Resolution J1485-2013

Mourning the death of Robert Tom Riordan, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • Apr 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 25, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Robert Tom Riordan, distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS,  It  is with great sorrow and deep regret that this Legislative
Body records the passing of Robert Tom Riordan, noting the  significance
of his purposeful life and accomplishments; and
  WHEREAS,  Robert  Tom  Riordan,  of  North  Merrick, New York, died on
Friday, April 19, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, Robert Tom Riordan distinguished himself  in  his  profession
and  by  his  sincere  dedication  and  substantial  contribution to the
welfare of his community; and
  WHEREAS, A United States Marine Corps veteran, Robert Tom Riordan  was
an  active  member  of  the  American  Legion; for more than 20 years he
worked tirelessly to improve the lives of veterans; and
  WHEREAS, Robert Tom Riordan served the American Legion in many capaci-
ties; he was Post Commander of both North Bellmore  Post  No.  1749  and
Merrick  Post No. 1282, and served as the Commander of the Nassau County
American Legion Committee, the umbrella organization  for  all  American
Legion posts in Nassau County; and
  WHEREAS,  In addition to helping American Legion Merrick Post No. 1282
achieve national and local recognition for excellence, Robert Tom  Rior-
dan actively pursued service projects that benefited veterans, soldiers,
and the community as a whole; and
  WHEREAS,  Robert  Tom  Riordan  spearheaded  drives  to  collect  used
eyeglasses for residents in need, and old books to be donated to  veter-
ans  in  the Northport VA Nursing Home; he also raised funds to purchase
care packages for Nassau County residents serving in Iraq and  Afghanis-
tan,  and  coordinated  efforts  with  students to send care packages to
American troops stationed overseas; and
  WHEREAS, Robert Tom Riordan's commitment to excellence, and his spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS, His numerous efforts on behalf of veterans earned him several
honors; he was named Merrick's "Man of the Year"  in  2001,  received  a
Town  of  Hempstead  Veterans'  Medal  in 2002, earned the Nassau County
Distinguished Service to Veterans Award in 2007, and,  in  2010,  was  a
recipient of the New York State Senate Veteran's Hall of Fame Award; and
  WHEREAS,  Cherished  husband,  father, grandfather and brother, Robert
Tom Riordan is survived by his wife, Margaret; children,  Peggy  (Micha-
el),  Anne  (Steven),  and  Robert  (Megan);  ten  grandchildren,  Ryan,
Patrick, Matthew, Tara, Christopher, Timothy, Kevin,  Julia,  Brian  and
Sara; and brother, Paul; and
  WHEREAS,  Armed  with  a  humanistic  spirit,  imbued  with a sense of
compassion, and comforted by a loving family, Robert Tom Riordan  leaves
behind  a  legacy  which  will  long endure the passage of time and will
remain as a comforting memory to all  he  served  and  befriended;  now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Robert Tom Riordan, distinguished citizen and devoted
member of his community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Robert Tom Riordan.


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