Thomas E. Caulfield
(1925 - 2014)
Thomas E. Caulfield, age 89, was born the oldest of three boys to Michael and Susan Caulfield in Chicago, IL on June 5th, 1925. During the Great Depression, his family relocated to Jamestown, North Dakota where his father found work as a boiler man and custodian at St. John's Academy. Tom developed his incredible work ethic at a young age stoking coal into the school furnace and assisting his father with custodial work. His high school senior class graduated early to volunteer for the army during World War II. Tom was trained as a machinist in the Army Air Corps. Following the war, he enrolled in Jamestown College, graduating in 1950 with a degree in History. He met his future wife, Gladys, when he came into the local Jamestown bank to cash war bonds to purchase a car. Tom and Gladys were married in 1950 and raised 6 children. Tom became a "World-Class" salesman at the Pillsbury Company, and was quickly moved into sales management. After moving to Indianapolis in 1966, he became a successful manufacturer's rep, working long past normal retirement age, well into his 80s. He simply loved people, and especially loved to sell. A member of Woodland Country Club in Carmel for many years, he teamed with his son Mike to win the prestigious Woodland Swinger Invitational Tournament in 1989 . He was also the Senior Club Champion there in 1985 . Tom was extremely proud of his Irish heritage and was a life-long fan of Notre Dame. He always said, "There's only two seasons: Notre Dame Football - and waiting for it." The only thing he felt more passionately about than the Fighting Irish was the love of his life, Gladys, and his family. He spoke with a tremendous amount of pride when discussing any of them. They loved him deeply in return, and will miss the nightly chats at the "round table". Those chats had a significant influence not only on Tom's kids, but many of their friends as well.
Tom was predeceased by his beloved wife, Gladys, and brother, Michael; and is survived by his brother Patrick Caulfield (Kay), son Michael Caulfield (Maureen), and daughters Susan Caulfield, Sandy Caulfield, Noreen Kavanaugh (Tim), Mary Larson (Dan), Kathleen Beach, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Visitation will be at St. Pius X Church on Thursday, August 21st, from 9:00 - 11:00 AM followed by a funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to St. Pius X Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Shirley Brothers Fishers-Cas tleton Chapel. http://www.shirleybrohters.com.