Thomas J. Turner

July 31, 1948March 31, 2021

Turner Sr., Thomas J. – Passed away on March 31st, 2021. Thomas, or Tom, Tommy, Uncle Tom, Dad, Grandpa Tom, or Mr. T, will be greatly missed on earth, but welcomed into heaven to reunite with his parents, Ernest and Lillian Turner, and many other family and friends that preceded him.

Tom was born in Chicago in 1948. After graduating from Morgan Park High School, he joined Pipe Fitters L.U. #597. Upon retirement, he devoted himself to spending time with his family and friends. Tom was also an avid gardener and loved hanging out in his garage to either read or visit with neighbors in Alsip, IL. He was always happy to visit over meals and would regularly meet with lifelong friends over chicken wings and really enjoyed heading to the Pipe Fitter retiree breakfasts. Tom was always known for his great stories and quick-wit. He was easy to talk to and eager to help others in need. If you ever needed to smile, you could just call Tom.

Tom is survived by his sons, Thomas Jr. (Jamie), and Todd (Alana); sisters Gerrylea Ferriter, Jenny Turner (Dave); brother Joey Turner; along with 4 grandchildren.

Per Tom’s wishes, no funeral services will be held, but please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.


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Jack/Kim Curran

April 14, 2021

So sorry for the loss of Tom, he was our neighbor for over 29 years and my son, who is 30 now used to sit with Tom when he was around 12 years old as he had a coin collection and Tom had an interest in coins.

Tom always asked about our boys after they had gown an moved out of the neighborhood. Tom knew everyone’s kids and was always kind towards them.

Tom also worked occasionally with me as I am also a pipe fitter.

Tom will be missed within our neighborhood, we all have fond memories of him.

Jack and Kim Curran

Joy Buehrer

April 9, 2021

I have many happy childhood memories of my brother George and I playing with Tommy. I remember him as being fun and kind. More recently I’ve heard from him every Christmas in the form of a funny Christmas card. Again he was funny and kind and always interested in what was going on with me and my family. I am so sad to hear of his sudden passing. I will miss him.
Joy (Michelsen) Buehrer

Diane Lynn

April 8, 2021

Tom visited Jenny and David each year and came to our house with them many years to watch the Super Bowl and eat dinner. He whispered to me one time he was so happy to eat my meatballs and sausage because his vegetarian sister was feeding him vegetables all the time! We all laughed at him and I would send him home with Jenny and my brother with sausage and meatballs to last a few days!🥰Tom was a wonderful man and he will be missed. God Bless him in heaven🙏🏻🌈💕

Mike O’Connor

April 4, 2021

I was blessed to have known and work with Tom. He was one of the best mechanics / Pipefitters I ever worked with. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Gods Peace to you Thomas. I will always value our friendship. My condolences and prayers to your family. 🙏🙏

Mike Bukent

April 4, 2021

Tom and I were Best of Friends, Before Covid you can set your watch to a Monday Night Game (Thursdays sometimes too) when we would go watch Football at Hooter's. He always ordered the same thing . Wings with a glass of Hott Water sometimes with a Lemon. Now about the Curly Fries, He would asked to have them Extra Hott and right out of the Crisper ! He was always asking about my kids and once in a while they would run into each other. My one daughter more than the other 2 as she works at Ace Hardware by my house and he would always ask for Jenn, but he always called her Jenny.
Every spring we always discussed on how and what were going to plant in our gardens. Boy did Tom have a Green Thumb, that's for sure. Borrowing his Roto Tiller and doing my garden, he was always there to Supervise and lend a hand when I would sit to take a break. Listening to the stories and days of when we worked together (597) was always a laugh while eating peanut butter pretzels in the garage and having him always tell me to sell my Harley. I would always respond with, That's not gonna happen ! LOL
It's gonna be different now with out him at a SuperBowl Party or sharing a slice of pie at Nino's and or Aurelio's Pizzeria. Tom Buddy your gonna be missed by Plenty, having you as a Co-Worker, Mentor, and Most of all a Friend. Our prayers go to You.