In Memory

Thomas Humphrey DeAbreu

Thomas Humphrey deAbreu

Thomas Humphrey deAbreu passed away September 6, 2014 at his home in Jacksonville, Florida.  He was born January 19, 1948 in San Nicholas, Aruba, the youngest of the seven children of John and Mary deAbreu.  His family moved to Miami, FL in 1960 and he attended Miami Coral Park High School, graduating in 1966. Tom served in the U.S>.Navy from 1967-1989 and then was employed by the U.S. Postal Service from 1992-2012 when he retired. Though raised in the Roman Catholic Chruch, Tom was an active member of the Church of the Epiphany Episcopal Church for over 30 years with his family.

Tom was predeceased by his parents, brother Calvin deAbreu and sister Marilyn Ann Smith.  He is survive by his loving wife of 46 years, Linda GIvens deAbreu; daughters Tami deAbreu and Dawn deAbreu (James Reese); grandsons Andrew, Aiden and Addison and granddaughter, Ansley; brother Leslie (Joy) deAbreu; sisers Patricia (Harry) Wever, Monica (Dick) Cavanaugh; and Donna Young; and his beloved dog Gingersnap.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Jacksonville Chapter, located at 1430 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32307.

A memorial service celebrating Tom's life was held on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:00am at Most Holy Redeemer Cathlic Church located at 8523 Normandy Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32221.  Military honors and receeption was followed.

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12/15/15 02:08 PM #1    

William E "Bill" Burroughs Jr

He was my best friend growing up and we knew each other since age 12. I always knew him by his middle name.....Humphrey. He went by Tom at school and work.

He retired from both the US Navy and the United States Postal service.

He spent both Careers in Jacksonville Florida and has a lovely family. Wife Linda (Givens class of  1967) 2 daughters Dawn and Tami, and 3 grandsons Drew, Aiden and Addison.

He passed away last September 2014 after a relatively short battle with cancer. I had the privilege to be by his side with his family in the last few weeks of his life.

I loved him, not like, but, as my brother. He will live forever in my mind.

Bill Burroughs



02/07/16 08:04 AM #2    

Linda Givens (DeAbreu)

My dear husband actually served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 through 1989 - 22 years of outstanding military service.  He was extremely proud of his Naval service followed by 20 years of service with the United States Postal Service, retiring fully in August, 2012.  Linda Givens DeAbreu (Class of 1967)

02/12/16 03:11 PM #3    

Judy Forsythe (Kump)

Humphrey and Linda were very good friends with me and my boyfriend Patrick Quinlan (class of 1967). We always gathered after school at the West exit and laughed about the day in classes and I waited for my bus.  We stayed in touch over the years at Christmas and at reunions.  I was at their wedding and happy to say they were the perfect couple!  Someone you enjoyed being with and loving life.  I was so sadened when Linda called me to say he had passed away, very suddenly.  I know Linda was thankful she had also retired from the DuVaul County School Board, before then. We thank Humphrey for all his long service to our country, may God be with his loving family!


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