R. Thomas (Tommy) Alouf Jr., 52, of Roanoke, Va., took his final flight on Saturday, October 23, 2010, from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Tommy was born on July 25, 1958, in Roanoke, Va., the oldest of six children. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Laurie Ann Alouf; and children, Jessica and Ryan Alouf; parents, Raymond T. and Gail Alouf; brothers, Jim and wife, Dawn, Mark and wife, Crystal, Mike and wife, Heidi, and Chris and wife, Hollie; sister, Lisa and husband, Lane Dellinger; numerous nieces and nephews; father and motherin-law, Jerry and Patricia Hardesty; and aunts, Pauline Alouf Damus and Marguerite Alouf Daher. He was the godfather to Jonathon Alouf and Matthew Painley. Tommy had a passion for flying which was developed at a young age and obtained his Pilot's license at the age of 15. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he was a devoted member of Sigma Chi belonging to the ETA Iota Chapter. Tommy began his career as an officer in the United States Army where he served 10 years in both active duty as well as reserves where he was trained to fly UH-1 helicopters. He was hired in 1984 by Air Virginia and achieved his dream of flying with Piedmont Airlines in 1987 and continued with them as they merged with US Airways, where he flew another 23 years. Tommy enjoyed working hand in hand with his father on many business adventures throughout the valley and surrounding areas. He was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church. Tommy was bigger than life and embodied the spirit of youth. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at Oakey's South Chapel, 4257 Brambleton Avenue, SW, Roanoke, Va. Funeral Services will be conducted at noon on Thursday, October 28, 2010, at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church with Msr. Joseph Lehman officiating. Reception to follow in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the
or Sigma Chi Eta Iota Chapter Embry-Riddle University. Tommy's last wish was for more participation in the bone marrow transplant system, www.bethematch.org to register. Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel, 540-989-3131.
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Published in Roanoke Times from Oct. 26 to Oct. 28, 2010