Thomas Michael Peter Brody died July 14, 2020, in Dallas, Texas, after a long battle with Cancer. Tom was born in Rockville, Connecticut, on November 29, 1955, to James Brody and Jacqueline Brody. Tom and his siblings James, Maryann, and Michael grew up enjoying frequent family gatherings of aunts, uncles’ cousins and friends.
Tom grew up in Rockville Connecticut where he attended elementary and high school. Tom was always looking out for friends and family growing up. One story is that when his younger brother came home upset because his football coach poked his finger in his chest and made him cry, Tom decided to defend his little brother and teach the coach a valuable life lesson.
Tom’s father taught him the concrete trade at an early age and he honed his skills working with his father for many years. They worked on many large-scale projects throughout New England.
Tom worked for many different Concrete & Masonry companies throughout his 40yr career.
Tom loved being outdoors with animals and often volunteered at animal rescues and shelters. He would bring home Strays from jobsites, rescue kittens from under dumpsters and try to convince Rosie to keep them all.
In the late 90s Tom took his family to Florida to start a new chapter in life. Toms parents had retired to Deltona years earlier, his younger brother Michael had moved to establish his business and Tom decided to make that trek as well. Florida brought new opportunities with the booming construction of the early 2000s, the sunny coast and sandy beach seem to bring lots of joy and happiness. One of Toms favorite things to do was visiting his best friend Charlie at his home where Tom would always bring cookies for Charlies many many dogs. Tom also had a horse he cared for religiously at Charlies. Toms time in florida was a very happy time.
The next chapter of Toms life brought him to Dallas Texas. He arrived in Dallas November 7th 2013. It was something out of a fairytale because it was a shocker, less than 2 weeks after his arrival from sunny Florida, Dallas was rocked by a 3 day Ice storm and 61 hours of freezing temperatures. Power was out for a week and life in his new city started out with a generator a fireplace and a mini coffee pot.
Tom eased into his new role as full time Grandpa (poppa), part time concrete finisher and full time Home Depot crew. He attended countless school functions, sporting events and birthday parties. He hosted many sleepovers, for 5 grand kids and occasionally their neighborhood friends who referred to Tom as Grandpa Tom. His weekends brought him a new responsibility of picking up donuts and taking a kid for a ride to the store. He was a blessing to his grandchildren, he gave them whatever they wanted and was a constant joy for the kids.
Tom’s career went from hard working outside in the heat, to an air conditioned store, where he became known as the “candy man”, lolli pop guy, the cat or the guy who takes care of all the stray cats in the garden department.
Tom was preceded in death by his Brother, James and his father James. He is survived by his partner of 36 years Rosemary, his son Matthew and his wife Callyn, their 5 Children, Mikayla, Gracyn, Payton, Logan and his grandson Cru. His Mother Jacqueline, his sister Mayann, her Daughter Tanya, his many great nieces & nephews, His Brother Michael, his three children Madison, Kevin and James. He is also survived by many loving cousin and friends who visited and kept in touch via calls, cards and social media. He will forever be remembered on Facebook for his “Suck it up Monday”
A memorial service will not be scheduled. Memorials may be made to your local SPCA, animal rescue or shelter in Thomas Michael Peter Brody’s name.
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