Thomas "Tommy" G. Kroll
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July 22, 1938 -
November 6, 2012
Tommy was a lifelong resident of Pensacola, born on July 22, 1938, to the late Doris & Robert Kroll. At the young age of 74, our beloved father, husband, brother and friend to everyone was tragically taken from us on November 6, 2012. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 44 years, Kathy. Tommy was an adoring and protective father to his son Jerry Kroll (Toni) and his daughter Robyn Michelle Lockhart (Rob). He was a loving and caring grandfather to his grandson Tyler and his granddaughter Simone. He was a strong family man and the pillar for all of us. Tommy was a hard worker from a young age. As a young boy, he maintained a paper route and worked at a grocery store while always challenging his teachers through his inquisitive nature. At 16, he became an apprentice electrician working his way up to a master electrician by his 20's. During these years, Tommy also became an avid bowler. Through this new interest he was connected to Kathy, his wife and soulmate. Only a few years after marriage, Tommy and Kathy joined the family business, Echo Bowling Lanes. His career finally meshed with his passion for bowling. He was the first bowler in Pensacola history to carry over a 200 average. He was the first person to be inducted into the Greater Pensacola Hall of Fame for both proprietorship and bowling achievement. He proudly wore his rings for an 800+ series and a 300 game. They also owned Michelle's Goonyland Golf. After retiring from the bowling center, they purchased Stateline O'Yes Lotto and excelled to the 8th largest lottery retailer in Florida. He not only took great pride in his businesses, but delighted in making friends with all that would pass through. Tommy was a generous, caring and fun loving spirit. He loved animals and never met one that did not adore him. He and Kathy enjoyed travel, especially on cruise ships and to Disney World. He was a highly respected member of the community. In his spare time he enjoyed working in his yard, watching western movies, and going to the casino, but mostly spending time with his family. Tommy was an amazing person and we all miss his constant smile. In addition to his wife, two children and two grandchildren, he is survived by his mother-in-law, Tat McNeal; brother, Bobby Kroll (Virginia); sister, Glenda Sue Hodgson (Lew); brother, Gary Kroll; sister, Georgia Blain (David); brother, Buddy Kroll; sister-in-law, Elaine Price (Andy), sister-in-law, Trish Eliason (Jim); nephew, Eddie Garrison (Kati); and numerous other nieces and nephews. Visitation is Monday, November 12 at 10am-12 noon at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North, Service time is 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Humane Society of Pensacola.
FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME NORTH, 1000 Hwy 29S, Cantonment, FL is in charge of arrangements. You may express your condolences online at www.fcfhs.com
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Nov. 11, 2012