Thomas Gene Brockman
“He never met a stranger.” That statement describes Thomas Gene Brockman, who went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 15, 2017, after a courageous 1˝ year battle with brain cancer. Born in Latonia, KY on December 7, 1949, Tom was the seventh of ten children of Christine and Ira (deceased) Brockman, Sr. He was very happily married to “his girl”, Lois A. Brockman (nee Grissom), for nearly 45 years and was a loving Dad to Andrew T. “Andy” Brockman.
Tom was an honorably discharged Army veteran, having served in Germany from 1969 to 1971. After military service, Tom was a welder for Brighton Corporation for 30 years. In his brief retirement, he drove a school bus for the Covington school system, where he thoroughly enjoyed informally mentoring inner-city schoolchildren.
Working for the Lord was Tom’s most important job as could be felt in his smiling blue eyes, firm handshake, and welcoming hugs, which he offered to everyone. As a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Latonia, KY for over 30 years, Tom was devoted to his faith. If someone asked Tom for help, he either helped them himself or found someone who could. People knew they could count on Tom. He was an Awana leader, giving kids from every background and cultural setting a place to belong, build confidence, and grow in faith. He evangelized to the children at Devou Park campus of the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. He was a founding member of the Men’s Bible Study and was an usher during church services. He drove the church bus, picking up members for Sunday service and for special events, and transporting schoolchildren to camps and sports activities. He was a volunteer truck driver for Master Provisions food distribution center and eagerly participated in the monthly food distribution out-reach in Covington. He volunteered for Fairhaven Rescue Mission, having welded the stairway at the mission, picked up food items from local grocery stores, and worked at the thrift store in Covington, among other things. In 2015, Tom received the Volunteer of the Year award for service to Fairhaven.
In addition to his loving wife and son, Tom will be deeply missed by his mother, Christine; sisters, Bessie Mullins and Sylvia Lynn (Jack) Graf; brothers, Harry /Buddy, Ira Jr. /Bebe (Ruth), Joe, Paul, Walt (Joy), John (Bonnie), and Charles (deceased); numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; as well as Tom’s inner circle of close, caring, and steadfast friends.
Visitation on Thursday, July 20 from 5 PM to 8 PM. Funeral on Friday, July 21 at 12 NOON - all at Calvary Baptist Church, 3711 Tibbatts, Covington, KY 41015. Burial with military honors will follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials to Fairhaven Rescue Mission, 260 Pike Street, Covington, KY 41011, Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Covington, KY 41017 or Calvary Baptist Church.