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Thomas W. Small

January 21, 1963 - November 27, 2014 Award-Winning Sound Editor Thomas W. Small, devoted son and brother, and treasured friend died on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2014, of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 51. Tom had a long and very successful career as a sound editor, and was highly regarded. He worked many years for Paramount and Sony and, most recently, for Twentieth Century Fox on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He approached his work with great passion, and was much in demand. His credits include The Amazing Spider-Man I and II, Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Mission: Impossible II and III, The Italian Job, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Sleepy Hollow, and many more. Tom's colleagues honored him with nine Golden Reel Nominations and in 1998 he won the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for his work on Titanic. He was beloved by his family and many friends. Tom was a loving, generous, and kind man with a wicked sense of humor and great culinary talents. His enthusiasm and joy were infectious; he loved life and lived it to the fullest and faced his final illness as everyone knew he would, with courage, optimism, and devilish dark humor. Tom is predeceased by his mother, Linda Melton. He is survived by his father, Wesley Small; brother, Joseph Small; aunt, Ginger Cantwell; half brothers, Kevin and Charlie Small; adopted sisters, Leigh Weinstein and Daina Ryan; numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog, Stella. Tom would be touched by a donation in his memory to the Aids Research Alliance, ASPCA or Project Angel Food.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, 2014
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