Thomas Carmody

Obituary of Thomas Carmody

   Thomas F. Carmody, 94, of Carrollton died on Wednesday March 7, 2018 at Jerseyville Community Hospital.

   Born on February 6, 1924 in St. Louis, MO, he was the son of Thomas H. Carmody and Katherine H. Schmitz Carmody.

   He married Kathleen Johnson on Nov. 25, 1948 at St. John's Catholic Church in Carrollton. They were blessed with  their children: Thomas J.(wife Paula) Carmody of Palatine, IL, Robert I. (wife Michele) Carmody Sr. of Crystal Lake, IL, Kathy (husband Ken) Hendriksen of Mt. Zion, IL, Jean (husband Frank )Miller of Lake Zurich, IL, Becky (husband Richard) Gillingham of Carrollton; grandchildren: Katie Carmody, Kristin (Greg) Helle, Kimberly (Jordan) Abdel-Haq, T.J. Carmody, Bob Carmody Jr., Tom Carmody, Scott Carmody, Mike Carmody, Antoinette Modzelewski, David Modzelewski, Jason Modzelewski, David (Nessa) Hendriksen, Rebecca Hendriksen, John Hendriksen, Steven Hendriksen, Melissa Miller, Olivia Miller, Kara (Brian) Short, Mark (Corie) and Luke Gillingham; 10 great-grandchildren.

   Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Kate, his daughter, Kathy Hendriksen, and his sister, Adele.

   He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church. Tom loved the Lord, his family, his friends, and his community. He was a loyal supporter of Carrollton sports and attended as many events as possible. His passion was attending his children, grandchildren's, nieces and nephews sporting events. Tom succeeded his father, Tom and his Uncle Bill, owning and operating Carmody Bros. Men's Clothing Store in Carrollton for over 45 years.

   Most noteworthy is Tom's service to his country during WW II. While in the naval branch of the Armed Forces, he was in the first wave of the D-Day invasion on Omaha beach, Normandy, France. Tom epitomized the valor and self-sacrifice of those we have come to know as the "The Greatest Generation".

   Tom shared his many talents with his family and community. He had exceptional ability in art, wood-carving, and creativity. Influenced by Norman Rockwell, many of his carvings captured and reflected the values and humor of his time. He was also influenced by another American hero in his era, Charles Lindbergh. He desired to fly.   Tom received his pilot's license in his 50's, then proceeded to build an airplane in his basement. He was unusually gifted. His memory will live on through his most ambitious carving, Noah & Friends, a carved replica of the biblical Noah's Ark, which is on display at the Carrollton Public Library. His generosity was palpable in serving the community he loved, Carrollton. He served his community through many volunteer efforts over the years: Jaycees, Boyd Memorial Hospital Board, coaching Little League, to name a few.

   Visitation will be from 4-8 P.M. on Friday, March 9, 2018 at St. John's Catholic Church in Carrollton.   Prayer service will be held just prior to visitation that day. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. on March 10, 2018 at the church with burial to follow in St. John’s Cemetery.

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