Thomas William Calbreath Sr.
May 9, 1937 - June 8, 2021
On June 8, 2021 our family Rock passed away at home in Red Bluff after several years of dealing with prostate cancer.
Thomas, Tommy, Tom, Mr.T, Big Tom, Mr. C was born into this world May 9, 1937 on Mother's Day in Red Bluff at Tehama County Hospital. His parents, Eldon and Florence lived in Corning where Tommy grew up with two younger sisters, Peggy and Janet. A semi truck driving crash killed Tom's father in 1944. Mother Flo raised the three kids from then on and worked at Glick Olive plant. Relatives on both sides of the family also lived in Corning and helped keep an eye out. Including Grandpa Thomas whom Tommy was named after.
A graduate of Corning Cardinals High School class of 1955. Tom rarely missed a class reunion. He really enjoyed revisiting with the classmates from his Corning youth.
On Dec. 20, 1958 Thomas married Maria Lydia Barrera at the old Corning Catholic Church. Husband & wife for 62 1/2 years. In Dec. 1959 Thomas Jr. was born. And in May 1962 daughter Christine was born.
Big Tom was always good at fixing stuff and making things work. He learned diesel mechanics through correspondence/trade school books and on the job work. Moving the family from Corning to Hoopa, CA for 1 yr. then to Red Bluff to settle in 1963. Mr. C. worked in the diesel truck industry for 44 years. Also welding, fabrication and truck building.
When Dad wasn't working hard and putting in long hours he was a family man. Spending time at home with wife & their children. To sporting events & activities, hiking Lassen Park, camping at the ocean or mountains, to Disneyland 68', family dirt bike riding at the Honda Hills back in the day! And later, time with grandkids and motorhome trips. Also known as Grandpa and Uncle Tom, Mr. T also enjoyed some golf, cross country skiing, tennis, short runs, bicycling and watching old movies, 49er games, Warriors, S.F. Giants and reading old western stories & books. But, Big Tom's other biggest get away freedom time was a ride on his Harley Davidson. Since his teens Tom had an interest in scooters, a Norton, then in 1957 bought his first big twin H.D.
Going forward, Dad always had a Hog or another road bike so when time did permit, he could take a day ride or weekend road trips and rally runs to destinations a far with friends & family. His last Harley owned for 23 yrs he rode over 116,000 miles on. After 64 years of highway riding joy, Thomas is now cruising Harley Heaven and getting reacquainted to many old friends & relatives with smiles and open arms. Ride on in spirit, Dad.
Tom is predeceased by parents Eldon Calbreath & Florence Brock Calbreath Stoops, step-father Dale Stoops, sister Margaret (Peggy) Brignone & brother in law Dewey Brignone, brother in law Terry Snow & granddaughter Elizabeth Calbreath.
Survived by wife of 62 1/2 yrs. Lydia Barrera Calbreath, son Thomas Jr. (Ruth), daughter Chris Calbreath (Gary Whatley), sister Janet Snow, grandkids Kyle, Adrianne (Steve), Bruce (Amelia), Brianna, Michael Staton, great grandkids Bruce Buckle III, Lorraine Buckle, Jeremiah & Taylor Staton, uncle to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by nephew Stephen Barrera 1979.
There will be a memorial gathering on Oct. 9th 2pm at Red Bluff Veterans Hall. Thank you & welcome to you all who knew Thomas throughout the years. Ride safe. Please see hallbrothersmortuary.com
Published by Daily News on Sep. 18, 2021.