OBITUARY

Thomas McGinnis

May 6, 1942June 9, 2021

Thomas Elgin McGinnis of Bayou Vista, Louisiana, passed peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on June 9, 2021. Tom was born in Aniston, Alabama, on May 6, 1942, and was raised in the city and suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After a brief time in the Army, Tom became a commercial diver, the career that brought him to south Louisiana in 1970. From commercial diving, Tom moved on to start T-Mc Concrete, which he owned and operated for the next 30 plus years.

Though he was raised in Wisconsin, Tom embraced his new home in Louisiana with the same gusto he embraced all of life. He was an active member of the Moose Lodge, a Dixie Youth League baseball coach, a member of the Krewe of Dionysus, and a very active Rotarian—spending many years engaged in each of these civic activities.

Tom fiercely loved his family and friends and enjoyed travelling with them whenever he had the chance. He was proud of his Irish heritage, and once was lucky enough to travel there with his wife, Kathy, and dear friends. Tom also loved sports and was an avid Saints fan…unless they were playing the Green Bay Packers, to whom he remained forever loyal.

Aside from his many civic activities and integrity as a local businessman, Tom was most known for his contagious sense of humor and zest for life. Everyone who knew him was affected by these qualities, and there are many, many stories to prove it!

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Kathleen McGinnis; by his daughter, Jamie Huffman; by his son Thomas E. McGinnis II (aka, Tommy 2) and wife, Connie Herndon; and by his two adored granddaughters, Maya and Maria McGinnis. Tom also leaves behind his four siblings: John McGinnis and wife, Judy; Molly Cherone and husband, Pat; Margie Stauft and husband, Charlie, and Annie Wetzel, as well as sister-in-law Ethyl Carr and husband, Gene, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Mac and Mary McGinnis; parents-in-law Edward and Anna Scholler; brother-in-law Warren Wetzel, sister-in-law Geraldine Mutz, sister- and brother-in-law Mary Ann and Danny Nowak, brother-in-law Edward Scholler, and son-in-law Pete Huffman.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and St. Mary Outreach , 608 1st. Street Morgan City, La 70380, in memory of Mr. Thomas.

Visitation will begin June 13, 2021 at 1 pm - 5 pm. A Rosary will begin at 3:30 pm until time of service at 4 pm at Hargrave Funeral Home. Thomas will be laid to rest at a later date.

Services

  • Visistation

    Sunday, June 13, 2021

  • Rosary

    Sunday, June 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, June 13, 2021

Memories

Thomas McGinnis

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Glenda Spear

June 11, 2021

This man was kind enough to let Jamie bring my lab, Lizzie, into his home..after a bath...when I had to have emergency surgery.
I will always appreciate this act of kindness ❤️

Sidney Richard

June 10, 2021

Dear Kathy,Jamie,Tommy 2,and Family Members.
Condolances and prayers to you and your family members.
We pray the love of God will comfort you during these
difficult times. I thank our Lord for blessing Billy and I
along with our children, Jodie, Dauna, and Billy Boi with
so many good memories of all the times we spent with Tom
and his family. We will miss him dearly, but know that he is
resting in the arms of Our Heavenly Father. RIP Tom.
The Billy Richard Family

Molly Cherone

June 10, 2021

I have so many great memories of my brother Tommy. One of my oldest memories was when I was probably 3 or 4. My sister Margie and I shared a bed-a common occurrence in big families back then. It was a stormy night-lots of lightning and thunder I presume. Tommy shared a bedroom with Johnny up in the attic. It must have scared Tommy. He came downstairs to Mum and Dad’s room-for reassurance. Next thing I remember was Mum having him crawl into bed with little Margie and me! He wasn’t scared anymore! …or maybe it was the other way around! We weren’t scared any more!
Love you Tommy. Thanks for protecting us!

Pat Cherone

June 10, 2021

Tommy was the best friend and in-law any one could ask for. I enjoyed with all my heart and soul the times we spent together over the past 50 plus years. I will miss him very much and pray for him every day until we meet again.

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