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Thomas John GARNEAU

July 20, 1944July 5, 2021

Tom was called home to be with the Lord on July 5, 2021. He passed away peacefully with his wife and children by his side. Tom was born in Washington D.C. on July 20, 1944, grew up in Arlington VA and would later reside in Falls Church VA with his wife and children. He was a printing pressman by profession working at Prince Lithograph for sixteen years. After retirement Tom taught at GCIU Local 285. Tom loved classic cars and was particularly fond of his 1962 Corvette which brought great joy to both him and Betty over the years and created wonderful friendships with others who shared his love of the classics.

Tom is survived by his wife Betty of fifty-six years, his two daughters Angie Theodore (Terry) of Centreville VA, Andrea Sams (Will) of Fairfax City and his four grandsons Zachary Theodore (Rebecca) of Middletown VA, Garett Theodore (Centreville), Matthew Theodore (Centreville) and Sean Sams (Fairfax City). Tom is survived by five sisters Pat Sampsell, Peggy Smith, Paula Asselin, Kathy Cooper and Mary Ann Copeland as well as his three brothers Jerry, Donny, and Mike Garneau. He is preceded in death by his father John Garneau, mother Catherine Garneau and brother Lee Garneau.

A celebration of life will be held on August 22, 2021 2:00 p.m. at Twin Lakes, 6201 Union Mill Road, Centreville, VA 20124


22 August

Celebration of Life Memorial

2:00 pm

Twin Lakes

6201 Union Mill Road
Centreville, VA 20124


Thomas John GARNEAU

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Cheryl Smith

July 26, 2021

Brian and I will always cherish your friendship and the wonderful times we spent together during our winter breaks In Fla.

James Cooper

July 25, 2021

Uncle Tom,

I will always be grateful for the time you came over and helped me rebuild the 305 Chevy V-8 in the 79 Malibu that was the first vehicle my brother John and I had.

Working in my parent’s driveway and garage, we tore down the engine and rebuilt it to get it running like new again. I recall as I was torquing down heads I asked Uncle Tom about the order in which the head bolts had to be torqued down and the ft/lbs amount of torque that needed to be applied to each bolt so you don't crack the heads. Tom rattled off the specs/numbers so fast I was in shock. I looked back at Uncle Tom and asked "are you sure?" He said absolutely he was sure. Being the engineer I am, I had to go back to the manual and double check. Uncle Tom took no offense in me doing so. I looked up the specs on torquing down the head bolts and the order in which to torque down the bolts. Sure enough Uncle Tom was spot on. I looked back up at Uncle Tom after looking at the specs, he had a huge smile on his face and then we just had a huge laugh together. I still tell people about how I was able to rebuild this engine with Uncle Tom.

Uncle Tom was an encyclopedia about vehicles. And it goes without saying Uncle Tom is one of the toughest, most loving, caring, and giving man anyone has ever known.

You have touched and blessed many people Uncle Tom. We will see you again Uncle Tom and celebrate in God's glory.

May you rest in peace.

Our thoughts are with Betty, Angie, Andrea, and the rest of the family. We are here for you.

With love,
James (aka Jim, Jimmy)

Kathy Cooper

July 22, 2021

Tommy, we are going to miss you very much. We always had so much fun with you and Betty at the beach adventures and the great Happy Hours we had. Tommy always had a smile on his face. He tried never let anything get him down. Our hearts go out to Betty and the girls. God bless you and you will always be remembered by so many. Hugs and Love, Kathy, Frank, and the boys.