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Tommy Gentry

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June 25, 1936 - Dec. 3, 2010

Born June 25, 1936, Vallejo boy and jazz pianist Tommy Gentry took a Slow Boat to China on Dec. 3, 2010 to be with his loving wife and friend of 30 years, Kathy.

Tommy graduated from Vallejo High School in 1954, and attended Solano Community College and San Francisco State University. In 1960, Tom played in the Tyndall Air Force Band in Florida for a stint. After returning home to Vallejo, he gigged all over the Bay/Napa area from the Sardine Can to the Silverado Country Club.

Besides playing the piano, Tommy enjoyed golfing and dining out. His love for animals was apparent in the always present "rescued stray." Tommy also had a huge heart and compassion for those less fortunate, regularly donating to the homeless.

Tommy brought much to the world with his gift of music and sense of humor. He was a brilliant and talented man who will be missed by a great many people including his daughter, Erika (Richard) Nixon; grandchildren, Troy, Tony and Giana (Kathy's little angel) Nixon of Vallejo; son, Dr. Russell (Harriet); and grandson, Brian Gentry, of Atlanta, Ga.

The angels in heaven are putting their harps down to listen to Tom tickle the Ivories one last time. Friends are invited to share their memories and celebrate his life today, Feb. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Zio Fraedo's in Vallejo.

Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Jan. 14, 2011