Tom Day, of Yakima, WA, left us to dance with Mom on July 30, 2014. He was in Chesterley Meadows Assisted Living Home, Yakima, surrounded by people who loved him dearly. Dad didn’t let life just pass by, he grabbed it and lived it to the fullest in his 89 years. A day was not complete unless he could touch another person with kindness. As a father, he taught us by example how to live with integrity, love and a keen sense of purpose. As a salesman for West Coast Wholesale Drug, and later, McKesson Drug, he showed others what a good work ethic was, arriving first, leaving last and achieving high results with enthusiasm. In between, Dad and Mom would open their homes to all our relatives and celebrate life as one big family. We grew up believing it was normal to have 27 people for dinner, and maybe more for breakfast.
Dad was living with a lot of pain in the last years, but that didn’t stop him from touching lives. While we kids were settling details at Chesterley, we were visited by every staff member and told of the many ways Dad lifted them up every day. He made a difference in this world in his connections with others. May we all leave such a legacy.
Dad is survived by three sons, Steve of Wenatchee, WA, Jamie of Yakima, WA and Joe of Puyallup, WA; two daughters, Marge of Seattle, WA and Joni of Puyallup, WA; 12 grandkids and two great-grandkids.
There will be a large family celebration. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to Yakima Memorial Hospice, who helped make his passing bearable for us. Arrangements made by Rainier Memorial Center of Yakima, WA.