Thomas A. Bishop, 66, a Lazy Mountain resident and business owner in Palmer, died suddenly on October 1, 2013.
A Vigil prayer service will take place on Sunday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Palmer. The funeral mass and reception will be on Monday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m., also at St. Michael's.
Tom and his wife Kathy moved in 1972 to Alaska and established a business at the Palmer airport in 1976, Nugget Aviation. He also worked for Era Aviation and Reeves Aviation for a few years. A native of California, Tom served in the Navy as a jet and helicopter mechanic and got to travel all over the world.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy; his five children: Steven Bishop, Deanna and Rajvinder Singh, Karen and Erick Cordero, Mark Bishop and John and Brandy Bishop, along with his 8 loving grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Ken Bishop and Tim Bishop of Colorado and Barbara Mangione of California, and many nieces and nephews.
Tom is remembered by his family as an avid story teller, a Hershey chocolate bar aficionado, but always a man of faith, a loving father and grandfather. Tom was always willing to volunteer to help a friend and others in need.
In lieu of flowers, friends can donate to Tom's favorite charities Covenant House and the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. There will be a giving tree at the church for donations in honor of Tom.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2013