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Thomas J. Fernandez


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Thomas J. Fernandez Obituary
Thomas J Fernandez, 79, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2010. He was born Jan. 7, 1931, in Miami, Fla., to Val and Marie Fernandez.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Warren Ball.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Gloria; daughters Joyce Ball and her husband, Bruce, of South Carolina, and Judy Hardy and her husband, Noel, of Florida; grandchildren Judy Hynes and her husband, Patric, of South Carolina, Bryce Ball and his wife, Kendra, of South Carolina, Eric Hardy, of Washington, D.C., and Leanne Adams and David Hardy, of Florida; brother Paul Fernandez, of Mississippi; sister Rose Anderson, of New Jersey; and great-grandchildren Kyle and Brooke Adams, of Florida, and Miriam Hynes, of South Carolina.
He met his wife in Thule, Greenland, while Gloria was serving in the U.S. Air Force. They were married there and then were assigned to Holloman Air Force Base. This was the most northern American wedding performed. They were married 300 miles south of the North Pole.
He worked overseas for many years for ITT and RCA and was involved in the early warning system used during the Cold War.
He moved the family to Alamogordo in 1971, where he opened a Miracle Water business. He was the first to offer water by the gallon. He was an avid angler and loved to fish. He spent many winters fishing in southeast Texas.
He was very active in the community. He was a lifetime member and past governor of Sertoma. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for 17 years, a member of the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, a Blue Coater and was in the Committee of 50.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 8, 2010, at Our Lady of the Light Catholic Church with Father Bruce Hausfeld, O.F.M., as celebrant.
Finger food will be served after Mass at the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice at 1859 Indian Wells Road.
The Fernandez family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 3 to Apr. 8, 2010
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