OBITUARY

Tommy Nason Kellogg

March 29, 1936March 29, 2021

Tommy Nason Kellogg, 85, of South Glastonbury and formerly of Old Greenwich, loving husband of 30 years of Camille (Leone) Kellogg, peacefully journeyed Home to be with our Lord on Monday, March 29, 2021 with his caring family by his side. Born in Ava, Missouri on March 29, 1936, a son of the late Charles and Bessie (Robertson) Kellogg, he had resided in Old Greenwich for 22 years prior to moving to South Glastonbury in 2012. Tommy graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics from Drury College, class of 1958, a M.A. degree in Economics & Marketing from Michigan State University, and his J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law.

Tommy began his career at Employers of Wausau Insurance and retired in May 2001 after 33 years of service from General Reinsurance Corporation and General Re Corporation, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. He retired as President and Chief Operating Officer of General Reinsurance Corporation, and Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of General Re Corporation, the holding company. During his years of service as an expert, Tommy served on numerous insurance/reinsurance committees dealing with industry wide challenges. He appeared as a speaker and as a panel member for numerous industry trade and special interest associations. After his initial retirement, Tommy became an Executive with the W.R. Berkley Corporation, where he was chairman of its lead reinsurance company, Signet Star Holdings, Inc. At W.R. Berkley, Tommy helped form Berkley Capital Underwriters, LLC. In 1991 he was a special Honoree in the Registry of “Who’s Who of American Business Leaders”, and in 1992 was named Board Trustee Member of the College of Insurance. He was also a Life Trustee on Drury University’s Board of Trustees.

A man of great faith, he was a benefactor of the Ava General Baptist Church in his hometown in Ava, MO. Tom enjoyed traveling with his beloved Camille, with some of his favorite trips being to the Holy Land, Paris, China, and throughout Europe. He also enjoyed his many years at his Vermont home in Chester, VT, skiing, playing golf, gardening, and monitoring the stock market. A sports enthusiast, he was a loyal and avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers; going to Lambeau Field was one of his highlights in being true fan. A proud and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Tommy cherished his time with Camille and his entire family.

In addition to his beloved wife Camille, Tommy is survived by three sons: Todd Kellogg and his wife Bonnie of Trumbull, Christopher Kellogg of Vermont, and Larry Bledsoe of Encinitas, CA; two adored grandchildren, Benjamin and Samuel; a special sister-in-law, Mary Ann Leone and her two daughters, Marisa Maldonado and Vanessa Leone and their families of East Hartford, along with several nieces, nephews, former co-workers, and dear friends. He also leaves behind his lifelong friends, Charles and Shirley Mason and many cousins throughout the Midwest. Tommy was especially thankful for the dedicated care he received from his primary caregiver, Maxine Henry. Carisa Glover and Hilda Espinosa are also recognized for their devoted caregiving over the past three years.

Funeral service will be Wednesday (April 7, 2021) with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Christopher Church of St. Edmund Campion Parish, 538 Brewer Street, East Hartford. Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery Mausoleum, Burnside Avenue, East Hartford. There are no calling hours. Due to the current health pandemic, everyone is asked to please go directly to the church on Wednesday morning and wear a face covering while adhering to all of the regulations by the CDC, state, and church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tommy’s name may be made to the Ava General Baptist Church Memorial Board, P.O. Box 116, Ava, MO 65608. The D’Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has been entrusted with the care of the funeral arrangements. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopoeh.com.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Entombment

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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Tony Markel

April 15, 2021

Camille,I just found out about Toms passing.I have many fond memories of spending time with the 2 of you at insurance gatherings.My heartfelt condolences

Kathryn McIntyre

April 14, 2021

I remember so many fun times at The Greenbrier with Camille and Tom. Wishing the entire family peace and sympathy at this sad time. God Bless Tom and all of you.

Donna McDermott

April 7, 2021

Camille,
I just learned of Tom’s passing. It is 10:34 on Wednesday the 7th and if I would have learned of this a few hours earlier I would have been honored to be at the church with you today to celebrate Tom.
I have this vivid memory of Tom from one of our Annual Underwriting meetings at Gen Re. This was sometime in the late 80’s. I was fresh out of college. Tom was addressing the team and I remember being mesmerized. His energy, his vision and his ability to share this so effectively with the team is something that is still greatly admire. He was a wonderful leader in the truest sense. There are so many who have been influenced by Tom and we are indebted to him for that. He will be missed.
Love,
Donna

David McDonald

April 6, 2021

While Tommy was a business colleague, he was also a dear friend for over 30 years sharing, among other things, a love of golf, the Green Bay Packers, the UConn Lady Huskies and Dewar's. Over the years, we were traveling companions with the Kelloggs to many sites in the USA and the Caribbean(always with golf clubs in hand) as well as to far-flung places around the globe. For each of the trips, Tommy was, as usual, well-prepared because he took the time to study ahead about what we would visit so he could share that information. He had an uncanny ability to recall literally anything and everything!
We will miss his smile, intellect, companionship and his knack of making one feel special. May the Good Lord welcome him with open arms while pointing out the direction of the 1st tee and the 19th hole. There won't be another like him.

Sandra and David McDonald

Lee Freitas

April 6, 2021

We offer our deepest sympathies to Todd and the whole Kellogg family for the passing of Tommy. Since knowing Todd, we've always known how important a role Tommy played in his life as a father, friend and confidant. We remember Tommy as being kind and generous to us and as someone who was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. We pray for all of you to have peace and strength during this difficult time. With much love, Lee and Linda Freitas

Judy Thompson

April 6, 2021

I have know Tom since I was a freshman at Drury and he was a senior. I have known him better as an adult as I served Drury as a VP and nominated Tom to the Board of Trustees. Tom served Drury through many ups and downs. Tom was smart and a good thinker and I always respected his opinion even when we disagreed. Tom has received the Distinguished Alumni award, the Breech School of Business Hall of Fame, and the highest award the Board gives, Life Trustee. We will miss him!

shirley & Charles mason

April 5, 2021

The passing of our dear friend Tommy has left a giant hole in our hearts Life will not be the same without him. I (Charles)have known Tommy since the first grade. My family moved to Ava, Mo. in April of 1943 where we began our friendship which has endured to the present .
Tommy has always looked out for me. I would not have gone to Drury College ,or any other College , had it not been for Tommy.
When we were seniors in High School Tommy came to me and said Francis Maloney had told him to tell me that Shirley Hartley wanted me to ask her out. Tommy said , don't be a "Dumb Ass" ask her out today or she will think you aren't interested. The term "Dumb Ass" became a term of endearment for me because he wanted the best for me.
Tommy was a great competitor. He ran the mile, I also ran the mile ,but I was never able to beat him. I did try one time, I failed.
How do you compete with a drive like Tommy exhibited, you don't , you just love him.
Love you forever ,
Charles and Shirley Mason





Kalynn McMurray

April 5, 2021

Tom's smile will absolutely be missed, everytime I had the pleasure of seeing and visiting with Tom, he always had a smile which is a testament to how he lived, enjoying life to the fullest. My deepest condolences to all!!

Chris Kellogg

April 3, 2021

This photo is shared by Evelyn Moore, one of Tommy Kellogg’s cousins. She shared it with me so I could share it with everyone one here. The picture according to Evelyn is of my dad standing with his cousins, I believe in Ava Missouri.

Chris Kellogg

April 3, 2021

One of many true memories I had with my dad, was the day I graduated from Johnson State College. I was excited of course to be finally graduating, but the impact it had on my dad blew me away. I remember the moment so well. My dad came up to me and gave me a long huge and told me with tears running down from his eyes, that he was extremely proud and happy for me. I was so moved by my dad’s words and out poor of emotions, I realized that moment, how much this meant to him. Thanks dad, for all your love and support. Love always and forever-Chris.

FROM THE FAMILY