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Thomas Scott "Tommy O" Olivier


Thomas Scott "Tommy O" Olivier Obituary
Thomas "Tommy O" Scott Olivier Died Friday, October 12, 2012 at 12:45 a.m. at home in San Anselmo, CA after several months battling Melanoma. Known to his friends as Tommy O, he was 50 years at the time of his death. He passed peacefully, with family, friends and music around him. Tommy was born January 4, 1962 in San Francisco, CA. He was the fourth child and second son to Patricia Mary Quinn Olivier and Albert Thomas Olivier. He lived and worked in Marin all of his life. Raised in Novato, he graduated from San Marin High School then College of Marin, studying Auto Technology. He would later relocate to San Rafael, where he worked for nearly 30 years at Askim's Auto Works. Confident, infectiously upbeat and positive, Tommy chose to be happy every day and comment on simple pleasures regularly. His smile and disposition making those he greeted enjoy a better day for it. The king of accountability. Compassionate, with a smattering of tough love. A loving friend, son, brother, and husband. Fun. Living life in the very moment. Thanks to his Dad, Al, Tommy had an abiding love of sports and the intricacies and strategies involved in a game. Aside from sucking as much marrow as he could from most every day, Tommy's other pursuits included deep friendships and laughter, auto racing, rock climbing, beer, hiking with his dogs, Savanna and Maya, the Tamalpais Chiefs, the Giants, the 49ers, the Warriors, the Cal Bears, and, thanks to brother Steve, a passion for The Beatles. Music was a large part of Tommy's life; especially live music - Lots of live music that took him all over the country in the company of a local troubadour. Tommy became a Grateful Dead fan back in the day and his fascination with the music and stories contained therein continued to his last breath. To learn a bit more about Tommy and his relationship with his 'buddy', Bob Weir, read Paul Liberatore's Independent Journal article of September 7th. Tommy was a racer with more than 400 starts on his r‚sum‚, and less than 10 DNF's. We're aware of his having won the 2001 National Auto Sport Association Enduro 2 Championship with his teammate, Fred Nelson, 2 SCCA Spec Miata Championships and having held a fistful of track records at one time or another. Tommy was a racer. Accepting his first place award at the annual Sports Car Club of America event in January of 2004, Tommy caught the attention of his future wife, a fellow 1980 San Marin High graduate, Jaci Cunningham. Partners from that meeting forward, they married September 20, 2012. The Thursday afternoon before his departure, his Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds. A friend watching the game with Tommy said "The Giants will be playing in NLCS" - Tommy grinned, and lifted his hand for a fist bump. Now he has the best seat in the house. His dear friend, Thomas Montgomery Poole and brother-in-law, Darrell Culpepper, predecease Tommy. He is survived by his bride, Jacqueline Beaubier Cunningham Olivier, his parents, Patricia and Albert Olivier, his sisters Michele Culpepper and Denise (William) Finetti, his brother Stephen (Priscilla) Olivier, his step daughters Michelle Cunningham (Eric) Barkus and Danielle (Michael) Melanephy, stepson Jeff (Jessica) Cunningham, as well as being "Uncle Tommy" to 12 nieces and nephews, many great nieces and great nephews of the Culpepper family, and "Poppy O" to seven step grandchildren. A private celebration of life is planned. The family is grateful for the care provided by Marin General Hospital, Marin Specialty Care, UCSF, Hospice by the Bay, Health Care Connection's "Earl", and so many friends and family who rallied with meals and so much support and love over the final few weeks. In lieu of donations or flowers in honor of Tommy, it is hoped instead you will spend some time enjoying our beautiful Bay Area, as he wished. Tommy Olivier was a student in this life who wanted to trade stories and ideas and learn about you and to love Jaci.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Oct. 26, 2012
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