by Irene Robinson
At his wake, friends and family described Tom as: patient, mischievous, solid, devoted, kind, gentle, accepting, quiet, loyal, trustworthy, warm, easygoing, wholesome, generous and never faltering. His son Jim noted, "His ambition was to be there for his family." His son Mark stated, “He’s the man I want to be—always there, always supportive.” Daughter Erin described his wild sense of humor and his determination to do whatever was needed for his loved ones.
In the early years, Tom was involved in Marriage Encounter and Parent-Teen Encounter. He had a special care for the unborn and was a longtime supporter of Birthright. He was involved in his church, committed to our community life, and quietly served others. He was always on hand when brothers moved a family or formed a work party. He was generous with his possessions, quick to loan his car or whatever a brother or sister needed.
Tom loved playing cards with community members or just spending time with them in small groups. He and Ann often involved community friends on river-rafting trips and on vacations: to the coast, throughout the west and to Alaska.
During the last several months of his life, despite many unforeseen health challenges, Tom never complained and always remained devoted to the Lord, his family and the community. He spent his last few days at home, surrounded by loved ones. Kathie Carolus recalls during her last conversation with Tom she said, “God bless you, Tom.”
And Tom replied, “He has.”