Thomas Taylor Bryant
died February 13, 2018 at his home in Sun Lakes, Arizona.
Tom was born July 22, 1929 in Kansas City, MO, the only child of John (Erwin) and Margaret (Taylor) Bryant. The family moved frequently during Tom’s early years due to his father’s work for Remington Rand, living in Oklahoma City, Houston and St. Louis.
In 1944 the family moved to Chicago. Tom attended Sullivan High School, graduating in 1948. Tom then attended Northwestern University, graduating from the School of Commerce in 1952. Tom was a member of Chi Psi fraternity.
Tom and Nancy Rutherford were married on September 5, 1953. Their marriage was blessed with three wonderful children, Beth (Michael) McGuire, T. Taylor (Lisa) Bryant and Craig Bryant. Tom was the very proud grandfather of granddaughters Becca, Rachel and Julia and grandson, Colin.
Tom was a devoted, generous and loving father, grandfather and husband. In addition to his children and grandchildren he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Rene (Thurow).
Tom was a dedicated and proud employee of U.S. Steel Corporation during a career that spanned 31 years. He was hired as a Commercial Trainee in 1952 and retired in 1983 as Regional Manager of Sales-Atlanta Region. During those years he held roles of increasing responsibility in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Aurora, IL and Indianapolis, IN.
Upon leaving USS Tom accepted a position as Vice President of Sales with Port Everglades Steel Corporation in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In 1992 he was promoted to President of the Steel Service Division.
Tom was truly “one of the good guys”, setting high standards for himself and those around him in work and in play. His interests were varied; he treasured his pets and all animals, especially his golden retrievers, Sunny and Gidget. He appreciated music; his tastes ranging from Beethoven to Sinatra. Sports were an important part of his entire life. He particularly enjoyed baseball, once pitching a 1 hitter for Chi Psi in intramural softball. He coached Skiles Test Little League in Indianapolis from 1968 to 1974. In 1969 his team posted a season record of 15 wins and no losses. He was an avid Cubs fan.
A private family memorial will be held later this year. Remembrances may be made to the animal rescue organization of your choice.
The family wishes to thank all those who made such a difference this past year; Ronnie, Suzy, Kim and most especially Fred. Thank you for your friendship, kindness and care. Grateful thanks also to SunCrest Hospice for the comfort you provided during his final weeks.
“A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.”
George Bernard Shaw