Dr. Jay A. Tomeo
1956 - 2020
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Dr. Jay A. Tomeo
Augusta, GA—Dr. Jay A. Tomeo, 64, passed away at home on Thursday, June 25, 2020, from ALS.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Betty Shelby and Maurice Tomeo. Survivors include his loving wife, Dr. Rebecca Talley; daughter, Lucy Tomeo; brother, Todd Tomeo (Carol); brother, Michael Tomeo; sister, Gail Hill (Owen); nieces and nephews, Sophia and Lauren Tomeo; Nina, Max and Kate Seijn; and Joe Hill; and many extended family and friends.
"Dr. J", as he was known by his patients, was born in Burbank, CA, the oldest of four children. He grew up on the West Coast, where among other accomplishments, he was the Handball Champion of Los Angeles. After completing medical training in Chicago, he vowed to never be cold again, and moved south, eventually landing in Augusta, where he worked as a family physician for 25 years. Dr. J loved being a doctor and considered his patients part of his family. His patients will remember him for his Star Wars-themed exam rooms and he was known to do minor watch repair during physicals. He accepted many a pound cake for his services over the years. Most of all, Dr. J accepted everyone as they came, with warmth, humor and genuine interest.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Drs. Phillip and Denise Kennedy, Jennifer Agner and Jana Childs for their deep love and care for Jay. A celebration of Dr. Jay's life and style, complete with blinky lights, light sabers, rockets and dance music will be held at a later date.
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The Augusta Chronicle - 06/28/2020



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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Jun. 27 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 6, 2020
Becca,
Over the years you guys have been like family to Elaine & l. Jay will be sorely missed . You an Lucy will always have our hearts. We love you guys, to the moon and back, as Lucy would say.
Bill and Elaine Johnson
Bill & Elaine Johnson
Friend
July 5, 2020
Dr. Tomeo rest in peace! My prayers for his family!
Senta Leach
Acquaintance
July 4, 2020
Dr. Talley and Lucy,
My heart hurts for you at the loss of your husband and dad. What an amazing and beloved man!
Words of wisdom escape me, but please know you have been in my thoughts and prayers and they will continue.
Love and Prayers,
Vicki Starcher
Vicki Starcher
Friend
July 4, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss.

My thoughts are with you and the family.

Kind Regards

Matthew K Howard, MD
Friend
July 3, 2020
Dr. Talley, I am so sorry for your family's loss.
Judy Kay Teboe
July 3, 2020
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Fred Kight
July 3, 2020
Jay was my doctor for a long time. I was distraught when he retired. I had an appointment every three months, and I enjoyed every one of them. I looked
forward to them, in fact. We never failed to have an interesting chat. I now cherish those chats more than ever. When he entered the room, with his friendly face and his special aura of goodness, my day was always brightened. We shared some of the same patients in our practices, and all I heard was praise for Jay. When they would tell me Dr. Tomeo is my doctor, I never failed to say, mine too!
Jay had a gift. There are few people I remember seeing for the first rime, but I remember the first time I saw Jay. It was in a coffee shop early one morning. It seemed there was something special about him, and years later when I became his patient I learned my initial impression was exactly correct. We were not personal friends, meaning we didnt socialize, but I considered him a friend. I hope he felt the same about me.
I grieve his passing. He will be missed by so many.
My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to his family.
Fred Kight M.D.
Friend
July 3, 2020
Dr. Tomeo was my first Dr. at the age of about 8 years old and I remember him being so gentle and kind. We always thought of him as one of our family members. May God bless his family.
Brandy Kimberly
Friend
July 3, 2020
So sorry to hear about this sad news. Dr. Tomeo has been my doctor since he opened his office in Augusta. He was a very good doctor that had feeling for his patients. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this sad time. He will be missed very much! Sincerely Ronnie and Janis Long
Ronnie Long
Friend
July 3, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Dr. Jay, but I know you have many happy memories from the pics you display in your exam room. I am praying for you and you daughter.
Michalle Reed
Friend
July 2, 2020
Dr. Tomeo was my doctor for many years. He will be missed. Dr. Talley, Lucy and family I'm sorry for you lose and sadness at this time. God bless you.
DEBRA CHAVOUS
Friend
July 2, 2020
Jay was a wonderful doctor and friend. We went to him for many, many years. Our son, Christian Taylor Bruner, and Jay were best buds for years until Taylor passed in November of 1999. Now they are playing handball together in Heaven. God bless each of his family members. All of our love. Brenda and Jerry Bruner
Brenda Bruner
Friend
July 2, 2020
Dr J felt more like our Friend & also our beloved Physician. We first met when he opened his practice next to my office on Wrightsboro Rd in Augusta. We appreciated all the fine care he gave us over the years, he will be sorely missed by many of us. We were sad to see him retire but sadder to hear of his passing. No one could ever take his place. We offer our sincere sympathy to his loving wife, daughter & all his Family.
Wanda Raiford-Parkin & Malcolm Parkin
Friend
July 2, 2020
Jay,Thank You for saving my life and getting me on the right track.Now you can finally rest after all the long hours and non stop work you have done.
Kris Kennedy
Friend
July 1, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rip and Brenda
Acquaintance
July 1, 2020
Before retirement I called briefly on Dr. Tomeo as a Lilly Hospital Representative and enjoyed my visits with him. A Dr. who will give time to a pharmaceutical representative is First Class in my book.
Ed Lake
Acquaintance
July 1, 2020
Dearest Dr Becky & Miss Lucy,
Elam & I were so saddened by the news of Dr. Jay's untimely passing. We had no idea he had ALS. From the comments, it is obvious that his patients felt the same closeness to him as we both feel to you. May your fun and fond memories of times together always keep you smiling! We send our prayers and sincere sympathy to you and his extended family members. We love you,
Peggy and Elam Dudkey
Peggy & Elam Dudley
Friend
June 30, 2020
Dr Talley I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and Lucy.
Cheryl Brown
Acquaintance
June 30, 2020
Dr. Talley,
I am so very sorry for your loss. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. You, Lucy and family will be in my prayers.
Terri Woodward
Acquaintance
June 30, 2020
OMG !!! MY HEART IS SO HEAVY RIGHT NOW !!!! BOBBY & GWEN MCCARTER AND OUR GIRLS ARE DEEPLY SADDEN TO READ ABOUT THIS,,, LOVED HIM AS OUR FAMILY AND FRIEND
gwendolyn mccarter
Friend
June 30, 2020
I worked for Dr. Tomeo for 14 years and he was always very kind and caring towards me and my family. My prayers go out to Dr. Talley and his family for comfort and peace for their hearts.
Barry C Allison
Friend
June 30, 2020
my husband and i have been patients of dr j for many years. He was a wonderful and caring person. Broke our hearts when he retired. And has ripped our hearts now that hes gone. We love you dr j fly high with the angels. Mr and mrs Stanley
Stanley family
Significant Other
June 30, 2020
Dr. Talley, Lucy and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy and will be in my prayers.

Kay Faircloth
Kay Faircloth
Acquaintance
June 30, 2020
Dr Talley and Lucy,
Im so sorry about your loss. Words can never express what I want to say to you both. Hold onto your precious memories. Prayers and Love
Melissa Ziegler
Friend
June 30, 2020
Dr. Talley, we are so sorry for your loss. Katie, I, and all of the Rhodes family have you in our thoughts and prayers.
Joseph Rhodes
Acquaintance
June 30, 2020
We will miss Dr. Tomeo greatly he was my Doctor for many years and it was always a joy to see him. I am deeply sorry for his family and wish them God comforting Love.
John Schneider
Acquaintance
June 30, 2020
Dr. Talley and Lucy
Our sincere condolences for your loss.
Barbara and Charles Jacobs
Barbara Jacobs
Acquaintance
June 30, 2020
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Rhonda Faustlin
June 30, 2020
Although i didnt personally know Dr. Tomeo, I do have the pleasure of knowing his wife Dr. Tally, and i have heard several interesting stories of Dr. Tomeo's blinky lights. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Dr. Tomeo.
Shannon Courson billing specialist CPC
Coworker
June 30, 2020
Dr. Talley,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Susan McDonald
Acquaintance
June 29, 2020
I am truly saddened by the news of his passing. He was an extremely caring, attentive doctor who always took as much time as was needed for his patients. I felt privileged to have been his patient.
Kurt Breitinger
Acquaintance
June 29, 2020
My Uncle Jay was one of the sweetest and most caring people I have ever known. Since I was 14 years old he would fly me out to Augusta every summer so I would be able to spend time with him, my Aunt Becca, and Lucy. He taught me how to build rockets and would take me to the park to set them off. His goofiness and fun-loving attitude about life was so special to me.
One summer I got to work in his office & I loved being able to spend so much time with him and learn about his work. I was able to see the kind of positive impact he had on everyone he encountered. He cared so deeply about the people around him, and it showed. He inspired and encouraged me to work hard and get to a good college, always telling me that I could do whatever I set my mind to. I am forever grateful for his persistence and support, treating me like I was one of his own daughters. I am so sad for his passing but I know he will forever be in our hearts and watching over everyone who was dear to him. Rest in peace Uncle Jay, I love you so much.
Sophia Tomeo
Family
June 29, 2020
Dr. Talley, Lucy and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy and will be in my prayers.
Sylvia Hamby
Acquaintance
June 29, 2020
I am truly sorry to hear this! Dr. Tomeo was a wonderful human being...respected and loved by so many! My prayers are with his sweet family at this difficult time. His wife is my physician, but I used to call on him, back when I was a drug rep, and he was nothing but kind.
Jennifer Dixon
Acquaintance
June 29, 2020
My heart is broken. What a kind cool sweet man. Awesome doctor. I was lucky enough to visit with him in his awesome Starwar themed exam room. Prayers for his beautiful wife and also my doctor, Dr. Rebecca Talley and their sweet daughter Lucy.
I will never forget you Dr. "T"...YOU definitely made a difference in this world. And it was my honor to know you.
Terri Valenti
Friend
June 29, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. He was an awesome doctor and truly will be missed. I was sad when you retired and today even more sad that you have left us.
Lisa Turner
Acquaintance
June 29, 2020
Dr. Talley and Lucy: I was in shock when I read the Sunday paper about the passing of your husband/father. May God watch over you and your family. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Linda S. Boyd
Acquaintance
June 29, 2020
Dr. Tomeo was quirky, funny, wise, and a phenomenal doctor and true friend.

He literally changed my life having seen me in a wheelchair and on crutches (which I had been using for over 16 years), he talked me in to having bilateral hip replacements after every other doctor had said no, you are too young, you are disabled, accept it. And my life is forever changed because he saw past statistics and saw me.

When we had no money for medication, over and over again he gave us free samples to get us through. He bought my husband a nebulizer on line without cost to us.

When he retired, I bawled, knowing how much I would miss him. Now I can only imagine how his family must feel. I love that the family is planning a celebration of this fine mans life. It sounds so much like him.

To Lucy, you should know, he talked lovingly about you almost every visit. And he always smiled when he did.

Dr. J, you will be missed with love.

Dena and Kenny Straughn
Dena and Kenny Straughn
Friend
June 28, 2020
Dr.Tomeo has been my doctor for over 20 years.He was like no doctor I've ever seen so kind caring and at times funny.He always took his time with me he help me in so many ways by being the kind hearted man he was.I pray for loving comfort from God for his wife and daughter .
Joanna Brown
Friend
June 28, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Patricia Penvose
Friend
June 28, 2020
Dr. Tomeo was my doctor from 1996 until his retirement. He was the best. He was so easy to talk to and he cared for his patients. Jat was a special person. He will be missed by many. To the family I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you!
BEVERLY KNUTSEN
Friend
June 28, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Tomeo passing he was my Dr. over 40 years when he first came to CPC at the Augusta Location then I got my Husband to go see then my Daughter then my Mother-in-Law just one big happy family with Dr. Tomeo .He was the kindness man you could meet plus the best Dr. anyone could ever have he never rush you he always had time to talk and listen to you and hear your complaints and concerns I was very sad when I learn he was retiring but my family and I said he was tire and he need the rest I was happy thinking he was going home just to get some need rest we had no idea he had ALS. We send our deepest Condolences to his wife and Daughter and the rest of the Tomeo Families ,Friend ,Patient, and CO-Workers R.IP Dr.Tomeo "JOB WELL DONE".
Mary,Gregory, ,Janice ,Nellie Booker
Friend
June 28, 2020
We were so very saddened to have learned of Dr. Jays passing. Both my husband and myself were patients for about 20 years. We loved him. My husband being a Star Wars fan really got a kick out of his exam rooms. We missed him so when he retired. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you, your daughter and entire family. He was a wonderful man and is missed by more than you know.
Judith Miller
Acquaintance
June 28, 2020
Dr. Tomeo was my primary physician for over 23 years. He was a kind and very thorough doctor he always listen to me and always treated me with respect. My heart is sad.
Nelson Cuebas
Friend
June 28, 2020
Jay was my physician and friend for over 22 years. He was a truly caring man. I am going to miss him so very much.
Susan Bowles
Friend
June 28, 2020
Dr Talley I am so sorry to hear about the death of your husband. I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy DeeDee Callis.
DeeDee Callis
Friend
June 28, 2020
Dr. T was one of the kindest souls I have ever met. We have lost a light but heaven has gained one. Thank you for twenty years of friendship and care.
Brandi Maynard
Friend
June 28, 2020
Dr. Tomeo was the BEST doctor that we ever had. He truly had a mastery of "bedside manner" he took time with his patients and got to know each one and in the process gave you a glimpse into his personality. There was no dread in going to see him because you were seeing a friend that could help you. He was a kind hearted, true professional. It was an honor to have have known him. May eternal peace and light shine on him. - Gary and Leona Thigpen
Leona Thigpen
June 28, 2020
A very loving and wonderful Doctor to everyone. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his family and co-workers.
Daisy Williams
Friend
June 28, 2020
Dr. Talley and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Jay's passing. I love you!
Billie Jo Hayase
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