Thomas Wilson Burrows

June 6, 1939 - February 18, 2022
Thomas Wilson Burrows

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Thomas Wilson Burrows passed away on February 18, 2022 at the age of 82 at his residence in New Port Richey, Florida. He is survived by loving family members including his brother, John Burrows (wife Hilda), son Byron Burrows (wife Norma), his daughter Shawn Milner (husband Chance); beloved granddaughters Kayla Huetten, Kara Burrows, Lilly Milner, and Charlotte Milner. He was preceded in death by his parents, John (Papa) and Lillian (Peggy/Nana) Burrows, his son, Scott Wilson Burrows and sister, Barbara Taylor.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he attended Andrew Jackson High School, the University of Florida, and received a Bachelors Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. During his career in retail (mainly JC Penney and Montgomery Ward), he lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jacksonville & Neptune Beach, FL, Little Rock, Arkansas, Arlington, Texas, and Fort Worth Texas; returning to Florida and the Tampa Bay Area in the mid-1980’s. He and his family are proud of his sobriety since 1986. In Tampa, he began a new career in insurance sales which connected with his social nature, allowed him to exercise his gift of gab and he developed a passion for helping people beyond the scope of the job. Tom worked through his retirement years making meaningful contributions to society by helping them with life planning and insurance needs. He traveled extensively before the pandemic for work and pleasure. Before the pandemic, he made routine trips to Texas to spend quality time with Shawn, Chance, and his granddaughters. The Florida family enjoyed him at Gator football games, Boca Grande beach trips, and regular family gatherings. He always kept us informed about the latest healthy lifestyle trends and earned a certification in sports nutrition. He exercised his social skills every day by walking around his apartment complex and tracking his steps. He developed innovative ways to eat healthy but with a variety of meal preparation methods.  He was always ready with keen observations on current events (much like his father) and we will miss his sage wisdom and thoughtful advice given with grace and charm (like his mother). But we feel blessed to carry him with us moving forward.

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