Obituary: Thomas Paul Kelleher

Thomas Paul Kelleher

Thomas Paul Kelleher

Surrounded by his loving family, Thomas Paul "Tom" Kelleher of Cornville, AZ peacefully ended his earthly journey on April 19, 2015.

Born August 2, 1942 in Winchendon, Mass. to Pauline M (Gamache) and Thomas A Kelleher, Tom is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra (Groves); sons Thomas M (Abbie), Livermore, CA; Patrick E, Mesa, AZ; daughter Nicole M (Eric), Chandler, AZ; sister Paula Wunder, Orange, MA; brother Shawn (Cheryl), Orange, MA; aunt Corrine (Gamache) Graves, Pumpkin Center, AZ; 4 grandsons Ayden, Will, Blake, Shane; granddaughter Emily and many nieces, nephews and cousins throughout the United States.

Tom was a guidance counselor on the Navajo Reservation in Leupp, AZ as well as coach and organizer for the Boarding School Flag Football team and chess club. He served as counselor at East Flagstaff (AZ) Junior High School, now MEMS, and later became an award winning insurance agent and broker. He was instrumental in the formation of the Flagstaff Youth Hockey program, serving as board member, coach, mentor and referee.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He was an avid horseshoe player and helped organize the "Cornville Cartel," a regular group at Cornville Windmill Park and the state.

The family wishes to thank Gerald Mohan and his team at the Cottonwood VA Center; Dr. David Beyer, his team and the drivers at the Sedona Cancer Center; the Verde Valley Medical Center Telemetry Unit in Cottonwood; Banner Hospice in Gilbert, AZ; Science Care in Phoenix and especially the many friends and relatives who shared prayers, love and support for Tom and his Family. Together we mourn the loss, honor the memory and celebrate the life of someone so special who will be deeply missed.

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