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January 9, 2016

Burial Date January 20, 2017

Funeral Home Athy Memorial Home

Place of Service Worcester County Memorial Park

Section Heritage II Hope Mausoleum Lot Number: EL402Grave Number: 7C

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     Thomas E. Lazour, 64, of Worcester, MA and Portsmouth, NH passed away Saturday, January 9, after a brief illness. He is survived by his son Andrew Lazour and his fiancée, Dina Maligno, of South Yarmouth, and his daughter, Kathleen Potter of Worcester. Tom is also survived by his twin sister Sue Paul and her husband, Greg, of Boylston, MA and his younger brother Paul Lazour and his wife Nel, of Boylston, MA. Tom also leaves his granddaughter Madelyn Potter, a niece, Lauren Kukucka and nephews, Christopher Paul and Patrick and Daniel Lazour. Tom also leaves his dear friend Griet Van den brande. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Shirley Lazour of Worcester.

Tom was born and raised in Worcester. He is a graduate of St. Peter’s Central Catholic High School and attended Fitchburg State University.

For most of Tom’s adult life, he worked for Delta Airlines. He began working for Delta in 1972 as a baggage handler at the Worcester Regional Airport but was soon promoted to a customer service agent and transferred to Boston. Tom’s skills and talents with people were soon realized, and in 1973 he was transferred to the marketing department of Delta Airlines. Tom quickly rose through the ranks of the marketing department and in 1988 he became Delta’s Marketing Manager for Walt Disney World, and later, for the Boston Celtics. Tom spent many years with Delta working directly with The Olympics, starting in 1996 in a management position in Corporate Communications and Olympic Marketing in Atlanta. He worked again with the Olympics in Salt Lake City. Tom’s career soon sent him into the international scene when he became the Regional Manager for International Relationship Marketing for Delta in London, England in 1996. In 2002, Tom was further promoted to Delta’s Airport Director at Phoenix International Airport. He continued with Delta until retiring from the Airlines in 2004.

In November 2005, Tom joined the Children’s Miracle Network as marketing director, a job he found very personally rewarding. Tom worked for them as a Regional Director, first based in Salt Lake City Utah, for the West Region, then a few years later he transferred to do the same for the Northeast Region, as he wanted to relocate to his roots. One of the more rewarding experiences while at Children’s Miracle Network came in 2010 when Tom arranged for Sir Paul McCartney to host one of the children helped by a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital at Sir Paul’s concert in Salt Lake City. Sir Paul met with Tom and the family following the concert.

Tom had lifelong love of music and photography. His passion for music began in high school with the Christ the King Parish Chorus. This later developed in his own pursuit of music with his time spent over the years performing in various bands and for his own for family and friends. He was a devoted fan of The Beatles, resulting in his own collection of memorabilia. Tom also had a love for photography. With his keen artistic eye, Tom was able to capture many unique and picturesque moments and scenes. Tom was very generous in sharing many of his photographs with family and friends who will cherish them.

It was through these many positions and opportunities that Tom was able to meet the many people who soon became close friends and colleagues. He touched the life of everyone he met and was quick with a smile, a joke, or a helping hand.

Tom will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the nurses and staff at the Jewish Healthcare Center, Worcester, MA with a special thanks to the Hospice Team.

Calling hours will be Friday, January 15, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be held on Saturday, January 16, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Mary of the Hills Church, 630 Cross St., Boylston. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in Tom’s name to Jewish Healthcare Center Hospice, 629 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609.