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Thomas D. Zoidis, former prominent businessman in Philadelphia finance, passed away on July 27, 2017 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 84. He and his wife, Katherine Steffa, lived in the Philadelphia area for over 57 years. Tom was a devoted husband who cared for his wife at home during her 14 years of suffering from Alzheimer's. With his easy smile, warm sense of humor and sincerity he was a beloved father, grandfather and friend.

A son of Albanian immigrants Tom grew up working in his family's restaurant, the Pilot's Grill in Bangor, Maine. He was a graduate of the School of Hotel Management of Cornell University and later served in the US Army where he rose to the rank of lieutenant . He received an MBA from the Wharton School in Philadelphia, where he began a 40-year career in public finance. At Butcher & Sherrerd his work helped to fund schools, universities, hospitals, nursing homes, highways and water systems. He rose to become the President of Butcher & Singer and Vice Chairman of Wheat First Butcher & Singer. He retired in 1995. Many accomplished and notable business people in the Philadelphia area received their start under his guidance and training.

A long-time member of the Union League in Philadelphia, he also enjoyed socializing and playing golf with many close friends at Huntington Valley Country Club. He was active in many charities, notably the Alzheimer Association and Abington Hospital. He was especially committed to the St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia where he received the Medal of Honor from the Archdiocese for outstanding lifetime achievement.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Jane Zoidis Quinn (Kevin) of Short Hills NJ; sons, Greg (Susan) of Minneapolis, Paul (Aleta) of Westfield NJ, and Mark of Berkeley CA; and 9 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Katherine, brother William and his parents Dorothy and Paul.

Visitation will be held for family and friends Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 5pm -8p.m. at Craft/Givnish of Abington,1801 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001. Funeral services will be held on Friday August 4, 2017 at 11:00a.m. at St. Johns Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church 237 N. 17th Street Philadelphia, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to: St. Johns Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church 237 N. 17th Street Philadelphia, Pa 19103.

To share your fondest memories of Tom please visit www.lifecelebration.com 1-800-GIVNISH.

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