Thomas Fortune

 

Thomas Joseph Fortune

March 20, 1951 - November 6, 2017 

Obituary:

Thomas Joseph Fortune, 66, of Wooster, died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. Born March 20, 1951, in the Cleveland area, youngest of five children to the late Clement and Margaret (nee Barrett) Fortune. Graduated in 1968 from Padua Franciscan HS Parma. He retired as a District Manager after 40 yrs with the Social Security Administration, and continued to work at the Hampton Inn in Wooster.  He was a member of the Wooster Jaycees, loved helping with the annual Haunted House and volunteering at the Wayne Co. Performing Arts Council as a set builder and prop maker.  Tom enjoyed carpentry work, fishing and boating and had a great love for his Irish heritage.

Loved ones include his wife of 24 yrs, Cheryl (nee Mealy); his daughters: Melissa McCarthy (Carl), Shannon Fortune, Kelly Fortune-Somerville (Martin), Jessie Fortune; step-sons: Daniel Lance (Lissa), Joel Lance, Jeremy Lance; 13 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings: Patricia Fortune-Smith (Harvey), Sharon Frantz (decd.), Karen Nelson (decd.), Michael Fortune (Carol); and many nieces, nephews and friends.

An Irish Wake style celebration of life filled with stories, music, laughter and lies will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11th beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Murray Funeral Home 249 S. Mill St. Fredericksburg, Ohio 44627. Pastor Pete Price will conduct a service at 3:00 p.m.  Burial immediately following in Fredericksburg East Side Cemetery. A lively pot-luck style reception from 5-9 p.m. at the Sheriff’s bldg located at the Wayne Co. Fair Grounds next to the Grandstand.  Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund, www.kidneyfund.org. 

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 Name: john klein

 My deepest sympathy at your loss.  Though the miles have separated us through the years, Tom remained a good friend and the source of many warm memories.
 

 

Name: James bakerlis

Just want to say sorry for this family's loss. He was a great man and person.and was nice to be around . he will be truly missed by me and his familly . I will say this qoute " you may be gone but never forgotten."

May you RIP

       Thomas Fortune
         God be with u

 

 

Name: Don Karvonen

I knew Tom for 42 years, going back to the time when I was the Manager of the office that he retired from.    We became friends ... I forget how many times I helped him move, among other things.   Tom was always quick to HELP OUT with projects that I had also.    At picnics he was always glad to put time in on the grill.    We ate a lot of meals together, both from work and socially.    I may tell a St. Patrick's Day story about Tom and me at his celebration.

Rest in peace, Tom.   I Hope you find that perfect Reuben Sandwich!      Don
 

 

Name: Cindy & Tom Skelton

We had the privilege of knowing Tom through his employment @ the Hampton Inn. I never met such a dedicated individual ..he was a great guy.
Condolences to all the family...he will be missed.
 

 

Name: Mary Jean Brubaker Lilley

Melissa,
I am sad to learn of the passing of your Dad. You and your family will be in my thoughts.
Sincerely,
Mary Jean (Brubaker) Lilley
 

 

Name: Kevin Middleton

 I haven't seen Tom in years, but I'll always consider him a valued friend.  His life was a blessing to everyone he touched and he will be sorely missed. 

 

 

Name: Cathy Ryan

 I am so saddened to learn of Tom's passing.  He has always been a lively character in SSA.  His door was always open to help his fellow workers which we still miss today. 

Praying for peace for Tom's family. 

Cathy 

 

Name: Patty Weigman

Cheryl and Jessie,  I am so sorry for your loss.  Tom was always kind and generous in conversation.  I enjoyed getting to know your family through Red Cross youth group and treasure those memories.  My thoughts and prayers for your family during this time.
Always
Patty

 

 

Name: Michael Reynolds

While I wish I was in attendance rather than writing this tribute, Tom would understand as we often discussed this.

Tom and I go back to February 1973 when we first met in Service Rep training. Several days later we discussed how we never saw this as a career we would have sought out…and yet 40 years later could not have done better. We worked together in the Cleveland downtown office for about 18 months before starting our various moves within SSA. But throughout our career, we always stayed in touch, comparing and discussing experiences and not having to worry about “political correctness”. Quite often we would call each other to simply vent about something and that’s where I picked up my favorite line. I had just finished venting to Tom about something (don’t remember what) and a few minutes later received an email from him saying next time I should really “Tell someone who cares!!!” I’ve used that line a number of times and my wife still does not appreciate it…thank you Tom.

Nonetheless, while Tom and I often had different opinions-we could always be honest with each other and that’s what we always liked best. I’ll truly miss Tom but will always remember the good conversations.
 

 

Name: Betty Collins

Many prayers and lots of love. We had some fun working at the JAYCEES. Tom will meet Rich in heaven!

Betty 

 


Name: Jim Thomas

My thoughts and prayers for the family in this time of loss.  I have many fond memories of fishing and sometimes actually catching with Tom.  He was a one of a kind person and a true human being.  I feel truly blessed to have known him.
 

 


Name: Cody Pancher

Tom was a good man with a kind heart. I will remember him for his love of laughter and all things Irish. Deepest sympathy to the family.

 

 

Name: Marcy King

Cheryl and Jessie,  I was sorry to hear of Tom's passing and you have my deepest sympathy.  I worked with Tom, directly and indirectly, for over 30 years at SSA.  He always knew the right thing to say at the right time.  He was a great guy and had a very caring heart and he will be missed  by all that knew him.  RIP my friend.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Joseph Fortune, 66, of Wooster, died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. Born March 20, 1951, in the Cleveland area, youngest of five children to the late Clement and Margaret (nee Barrett) Fortune. Graduated in 1968 from Padua Franciscan HS Parma. He retired as a District Manager after 40 yrs with the Social Security Administration, and continued to work at the Hampton Inn in Wooster.  He was a member of the Wooster Jaycees, loved helping with the annual Haunted House and volunteering at the Wayne Co. Performing Arts Council as a set builder and prop maker.  Tom enjoyed carpentry work, fishing and boating and had a great love for his Irish heritage.
Loved ones include his wife of 24 yrs, Cheryl (nee Mealy); his daughters: Melissa McCarthy (Carl), Shannon Fortune, Kelly Fortune-Somerville (Martin), Jessie Fortune; step-sons: Daniel Lance (Lissa), Joel Lance, Jeremy Lance; 13 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings: Patricia Fortune-Smith (Harvey), Sharon Frantz (decd.), Karen Nelson (decd.), Michael Fortune (Carol); and many nieces, nephews and friends.
An Irish Wake style celebration of life filled with stories, music, laughter and lies will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11th beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Murray Funeral Home 249 S. Mill St. Fredericksburg, Ohio 44627. Pastor Pete Price will conduct a service at 3:00 p.m.  Burial immediately following in Fredericksburg East Side Cemetery. A lively pot-luck style reception from 5-9 p.m. at the Sheriff’s bldg located at the Wayne Co. Fair Grounds next to the Grandstand.  Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund, www.kidneyfund.org. 

 

 

 

 

 

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