Thomas Judson Harbour
December 1, 1991 – November 5, 2018
Our beloved son, Thomas Judson Harbour passed away suddenly on Monday, November 5, 2018 in Austin, TX. Just three weeks shy of his 27th birthday.
He was born December 1, 1991 to Kay and Robert Harbour in Houston, TX.
Growing up in Houston, Thomas attended St. Thomas More School from 1st through 8th grade, then St. Thomas High School, graduating in 2010. He was accepted into the biomedical engineering program at Texas A&M University, but while there, he discovered a deep passion for the arts and literature. He transferred to the University of St. Thomas in Houston, then later to the writing program at the University of Houston.
Thomas was a gifted athlete. Beginning with Little League, he enjoyed a variety of sports through high school however, his favorite sport was skate boarding. He skated practically every day of his life since he learned how, and worked on his jumps and tricks all the time.
Thomas loved animals. He always had cats and dogs in the house growing up. While attending college he got a job as a pet adoption advocate with Rescue Pets Movement in Houston, then later with Austin Pets Alive in Austin.
Thomas began painting, oil paint on canvas, at first as a way to cope with stress. He discovered he had a natural talent for abstract expressionism, and for the last few years of his life he was very prolific. Many of his paintings are enjoyed by and displayed in the homes of his friends and family.
Thomas is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dr. V. J. Donnely and Amelia, and his paternal grandparents, Robert Harbour Sr. and Monica Ash, and his aunt, Katrina Harbour. He is survived by his parents, and his sister Christine Harbour of Austin Texas. Also his Aunt Julie Reid in Anchorage Alaska, uncle Chris Harbour, also in Anchorage, Aunt Jennifer Hakes and husband Joel of Beaver Falls Pennsylvania, uncles and aunts Joanne and John Carter of Houston and Pat and Bob Kirkland of League City, as well as numerous cousins and friends. Thomas’ star shone very brightly in his short life. He was a kind soul and a good friend, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Visitation will be held from 6pm to 8pm, with a Rosary beginning at 7pm, Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, 4525 Bissonnet St., Bellaire, TX 77401. Funeral Mass will be held at 11am, with visitation beginning at 10am, Friday, November 9, 2018 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 10330 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX 77096.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Austin Pets Alive, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78703(www.austinpetsalive.org)
- Visitation Thursday, November 8, 2018
- Rosary Thursday, November 8, 2018
- Funeral Mass Friday, November 9, 2018
Thomas Judson Harbour
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November 8, 2018
I loved getting to know Thomas and working with him at RPM. I never saw him in a bad mood. He was so loving toward the animals, and they knew they were safe in his strong, steady arms. He had so many gifts--from his compassion to his humor to his artistic talent.
I'm deeply sorry for your loss.
November 7, 2018
Thomas, it’s hard to know where to begin having known you since 1st grade. You always knew how to make us laugh in school and I enjoyed all the times we spent together after school and on the weekends hanging out while you and the boys skated around the STM neighborhood. I’m so happy that we ran into eachother last April, giving us an opportunity to reconnect again. We spent most of our time this past year just hanging out at my place or around Bonnie’s pool just talking and getting to know eachother all over again, filling eachother in on what we missed. I’m so glad you got to meet my daughter, Jordan and even gave her one of your emoji paintings 🙂. I will cherish it, and all the time we have spent together over the last 16 years. I’m sorry that our time together was so brief but it was truly a blessing to know you. Sending all my love to you, and your family and friends here on earth, who I know are hurting in your absence. Until we meet again, sweet friend...