Thomas Richard Coady, Jr.
Jan. 22, 1934 – June 30, 2021
MARCO ISLAND, FL – Thomas Richard Coady, Jr., 87, of Marco Island, FL (formerly Paxton) passed away June 30, 2021 at OSF hospital in Urbana, Illinois. Baier Family Funeral Services of Paxton is handling arrangements. A celebration of life will be held on July 10, 2021 at Hicks Motor Sales, 106 N. State Route 54, Roberts, IL from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tom was born January 22, 1934 in Pepperell, Massachusetts to Irene and Thomas Coady, Sr. He married his loving wife, Wanda Hicks of Roberts, IL on July 25, 1956, she survives.
After earning a BBA from the University of Miami (Florida), Tom entered Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. His first duty assignment was in Puerto Rico where he was a specialist in the classified Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) for undersea detection of submarines during the cold war. He also worked jointly with NACA, now NASA, implementing the SOSUS technology to accurately locate the splashdown sites of the early space capsules.
After his Navy commitment, he earned an MBA from SIU, a commercial pilot’s license with instrument and multi-engine ratings, and was an executive for the Hicks enterprises in Roberts, IL for 45 years. During retirement he indulged his passion for golfing and collecting classic sports cars. He owned numerous show-winning automobiles displayed at concourse events including Pebble Beach, Greenwich, Meadowbrook, and Amelia Island. He also enjoyed traveling the globe and authoring entertaining books of fiction.
He is survived by his sons: Todd (MaryBeth) of Tulsa, OK, Shawn (Robin) of Naples, FL; and daughter: Tamis (Kevin) Bright of El Paso, TX; seven grandchildren: Ryan & Megan Coady, Tara & Colleen Coady, and Jackie, Valerie, & Ian Bright. His sister, Lillian Smith, of Farmington, Connecticut also survives.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; and sister, Pauline Goodwin.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the National Propane Gas Foundation Scholarship Fund which benefits children of individuals in the propane industry or a charity of your choice.
Published by The Pantagraph on Jul. 4, 2021.