Walter Thomas “Tom” Karis
Walter Thomas “Tom” Karis, 86, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past 20 years, formerly of Lake Villa, IL, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2020 in Cape Coral. He was born March 23, 1934 in Hazelton, PA to Walter and Katherine Karis, now deceased.
Tom was of the Catholic faith and served in the United States Army. People who knew Tom were touched over and over again by his extraordinary generosity Dogs were always a very important part of Tom’s and Rich’s lives, with never less than two and sometimes four furry creatures finding the best of care with Tom. Tom and Rich had been together for almost forty years; when same – sex marriage became legal, they married on July 8, 2015, But Rich held onto the date they first met, December 6th, 1980, thus giving them both a double reason to celebrate, St. Nicholas’ Day and Christmas.
He is survived by his beloved husband, Rich Green of Cape Coral.
A Private gathering will be held.
Memorial Contributions in memory of Walter Thomas “Tom” Karis are suggested to the Cape Coral Animal Shelter, 325 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral, FL 33991.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.