McGee, Thomas Patrick, born and raised in the South Bay, passed away on Friday, July 6, 2007 in Afghanistan. He was 23. Thomas had served in the Army for 4 years. Thomas was a Graduate of Redondo Union High School and attended El Camino College, pursuing a career in law enforcement. He is survived by parents, Tom and Sylvia McGee; brother, Corey McGee; grandmothers, Coralee Gentle and Margarete McGee; grandfather, Juan Montoya; stepgrandparents, Onja and Jim; aunts and uncles, Leon and Julie, Tom and Debbie, Steve and Michelle, Joe and Elke and Michael; cousins, Jana, Stephen, Lexi, Connor, Melissa and Laura; and good friends, Vanessa, Craig and Greg. He was a special son to his loving and devoted parents, was a mentor to his brother, was much loved by his close family, and will be greatly missed. A public visitation will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2007, 2 P.M. to 9 P.M. at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. The Service will be held Monday, July 16, 2007, 11 A.M. at Redondo Union High School Auditorium in Redondo Beach. Burial will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that your family will find peace and comfort in the cherished memories of your loved one.

  2. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to your entire family and Tommy’s circle of friends. There are certainly no words to describe the sorrow that you must feel. We, too are in mourning for this unbelievable loss. Thank God for men like Tommy who truly want to make a difference in the lives of every American. We sincerely thank him for his service and his devotion to his cause. With his passing, we are reminded that freedom is certainly not free. We are here for you if there is anything that we can do. Peace to you all……

  3. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. Your son served with Roger in Kosovo, and spent many hours together playing video games with the guys. He is remembered as a quiet but fun, sweet guy. How blessed we are to have known him. We are heartbroken to have lost someone like him. Roger will be driving down for the services. If there is anything we can do please let us know.

  4. Although I do not know Thomas Patrick I am a mom with a son at war. My son is a deployed as I write and my prayers are daily. Everytime he is deployed my heart aches because of the unknown. But I am proud that he has chosen a career that he feels he can make a difference in. Your son Thomas did the same. His life does not go in vain and he is celebrated by all Americans for his courage, honor and dignity for playing a role in defending our country for each and everyone of us. I know that he sits right beside his Lord & Savior and that Thomas will continue to protect his family and country. You have an angel that is beside you daily. Although no one can experience the pain and loss that you feel today, what we can do is celebrate Thomas as a gift to all of us for the freedoms that he has unconditionally given to us. One of the greatest gifts that God gives us is that of each other and although I and many of us never met Thomas or gotten to know him, we know him now for the man that stood tall and strong for what he believed in and for that I am thankful. God Bless your family as you mourn his loss and I pray that your pain be eased by the love and joy that Thomas has brought to you. Gigi

  5. I had the honor of serving with your son in Kosovo; he served as a military policeman for the Liaison Monitoring Team that I supervised. Tommy and I often rode together, speaking of his future aspirations in life and in law enforcement. I cannot begin to know how you must feel and please know that when I read Tommy’s name on the casualty list I was heartbroken. In times like these I imagine words give little comfort and please know that you raised a hero, someone who was always kind, caring and humble; a young king. He possessed qualities that are rare in today’s young men and I will always remember him.

  6. To the parents of Sgt McGee… I would like to tell you that I had the pleasure of working along side your son while in fort stewart… we were in the same squad and he took over my team when I got out of the army… I would like to thank you for raising such a great person… there is no one else I would have entrusted as I did your son with my team.. I have always been close with my soldiers and have treated them as if they were my brothers and was very skeptic to find out my boys were deploying and i wasn’t.. but once i met your son and saw how great of a leader he was there was no doubt in my mind that they were going to be taken care of… I’m sure my boys would have wanted no one else to lead them after me other than your son.. I am deeply sorry for your loss… your son was a great role model and a great leader… and thank you for taking the time to read this… sincerely vionette chipperini (Sgt. Feliciano)

  7. Sylvia,My prayer’s are with you & Tom in this time even thought i did not personally meet your son i remember when you were pregnant with him what i have read he grew up to be a outstanding young man and a hero.He’s with the Lord,He’s your own angel look up!He’s there.Your Friend allway’s.Art Gonzalez…Retired GTE/VERIZON.

  8. To the family of Sgt.Thomas McGee My prayers and heartfelt sympsthy goes out to you. There are no words to describe the sorrow you are going through, But always remember he is in your heart always- and we as AMERICANS will celebrate the courage,bravery and honor that Thomas shown while serving and defending our country. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

  9. Tom and Sylvia, I was so sorry to read about your loss. I have not seen you in many years and never met your son. My family appreciate all the sacrafices these fine young people make for us. God Bless you. Chuck Jordan

  10. I can’t believe you are gone. I am so sorry that I could not make it, I just found out today. I wanted to be there. I can remember like it was yesterday when we all went to Las Vegas together celebrating before we got deployed to kosovo. Not including everything we went through over there. I will miss you and we will meet again one day. You left this world as a Hero. You will never be forgotten my friend.

  11. McGee family, I dont know where to begin to express my condolences. I was another person deployed with your son in Kosovo. He was my driver on many missions. I was the platoon medic for that deployment. We would be on our missions together talking about dreams, goals, and joking. Him and I had our ups and downs(I might of been the first person he arrested…long story, perhaps another time), but he was a great soldier. I was looking thru lots of pictures of McGee today, and some with smiles, and others with goofy faces. Still unable to believe this has happened. He was truly a great guy. We both talked about going active duty after our deployment. So I can see he did, and so did I. I am sorry I am unable to pay my last respect, I too, am deployed, however in Iraq. Please stay positive. He will forever be in our hearts and you in our prayers. Take care, and let Peace be with you all..

  12. I meet your son once when he came to our home as the unit was planning a trip to Las Vegas before they all went to Kosovo. My daugther and Thomas were in Kosovo together. It was a pleasure and honor to have known your son. My family appreciate all the sacrafices these fine young people make for us. God Bless you and your family.

  13. God bless you and thank you for your sacrifice. May your family find some peace in others gratitude for a fine, brave young man.

  14. Sylvia, My condolences to you and your family; unfortunately I did not finish reading the article until today that the lost to the Hawthorne McGee family was yours. In talking to George Carranza today he asked if I remembered you from our sch.days and did I know you lost your son. I passed on the sad news to your old childhood friend Cindy. A very beautiful video showing your son. I’m so sorry for your lost. Elisa ( Fellow LHS Alumni)

  15. I will always remember his relaxed way at going about things and his advice he shared to all of us over here in afghanistan. He was a great man and will be missed by all.

  16. To the family of Thomas McGee, I am so sorry for this GREAT loss. Tommy always made me laugh when we were bunkmates during training at Camp Roberts before we left to Kosovo. He was teaching me German and made me laugh so much. I grew to enjoy his presence not only as a Great Soldier, but as a brother at arms, a member of my family away from home. I am sorry I could not make the viewing of the funeral, but I don’t think I could have handled it. One of the greatest men I have ever met and have no regrets of serving with. May God bless you. SSG Rivera

  17. To the Family of Thomas P. Mcgee, I met Thomas when I reported to the 40 mp Co in 2004. I have never met a more true at heart person. I have been deployed since January this year and every couple of weeks I would get an email from him asking how I was and if my family needed anything, his support made it easier on me knowing I had a friend there for my family. I am sorry I was unable to be there for his Service as I was informed yesterday of his passing. Thank you Mcgee for being a whole hearted friend, you will be with me and my family in our hearts forever. God Bless you! Sgt Adam Erway July 20, 2007 Camp Pendleton, CA

  18. To the McGee Family, Mike and I are so glad to have known Tommy. I feel so blessed that my husband was able to serve next to such a great man and we miss him so so much! He left right before “Little Savannah” was born and was so bummed he missed it. We were looking forward to seeing him in December and introducing him to our new addition, now I believe that Savannah has a new guardian angel:) Thank you so much for raising such a wonderful friend and soldier! God Bless

  19. Both Judy and I were deployed to Kosovo with Tommy. We both saw how much of a great guy he was. He was among the elite. It is good to know that he was able to use his vast knowledge to encourage others and teach them by becoming a trainer. I have looked through some pictures from Kosovo and as I see one where he and I are standing next to each other after graduating from the Sergeant school, I am in disbelief that this could have happened to such a great soldier and person. May peace be with you all, and Tommy, we will all be with you again one day. SGT Christopher DeJesus SGT Judy Castillo DeJesus

  20. We wanted to contact you to express our sympathy and sadness at the loss of your son Thomas. We learned of his passing yesterday from Debbie. Stephen is good friend of our son Henry, and Stephen mentioned him to us while Tom was in Kuwait. We will keep you in our thoughts and hope you all are comforted by the love that you share within your family and friends. Sincerely Tim, Tonya, Henry

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