THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Thomas M. Bourgeois
Issue Date: March 7, 2019
Thomas Michael "Tom" Bourgeois, 66, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, while in Orlando, Fla. on vacation with family after suffering from a hemorrhagic stroke, with his wife, Joan and son, Bryan by his side.
Born Feb. 6, 1953 in Menominee, Mi., one of eight children, he spent most of his youth growing up in the country along the Menominee River. He met his wife, Joan, while attending Michigan Technological University, where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering in 1975. He joined Shell Oil Company after graduation and was with the company until retiring in 2010.
He led his family on many unforgettable and rewarding journeys in the United States, The Hague, London, Beijing and Sakhalin Island while being with Shell. Many friends were made and remained cherished. After retirement, he worked in a limited consulting capacity, most recently as Committee member of the Technical Review with Flowstream Commodities.
In retirement, he lived in Austin, Tx. and enjoyed being with family, playing golf with his buddies, walking the Town Lake trail, cooking and traveling. He treasured days spent playing cards, games and reading stories to his grandchildren. A strong family man, he was kind, generous, had a sense of humor, wisdom and was loved by many.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joan; a son, Bryan; a daughter-in-law, Naomi; four grandchildren and five siblings, Francis (Pat) Bourgeois, Roberta Sobeski, Mary Beth Grisdale, Paula (Dan) Ostrenga and Deb (Steve) Chaltry.
Besides his parents, Francis and Celeste Bourgeois, he was preceded in death by a son, Greg and siblings, Dan Bourgeois and Joanne Conner.
A Memorial service will be held at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, Tx. on Sunday, March 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Donations in his honor are appreciated to The United Way of Austin or the Town Lake Trail Foundation.