September 22, 2013 12:07 AM
Tom was born September 19, 1915 in Sacramento, CA. He passed away September 5, 2013 at Serenity House. He was just two weeks short of his 98th birthday.
He was raised in Santa Barbara, attended local schools, and graduated from Santa Barbara High School.
Tom was predeceased by his four siblings, Marie, Joe, John, and Warren, who was lost in the Pacific during WWII on the ship Meredith D.D.-434. He was also predeceased by his wife Shirley who passed away many years ago. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
During WWII Tom served in the Army Air Force and was stationed in England.
After returning home he started Pacific Auto Salvage, later selling it. He then became partners with his brother Joe at Compressed Steel. They were in business together for many years until their retirement.
Tom was a lifetime member of the Santa Barbara Elks #613 where he was an avid billiard player and also enjoyed many meals at the lodge. He also loved to feed the pigeons in his yard and gardening. He was a great reader of history books, especially those about old ships and wars.
The family wishes to thank all the doctors and nurses at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Serenity House for their care and concern.
A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor at the Santa Barbara Elks #613, 150 North Kellogg Avenue, Goleta, on Tuesday September 24th at 11 AM.
Arrangements Entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary in Santa Barbara, CA.