Remembering Thomas philbin Jr. (santa in the shadows) 1934-2014
Losing you was the hardest thing I've ever endured. I know your wish before you passed away was for your family not to suffer your loss. Truth is, at times it has been agonizing. I find comfort in remembering the great father you were and find myself randomly quoting your most famous lines. I miss your sense of humor.
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Tom Philbin's Legacy
My father, Thomas (Tommy) Joseph Philbin was born in the Bronx on February 7, 1934. He met his wife Catherine Marcella in 1956, and soon after that, they got married. They raised three children together, Tommy (3/17/60), Anne (7/31/61), and Mary (4/9/64). The family moved to Huntington, Long Island NY in 1971.
Throughout his life, Tom Philbin had a variety of jobs mostly related to the publishing world. Then he made a brave move. He decided to put all of his time into freelance writing. It was a good decision because he went on to author over 40 books including true-crime, non-fiction, crime novels, and home repair books. He has also published many articles for magazines including Reader’s Digest, Family Circle and Woman’s Day. He has appeared on and has written for movies and television shows.
Tom Philbin's great joy in his life was always his wife and children. Then in 1988, he and Catherine were blessed with their first grandchild, Cyndi (10/28/88). For both of my parents, it was a joy that neither could put into words, and it happened six more times! Lucy (1/26/91), Harley (5/17/92), Gaby (3/11/96), Tommy IV (8/28/2000), Anna (12/27/01), and Jude (12/30/2005). Those grandchildren became the center of his and my mother's world. I know he left a significant imprint on their hearts. Dad did so much for so many people. In his 70's he was still super energetic and walked almost every day. That's because he did everything he could to be healthy for his family. He quit smoking in the 1980's, he changed his diet, and he walked most days.
At the end of 2011 he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He fought hard for two and a half years. It does not surprise me that he fought so hard. He had such a strong will and spirit. In hospice, he held on for eight days. He was surrounded by many people who loved him.We know he tried hard to stay on this earth, because he didn't want to see his family go through the pain of his passing. Thomas Joseph Philbin Jr. passed away on February 27, 2014, but his legacy will live on.
Thomas Joseph Philbin Jr. Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Uncle,Author. (Click pictures to enlarge and read captions)