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Thomas Coon

Thomas Matthew “Tommy” Coon, 54, of Columbus Ohio passed away July,15, 2019 after an arduous battle with cancer.  He exhausted all treatment options before choosing to live out his remaining days as he chose to live every other day of his life, on his own terms, with bravery, dignity, peace, and surrounded by the love of his family, many friends, and beloved coworkers. His friends Rick Hutchinson and Tracy Temple devoted their love and time in becoming caregivers to Tommy during the last six months of his life.  Tommy passed peacefully in his sleep with his dogs by his side.

Tom was the son of Clyde Eugene Coon (deceased) and Jenny Coon Scott. He is survived by five brothers:  Craig (Alex), Chris, Scott, Kip and Chip (Lisa), one sister, Tonya Brooks (Steve), many nieces and nephews, and countless friends that considered him a part of their own.

Tom graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1983.  He originally headed west for more open spaces to Phoenix Arizona.  During his time there, he began his lifelong passion of rescuing dogs and formed many enduring friendships prior to heading back to Ohio to be closer to friends and family.  He continued his education in Columbus in pursuit of a degree in Veterinary Medicine while working in the Insurance industry and was most recently able to use that expertise and experience as an Insurance Specialist for York Risk Services Group in Columbus.

He continued what he considered his most important work of rescuing homeless and abused dogs and frequently had as many as five in his home at one time.  He provided them safety and an unyielding love, regardless of cost or the tremendous effort it took to care for so many for so long, which were gifts he also gave generously to his friends, family, and those friends he considered family.

For the last years of his life, Tommy was content with finding peace, Zen, and love both for himself and those that he shared his life with.  He was successful in all of those endeavors.  He had a lightness-of-being that was infectious to those around him and he celebrated his life and those he loved with a child-like abandon which was adored more than his short life will ever allow him to know.  He will be missed by all who knew him, mourned by all who loved him, and eternally present in moments that would make him smile.

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  • Shari Mills Westcott says:

    My thoughts and love are with you all at this so tragic loss of Tommy. Reading about his wonderful life made me smile at the thought of that little baby boy with purple crayon on his shoes at my first encounter with him. I knew then he would be a blessing to you all.

    with my deepest sympathy,

  • Betty W. Young says:

    So very sorry Tonya for the loss of your brother. This tribute is beautiful. A testament to a life well lived and a giving spirit. He will be missed but always with you with the wealth of memories you created together

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