Thomas John Binig, loving husband, father and grandfather, was called home by our Lord on July 1, 2013 at the age of 88. He was suffering from Parkinson's disease.
He was born to Anisca and Bucar Binig on October 18, 1924 and was raised in St. Louis, Missouri where he graduated from Christian Brothers College Catholic High School in 1943. Graduating during WWII
, Tom attended college and Officer Candidate School at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York where he was the Commodore of the sailing fleet.
He served as a U.S.M.M. Officer from 1943 to 1946 serving aboard the S.S. Gervais, S.S. Frederic Remington and S.S. H.H. Bancroft during WWII. Following the war, he served as a LJG in the naval reserve until October 1965. Tom earned his bachelor's degree from St. Louis University followed by his law degree from the University of Arkansas Law School in June of 1951. In 1950, Tom and Mary Ann Combs, also of St. Louis, Missouri, were married settling first in St. Louis and then in Houston, Texas in 1954. Tom practiced civil litigation for insurance, property, and family law and later established himself as an oil and gas attorney and landman working for Ashland Oil, Gulf Oil, Houston Oil & Minerals Corp. and Tenneco Inc., to name just a few until retiring in 1997.
Tom was a member of the St. Louis Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association and the Texas Bar Association. He served in various volunteer capacities with the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, the Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus and Opus Dei, Precinct Chairman of the Republican Party, St. Agnes Academy Boards, AAU Swimming and West University Softball Association.
His hobbies included reading, amateur photography and golf in his younger years, playing the piano, teaching water safety, coaching softball, and spending time with his family and dogs at the beach in his middle-age years and cultivating plumerias, palm, cedar and other types of trees and feeding the birds in his golden years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Ann Binig, five children, including Cecilia Binig McCann, Martha Binig Drake, Tom G. Binig, Liz Binig Brooks and Toni Binig Shepherd, and 12 grandchildren Courtney, Nick, Lauren, Matt, Macey, Ford, Marshall, Jon Michael, Forrest, Caroline, Thomas, and Tatum. He is predeceased by his daughter, Mary Christine Binig. A funeral mass will be conducted on July 15, 2013 at 10 am in the church of St. Vincent de Paul located at 6800 Buffalo Speedway in Houston, Texas.