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Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home & Flagler Memorial Gardens

511 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach, FL

OBITUARY

Colonel Thomas F. Conrad

January 4, 1943March 20, 2020

Colonel Thomas Francis Conrad

Thomas Francis Conrad was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 4, 1943 to Josephine (O’Reilly) and Elmer Conrad. He was the oldest of six children. He is survived by his siblings Geraldine Conrad, Chicago, IL; Catherine Conrad, Salt Lake City, UT; Martin Conrad, San Diego, CA; Laura Meadors, Madison, WI; and Mary Pat Zarcone, Austin TX as well as 10 nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret (Stone) Conrad, three daughters, Kathleen Conrad, Berlin, Germany; Margaret Hoffmann, (Stephen), Atlanta, GA; and Elizabeth Misak, (Brian), San Diego, CA. He was the proud grandfather of Sean Hoffmann, Patrick Hoffmann, Bridget Hoffmann, Kevin Misak, Eric Misak and Jessica Misak.

Thomas Conrad was a graduate of Fenwick High School, DePaul University BSC, and Northwestern University, MBA. He achieved the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army. His tours of duty included Vietnam, Greece, Iran and Germany as well as various assignments in the U.S. He retired to Palm Coast, Florida in 1996 where he enjoyed biking, tennis and leadership of the Flagler Gun and Archery Club. Of all his achievements his family was his greatest source of pride. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. His memory will be cherished by family and friends.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Maria Del Mar Catholic Church, Flagler Beach, FL at a date yet to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Flagler Advent Health Foundation, Hospice Care of East Florida: 60 Memorial Medical Parkway, Palm Coast, FL 32164, www.adventhealthhospicecareeastfl.com.

Condolences may be sent to www.craigflaglerpalms.com

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  • Memorial Mass To Be Scheduled At A Later Date

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Cathy Conrad

March 26, 2020

When I think about my brother Tom so many things come to mind:
Watching him box until I couldn't watch anymore because its upset me too much. Playing ping pong with him in our basement. He had such patience with me that I actually got pretty good. Tom taking me to get my drivers license and encouraging me along the way that I would pass..and I did!! Tom bringing Peggy Stone home to meet all of us and how happy we were she came back!!Tom boarding my flight to San Francisco on his way to Vietnam. My coworkers were kind enough to take over my duties in First Class so we could sit and visit through the whole flight. Tom calling me later in a day and telling my two children that I would take them out for ice cream after we ended the call. Tom's legacy will be his beautiful family. He was one lucky guy to have had Peggy by his side throughout his life. His children, Kathy, Meg and Beth are mirrors of all the great qualities he had...they are his legacy!
I will miss you terribly Tom but I know you are in a better place and pain free. I hope you will give me a sign that you are watching over me now that you have gotten your"wings".
Love and miss you brother
Cathy

Bob and Joanne Quane

March 26, 2020

Please accept our deepest sympathies in this very difficult time in the world. We have very good memories of Tom and family when we visited him VA I think... It was close to Wash. DC. We had a fantastic visit with you and your family, and we got to know your wonderful personality and the warmness that you shared with our family. We are proud of all your accomplishments with the Army as I know your family is. Peg and family, we will keep Tom and YOU in our thoughts prayers. Take Care... Stay Well! Love and many prayers, Bob and Joanne Quane.

James DeNardo

March 25, 2020

Please accept my condolences. I was a classmate and friend of Tom's at Fenwick High School. We had classes together and were both members of the rifle club Freshman year.
I last saw Tom in early 1970 in Saigon. He was stationed there and I was down from Pleiku to attend a conference. We shared dinner and stories about Fenwick. I had hoped to see him at one of the Fenwick reunions .
I am truly sorry for your loss.
Jim DeNardo

Marty Conrad

March 24, 2020

Tom was my big brother, my lifeline in a family with four sisters. He was nine years older than me, too old to hang around with but old enough to be my hero. On my 7th birthday, he left me a note that I can still recite from memory: “Mart, I am leaving .26 cents on my dresser every morning for the next week. Go to McCann’s and buy a milk shake.” McCann’s was a pharmacy on Van Buren Blvd in Oak Park. It had an old fashioned milk shake fountain tended by a soda jerk behind a long counter. I can still remember the stool I sat on when I enjoyed the best milk shakes ever. Only a big brother would think of a birthday present like that.

He was capable of being devious too. When we were growing up the Sears Roebuck catalog was the source of everything you wanted but couldn’t have: Ted Williams hunting gear, BB guns, and yes, even pool tables. We had a basement and Tom knew I thought it would be so cool to have a pool table. It didn’t even have to be “Best”. “Good” or “Better” would be ok. In mid November one year I jumped out of my chair when I saw a pool table circled in the catalog. I could make out Dad’s note in pencil saying “Jo, I think this one would be ok.” I shared this discovery with Tom as soon as he got home from DePaul from class. ‘Wow, Mart, that’s great!” Of course there was no pool table in the basement on Christmas Day. It took me that long to figure out Tom’s prank. I still haven’t forgiven him for that. But he is still my hero. I love you Tom.

Mary Pat Zarcone

March 24, 2020

Dear Tom,

My big brother whom I love dearly and will miss more than you will ever know. How proud I am of you!

I will never forget the first time I saw you in uniform. I was around 6 years old and I thought you were the most handsome and strongest man I knew (except for Dad)! I must admit that over the years my opinion of you never changed!

You took good care of me when I was young and that continued until this day; I knew you were always just a phone call away. Your teasing ways and sense of humor always brought a smile to my heart. You would jump right in when family matters arose and do whatever you could from wherever you were stationed or living at the time.

Your most wonderful achievement was a joint effort with your amazing wife Peggy. The creation of your beautiful family - Kathy, Meg and Beth, three of the smartest, kindest and most thoughtful women I know. I loved when you spoke of them to me. You were so proud of the women they became, the families they raised, and their successes in the work place. What a gift you were given from God and what I loved most is that you knew it and believed it too!

You fought a hard fight Tom. I am happy that you can rest now in Heaven and you are at peace.

I love you and will miss you, but know one day we will see each other again! Until then as Cathy said, “We are happy you will be our guardian angel. “ So guard away big brother!!

Love,

Mary Pat


Geraldine Conrad

March 24, 2020

My childhood memories of Tom are voluminous. I was the next in line, almost four years behind him. I adored him even though he teased me mercilessly, even calling me General Motors Corp because of my initials. He once told me I would love the feeling of slamming the palm of my hand into a cactus. I didn't. No matter what, he made me laugh. I was small enough at one time to sit on the bike handlebars as he pedaled to the park. We popped corn and saw a movie at the Lake Theatre on a rainy night. So many of those images flood my mind. He had a good life, choosing his wife wisely and raising three stellar daughters who returned their love.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY