MONTGOMERY THOMAS C. "TOM" 89, of Detroit, MI, (formerly of Novi and West Bloomfield), passed away peacefully on January 1, 2013. Born March 19, 1923, to Dr. John C. and Mildred (Bennett) Montgomery in Detroit, MI., he married the love of his life, Marjorie Ann Mason (Marge) in 1945, his wife of 64 years until her passing in 2009. He was a proud graduate of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School ('40) where he captained the varsity basketball team and was honored as a Detroit All-City player. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Tom served as a Lieutenant in World War II, where he flew a Navy PBY aircraft in the Pacific Region. Tom's professional life following the war centered on the housing construction industry where he began learning near the bottom and rose to the executive ranks. While Tom spent the bulk of his career as a Vice President of Bert L. Smokler & Co., he later formed T.C. Montgomery and Associates and ultimately concluded his career as the head of the engineering department for the Detroit Region of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. His interests throughout life included golf, competing at anything with his children, especially basketball (claiming victory over them in various famed "house championships" which he proudly announced recently that he would be taking with him to his eternal rest), ice cream, reading, playing practical jokes, laughing, the five o'clock cocktail hour, and taking a genuine interest in his family and friends. Tom's life can best be described in his own words: "I want everyone to know that I have had a wonderful happy life with no regrets and God has been very good to me. I have had more than 60 years with the girl I have loved more than anything in the world. We have been blessed with the six most wonderful, loving children imaginable, their spouses and grandchildren, each of whom I have loved dearly." Tom is survived by his six children, John (Kris) Montgomery of Winchester, MA, Robert (Kathleen) Montgomery of Winchester, MA, Michael (Chris) Montgomery of Denver, CO, Steven Montgomery of NY, NY, Patricia (Tom) French of Canton, MI and Brian (Laura) Montgomery of Skokie, IL. Ten grandchildren, Laura, Sarah, Meghan, and Ryan Montgomery of Boston, MA, David Montgomery and Cara Mason of Denver, CO, Jeremy (Brittany) French of Saline, MI, Christopher French of Chicago, IL, Thomas and Charles Montgomery of Skokie, IL. Two great-grandchildren Carter and Brady of Saline, MI. Tom is preceded in death by his brothers Jack, Jim, Bill and sister Martha. At Tom's request, his body has been donated to Wayne State University for medical research. The family is having a memorial service and celebration of Tom's life at Prince of Peace, West Bloomfield, MI on January 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Tom has requested that any donations be made to the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy at www.uofdjesuit.org
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One of the loveliest men to walk this planet. Such a good friend to my parents and family, I can picture the infamous "Circle Group" sitting around the living room singing their hearts out. Such fun and such a lesson in friendship. A toast to Tom! xopatty
The "Best Father-in-law" a guy could ask for. I will miss him dearly. Love Ya Dad!!!!
Tom was like a gentle giant. Best friend of my parents and grand poopah of the infamous "circle group", He surely knew how to have fun. I will always remember him with a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone!
What a lovely summary of a life well spent. He was beautiful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With much love.
Brian, Your dad was a very special man. I'm sorry I didn't know him. My condolences to you, Laura, the boys and your entire family. Sincerely, Alison Gordon
What a wonderful kind man. He and marge were the closest friends my parents (Jim and Ginny Lang ever had. My parents may now be playin cards with him in Heaven Janice Lang Coffey