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Thomas William Sommer

Thomas William Sommer
  • May 18, 1949 - September 25, 2017
  • Mount Plesant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Big Brother and Big Sisters of America, Attn: Individual Giving
    2502 Rocky Point Drive, Suite 550
    Tampa, FL 33607

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“Today's service for Tom and a celebration of his life were very heartfelt....Many tears and much laughter. He was a wonderful friend and manager. ...Read More »
1 of 49 | Posted by: Toni Sandel - Charleston, SC

“It has been my pleasure to work with Tom over the last few years. On the last "Terrific" Tuesday that he was at work, he came upstairs to my desk to...Read More »
2 of 49 | Posted by: La Quetta Coulter - SC - Coworker

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. The last couple of years when our paths crossed it would be in the hallway or elevator and...Read More »
3 of 49 | Posted by: Rosemarie Conzalina - SC

“RIP. Prayers.... ”
4 of 49 | Posted by: Mayank Dalal - coworker

“Thomas, How do you say goodbye to someone you've had the pleasure of knowing for 12 years professionally? You were such a gentleman! I will miss...Read More »
5 of 49 | Posted by: Eulanda Cameron-Bethea - SC

“Tom was the epitome of a gentleman and marvelous co-worker who was always smiling, readily available to answer questions drawing on his extensive...Read More »
6 of 49 | Posted by: Mary Wasden - Beaufort, SC

“Tom and I were in school together. I was two years older and we met playing sandlot football and baseball. He got me interested in Barbershop...Read More »
7 of 49 | Posted by: Steve Sellers - Grove City, OH

“Our prayers and condolences go out to the Sommer Family. Tom was a leader, mentor and friend to his Brothers through our college years and beyond,...Read More »
8 of 49 | Posted by: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity - NJ

“Ive worked with Tom for 8 years and in 8 years every time I saw him he had a big smile on his face. No matter how stressful his day mightve been or...Read More »
9 of 49 | Posted by: Parnice Witcher - coworker

“Many days over the past (almost) 8 years were brightened because of his smile and positive outlook on things. I think of Tom and picture his smiling...Read More »
10 of 49 | Posted by: Melissa McDaniel - Summerville, SC

“Our Prayers and heartfelt condolences to the family ”
11 of 49 | Posted by: Rachael Helms - Ladson, SC

“I did not know Tom well; I do know I was struck by his gentle manner and kindness. I was always happy to run into him, doing so made my day lighter...Read More »
12 of 49 | Posted by: Kathleen Mulcahy - Charleston, SC

“Tom was so very special to many of us at Select Health. I will forever remember his genuine kindness, encouragement and leadership. I miss him...Read More »
13 of 49 | Posted by: Alishsia Allen - SC - Coworker

“Tom was so very special to many of us at Select Health. I will forever remember his genuine kindness, encouragement and leadership. I miss him...Read More »
14 of 49 | Posted by: Alishsia Allen - Coworker

“I was so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was an important part of the work of our company for so many years. Tom was beloved by all he worked with...Read More »
15 of 49 | Posted by: Cindy Helling - Lakewood, CO

“So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. The Sommers boys were all good friends and fellows back in the day of Heart Of Ohio Chorus. My condolences to his...Read More »
16 of 49 | Posted by: David Steele - Marion, OH

“Julie, you are in my prayers.Joyce Mahon ”
17 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“Tom Sommer hired me to work at Select Health almost 11 years ago. What a wonderful kind mentor and friend he was. I loved him and I will miss him...Read More »
18 of 49 | Posted by: Toni Sandel - Chrleston, SC

“My heart is saddened with the loss of my dear friend. Tom and I spent years traveling together for what he called, "our rode show. He loved...Read More »
19 of 49 | Posted by: Renee' Simmons - Summerville, SC

“My prayers and love to the Sommer family. Tom was always so funny and always had the answer. He will be missed in this office. I think what I will...Read More »
20 of 49 | Posted by: Latoya Cordes - Summerville, SC

“Tom enjoyed football and we talked about it all the time. He was a true Ohio State fan! I already miss these conversations and his smile. Be at...Read More »
21 of 49 | Posted by: Philip Fairchild - friend

“Tom was a "TERRIFIC" colleague who was readily available and prompt to provide service to his co-workers. Tom routinely personalized his...Read More »
22 of 49 | Posted by: Vicki Vacchiano - Charleston, SC

“I am so saddened to hear of Tom's passing and grateful that the last time I was in the office I had the opportunity to see him and stop for a chat....Read More »
23 of 49 | Posted by: Carolyn Hlavac - Charleston, SC

“I will surely miss Tom's witty sense of humor and restaurant recommendations. He was a wonderful man who was always willing to help. It will be hard...Read More »
24 of 49 | Posted by: Kathy Williams - Summerville, SC

“We will keep the Sommer family in our prayers. Mike, Lesa and Mackey Jernigan ”
25 of 49 | Posted by: Mike Jernigan - Charleston, SC

“Tom and I were in the same second grade class and became better friends through high school and college.I will always have great memories of him...Read More »
26 of 49 | Posted by: Bill Pfahl Upper Arlington, Ohio

“My father was a great mentor and friend... His loss will be a felt for many years; as his children and grandchildren grow we will be without the...Read More »
27 of 49 | Posted by: Rob Sommer - Louisville, KY

“My deepest condolences to Tom's family. I have such fond memories of Tom. He had a great sense of humor and always had a smile on his face. My...Read More »
28 of 49 | Posted by: Jennie Butler - Summerville, SC

“Tom was a truly genuine soul. A gentleman who said "Good Morning," and meant it every time. Always smiling, always positive. He was a delightful...Read More »
29 of 49 | Posted by: Shay Tallman - Summerville, SC

“I can't tell you how sorry I was to hear of Tom's passing. I missed seeing him so much in recent years but, like everyone, have many fond memories of...Read More »
30 of 49 | Posted by: Janet Sommer - Columbus, OH

“It's been many years since I have seen you Tom.May you rest in peace. And I am praying for Tom's wife and family. ”
31 of 49 | Posted by: Sandra Brown - Columbus, OH

“Our heartfelt condolences to the family ”
32 of 49 | Posted by: Jeffrey Johnson - Columbia, SC

“To Tom's Family, It was a sad shock to learn of Tom's death. He was one of the most interesting people we have ever met. He was a great help to...Read More »
33 of 49 | Posted by: Pat Baynes - Mt. Sterling, OH

“My deepest sympathies during your time of loss, my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. ”
34 of 49 | Posted by: Martha Tozzolino - Charleston, SC

“My Dearest Sympathy! I will miss Tom because we both were food connoisseurs. He has eaten everywhere ,even the same places in the Amish country that...Read More »
35 of 49 | Posted by: Tabatha Jackson - Goose Creek, SC

“Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories. I first met Tom at work and his Ohio State Buckeyes gear caught my eye. ...Read More »
36 of 49 | Posted by: Alicia Hunt - Charleston, SC

“My prayers are with you, Mrs. Sommer and your family. Tom was such a funny man. Every time I asked him how he was, he always said "terrific...Read More »
37 of 49 | Posted by: Dawn Buscemi - Summerville, SC

“My sincere condolences to The Sommer Family and Friends. Tom will never be forgotten. He was funny guy and I never saw him upset. He was a gem and...Read More »
38 of 49 | Posted by: Francesca Martinez - Summerville, SC

“The first time I met Tom, I was working for DHHS and we were bonding over food and recipes. Almost every conversation after revolved around what new...Read More »
39 of 49 | Posted by: Katherine Ashby - Summerville, SC

“To the Sommer Family,Tom was such a gentleman! I loved his sense of humor. I can remember many times he had me laughing so hard. He will be so...Read More »
40 of 49 | Posted by: Donna Thompson - Columbia, SC

“My deepest condolences to the family (SELECT HEALTH ASSOCIATE) ”
41 of 49 | Posted by: MONIQUE CHAMPAIGNE - SUMMERVILLE, SC

“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. I...Read More »
42 of 49 | Posted by: Tammy Barrs - Charleston, SC

“Tom was a close high school friend. We graduated from Grove City High School 50 years ago....class of 1967. We are celebrating the 50th Saturday...Read More »
43 of 49 | Posted by: Dan Frick - Sylvania, OH

“Me deepest condolences to the family, so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of working with and talking with Tom. I will keep the family in my...Read More »
44 of 49 | Posted by: LaDawn Simmons - CHARLESTON, SC

“Julie and family,So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Have many great memories and regret that we were not in touch in recent years. May the Good Lord...Read More »
45 of 49 | Posted by: John Sommer - Round Hill, VA

“He was an amazing friend and coworker. Always brought a smile to our face and had the biggest heart. Work will not be the same but we know he will...Read More »
46 of 49 | Posted by: Cynthia Winter - Summerville, SC

“He was a great friend to so many here and will be missed by all. I will miss his smile and positivity. Blessings and peace to all of Tom's family. ”
47 of 49 | Posted by: Rebecca Engelman - Charleston, SC

“Tom was a great friend and mentor. He was always supportive and encouraging. I will miss him dearly. My deepest condolences to his beloved wife,...Read More »
48 of 49 | Posted by: Toni Parnell - Summerville, SC

“Prayers and condolences to the family. ”
49 of 49 | Posted by: Dotty Andrews - Sneedville, TN


Thomas William Sommer, 68, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, husband of Julia Wells Sommer died Monday, September 25, 2017. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 1:00 pm in J. HENRY STUHR, INC. MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road, with a reception immediately following the service. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Thomas was born May 18, 1949 in Columbus, Ohio, son of the late Robert Raebel Sommer and the late Mary Alyce Davis Sommer. A 1967 graduate of Grove City High School, Tom earned his bachelor's degree from Ohio University in 1971 where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. For the last 12 years Tom has been employed at Select Health of South Carolina as a Senior Account of Network Management. His prior career in health care included work at Pike County Hospital, Madison County Hospital, Doctor's Hospital, QualMed Plan for Health, and Maryland Physicians Care, where he was responsible for physician recruitment. Tom served on the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Grove City Library Board, and was a member of the Grove City Methodist Church. He was a 52 year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and member of Barbershop International. He served as choral director and coach and in 1980 was named coach of the year for Johnny Appleseed District. He was a Big Brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America and had a profound impact on young lives. Tom was a Mason and member of Valley View Brotherhood of the International Shrine, and locally of Omar Shrine, Patriot's Point. Tom's passions were his family, cooking, barbershop, and Buckeye Football.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Julie; children, Tom Sommer (Meredith) and Rob Sommer (fiancée Erica Honshell) all of Louisville, KY; stepchildren, Troy Wells of Glendale, AZ and Brandi Smith (Nathan) of Galena, OH; five grandchildren, Ella and Maxwell Sommer, Riley and Lincoln Sommer, Logan Smith; three brothers, John Sommer, Robert Sommer, and Stevens Sommer all of Columbus, OH.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made be made to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, Attention Individual Giving, 2502 Rocky Point Drive, Suite 550, Tampa, FL 33607 www.bbbs.org