Thomas Arthur Brewer

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Thomas Arthur Brewer Sept. 12, 1941 - Dec. 6, 2013 Resident of Livermore Tom Brewer, 72, passed away at home following a three year battle with lung cancer. Tom was born to Thomas Albinas Brewer and Pauline Sligar in Bell, CA. The family moved to Billmore, Missouri in 1946 where Tom's dad operated a commercial moss farm until 1951 when the family returned to Bell, CA. Tom graduated from Cal State Los Angeles in 1965 with a degree in Accounting and Real Estate and was very active in the Theta Chi Fraternity. He interrupted his graduate work to enter the US Air Force in 1966. Tom married the former Carlota Franklin in 1967. Tom was stationed in Maine and transferred to RAF Alconbury, England where he worked in the Finance Branch of the Comptroller Division reaching the rank of Captain. He was honorably discharged in 1973. Tom and Carlota settled in Boston, MA where he went to work for Touche Ross & Co. as a Senior Accountant. They moved to Los Gatos, CA after the birth of their daughter, Amy, in 1976. Tom received his Certified Public Account license in 1977 forming his own firm, Brewer, Grose and Company with a former colleague. Tom also completed his Masters Degree in Taxation and became a Certified Fraud Examiner during that time. The company operated for 18 years with Tom selling his portion of the business to Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Co., LLP in 1995 where he worked as a partner until his retirement in 2011. After Tom and Carlota divorced in 1997, Tom met his wife, Patricia and together they spent the next 16 years enjoying hiking, traveling, entertaining their friends and family, gardening, fishing and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Tom also loved golf and politics. Tom's sparkling blue eyes, easy laugh, kind nature and dry sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. Tom is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jeanie. Tom is survived by his wife, Patricia and daughter Amy (Jeff) Sandy. He also leaves behind two step daughters, Jennifer Morris and Alison (Steven) Curtner and seven grandchildren, Siena, Katerina, Tanner and Lauren Sandy, Ryan Morris, and Jack and Audrey Curtner. Tom is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Tom's Life will be held at Ravenswood Estate in Livermore on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the . Burial will be private at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Sutter Creek, CA.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 2, 2014
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