Francis Thomas ‘Tom’ Savage, 90

Francis Thomas “Tom” Savage, 90, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away on Aug. 17, 2019, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was born in Wilmington on Nov. 23, 1928, son of the late Linden Thomas Savage and the late Rebecca Agnes (Reader) Savage.

Savage retired in 1976 from work for the City of Wilmington as a deputy fire chief. After his retirement, he worked briefly for New Castle County and then opened Tom Savage Associates Contracting Company, which oversaw the construction of numerous schools and public buildings throughout the state.

Savage also enjoyed many hobbies — particularly woodworking. He also obtained his private pilot’s license. He had an active career in the Democratic Party in Delaware. He ran for state senator and insurance commissioner. He testified before the U.S. Congress in the late 1990s about various IRS violations, appearing on “Round Table” with Sam Donaldson. Savage lobbied continually and successfully for the Wilmington Retired Firefighters Association, gaining nominal increases and benefits for retirees, widows and widowers. He was the president emeritus for the WRFA.

In addition to his parents, Savage was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Robert Savage; a grandson, David “Brent” Thompson; and a sister, Doris Savage Brown. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 71 years, Ardeth A. (Lodge) Savage; two daughters, Diane Savage Thompson and her husband, David Ludema, and Linda Margaret Savage Young and her husband, John; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Savage’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m., with visitation at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Del. A reception will follow. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963, or the Alzheimer’s Association ( Condolences may be sent online at