MOUNT VERNON — Newman Tomes, 80, of Mount Vernon passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at his home.
Upon walking into the Mount Vernon home of Newman and Ann Tomes, one of the first things you notice are the photos — lots of photos. They showcase some of the countless memories and highlights throughout Newman and Ann’s joyous 59 years of marriage, a beautiful and one-of-a-kind partnership that many have considered the gold standard for marriage.
It is in the comfort of this home that Newman died after battling cancer, surrounded by many of the people in these photos, and with Ann never once leaving his side.
Newman himself was the gold standard for husbands, dads, sons, brothers, uncles, cousins, coworkers and friends. He was a man you could rely and depend on while also incredibly kind, loving, thoughtful and the most patient man many ever met — which lent well for many things, including teaching multiple generations how to fish.
If it was broke, Newman — a master craftsman who retired after 35 years from Cooper Energy Services — could fix it. If someone needed aid, loved one or stranger, Newman’s hand was outstretched to help. If you needed a great big bear hug, Newman would give you the greatest you could find.
His life started in Kentucky, Feb. 16, 1938, with his parents, who precede him in death, Edgar and Daphne Tomes, and his surviving brothers Truman, Harold (Roberta) and Sherman (Shirley) Tomes.
The Air Force took him to Vermont where he met the love of his life — on a blind date that Ann’s friend was originally supposed to attend. When asked what the best day of his life was, Newman would respond with a tear in his eye, “the day I married Ann.”
In addition to his parents, Newman was preceded in death by sister-in-law Kay Tomes.
Newman and Ann were simply made for each other, with their happy life together bringing them two daughters, Pam (Doug) Jones and Lisa Tomes; grandchildren, Krystal and Cale (Kristen) Jones, Christopher Farrell and Patrick Tomes; and great grandchildren, Cora and Camden Jones.
No matter where they were, whether riding cross-country on motorcycles, living in Ohio or their snowbird state of Florida, taking their grandkids to Myrtle Beach or the mall, Newman and Ann knew that they were home as long as they were together. The only thing that came close to their love for each other was their love of ice cream, which of course, they always shared together.
Newman will be remembered with a book in his hand, reading hundreds if not thousands of them throughout his life. He will also be remembered by his many loved ones (including many sisters/brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc.) and friends by his unprecedented kindness, strength and compassion for others regardless of any differences. He will be missed beyond words and will be forever loved.
The family would like to thank the Hospice of Central Ohio for the unending support. Donations in Newman’s honor can be made at: Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, OH 43055.
In keeping with Newman’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. The family will observe a private service.
To send the family a condolence online visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Newman Tomes.