Thomas Allen Percell was diagnosed with a rare liposarcoma cancer in 2008. In his 7 year battle, he endured 5 major surgeries, over 100 treatments of radiation and 2 different types of chemotherapies. During his struggle he remained positive while braving the possible outcome of losing his own life. Despite putting up a courageous fight, Tom passed away on December 10, 2014.
Like all of us, Tom was more than a cancer patient. He was a caring father, loving husband, loyal friend, and an avid sports/music fan. He was an all-city basketball player in San Francisco, graduating as salutatorian from St. Ignatius College Preparatory and attended the University of San Francisco on a basketball scholarship where he received his BA.
Tom’s two passions in life were sports and music. He was in the know of just about every professional sporting team from football, basketball, and soccer to baseball. His beloved San Francisco Giants were able to bring home 3 World Series wins which brought so much joy to his life. His record collection spans over 800 albums not including the 100’s of CDs he had acquired over the years. His favorite; Van Morrison. He owned every album, double disc, special release and single of Van’s that you can imagine. And any time Van played in the Bay Area, Tom would be there. He shared his love of music with his children, evening naming his only daughter after the famous Rod Stewart song, ‘Maggie May’.
After receiving the news that Tom had only 2-8 months to live, the Percell Family, made sure that every moment together was special. Multiple outings to concerts and Giant’s baseball games, including a World Series game on the day of Tom and Debbie’s 40th wedding anniversary, and a trip to Laguna Beach, provided them with unforgettable memories. Even the simple moments of sitting on the porch in the backyard and enjoying the sunshine would become something special to hold on to. All of these experiences relieved stress and let the whole family live in the moment.
Tom instilled in his children, the importance to live everyday to the fullest and to fill it with love, laughter, and good times. This site and non-profit organization is dedicated to the memory of Thomas Allen Percell.