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D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Covington Knolls

8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

Thomas J. Feely

January 18, 1935February 5, 2020
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Thomas J. Feely, 85, of Fort Wayne, IN, completed the journey of a lifetime on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, surrounded by love. Born in Detroit, MI, he was the son of Emmett and Myra Feely who not only gave him the gift of life, but also a deep faith and an enduring sense of humor. He was a lifelong Tigers fan. He was a proud graduate of John Carroll University, Class of 1957. Upon graduation Tom joined the U.S. Army. After his service, Tom had a long and distinguished career with Weatherhead Corp. which was acquired by Dana Corp. where Tom ultimately rose to the ranks of the V.P. of Marketing. Upon retirement Tom and his wife Sally took up residence at Pt. Nipigon in Cheboygan, MI. He was preceded in death by his wife Sally in 2010. Tom loved to golf, ski, boat and sail. He crewed several Detroit to Mackinac races. After moving to Fort Wayne he was active with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. As his final hour approached he was serenaded by a remarkable singer who sang Frank Sinatra’s “The Best is Yet to Come”. We could only imagine what wonderful reunions await him as we heard, “You think you've flown before, but baby, you ain't left the ground, Wait till you're locked in my embrace, Wait till I draw you near, Wait till you see that sunshine place, Ain't nothin' like it here." Nicknamed by his friends as “the bald eagle” we hope that he can now soar in eternity where his faith has become vision. He is survived by his five children: two daughters, Mary Carol (Jim) Sowar of Cincinnati, OH and Sr. Katherine Feely, SND of Cleveland, OH; three sons, Tom (Audrey) Feely Jr. of Media, PA., Mike (Marlene) Feely and Pat (Michelle) Feely, both of Fort Wayne, IN; nine grandchildren, Jay (Ellie), Molly, Christine, T.J., Keenan, Morgan, Makenna, Ryan, and Lauren; a sister Kathleen Miller of Greensburg, PA; a brother Emmett Feely of Birmingham, MI; and his much loved nieces and nephews. Memorial mass will be on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 10:30 am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (1502 E Wallen Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825) with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Huntertown Volunteer Fire Department 15412 Lima Road Huntertown, IN 46748 or the Sisters of Notre Dame, 13000 Auburn Road Chardon, OH.

  • DONATIONS

  • Huntertown Volunteer Fire Department
  • Sisters of Notre Dame

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Visitation Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Memorial Mass Monday, February 10, 2020

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  • Memorial Contributions

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Maureen Feely Maddock

February 12, 2020

To the extended Feely family. We are so sorry to hear about Tom. We offer our most sincere condolences to his family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With love and deepest sympathy, Maureen Feely Maddock and extended family

Dean Norton

February 10, 2020

I never saw Tom enough, but it was always memorable. Tom seemed to define authenticity, a trait that is more rare every day. In conversation, he was yours entirely. A family man through and through with a wide circle that was big enough for everyone he loved. All were welcomed in a warm familial embrace. His huge, easy grin was superseded only by his huge, easy heart. Can there be higher praise for a man than he was open, generous, kind and funny? Not in my book. Tom, you will be so missed. Give my Dad a high-five for me!

Meghan Edge

February 9, 2020

Tom, Audrey, TJ, Keenan and Feely family - we are so very sorry for your loss. You are all blessed to have one another. Our hearts are with you.
Love, the Rathnayaka Family

Judy Schmitt

February 9, 2020

“Job well done, my good and faithful servant”! What a wonderful man Tom was... as he ends his journey here on earth. It is sure his beautiful wife, Sally will be welcoming him with open arms❤️
We pray for the family, so nothing but joy and good memories will fill their hearts.
Peace and Love, Judy & Bob Schmitt

Pat Fitzgerald

February 9, 2020

To the extended Feely family, I am sad to hear about Uncle Tom. I have so many fond and funny memories going back a long way to Gates mills and FW and Detroit. I really miss all of you and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Your Father was a great man and made many people feel great about themselves. That is a Gift. Love to all of you Pat and Dawn

John Rensel

February 8, 2020

My sincere condolences to all the Feely’s. I will always cherish the memories of growing up together. It’s hard to believe all our parents are gone now but easy to remember them all laughing together, and actually I still remember your dad’s delicious scrambled eggs too.
Love and prayers,
John

Betsy Norton

February 7, 2020

Tom was the funniest person I ever knew, and Sally was his best audience. He’ll be missed for his wit, but also for his staunch belief in right and wrong, his kind support of those he loved, and his enthusiastic and inquiring mind. My John adored and admired him. He used to say Tom was the smartest guy he knew. He has been a sweet friend through all the years I knew him. We will miss him. Love and sympathy to all his family.

Bill Platten

February 7, 2020

Tommy Joe you’ll be missed. Enjoyed our hunting days together

Charlie Forberg

February 7, 2020

You were a fine man tom Feely May you rip

Nancy DeMartini

February 7, 2020

Sending love to all the Feely's and Sowar’s. Tom was such a loving man and we have many funny memories of his life on earth. We pray he is free and surrounded by as many Mochas he can drink.
We love you all and share in your grief.
Xoxox The DeMartinis

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