Thomas P. Neville, 82, of Mt. Juliet, TN., went peacefully home to the Lord on March 22, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving wife Anne and family. Neville was born in Queens, NY, to Christina and Vincent Neville. He was one of 11 children, there are five siblings surviving.
Neville and his wife moved to Mt. Juliet 18 years ago, and were members of St. Stephen’s Catholic community.
When he retired as a Deputy Chief of the New York City Fire Department, he was stationed in Manhattan and the Bronx, Division seven. Prior to that, he was a police officer in the NYC Police Department. In the fire department, he spent over 40 years firefighting, studying and being promoted from probie, to the highest rank, Deputy Chief. He was always most concerned with his charges’ safety. Being involved in fire fighting for over 40 years he developed pulmonary fibrosis, scar tissue, in his lungs from smoke inhalation.
He loved Tennessee and spent his retirement years helping his wife, Anne, minister to the poor in the community.
Neville and Anne celebrated their 54th anniversary Feb, 23.
They are survived by two grown children, Tommy, who is a chef, and Rhonda; Kathleen, a physician, and Greg; three grandchildren, Nicole, Thomas and Laura; one great-grandson, Wyatt.
The last words Anne heard were, “Good morning, my sweetheart, I love you.”
The family would like to thank High Point Hospice of Sumner Regional Medical Center for their compassionate care for two months.
Arrangements were made at St. Stephens catholic church, for Saturday, April 5. 14544 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory. 615-758-2424.
Neville requested cremation. In lieu of flowers, he requested memorial donations to St. Stephens Haiti mission.
Rosary will be said from 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Visitation is 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. with funeral mass at 11 a.m. – noon. Lunch will follow.
Rest in peace, dearest Tom.