Thomas H. Gogarty
June 20, 1952 - November 26, 2010
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Thomas Henry Gogarty, born June 20th 1952, in New York City, left this earth and his loved ones Friday evening November 26, 2010. Tom relocated and settled in Virginia Beach in 1976, where he met and married Vonnie, his wife of 30 years. He was a successful entrepreneur founding a home improvement construction company. An…

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David Scott left a message on March 15, 2024:
This comes as a shock to me. I am very sorry for your loss. I saw Tom when he was performing with Midnight Fury out at Southfork all of those many-many years ago. I don't mean to sound selfish, but the music that Tom made with Midnight Fury were some of the happiest moments of my life. I was wondering if he was still playing and was hoping to catch him at some other venue. I never realized he had passed away. I will always remember Tom fondly with the other members of Midnight Fury and the great music they used to play. You are gone but never forgotten my friend. - David Scott - Friday, 15 March 2024.
Keith Johnson left a message on July 12, 2016:
To the Gogarty family, My heartfelt condolences are sent to you and yours. I met Bobby and his Snard Brothers early in his career. I bartended on 36th St at the Sheraton Beach Inn when he played there for a week or three. His gig there preceded his long-standing stay at Ocean Eddie's. He was a mainstay of good tidings with a cheerful spirit that infused the many gathered in any room he played. You wrote a moving, beautiful tribute to him. Re-read your own words from time to time to help in your own healing, something I hope has already started. Peace and God bless.
Jeffrey Ponko left a message on November 30, 2010:
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family. May the wonderful memories of Tom bring the family comfort at this most difficult time.
Thomas King left a message on December 8, 2010:
I was fortunate to play football with Tom at Cardinal Hayes H.S for four years. Just recently I joined Facebook and the first person I thought of reaching out to was Tom. Suprisingly, I was able to find him after almost 40 years. He made a strong impression upon me so long ago as a team mate and I have never forgotten him. He was a great football player, student and high school friend. I am sure he was equally as great as husband, father and all the rest. I am very sorry we did not get to talk to each other earlier.
John Sullivan left a message on December 7, 2010:
Vonnie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you, Jesse, and Kelly. I have not seen you or Tom in many years, but hold dear many fond memories of times spent with all of you. Tom was a generous, kind, and talented man, and I know he will be dearly missed by many. I will always remember Tom playing his guitar and leading us all in our impromptu blues songs we would conjure up in your kitchen. I would suspect he is in heaven doing the same. I remember him placing Kelly in her baby chair in front of the tv so he could share with her the Mets World Series win back in '86. He always had a kind word for everyone. Although I had not seen him in many years, I will miss him forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. John & Deborah Sullivan
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Mary Holt left a message on December 2, 2010:
Dear Vonnie, I am so sorry. Tom was a wonderful man, talented contractor and business man...just a great human being. I only have good memories of Tom. He will be missed. Michael and I attended his memorial mass and reception. We tried to speak with you, but you were surrounded by family and friends. You are so loved! Please call any time for any reason. Maybe we could share a quiet moment and a cup of tea. We send you our love and support. Mike and Mary Holt
Susie Hawthorne left a message on December 1, 2010:
Vonnie, Words cannot express how shocked and saddend I am for your loss. I only found out moments ago and just sat frozen. Thoughts and prayers are pouring over you during this time. Grieving is the hardest part of life. Know that you are so loved and how truly sorry I am. Heaps of love, Susie Hawthorne
Pat Fleming left a message on December 1, 2010:
Dear Vonnie and family, My heartfelt condolences to you in your great loss. Vonnie, you are such a sweet, loving person and you have many friends who care a great deal about you. May that knowledge somehow ease your pain at this time.
Eddie Sal left a message on November 30, 2010:
Dear Vonnie and family my heart aches for you as I'm so deeply saddened by the passing of Tom. Up on cripple creek he sends me if I spring a leak he mends me. I wish we could of sang that song more often together. I will miss him dearly.
Linda Coleman left a message on November 30, 2010:
So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our hearts and prayers. He will be missed.
Bobby Snard left a message on November 30, 2010:
It was always a joy to see Tom! His infectious positive attitude was always welcome. Tom set in with the Snard Brother's Band often and Tom was a good player and always welcome on my stage. My prayers are with Vonnie and the family.
Kevin & Cindy Gorman and Family left a message on November 29, 2010:
Dear Vonnie,our prayers are with you and your family.We will surely miss seeing Tom's smilng face and the good he did for our parish community and others. God Bless you and your family and may Tom have everlasting life in the arms of our Lord.Please do not hesitate to call us,if you need anything. May the peace of the Lord be with you. Sincerely, The Gormans
Dennis & Gayle Fogler left a message on November 30, 2010:
Dear Vonnie: Our thoughts and prayers go out to you today. We were very sorry to hear about Toms passing. He was one of the nicest guys we ever met. He was a good counsel to Dennis in the Knights and helped him keep his head on straight. We are very saddened that we cannot be with you today due to family circumstances, but always remember you are in our hearts today. Dennis & Gayle Fogler
Jan & Ronn Maratea left a message on November 29, 2010:
Vonnie, Ronn and I are now in Bellevue, WA visiting our daughter and family. I just checked our emails and was devestated to hear of Tom's passing. Ronn and I are so very sorry we will not be able to be with you at the church service but please know that our prayers and thoughts will be with you. We will be home by the end of the week and I hope to be able to talk with you then. Please take good care of yourself. Love, Jan & Ronn Maratea
Steve Bilenky left a message on November 29, 2010:
I met Tom at our networking meetings, always a professional, now this sad news. Tom will be missed. My condolences go out to his family.
Kristan and Stephen Huddle left a message on November 29, 2010:
We were saddened to hear of Tom's passing. We knew Tom as the person who renovated our home. He became a friend in the time we spent together; such a good and honest man - rare in these times and so very much appreciated. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
David & Teena Vogel left a message on November 29, 2010:
Our prayers are with Vonnie, family and fellow friends. Tom, a true treasure. His kind heart, his smile and laughter, all that was good will be forever in our hearts and memories. God bless each of you.
Brandon Kuptz left a message on November 29, 2010:
It was truly an honor to share the stage with Tom for several years in the Heather Edwards Band. Not only was he a great musician, but a great person as well! I will never forget the music and good times we made. My heart and prayers go out to Vonnie & family.
Jack Sparagna left a message on November 29, 2010:
Vonnie, I wish you peace and condolence. He was a good friend, great musician, proud father, and devoted husband. He inspired others and lead by example. One of the truly good ones left us too soon.
Brad Furman left a message on November 29, 2010:
This comes as a great shock to me, hearing this sad news. Tom was a great person and truly will be missed. My condolences go out to his family.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
John and Darla Zanelli left a message on November 29, 2010:
Tom we're going to miss you! As a friend, brother knight and fellow parishioner - you are second to none! You are a warm hearted, unselfish, energenic leader who is there with your family Vonnie, Jesse & Kelly from the start until the finish. You assisted us year after year with Catholic Physical Fitness Day CPF Day and the Annual Daddy Daughter Valentine Dinner Dance. The two events serviced Catholics throughout Hampton Roads and brought many service organizations together as one. These events became so popular that they produced a large amount of money that supported St Gregory's athletic programs and introduced new parishioners to St Gregory the Great Church and School, allowing them to grow very large over a long period of time. Tom, for nearly two decades your warm heart and your commitment to the children in the parish and throughout the Hampton Roads' Catholic Community helped make both events great successes. We will not forget you nor your service! Thank you Tom!
Mr. & Mrs. D L Madole left a message on November 29, 2010:
We are so sorry to hear about Tom's passing. He was always a good friend and such an outstanding musician. It was truly a joy to play with him in both Switchback Station and the Wingnuts. You are in our prayers. He truly will be missed not just by us but by everyone who knew him.
Cremation Society of Virginia left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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