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Tom Veryzer 1953 - 2014
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March 29, 2015

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March 29, 2015

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March 17, 2015
To the Veryzer family. My name is Kathi Moore, I went to islip high with all the sons. Jim was in my class. Tom and his brothers gave us all so many great moments.
When I moved to California I always tried to catch Tom's games on tv. Brought me a little piece of home. He had such talent and always cool under pressure. I want to think of him as playing shortstop on a bigger stage now.
My heart felt sympathy to john, jerry,Jim and patty and their families may he rest in peace
February 03, 2015
Just found out today...and I started to cry. He was my favorite Tiger of all time. I dressed as him on Halloween one year. Mom put his name and number (7)on the back of the jersey and I even dyed my hair black for the occasion. I remember going at Tiger Stadium one day when the Indians came to town after the Tigers had traded him to Cleveland. He hit a home run and I was on cloud nine!! I really wish I could have met him in person...God Bless him and his family.
December 08, 2014
My name is Paul Mellini and I went to Babylon High School where I played football and basketball. We had a great rivalry with IHS, and Tom, better know for baseball invariably was the catalyst for their wins his sophomore and junior years. Thoughts and prayers with the wonderful Veryzer family. If they have sports in heaven, he is playing all of them.
December 08, 2014
Vivian, thank you for sharing. I knew Tom as only a baseball player growing up. I always wanted to meet him. Wished he did autograph shows in Detroit. I always wondered what happened to him after he retired. Glad to hear that his family thought so much of him. Sounds like I picked a great role model as a kid. God Bless you and the other Veryzers.
December 08, 2014
Wow, just found out this today. Tom was my favorite baseball player as a kid. I cried the day the Tigers traded him to Cleveland. I had hoped one day to meet Tom and get his autograph. I am seriously bummed to hear this. Turns out he died a few weeks after my Mom. Bad year. RIP Tom.
November 02, 2014
THANK YOU ALL for your kind ,supportive and loving words They have comforted me and our children. Tom was an amazing man...talented, kind,generous and truly always loving.I am PROUD to say that Tom was my husband for 38 years!(Rare in sports,right?)Not only was he a gifted and ELITE athlete but he was also an ELITE husband and father, which ultimately, is truly most important. I THANK GOD for TOM and thank you ALL for your good thoughts. Vivian Veryzer, Tom's wife!
October 10, 2014
In 1974 at Anaheim stadium while standing alone near the third base line before an Angels/Tigers game Tom Veryzer politely approached me and signed my ticket stub. I was completely awestruck by his kindness toward me. I was 14 years old and it was my very first baseball autograph. I've carried that memory my entire life. My condolence to the Veryzer family.
September 24, 2014
My sympathies to the Veryzer family. I went to IHS & always followed Tom's career. Thank you for giving me a ball & signing my 1973 Yankee program. I still have it! I knew Tom came from a great family. As a student I would always ask his dad Mr Veryzer about Tom. He would always tell me of Tom's latest accomplishments. But, he would always made sure to mention his other children's accomplishments as well.
September 14, 2014
Tommy was a down-to-earth kid back in high school. I so vividly remember him passing me in the hallway between classes and always acknowledging me (a youngster by two years) with that quick and silent flick of the chin so typical in those days - and I would throw one his way, too.

I also got to know Tommy better during our involvement in sports. In addition to his athletic magic, I recall him as one of the most humble and unassuming individuals at Islip. You didn't need to hear him speak or even sense his presence to know he was there getting the job done.

Years later, I always felt proud of Tommy's accomplishments whenever hearing a family member or office colleague mention his name when discussing the ball game last night - and equally proud thinking, Yeah, I know who that guy is.

Heart-felt sorrow and thoughts with Vivian and Tommy's family, from my wife (Angela Liuzzi) and me.

Bohdan Fedun
July 29, 2014
I remember the many years ago at Islip High School. Always a gentleman, a bit of a rascal, and ultimately, "The Fox"

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