Thomas Leo Granger, 86, of Lehigh Acres, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. He was born March 28, 1926, to Thomas L. Granger Sr. and Lillian Douglas Granger (Albers, Buckalew) in South Baltimore.
He was baptized and went thru his school years at Saint Mays, Star of the Sea Catholic Church and school.
He talked his parents into signing papers so that he could join the Navy on his 17th birthday. His branch was the submarine service, of which he was very proud of for his lifetime. He was in Tokyo Bay when the papers ending the war were signed.
Shortly before he left the service, he married his childhood girlfriend, Marie Kitchner. They had five wonderful children, Thomas III, John, Donald, Mary and Margaret. Unfortunately, the marriage ended in divorce.
He was a member of the Baltimore City Police Department for 10 years and then joined Carrier Air Conditioning, where he worked until his retirement. In 1970, he married Nancy Johnson Kozlewski, who had three children: Raymond Michael, Kathleen and Sherri. They were married 43 years.
He and Nancy lived in Key West at the military campground (Navy) in the winter months and their waterfront home in Glen Burnie, Md., in the summer months. They eventually bought a home in Key West and then moved to their permanent home in Lehigh Acres.
He loved his children, flying, his sail boats and his dogs, as well as his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He and Nancy will always cherish these relatives and friends who have greatly impacted their lives.
He was preceded in death by his brother, James; sister, Theresa Dwyer; and son, Donald.
Arrangements handled by the Neptune Society.