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Thomas "Tom" Ryan Parrott, 61, of Traverse City, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2018. Tom was born on Dec. 30, 1955 in Pontiac, to the late Bernard and Cathleen (Little) Parrott.
Tom proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a graduate of Northwestern Michigan College.
He had been employed as a maritime engineer. Over the course of his career his job took him to countless ports of call, on the oceans, the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes.
Tom loved Traverse City, and in 1993 he made it his permanent home. Tom also loved his Savannah cats, riding his Harley Davidson and playing golf. He truly lived his life to its fullest.
Tom is survived by two brothers and a sister, Jon (Julia) Parrott, Linda Bartnik and Mark (Julianne) Parrott. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Megan, Alisia, Carrie, Amanda and Evan; as well as many cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Stephen Kyle Parrott; and a brother-in-law, Wally Bartnik.
A celebration of Tom's life will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at the ParkShore Resort, 1401 U.S. 31, Traverse City, MI 49686.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to Savannah Cat Rescue.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Tom's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on December 20, 2017
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