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Thomas J Hale

September 17, 1939March 11, 2021

Thomas J Hale was born on September 17, 1939 and passed away on March 11, 2021 and is under the care of Hopkins - Rector Funeral Home.

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Jim Steele

March 15, 2021

Tom was my friend. He and I worked together at Fairfield for many years. I was a gage setter and as he worked on an Internal Grinder, I set his gages to monitor sizes on parts he ground. We always had good conversations and he was a good friend.

Susie Tucker

March 14, 2021

Tom was one of my mother Charlene's best friend and we've had many dinners on Wednesday night to keep that connection together. We have missed him greatly well he has been self quarantining. Our whole family will miss him greatly

Bill Collins

March 14, 2021

Have a lot of memory's with "bubba"... I started about a week in the grinders before he did. He beat me ro retirement because of our ages... one memory I have with Tom... we both were drag racing at Bunker Hill on a Saturday night... Tom tore the clutch out of his 1962, 406... I had a 63, 406. He bought a log chain from somebody in the pits and I towed him home... Bunker Hill to Morehouse Rd... 60 miles, 1am on a Sunday morning with a 12 foot log chain... guess we were too young and dumb to know better. I'll miss having breakfast with him at Shellies... My sympathy to his family for their loss. Bill Collins

Chris Pursell

March 13, 2021

I’m so grateful that Tommy Boy and Mom hooked up after so many years. I called him Tommy Boy because he was very funny and his dark humor I enjoyed and that why I call him Tommy Boy after Chris Farley. I believe his love and compassion gave a better and longer life for my Mom. I loved he could talk smack with me on our Hoosiers and Boilermakers rivalry and other stuff too. Not many old guys have that talent. After my Mom passed, I would call him almost weekly to keep our relationship going which was very important for because I truly loved Tommy Boy. During the winter months I would call to give him the South Florida weather report, which I would say 85 degrees with a light breeze and 8 inches of fresh sand, and he would lay down some smack and laugh.
My most favorite memories with him was my Moms bucket list trip to California. We went to Huntington Beach for a Californian sunset. One day we went to Hollywood and visited the Chinese Theater, the walk of stars, grabbed lunch at Pinks Hot Dogs (he got an Ozzy hot dog which was cool), and yogurt at Pinkberry. We also took a road trip to Sin City and check off some Triple D spots. Baker California in Mojave Desert we ate at the Mad Greek’s Diner, the Coffee Cup in Boulder City and after we ate, we checked out the Hoover Dam. We were traveling in style. because Tommy Boy rented a Cadillac for the six of us for the trip to Las Vegas. In Sin City we stay at the Circus Circus in the rooms not connected to the main hotel. We all had terrible beds and had a good laugh afterwards. He just wanted Mom to have the best time she could and every time I think about that week I cry and laugh and I’m truly grateful he gave us all those awesome memories. He always gave to everyone no matter what.
The last time I’m was with Tommy Boy was two years ago while I was visiting my little brother. We tried to have lunch at XXX, but it was too crowded. We had lunch another restaurant and had giant tenderloin sandwiches. I had a great lunch and