Thomas (Tom) Livsey was born June 5th, 1937 in Scranton, Pennsylvania and raised in Manhattan. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1956 and joined the US Navy, where he served for 20 years as a linguist. After retiring from the Navy, he earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. He had a lifelong interest in cooking and spent much of his career working in restaurant management, commercial catering and non-profit foodservice. His dedication to community service included providing vocational rehabilitation training to disabled persons, the indigent and former inmates. In his later years, Tom served with Phyllis, his wife of almost 30 years, as missionaries working with Chinese students in Shanghai and at the University of Florida. Tom passed away on July 5th, 2012 following a long illness.
He is survived by his wife; his sister, Barbara; six children - Thomas, Carol, Debi, Phillip, Alicia, and Aaron; their spouses - Sharon, James, Rocky, Rebekah, and Joni; seven grandchildren - Kimberly, Chris, Jan, Carilee, Kali, Andrew, and Connor and three great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, July 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Westside Baptist Church, 10000 West Newberry Road, with Pastor Phil Young officiating. Interment will follow in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at 2:30 p.m. The family will receive friends Saturday, July 7, 2012, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN, 404 North Main Street.
A faithful man with a servant's heart for Christ, his passing is our loss and Heaven's gain. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to China Outreach Ministries, 555 Gettysburg Pike, A200, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or online at www.chinaoutreach.org.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from July 7 to July 8, 2012