CHICOPEE – Thomas Edward Landers, 81, of Chicopee, MA died in the early morning of Monday, April 22. He was born and raised on Hungry Hill where he was the oldest child of the late Edward Landers and Mary Hickey Landers. He grew up on Governor Street, in the shadow of his beloved Van Horn Park, where he spent countless hours playing sports during his youth. He was educated at Technical High School, American International College and the Elms College, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Education. Tom was a US Army Veteran and served as a Sergeant in Korea during the Korean War. He played softball for years in the Skip McCarthy/Fred Hamre League for Liberty Ice and Fuel, belonged to the Springfield Teachers Bowling League and was a life-long member of both the American Legion Post 430 and the John Boyle O’Reilly Club, where he was on the Wednesday Night Pitch League Committee for thirty years. He also played for the Misfits in the Sunday Pitch league. Tom was a forty- five year communicant of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Chicopee and was a great supporter of Holy Name School for many years. As a loyal Boston sports fan, he followed the Red Sox with particular dedication, holding Ted Williams in high regard as his favorite athlete. One of his favorite places to be was on the golf course; it brought him joy and happiness for over fifty years of his life. He played in the Westfield Post Office Golf League for many years and for years he had a regular tee time on Thursday mornings at East Mountain Country Club with some of his best friends. He especially enjoyed the numerous golf matches he played with his three sons Brendan, Tom and Colm. Tom was a Springfield Public School teacher for 32 years and loved working with numerous students and teachers at Robert O. Morris School, Myrtle Street School and Margaret Ells’ School. Tom retired from teaching in 1993. Tom loved his family dearly and valued the relationships he had with his wife, his sons and his grandsons. Tom leaves his wife of 47 years, Juneann Dowd Landers, his son Brendan Landers and his wife Lily Newman of Holyoke, his son Thomas M. Landers and his wife Riki-Anne Yvon-Landers of West Springfield and his son Colm Landers and his fiancée Shannon Driscoll of Chicopee. He also leaves his six grandsons: Aidan Thomas Landers, Finnian Pope Landers, Miles Richard Landers, Sandro Newman, Isaiah Anthony Landers and Xavier Thomas Landers. Besides his parents, Tom was pre-deceased by his son John Landers in 1968, his brother Edward Landers and his sister Teresa Woods. He also leaves his brother James Landers and his wife Cynthia of Springfield and his sister Elinor Gebo of East Longmeadow, his sister in law Peggy Dowd and his brother in law James Dowd, both of Westfield and many loving nieces and nephews. The family extends special thanks and appreciation to the Nursing and Medical staff at Baystate Medical Center, Daly Five and particularly the wonderful staff of the Neuro Intensive Care Unit. The family also extends their appreciation to the offices and staff of Dr. Francis Murray, Dr. George Fares and Dr. Richard Steingart. A special thank you also goes to Helen Murphy-Avis and her family and staff for their kindness and support. Calling hours will be held Thursday, April 25 from 4-7 at Corridan’s Funeral Home in Chicopee, MA. A Funeral Mass will be held at the Elms College Chapel on Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. with burial to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery Westfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the John Boyle O’Reilly Scholarship Fund, 33 Progress Avenue, Springfield, MA 01104 or to the Murphy-Avis Assisted Living Agency, 120 Chestnut Street, East Longmeadow, MA 01028.