Subway lost a loyal customer on January 3, 2021 when Thomas M. Wilcox went home to be with the Lord.
Thomas M. Wilcox was born in Oak Park, IL on August 5th, #8 of 12 children. This is where he began his lifelong love of “Da Bears.” The Wilcox family moved to Glendale, N.Y. and Tom played football for Grover Cleveland High School #21. Tom joined the Army and was stationed in Alaska, there he met a character named Billy Ray Baisden. After he attended the University of Kentucky. He moved back to Chicago connected with friends, Billy Ray and Denny Nygren. That’s when the shenanigans began! Tom went to an Irish dance with his buddies and while dancing with Frances “Mancie” Fisher told her, “I’m going to marry you someday.” They were married for 48 years. Now Tom is reunited with Mancie dancing to “Rose of Killarney” in heaven.
They are survived by their children: Tim Wilcox(Christine), Tom Wilcox (Susan), Andy Wilcox(Rachel), Beth (Dave Schmidt), Meg (Michael O’Brien), Grandchildren: Tiffany, Alexis, Luke, Casey, Christain, Miranda, Shannon, Mollie, Connor, Sydney, Patrick, Kaiden, & Jack (Adam-Michael deceased), Great-Grandchildren: Kloe, Kyan and Daylen; whom they loved a whole big bunch.
Tom received his Masters in Education at St. Louis University and taught middle school math at St. Peter’s Catholic School. He ran 7 marathons, was a skier and avid golfer, but enthusiastically enjoyed theater and traveling. In cursillo Tom’s Catholic faith grew strong. 50 years later Tom reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Arlin Jacobsen.
Thomas M. Wilcox was simply the “Best Dad Ever.” (I’m sorry if you think you dad holds that moniker). He taught us many valuable lessons like: Always be there for others, God is good all the time, the words to “Mick Mcgilligan’s Ball,” How to comfortably cram 7 people and a dog into one room of a motel, to always dance when someone plays “shoo fly” on the banjo, talk to anyone about their tattoos, never ever turn down a Guiness, and most importantly…. “If you like it like this, you’ll love it like that.”
ARRANGEMENTS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MICHEL FUNERAL HOME.