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Thomas W. Day

October 25, 1949 ~ March 19, 2019 (age 69)
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Thomas Walter Day, “Crunch" to some, was born in October 25th of 1949 in Dade City, Florida and departed from us on March 19, 2019.   Thomas was the fifth child born to Lonzie and Eva Day. After graduating from Mickens High School in 1967, he attended Bethune Cookman College (University) for three years but later returned to Dade City, prior to completing his degree. Upon his return to Dade City, he was employed in a variety of jobs, some of which included Insurance sales, San Antonio Boys Village, and Seaboard Coastline Railroad.  He was most comfortable being his own boss, and he found a great deal of success repairing lawn equipment, vehicles, or whatever needed repair. From replacing car engines and transmissions to repairing a plumbing leak Thomas would attempt to fix it.  He was cut from the mold of those who could do a little bit of everything. Though he was weak, he continued to work in lawn care during his final days, and he even found the energy to help his son move. His can-do spirit brings to mind the song: May the work I’ve done speak for me. Thomas’ work speaks loudly, and he will be missed by those who knew and loved him.  When he was not working, Thomas enjoyed visiting with family and friends, fishing, grilling, and maintaining his own equipment so he could be ready for the next project. In later years, he could be seen sitting in the yard with his canine sidekick, Flex, simply relaxing and reflecting on life’s journey.Thomas was preceded in death by his father, Lonzie, sister, Geneva, and brothers James, Jeremiah, and Zebbie. He is survived by his four children: James (Tonisha) Zephyrhills, Thomas, Jr.  (Jessica) Tampa, Amy, Lakeland, Charmain, St. Petersburg, and 13 grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Eva Day Foster, four siblings: Willie Day (Gayle) of Seminole, FL, Emma Jones (Albert), Eric Foster of Huntsville, AL, Dennis Foster, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

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