Thomas J. Walsh

thomas walsh
The Singing Bus Driver, 63, of Bay City, was born into eternal life on the evening of Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Toni & Trish House after a 1 ½ year battle with Stage IV Prostate Cancer. Thom was born in Bay City, where he remained on November 7, 1953, the son of the late Thomas L. and Louise B. (Johnroe) Walsh. He was a 1972 graduate of John Glenn High School. Thom met the former Beth Phillips and in late 1993 they were married in Las Vegas, returning several times as travel was something Thom always enjoyed. Thom and Beth spent nearly all their time together and never had a fight. He was to retire this month from Bay Metro where he had been employed for 37 years. Thom enjoyed the sport of softball and remained involved the last several years with local Bay Softball, holding office for numerous years as well as District 17 Commissioner with the MASA from 2002-2016. Throughout life, Thom cherished his friendships made at both work and softball. Thom leaves to carry on his legacy, his devoted wife Beth; Thom’s children Corey Walsh and Kelli and Matt Petrowski. He so enjoyed being “Grampa” to Claire and Kate. Going to the Bay County Fair and golf cart rides were their thing! Thom will forever remain alive in the hearts of his siblings and their families: Janice and Larry Nash, Kathleen Urbaniak, Michael and Patti (Villarreal) Walsh; father and mother-in-law, Bill and Carla Phillips; in-laws, Bill Phillips, Bob and Sandy Phillips, and many loving nieces, nephews, and countless friends. In addition to his parents, Thom was welcomed home to heaven by his beautiful sister, Maureen; brother-in-law, Al Urbaniak; nephew, Jeff Mantyla, and sister-in-law, Cheryl (VanSumeren) Phillips. Thom’s family will be present to receive visitors on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service and again on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 9:00 AM until the time of Thom’s 10:00 AM Life Celebration at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Toni & Trish House would be greatly appreciated. Thom wanted to extend a special thank you to Dr. Megan Caram and N.P. Amira Deep at the University of Michigan, Dr. Rajesh Dandamudi, and the many others that were so devoted to Thom’s care. Beth also thanks nieces, Krystle Jaskiewicz and Janelle Wilhelm, as well as her friend, Carrie Norris Engevik of Washington, who have been her constant. Many always noticed Thom’s never ending smile! Now without pain, he smiles down upon us as he continues to make up songs. “So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart. For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.” Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at

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  1. Beth, I was so sorry to hear about Tom. I know we talked about Tom from time to time. He was a good guy. I didn’t know he was sick. I’m so sorry. May God bless you and your family and friends. Heaven gains another wonderful person. Hugs to you.

  2. Dear Beth, I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I’m sure it was a painful time for you but know that he is now at peace.
    Prayers to you and yours.

  3. Beth, so sorry to hear this news. Thom was one of the best, just a truly good human being. He was not only the singing bus driver but the singing, humming, whistling “Colonel of the Urinal” I smile just thinking of that name.
    Many thoughts and prayers sent your way, just know that he was loved by many more people than you probably even realize.

  4. Beth and family, my heart hurts for your loss. Thom was such a wonderful man. May your memories help heal your pain. Love to you all.

  5. Beth I am so sorry about Thom’s passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers have been with you in the past weeks. I know how difficult it has been. If there is any way that I can help, please let me know.

  6. My friend & team mate. As our softball team starts to leave this earth, I know Thom will be getting that field ready for us all to play again, at the best field ever! The memory’s, and family times will always be remembered! His smile was always contagious, and even made losing a game not so bad. Beth, thank you for letting Jo and myself share some of these past days with you and Thom! We are just a call away!
    Rick & Jo

  7. Beth, I am so very sorry for your loss. You have been in my prayers constantly and will continue to be. I know no words can ease your sadness, but hope the love and prayers of everyone around you will help you through. Thom was definitely one of the good guys and will be missed terribly. My deepest condolences.
    Sherri Waterman

  8. Beth and family Linda and I so sorry for your loss. Thom will be missed as stated was such a happy guy. Prayers…!

  9. I’m very shocked to hear of Tom’s passing. I didn’t know he was ill but it’s been so many years since I’ve seen him. We used to belong to the same community service group in Bay City. He was always such a happy guy. I’ve thought about him over the years but never seen him. My sympathies to his family and friends. I know he’ll be missed by many people.N

  10. Beth, I have no words. I can’t imagine the journey you have been on with Thom. Cancer is such a life altering disease. Please know you are in my prayers.

    Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

  11. Beth,
    I want to express my deepest condolences for the passing of your husband. Treasure every memory of Thom and I pray God will comfort you and lift you up…

  12. Beth,
    I can’t imagine the pain you are feeling in Thom’s passing. I didn’t know Thom really well but whenever I saw him, he was always smiling. He was such a nice guy. My heart goes out to you. I never quit praying for Thom and will continue to pray for you that you find some comfort that Thom is no longer suffering in this life. He will be missed for sure.

  13. So sorry to hear of Thom’s passing. Never met him when his smile did not lighten the day. Softball was one of his passions and I thank him for his dedication to the game. He was one of a few commissioners who actively participated in the umpire program.
    Thank you to the entire Walsh family for sharing Thom with us for so many years. We are all better for having known and worked with him.
    Celebrate the good times.

  14. Without question, the friendliest and happiest person I have ever met in my life. I will miss his ever present smile.

  15. I count it a privilege to be able to care for Thomas during his final days on earth. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. Oh, Beth, I can’t tell you how very sorry I am to hear of Thom’s passing. You were both radiant in your love for each other. God bless you. You’ve been very much in my thoughts.

  17. You two absolutely glowed when you walked into a room. I am so sorry to hear of Thom’s passing. God bless.

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