TOM BISHOP ~ R.I.P.
Thomas Bishop of Newbury Park, CA, died Thursday following a courageous battle with illness, finally succumbing to respiratory failure at the age of 79.
Tom was born September 6, 1929, in Cheam, Surrey, England. As a young man, he served with the British Army’s 73rd Anti-Aircraft Regiment stationed in North Africa. In 1962, he immigrated with his wife and young son to the United States in pursuit of opportunity and sunshine. After an early working career in men’s haberdasheries in both England and Canada, he held other retail postions in America before becoming a delivery driver for Hartz Mountain for seventeen years. He retired in 1991. He was proud to become an American citizen in 2007, while still retaining his love for England.
He enjoyed gardening and took particular joy from working in the sunshine with his wife and their roses. He had a natural talent for display and design, making his Christmas fireplace displays a main highlight of the season.
A wonderfully caring individual with a smile for everyone, Tom is survived by his loving wife Joan of 57 years; his son Paul and daughter-in-law Dell Bishop of Camarillo; his grandson Greg, wife Amber, and great-grandson Jared of San Antonio, Texas; his sister and brother-in-law June and Derrick Watling of White Rock, B.C. Canada; other extended family members in England; and many special friends, all of whom loved his laugh and delightfully dry British sense of humor.
The funeral service will be 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, Chapel of the Islands in Camarillo, CA, with burial to follow.
Assisting the family with funeral arrangements is Conejo Mountain Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo.