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Thomas Joseph Sweeney, Jr. – August 4, 2017

Thomas Joseph Sweeney, Jr., 79, of Amarillo died Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.
Tom passed away peacefully at home August 4, 2017. He was born in Brooklyn, New York to Mary and Thomas Sweeney and resided there until he joined the United States Air Force.  Once he moved to Amarillo, he married Ellen Ruth Clark on Aug. 4, 1956.  He joined the Plumber and Pipefitters Union where he eventually became Union President.  Later in life, he co-owned and operated several bars in Amarillo.  This brought him much enjoyment.  He was always telling jokes and outrageous stories.  He was the life of the party and you could always count on him for a quick-witted one-liner.
His greatest joy in life was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always looked forward to their visits and playing chess, cribbage and watching Jeopardy.
He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Ellen “Ruth” Sweeney on Dec. 25, 2014; and a son-in-law, C.E. “Smokey” Tidwell.
Survivors include his children, Diane “Pat” Sweeney, Roger Sweeney, Frances Tidwell and partner, Ben, Barbara Sweeney, Vicki Lusk and husband Shawn, Terri Sweeney and Tim Sweeney; his grandchildren, Rachel Luscombe and husband Josh, Marcus Lusk, Michael Lusk, Christina Ufford and husband Adam, Alyce Weber and husband Phillip, Amanda Carroll and husband Jordan; and 9 great-grandchildren.
Per his request, there will be no services. Family will host a private event at a later date.
“I faced it all and I stood tall and I did it my way.”


  • Amanda Davis Posted August 5, 2017 7:34 pm

    Thinking of you & your family. God Bless you all & may He give you Peace & comfort during this time.

  • Wes Wester Posted August 6, 2017 11:24 am

    My condolences. What a character he was! R. I. P. Tom.

  • Cynthia D McGee Duke Posted August 6, 2017 4:40 pm

    Prayers are for comfort for the family. RIP Tom.

  • Paula Morris Posted August 6, 2017 6:20 pm

    Losing your parents and grandparents is hard! We pray for God to comfort & strengthen each of you in the days to come! Thank you for mentioning Smokey in the obituary.
    Love, Joe, Paula & Zoe Morris

  • Roger Tidwell Posted August 6, 2017 8:30 pm

    On behalf of our family and myself we offer our sincere condolences on the passing of Tom.

  • Brad Mason Posted August 7, 2017 9:58 am

    I am so sorry about the lose of your Dad. I know there was bad times, but I also know there was good. All of you cross my mind almost every day, Its been a long time, but my roots are there and with your family. May God give all of you peace, all of my Love, Brad

  • Neysa Burk Posted August 8, 2017 6:52 pm

    What a beautiful memorial. Thoughts n prayers for family.

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