Dr. Thomas Hicks, 90

TRUMBULL—Dr. Thomas Henry Hicks passed away peacefully at his Trumbull home on March 9, 2024. He was 90.

Tom was born in Ridgewood, N.Y. on May 30, 1932 to Jeremiah and Rose. In Queens, Tom attended St. Aloysius Elementary School and Trinity High School, and received a BA in Philosophy from Cathedral College in Douglaston, N.Y.. He also received a BA in Sacred Theology from Catholic University of America in Washington and attended Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., where he was ordained a priest. Tom later returned to Queens and obtained his PhD at St. John’s University.

Tom served as a priest in various parishes in Queens and Brooklyn, and also worked as a guidance counselor at Nazareth High School in Brooklyn. After a dispensation from the Catholic Church, Tom concluded his time as a priest, but continued to serve the Church faithfully as a scholar and teacher. He then married Marcianna O’Leary and moved to Connecticut.

Tom became a professor at Sacred Heart University until his retirement as a Professor Emeritus. In addition, he penned the popular column, “Potpourri,” published monthly in Fairfield County Catholic.

Tom continued to teach Catholic Bible study and book group classes at Fairfield County churches after his retirement. He was a man of great kindness, knowledge, and love for the Church who touched many through his memorable teaching and thoughtful writing.

His wife Marcy and brother Jeremiah predeceased him. Tom is survived by his Florida-based family which includes his sister, Rosemary Winter, nephew Thomas Winter, niece Teresa Zorn, grand-nephews John Rogers, Thomas Winter and Charles Winter, and grand-niece Kathryn Rogers.

Among all who loved Tom, the family would like to acknowledge the love and support of Gloria Doino and her family, and that of his caregivers, Barbara Monaco and Lia Freitas.

The wake will be held at Redgate–Hennessy Funeral Home, 4 Gotham Place, Trumbull, on Friday, April 5 from 4 to 7 pm. The funeral will be held at St. Theresa Parish, 5301 Main Street, Trumbull on Saturday, April 6 at 10 am.

Flowers sent to Redgate-Hennessy are welcome, as are donations to St. Theresa’s Church ( in Tom’s name.