Thomas West Jr.

Obituary of Thomas West Jr.

Thomas West Jr., age 80, of Flint went to be with the Lord May 17, 2018 peacefully in the comfort of his home. Thomas was born December 15, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan tof Mary Zammit.  On February 20th Thomas married his best friend his soul mate Ruth Diane West (Willingham) Thomas served in the United States Air Force after his discharge he became a professional boxer and then he became a professional mechanic. He has 12 Daughters 2 passed away at birth. Thomas also loved playing jokes on people and he loved to make wine and furs. He also love to hunt fish and ride motorcycles. He also loved to crochet & knit. Thomas is preceded in death by his mother Mary, his daughter and son in law Rick and Christine Schuler . He is survived by his wife Ruth Diane West, his daughters Kristine (Gary ) Sherve,  Maria West, Francesca (Daryl Jr.) Seder, and 6 other children, and many grandchildren. Thomas loved his family dearly. He loved spending time with family and friends. Thomas wished to not have a funeral and donate his body to help others. My dad also wished for his family to be happy and remember him for the man he was.

His daughters Maria and Francesca wrote a great poem for their father.

Have you seen my Daddy?
I don't know where he's gone
Sometimes it hurts so much
I can't seem to carry on.
I hear he doesn't look quite the same
He doesn't need much rest
The IV and medications are all gone
In fact, he looks his best
Is he playing tag with his parents?
In that place way up high?
Or is he napping in God's garden
Where the beautiful in hammocks lie?
Some say he is always watching
I hope this to be true
And that one day he'll return to me
And say, "I've come for you"
Have you seen my Daddy?
I imagine he's doing okay
Though it hurts to know
I can't call him every day.
I really miss my Daddy
I wasn't ready to say goodbye
It will never be the same
Years from now, I know I'll cry
I bet God is with my Daddy
Wrapped up in His arms
Sheltered from all illness and sorrow
Keeping him from harm
I bet he sees us mourning
But would want us to smile
And tell us our time apart
Is only a little while
I'll never quite understand
Why your time here was so small
But you said you'll always be there
To catch me when I fall
I miss you so much Daddy
But I hope and pray
That when it's my time you'll come for me
I'll see you again someday
I guess it was meant to be
That your work here on Earth was done
Now your life in paradise
Has only just begun
Tears that I weep and prayers
Will hopefully travel very far
To reach my loving daddy
Sitting among the stars
Your are truly missed daddy. Fly high and be ready for a dance when we meet again.