Thomas Jacquelin Burrin, V.
The spotlight is out and the stage is darkened as T.J. exits from the final stage of his life on August 1, 2012. And so a new star brightens the velvet blue of the midnight sky. He stepped into this life on March 29, 1961 in Santa Monica, California. He moved to Lebanon, Indiana, then finally as an adult to Indianapolis where he continued to live.
He was in the band and the swim team and won honors for swimming and diving at Lebanon High School. He was awarded the recognition of Eagle Scout by then Governor Otis Bowen.
He graduated from I.U.P.U.I. with a degree as a Radiologist Technician. He worked at the V.A. Hospital for 23 years, followed by I.U. Hospital in the research department. He was currently working at St. Vincent's Hospital on 86th St. He was always very sensitive to his patient's needs and comforts.
A consummate performer/actor, director and musician, he journeyed through life delighting audiences and winning Encore Awards for best actor and director. He worked at nearly all of the local theaters including T.O.T.S. and the Phoenix.
He also had a lifelong fascination with Houdini and magic. He attended classes at Camp Chesterfield where his innate talents were recognized and refined. He was a voracious reader and collector of books, dragons and swords.
He was a man of passion and commitment. Simply put he was a good man. We are better off for having known him and his kindness. Thank you T.J. for being the man you were. We can all learn from your soaring as a Phoenix from the trials in your life. Take your final bow. You will always be the "Neverending Story" that you so loved. Good Night my sweet prince. Good Night.
T.J. will be greatly missed by those he left behind: his loving wife Dawna; two cherished daughters, Alexandria and Athene, and son-in-laws, Patrick and Andrew; Papaw's joyous grandsons, Xander and William; and sister Robin, to whom he will always be "Tody Bear"; his brother in spirit, the Rev. Dr. P.T. Wilson; Melissa, Michael, Heather, Jeff and many more to whom he will always be Uncle T.J.; brothers-in-law, James, Michael, Thomas and Kevin; sisters-in-law, Deborah and Angela; and all of his theatre brothers and sisters, which are many in number.
Family and friends will gather to pay tribute to T.J. on Tuesday, August 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services , 1458 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis. A celebration of life service will take place at 8 p.m. by the Rev. Dr. P.T. Wilson, Rev. Cary B. Neeley and Rev. Miki Mathioudakis.
Memorial contributions in T.J.'s honor are encouraged to Prevent Child Abuse America and The Encore Theatre Association Scholarship Fund. Online condolences: