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Dr. Thomas Oliver Savidge, 87

WILMINGTON — Dr. Thomas Oliver Savidge passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on Monday, May 16, 2022, at his Wilmington, North Carolina residence.

He was born on November 8, 1934 in Penbrook, Pennsylvania to the late Reverend and Mrs. William Savidge. He cherished the teachings of his father and mother.

He graduated from Albright College in Reading, PA followed by Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, PA in 1960. He was committed to serving people in need of health care throughout his six-decade career practicing medicine as a physician. He worked in the public health system and later established medical practices in Lewisburg, PA, Laurinburg, NC, and lastly Southport, NC. He loved being asked for advice about medical problems and his favorite treatment for a minor problem was a hug and a reassuring “It will get better, I promise!” Dr. Savidge was known to make house calls throughout his career, pick up extra call shifts, and volunteer his time at free clinics and skilled nursing facilities. He was dedicated to helping and caring for his patients until he retired at age 82.

Thomas had a passion for living life to its fullest. He enjoyed everything outdoors, the beach, jogging, biking, watching ACC basketball, woodworking, birdwatching, traveling the world, taking his grandchildren on trips, and collecting antique clocks. Although not always in tune, he loved singing and playing the harmonica and ukulele.

On August 8, 1959 he married the love of his life Jacqueline Hubbard. They enjoyed every moment of their lives together having the same interests and hobbies.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years Jacqueline Savidge; son Thomas O. Savidge Jr and wife Elizabeth, grandchildren Jessica Rose (Gilchrist), Erin Wiercinkski (Josh), Trevor Savidge, Mallory Savidge and great grandchildren Everly Rose, Sullivan Rose, Lennox Rose, and Declan Wiercinski; son Timothy W. Savidge and grandchildren Bryant Savidge, Daniel Savidge and Kathryn Savidge; son Trent D. Savidge and wife Monica, grandchildren Hannah Savidge and Rebecca Savidge; brother John Savidge.

He was preceded in death by great grandchild Cora Wiercinski.

Family was his priority and his relationships with his sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren were unique and meaningful. His wisdom, humor and loyalty will be missed.

At his request there will be no service but a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charities.

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