March 21, 2012,
Mayor Vandergriff was a great man and did so much for so many. I lived in Arlington from 1954 until 1987 and watched him guide the city from a small town into one of the greatest cities in America. He dedicated his life to everyone who lived there. His passing was the end of an era yet is memory will last for a long time.
What a great man. As a minority who was born in ft. worth my father had a geat respect for tom, me my son and wife enjoyed with pride making the movie about tom amd the rangers. Rip tom
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I first moved to Arlington, Texas in 1981, I had a problem with the Veterand Administration over my VA Disability and contacted my Congressman, Tom Vandergriff, and I talked with him personaly and met this caring dedicated Man, I will never forget, when he was County Judge in later years when I was downtown Fort Worth I would stop in and visit, I was always met with welcome. Through Tom Vandergriff I gained a High Standard that I hold all elected officials to. I have yet met but a handful that could compare to the Standards that Tom had bestowed on me through his actions and caring and his friendship when we talked. I will truly miss you Tom Vandergriff..
"I worked for the City of Arlington in the late 60s early 70s. He had a way of inspiring city emp. to serve the city in the most positive ways. I believe he gave me an attitude to succede in in my carrer. I sometimes wonder what I may have been if I had stayed with him and the city. I truly believe the "Metroplex" would not be as great as it is if not for Tom Vandergriff.
Memories of Mr. Vandergriff start in the late 1960's when I worked at Vandergriff Chevrolet on Division. Those were the days he wore his fedora to work. Very nice man to work for and look up to as a fine example. He would help anyone every chance he got. A wonderful man, the kind you don't find a lot anymore. Our prayers are with your family.
My deepest Sympathy to the family, Judge Vandergriff was a very special person in our family here at Tarrant County Courthouse. He will never be forgotten and will always be remembered in my heart. I got the enjoyment of sometimes walking with him to our parking garage and he showed respect for all who met us along the way. I could go on about all the kind things he did for the employees here at Tarrant County, but it would end up being a book... God Bless you all and Thanks for the nice meomries Judge Vandergriff
My deepest Sympathy to the Family, along
with My Thanks for all Tom did for others
He always took the time for anyone that
Dear Vandergriff Ohana,
Mahalo for sharing Tom with the public. What an impact he made on the community, state, and nation. When I moved to Arlinton in 1982 from Hawaii, the name I heard talked about most was Tom Vandergriff! My deepest condolences to you, as well as us. God's peace be with you. Aloha,
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
To the Vandergriff Family:
I am teacher with the AISD. I fondly remember his visits to speak with the third graders at Fitzgerald Elementary, many years ago. He was such a fantastic storyteller and such a thoughtful man. He would stand at the door and shake all of their hands. I even remember a time where the students wanted his autograph and he started signing their sheets of paper. One of the teachers stepped in, and had him sign a sheet of paper, which we then copied for the students. I. personally feel, if we had let him, he would have given each one his autograph. He will truly be missed.
May God be with you during this time.
Carrie Loggins (Ellis Elementary)
To the Vandergriff Family: My parents (Willard and Lynn Sutton) thought the world of Mr. and Mrs. Vandergriff. They often referred to them as "the first couple of Arlington". The entire community will miss them.
January 09, 2011
To the Vandergriff Family:
We can never express our thanks for knowing such a lovely family and sharing the early Arlington years with South Davis Elementary, Arlington High School, ASC and UTA. Our children even shared the same pediatrician our beloved Dr. Robert L. Moore.
Our daughter spent many fun days at the Vandergriff house with Valrie. Your father and mother were always the same, so compassionate and sincere.
The Memorial Service was so well done, he would be so proud of you.
Jim & Becky Garrett
To Valrie Vandergriff and Family I went to School with you at Lamar your dad was a class act and Arlington was a better place for it. Our sympathys for you and your family.
Ty Schimmel and family
Tom, you not only were Mr. Arlington to so many of us, you were the Father of Arlington just as George Washington was the Father of the United States. You put Arlington, Texas, on the map and nearly all by yourself made it what it is today. Thanks for making my hometown a city recognized all over the country. You were a great man.
Tom Vandergriff really was a special man. When I was teaching 4th grade they were getting ready to close Seven Seas. Some of my kids were worried about what would happen to the animals, so I had them write to the mayor and ask him about them. A few days later I got a message to call the mayor's office. I did so at my next break. I was shocked that it wasn't a secretary who answered the phone, but Tom Vandergriff himself. He wanted to set up a visit. He came and talked to my class. He listened to each child attentively and answered them with the same respect he would a governor or a CEO. Just another day serving Arlington.
I'm just so glad that he got to see his Rangers in a World Series. He will be missed but remembered for all he did for Arlington. This was a man of class, a trait he obviously he passed on as seen in the way his family presented themselves at the memorial during their time of grief.
Vanessa, Mark and your family, Please know that our prayers are with you and your entire family. Your Dad is no doubt "fussing" over the news items and public acknowledgements. We don't know of anyone more deserving of all the accolades and wonderful comments that have been said about the "Mayor". He will never be forgotten and always thought of as an honest, kind and generous person. Earl and Sandy Haberkamp
To the family of Tom Vandergriff. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest in peace Mr. Vandergriff.
To the family of Tom Vandergriff: My sincere sympathy at this sad time for you and all who benefited from the dedicated life of "the Mayor" through his many years of service. You continue his example of service to your fellowmen and your communtity and those who are touched by his life and yours appreciate it and thank you.
Wow! What an inspiration! Thank you Mr. Mayor for teaching me how to give and how to give back!
Susan Carpenter, Arlington, Texas
Tom, thank you for everything!
May our wonderful Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, comfort your family … and all of your many friends … with the confidence that we will see you again soon, just as He promised.
Tom, thank you for everything!
May our wonderful Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, comfort your family and all of your many friends with the knowledge that we will see you again soon, just as He promised.
I am thankful for those unselfish and inspired individuals who devote their lives to public service. Mr. Vandergriff is the standard by which all others are measured. Thank you for improving the lives and opportunities of all Texans.
I was fortunate to not only meet Judge Vandergriff but I also was able to work with him on his official election board duties. Such a great man that made you feel like an instant friend. God bless, Judge Vandergriff.
Jesse Price, former Dallas City Councilman
In addition to the many accomplishments listed, Mr. Vandergriff also touched another great organization – The American Junior Golf Association. His daughter, Vivica, was a participant in the organization in the early years. Mr. Vandergriff served as a Board Member during those early years and I was privileged to serve with him and learn from such a fine gentleman. As with everything he touched, his guidance provided many lessons which endure today. I know I am better for having been able to be around him.
Vivica, may God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
My family moved to Arlington in 1952 when I was just 4 years old, so Tommy Vandergriff was a name I have long known. My father, Lloyd Paschal, knew Mr. Vandergriff and thought very highly of him.
May you rest in peace and thank you for all you did for Arlington and Texas through your many years of public service.
TO THE MAN WHO IS ARLINGTON, TEXAS, YOU WILL BE SORELY MISSED. THANKS FOR THE
GLORIA MILLIGAN EVANELLO
Happy trails to a gentle man with a big heart and a wonderful sense of humor who did a lot of things for a lot of people.
Mr. Vandergriff was a great Mayor for this Town,Moved here 1958, My late Husband really liked Mr Vandergriff, and thought he was very good for Arlington. Will Be missed by his Family,and freinds
Tom, it's time to rest. God bless you and your family. Jana,Curt and Stacy Schriever
There are not enough worlds in the universe to describe the greatness that was Tom Vandergriff. My family moved to Arlington in 1960 when I was a child so I grew up knowing that Tom Vandergriff was "the man". Later in life I had the privilege to work with him. He was truly the most gracious and generous person I have ever met. He will be missed.
Dear Vandergriff Family,
In the mid 1940's your Father Tom and this writer, Tim, were employees of Elliot Roosevelt's Texas State Network and radio station KFJZ. Some three decades later would find us together on a E.M.S. program issue that without Tom would have delayed completion by a year, a year lost that 20% of trauma victims would not survive. Few elected officials will garner the respect your Father had. Find comfort in the thought "He was a Statesman".
With hope that others might follow his leadership, I am sincerely yours.
Tim L.Thomas, Sr.
We missed Tom from the time he retired from Tarrant County Judge. Tom Vandergriff was the guiding hand that kept Arlington growing and moving forward. He epitomized the type of leader who cared for all the people and had the vision of how to improve our lives in North Texas. He will be remembered because he is irreplaceable. Rosemary and Lou DuBois.
While a student at UTA in the late sixties, I was assigned to drive a parade car (convertible...a chevy...he loaned all the cars for the parade) with Mr. Vandergriff as the passenger. The only thing that interrupted his thirty minute conversation with me, about me, where I was from, what I wanted to do in life, was his frequent calling out to people on the sidewalks -just as often by their first names as not.
Then frequently, followed by an aside to his amazed driver -"That's Bob 'Smith', he paints cars at the General Motors plant. That's Jim 'White' he's got an insurance agency on West Abrams."
He did tell me I was driving a little to fast. Seems correct parade speed was three, not five, miles per hour.
Thank you, Tom Vandergriff for caring so much about the people of Arlington and making it a great city. You will be missed.
I remember, when I told Judge Vandergriff how much I admired him and appreciated his many services to our area,how he was too modest to accept praise and said that he just did what he thought needed to be done. What a great loss of a great man.
Sherron Williams,Fort Worth
Tom Vandergriff was a great blessing for Arlington,TX. My sincere sympathy to his family.
Thank you Mr. Vandergriff.
I loved living in Arlington when Tom Vandergriff was Mayor. Such a visionary, and he listened to the citizenry.
Arlington is the great city that it is due in large part to Tom Vandergriff's vision, wisdom, determination, and grace! Thank Tom! God Bless you and your Family!!
Thank you mayor..you made Arlington great..
As suburban editor in charge of the first Arlington bureau of the Star-Telegram, I was privileged to know this remarkable gentleman. His integrity and honesty were real. He did everything as Arlington mayor, from personally picking up garbage when he got a complaint to bringing in major league baseball. He never broke appointments, even when it was tempting. He could quieten a complainer with his deep sonorous voice, telling a constitutent, ``Thank you for the benefit of your reason.'' Mayor Vandergriff, Congressman Vandergriff and County Commissioner Vandergriff served us well. It's a shame he didn't stay on the national scene longer and use his great abilities to lead our nation. Thank you Mayor Vandergriff for your life of service. Our sympathies go out to your family. Jim Jones
Tom Vandergriff, was one of the good guys. Robert Adams Willow Park, Texas
My family moved to Arlington in 1958 and we attended the same First Methodist church as the Vandergriff's.I was his paperboy when I was at AHS, Class 1964,I used to see him at civic functions,getting a haircut,or at restaurants,etc.I used to joke with him about the Rangers when I would see him.Well he always made me proud to be from Arlington,and the Rangers finally made both of us proud. Mayor,Judge, Representative,Announcer no matter what hat he wore he was always wearing it for Arlington.Well done good and faithful servant and may you RIP.God Bless you family for sharing this Grand Christian Gentleman with us.
I have a life time of memories With Tom.my aunt Avo Percifield had the first Real Estate and Beauty Shop in Arl my mother babysat Tom as a child. My husband and I both retired from GM Arlington and have a great life. just last year we both got to go to the World Series ,something Tom had much to do with. Tom married my son and his wife at Joe T Garcia first wedding he prefomed as judge he will forever be a big part of our lives.so for the Percifield Main McCugh and Hoernkes we will all be a part of remeberence of you and your family
My wife Janice and I married in June 1966 in Cleburne, honeymooned in Ft-Worth one night, and set up housekeeping in our Arlington apartment on June 4th. As an A.S.C student and football player, I soon learned that our Mayor was the announcer of our home games. During the next 4 years I had many opportunities to meet and see the Mayor. He impressed me as a humble and kind man, who was truly interested in others.
My first real job, after football, was with the Arlington City Planning Dept. in 1972, thanks to Mayor Vandergriff. Later as real estate developer/broker, I appeared before the Mayor and City Council several times and was impressed with the way he directed the City affairs. His many talents and gifts were constructively used for the benefit of others more than anyone I have ever known.
In 2004 at the UT-Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor Ceremony,his introduction of the 1967 National College Division Champion Rebel Football Team was a tremendous honor for us and a tribute to a man with a great heart for serving others!
I will never forget Tom Vandergriff and always be thankful for the influence he has had in my life.
He was very kind ..........one of a kind. He made public service a habit and we all benefitted.
God bless his kind soul.
Becky & Greg Haskin
I had the priviledge of knowing Mr. Vandergriff when I worked at Vandergriff Insurance Agency. I was one of the last employees to work there when the agency closed. Mr. Vandergriff took us out to lunch and offered to help us in any way he could to find employment, all we had to do was to contact him, and he wrote us a wonderful letter of recommendation. Because of that letter (employer was impressed), I was hired on the spot and worked for the company for the next 20years until I retired.
Thank You Mr. Vandergriff!!!
RIP Mr. Vandergriff. You were a great man and all of Arlington owes you a huge thank you.
It was an honor to have known you and your family.
AHS Class of 1976
I am the widow of William A. (Bill) Burdett. Long time friend of Tommy.
Thank you Mr. Vandergriff. I was four years old in 1959 when my family moved to Arlington. I have lived here ever since. I am so proud of the growth and the opportunties Arlington offers. I would not have had the great quality of life here in Arlington if it wasn't for Mr. Vandergriff. I am forever grateful for his service and love of Arlington and North Texas.
I was born (1954) raised, graduated from Arlington High School, went to college there before moving to my current home at Possum Kingdom Lake. Mayer Vandergriff was a great man who helped put Arlington on the map with his good doings as long as I can remember. His family and mine were close aquaintainces for many years. My symphanthy goes to this great mans family. Peggy Stanlet
On November 27, 1996, my husband and I were to be married at the Tarrant County courthouse. Once we arrived we found out that the office had closed early for the Thanksgiving holiday and they had forgotten to notify their last appointment, us. Another clerks office called around and Mr. Vandergriff said that he would marry us. We have always been so very thankful that he was such a nice and generous man to take time out of his day to do such a wonderful thing. We will always remember and be honored that he was the one that made that day so special for us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Judge Vandergriff, as I knew him, was one of the most kind hearted, loveable persons I have ever met. We had many conversations and he was always such an encouraging influence. He will be so missed by so many people. May he rest in the glory of eternal peace.
I had the priviledge of serving eight years on the Arlington City Council with Mr. Vandergriff as Mayor. During that time I probably learned more about how to manage my business and my life from Tom than all the other people I have known. Thank you Tom, I will never forget.
When you were raised in Arlington your entire life, from C. B. Berry Bears to Nichols Mustangs to Arlington High School Colts and you have your children born and raised in Arlington, you know you are one of the lucky ones to have been in a great city...it was a small town with a big heart and because of Mayor Tom Vandergriff, it is a big city still with a heart. Being a cheerleader at AHS and a part of that era afforded you the opportunity to connect with the Vandergriff family from his announcing all our football games to announcing the end-of-the-year AHS Awards. Being in banking continued to allowed me to be involved with the community and the city politics and then working for Mayor and Banker Harold Patterson, who thought the world of Tom Vandergriff, I got even closer. As Mayor Vandergriff retired, I even got to stay connected because Arlington people just eat at the same places and have the same routines. It was always an honor to be able to say hello to Tom and Anna Wynette Vandergriff at dinner. Mayor Vandergriff was the MC for Awards Night at AHS...calling out all the awards....Mr. and Mrs. AHS, Class Favorites, Most Likely to Succeed and he made us feel like we were all going to make something of our life because we were from Arlington. In business, people are amazed when you are raised here, go to college here and work in Arlington that you must know everyone, but the reality is that Mayor Vandergriff instilled a sense of pride in all of us that makes us stand proud to say, "I'm from Arlington, Texas." It is with admiration that I knew a great man and he was from where I lived, worked and raised my children...Mayor Tom Vandergriff.
Cathy Self Allen - "Remember who you are and where you came from"
To the Vandergriff family,
Please accept our deepest condolences on your loss.
Arlington was so lucky to have had such a tireless visionary as a statesman and leader in the years of early economic growth. Every citizen owes him a wealth of gratitude.
My father,Wayne Wade, was once the operating manager of Turnpike Stadium, which was the home of the Texas Rangers in the early days. My father always had nothing but kind words of praise for Mr. Vandergriff. He once sent him a note with a picture of a growling bulldog..telling him to,Go Get em..!!....when he was a Judge and facing some adversity on a decision he had made against the Sheriffs department...
Mr. Vandergriff called him, and said he had put this on his wall.. in his office.He got a good laugh out of it.He was never too busy to stop and offer a kind word to others.
We often got phone calls from him saying how beautiful the azaleas were at our home, which was on Park Row also.
He was the heart and soul of this community and he will be missed and remembered for the tireless servant he was to the people of this city.
In your time of sorrow, may you find comfort in knowing that his spirit will live forever in this City.
His legacy will forever be imprinted upon every citizen in this community.
He was as close to royalty as we could have in Arlington, Texas.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and this community that he so loved.
My family came to Arlington because of Tommy and GM. In later years, it was a pleasure to do business with Tom.My condolences go out to the Vandergriff family. We all will miss him...
I had the honor and priviledge of knowing Judge Vandergriff when I worked at the Tarrant County Administration Building in downtown Fort Worth several years ago. Judge Vandergriff always had a kind word to say to whoever he encountered during the day. He was an honorable gentleman. When I first started working at the County I was trying to catch the elevator one day and someone was holding the door for me and telling me to take my time. Lo and behold if it wasn't the County Judge himself! That was very impressive to this then-newly hired County employee.
We will always remember "What You Did for Love."
Mr. Vandergrief was the kind of person we need more of today. He was a man who got things done. He will be missed!
May God bless you and keep you, and hold you in his loving arms.
Vivecca and family.
We are so sorry for your great loss,your
Dad. He was a very caring person, he was
our friend, we met on the golf tour.
Kim & Eleanore
We came to Arlington in 1952, along with a host of others (many were WWII Vets) to work for Bell Helicopter or General Mtrs. Not everyone welcomed all "those Yankees," but Mayor Tom Vandergriff & his gracious wife became both friends and neighbors to many of us in those early years. We became staunch supporters of their primary interest in life - their family, the city of Arlington & Tarrant County in general. My deepest sympathy to his family and the entire communmity he served. Tom Vandergriff will, indeed, be missed! Mrs. Edwin (Jen) Barney, Arlington, TX
To the Vandergriff Family,
I regret the loss of my former Mayor, Announcer, Congressman and the esteemed County Judge.
My family moved to Arlington in about 1954. As an Arlingtonian, I never new any other mayor. I played football, interior line, from 1966 to 1969, for the Mighty Arlington Colts, and kicked off a little. Coaches John Reddell, Weldon Wright, Dean Hesse and the Mayor on the PA made a huge impact on my desire to play. As you remember, schoolboy football was and is a really big deal in Arlington. I would occasionally hear the Mayor calling my name and number. Unlike the coaches, he never criticized my goofs.
I played football for a year at Dartmouth, as a tight end and special teams player, and we were untied and undefeated. Football was not such a big deal in New Hampshire, so I hung up my cleats. I went to graduate school in Austin and sought Mr. G's help with a candidate to whom he gave money, if not his whole-hearted support. He was wonderful and always remembered my name.
As you know, he gave back a tremedous legacy for our home town. The growth of UTA, Turnpike Stadium, Pro Baseball, the success and stature of AHS and its Football program owe Judge Vandergriff an immense debt, who will live on in our hearts, minds and his many silent epitaphs.
I last saw the Judge at an AHS Reunion and congratuated him on his election. I guess I never really figured he would pass on but just kind of be there, like the Trinity.
My most sincere condolences at your loss. Reed Greene, AHS '69, Boerne, Texas.
May we all pray for the family of Tom Vandergriff and thank God for the servant he was. Tom Vandergriff listened completely and respected those citizens that elected and re-elected him though his adult life. One reason our nation is so great is there are the few generous and qualified individuals who voluntarily serve in elected public office like Tom Vandergriff.
What a awesome man. God Bless the Family as they celebrate the life and going home of a great man.
He was the nephew of my adopted Granpa Jessie Archibald Vandergriff. Was so sorry to hear this. He did so much good in his life. His family should be very proud. I know his uncle would be.
January 5, 2011
We came to Arlington in 1970 as newly weds. I, as a foreign student transferring to UTA and my wife, a recent graduate of ETBC in Marshall. Arlington was a dynamic community with many things going for it: Six Flags Mall, Six Flags, Seven Seas, UTA, and soon to come the Texas Rangers. Having come from a very different political and cultural background, we learned to appreciate why America was so unique. We soon became familiar with the Vandergriff name and the outstanding contibutions that this tireless man kept bringing to Arlington. My wife and I agreed that Tom Vandergriff should be the equivalent of the 'Patron Saint' that our communities back home honor and rely on for extraordinary things.
We met Mr. Vandergriff many years later when he came to speak at First Baptist Church (our church) and we shared with him this snipet of irreverance; he laughed and was too modest to even consider the monicker.
We learned about outstanding characters in U.S. history, men who put their imprint on the legacy of this country; we feel that we met one such individual, that through selfless service gave us an example of what a public servant is.
Our deepest condolences to the Vandergriff family, and all our respect to Mr. Tom Vandergriff.
Miguel and Emma Checka Arlington, Tx.
When you heard someone talking about Tommy and Arlington you knew they were talking about MR. VANDERGRIFF. The news talked about his major accomplishments. They did not have the time or space to list all he did. Do you suppose anyone could ever list all of the people whose lives are better because of the things he has done? MR. VANDERGRIFF was truly a giant among giants.
How blessed were all were to have Judge Vandergriff in our lives.
His influence in the area was tremendous. He was always a thoughtful
and caring individual. We send our condolences to the Vandergriff family.
Sincerely, Ginny and Joe Tigue
Thank you, Tom Vandergriff. You have left all of us a wonderful legacy of Arlington history - we see it all around us - it lives on. We miss you.
So many lives were enhanced by Tom Vandergriff. We thank God for his exemplary life.
I knew the Honorable "Mayor" Vandergriff thru Arlington Memorial and my mom's work there. Of course growing up in Arlington I felt like I always knew him. I will always remember the kindest, most sincere letter he wrote our family after my father's death in 1965. He will be missed but we know he is in a far better land. God thank you for his time with us. May the family celebrate such a wonderful life.
Jane Honeycutt Taylor (Arlington)
Victor, Kristen and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. To have known your parents has been such a great honor. He was truly a quality indvidual and will always be remembered with affection and respect. Susan and I wish you peace.
Arlington lost a good man and a major early visionary for Arlington.
To Victor and all of the family, please accept our condolences for the loss of Mr. Vandergriff. He was always a great asset to his community and country as well as the franchised car dealer body.
Sincerely - Peter Kultgen and the Bird-Kultgen Ford Family.
To all of the Vandergriff family, we offer our deepest sympathy for the loss of Tommy (as we knew him). He touched the lives of thousands of people. We loved and respected Tom J. (as we knew him). He was truly one of a kind. George L. Parr family (1943-2011)
The passing of Tom Vandergriff is the passing of a legend in public service. His tireless work to bring development and improvements to quality of life for Arlington’s residents didn’t just help Arlington, it laid the groundwork for the entire region to grow and prosper. He was an early proponent of the importance of regionalism as seen by his push for the building of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and the establishment of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, both of which has provided the opportunity for the region to become an economic powerhouse for business as well as tourism. His leadership will be greatly missed but his legacy will continue to live on.
I'll never forget my 17th birthday, the day our mayor returned from his successful negotiations for bringing us a Major League Baseball team to Arlington. It was September 22, 1971, and Sam Houston High School's marching band scrambled enough transportation to congratulate and welcome home our beloved Mayor Vandergriff at Love Field.
I recall his nickname as the "Boy Mayor", and as a three-year-old in 1957, remembering a time with non-stop rain. All that rain came to fill the 'miracle lake', Lake Arlington; another wonderful dream that Mr. Vandergriff fulfilled for the City of Arlington.
Not only can I visualize the Stadium being renamed to Vandergriff Stadium or Field, I can even see the name of the city being renamed Vandergriff, Texas!
Jean Louise 'Scout' Stone (nee Place)
Mark and Vanessa,
May you find comfort and peace in the wonderful memories that you shared throughout his life.
We love you.
The Ferguson Family
Mr.Vandergriff was such a presence in my generations's early life. I attended South Davis Elementary where their children attended school. Mr. and Mrs. Vandergriff were very involved in the schools. In 5th grade they brought a famous Russian violinist to the elementary school to speak to the classes about music and the greatness of living in the United States.
Every year, the Optimist Club Little League baseball held a huge parade through downtown Arlington on the first day of the season and he attended as Marshall for the parade and attended the opening ceremonies at Colt and Rebel Field.
I threw their DMN paper for 2 years in junior high. And what an honor it was to have Mr. Vandergriff be the public address announcer while playing for my high school football team.
What a majestic voice!
What a tireless contributor to the community!
What a benevolent soul!
Thank you Mr. Vandergriff!
To the family of Mr. Vandergriff, I extend my sincere condolences for your loss.
I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Mr. Vandergriff was an amazing man with so many wonderful accomplishments. I know you were so proud of him as he was of you. We are praying that God gives you and your family strength.
Love, Julie & Scott MacArthur
Thank you, Mr. Mayor - Mr. Arlington, really - for all that you have done for so many over so many years. You will never be forgotten in the city that you did so much to create.
I am a proud UTA graduate (twice), a former Arlington resident, and a faithful Rangers fan since Day 1.
Thanks again for all that you did for Arlington.
My family moved to Arlington in 1962 when I was 10 years old. As I grew up, and going through school the school system, I especially my high school years attending the Friday night football games, I vividly remember the resoning voice of then Mayor Vandergriff as he announced for the SHHS football games. He was awesome!
I remember him as being a genuine and kind man who never met a stranger, and did not mind extending out his hand to those in need! I consider him an icon in his own right as he put Arlington on the map! I was in the class of 69 and recall he graciously donated his showroom again for our senior prom.
Although Arlington changed for the better significantly during his leadership tenure, there will never be another Tom Vandergriff to exude the goodwill, hard work and diligence he stood for. In my opinion, he was a man for all seasons and a great American.
Sadly, in my opinion, Arlington is not the same, it has changed, and unfortunately, not for best. However, it still remains the City strengthened by Mayor Vandergriff. His legacy of his great works and deeds throughout the community, will live on in our hearts forever...
I have my memories of him which I will cherish the rest of my life..... I bet he is already found his place in heaven, and ready to serve there as he did on earth!
May the peace of God be with each of you during this very difficult time.
I was born in Ft. Worth, there was no Arlington Memorial then. However, my parents brought me home to Arlington as soon as they could. My brother, Van, and I grew up here and didn't move until we married. My parents met, married and retired in Arlington, Paul and Kathleen Culver Fanning. My Dad worked for the Vandergriff's until Temco came to Grand Prairie. Both of my Grandfather's worked for Tommy and Hooker. My Mother and Aunt Bobbye went to school with Ginger and AnnWynette. The Culvers and the Fanning's loved the Vandergriff's and all they have done for the "metroplex". To the family I want to thank you for sharing your Dads with us. Tommy was sweet and a wonderful man. There are few words that can describe his generosity. We will miss him and I know you will everyday. The Lord will see you through, just ask.
Our prayers and blessings are with you.
Vivica, although I didn't know your Dad, I feel like I did. He was a great man and had a great run! Miss you & love always!
Victor and family,
I have worked for the North Central Texas Council of Governments for more than 34 years and Mr. Vandergriff would come to our offices for board meetings and I had mention to the late Bill Pitstick, Executive Director of NCTCOG how when I was a child more than 50 years ago my parents would load us all in the car and we would drive from the North side of Fort Worth all the way down Highway 80 to pay our car payment and Mr. Pitstick introduce me to Mr. Vandergriff and from that point on anytime Mr. Vandgergriff was in the building he would always stop by to say hello and how are you doing today? He will always have a special place in my heart.
Alice M. Anderson Webster ~~
North Central Texas Council of Governments
One of a kind best describes Tom Vandergriff.
A loving husband, father, and grandfather as well as a caring and compassionate leader.
God blessed Arlington with his presence and his impact will last forever through the lives of those he touched.
He will always be the Mayor of Arlington in my mind. We came here in 51 and were privileged to witness how fast Arlington grew under his leadership. He will always be in my family's hearts.
I knew Tom both in church and in the community. He will be greatly missed.
He was my hero - during his tenure Arlington was at its best. I was proud to be from Arlington. As long as he was mayor, Arlington was clean, pretty and a success. Sadly, after him it has never been the same and now instead of the pride I used to feel, I'm now sad. He was a man of character and so many of us admired him for so many years. RIP my Arlington hero!
I got to know Judge Vandergriff through his daughter Valerie. He always wanted to know something about the people he met...what their dreams were as well as who they were. He was definitely one of the kindest men I've ever had the privilege to know.
We lived in Arlington when it hit 50,000 people. A great man has left us and he will be missed. We send our sympathy to all the family.
Nona Cobden (Fort Worth, TX)
In the mid '90's, I started working with the Fairmount Neighborhood Association to help protest alcohol permits for bars and convenience stores in our neighborhood. I appeared as the Protestant many times in the Judge's court. He was always courteous, patient, and understanding of our neighborhood's efforts to improve the area. He attended several special events in our neighborhood. I will miss his smile and wit and sense of community. He gave so much to Fort Worth and Arlington and these areas are much improved because of him. He touched many lives and will be missed. Thanks to his family for sharing him with this community for so many years.
Victor and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of great loss. May you find peace and comfort in our Heavenly Father.
I am so proud of all the accomplishments Judge Vandergriff made to Arlington. You helped the girl scouts so very much. You were an honorable man in all areas of your life. I will truly miss you. Thank you for a lifetime of oustanding service to the public/community.
Retired Elementary School Principal
I remember when me and my Dad and my brother was at Arlington Stadium and we were sittingthree rows back from Tom Vandergriff. Welived in Arlington fron 1965 to 2004 then me and my wife moved to Weatherford Texas Boy did arlington GROW! Now that its giong to be a big city. My condolences and Prayers to the Vandergriff Family He surely was a good man and will be missed. Gary Tipton
Judge Vandergriff worked with my Father Sam. He was the first one who signed my father's guest book at his funeral. He told me how much my Dad meant to him. He took the time out of his busy schedule to pay his respects. I have never forgotten it even though it was almost 20 years ago. He was such a good man. He will be missed. I am saddened by his passing.
WE WILL MISS A GREAT MAYOR AN OUTSTANDING CONGRESSMAN AND A WONDERFUL LEADER OF PEOPLE. HE'S A TRUE INSPIRATION FOR THOSE OF US STILL HERE. BOB GREENBERG
Dear Valerie and family,
We all know of the suffering, from your loss. Through the degrees of time, such rough waters will subside, and your path will again be gentle.
Dana and Deanna Motsenbocker
Mr. Vandergriff was a great supporter of Girl scout troop #4 a troop that had very little money or resources he made their adventer in scouting something they all will remember. He was also a good friend to my father in law, Glen Ward he will be sorely missed.
Judge Vandergriff was the standard of leadership needed to get ideas/projects
done to make life better for us. Further,
Judge Vandergriff practiced bringing teams
Together to keep the public involved.
Let us express in our prayers, our thanks to
His family for sharing him with the Region.
I first met Tom when I was a boy, tagging along with my father, He remained a friend to my father and he performed my wife's and my wedding ceremony in 2000. He was always good natured, gentle and honest . Qualities that seem foreign to the political leaders of today. Tom leaves a lasting legacy in this are, and in the people he touched. He will be missed.
My condolences to the family. Tom Vandergriff will be missed.
You were a true spirit,you always loved Arlington and you had such a vision for the city,thanks for making us
a thriving city with a small town feeling,you were never to busy to talk to a kid and you always listened when we came to you, I am so glad you got to see your Texas Rangers get to the World Series and see your vision for Arlington come to life,thanks for all that you did you will be missed!!!!!!!!
Brian and Vickie Crawford
Working part-time at Six Flags in the early 90's, I will always remember speaking with him as I would see him happily pushing a couple of (grand-children) around the park, sometimes at night. Like everyone, I loved his voice and speaking manner! Heaven has a new council member.
I had the priviliege of knowing Mr. Vandergriff through my mother. A man absolutely devoted to his community and region. A man of character, honor, integrity and tenacity. Yet also a down to earth, just plain decent human being, no airs, no pretense. Arlington and the Metroplex would not be what they are without his efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Judge Vandergriff was a patriotic American who was never too busy to donate his time. Years ago, he graciously consented to narrate the musical "Liberty" presented by the Lamar High School choir and orchestra. His resonant voice made the stirring narrations memorable for all.
As the choir director of Lamar High School, I was blessed to have 3 of the wonderfully talented Vandergriff grandchildren in my choir. Judge Vandergriff always attended every concert and performance. What a wonderful legacy this family has!
My prayers are with you - Victor, Kristin, Katharine, Parker and Caroline. I am so blessed that your family has touched my life.
Tom Vandergriff was a true gentleman. He treated everyone with respect regardless of their station in life. His kindness will be missed by all who ever knew him. May God comfort his loved ones.
As an Arlington resident in the 70s and 80s, I saw so many things that had the Vandergriff name on them. I appreciated what Mr. Vandergriff had done for Arlington. Eventually I came to sit with Tom, as he asked me to call him, most Sunday mornings in the early service at FUMC-Arlington. Such a nice man. My prayers for the family.
eciate everything that you hava done for the city of Arlington and Arlington Memorial Hospital.We think that the Ballpark of Arlington should change their name to Vandergriff Stadium.We are really going to miss you.Our prayers are with your family.
Night shift staff on station 41 at Arlington Memorial Hospital.
condolences to the Vandergrief families. Prayers are with you. He was a great person. He will not be replaced. He was a leader and knew what he needed to do for his country. No one can fill his shoes.
Bless you for having such a great dad.
Roger and Mary Oliver, Fort Worth, TX
I'm very saddened to learn of Mayor Vandergriff's passing. My family moved from Ft. Worth to Arlington in 1960. I grew to love Arlington and the quality of life there. That quality of life was the result of all the things Mr. Vandergriff did for the city and its people. Although I've lived in San Antonio since 1976, Arlington will always be my home town, and Tom Vandergriff will always be Mr. Arlington. My sincere condolences to his family and my gratitude to him for many jobs well done.
I am a Muslim American residing in Arlington since 1995 and am grateful to Mr. Vandergriff for his services to the City. No other resident of Arlington has contributed so much to our city than him. We will always cherish his memory for shaping the Arlington as it stands today - a wonderful city for all. Thank you Mr. Vandergriff! Rest in peace.
Muslim Community Center for Human Services
Arlington has lost its own "George Bailey."
What a difference you have made in all the lives of the residents of both Arlington and North Texas.
The world is definitely is a better place...because of you.
You will be missed. God Bless you. And God Bless your family.
The Grandest Orator would not know where to even begin, much less find the expressive vocabulary to properly pay tribute to this true servant of the public! The clock of time is wound but once, and no man holds the power, to know when death may come to him, at late or early hour. Now is the time for all good men to live and work with a will. Place no faith in tomorrow, for the hands may then be still.
I grew up hearing the name Tom Vandergriff. He did so much for North Central Texas, not just Arlington. Mr. Vandergriff spent his whole life in service to his community and he will be greatly missed. I wish to extend my sympathy and prayers to the family during this time of grief. May you find the peace and comfort that only God can give.
My sincere thanks to the Vandergriff family for sharing Tom Vandergriff with the citizens of Arlington and Texas. We have all been blessed to enjoy the fruits of his labor for our City and Texas. This past summer I was fortunate to spend a few minutes talking with him during a Rangers game. It gave me the opportunity to talk to him about the growth of Arlington and thank him for his hard work and vision. Always the humble man, he appreciated serving. His example of leadership and service is a wonderful guide for all of us.
In the late 50's I lost my fifty cents to go to the show with my friends. I went across the street to call my mom to come get me. I was crying and he came to me and gave me the money to go. Never have forgotten that. Always heard stories about him and things like that. Think the world loses when a person like that passes. Our loss. Rest in peace.
Tom Vandergriff was the sweetest and kindest man I ever knew. I will miss him.
My heart goes out to the Vandergriff family. Arlington has lost its greatest champion, and you have lost your loved one. Having lost my mother in 2006, I understand your grief. She knew Tommy well and now has another friend in Heaven. We all will miss this great man.
My sympathy to Mr. Vandergriff's family. When I was a Junior at Arlington High School, he let us have a party at his home after we finished the last show of "Hello Dolly". That was back in the 70's. No matter how old you get you never get over a love one passing. Thank you Mr. Vandergriff for everything that you have done for Arlington. You are very much loved by everyone. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and caring.
It was an honor and priviledge to call Mr. Vandergriff a friend. I met Mr. Vandergriff in 1977 when I moved my family to Arlington. In those 30+ years, we became friends, he will be truly missed by anyone who had the opportunity to meet him.
My family has been touched by Tom Vandergriff countless times, but I first met him in about 1960 when I was 10 years old. My father, Noel Pryor was an Arlington police officer. Dad and I went to city hall for some reason and we encountered Mr. Vandergriff in the lobby. He took several minutes of his valuable time to talk to me and tell me how much he thought of my father.
Over the decades, I saw Tom on occasion and he always knew who I was. I remember him being the voice of play by play at high school football games, providing charter buses to our band at Sam Houston High School and making the Chevrolet showroom available for my senior prom.
They don't make men like Tom Vandergriff anymore. My family and I will always cherish his memory. God bless.
Brockport, New York
Rest In Peace Mr. Vandergriff
As a resident of Arlington in the 60's, 70's and 80's, I was well aware of all the wonderful things Tom Vandergriff brought about for Arlington and whole area. What a selfless, kind, christian, visionary man he was. Thank your family for sharing him. May your many memories sustain you during this difficult time. Rest well, Mr. Vandergriff. You certinly earned and deserve it. God bless you and your family.
My mother admired Tom Vandergriff and I know she would want me to extend sympathy and prayers for the Vandergriff family. So, from Bettye Crippen, God bless you and send the peace of His love to your sorrow filled hearts.
I will light two candles at Mass today at St. Maria Goretti...one for Mayor Vandergriff and one for AnnaWaynette....my neighbors and friends, reunited today in Heaven.
When my father, Dr. Frank Rainone, and my uncle, Dr. Carl Rainone, died in an accident, we needed a venue large enough to hold their memorial. Tommy Vandergriff got us Arlington Convention Center. Thanks, Tommy, for that, for GM, for The Rangers, and congratulations on a life well lived!
Im African American an would like to thank Mr. Vandergriff for employing me , my sisters, brothers, and in-laws. We migrated from Mississippi knowing that we had a job at Vandergriff Chevrolet when we got there know matter what the job was. Also don't forget that he was the voice of UTA Football. He was also a sponsor to me when I ran Track & Field for Texas Track Club. I bought my 1st car from Vandergriff. I purchased my current vehicle from Vandergriff. And many in between. Nothing but the warmest thoughts of you Mr. V
May God bless the Vandergriff family forever. Amen!
Walter "Skeet" Stigler brother of Allen Stigler
My sympathies to the entire Vandergriff family. It seems no matter how old you get, you can never really prepare for the loss of a loved one.I live in Fort Worth now, but I grew up in Arlington and will always consider it my home. I thank Mr.Vandergriff for everything he did to make it such a wonderful place to grow up. I will always have fond memories of my childhood in Arlington. He will always be remembered for all the truely wonderful people and places brought to Arlington. Mr.Vandergriff never stood out as someone who always wanted the center stage for all of the attention/accolades for what he did. I think that is what made him so special. He will definitely be missed. He was a wonderful man who cared so much about the City of Arlington and it still shows today. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Good man. We need more leaders and original thinkers like Mr. Vandergriff. Rest in peace.
Mr. Vandergriff had an unsurpassed spirit of public service and amazing energy. He seemed to be everywhere and no group was too small for his attention. When I was a younger man I heard him speak several times to small youth groups. His presents and approachability made me feel closer to the community and government. Thank you Mr. Vandergriff, I love the Arlington you did so much to create, you served long and well.
My sincere sympathy to the Vandergriff family and the City of Arlington on their loss. God Speed.
He had a vision for a town stuck between 2 large cities.
A wonderful person who was so intertwined with Arlington in my youth
he was the only Mayor I ever knew.
Look up the word amazing in the dictionary, there's a picture of this lifelong public servant as part of the definition.
I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family, many friends & to my hometown that has lost a most treasured citizen.
Vanessa, Mark, Victor, Kristen, Catherine, Parker, Caroline, Valerie, Paul, Kendal, Rachael, Viveca, “Ginger”, and Jerry.
Please accept my sincere condolences.
Not many truly know the personal sacrifices, that Tom made everyday to do all that he did, but just as importantly most will never comprehend the sacrifices of AnnaWaynette, and each of you. The wonderful things that Tom so valiantly sought to accomplish, for the greater good, not only has his wonderful mark on it, but all of yours as well. I want each of you to know how truly special you all are to me. Thank you for giving of yourselves, to allow Tom, to just be Tom. No one will ever be able to do what he did, yet we can all learn that it is not so much “what we cannot do, as to what can we do” that will make the difference. Tom told me this when I was a councilman, and it has been with me ever since. We all know that Tom’s dictionary did not contain the words NO, Cannot, or any other negative connotations, he did not have time for the negative, there was too much to do.
I can just see him entering the backdoor of the house, behind Annawaynette, and perusing his paperwork piled neatly on the table. Imagine if he saw all of these condolences, and the many to come, now he might say “My heavens, Annawaynette, (very softly) Do these folks know to whom they are so fondly remembering.” and he would let out that sweet chuckle and wipe his brow, as if in amazement.
Yes, Mr. Mayor, as I loved to call you, we know to whom we all write, praise and mourn the passing of. I for one am forever grateful that I was blessed to be a part of your life, and that of your entire families. Thank You for all you did for all of us, and thank you Tom for sharing Viveca with me.
May you all find peace in the days ahead.
With all my love,
I have just finished reading over150 entries and they say it all. I was amazed that many, many came not from Arlington but across this great country. TJV touched many lives and I am glad to have known him.
To a great man may he rest in peace.
may his loved ones find comfort that he is with God. In a better place and in peace with no pain
The Golden Voice of the DFW Metroplex is now silent as he joins his beloved wife. Tom Vandergriff gave so much to Arlington and Tarrant County and Arlington Memorial Hospital. He was far more than a politician, always having time to show interest in others. How blessed we are that this gentleman graced our lives.
Past AMH Auxiliary President
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Our friend, Tom Vandergriff was a friend to all mankind. Arlington was his first love and he was largely responsible for all the positive things that happened in Arlington. He was a true LEADER in all the capacities he served.We are blessed to have known him. May God bless and keep this wonderful family as we remember this GREAT MAN.
Former Arlington Mayor & Mrs Elzie Odom
It's hard to describe how incredibly sad I was to learn that Mayor Vandergriff had died. I wrote him a letter when I was in high school and one day he just showed up at our door. We had a wonderful discussion about the city, the schools, communities, families and Viet Nam. One day when I was reading the paper I got another surprise, he had written about our visit ! In 1971, when I graduated from Sam Houston High School, his lovely wife arrived at our door bringing both congratulations and a gift. Forty years later I continue to be amazed at the warmth and generosity of the Vandergriffs. He was a truly lovely and kind man. It was an honor to know him. He made a difference in my life.
It has been an honor as well as a pleasure caring for Mr. Vandergriff. I truly miss him. Jana Collins RN, Allstar Healthcare.
A great and compassionate public servant, he inspires all of us. We are grateful for all that he did for us in Arlington and Tarrant County.
My sympathy to the members of the Vandergriff family - you're in my thoughts and my heart.
Our condolences, Rick & LaNelda Strohl (Bowie, TX)
Tom was a remarkable man! I can remember my father talking aout him and his father!We were all so blessed to have known him and he will be missed by all that knew and loved him!
We Love Ya Tom!
I deemed it a privilege and honor to know Judge Tom Vandergriff and his outstanding family. His love for Arlington and Tarrant County can be measured by all the accomplishments that had his fingerprints on them. The Texas Rangers Baseball Club, General Motors Plant, Six Flags Over Texas, UTA becoming a four year institution, and the North Texas Council of Governments to name a few.
I will remember Judge Vandergriff calling me to offer his congratulations and encouragement when I went to work for the Texas Rangers. I was deeply humbled and impressed this great man took the time to call me.Judge Vandergriff and his family always made me feel "SPECIAL".
I pray God will bless the Vandergriff family with good health, peace, and understanding. I also pray we all look at the Judge Vandergriff's life and used it as a shining example and commitment for love of God, marriage, family,humility, service, and respect of his fellowman.
Tom Vandergriff was a man whose legacy will be present for years to come. Arlington and the entire metroplex owe him a debt of gratitude for his public service that has a tremendous impact on its economy.
He was a leader. What a blessing for Arlington.
Tom Vandergriff was a decent, honorable and bold man. He saw a great future for Arlington. He only saw the positive for Arlington and would not accept the negative. My heart goes out to his family. The Mayor will be missed but his memory will last a lifetime.
One of Texas' finest. My condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.
This great man leaves an amazing legacy in Tarrant County. Jim and I offer our sincere condolences to the family.
Much has been said about what a wonderful man Tom Vandergriff was, and I am among the thousands who admired him greatly. He did so much for Arlington, the schools, the economy, entertainment district, as well as the general atmosphere of our city. He was also a wonderful everyday, down- to-earth GENTLEMAN! Several years ago when one of my sons was a student at Gunn Jr. High I was on the PTA board there. We had occasion to be guest "hostesses" at homes throughout Arlington during the Christmas season for scholarship fund raising. I was honored to be assigned to go to the Vandergriff home and was very nervous about it; however, I found both Tom and his lovely wife to be most gracious and kind to each of us who were in their home, whether as a hostess or guest.
Much has been said about what a kind, gracious man he was to everyone, and I want to reiterate this sentiment. He will be greatly missed by everyone who ever had the joy to come in contact with him.
All three of my sons and my daughter-in-law graduated from Arlington High School, so I attended many AHS football games over the years, but my favorites were always the homecoming games because I knew he would be there, welcoming everyone to the festivities by his unmistakable, velvet voice coming over the loudspeaker with the famous "How SWEET it is to be in Colt Country!!" after which there was always thunderous applause! He made these occasions unforgettable, and no one will ever be able to say that line the way he did.
My deepest sympathy to the entire Vandergriff family. May God bless and keep you, and may Tom rest in peace.
I remember as a child Mr.Vandergriff took the time to read to elementary children at Foster Elementary. He has a voice like no other, as i grew older i learned many things from Tom's courage and the strive to move arlington into the spotlight. You will truly be missed. May you live forever in the house of the Lord.
I remember as a child listening to Mr. Vandergriff read to us at Foster Elementary. Truly a sweet man, and one who can make things happen. We owe Arlington's success to you. God bless you and your family.
Mayor Vandergriff was a mayor for all of Arlington..It never seemed to matter to him what political party one was or race or creed or color he worked for all the citizens of our city. He was a true leader and we never had another one to compare to him. He served us well..and we miss him.
My deepest sympathy to his family and friends..
Thanks Mr. Vandergriff for your service.
The memories began when we were on the annual staff together at Arlington High.
Arlington was so small.
The city's story, like ours, was unwritten, and waiting.
What a blessing and a pleasure it has been to witness what the city has become, what you, Tommy, facilitated in the growth of a city and a region, as well as what you did for individuals within that region.
We remember fondly, the honor of hosting in-home, 'teas,' during your mayoral campaigns.
Our the times we were honored to be you and your wonderful wife's guest for showers and wedding receptions at the, "Mayor's Mansion,'' on Park Row.
Our daughters still remember walking through the rooms of ya'll's beautiful home, and the kick they got out of it seeing the women of Arlington peeking in the perfectly organized closet of Tommy Vandergriff.
All the notes you both so thoughtfully wrote.
Today, the note we recieved when we got yard of the month, means more than the honor itself.
Or, there was the tearful night when it was speculated you might resign to head for Washington, and, in an emotional statement, you revealed you had decided to stay in Arlington.
Ralph had taken Jennifer to get Walt Garrison's autograph at Sears, and they rushed immediately to the council chambers to see what the verdict was.
If a family member ever had a problem, it was, 'call Tommy.'' If we needed assistance with the addition of a stoplight by our home, it was, "call Tommy.'
We know we were not special. This was the treatment everyone got.
If anyone in Arlington has a job, or a special need met at this moment, a great percentage of you of most any era can probably thank, at least in part, Tommy Vandergriff.
We especially thank you for the special relationship with one of our daughters.
She says she owes most of the opportunities afforded to her started when you helped her become the first Rangers ballgirl.
Though we about whipped her at age eight, when she pronouned she was going to run for mayor someday and, "beat Tommy Vandergriff.''
You ambition was contageous.
The perfect example of a public servant, you wore yourself out for others.
We thank the Vandergriffs today, for both their friendship, and their sacrifice.
Tommy Vandergriff literally put Arlington on the map with his vision, tenacity and passion for his city. If it hadn't been for Tom, Arlington might well have remained a mere speck on the Metroplex landscape, just another gas station stop along Highway 80. Tommy, however, thought big and delivered big. Of all the years I've spent in the Texas sports media dealing with business figures, I have never met a more honest soul who was so brilliant, so articulate, so successful in so many arenas, and yet so humble. You have no idea how hard he fought for Dallas-Fort Worth to get major league baseball. Plus, if Tom Vandergriff was your friend, you never had a more loyal one. There also was nothing like Tom at the public address microphone at high school and UT Arlington games years ago - no game really felt like it was starting until Vandergriff's pipes announced the teams were coming on the field. Even though I have spent the last 33 years in the Houston media, I will always cherish the memories in Arlington growing up and getting to know one of Texas' icons, Tommy Vandergiff. Another icon, and my all-time sports hero, Don Meredith, died recently. I have not met two finer people in life.
Kids, thanks you for sharing your dad with me.
My sympathy to the Vandergriff family. Your father was always a kind hearted person. I would see him occasionally at the Administration Building on my way to work. He always had a smile on his face and was respected by all. He will be missed.
Thank you for all that you did for Tarrant County. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
December 31, 2010
I am sure the family will hear many stories about the legendary mayor. Let me share this one with you. It was around 1965 and I was a Class Sponsor for the Seniors at the new Sam Houston High School. It was prom time and the event was scheduled at the Inn of Six Flags. Two weeks before the prom a call came that they had to cancel because the movie True Grit with John Wayne was to open in the Arlington area and MGM wanted to use the Golden Palance for their preview party. If you have known a senior you know how important the prom is to each student. Tom Vandergriff saved the day. The Vandergriff show case buiilding on Division and Collins was brand new. They moved out all the cars, set the space up for the party and everyone was happy. Just another example of a happy ending orchestrate by a caring Mayor.
Pat Harry, Arlington Texas
Tom Vandergriff was a visionary who did so very much for Arlington and the entire North Texas area. His family and the world have lost a great and wonderful man. We all will miss him, but he will never be forgotten.
A special man to all that knew him. Blesses to his family.
He was like family... He will be missed. Blessing to his family in the time of loss and sorrow. Hugs. Kim Hawley and Jean Reid
Both my wife and I met Mr. Vandergriff on many occasions. He was always gracious and caring. No man has done as much for Arlington as he and his family and the name Vandergriff will always be special. Prayers to his family, and that includes all of us, because to us, Tom Vandergriff was family.
I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Vandergriff on a couple of occaisions. Despite his stature and prominence in the world of politics and business, Tom was very approachable and humble. Of all the public servants that I have dealt with, Tom was one of the very few that actually deserved the title of "Honorable." Not only was Tom an incredible public servant, he was also an incredible person and soul. My condolences to the Vandergriff family at this time. I know our dear Lord has set aside a special place for Tom in Heavan.
To the Vandergriff family:
The whole North Texas region lost a wonderful, caring man. What a sad day for all of us! I must share this personal story with you to show you that when Tom was not "twisting arms" of men in power to make Arlington a better and growing city, he was still a MAN of the PEOPLE! I moved to Arlinigton as a young ambitious man-49 years ago (in 1962), got at job at the GM plant, my wife and I bought a small home in Central Arlington. Much to my dismay, a couple of days after moving in we received a HUGE water bill from the City that obviously was incorrect! I wrote Mr. Vandergriff a nice letter telling him how much I liked the area, etc., that I worked at GM but was very saddened and surprised at the humongous water bill. A few days later, MUCH to my surprise he TELEPHONED me (in his UN-mistakable broadcasting VOICE) at my home and said, "Don't worry about the water bill, it must be a mistake so don't pay it." Arlington had a population of 47,000 to 50,000 people at the time and he still took TIME to phone a small time resident with NO power, money, etc. He got things done for the "little" people and everyone else!! Thanks Tom!! We all miss you!!
Dennis D. Farnik, Arlington, TX
Thank -you Mr Vandergriff for all you have done for Arlington, Tarrant Co and the World. you were the 1st person i voted for in 1974. My father was a good friend and admirer as where you to him. I remember Dad's funeral in 86 as i look @ at Moore's Funeral Home you Mr. Vandergriff where there. May you reunite in Heaven and plot Arlington's next venture as Arlington Angels.
sorry for your lost. mr. vandergriff will be missed.
Mr. Vandergriff was a classmate of my mothers & was well-respected. May he rest in peace. May God grant each person affected by his death, strength, courage, & hope to continue with their lives.
Tom Vandergriff was a man of vision and compassion. It was a blessing to have a man of this nature around us through all the years. He helped people and families through tough and difficult times. We'll never forget the kindness and help he gave to others. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Vandergriff family.
Our deepest sympathies to the Vandergriff family. May his many warm memories comfort each of you. Gould Family
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
I still remember the Vandergriff family making the l967 Colt Band trip to the Rose Bowl a reality. They paid for the busses for us to go! Tommy V, I will always love your mom and dad and you and Anna Wyanette!
May God bless the Vandergriff family in their time of sorrow. He was truly a great man and will be missed by many.
To the Vandergriff Family,
May God's love make your
May angels walk with you
today and always
When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of
memories in exchange.
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Jana W. Patton
A good man has passed on.RIP Tommy
My sympathies and condolences to the family of Mr. Vandergriff. As a long-time Texas Rangers fan, I'm grateful for his work in bringing the team to Arlington. And I think it's great he lived long enough to see the Rangers win the ALCS and get into the World Series!
Tom Vandergriff will be dearly missed. Many thanks to Mr. Vandergriff and his family, for all their contributions to our community. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
There is no other like Tom as he has touched so many lives in ways maybe even he did not understand. He was a mentor to many and I am fortunate to say that he had an impact on my life and family.
Tom has left behind a great legacy for both his family and for all of us who were blessed to have known him.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Vandergriff family.
What a tragic loss for his family, friends and community! We first met Tom and Anna Waynette when we moved to Arlington in 1975. They were both so welcoming and friendly - a joy to be around. Both Tom and my late husband, David, were extremely enthusiastic about furthering Arlington's interests, so over the years they developed a strong friendship and working relationship. When David tragically passed way in 2000, Tom agreed to speak at his funeral. He delivered a personal and touching eulogy we will never forget. Again, in 2003, he came to our family's aid by presiding over our daughter, Jennifer's marriage in our home. He and Anna Waynette were so supportive and helpful with the arrangements for that evening. What a special gesture to a family still coping with a devastating loss. A special thank you to Tom's family for sharing him with his friends and community. Our community will not be the same without Tom. He was in all ways unique - a "prince among men". The Winkles Family, Sandra, Allan & Tracy, Chris, Jennifer & Barrett
I did not personally know Tom Vanderfriff. But anyone who has lived in this DFW area for long could not miss the great work he did. I never saw or heard a bad thing about him. RIP.
Simply The Best! A life well lived! When President Franklin Roosevelt died nobody could believe it. He was all they had known as a leader. Today, in relative fashion it is Tom Vandergriff-difficult to believe he is gone. Good bye dear friend. allan saxe, arlington, texas
As a Arlington High School band member, I will always be indebted to Mr. Vandergriff for his generosity in providing the motor coach buses that took us to football games in comfort. He also paid for our new uniforms the year I was a junior. I knew him to be a generous and civic minded person, who used his personal wealth for the benefit of others. Mr. Vandergriff's service is a role model for any civic leader.
As a Arlington High School band member, I will always be indebted to Mr. Vandergriff for his generosity in providing the motor coach buses that took us to football games in comfort. He also paid for our new uniforms the year I was a junior. I knew him to be a generous and civic minded person, who used his personal wealth for the benefit of others. Mr. Vandergriff's service is a role model for any civic leader.
Victor, Valerie, you have my deepest sympathies on the death of your father. He was a great man who should be remembered for all the many things he did for this community. Magna cum laude Mr. Vandergriff..
i move here that same year the rangers did and man just love my texas rangers so God bless ya tom
You can assess a man's worth to the world by the legacy he leaves and Tom left an enduring one in his public life and a terrific family in his private life......Thanks Tom
A great man with a penchant for helping others. My condolences to Victor and family.
Yom Vandergriff was a great man. Our family bought cars from Vandergriff and I remember his office in the dealership when it was on Division and Collins, and he came out and asked could he hekp us. I never lived in Arlington but had family members that did, but I worked at Arlington Community Hospital.
THE TOM VANDERGRIFF FAMILY.....OF SERVICE...YOU WERE A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT THAT LET THE PEOPLE CASH IN BY ENJOYING THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOR....MET TOM AS A VERY YOUNG PERSON IN CARROLLTON DEALERSHIP SOME FIFTY YEARS AGO....A MODEST MAN FOR ALL SEASONS...A ROLE MODEL FOR GENERATIONS HELPING OTHERS SUCCEED...+MATTERS+...WHEN OF YOU THERE IS NO MORE--IT MATTERS THAT YOU WERE....GOD BLESS HIS SOUL & FAMILY....SAMMY & KAY BICKHAM SR....
My thoughts and prayers are with the Vandergriff family. Tom Vandergriff was real leader, a compassionate human being. I am grateful to have known him. I would run into him now and again at Baskin Robbins or the snowcone stand on Arkansas Lane. He always had time for people. I will miss him and that sparkle in his eyes.
Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Vandergriff.
Rest in peace.
With sincere sympathy to the family,
Our deepest sympathy to Anna Waynette and family. As was said of Abraham Lincoln, "now he belongs to the ages."
Judge Vandergriff was a true Texas gentleman and will be greatly missed.
May the love and power of angels guide and protect you, comfort and sustain you.
No one can fill his shoes, but we can try to follow in his footsteps. Prayers to the family.
I am forever grateful for the friendship and counsel Tom provided me as a young city manager. He took the time to pen hand written notes, he personally returned phone calls and was always willing to meet and discuss issues. Tom was a mentor and a friend to so many and I count myself blessed to be in that number.
Thank you sir for ALL that you had done to make our STATE what it is today!May GOD grant you rest and peace as only HE can.........Sonny Lee
What a sad day for the Vandergriff family and the city he served. I have heard the many good things Tom Vandergriff has done for Arlington since arriving in Texas. May he always be remembered.
Tom Vandergriff, Dean Corey, Jack Mahan, and my father...four men who had the greatest influence on my life!
I shall always remember the kind, gentle, and wonderful Tom Vandergriff, as well as Tom's talented and giving wife, Anna Waynette. How lucky this city has been to have had the Vandergriffs associated with us all!
Thanks, Mr. Mayor and may the Lord comfort your family.
As a youngster, I worked for the Rangers in the 70's and after each game, a friend and I would walk around the stadium to wait for our folks to pick us up and give them time to avoid traffic. Mayor Vandergriff was there picking up his son, a bat boy and we had the oppertunity to talk to him every night. It was a treat for us and a memory that I will cherish forever. He was a wonderful man.
I want to take this time to thank each member of his family for sharing this great man with not just Arlington, but with everyone that he must have touched.
May God now hold you in His arms and give you the rest that you have truly earned.
We have lost the Father of Arlington, TX. Tom Vandergriff IS Arlington. Rest in Peace Mr. Vandergriff. Your legacy will live on forever. Thanks for everything.
What a kind hearted man with a big heart for all. He was never too busy to stop and listen to you.
Thank you Mr Vandergriff for all you did for the people and the city of Arlington. We shall always have fond memories of you and what you stood for. May God bless your family and comfort them.
The Honorable Tom Vandergriff was a Giant of a man! A leader in every field - Mayor, United States Congressman, County Judge, civic and community president, he was a great man.
Mayor Tom was always a Mentor to me and I appreciated his advice, counsel and friendship.
He will be missed by all who knew him and the thousands who only participate in or observe his "LIfe's Work".
May God Bless Mayor Tom and the Family.
I graduated from AHS in 1977 with Valerie. We had no more consistent or generous supporters than Mr. and Mrs. Vandergriff. One of my most cherished memories is their graciousness in opening their home for our cast party following three performances of "Fiddler on the Roof." He was a great man and will be sorely missed. My prayers are with the family at this time.
I came to Arlington in the 70's when the population was 75,000 and watched it grow through the years thank to your vision. We will miss you. Thanks for all you did for the city Mr. Mayor.
Tom Vandergriff was a hero in my eyes. He treated everyone he encountered with respect and kindness.Tom supported many community endevors. What a wonderful, kindhearted man. I grew up not far from his house. It was the best decorated house every year at Christmas time! God bless him and prayers to the family.
It was an honor to have known your father. I remember meeting him for the first time. Within the first few minutes of our conversation I knew that he was a very special man and how proud he was of you and your accomplishments. I want you to know that my family mourns with you over your loss. But, take comfort in knowing that you will be reunited with him in Heaven just as GOD has promised. I know that you and your family have embraced GOD's grace, and that JESUS CHRIST lives in you, just as your father lives in you. I know that Heaven is a better place now that he is there. May GOD Bless and your family.
thank you for your public service in arlington texas no one could ever replace you. god bless you and your family
A first class man and a great American! God bless him and his family.
With fond memories of Mr. Vandergriff our thoughts are with his family. A family who is very blessed with his presence. Never forget.
Harold & Betty Lynn Hudson
I got to know Mayor Vandergriff in the 5th grade when he cut the ribbon to open the new library at Park Plaza shopping center. He spent time talking with me then and again in Junior High and High School in his office. It was always open to students and the citizens of Arlington. I also remember him as a sitting Mayor doing play by play for the High School football games in Arlington.
The last time I talked with him was when I was a student studying Political Science. That meeting changed my life forever.
I will miss you . Mayor Vandergriff (Mr. Arlington)
To the Vandergriff family. Tom Vandergriff was a true gentleman. Arlington is a better place because of this man. Our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Virginia Hixon (Kyle, TX)
To the Vandergriff family, thank you for sharing Tom with us. He was a true gentleman, great public servant, and friend. He made Arlington a better place for us all.
I have a feeling of great loss since I heard of Mr. Vandergriff's passing. I am a lifelong Arlington resident and he was the Mayor the entire time I was growing up. Two of my aunts were his teachers in school. We couldn't have asked for a better Arlington High football announcer back in the 1960's. There are just too many fond memories to list here. He will be greatly missed as the greatest booster that Arlington ever had, a terrific civic leader and, most of all, a friend. Thanks for everything Mr. Vandergriff.
Viveca - I just heard the news. I'm so sorry for your loss. I have such good memories of your father. God bless and my sympathies to your family.
Mayor Tom Vandergriff was indeed a very kind man. I will never forget in 1960 being pregnant and my then husband was in the hospital after a violent wreck. Mayor Vandergriff was so very kind to me and did what he could to help under the circumstances. He treated all people with respect. Many years later he did the eulogy at my step-father's(Jerry Johnson) memorial service and my mother was so very grateful to him for that kindness. Our prayers are with the family.
I have admired And respected Tom J Vandergriff since I moved to Arlington in 1962. GOD has welcomed him with open arms! GOD Bless his family! Jim Cotten Trophy Club , Texas
I am very sadden to hear about the loss of Judge/Mayor/visionary Tom Vandergriff. My deceased husband, Gainor Lindsey and I were involved in the early days (70's on with the Council/Chamber, etc. I remember when the homeowners along Forest Edge were fighting to not have the street widened. Being a hands on Mayor, he knocked on our door one afternoon right after lunch to talk to us about the street. This was probably the most embarassing day of my life as we were in the mist of remodeling and my friend and I were macramaing wall hangings. So the house looked like the Clampetts. He was so gracious and blind, but I often wondered what the mental pictures were in his mind when he and Gainor were together in meetings. A treasured moment was when he came to Gainor's funeral and I know his family will treasure the friends who loved him and respected him. For he was definetly one of a wonderful kind. God Bless you the family and treasure who he was. Pat Lindsey Hendrickx
There will never be another Tom Vandergriff "Rest In Perfect Peace" Judge Vandergriff...and good night.
A sadness looms in my heart with the loss of a gentle giant. Mr Vandergriff gave so much of himself to the city he loved but, he was also a loveable fatherly man who never missed the being the MC at the South Davis Talent Shows during the 1960's and Arlington High events too many to list. A big thank you to the family for sharing your father with the rest of us. He has received his heavenly crown! The Aday Family
There are generations of us who remember the golden voice at the microphone. The Judge's velvet tones hold special places in the hearts of many a broadcaster. What an impact he had on us all. Gyna B.
If you are looking for a true Texan then all you have to do is look at Mayor Vandergriff. Here was a man who had time for everyone and always kept his word. Arlington will always be indebted to him. Thanks for all you have done "Mr. Mayor".
Although I now reside in Tennessee, I was raised in Arlington and am proud to call it my home-town. Tom Vandergriff was so much more than an asset to that community---he was a world-changer. May God bless and comfort his family, and may more men learn to model his example of public service.
Vandergriff family - you will never know the number of people your dad's life touched. In 1989 I was Director of FW Special Olympics and your dad, uncle, grandpa, husband, friend, --- opened his doors to help a 27 year old female feel empowered and successful by believing in her, supporting her and giving to her cause. Years later I grew to know his son, Victor and daughter in law, Kristen, as our kids shared Shak and Lamar together. Tom, you left a legacy within your own family but in hundreds of others. We were blessed to know you and blessed to share you and your family. God's grace - April Culver
Tom and Anna Waynette were two of the most gracious people that God ever created. They both had true servants' hearts. Tom truly loved Arlington and was a friend to all. I remember fondly going to Arlington High School football games with my dad when I was a kid and hearing Tom's wonderful voice announce the games. Every year we'd go to see 'Tommy' at the 'Chevrolet house' and buy a new car from him. He always made everyone feel special.
His passing is truly a loss for Arlington, a city that gained so much as a result of his enthusiasm and vision.
God Bless you
Howard and Jan McDaniel
To the Vandergriff family,
Mr Vandergriff is a cornerstone of the City of Arlington. He will be greatly missed by all who live and work in Arlington. Thank you Tom, for having the vision to make Arlington what it is today. You are all in my prayers.
Thank you Tom Vandergriff for all you have done for Arlington/North Texas. You always made time to speak with everyone that walked up to you. I remember the day we spent the day on The Tarantula Steam Train. George Bush was running for second term as Governor and I had to make sure you were on the train and you were taken care of that day. We had great Arlington stories that day. I will forever remember that day. Also, a major help with The Howard Moore Park. RIP my friend.
Victor and Kristin, our hearts are with you and your family. Arlington has lost a great man. What a legacy he left to your family and to our city! Our prayers are with you. Wayne & Diane Wright
Sorry to hear that Judge Vandergriff has left us.
His deeds for Arlington speak loudly for all of us and our descendents to emulate. May he rest in peace and the Lord in Heaven reward him accordingly. Our condolences and prayers are with his family.
Horace and Gerri Sarabia, Arlington, Tx.
I moved to Arlington in 1948 and know what Mr. Vandergriff meant to this city. He was a true gentleman and a true gentle person. One of a kind. Will not be another. Rest In Peace, Sir. My sympathy to his family
Our prayers are with you.
Your Dad was an inspiration and will be missed.
Your family is in our prayers.
Pat & Sarah Fettinger
Thank you, Tom Vandergriff, for your years of stateman-like public service. Your impact on Arlington and the DFW region will was great. You left us much better off than you found us.
When they opened Woodland West Public Library. I remember as a kid Mr. Vandergriff read a book to all of us.I graduated from AHS in 1976 and remember any time you seen him he always greeted you. Outstanding person!
Thank you Mayor for some of my very best memories and some of my worst - but much more of the former - by bringing the Senators to Arlington. I have long since left TX but my love, and my 9 year old son's love, of the Rangers burns as brightly as ever. We owe that, kind sir, to you.
My grandparents, Johnny and Blanche Bush, were all a-Vandergriff!...supported every toll road, Ranger stadium, and bought every car from Vandergriff Chevrolet!! will miss them all...
GOD WILL BE WITH YOU IN TIME OF NEED
Thank you Mr. Vandergriff for all you did for Arlington. I was born in '82 and raised in Arlington. Every Christmas, the Vandergriff home would be lit up with elaborate and beautiful decorations and lights. As a child, my mother would always drive us by the home really slowly to see all the lights and yard creations. This is a childhood memory I will never forget, thank you for the memories.
JUDGE VANDERGRIFF WAS A WONDERFUL KIND MAN TO EVERYONE HE MET. HE WAS A TRUE EXAMPLE OF A PUBLIC SERVANT. I APPRECIATE THE CONVERSATIONS I SHARED WITH HIM WHILE SERVING ON THE EXECUTIVE BOARD AT NCTCOG. I PRAY THAT GOD WILL BLESS THE FAMILY AND STRENGTHEN YOU DURING THIS TIME. THE METROPLEX HAS LOST A GREAT SERVANT AND HEAVEN HAS GAINED A PRECIOUS SOUL.
BOBBIE J. MITCHELL
So very sorry to read this. Judge Vandergriff was a wonderful, kind person.
In 1993, as the Ballpark was going up and the Rangers were preparing to open their final season at Arlington Stadium, I got the opportunity to interview Judge Vandergriff in his office, and for a full hour, we talked only baseball. To sit in the presence of a Texas legend, and listen to that booming - yet soothing - voice tell stories about his beloved Rangers made that day perhaps the most memorable I have had in 28 years of broadcasting. May we never forget the immense contributions he made to our region.
arlington texas is a wonderful testement to his memory
I walk past his statue in City Hall many times a week. I often think about what a great person he truly was and all that he did for our City. Our deepest condolences, Patricia and John Guthrie.
Thanks Mr. Tom Vandergriff. I lived in Arlington for 40 plus years. I am from the class of 1976 Arlington High. May God bless the whole Vandergriff family. Glenn Smith
Arlington was a great place to grow up in the 1950s and 60s, and most of the credit for such should go to Mayor Tom Vandergriff. He made many great contributions to Arlington and Tarrant County. My favorite memory of Mayor Vandergriff was that of football public address announcer for the Arlington high schools and UTA. I always thought he was the best around!
Tom Vandergriff was a true humanitarian. His love and dedication to the city of Arlington and it's citizens is a legacy that will be live on forever. I too worked for him and his son Victor at Vandergriff Chevrolet and will always remember Tom's hearty laugh and that special way he had of saying "Hello". I'm so happy he was able to see his beloved Rangers play in the World Series! To the Vandergriff family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
My sympathy goes out to the Vandergriff Family. Mayor Vandergriff was an amazing man and did so much for the City of Arlington. He will be greatly missed, but treasured in our City forever.
"He was a great, visionary leader for Arlington and a good, decent man. He will be greatly missed and not forgotten. Victor and the extended Vandergriff family are in our prayers tonight."
I lived in Arlington when Tom was mayor. I went opening day to Six Flags and remember what a wonderful park it was. May God bless his family during this time.
I was saddened tonight to learn of the passing of Tom Vandergriff. It seems that Mr. Vandergriff has been a part of my memories since I was a child. My father, Dick Coffee, held him in high regard. I remember him running for mayor the first time. How fortunate my home town was to have him for all those years. When he was elected to Congress, I had the great honor to serve as his executive secretary in Washington. He was a true statesman and a real gentleman. So many wonderful things happened in Arlington because of him. My prayers are with his family.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
i have just heard of judge vandergriff's passing on wed.i have known this gentle giant for many years.he even married me and my wife in july 1997.may you rest in peace tom,you deserve it. jeff dailey
Judge Vandergriff was not only a visionary, but also a real person. In 1998 I was at the last play off game between the Rangers and Yankees. The game faced a rain delay and I went out in the cocession area to keep dry. Leaning next to me on a support column was Judge Tom. We chatted for about 15 minutes. I thought I had recognized him but it wasn't until a few weeks later, when I saw him on the news that I realized just who I was passing the rain delay with. What a wonderful man he was. Thanks for the chat and all you have done for North Texas. Rest in Peace your honor.
We lost a great man. He was a friend, a supporter, and a grand example of leadership. I will cherish the memories I have of him and he will never be forgotten. May the Good Lord long bless his memory.
What a great man.
God Bless You Tom
Tom Vandergriff was a wonderful man and courteous to everyone he met or came before him in his courtroom His wisdom and grace was something to behold. Thank you Judge for being you. Connie Onley
Truly one of the most remarkable men in shaping any City in North Texas. Tom Vandergriff will be deeply missed but His legacy will live on forever! "Well done good and faithful servant of the people"
Bless his precious heart. To Victor and Valerie: I'm so sorry for your loss, as I know you love your father so very much! I'm grateful for the opportunity to have known him through you during the brief time I spent at Arlington High School in the 1970's. I'll never forget the night Valerie found her way (was pushed... lovingly I'm sure) into the pool at the after party for whatever musical we did that year ('74? '75?). I'm also grateful HE was the man that sold me my very first brand new car back in 1979. All of us loved to hear his voice on the radio, tv, the PA at the ballpark, or wherever. He was truly blessed with a silver tongue! I pray continued blessings upon your family.
Sincerely, Steve Burton, Nowata, Oklahoma
Tom Vandergriff has no peer for the effect he made with his life in civic and family. He is so closely associated with Arlington and all it is, that it's hard to ever separate the two. Who becomes maylor at 25 years old and takes the grind of an intensely developing suburb and continues for 26 years followed by years as a congressman and then a long career as County judfge. And none of this begins to recognize the personal difference he made for his family and others. It was my honor and privelege to have a few associations with Mayor Vandergriff and I am genuinely saddened at his passing. He is a legend and he will be missed dearly.
I was never privileged to meet Mr. Vandergriff personally, but I admired him from afar for all the great things he did for Arlington. My sincere sympathies to the family in your loss. He will be greatly missed.
Tom Vandergriff was very kind to me when I was a young preacher in Arlington back in the 80s. I ran into him just a few weeks ago while visiting my aunt. I was able to tell him how much I appreciated him. My prayers are with all the Vandergriffs.
A legend for everything he did for North Texas. Yet never asked for anything in return. There will never be another Texan like him and that will be our loss.
I am sorry to hear that Mr. Vandergriff passed. He was a great man for this City and the County. I'll miss him.
We moved to Arlington long after the hard work and effort had been put forth by Mr. Vandergriff to put the city "on the map"...however, it was some of the accomplishments of Mayor Vandergriff that drew us to Arlington and not Dallas or Ft. Worth, etc; ie: the Texas Rangers, although we were not aware of" the mayor" and his accomplishments at the time. The longer we lived here, the more aware we became of the great contributions Mr. Vandergriff made to the city. We regret not having met him personally, and we know he will be sorely missed by his family and the citizens of Arlington. Maybe a more appropriate name for the Ballpark at Arlington would be " Vandergriff Stadium".
God Bless You; Rest in Peace!!!!!
Dick & Janie Boehler
I grew up in Arlington in the 70's and early 80's. He was a great person, and made those of us in Arlington feel our issues were as important as any issue that may arise in Dallas, Fort Worth, or the rest of the country. He never trivialized us as citizens of a sleepy town. Because of his efforts I have never been ashamed to say that my hometown is Arlington. The best tribute I can give him is: Thank you, sir. You made a difference.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
You will be very missed, from one friend to another. Beverly A Gober, Arlington, Texas
Throughout my childhood Mr. Vandergriff was the voice of Arlington. My grandfather was Mr. Vandergriff's friend and thought highly of him. Mr. Vandergriff is synonymous with Arlington in my mind...a true civic leader and ardent fighter on behalf of Arlington. My sympathies to the Vandergriff family.
I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to tell Mr Vandergriff how much I appreciated growing up in Arlington with him as Mayor! He will be greatly missed!My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Arlington, Tx will never be the same!
Tarrant,Cty; has lost a true icon I remember most of the Credits he is noted for; he will be missed., strength to his Family: Arlington has not been the same: God bless him on his way.
Tom Vandergriff was a Blessing to my life. He was a good man that cared about people and their welfare. I enjoyed working for him at Vandergriff Chevrolet. My family and I will pray for the Vandergriff family in their time of loss. Bill Blevins (Arlington, TX)
The Hon. Tom Vandergriff will be truly missed. An icon in his own right and the visionary that saw Arlington with no limits. God Bless and my prayers go out to the Vandergriff family and our city, a great loss for us all.
Tom Vandergriff has always been "Mr Arlington" IMO! He was responsible for all the "good" that he did for this town. I graduated from AHS in 1957 and he paid for all the expenses of our marching band of 100 which included 3-4 buses, uniforms, large instruments, etc. Mr Vandergriff always did everything he could to help the kids and the town.
My prayers and thoughts are with his family and many friends.
God has a wonderful human being with him now.
Barbara Carter Baum
Our prayers are with the Vandergriff family at this time. As Arlington natives, our family is grateful for his service to this city.
Steve & Laura Austin (Arlington, Texas)
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
My prayers are with you and your family. What wonderful memories you've left behind for all of us here in Arlington. We will miss your servant-leadership, Tommy. How like you to just do your job and quietly slip away.
We have lost a great texan, but his legacy lives on. Rest in perfect peace.
In Honore et Dignitate - Jack Chaney - Arlington PD # 173
I remember when he visited my Rotary Club and spelled out his name for me for the "make up slip". I told him that anyone living in Arlington should be required to know how to spell his name- he just laughed. A great man.
As I grew up, you were the voice of the Arlington High School football team - it was only later that I realized how much you had accomplished.
Thank you from a grateful Arlington citizen.
God Bless Tom Vandergriff, one of my all-time heroes. You personally blessed me with a start to my career (something for which I'll always be grateful) - and more importantly, taught me and many others how to build a fine City. May you rejoice at the feet of your Savior - and cherish being reunited with Anna Waynette and your parents.
With Christ's love (and to His' glory),