George Thomas "Tom" McCormick|
Aug. 22,1930-Aug. 15, 2014
Resident of Dublin
George Thomas ("Tom") McCormick passed away peacefully in his home on August 15, 2014 with his family at his side. Born August 22, 1930. Son of George Dewey McCormick and Lillian Curran McCormick of San Francisco. Loving husband and best friend of Claudia McCormick for 42 years. Proud father to Marshall Whitt Edward of Austin, Texas, and Thomas Theodore of Orinda, California; and loving step-father to Melinda Orona Porter of Auburn, California, Desiree Orona Welch of Brentwood, California, and Kathy Orona Ike of Orland, California. Tom was pre-deceased by his son Michael and his stepson Michael.
Tom grew up in Taft, California, and in 1948 he graduated from Taft Union High School. In 1948, Tom joined the United States Marines and did a tour in Korea during the Korean Conflict, where he received a Purple Heart Medal, and where his brother Theodore and best friend Whitt Moreland were killed.
In 1953, Tom married Barbara Hogue, with whom he had three boys. Between 1952 and 1956, Tom attended Fresno State College on the G.I. Bill to become a teacher. In 1959 and 60, Tom was the Vice Principal at Big Bear Lake School in Big Bear Lake, California, where he taught his boys to snow ski. In 1961, Tom became the Vice Principal of Buttonwillow School in Buttonwillow, California. While in Buttonwillow, Tom started the Little League Baseball league and a "Learn to Swim Program" for local children. In 1964, Tom moved his family to Visalia, and became the Superintendant of Schools in Goshen, California, where he stayed until the Goshen and Visalia, California School Districts merged. In 1967, Tom was a founder and administrator at Proteus Adult Education (now the William M. Maguy School of Education) in Visalia, California.
In 1969, Tom acquired a consulting firm specializing in volunteer organizations in San Jose, California and moved his family from Visalia to Morgan Hill, California. In 1971, Tom moved to Dublin and became an administrator for Alameda County and became the Executor and Estate Administrator for Alameda County until his retirement.
In addition to his family and work, Tom dedicated himself to many community volunteer organizations and being involved in politics. Tom was elected to the Dublin San Ramon Services District Board of Directors for seventeen years of service. Tom also served on the Board of Directors and was President of the Dublin Historical Society, and was a member of the Alameda County Historical Society for many years. He served as President of the Dublin Sister City Association and led a delegation to Bray, Ireland during his term of office. Tom also enjoyed his time as a member of E Clampus Vitas, Joaquin Murrieta.
Tom loved life. He travelled the world extensively with his wife Claudia and friends. Tom travelled to Korea, Japan, Russia, China, throughout the Caribbean and South America, all European countries; and studied at the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England. In 2009 he made a special trip to France in order to pay tribute to the United States Military fallen in Normandy.
Tom was a man of profound faith. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and a parishioner and Eucharistic Minister at St. Raymond Catholic Church in Dublin, California until illness overtook him.
The family would like to thank caregiver Lina Pulotu and her family for their love and devotion to Tom during the last years of his life.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on August 28, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Raymond Catholic Church, 11555 Shannon Ave, Dublin, California.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dublin Historical Preservation Association and the American Diabetes Foundation.
For further information please contact Thomas McCormick at 925-787-0925.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 23, 2014