Thomas (Tom) Arthur Farebrother passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 97 years young! He is missed profoundly by his sons, Doug Farebrother, Ellicott City, MD; and Tim (Anne) Farebrother, New Berlin, WI; his granddaughters Emily and Katelyn Farebrother as well as by everyone that knew and loved him.
Tom was a dedicated father, husband, businessman and World War II Veteran who made a great impact on others and our great nation. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Mary E. (Barno) Farebrother (in 2006) whom he met at a dance at the Holmstead Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio and married in June 1952.
In 1943, he left high school and proudly volunteered to serve his country in World War II. After three years of active service as a Signalman, he received an Honorable Discharge, returned home to Cleveland a decorated Navy Veteran with a Purple Heart Medal, three Bronze Stars and American Theatre Ribbons. After he completed high school, he obtained an Associates Degree in Business and began his professional career. He started off in the Receiving Department at Kirby Company, then began to focus on the purchasing function and eventually becoming the Manager of Purchasing at US Air Compressor and finally at American Sprinkler, where after 16 years he retired in April 1985. Tom and Mary then moved to the Carolinas to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather.
He was a Leader in his Church and the Scouts, member of the VFW as well as several Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapters including 634 and served as Commander of the Chapter in Northeast Ohio. He counted among his greatest honors the trip to Washington DC on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. He loved participating in Veterans Day ceremonies, parades, sharing stories at ROTC High School/College Programs and community meetings always earning respect and admiration for fellow Veterans.
A celebration service of Tom's life with full military honors will be held at 11:00am EST on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at All Saints Church in Concord, NC with visitation starting at 9:45am EST; masks are required. The service will be live streamed on the Church's Facebook page at: https//www.facebook.com/AllSaintsEpiscopalConcord/live
Interment of his ashes alongside his wife and their parents will take place at the Brooklyn Heights Cemetery in Cleveland at a later date.
Tom will live on in the countless memories of those that had the privilege of knowing him. His bright smile, warm personality, and sense of humor paints an everlasting picture for us of a Life Well Lived.