Sadly, on Thursday, April 13, 2023, the Chicago Bears lost one of their most avid fans. He was eagerly anticipating the draft but God had other plans.
Tom Lyons was born on October 5, 1941 in Evanston, Illinois, son of Thomas and Nancy(O'Malley) Lyons who predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Nancy Byrne and Evelyn McHugh and their spouses and by a brother Richard in childhood.
He was a graduate of Loyola University and served in the Navy in Bermuda during the Vietnam Era. His accounting proficiency brought him to Erie, Pa when he was hired by Fenestra to be Controller in 1976. He met his first wife, Marianne Flack McVeigh shortly after that and Tom helped raise her children, Laura McVeigh Johnson and Aaron McVeigh. After Fenestra he was CFO at Pyramid Industries, later joining the staff of Erie County Chairman Rick Shenker as CFO of Erie County.
Marianne preceded him in death on December 2, 2007. On November 7, 2009 he married Mary Stephany Theiss and was welcomed with open arms into her family. Everyone knew him because for 18 years he and Marianne had been guests at the annual Pilgrims and Indians Thanksgiving Dinner at Stephany's Catering. He was already in the fold!!
Mary and Tom spent the last 13 years as snowbirds in Stuart, Florida and last year built a home in St. Cloud next door to her daughter Christine and Brian Turner and their family. Thomas loved Florida.
He was a former member of the following clubs and organizations: Maennerchor, Lake Shore Country Club, Erie Yacht Club, The Erie Club and Sportsmen's Athletic Club and The Rotary Club of Erie.
He is survived by Marianne's sisters and brothers, Bob and Janis Flack, Bill Flack, Jim Flack, John and Lindy Kreig and Peg Flack.
He is also survived by his wife, Mary Stephany Theiss Lyons, his stepchildren that he raised as his own, Laura Johnson (Doney Snipe) and Aaron McVeigh (Lorrie), Marianne's grandchildren, Mitchell McVeigh and Keiran McVeigh and Vinnie and Izzy Johnson.
He was loved and survived by Mike (Cheryl) Stephany, Kitty (Ron) Bailey, Dave (Sue) Stephany, Patty Stephany and Bill Stephany.
Mary's children and grandchildren called him Grandpa Tom, Julie (Mike) Boam and son Christopher; Jeff and Angie Theiss and Anthony, Katie, Matt, and Jackson; Christine (Brian) Turner and Jillian, Maddie and Hannah; Jon (Carrie) Theiss and Aaron.
Many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews living throughout the world also survive him.
Friends may call on Tuesday, May 30 at St. Patrick’s Church from 9:30 am until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10 am. Send condolences to www.kloeckerfuneralhome.com
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, and may the sun shine warm upon your face, and may God hold you in the palm of his hand!!!!
Memorials made be made in Tom's name to the ExpERIEnce Children' s Museum 420 French St. Erie, Pa. 16507 or The Erie City Mission, 1017 French St. Erie, Pa. 16501 or to the Charity of your choice.