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Chief Warrant Officer (SEAL) Thomas C. Maher of Boston, MA, died on April 4th from a traffic accident near his home in Solana Beach, CA. He is survived by his wife Chrissy, son Enzo, Uncle Paul and Aunt Pamela, Stepmother Judy and family. Tom was preceded in death by his parents Frederick Maher and Janet Maher.
Tom was born in Boston, MA, and attended Boston College High School, excelling in both academics and athletics. As a teenager, he was keenly focused and driven in all of his interests. Most notably were his accomplishments as an amateur golden gloves boxer. After meeting a local Navy SEAL, Tom was determined to become one and focused all of his efforts towards achieving that goal.
Shortly after graduating from High School, Tom enlisted in the Navy and volunteered for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, (BUDS). He was assigned to BUD/S class 205 and graduated from training on June, 1996. Following graduation, Tom was assigned to SEAL Team TWO in Little Creek, Virginia where he quickly built a reputation as a devoted top performer within the SEAL enlisted ranks and became an accomplished NSW Sniper, Breacher and Communications specialist.
Tom’s endless desire to test himself and pursue greater challenges led to his successful screening for SEAL Team 6 in 2003, where he once again excelled, standing out as a top performer among his peers. Tom deployed four times to Afghanistan with Gold squadron before being selected for a commission as a Chief Warrant Officer in 2006.
In late 2010, Tom met the love of his life, Chrissy, prompting him to pursue orders to Special Reconnaissance Team ONE (SRT1) in San Diego, California to be near Chrissy. They were soon married, and a year later, Tom and Chrissy welcomed their son Enzo into the world. Their journey as a family together was full of much love, laughter, and deep devotion.
Tom retired after 20 years of service in order to pursue his educational dream, an MBA from the prestigious Sloane School of Business at MIT. He once again excelled by graduating at the top of his class with honors. Tom’s careers following the Navy included roles as the Director of Global Security at Boston Scientific, and most recently the Enterprise Account Executive at Red Hat.
Tom’s unexpected departure left a profound emptiness felt by many. He was a larger-than-life dedicated son, husband, father, best friend and SEAL brother, who always rose to the occasion when challenged. His journey was short but full, and he will be deeply missed. Thomas C. Maher truly lived a life worthy of the deepest respect and admiration. He leaves a legacy that will live on in the memories of all who knew and loved him.
Memorial services will be held at 1000, on May 17th at the base chapel on JEB Little Creek, VA. There will be a reception at the Heritage Center immediately following the memorial. Chrissy has also invited friends, teammates and famiy to attend a celebration of life for Tom at 1800 on May 16th at Chic’s Oyster Bar in Virginia Beach, VA.