Thomas Peter Sharkey, age 54 of Apopka, Florida, passed away on Monday, October 31st, 2011. Thomas was born in Dayton, Ohio the son of Emily (Jones) and the late Thomas Palmer Sharkey. He was employed as Chief Photojournalist at WWSB-TV Channel 7 in Sarasota, and Photographer/Sports Photographer at WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando. He received the 2007 NPPA Region 6 Photojournalist of the year award and over 30 other national and regional awards including 8 Emmy awards. Thomas leaves to cherish his memory, mother Emily Sharkey of Dayton, Ohio; wife Vicki (Bienkowski) Sharkey of Apopka; three daughters, Erin (Matt) Fisher of Havlock, North Carolina; Rebecca Smith of Orlando; Jennifer Sharkey of Apopka; sister Barbara (Bob) Shook of Ohio; and grandson Brayden Fisher of Havlock, North Carolina. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 6th, 2011 at Dobbs Funeral Home with Pastor Thomas Hensley, officiating.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
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I know the pain associated with death and I was saddened to hear that Thomas had passed away, but what helped bring comfort was to find that the Bible speaks of a time when death will be done away with:
Isa. 25:8, 9: “He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces. . . . And in that day one will certainly say: ‘Look! This is our God. We have hoped in him, and he will save us. This is Jehovah. We have hoped in him. Let us be joyful and rejoice in the salvation by him.’”
Also at John 5:28, 29: “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”
I know you will still experience pain, grief, and sorrow but I hope that these scriptures will bring some measure of comfort to you.
I went to school with Tom and have so many wonderful memories of him! As we were reconnecting thirty some odd years later, he suddenly earned his angel wings. He will live forever in my heart and mind as one of my dearest friends. Such a tragedy. His wife and children are in my prayers
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