Thomas William McCrork

July 8, 1963 - September 3, 2019

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.

Guestbook

  1. Matthew May Sep 25, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    I have been blessed with the opportunity to know and spend time with Tom. He will always be remembered as a kind, thoughtful, and righteous man. Scarcely a day passes that I don’t think of him, and miss his smiling face. I pray God will comfort the family and friends mourning the passing of this great man.

  2. Jayne Dobbins and Brian Hale Oct 2, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    We all loved Tom and felt so sad to hear of his passing. Tom was a very special person who had great warmth and charm. Our family (and extended family) have wonderful memories of vacation time spent with Tom and Mary at Lake Utopia. Tom’s relaxed manner and sense of fun made him popular with all the kids and adults too. Tom had a generous spirit and infectious laugh that engaged all around him. Tom will be greatly missed by the many who admired and loved him. Our sincere sympathy to Mary, Tom’s family and all those who loved Tom. Jayne and Brian

  3. Judy Jones Oct 2, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Tom, you were the glue that helped hold our family together. You were the host with the most for friends and family. Everyone enjoyed being around you because you just made us happy. I wish you could have opened up a little more, but that wasn’t who you were. Every time had to be a good time. You loved adventure, which made you the best uncle. The boys loved your slip and slide and going tubing and kite flying with you. I remember the Christmas you all went outside and played with silly string all over the front yard. There was never a dull moment with you around. I don’t know what I will do without my big brother in my life. A piece of my heart is gone forever. I miss you and love you. Love, your little sis, Judy

  4. Chris Hale Oct 2, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Hearing the news of Tom’s passing was both shocking and very sad. Over the many summers at Lake Utopia, I was always struck by how unfailingly friendly Tom was to everyone he interacted with. Throughout my childhood, he always seemed to go out of his way to show interest in what the kids were up to. Whether this entailed listening intently about our sand castle layouts or watching and commentating on our games of ping pong, Tom never made us feel like he would rather be doing something else. I will always remember counting down the days before Mary and Tom arrived, eagerly anticipating the fire on the beach that would surely follow. Few people leave a lasting impression like Tom, and I can say with certainty that he’ll be the first thing I think of whenever I see a bonfire. My deepest condolences to Tom’s family, friends, and anyone else who has felt the impact of this tragedy.

  5. Isabel Moyer Oct 2, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Uncle Tom was a presence in my life that I will sorely miss. He would always welcome us whenever we visited, and made my sister and I feel special in everything that he did. He would make us shirley temples (which were a rare treat outside of a restaurant) and built us a “tree fort” that we could play in. It was one of the best parts of our visits. He taught me the value of kindness and doing things for others- Uncle Tom may have passed on, but his impact will never leave those that loved him, and we are all better off because of him. I love you, Uncle Tom- Love, Isabel

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