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Jan 25, 2013 11:41 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Native Thomas J. Porter Dies January 19

Jan 29, 2013 3:49 PM

Thomas J. Porter

Southampton native Thomas J. Porter of St. Augustine, Florida, died on January 19 at the Bailey Family Center for Caring, surrounded by his family. He was 69.

Born and raised in Southampton, he was a 1964 graduate of Harvard University and lived most of his life in Bellport, and had been a seasonal resident of St. Augustine since 
2006. He worked for the Suffolk County Probation Department for 37 years, retiring as deputy director of the department 
in 2009.

A gifted athlete, Mr. Porter competed in football, baseball and wrestling in his school years, and golf and softball as an adult. He was a devoted husband and father of seven children and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a master bridge player, enjoyed sailing, and loved his dogs. At one time, he served as president of the Suffolk County Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

Mr. Porter is survived by his wife of 48 years, Georgiana Porter of St. Augustine; three sons, Tommy Porter and wife 
Lauren, Matthew Porter and wife Jill, and Michael Porter and wife Clarise, all of Bellport; two daughters, Kelly Hirsch and husband Rich of Albany, Maura Kuehl and husband Michael of Bellport; and six grandchildren, Meagan, Travis, Jack, Giana, Brenna and MacKenzie. He was predeceased by a son, Sean, and a daughter, Kimberly Ann.

Funeral services were private. Memorial donations may be made to a local humane society, or to SAFE of St. Augustine, 6101 A1A South #101, St. Augustine, Florida 32080.

St. Johns Family Funeral Home in St. Augustine handled the funeral arrangements.

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My sincere condolences to the family of Tom Porter. Tom was a wonderful]
person and held in very high esteem by his colleagues at the Suffolk County
Probation Department and the members of the Suffolk County Police Association. He will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him
By Jimion (129), Hampton Bays on Jan 29, 13 4:47 PM