Gates, Kingsley & Gates Smith Salsbury Funeral Directors

4220 South Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA


Thomas John Supple

December 25, 1940August 23, 2019

On Friday August 23rd 2019, Thomas John Supple passed away at the age of 78 following a ten-year battle with cancer. He was a devoted husband, and loving father and grandfather.

Tom was born on Christmas Day 1940 in Santa Monica, California. He was the first of five boys born to Tom and Phil Supple. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Loyola University in Westchester, where he was an active member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He then joined the Coast Guard and graduated from Officers Candidate School at the top of his class (both in academics and demerits). After leaving the Coast Guard, Tom earned his MBA from USC and had a 40-year career with various defense contractors in Southern California.

Tom was an avid bird watcher, and loved camping and painting. He enjoyed attending and helping out at events for his kids and grandkids – whether it was a soccer game, horse show, track meet, drill team competition, rowing regatta, ballet performance, band competition, or birthday party – Tom was always able to make time. He valued his faith and was a long time parishioner of St. Augustine Catholic Church. His love of Culver City, his home for 51 years, motivated him to get involved in local politics. Tom travelled the world, including camping in the Western US and Canada, and visiting Ireland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Australia, and Panama. He was known for his quick wit, his willingness to help out, and his mischievous practical jokes.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Margaret; his 5 children Kathleen Larkin (Dermott), Tom (Shin), Patrick (Aniko), Megan, and Amy; his 6 grandchildren Tommy, Kathryn, Ryan, Maia, Willa, and Declan; his brothers Steve (Judy), KC (Sunny), and Rory (Chris); his sisters-in-law Sandy Supple and Mary Ellen Quinn; his brothers-in-law Jim Bush and Chris Bush (Theresa). He is also survived by his Aunt Bonnie Nelson (103 years old), and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Terry, and his niece Colleen Quinn.

We are grateful to the many wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff who looked after him during the years of his illness. And we are thankful for the many people who were a part of Tom's life – you each played a unique and treasured role.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Reception to follow Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2019


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R and M Sergant

September 4, 2019

Lots of fond memories of Tom, especially recall our good times at the holiday parties.... Tom wearing his xmas sweater and Moshe and I wearing our Chanukah colors. It didn't matter. We all had fun together at Donna and Lee's house. Tom would stand with us in the kitchen during parts of the sing along, jumping in when his favorite songs were reached. He will be sorely missed.

Donna Mitchell

September 4, 2019

37 years of memories, couldn't choose just one. Lee and I remember every beach party, Girl Scout outing, celebrations of birthdays and anniversary's , and of course for the book club, every mouth watering waffle. And then there were Christmas parties with Tom hiding out in the kitchen with the other non singers and the times he made all the girls laugh with his goofball humor....the word greenie comes to mind. Our lives have been blessed having Tom for a friend, a man of conviction, faith, love of life and the best kind of family man. He taught us well and we love him for it.
God Bless all of you that loved him too.

Merri Coxwell

September 4, 2019

I will always remember Tom as the very favorite “Girl Scout dad”. All of us girls loved following him around, probably bugging the heck out of him :-) He always kept us girls laughing and even “saved” us from the bad guys who threw rocks through the window at the scout shack..... our hero! Tom (who I will forever refer to as “Greenie”, a very silly nickname we gave him as kids) was, honest to God, a bright and shining light in my childhood and I am thankful to the Lord to have had him in my life. I can still see him in his hoodie, sneaking over to check on us girls at the beach parties at Mothers Beach.......making sure we were all OK but hoping not to be noticed. We didn’t care, even as pre-teen girls.... we always just thought he was the best. What a treasure on the earth and I can only imagine the angels singing, so happy to welcome him home!


September 3, 2019

I have millions of memories of Tom and I at the Phi Sig house but decorum prevents me from posting the details in public......

RIP Big Brother

Rosemary Halderman

September 2, 2019

I have known Tom from way back to my valley days ---- he was always Terry's older brother to me but he was always Tom ----- his sense of humor was the best ---- off the wall as we use to say ---- last time I saw him was at Terry's funeral ---- I was standing outside and I looked over and there was Tom ---- I went up to him and said hi I'm Rosemary Romano Halderman ---- do you remember me --- with that Supple smile he said of course I remember you ---- I was touched ---- he then said what a turn out for my brother ---- well Tom I'm sure you will have a turn out ---- Tom I will always remember you and that smile -----

Jim Maechling

September 2, 2019

Tom was my friend and Phi Sig fraternity brother at Loyola University in the early 1960s. I’m sure all his friends feel the way I do. We always looked forward to being with him because of his quick mind and wonderful sense of humor. I remember him starring as our lead character in an award-winning student film. In it, Tom wore a red “zippy” jacket as he trotted around the Catholic women’s campuses with groups of girls following him. All of us have many fond and funny memories of Tom Supple.

I believe in the afterlife. My hope is that if I make it into heaven and need any “cheering up” after the transition, I will search for Tom. He is sure to be there! It will be a joyous reunion. Who knows, it could turn out something similar to our wonderful college days.

John Nally

August 30, 2019

I remember Tom, as a fellow student and Phi Sig at Loyola University, as a very kind, friendly and happy young man. Always considered Tom as one of the good guys. Condolences to and prayers for the Supple family.
God be good to Tom and family.
Rest In Peace, Tom.

John Nally, Loyola University
Class of 1960