Our dad was a kind and gentle man. His height could have intimidated, but it never did.Each time that we were together, we would begin to plan when and where the next time would be. His dreams were magical, and he made them real. He lives in us, in our children and in those he loved and who loved him. Nothing on this earth in the 64 years that he shared with us can ever take that from our hearts.
Our dad cared so deeply in this life. He served in the Navy on the U.S.S. Boston off the coast of Vietnam. He pretended to have no use for dogs or cats but loved having them follow him for a snack or a pat. He was comfortable with laughter and with tears. He wanted to fix whatever needed fixing; he was so skillful with his hands. He loved growing roses and tomatoes; finding rocks; eating Maine lobster and warm blueberry pie; driving narrow winding roads wherever he could find them with the adventure of not knowing where we would end up; watching the sunsets; living and working among the people and under the skies of Kentucky and Tennessee. But most of all, he loved us dearly. We did not want him to leave us on September 13, 2011.
His energy and joy in each day still shine in his mother, Sue B. Marr of Chillicothe, Ohio; in us, his children: Kevin Thomas and Kami Marr of Greeley, Colorado; Juliana Marie and Dane Sprister of Fort Collins, Colorado; and Thomas Edward Marr II of Gallipolis, Ohio; in his sister, Sarah and Bob Fitts of Newport Center, Vermont; in his beloved companion, Linda Momorov Kramer of Chillicothe, Ohio; and in his cherished grandchildren. His father and best friend, Dr. Thomas E. Marr preceded him in death.
A graveside memorial celebration of the man he was was held on September 19, 2011 at Grandview Cemetery as we gathered among the red roses that he had planted on the graves of his father and grandparents. We joined with his Manchester, Kentucky family of friends in a celebration of his life on September 20, 2011.