Thomas William Bushore slept away this life in the early morning of Monday, February 6, 2012 in the company of his daughter Jessica and her Aunt Mary Lou Goode. Thomas, wife Peggy and daughter Jessica truly wish to express our deepest love and gratitude to: Mary and Warren Hackett, Lori and Gary Dearing and son Brian, Shelly O’Connor, Al and Colleen Janos, Carol and Frank Freeman, and Sandy and Bill Cesaro among many others who shared Flushing’s great heart with us. Our neighbors are wonderfully caring and responsive. Blessings on you all.
Through HI-LEX, Tom’s employer, we add to our list of people with special grace and warmth: Ed Barry, Steve Battle, Maryse Robertson, Suzanne Beauchamp, and Karen Zezula. Thomas truly enjoyed his work and his travels. He worked with people in or from many nations and always made personal friends among them all. Known as “Charlie Brown”, due to the resemblance first noted by Japanese colleagues, he was embraced by little ones who spied him in stores as a huggable live Charlie which always charmed him intensely.
Thomas had a special gift of making friends for life. He would wish us to mention his special joy in making and holding their friendship during both his personal life and long business career.
Thomas was a native of Chesterton and wife, Peggy, of Michigan City, Indiana, just up the lakeshore, but first met at Purdue where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi. Married in 1969, only child Jessica Ann, our joint treasure, was born in 1975.
Thomas’ parents Emily (Beam) and William predeceased him. Living are, brothers, Stephen (Carol) Bushore of Chesterton, Indiana, Robert (Peggy) Bushore of Hebron, Indiana, and sister Mary Emily (Mike) Johnson of Pueblo, Colorado and seven nieces and nephews.
Thomas’ in-laws Allene (Eikelberg) and Edward Gondek and the extended family became special to Thomas and he to them. Allene is lost to dementia and spared knowing her “fourth son” has left her. “Ed” and Thomas were close buddies. Ed died in 2003 and was missed by Thomas as his card playing, sports watching pal, and medical escort to Chicago. We socialized often and it made life good for all of us. Remaining are Patrick (Diane Monk) Gondek, Douglas (Edna) Gondek, David (Susan) Gondek, and sister, Mary Lou “Mimi” (Gregory) Goode and three nieces and nephews.
The nieces and nephews including a new Navy Ensign were Thomas’ special focus as Uncle Tom. He would also mention with love the step children in our circle.
Thomas wished to be quietly cremated and stay with Jessica and me until we resettle. Death overtook his planning for a few get-togethers while he could still laugh and enjoy his friend’s company. Thomas insisted we “laugh big” and enjoy life.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, February 18th at 11am at St. Robert’s Church located at 310 North Cherry Street in Flushing, Michigan for those treasured by us as a family.
Sincerely, Peggy and Jessica Bushore