June 15, 1928 - January 20, 2021 June 15, 1928 January 20, 2021 Thomas Trowbridge was born in San Francisco. He lived there through his high school years and was Senior Class President at Lowell High School in 1946. Tom attended and graduated from University of California, Berkeley and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. During his time there, he enjoyed participating in theatre productions. Tom was also elected to the Order of the Golden Bear, the Senior Men's Honor Society. Tom served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and as a commanding officer of a Graves Registration Company during the Korean War. He was appointed 8th Army Mortuary Officer, a role that seemingly contrasted with his exuberant personality, but he always did his best at whatever job he was assigned. He met the love of his life, Ginger Claudius, while attending Berkeley; they were married 18 months later in 1952. Tom and Ginger loved to travel. Together they travelled to over 20 countries and numerous states within the United States. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and attended Bethany Church in Sierra Madre for many years. He was known to many as "Uncle Tom" when helping at their summer Vacation Bible School. Tom worked at several jobs over his years of employment and retired as President of a small metal refinery company in Gardena, CA. After retirement, his love of helping others continued, especially as an Office Manager at H&R Block where he was able to help people with their tax returns. Tom moved to Atherton Baptist Homes in 2011 where he could share his love of Christ with his "forever family". He cherished his new friendships made at Atherton until the day he died. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Ginger, and his brother, Bill Trowbridge. He is survived by his sister Peggy, his brother-in-law Gordon, his daughters Dana (Bob) and Tierney (David), and grandchildren Christina, Teresa (Dustin), David (Chrissy), John, and Sarah (Tyler) as well as many nieces and nephews. His humor and generosity made him a friend to all, and he filled the world with endless joy. His grandkids fondly remember him as the life of every party, always ready with a joke or funny anecdote. Sometimes you thought you were listening to a story, only to hear the punchline at the end and realize it was a joke after all. He was loved and admired by many people who will miss him greatly.
Published in Whittier Daily News on Jan. 26, 2021.