Thomas P. Gettings(1948 - 2013)

Gettings, Thomas P. 10/06/1948 ~ 09/27/2013 Happy Birthday, Papa CARLSBAD -- Thomas Patrick Gettings - also known as Mr.Gettings, Tom, Tommy, and most of all, Papa - slipped the surly bonds of cancer at home in Carlsbad early on September 27, 2013. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Thomas and Virginia Gettings. His family moved to northern California when he was four years old. In 1964, the family moved to Long Beach. He graduated from Lakewood High School in Long Beach in 1966 and received a degree in history from CalState- Long Beach. He served in the Navy as a Radio Intercept Officer. Tom was an employee of Ralphs grocery stores for 47 years, working in many capacities from bagger to store manager. He managed many stores in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas. Tom was known as a fair and compassionate manager, a man of integrity and a mentor to many Ralphs employees. Tom was also an incurable tease. His smile, sense of humor and infectious laugh will be sorely missed. He enjoyed traveling, fine wine, NASCAR and a good beer. His greatest love was being "Papa" to his family. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Candace; sister, Ann Rorrer of Long Beach; daughters, Tammy (Drew) Nipper and Jody (Eric) Rogers; and grandchildren, Lindsay, Gordy and Katie Nipper, and Pierce and Sasha Rogers. At Tom's request, no funeral was held. A private scattering of ashes will be held in the future. In lieu of memorial gifts, Tom would prefer that you take your family out for a nice dinner and drink a margarita for him. "It's five o'clock somewhere."

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune from Oct. 6 to Oct. 12, 2013