levi Depew and Rachel Walker and attended Peekskill Military Academy for 12 years before enrolling at Yale College where he graduated in 1856 with honors. While at Yale he joined many clubs and honor societies; one being Skull and Bones Fraternity.
Benjamin Harrison and Governor Levi Morton both nominated him for president during these conventions, so he made presidential nominating speeches in support of both candidates.
Later in his career, he served as general counsel for both the New York & Harlem Railroad and Cornelius Vanderbilt’s New York Central and Hudson River Railroad; serving both as director for 20 years each time and being appointed trustee by Columbia University.
Thomas Depew, an attorney and general counsel of various railroad companies. Eventually he joined Cornelius Vanderbilt’s New York & Harlem Railroad’s executive board before transitioning into general counsel of its system as well.
Depew was appointed Regional Superior of the Maryknoll Mission Region in Venezuela from 1974 until 1977, later returning to parish work and helping organize formation programs for lay missioners.
Tom Harris was an active member of Walden United Methodist Church and Howells Volunteer Fire Department before working as a physical therapist assistant at Middletown Psychiatric Center. He leaves his wife Jenny; daughter Kay Lynn Lee; sons Mark Harris (Kathey) and Gary Harris (Sheri McGee); stepson Craig Harris and Yvonne; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren as heirlooms to cherish his memory.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas Depew is an accomplished professional. He is well known in his industry, having handled several high-profile cases. Additionally, Thomas has served on various boards and committees of both corporations and local municipalities; additionally volunteering his services as coach for various youth baseball, JV football, and basketball teams locally.
DePew earned his B.S.E in Education from SUNY Cortland and holds an AAS in Commercial and Community Recreation from SUNY Sullivan, as well as serving as Director of Athletics, Dean of Students, and Professor for their Sport Management & Physical Education department.
He is widely recognized for launching Men’s Intercollegiate Cross Country, Track & Field and Baseball programs as well as Women’s Softball and Co-Ed Cheerleading teams at UMass Dartmouth. Furthermore, he was instrumental in creating a state-of-the-art baseball complex on campus.
Depew also held various other roles within his field. He served as president of the West Shore Railroad and on various company boards such as Western Union, Hudson River Bridge Company, Niagara River Bridge Company, New York State Realty & Terminal Company Union Trust Company Equitable Life Assurance Company and Kensico Cemetery Association.
Thomas Nelson Depew died peacefully at his St. Louis, Missouri residence on November 15, 2021 surrounded by his loved ones: wife Nancy Lewis-Depew and children Melissa Depew and Thomas Depew Jr. Additionally he leaves behind Juanita Rodriguez, Alicia Ayala, Giana Rodriguez Alex Depew and Michael Depew as well as three great-grandchildren: Micheal Garcia Maria Magana and Jesse Garcia.
Depew was active in numerous patriotic and hereditary societies, serving as president of the Empire State Society of Sons of the American Revolution from 1890-99 and being a member of both Pilgrims Society and Saint Nicholas Society; also an Honorary Life Member of Connecticut Society of Cincinnati, Holland Society, Huguenot Society.
Tom married Bonnie Mehl, who preceded his death in 2011. He is survived by three of their four children: Lisa Schuberg of Hersey; Jeff (Alisa) DePew of Livingston Montana and David DePew from Grayling; as well as eight grandchildren – Caiden and Cooper Schuberg, Tyler Coltyn Karter Kendall Madilyn Landyn Depew as well as sister Doris D McIntosh of Big Rapids Michigan.