Thomas William McCrork
Thomas W. McCrork, 56, a resident of Cape Coral for the past 27 years, passed away Sept 3, 2019. He was born to John and Margaret McCrork on July 8, 1963 in Quonset Point, RI. Tom embraced his childhood as a Navy brat. He traveled the world, discovering camping in Adak, Alaska and learning to surf in Okinawa, Japan. He was a go-getter and an Eagle Scout.
Tom became a Florida Gator in the 80s and earned his bachelor’s degree while managing a large apartment complex across from campus. Prior to that, he lived next door at Gainesville Garden Townhouses, where he made many close friends and met his future wife Mary. Tom was an adventurous soul and once dove into the courtyard pool from a third floor balcony. He quickly became a legend at GGT and then was promptly kicked out.
Tom worked in the hospitality industry in the 90s taking a job at the popular Iguana Mia restaurant. As general manager, he helped build a small business into a chain. When they started doing outdoor events, he took it upon himself to design and build a huge, eye catching facade for their booth that’s still gracing food festivals today.
A long career as a sales rep with Republic National Distributing began in 2000. Tom sold liquor, beer and wine to restaurants across SW Florida. While he earned dozens of statewide awards for his sales performance, it was building a bond with his clients that drove him. He was all about taking care of people, and even with 160 accounts, each got his personal attention.
Woodworking was a passion and he built everything from glass racks to garbage can holders. One of his favorite creations was a nautical front deck complete with pilings, cleats and buoys. He called it the Dock Deck and he enjoyed many sunsets on it with Mary.
Throughout his life, Tom enjoyed surfing, skiing, skateboarding, wake boarding, skydiving, kayaking, kite flying, and building bonfires. He especially loved boating and barbeques with family and friends. He was great with kids because he was a kid at heart, and he was adored by all his nieces and nephews. He had a warm, generous spirit and was happiest when helping others or making them feel special and appreciated. His family jokes that Tom kept the post office in business with all the beautiful, heartfelt thank you notes that he wrote so often, to so many. Now we say thank you to God, for Tom’s unique gifts and the way he touched our lives. He will always live in our hearts.
He is survived by his loving parents, Margaret McCrork of Deltona and John McCrork (Lynne) of Orange Park,FL; siblings Robert McCrork (Valerie) of Denver, CO, and Judy Jones (Michael) of Deltona, FL; stepbrothers Lee Doty and Gordon Doty (Cassandra) of Waterloo, IL, and Paul Doty (Tia) of Fort Polk, LA; as well as his nephews Alex Guilmartin, of San Francisco, CA, Taylor and Casey Guilmartin and niece Emily Jones of Deltona. He is also mourned by his former wife, Mary McCrork, and her family, who loved him as well.
A private celebration of his life was held Sunday, Sept. 8 with family and friends.
Memorial contributions in memory of Tom McCrork are suggested to:
Faith Presbyterian Church, 4544 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL 33904 – www.fpcfl.org (239) 542-2858
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home and Cremations Services in entrusted with Final Care.