Former Alderman Thomas Joseph Beirne Jr. died Monday morning, Feb. 19. Beirne, who served as an alderman during the late Fred Lisman administration, also served as board chairman from 2005 to 2007. He later served on the pension board, as well as the Milford Legends Committee and the Milford Cemetery Commission, where he worked to preserve the remains of Milford\u2019s Revolutionary War veterans. He led re-enactments at Gulf Beach for a number of years, recreating the historical account of soldiers with smallpox who were sent from a British warship to Milford\u2019s shores in 1777. In 2009, Beirne considered a run for mayor, planning to seek the Republican nod over then incumbent Mayor James Richetelli Jr. When Beirne withdrew his name from the race, with a characteristic quip he summed up his decision by saying, \u201cI wouldn\u2019t want to break up a good party.\u201d Richetelli said politics is politics, and this week he lamented the passing of a man dedicated to the community. \u201cTom Beirne was a colorful guy,\u201d Richetelli said. \u201cHe and his family have given a lot of themselves for the betterment of this great community. Tom was devoted to many causes and he was passionate about those causes. I am saddened by his passing and offer my heartfelt condolences to Sheila, his children and grandchildren.\u201d Beirne, 81, lived a charmed life, his family said. \u201cHis quick wit and eternal humor brought laughter to all he knew.\u201d Born in New York City to a large Irish family, he lived a blessed childhood surrounded\u00a0by his five sisters and brother, his family said. His father and namesake, the politically skilled leader of the Teamsters Union, died when Tom was 13. His tough-as-nails mother,\u00a0Elizabeth, held the family together and Tom persevered, graduating at the top of hisclass from Manhattan Prep and Manhattan College. Beirne served in the United States Navy Reserve during the Korean War, and after\u00a0working on the New York Stock Exchange, joined the Hartford Insurance Co. Here fate \u2014 in the form of a car accident \u2014 brought him to the home of the love of his life,\u00a0Sheila Logan. After a seven-month romance, they married and settled in Bronxville, N.Y.\u00a0Four children later, Tom and Sheila knocked down their beach house in Milford to\u00a0build one that better fit their quickly growing family. Devoted to his community, Beirne also served as the chairman of the Bay View Board of\u00a0Governors for 30 years, and in many other public roles. He was grand knight of the St.\u00a0Mary\u2019s Knights of Columbus Council, in addition to planning and personally financing\u00a0historical re-enactments around town. On top of his extensive public service and his\u00a0many business successes, he found time to help write a best-selling history book \u2014 all\u00a0while putting his family first. Mayor Ben Blake said, \u201cI\u2019ve know Tom Beirne most of my life and always appreciated his love for his family, for Bayview and for Milford. He was a good friend who made us all laugh with his dry comedic delivery. We\u2019ve lost a community treasure.\u201dBeirne is survived by his wife, Sheila, his four children, Thomas III (Colleen), Deirdre, Sean, and Brian Logan, and two grandchildren, Thomas IV and Collin. \u201cAs kind as he was brilliant, Tom was beloved by his family, many friends and community,\u201d his family said. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. at St. Mary\u2019s Church in Milford, and interment will follow with full military honors.