Thomas James Cush Jr., 82, formerly of Dresher, a partner in a Chestnut Hill dental practice for more than three decades, died Nov. 5 in Naples, Fla., where he had lived with his wife, the former Evelyn Marie “Mary” Tatlow, since 1999.

Dr. Cush was a partner with Dr. Robin Gallagher at Chestnut Hill Dental, a partnership they maintained from 1967 to 1998. Earlier Dr. Cush had operated a solo dental practice in Johnstown from 1959 to 1967.

Gallagher described his former partner as “a great mentor to me and kind of like another father.”

“He introduced me to the American Endodontic Society, and it was through his efforts that I became a fellow and a master of the society,” Gallagher said. “He also taught me how to drive a stick shift.”

A native of Johnstown, Dr. Cush attended Villanova University and was a graduate of Temple University’s School of Dentistry. After graduation, he served in the Navy in Japan and the Philippines.

An avid golfer, he was a member of Manufacturers Country Club. He celebrated his 60th birthday with a hot air balloon ride over the Lancaster County countryside, and his 70th soaring in a biplane over the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by sons Thomas J. Cush, Christopher Cush and Michael Cush; daughters Catherine Cush and Mary Beth Peters; a brother, George Cush, and five grandchildren. Two sisters, Jeanne Lewis and Mary Lou Moore, preceded him in death. – WF

Services will be held at a later date.