Thomas “Woody” Vernon

Obituary for Thomas “Woody” Vernon

Thomas was born in Punta Gorda, FL on August 27, 1955.  Raised, lived and died at age 62 of kidney cancer in Tampa, FL on Wednesday April 18, 2018.

He was a very hard working, highly responsible man who spent most of his career as a dock foreman. His hobbies included fishing, wood working, metal detecting and gardening, but by far, fishing was his favorite. He was very handy and skillful in most areas and seemed to be able to fix or build anything.

Thomas will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 16 years, Linda. His children, Tina Brown and Joseph Vernon. His grand-children, Thomas Valdes, Austin Valdes, Gabrielle Vernon, Jyssica Valdes, Victoria Vernon and Nickolas Brown. His sisters, Jessie Murray Bearden (Bobbie) and Mary Teresa Hiers (Rick). His brothers, Frank Vernon (Jeanette) and Lawrence Vernon.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents Mary (formerly Brubaker) and Donald Vernon. As well as his siblings Donald  David Vernon. and Maxine Urquhart (Kenny).

A memorial will be held at : Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association (Banquet Hall) 619 Vonderburg Drive #B (next to Brandon Library) Brandon, FL 33511. On Sunday May 6,2018 from 12 pm-4 pm. Chaplin Service begins at 1:00 pm.

*Venue Can Not Accept Flowers* so please just send love, light and prayers

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Happy Birthday in Heaven . Love always , Linda


It’s been 2 months without you and it feels like forever, I miss you so very much . You were the biggest and best part of my life and you will live on in my heart forever. Love always , your Linda


Sometimes life can be very difficult to understand. I don’t know why Tommy was taken from us, but I do know while he was here he touched the lives of many. He was my brother in law and I am thankful for all the years of happiness he brought to my sister Linda. He was caring thoughtful, and understanding. Overall Tommy was a good person with a kind heart, who was loved by many friends, family, and his loyal pals Clyde and Henry. He will truly be missed. May his eternal life be filled with peace and serenity.


You were the biggest and best part of my life, I will love always and forever . Linda


Grandma*s favprite!! Loved Fishing Could fix anything Taught me everything I needed to know about traveling long distance CHECK OIL!!Third trip home as a single parent I showed him what I learned when you leave at midnight I couldn’t find where to put the stick back in so I put in under my seat when he went to check oil was all over inside hood recommended me selling at ASAP!!Will be in my heart forever!!


Although miles separated us and I didn’t get to see and spend as much time as I would have liked with my son-in-law Tommy, whenever we were all together, he was always respectful and a gentleman.

The times when he and Linda would come to New York to visit, he was always there to fix and help with whatever was needed around the house.

I shall always have fond and loving memories of him. The world has lost a good and decent man.
Rest in peace Tommy.

Love, your mother-in-law