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March 14, 2014
Dodie and family ~ I send my prayers of condolence and healing. I was only in Tom's company a couple times but he always had a happy and friendly composition. Tom will be at peace now, so please try to find peace in your own hearts in the memories you each experienced with him. God Bless you All! Love, Sandy
March 14, 2014
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
┬ęCopyright 1998
March 13, 2014
Our prayers are with the family during this time. Live, Love, & Laugh. That exactly what Tom did in his life. He is the guardian angel to family till you all meet again. Celebrate his life & share all the memories. He is listening.
March 13, 2014
So sorry for your loss. We only met Tom once at a cookout and he was very charming! May he rest in peace with our Lord.
March 13, 2014
To was an awesome man. Caring, gentle, funny and loving. He loved a good time and anytime spent with Tom was a good time. I loved his hearty laugh and his silly jokes and songs. I hope they make good apple pies in Heaven! Love and miss you, you are forever in my heart,
March 13, 2014
My Dad was an awesome guy. He was always joking around and telling story's or singing funny songs. He could carry a tune and loved to sing. He loved to entertain by playing the harmonica for everyone. he had an awesome smile and the most beautiful crystal blue eyes.
He enjoyed telling story's about his time in the navy, including the battles he was in and the good times.
He gave up a tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates to join his brothers and enlist when the war began.
He was a hard working guy and hardly ever missed a day of work, and continued working until his 80's.
He loved his family and his face always lit up when the grandchildren and great grandchildren came over. He always spent time with the kids and made each one of them feel special.
Some of my fondest childhood memories were of fishing trips, camping and time spent swimming or just playing in the back yard.
he was honest, warm. Caring and loving. No matter how he felt He always had time to talk and share a smile with you.
My dad was truly awesome! and I will miss him a hell of a lot, but I know he will always be with me, watching over me as I continue my Journey. I love you Dad!
March 13, 2014
Dear Dodie and Family:

So sorry for your loss. I got to know Tom while he was working at my old apartment building (Schmid Towers) as security personnel. I can't tell you the countless hours I spent with him; laughing with him, listening to him sing, picking on each other and more. Tom was always a hoot and up for a good joke, story or song. I used to tell him all the time he was in the wrong calling; that he should have gone into radio for all his comedy and for his deep, undulating voice! And no matter how much pain this man was in, he always had a smile when he came to work. And if he missed a day, he would always say he wished he hadn't, as that was less money in is pocket! Now THAT is commitment you don't see anymore!
He also expressed his love for his family and especially his charming, witty and fun-loving wife, Dodie. I guess you could say: He doted on Dodie!:)
Tom, you will always have a special place in my heart, buddy. And this blind guy will ALWAYS remember you! My prayers and thoughts are with you all, Dodie and family!

Peace be with you!

Anthony H Murphy
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