Thomas “Tom” Daniel Hurley
Hurley, Thomas “Tom” Daniel, of Cape Coral, FL, formerly of Fort Myers, FL, and Hull, MA, passed away Friday, December 18, 2020. He was born in Winthrop, MA to James and Anne Hurley, now deceased. He was the tenth of eleven children.
Tom was a retired Steamship Clerk for the Steamship Authority. He was a member of ILA Local 1066. He was also a Veteran of the United States Navy. He met his wife Joyce while he was stationed in Alabama. Tom was born by the ocean in Winthrop, MA. This is where he developed his love of fishing and swimming. He shared the love of the water with his children and later with his grandchildren whom he would wake up early on summer mornings and take them to explore the tide pools on Nantasket Beach in Hull. He would then take them back to the house and prepare a big breakfast for them. The grandkids loved spending time with “Gramps”. He was always there to play video games with them or show them some new gadget that he had found. A few years before retiring he purchased his first motorhome. He and his wife Joyce would venture up and down the east coast exploring all the states and occasionally they would have their children or grandchildren travelling with them. He always brought his video camera with him capturing the memories of his life’s journeys along the way. The city of Fort Myers caught their attention on one trip south and they decided that this is where they would retire. Tom found a new hobby there. It was with remote controlled boats. You could find him by the lake on most days surrounded by a crowd of curious onlookers. He would always pass the controller over to whomever would ask. He also visited the public library often and loved discussing his “finds” with his children.
Eventually he settled in Cape Coral where he found a passion for gardening and honey bees. He had a hydroponic garden as well as several fruit trees that he germinated from seeds. You could always find him puttering around outside immersed in one project or another. Every day he and Joyce would get together for a “Quickie” (play Backgammon that is). He will always be remembered as a good-natured and adventurous guy.
Beloved husband to his wife of 63 years, Faye “Joyce” Hurley of Cape Coral; nine loving children, Rosemarie Mullaney of Quincy, MA, Sharon Stickney (James) of Plymouth, MA, Joyce Capen (Christopher) of Hull, MA, Jayne Schwendenman (Bruce) of Roswell, GA, Andrea Joy (Robert) of Plymouth, MA, Cynthia Benavides (Mauricio) of Winchendon, MA, Thomas Hurley, Jr., (Susan) of Hull, MA, James Hurley (Teresa) of Bridgewater, MA, and Jeremy Hurley (Jessie) of Hull, MA; dear brother of Patricia Corkhum of Winthrop, MA, and Paul Hurley (Sherry) of Ipswich, MA ; 23 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Thomas was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kelly Mullaney; a great grandson, Garrett Schwendenman; two sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law, Mark Dion, Kevin Mullaney and Mary Ellen Hurley; siblings, Daniel Hurley, James Hurley, Jr., Edward Hurley, Michael Hurley, Margaret Malone, Gerald Hurley, Mary Rice, and Anne Socha.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Details to be announced via www.MullinsMemorial.com
Memorial Contributions in memory of Thomas Daniel Hurley should be made to Wellspring Multiservice Center, 814 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA 02045.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.