Thomas N Tight
January 24, 1944 – May 11, 2018
Thomas Norbert Tight
January 24, 1944 – May 11, 2018
Thomas N. Tight (Tom) 74, passed away unexpectedly on May 11, 2018. Born in Sandusky, Ohio, to Dr. and Mrs. Alvin J. Tight, Tom was the fourth of six children: Carol, Bud (Judy), Mike (Barb), Steve (Sharon), and John (Mary). Tom grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and graduated from St. Anthony's Catholic School, Central Catholic High School and the University of Dayton. Tom completed officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Georgia, and served his Country as a Lieutenant in the United States Army. Tom was a well-respected veteran of the insurance industry for over 50 years where he was a trusted advisor, mentor, and most recently a teacher. He served his clients with dedication and integrity; a true professional of his craft. Tom is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Barbara, and his proud children, Thomas Tight II and his wife Kristen of Orlando, Florida, Tasha and her husband Chris Vallace of Wilmette, Illinois, Adam Tight and his wife Alie of Carmel, California, and Matt Tight and his wife Cheryl of Orlando, Florida. Tom was the proud grandfather of fifteen: Tommy and Michael Tight; Lauren, Katherine, Timothy, Matthew, Mary Grace and Angela Vallace; Nora, Gabriela and Claire Tight; and Madison, Lily, Jack and Luke Tight. Tom cherished his faith and family and never missed an opportunity to celebrate both. His laughter was contagious, and he lit up any room he walked into with his warm smile and fun-loving sense of humor. Tom was a kind and humble gentleman; he enriched the lives of all he touched. For “Grandpa Tight”, “Geepa”, “Peepaw” and “Chicken Boy” his 15 grandchildren were truly a gift from God for a beautiful life lived. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3513 N St NW Washington, D.C. Georgetown, on Tuesday, May 22nd, at 10:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities USA, 2050 Ballenger Ave. Suite 400 Alexandria, VA 22314 (www.catholiccharitiesusa.org).
- Memorial Service Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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May 22, 2018
Very sad to hear about Tom's passing. I have known Tom since he first came to Washington to head the local office of Sedgwick James and I was working for The Hartford. Tom was a man of tremendous energy who had a very positive outlook on life which was contagious to those around him. It was pleasure doing business with Tom. He was a straight shooter and man of his word. Tom was a loyal friend. I have fond memories of many tennis games after work. he liked to win. Also, we lunched together many times over the years. I am so glad Tom stayed in touch. He will be sorely missed.
May 20, 2018
For 41 years, the history of the Tight and Walker families has been a very important part of my life. I watched the Tight children grow into outstanding adults and marvel at their family unity which can only be attributed to loving parents - Barb and Tom. It is difficult to imagine Tom's passing, it seems all too soon. It has been my privilege to know Tom and call him my friend. Rest in peace and know you led a good life as a husband, father, grandfather and friend.
May 19, 2018
I was sorry to learn of Tom's passing. May his family be comforted by the hope expressed at Job 14:13-15.
May 16, 2018
Tom Tight became a part of the Walker household, as I remember, in my early years of High School as he was courting(corralling) Barbara for the few years prior to their marriage and then the early years formation of the Tight family as we know them . Now , with his loss I feel an appreciation for him that I had not felt in a while with a flood of wonderful memories from those times when the Walker household first got to know Tom in those early years, those precious years on Castilla Isle. Those early times when TNT walked into our lives and gave us and Barbara, an awakening. The courtship years when first dating and then on leave from the Army I got to hang out with Tom and Barb on occasion. He had a wonderful sense of play and cast a powerful message by example, for a young teen. I was the youngest of 5 and Shelly and I had 3 developing family relationship's ahead of us, with Hallie's then Frank's marriages and families away at first, much of that time. I did get to see more of Barb and Tom's relations in those early High School years. I observed their relationship develop, socialized with them a bit, played cards with them some and enjoyed their friends who Barbara had over. It was very beneficial to see Tom's influence and magnanimous presence com. He lived with respect and earned mine.
The one Iconic Tom Tight gesture that to me represented his outlook on life was... at the start of some evening activity or game, or beginning of many events, Tom had the endearing habit of Clapping his hands together, loudly at first.... then spontaneously continue to rub them together for some 5 or 10 seconds or so... an expression of excitement, A burst of Enthusiasms .... Then continuation... for whatever Moment , Or, Life in General.... What this was was not showmanship but an expression of pure ' Being in the Moment '
What a wonderful individual who became family then. A brother in law I certainly was blessed to know. Barb and Family I am Truly sorry for your loss
May 15, 2018
I was lucky enough to grow up with Tom. Tight and all the Tights. It was a great time in Ft. Lauderdale . Their home was the gathering place for a lot of us. Tom was the epitome of a great husband, father and Grandfather. All my love and hope for your future for my former best sister in law.