Thomas Michael Shipley, also known as Tom, Mike, Orca or simply ‘Ship.” Tom was born on Oct. 9, 1957, in Granite City, a son of the late Robert C. Shipley and Patricia A. Shipley (nee Ryan). Tom left the Granite City Community on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015.
On Dec. 30, 1994, Tom married Shelly, the love of his life, in Granite City. Tom had worked at Mears Group in Collinsville as a payroll tax accountant. He was a loving, caring, big-hearted soul who will be missed by many. A lot of people knew him from the Granite City Park District, whether it was running programs such as youth football and basketball, or umpiring youth and adult baseball and softball. Tom impacted the lives of countless youth in the community. Granite City lost one of their very best citizens. He also had a strong love of the Miami Dolphins, North Carolina Tar Heels and the St. Louis Cardinals. Tom loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family and friends. His greatest joy was his grandchildren, whom he adored more than anything.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Vivian Rochelle “Shelly” Shipley (nee Pohlman); dear children, Robert (Jamie Freeman) Shipley, Amy (Robbie Foreshee) Shipley, Anthony Barrios, and R.J. (Brittany) Barrios; proud grandfather to Kayden Barrios, Saleen Scaturro, Karter Barrios and Tyler Foreshee; mother-in-law, Charlene Pohlman; brother and sister-in-law, Robert “Bobby” and Margaret Shipley; aunts and uncle, Nadine Ryan and Sandy and Larry Richie; along with many many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and a plethora of friends that he gained throughout the years.
Tom wasn’t much of a “suit and tie guy,” so for the visitation and funeral, the family is requesting that you wear your favorite park uniform or sports team jersey.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City.
In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, with Pastor Eddie Bradley officiating. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road, Granite City.
Memorial donations may be given to the family, so a trust fund can be setup in Tom’s honor. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.