Richard E. Tomlin III

December 21, 1938November 12, 2018
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Died Monday, November 12, 2018. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL, on December 21, 1938. He graduated from St. Pete High School, class of 1956. He and his wife Cecily Derrick Tomlin, were together for 4 years in high school and college before they were married. They just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Dick went into the U.S. Marines after high school as an enlisted person, went back to college and went into the Marine Corps again as an officer for three years. He went to the University of Florida and got his BS degree and graduated from FSU, where Cecily was going to school. He then went to the University of Pennsylvania for four years and got his D.M.D. degree.

Dr. Tomlin was a Dentist in Pinellas Park for forty-five years, President of the Pinellas County Dental Association in 2001, and was a State Dental Examiner in Gainesville for several years. He, also, was University of Florida dental clinic volunteer and educator for quite a few years. He loved his patients genuinely and they felt the same way about him. He took care of a lot of Medicaid kids who had no place else to go.

Dick was a member of the Seminole Rotary Club for many years, volunteer for Toys for Tots, an Eagle Scout and a Scout leader. He is survived by his wife, Cecily; two sons, Rick (wife Elizabeth) and Mark; daughters, Holly Tomlin, and Heather Holland (husband Donnie), sister, June (husband Al) Stephenson. His grandchildren are Brittany Tomlin King (Brian), Mathew Tomlin, Christian Tomlin, Morgan and Reiss Tomlin, JD, Brady, and Kaylie Holland and great-grandson Bodhi King. There are also nieces and nephews that he adored.

Dr. Tomlin loved his family greatly, football, the Marine Corps., his patients, reading, boating, music, the sunshine, and life in general. The funeral is at Palm Lake Christian Church on Monday, November 19, 2018 with the viewing at 12:00 and the service at 1:00. The burial is at Garden Sanctuary in Seminole at approx. 3:00 P.M. with a Marine Corps Honor Guard.

Dr. Tomlin is going to be missed terribly. He will always be remembered and respected for his unwavering commitment and devotion to his family, his community, to God, and to his country.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st Street, Seminole, FL 3377 6 / 727-391-0121.


  • Cecily D. Tomlin, Wife
  • Rick (Elizabeth) Tomlin, Son
  • Mark Tomlin, Son
  • Holly Tomlin, Daughter
  • Heather (Donnie) Holland, Daughter
  • June (Al) Stephenson, Sister
  • He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brittany Tomlin King (Brian), Mathew Tomlin, Christian Tomlin, Morgan and Reiss Tomlin, JD, Brady, and Kaylie Holland and great-grandson Bodhi King. There are also nieces and nephews that he adored.


  • Visitation Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Reception Monday, November 19, 2018

Richard E. Tomlin III

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Linda Hausdorf

November 20, 2018

Cecily, I never met Dick but I feel like I had. I've enjoyed hearing from you about all the functions and vacations that the two of you did together. I know he was a fine and well loved man and I'm sure he will be missed by you and the family. I am so sorry that I couldn't attend his service as I was with my grand daughter in Dade City for her 13th birthday. You know I love you and am always here for you when you need to talk.
Linda Hausdorf

Larry Meyer

November 19, 2018


Dick and I were friends from an early age, our fathers being employed by the same federal agency in St. Pete. We attended Mirror Lake and St. Pete High together, and though I was in a different profession, and had served in the U.S. Army, he attended to my urgent dental needs just as though I had been a Marine, or, better yet, a Seal.

Scarlett and I share your loss and that of your wonderful supportive family.
Dick was truly one of a kind, and we shall miss him greatly.

Peace and love,

Larry and Scarlett

Michael Podlusky

November 19, 2018

So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a kind, giving man, always trying to help his fellow Man in a Christian manner. Was always smiling and ready to help, spoke with him many times at PCDA meetings and could feel his kind nature. He will be missed by his patients and his peers. God bless him and condolences to the family.

John Harrison

November 18, 2018

Cecily and family,
It is with great admiration and high respect that I remember all the service to the "least of these" that Dick's giant heart reached out to during his dental career. He always went to the side of the road to aid those in need that others would rather pass by. As a Marine he was always willing to do the the undesirable job no one else wanted to do. As a friend he was an inspirational encouragement and as a Christian he had a cheerful optimistic spirit and rock solid faith. As a man he was gentle, kind and humble. When called to lead he got the job done with highest approval. Long years of marriage to a high school sweetheart prove the honor of a sacred vow. Would that the good Lord keep making men like Dick Tomlin! Love to all, John and Carolyn Harrison

Kathy Henderson-Ellis

November 17, 2018

Cecily I am so very sorry for your loss . He will be remembered with Love forever. It was such a privilege and pleasure to work by his side as his Assistant and to know your family many wonderful memories of the kids.
May you find the peace in His passing .
I will be Praying for each of you
Love Kathy