OBITUARY

Thomas G Aldridge

April 28, 1960June 9, 2018
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Thomas G. Aldridge, age 58, passed away on June 9, 2018 at North Woods Village in Kokomo. Thomas was born on April 28, 1960 in Kokomo to the late Hershel E. and Jennie (Pratt) Aldridge. Thomas was born with Down Syndrome, but that never prevented him from living life to the fullest every day. He earned his high school degree, and eventually found employment at Bona Vista Rehabilitation Center in Kokomo, where he worked for 20 years. He enjoyed all types of art, as well as listening to country music and anything by Elvis. His favorite time of year was Christmas season, and he loved portraying Santa Claus. Thomas was most happy whenever he had the opportunity to socialize with people, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Thomas is survived by his siblings, Jennie Ferguson, Melvin Aldridge, Katherine Suttles, Herbert Aldridge, and Debra Holloway; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald and Earl Aldridge; and a sister, Barbara Aldridge. There will be a visitation for Thomas at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 13th from 11-3, with a funeral service immediately following. Thomas’ family requests that memorial contributions be made to Bona Vista Rehabilitation Center in Kokomo.

  • FAMILY

  • Hershel E. Aldridge, Father
  • Jennie Aldridge, Mother
  • Jennie Ferguson, Sister
  • Melvin Aldridge, Brother
  • Katherine Suttles, Sister
  • Herbert Aldridge, Brother
  • Debra Holloway, Sister
  • Donald Aldridge, Brother
  • Earl Aldridge, Brother
  • Babara Aldridge, Sister
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jimmy Aldridge
  • Sean Aldridge
  • David Banner
  • Mitch Malott
  • Kenny Holloway
  • Billy Ferguson
  • Chad Ferguson

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 13, 2018
REMEMBERING

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DIANA DITMORE

June 12, 2018

TOMMY WAS THE MOST LOVING PERSON I KNEW; I GREW UP WITH HIM AROUND MANY YEARS OK ; I RAN AROUND WITH KATIE AND EVERY TIME I'D GO TO THEIR HOUSE ; TOMMY WOULD COME RUNNING; ALWAYS SAID I LOVE YOU; HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART; MAY HE REST IN PEACE' GOD HAS ANOTHER ANGEL; PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY;

Mike Bridegroom

June 12, 2018

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND! MAY GOD BLESS YOU!

amber bell

June 12, 2018

He was a good friend of mine and he was a nice person he will be missed dearly

dartagnan Taylor

June 12, 2018

Thomas was a good special friend and I'm going to miss him

Kenny Martin

June 12, 2018

Thomas was a good friend for many years, he will be missed!

Bill Taylor

June 11, 2018

I enjoyed working with Tommy in the workshop as his social worker for several years good man going to be missed God bless the family

Sherri Pratt,Micek

June 11, 2018

Oh Tommy, you always brought such joy whenever you were around. My childhood memories you will always be apart of when we came out for summer vacations. You always had the best jokes, you are loved and will be missed. Say hi to everyone in Heaven, I know my popsyour Uncle Ed is ready for your jokes there.

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Biography

To Thomas Gerald Aldridge, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Thomas, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Thomas really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Thomas was born on April 28, 1960 at Saint Joseph Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana. His parents were Hershel and Jennie Aldridge. Thomas was raised in Kokomo, Indiana and Worthville, Kentucky. Even as a child, Thomas had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Thomas was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Thomas managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Thomas was raised with eight siblings. He had older brothers, Earl, Wayne, Donnie, and Melvin, and three older sisters, Jennie, Katherine, and Barbara, and one younger sister, Debbie.

      All of Thomas's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Thomas experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. In his spare time he liked coloring and drawing. Thomas' memorable achievements included learning how to ride a bike.

      Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Thomas was a class “cut-up.” He didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Thomas simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Thomas, grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience. Since experience was Thomas's best teacher. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Thomas graduated from Thomas graduated high school in Owenton, Kentucky. In May 1, 1980. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was learning disabilities.

      Thomas never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Thomas to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Thomas delighted in his role among all his acquaintances, because he viewed them all as potential spectators for his performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Thomas was always right at home putting on a show among his friends. Thomas utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of his best friends were his family members. Later in life, he became friends with anyone that he came in contact with. Thomas loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

      At work, as in life, Thomas was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Thomas liked to see himself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Thomas was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Thomas's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Thomas as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was working in work shop at Bona Vista.

      Thomas enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Thomas liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were coloring and drawing. Thomas was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Thomas just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included seeing Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World in Florida.

      Thomas was a lover of animals and cherished his pet, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Thomas's favorites was his dog, Garfield. They were best friends for six years.

      Thomas passed away on June 9, 2018 at Northwoods Rehabilitation in Kokomo. His body was just exhausted from Down Syndrome and a weak heart. He is survived by sisters, Jennie, Katherine, and Debbie, and brothers, Melvin and Wayne. Services were held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home. Thomas was laid to rest in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.

      Thomas brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Thomas Gerald Aldridge lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.