Tomas Reymundo Sanchez Jr., lifetime Laredoan, died at the age of 77 on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at his home.
Tom Sanchez is deeply loved and will be missed by his surviving family: wife, Janice Sanchez, children: Brandy T. (Tony) Ramos, Megan M. (Benjamin) Solis, and Sean (Stefania) Sanchez; his siblings Diana (Juan) Marinez and Sandra Sanchez Gray; known as Grandpa to: Tristan, Shariden, Preston, Addison Solis; Miguel and Isabel Ramos, Sutton Sanchez; and numerous cousins. Tom made friends wherever he went and was a beloved member of the Laredoan Community.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents Tomas R. Sanchez Sr. and Consuelo Sanchez. He was a proud descendant of Don Tomas Sanchez Barrera, one of the founding fathers of Laredo, TX. Tom attended St. Joseph’s Academy and graduated from Martin High School. He enlisted in the Army and was an honored member of the 101st Airborne. He graduated from East Texas State University with a B.A. in Finance. He had a diverse professional life that included roles as an Army paratrooper, newspaper journalist and editor with the Laredo Morning Times, radio talk show personality, and one of the oldest persons to graduate from the Laredo Police Academy.
He was a man who praised intellect and loved a lively debate. He had a life-long passion for the study of history and religious philosophy. He was educated by the Marist brothers which led to his long standing study of Jesuit principles and his visceral convictions upholding the significance of nurturing the whole person, which he passed on to his children. He had a profoundly positive impact on the lives of his children and Laredo Community. Tom Sanchez could be characterized as a friend to everyone.
A memorial service will be held in his honor at Christ Church Episcopal, 2320 Lane St., on Saturday October 5, 2019 starting at 10:30 am.
Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, TX 78041, (956) 723-3611. You may leave condolences to the family online at www.freddickey.com