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Thomas Oscar Perrier

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Thomas O. Perrier of Rosemount, Minnesota, formerly of Bloomington, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 86 years of age. He, with the support of family and faith, fought a brave battle with Parkinson’s disease before he passes away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Katherine (Roach); brothers, Jack, Bill, Gene and Pat; and his sister, Mary “Sis”. Survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Sue. His children, Denny (Karen), Tim (Vickie), Andy, David (Patty), Theresa (Ross) Perrier-Opsahl, Christine (Brian) Bradshaw, Tom (Lisa), Mare (Scott) Elwood, John (Julia) and Michelle (Walter) Welzin. He will be deeply missed by his 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He graduated from Washburn High School in 1949. Tom was a hard workingman, employed with The Chicago and North Western Railroad for 39 years. He served in the Air Force. He was active in his church, the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, and the United Transportation Union. He enjoyed wintering in Tucson, Arizona and traveling with Sue and friends. Tom was known for his goodness, big heart and winning ability to make anyone smile with a joke or kind word. He made everyone feel welcomed with his reassuring presence. He led by example teaching his children to travel through life guided by the golden rule…and to have fun while on the journey. He will be dearly missed. The family would like to thank his compassionate caregivers from Fairview Home Hospice: Angel, Ruth, Rob, Jason, Katie, and Amanda. Memorial mass will take place on March 15, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church 901 E 90th St. Bloomington, MN. Visitation will start at 10:00 am. Luncheon will follow the mass in the church social hall.

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Comments

Submitted by Dennis Mattson on

Tom was truly a great Railroad Man. I worked for Tom and worked with Tom for many years. He was a great family man. He was very proud of his family! Tom and his Brother Pat were a great team. It was a great honor to know and work with both of them. DJM

Submitted by Chris Burger on

Anyone who worked on the Chicago & North Western with Tom, as I did in the 1970 and 1980's will remember his stories, jokes and unfailing good humor and that he was a good railroader. I can't think of a higher tribute.

Best wishes to Sue and the "kids"..

Submitted by Dick McDonald on

Tom missed his calling as a natural comedian. Very effective and impressive transportation officer on the Twin Cities Division who managed to keep the rest of us "loose" in some very trying times, all the while keeping his number one priority in order, that being his wonderful family. Tom was truly one of a kind.

Submitted by Steven Phelps on

He will always be Mr. Perrier to me. He will truly be missed. He was so full of life and always had a smile and a joke. He was one of the funniest Men I knew. I hope some day to be able to play cribbage as well as he did. Love to all the his Family

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