Tom was born on September 21, 1934 in Wheeling, West Virginia. He passed peacefully on Sunday, April 11, 2021 in Roseville, CA, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Suzanne Jebbia and Jackie Pesta.
A graduate of Wheeling High School, Tom was an athletic guy playing football, basketball, baseball, and track. He attended Arizona State University on a football scholarship playing quarterback under the tutelage of Dan Devine and Frank Kush. Following his graduation with a degree in business, and fulfilling his obligation as an ROTC student, he served in the United States Army Field Artillery Division as a second lieutenant.
In 1958, Tom was hired by Aetna Life and Casualty Insurance Company and assigned to Nashville, Tennessee after a period of training in Hartford, CT. There he met and married his wife, Judith Redman, on July 1, 1960. After an initial transfer to Hartford, Tom was then offered a transfer to the Poughkeepsie NY Field Office as a manager. During this time, three daughters joined the family, Lisa, Amy, and Anne.
In 1965, Tom left the Aetna and became a partner at The Wood Agency, Inc., an independent insurance agency in Terryville, Connecticut. The family moved to Harwinton, and their youngest child, Thomas Deloe Jr. was added to the family in 1969. Tom later became the sole owner of The Wood Agency and managed it successfully until his retirement in 1997. Tom served his community by accepting positions on the Boards of the Terryville Trust Company and Bristol Hospital. He was an active member of the Chippanee Golf Club, and joyfully coached his children through many seasons of little league, soccer, swimming, field hockey, and basketball.
After full retirement in 1999, Tom and his wife moved to Sun City in Roseville, CA to be nearer his children and grandchildren. He so enjoyed his life in Sun City and contributed to the community by serving as Chair of the Sports Advisory Committee and President of the 18-Hole Men's Golf Club. He was also an active member of the Sun City Democrats Club, the Old Timers, the Veterans Club, the Bridge Club and the Golden Niners.
Tom is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judith, daughters Lisa Ellis, Amy Reising and Anne Brown, son Thomas Deloe Shively Jr., sons-in-law, Gregory Brown and Chris Reising and daughter in-law Melissa Shively. He has nine lovely grandchildren: Wes McMahon, Drew McGee, Emma, Fiona, and Noah Jackson, Hannah and Claire Brown, and Samantha and Tyler Shively, and many remaining relatives in Wheeling, W Va. Tom was beloved by all his family and will be missed by so many. His kind spirit and sweet demeanor will live on in our hearts forever.
Published in Auburn Journal on May 7, 2021.