Thomas John (Tommy) Clark, Jr., 84, of Galveston, passed away Monday, November 8, 2010, at Gulf Health Care Center in Galveston. He was born May 10, 1926, in Galveston, Texas, and attended St. Patrick’s School, graduating from Kirwin High School. Tommy attended Draughn’s Business College and worked as a clerk with the Santa Fe Railroad for 25 years. He then worked for a few years in the Galveston County Tax Office before becoming manager of Banker’s Savings and Loan West Branch. Tommy retired from Hometown Bank of Galveston in 2008.
Tommy was well-known throughout our area for his marvelous singing talents. He sang in the choir for many years at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston and later at Temple B’Nai Israel and St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica in Galveston. Tommy was also the director of the Galveston Ecumenical Choir. He was best known for using his musical talents to sing for countless funerals and weddings on the island, as well as other musical events. Tommy was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus #787.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Lula and Thomas Clark, Sr.; and sister, Helen Darlington. He is survived by his sisters, Mable Milliet of Groves, TX, and Ursula Clark of Galveston; nephews, William Darlington, Jr. of Houston; James Darlington of Nacogdoches; Mark Milliet of Dallas; and Matthew Milliet of Denham Springs, LA; nieces, Martha Lou Seighman of Washington, N.C.; Margie Eglsaer of Huntsville, TX; and Millie Schaer of Blessing, TX; family friend, Lalo Ojeda, of Galveston, TX; and numerous great nieces and great nephews.
Tommy’s family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Thursday, November 11th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. A rosary will be held at 6:30 pm.
Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 12:00 Noon on Friday, November 12th. Funeral Mass will be 1:00 pm, Friday, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father John Bok, OFM, as Celebrant. Burial will follow the service at Old Catholic Cemetery in Galveston.
Pallbearers will be Rick Byron, Phillip Lipnick, William Darlington, James Darlington, Mark Milliet, and Matt Milliet.
Honorary pallbearers will be Oscar Ekelund and Ronnie Ruttiger.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff of Gulf Health Care and Hospice Care Team, Inc. of Texas City for their compassionate care.
Memorials may be made to Holy Family Parish, 1010 35th Street, Galveston, TX 77550; 409.762.9646; or to the charity of your choice.