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My Brother passed away Saturday, September 28 2002. I meet his 2 Sons in Seattle where we had him cremated as he wished. We brought him back to Ketchikan where we had a small memorial service on October, 3
2002, officiated by the Reverend John Judson of the Gateway Baptist Church.

After the service sons Mark and Tom, daughter Carrie, their mother Carolyn, brother and sister-in-law Johnnie and Fran, niece Kim and her daughters Tarah and Ashlyn and mother Mary F Laird boarded two Beaver (float plane) aircraft. We flew west crossing Clarence Straight and over Prince of Wales Island. We continued west across San Fernando and Lulu Islands. We landed on a sheltered beach on the east cost of Noyes Island along St Nicholas Channel. It was a very calm and beautiful flight on a very nice fall day. We saw a Whale surface, spout and dive as we circled for the landing. We gathered together late that afternoon in a place where Thomas wanted his remains spread. We hugged, we prayed, we cried and we collected sea shells in his remembrance.

Thomas E. Laird, 59, died September 28, 2002, at his home in Seattle, WA. after a lengthy illness.

He was born November 10, 1942, at Fort Riley, Kansas, to Tom R. & Mary F (Frances) Laird. He spent most of his youth in Fairfield, California, and graduated from Armijo High School in 1960. He married Carolyn Heber of Vacaville in 1960, they had 3 children.

During his lifetime, Tom pursued many occupations; from logger, carpenter, house painter, const. laborer to commercial fisherman in Southeast Alaska. He also enjoyed outdoor interests like hunting and fishing, but his all time passion was Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Tom was preceded in death by his father Tom R Laird

He is survived by his sons & their families: Tom & Kim of Fresno, CA; Mark & Michelle of San Bernardino, CA; and daughter Carrie (Laird) Pinkney of San Bernardino; mother Mary Laird of Ketchikan, AK; and brother & family Johnnie & Fran Laird of Ketchikan, AK; grandchildren: Louis, Nick, Aaron, & Katlyn of Fresno; Amanda, Joshua, & Niki; Carynn, Chase, & Clay all of San Bernardino; nephew Tod, and nieces Kim, Nickel & Sarah. He leaves relatives from Florida to Oklahoma/Texas, & California to Alaska including numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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