O. Thomas Sutton, 72, of Phoenix, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2016. Born on March 24, 1943 to Orville R. and Viola Sutton. He was a great Son, Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather. He was married 26 years to the love of his life, Amelia “Molly”. He served his country in the United States Army and is a Vietnam war veteran. Thomas received the Purple Heart with the Vietnam Red One Regiment. Thomas and Molly retired to Heber 10 years ago. He is survived by his wife Molly, children Andrea, Theresa, Matthew (preceded), Fred and Cynthia, grandchildren – 10, great grandchildren – 12, and one brother Russell Sutton. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 10:30am, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 N. Campbell Avenue, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.
My heart goes out to you, Molly, and the rest of my cousin Tommy’s family at his sudden illness, suffering and death. I will miss his presence in my life even though I didn’t see him often. The service was beautiful. Andrea and TC, I missed seeing you and feel badly about that. Please know that I am praying for peace for all of you.
Dang! I already miss that boy and his scruffy beard. He and I hung out with each other at St. Thomas (named after Tom Sutton- kidding) and St. Mary’s. I’m not sure if we didn’t meet at St. Agnes too.
We (occasionally) got in trouble, but Tommy always smiled right through it. He wasn’t a prankster, but would normally be the first to laugh out loud slapping his thighs when the prank went off smooth.
We got together less than we should’ve after high school and that was probably my fault. Even as recently as a few months ago he reached out to me in a phone call. I always seemed in a hurry and didn’t take the time to get into deep conversations with him although it felt like he wanted to. My bad.
Tommy was one of the good guys and he was always willing to help out. We would laugh and laugh at such stupid things. He got to know my friends from Central and Camelback and they all liked him.
And I really liked him and wish I had been there when he wanted to talk. He would be so considerate when he would call and I was on another line and he would say “Don’t worry, I know you’re busy, I’ll call back another time. Just wanted to say HI!”.
Tommy …. I’m here …. if you want to call again.
Crap, if that’s a math question at the bottom of this thingy, I’m screwed. Never could add or subtract.
Thank you everyone for your condolences. My dad was an awnry stubborn man with quite the sense of humor. He created a great life for himself. I know he is happy that he is with my brother and his mom now. I love you and miss you Dad.