1/10/1947 – 2/29/2020
Thomas Harold Glasgow Jr. went to be with the Lord at 5:15 in the morning on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, lovingly surrounded by his wife, their two sons, and his daughters-in-law at his bedside in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital SICU.
Tom (or Tommy as he was known to his loved ones) was born on Jan. 10, 1947 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He and his wife made their home in Carpinteria, California, for the past 40 years. Tom battled ALS bravely for almost two years and now he is at peace.
Tom met Judy in April of 1968 at his dad’s service station in Elm City, North Carolina. After dating for a month, he asked her to marry him. They were married in June of 1969 and recently celebrated 50 years together by renewing their vows, witnessed by many family and friends at Rincon Backside in Carpinteria. Tom and Judy were blessed with two robust sons, Shawn Paul in 1975 and Matthew Thomas in 1977. After the kids were grown, Tom and Judy enjoyed going on adventures and traveling together, including a month in Europe where they visited London, Paris, Rome, Edinburgh, Venice and of course, Glasgow.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Tom attended a parochial grammar school and Fike High School in Wilson, North Carolina. He then studied business at Barton College in Wilson and mechanics at Wilson Technical. He began his career as an Auto Technician for Datsun, Nissan, and then progressed to higher model cars such as Porsche, Mercedes, Ferrari and Lotus. Tom furthered his career by becoming a Lead Technician at Astro Aerospace where he worked for 17 years, assembling parts to go into space. He loved anything to do with cars, flying and space.
Tom retired from work in 2012 and spent the rest of his life doing the things he loved: fly-fishing, riding his river raft, hiking, skiing, hang-gliding, flying airplanes and gliders, motorcycle riding and auto racing. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports and he always had a camera close by to capture the best moments.
Tom was a wonderful husband, a dedicated friend, a strict but loving father and grandfather, stubborn and silly to the end. The night before he passed, he was bossing his family from his hospital bed to fix the fence and making them laugh by plotting schemes to break him out of the hospital. He would have gotten a kick out of knowing that he was leaving this earth to meet with Jesus on a leap year.
He is survived by his wife Judy of 50 ½ years; his son Shawn and wife Vanessa; son Matthew and wife Alia; seven grandchildren, Chase (15), Kainoa (15), Kenyon (13), Payton (13), Kellen (10), Bryce (7) and Kendall (6 ½); his mother Mary E Ferrell; his sisters, Debbie Watson, Cindy Renfrow and Sherry Zucchi, all of North Carolina; and his brother Tommy Glasgow of Florida. Tom called Reality Carpinteria his home church where he loved his church family and helped to start a men’s ministry.
Rest in Peace Tom, ALS free!
A memorial service will be held in honor of Thomas Harold Glasgow Jr. on April 11, 11 a.m. at Reality Carpinteria Church, 5251 6th St., in Carpinteria, California.
In memory of Tom, donations can be made to the ALS Association Golden West Chapter, P.O. Box 565 Agoura Hills, CA 91376-0565, http://webgw.alsa.org/goto/PapaTom.