Thomas D. Watry
October 22, 1952 – December 22, 2017
WATRY, Thomas Donald “Tom”, age 65, passed away December 22, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin after an extended illness. Tom is survived by his wife of 27 years, Elizabeth Anne McLemore, brother Carl (Lisa) sister Susan, sister-in-law Jenay, nieces Emily (Will) Baldwin, Heather, Jenna and nephew Ryan (Jamie) Watry. Tom is predeceased by his parents Bill and Audrey, and brother Andy Watry. Although born in Madison, Wisconsin, he was raised in the Atlanta area, most recently a resident of Decatur, Georgia. Tom graduated from Marist High School in 1970, attended the United States Air Force Academy, Georgia State University and the University of Georgia School of Law, obtaining his Juris Doctorate in 1978. Tom worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the Tift County Judicial Circuit and the State Attorney General’s office prior to joining the law practice of Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, where he served Of Counsel with their health care administrative team, retiring in 2015. Tom enjoyed sailing, kayaking, photography, marksmanship, and vacationing in the Door County, WI wilderness. He was also an avid reader, intellectual, and never one short of being able to provide a good editorial, joke or to simply tell a good story. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Tom’s memory to Friends of Spivey Hall (c/o CSU Foundation), University of Wisconsin Medical Center (Armbrust, Mike Fund for Transplant Patients and Families 112900000), Atlanta Humane Society, Marist School or a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 21st at H.M. Patterson & Son – Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, with a reception thereafter at 5:00 pm.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, April 21, 2018
- Reception Saturday, April 21, 2018
Thomas D. Watry
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April 17, 2018
I met Tom and his brothers, Carl & Andy, at the Friday Night Fish Fry in a Milwaukee restaurant. Schulz, Watry, extended family, and friends gathered there as a casual precelebration of life for our shared cousin, David Francis Schulz. This was in October of 2006. I felt very fortunate to meet my Aunt Mary's adult nephews that evening as well as her sister-in-law, Mrs. Watry.
I think I only offended Tom briefly that night by stating he reminded me of newscaster Tom Brokaw...later he put me in my "place" when I proudly claimed I was from California, "where gold was first discovered in the United States". He gave me a quick refresher course on US History and reminded me gold was first found in Florida, possibly even before statehood. Indeed.
As we all know he was gifted in his intellect, humor, and had a way of caring for his family (including cats). There are not too many men out there who care for cats. From the "leftist Coast", as Tom termed my home state, my love to all who are grieving the loss of this exceptional man. Love, Theresa M. Schulz