FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1912

Thomas L. Brand

Thomas L. Brand, Jr., age 76, passed away peacefully on June 4th in Wilmington, DE.  Born in Wilmington on May 12, 1941 Tom, or Tommy as he was known to family and friends, is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas L. and Florence Brand of Wilmington. He is survived by his co-guardians John Riley and Veronica (Matthews) Eid and by his many first cousins and extended family. He was a member of Christ Our King Parish.

Although born with significant disabilities and not expected to live past childhood, Tom led a full and happy life thanks to his family and his caregivers at Easterseals and Mosaic of Delaware and many others. For the last 30 years, Tom spent his days at an Easter Seals day program. He enjoyed summers at Easterseals Camp Fairlee for over 60 years. During the later years of his life, Tommy lived with friends in the Mosaic of Delaware Black Diamond Group Home in Smryna.

Although an only child, Tom knew the joys of a large extended family with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Before the loss of his parents, he lived at home and would make daily rounds with his mother to visit family - the Rileys and the Butlers, from his mother’s family and the Matthews, O'Connor's and Sr. Hiltruda OSF and Sr. Cordula OSF from his father’s family. Pioneers in advocacy for people with disabilities, Tom’s parents made sure he experienced life to the fullest, including, at one time, working several days a week answering the phone at his father's accounting firm. 

In his early years, he spent summers in Atlantic City where he would entertain his cousins by pushing them up the boardwalk in his wheelchair. He also loved to visit his southern Delaware family, the Lynch's and Vignola's. Many local restaurant and shop owners in Rehoboth Beach looked forward to his visits and would always come out to greet him.

Tom may have been Elvis Presley's biggest fan. Elvis (A.K.A. Elvis Impersonator, Ted Tharp) performed for Tom and his Easterseals friends every year on his birthday. Tom knew the words to all of Elvis' greatest hits. His favorite TV shows were "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune". Always able to recall addresses and phone numbers from 50 years ago, he was the family’s institutional memory bank.

The family expresses their sincere thanks to staff at Easterseals, Mosiac, Christiana Care and Tom’s physician, Dr. Syan Hasan for loving and professional care over the years.

A visitation is planned at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 10th at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine Church, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, with Mass to follow at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to either Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore at 61 Corporate Circle, New Castle, DE 19720 or Mosiac at 261 Chapman Rd, Newark, DE, 19702.

 

Comments

Submitted by Nicole on
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Brand family, I read about your loss and wanted to add my condolences. Losing a loved one is heartbreaking. God promises soon a better life ahead, no more sickness, pain or death, Revelation 21:4. He will reunite us with our loved ones, John 5:28,29. May He strengthen you for the days ahead.

Submitted by Caroline Beckles on
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No amount of words can express the pain one feels when death touches the people who are near and dear to our hearts. In these moments it is important to reflect on the pleasant memories. I know I will always remember these words "Caroline, where are you? "You whoo!" Those words keep ringing in my ears ever since the moment I learned of his passing. Tommy was very special to me and we shared a special bond. I will miss him dearly. To his family I extend my condolence. May his soul rest in peace.

Submitted by Mariette Tobin on
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Dear Veronica. Am so sorry for your loss. You are such a wonderful person in doing so many things for so many. Never know where you derive the energy getting so much done. Remember we are the same age! Take good care of yourself!

Submitted by Amel Agabani on
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My condolences to Veronica and family. I am sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace and smile down at you from heaven.

Submitted by Frederique TERRASSE on
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Sorry about your loss, Veronica. I am thinking of you. Frédérique

Submitted by Margriet drane on
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Dear Veronica, we extend our heartfelt condolences to you on the death of Thomas Brand, Jr. Thomas must be smiling in heaven when he reads this most lovingly written obituary. We hold all of you in our prayers. Margriet and Hardy Drane

Submitted by Nancy D'Orazio on
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although I did not know Thomas, it seems that his life was made very pleasant through the efforts of his loving family. I wish Thomas God's speed in his last journey. Nancy d'orazio

Submitted by Anne Rostick on
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Dearest Veronica I send you and all of Tom's loved ones my sincere condolences and I will remember you all in a prayer. I've been away a lot and only now read the note. You and all those actively involved in Tom's life are amazing people with amazing amounts of love! God bless you all And may Tom's soul rest in peace. Amen