Tommy was a great dad to his three daughters and a wonderful husband to his wife until mental illness took that part of his life away. He disappeared from their lives; hitchhiking, pan handling and traveling all across the country for over 20 some odd years by himself [he said he liked being alone because other people would just get you in trouble]; he made it back into his family’s lives with his body much worn down from the wear. Thanks to Steve Warringham and his great team in Durham, Tommy was reunited with his family and moved to Wilmington with his eldest daughter in 2015. Harwood [as he was known later in life] was beloved by most who knew him and was treated like a member of the family by Karen and the team at Peak Resources [formerly Silver Stream].
We miss him already and please remember some of those people pan handling and asking for money on the side of the road are not lazy and shiftless. It is estimated 45% of the homeless are suffering from mental illness; more than half of those are suffering from serious mental illness.
Rest in peace dad, I love you Mary
Coastal Cremations of Wilmington is serving the family.