Heinlein, Thomas Edward, resident of Carson, passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2008 in Torrance. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Thomas was 54 when he died. Tom came to California in 1965 and grew up in Redondo Beach. He attended Mira Costa High School where he played baseball and football. He was proud to have served the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1974. In 1976 he moved to Lawndale with his wife Sue and they raised their 3 children there. He enjoyed surfing, the Dodgers, music, the Three Stooges, military history and coloring fuzzy poster art. He loved spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters. He is survived by Mother, Terry Heinlein, Daughter, Shannon Tabaldo (Mario), Son, Sean Heinlein (Natalia), Daughter, Jillian Hoffman (Derek), Granddaughters, Jordan, Mackenzie and Alexa, Brothers, Edward (Kerry), Robert (Mary), Ronald (Linda), Sisters Debbie (Chip), Karen Moore, sister –in-law Katia Heinlein, ex-wife Sue Heinlein, 13 nieces and nephews and 6 great-nephews. He was preceded in death by Father, Robert Heinlein. Family and friends are invited to join in the following celebrations of his life. Viewing will be on Thursday, March 13, 2008 from 1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. at McCormick Mortuary, 1998 S. PCH, Redondo Beach, CA. A Rosary service will follow at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church at 5:30 P.M. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. with a reception to follow in the hall. Burial will take place at a later date at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Surfrider Foundation, American Liver Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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  1. My favorite memory of Tom was the time he babysat for us. He and the boys had a great time. I came home to a disaster. Breakfast and lunch left on the kitchen counters, butter left out, milk left out, etc. But they played games all day, in one game, “air” hockey, Tom’s glasses got broken, but he didn’t care. He was just having fun with the kids. That’s the Tom I’ll always remember, the big kid with a wonderful sense of humor. May he be at peace and free of pain. In loving memory.

  2. To my family, My heart goes out to all of you and I will keep you and cousin Tom in my prayers. You gave him every bit of love and caring a family has to offer and for that you can be at peace as he is now at peace. Cousin Tom was my contemporary growing up and I remember him in his Army uniform coming to NY on leave and I think Grandma Lesser may have insisted he take my sister Kathy and I out to some NYC “hot Spots”. Well Tom obliged and I am sure he was thrilled taking his 2 “girl cousins” out when he probably only had a few days leave from the Army, but that was Tom, a good hearted man and a good guy. Through the years we were able to share alot about lifes lessons and although we sort of lost touch as he became more ill, he will always be that handsome guy in uniform or my cool cousin who knew how to surf really well. Through the years, I always appreciated and loved Sue for her letters, especially to my mom and keeping Aunt Gertrude aware of the developments with the children. When I helped my mother move we had so many pictures of the original “Heilein” kids compouned by pictures of their kids and now their kids kids!! It is a true abundant measure of love and a testament of family strength. Please know Joan and I are with you in spirit and send our love to all of you. Sincerely, Peggy and Joan

  3. Dear family, Knowing that death is not the end of our loved ones’ life, but a new beginning, we may look forward toward the day when we will again meet before the presence of our Lord. I pray that God will bless you with the presence of the Holy Spirit. He will provide you with the needed strength for the day. In His service, Salonie Washington (Karen’s co-worker)

  4. We were so sorry to hear of your loss. He is in the arms of God now. Our prayers and love are with all of you Love Valerie and Fred Burmester

  5. All the best to friends and family of “Himey”. I have nothing but the fondest memories of him as a classmate, teammate and fellow surfer. I’m proud to have called him friend. -Dave Winters

  6. Hello Family, I am very sad and sorry to see Tom go. But knowing he is not in pain anymore is a real blessing. He put up a good fight for a long time. I will always remember him driving me up to UCLA for a dentist appt. Pretending to be a cop in the old police car that he was driving. We had so much fun. He made me laugh so hard. I will miss him very much. I LOVE YOU TOM! LOVE, YOUR SIS DEBBIE

  7. Hi Family, As you all can imagine, my most favorite memory of Tom was our drive cross country……….WE HAD A BLAST!! Our goal was 12 hours or 600 miles each day whichever came first and let me tell you, we made it from L.A to Baltimore in 4-1/2 days. We had to share the CD player time as we each had our own set of CDs for our adventure (Tom had the same 3 the whole trip), so we laughed, we sang and just genuinely enjoyed our time together. When we arrived in Baltimore and I moved into my new place, Tom helped me put together an entertainment center. We all know what a disaster that was, but we managed and it is still standing even after 8 years. We had a very emotional trip into DC, Tom visited the Vietnam wall and that was pretty heavy, but he was thrilled that he was able to have one of his wishes come true. I love you and eventhough I’m sad to see you go, I’m happy that you are finally at peace and no longer suffering. God bless, you will always be with me!! Love you always.

  8. Only fond memories… I hope he has found peace and the perfect wave. My prayers and condolences to all of his family members, close friends and especially to his mother.

  9. To our family, I must share this story Tom told me at the hospital while Ed was in having his brain surgery. He said while living in New York, they used to play in a field with a bull and he used to put Edward up in a apple tree to keep him safe while he and his friends taunted the bull and ran.(I’m sure mom never knew this was going on!) Tom, you surely will be missed, but now you are safe in the Lord’s hands. We love you, Ed & Kerry

  10. Dear Family, Tom will forever be in our hearts. Because of Tom, we have had the pleasure of being included in the Heinlein family for almost 40 years. Our sincere condolences. John & Terri

  11. As hard as this whole process has been, we have also really been able to look back on all of the good times we have had with my Dad. When asked today to describe my Dad, Shannon and I just laughed and talked about his sense of humor (you either got it or you didn€™t), his love of music, surfing, history, food, and especially his granddaughters. We have been really lucky to spend so much time with my Dad€he has been on borrowed time thanks to 2 transplants. And although I am sad because my children will never get to know their Grandpa Tom, you better believe that I will have some great stories to tell. I feel so lucky that my husband got to know my Dad for as long as he did. Not once will I look back and think that I should have told him how I felt€He knew how much I loved him, how much we all loved him. Thank you all so much for your support and prayers.

  12. Dear Heinlein Family, We both Loved Tom,and the special times we had with him,I think we took turns visiting each other in the hospital, I also had a double transplant, so we shared notes, dinners and, good times. I am Mike Quiroz’s sister, so I remember Tom when he and Mike we’re surfing, and having a ball. My family in Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, Where Tom and Mike went surfing have been sending e-mails to send Condolenses, to all of you, they all thought he was a Super guy, All the churches in town have candles going for him. May he Rest In Peace With God. Les & Maria Pepper-Houy

  13. Karen…Words simply cannot express our sorrow at your loss. Knowing that Tom has gone home to be with the lord and is not suffering is the only consolation, however, that does not fill the remaining empty space or take away the hurt. Tom will live on in all of the many happy memories that you share with your family and friends and thru his children. As always, your family will remain in our prayers. We love you and may god continue to keep you in his blessings.

  14. My grandpa was my friend. I rememer playing Crazy 8’s with him on the couch when he babysat me. Ever since he died, I have kept those special cards very close to me. I also remember when my sister was born he watched me and I learned how to tell time and watched Three Stooges with him. I am very sad that he died.

  15. Brother Tommy…….for almost 40 years you were my team mate, classmate, surf partner and most importantly you were my friend. You were always there for me, even when you had little left to give to yourself. We laughed, and we cried together, thank God for the “three stooges”, right Tommy? Our memorable surf trip with brother Jay was a dream realized from our days at Costa, I see you now, carving that big “old school” gun across the open face of a Madera right, with all the Nica boys hooting for you on the beach. That big smile on your face, when you paddled back out, lit up the bay……”that’a boy Himey!” Always in my heart, save a few waves for us, ok, Himey?

  16. I first met Tom while living in Hermosa Beach in the 1970’s. I mostly recall what others have already commented on, Tom’s sense of humor that was everpresent and brought a laugh to the moment, as well as his thoughtful and considerate nature, always concerned about how you were. It is a blessing that while he has shed his pained physical body, his spirited joyfulness is now “hanging ten” in the ocean of everbreaking waves in the afterlife. Good surfing, and many blessings to you, Tom. You were a good man.

  17. I am really glad that I got to talk to Tom a couple of times in Dec to catch up on a lot of years.Remembering back to high school, Tom was one person you could always count on.I will never forget riding to “Malibu U”after we graduated in Tom’s little Nash Rambler!Midnight Rambler! A great friend and great teammate. Rest in Peace Tom, your buddy Lumbod

  18. Tom was a close friend of mine in high school. We played football and baseball together and shared many great times together off the fields as well. I will always remember Tom for his great sense of humor, his good natured temperament, his loyality to his friends and his sense of honor and patriotism. My sincere condolescences to Tom’s family and friends. Chad Skriloff

  19. Himey was a great friend of mine. I am truly sorry we won’t be taking another surf trip together. I am thankful for the trip he Mike and myself were able to take. See ya Himey

  20. Dear Family, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Tom. I will always remember being with him that day at El Porto (in the picture) and other times watching him surf up and down the coast. Even in his sickness, he kept his positive spirit, his sense of humor, his passion for the water and his love for his family and friends. He was a truly kind soul and I am blessed to have shared his company.

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