I too am extremely sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I first
met him at the GFS meet at Carlisle where he had his 58 Fury. He called me over
to his Fury and he was like a kid in a candy store, pulling all this cool
memorabilia and trinkets out of the trunk of his Fury to show me.
Tom’s GFS T shirts will be an everlasting reminder for me.
He certainly was a great guy.
Tragically, another MoPar friend of mine died on the same day
last weekend, aged 76. Tony Yelavich was this nice old dude I met when I first
bought my Fury when I was 21. I was told that he knew everything there was to
know about 50’s MoPars…and I knew nothing at the time. Often I
would go there just to visit him, and he would end up showing me how to do
something on my Fury. Afterwards we would sit around his dining table sampling
his home made wine, and always I would leave with a gift of a bottle from Tony.
I have visited him on Christmas Day every year for the past few years, and will
miss him dearly.
goldenfin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:goldenfin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of a57fury@xxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 2:25 PM
To: reatawhippets@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; goldenfin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [GFS] A tremendous loss, the passing of Tom Mitchell
I am so sorry to hear that Tom has passed
away. He was a great guy. I went to the first GFS gathering at his
home in 1999 and met his family. It wwas a wonderfuI time.
I will miss seeing him at Carlisle and getting his great T-Shirt works of
art as I'm sure all the GFSers will.
From: William Lewis <reatawhippets@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 6:21 pm
Subject: [GFS] A tremendous loss, the passing of Tom Mitchell
great sadness, I have to inform you of the loss of Tom Mitchell on Saturday,
August 23. Tom was struck with a brain aneurism on Friday and
unfortunately was unable to recover.
will be held at the church where the Mitchell family were members, the Forum
Boulevard Christian Church in Columbia, Missouri where family and friends will
be received from 5 to 8pm Tuesday, August 26. Final services will be held
at 10AM Wednesday at the Church and burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetary.
contributions may be made to Show Me Christian Youth Home, PO Box 6, La Monte,
MO 65337; and Central Christian College of the Bible, 911 E. Urbandale Drive,
Moberly, MO. 65270. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetary.com
want to thank Glenda and Tommy Pike, for passing this unfortunate news, to me
and pointing me in the right direction to obtain the above information.
hearts and prayers go out to Tom's wife, Melody; and their children Tommy and
Melissa and their families.
was a charter member of our Golden Fin Society, a man who was of help to any of
us who needed it. He volunteered to be our '58 Fury tech expert and fulfilled
the role beyond all expectations with prompt returns of queries by members, and
his quick response to developing GFS standards for the '58 Fury. He
suggested the idea of a GFS National, and volunteered to host the very first
one at his home in 1999. Tom also took on the chore of providing our Nats
T-Shirts and excelled at that job in each and every National event through the
present. He knew our cars as well as anyone and was quick to share that
information. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten - a very