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Memorial for the King


You can find Tom’s obituary here  There is a guest book that I encourage everyone to go to and sign.


The Guest Book for Thomas Greer Hathaway will remain online at until October 17, 2006.

We encourage you to e-mail family and friends a copy of the Guest Book so they are aware it is available and can read and sign it.

Hathaway, Thomas Greer

Thomas Greer Hathaway, 55, of Chandler, AZ passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, September 12, 2006. Tom was born in Milwaukee, WI on May 7, 1951, and grew up in Neenah, WI. After graduating from the University of WisconsinEau Claire in 1973, he immediately moved to the Chicago area to be closer to his beloved Cubs & Bears.  In 1994, he picked up everything and moved to Phoenix.

Tom worked at several companies during his career, including TRW, Signode, Illinois Tool Works, and Motorola.  Then in 1996, he surprised all with the decision to retire.  He wanted to further enjoy his passions, including: sports, the internet, family & friends, garage sales/e-bay and beer.  Number one of these was baseball, especially his Chicago Cubs.  When he lived in Chicago, he could often be found at Wrigley Field, and after he moved to Phoenix, he was never far from a TV tuned to WGN.  Unfortunately, he never got to see them win it all.

His other passion was the internet.  Several years ago, he started a blog on MSN Spaces entitled “If I Were King”.  Tom quickly gathered a large fan base and was anointed “King Tom” by setting numerous laws based on his royal status. 

The internet also led him to the love of his life, Jin Yu Yi (Rose) of China.  Tom was a life-long bachelor until this spring when he traveled to China and married Rose.  She was unable to return to the states with him, but he was actively working through many visa issues to allow his “Queen” to join him in Phoenix.  He was so looking forward to her arrival.

Tom is also survived by his mother, Jane Hathaway of Naples, FL; sister Susan Hass (Dan) of Brussels, Belgium; brother Steve (Elaine) of Madison, WI; and five nieces and nephews: Gretchen and Katie Hass, and Nathan, Craig and Sam Hathaway.  He was especially close to Gretchen, who moved to Phoenix a few years ago.  They saw each other often.

A memorial event will be held Saturday, September 23, 2006, at Boston‘s Bar & Grille, 1730 E. Elliott Road, Tempe.  All his friends are invited.  Please consult Tom’s blog for the time.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider either Cubs Care at Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613, or the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607-3421, in honor of his father.

 I will post an address for the notice to the family ASAP.


9 responses »

  1. Thank you Rose for posting this. 

  2. Rose,
    According to the details on the Cubs Care website they want you to include the name of a surviving family member and their address so Cubs Care can let them know a donation has been made in their loved ones honor.  Do you know who and at what address I could list?

  3. Oh Rosebay. I am so sorry. I enjoyed reading his comments on Heather\’s blog and such. He sounded like such a great guy. I am very sorry for your loss of a good friend.

  4. This is where I meant to post that last comment!!  !!  I feel so spacy!!  🙂  Good thing I currently have pregnancy to blame it on, right?  🙂  You may have already answered this somewhere–did you write the obit or did you pick it up somewhere?  🙂  Are you going to be able to make it to AZ?
    Thinking of you……  🙂

  5. Thank you for the info…much appreciated.

  6. Thank you Rose…..sending you warm thoughts and hugs…..

  7. hey girl,
    we are trying to coordinate a worldwide memorial around the saturday thing at boston\’s.  i\’ll let ya know what\’s goin on as soon as i know.
    still a mess over this,

  8. Hi Rose:
    I\’m just checking in to see how you are today.
    Warmest hugs,

  9. Hi, YuYi,
    Thank you for posting this. We are all missing Tom so much but you most of all. I am sending good thoughts your way to help you get through this difficult time.


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