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Thomas Edward Pugh

46, passed away on April 21, 2013 in New York City after a brief illness.


Originally from the Midwest, Tom attended Indiana University and lived and worked in Chicago. Tom moved to San Francisco in 1997 where he was employed by Baker, McKenzie LLP. He was committed to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and supported many of their fund raising events. Tom was a member of the Gay/Lesbian Tennis Federation where he served as team captain. In January of 2012, he moved to Manhattan with his partner, Michael Artura. Tom was excited about exploring New York City with Michael who also introduced him to Long Island, which he quickly came to love. In Manhattan, he was employed by Proskauer, Rose LLP and supported Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


Tom had an enthusiastic, inspiring approach to life. His friends and family members knew him as a gracious, kind and supportive man with an excellent sense of humor. In addition to being an avid tennis player, Tom was a gifted musician, an excellent amateur chef and bartender and was widely known as a great host. Tom was fortunate to have the opportunity to indulge his love of travel and visited many European cities as well as enjoying time in Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Kona, Hawaii.


Tom is survived by his loving parents, Jerry and Patricia Pugh of Santa Rosa, CA, his sister and friend, Karen Pugh of San Mateo, CA, and his devoted partner Michael Artura of New York City, as well as numerous friends and family members. All who knew him will remember his wit, charm, and enthusiasm for life. He will be greatly missed.


A celebration of Tom's life will take place Sunday, June 9 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Dixie restaurant, The Presidio, San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Tom's life can make a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at www.lls.org/donate or 888-557-7177.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 5, 2013
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