Harold “Tom” Dunphy, 84, of Alton, passed away at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Alton Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Alton on May 14, 1930, the son of the late John and Ruth (Alexander) Dunphy.
“Uncle Tom” served his country in the U.S. Air Force, where he obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He returned home where he went to work for his good friend Charlie Emmons and became a lifelong employee of Emmons Printing Company.
“Uncle Tom” spent his life taking care of and providing for his mother. He liked to take his nieces and nephew on long Sunday drives. He also liked to surprise his nieces and nephews with treats, usually doughnut holes from Duke Bakery.
He also would give them his special cookies and every Christmas they would all find a large “Chocolate Pizza” under their tree.
“Uncle Tom” was an exceptional athlete in high school and was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed bowling.
He was a St. Louis football Cardinal season ticket holder and enjoyed going to the games with his good friends Louie, Bodie, Slim, Spider and Shirley.
These last two years “Uncle Tom” lived at Methodist Village, where he made many new friends and enjoyed playing bingo, going on day trips and helping people get around.
He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Lou and Denver McCollum of Alton; and a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Shirley Dunphy of Alton.
“Uncle Tom” will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a very special great-great-nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and brother-in-law, Norma Dunphy and her lifelong friend/companion, Frank Runtz, and Becky and Hank Glowacki; and a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Dolly Dunphy.
Per his wishes, cremation rites were accorded.
Memorials may be made to Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Online condolences and a guestbook may be found at www.staten-fine.com.