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Thomas Joseph Biscardi

October 11, 1939 — May 28, 2020

Thomas Joseph Biscardi

Thomas Joseph Biscardi of Philadelphia PA and Lancaster County, died on Thursday, May 28th at Samaritan Hospice Center in Vorhees, NJ, He was the son of Joseph Biscardi and Kathryn Dunlap In 1963 he married Geraldine Gramaglia; on June 22 he would have celebrated his anniversary of 57 years.  There are three children, Monica Goepfert Hay (Paul), Jennifer Benitez Azzam (Fadi), and Thomas.  There are two grandsons, Thomas Benitez and Adam Azzam.  Tom  worked until his retirement, after 33 years of police service, from the First District at 24th and Wolf Streets. Tom attended Bishop Neuman High School, was employed in several locations, and joined the Police force in 1960, prior to his 21st birthday.  He was assigned to function at the front desk Police station in West Philadelphia until his birthday, when he was given his gun and the assignment to walk the beat on Woodland Avenue. He was assigned to several districts, and eventually took the Detective test which he passed, becoming the youngest detective in the Philadelphia Police Department .  He provided several years in that position. Tom joined Temple University for the Administration of Justice courses and received his degree.  He had a keen interest in reading books by  great authors, and he began to attend Temple University to develop his understanding of writing, reading much literature, and acquired a BA in English following 9 years of travel to Temple for his courses, dealing with shift work and morning classes..  In the First District he encountered situations that required his expertise.  
The day Tom returned from his honeymoon in 1963 he found the U.S. Army wanted him and was assigned to guard Fort Knox in Kentucky.  Upon returning to his police career duties, he took the Sergeant's test and successfully passed. Tom was sent to the FBI Academy in Virginia for several months where he acquired the knowledge he needed in the position granted to him with the Philadelphia Police Department;s Organized Crime Division.  Tom served n the city in many divisions, but the most eventful was his charge of the bus full of 60 police that he covered in the center city of Philadelphia. The bus duty was an assignment created by Mayor Frank Rizzo; it was a successful venture.  
Tom was a quiet man, conservative, and took his time with decisions that were important,  He loved spending time with his two grandsons,   Tom, Geri  and their children would vacation for 2 or 3 weeks on a dairy fam in Lancaster county, for a  period of 15 years.  In 1986 they purchased a parcel of land located in the farming region of Lancaster, off of Route 10 and Churchtown Road.  Later that year they had an Amish carpenter build a lovely Log house, which sits on a hill, with a porch that views the entire countryside from one end to the other. Tom would cut 2 acres of grass, on weekends, and retired to the log house  following his retirement in 1993. He was not a traveling man. His greatest pleasure was Lancaster County ,and at the day's end he would sit on that porch, have a snack, read, and "Life was beautiful". Tom had several fine job offers following his retirement, but his interest was in helping to raise his first grandson, Thomas.  He has a library collection in his bedroom that would fill a hotel lobby.  So many publications of great authors, especially W.B. Yeats, his favorite, and Police Inspector, (Ret) Michael P. Cooney's 6 published books. 
Tom was a special man.  He had a delightful talent that made you laugh unexpectedly at his stories, had excellent judgement, and was generous to anyone who needed it.  We had some times when he was difficult to live with, but in the end "he was right".  We loved him and we all will miss him in our daily lives.
Viewing will be on Monday, the 1st of June, 6-9pm at the Mark C. Tilghman Funeral Home LLC, 38 North Forklanding Road, Maple Shade, New Jersey 08052, Phone: 856-779-1200. Please wear face mask. Funeral service and Burial will be private. Contributions appreciated in Thomas Biscardi's name may be sent to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA19140 Phone:215-430-4000
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