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Bearss, Thomas 'The Pirate'

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January 11, 1953 - January 6, 2015

Bearss, Thomas 'The Pirate'

Thomas ‘the Pirate’ Bearss

Born; Jan. 11, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, grew up on the Island of Long

Died; Jan. 6, 2015 in his home in Dallas, TX

Unflaggable romantic, devoted husband, consummate foodie (remarkable cook!), enthusiastic story teller, artist and patron, singer of songs, lover of children, pets and most musical genres (loved Metal – BLS Illuminati SDMF! – but not a huge fan of HipHop).  A true gentleman for the most part, and a genuine Renaissance Man.  Also, a subculture icon and Biker of note.

Took formal art training and held a B.A. degree. Performed a variety work including farrier, artist, bovine podiatrist, graphical designer, motorcycle consultant and enthusiast.

Preceded in death by his father, Ralph Thomas Bearss, and his mother, Evelyn Rose (Olivo) Bearss. Survived by his weef (wife), the lovely Jennifer Burton, step daughters Christina and Tabatha Pasnick, sister and brother-in-law Linda and Joe Chierchio, niece Deena Walker, and nephew Charles Chierchio. He also leaves a sizeable number of friends and fans.

A Visitation Service will be held at 1 pm on his birthday, Sunday, January 11, 2015 in the Chapel of North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane Dallas, TX 75234.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 3:30 – 5:30pm at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 8500 Arturo Dr., Dallas 75228

Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. NW Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238


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Artie Ackermann

January 11, 2015 7:04PM

My dear friend, I never thought I'd be writing something like this on your birthday. It was the birthday calls I'd make today NOT farewells, which I'd grown accustomed to on JAN.11th, the day I could wish you the best and catch up on what you've been up oh my what a shocker, I still can't believe it! We would've talked about the latest pilgrimage you took your bike on, the newest and greatest BBQ place you found, the next job you got better then the last, another idea for a new tattoo(I never did get to draw you up that Night Slime Moon you wanted for your shoulder), then the round of golf you played making a birdie on the back nine or the latest joke you heard from your favorite watering hole and then when you got up for air, you ended it all telling me how...
" You loved your life and even more how you loved your wife"! Thom I would get off the phone thinking now how little I said to make this guy so happy and to hear him describe every last detail of whatever the situation, I felt I was there. You were blessed not to let the little things in life get him down and appreciated what you had and I will always remember that! I was hurting when you left for Texas but now my hurt hangs even lower...for you left us way too suddenly and too soon, my dear brother...You will always be there for me! My sincerest condolences & sympathy to your loving bride Jennifer and sister Linda and family and your many friends who all feel your loss but I know we'll be there together for the "round up" once again...I love you man! —Artie

Artie Ackermann

January 10, 2015 3:19PM

You will be missed, dear friend, you left us too soon...but will always be in our hearts. Love you brother.


January 10, 2015 2:39PM

The ole hangout will never be the same without you. Lead on Road Captain and show us the way to the other side. We miss you already.


Michelle Porto & John Taylor

January 09, 2015 9:54PM

A true friend!!! Thanks for all your cooking, rides, laughs and memories. Thom will always be with us in our hearts. We will never forget him. Love ya...

Debbie Tursick

January 09, 2015 6:10PM

I worked 2nd shift with Thom in NJ for several years. We all became good friends and would go out every night after our shift was over. We also were treated to Thom's great cooking --deep fried turkeys at his BBQ's and Christmas parties! Thom was a great guy and I will always treasure his friendship.

Miss Lola

January 09, 2015 3:54PM

Go shot the moon, the sun, the great divide!!!

There will never be another Pirate Thom. Until we ride again. Much love to his family afar and to dear, sweet Jennifer.

Tracey Orth Burrows

January 09, 2015 12:10PM

I worked with Thom for a number of years at AGT in New Jersey, he always had a smile, he was always very kind a true gentlemen! I remember his laugh! Many fun nights spent with the second shift at the Grasshopper.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family
R.I.P Thom


January 09, 2015 10:37AM

rip yb!!

Amy Whitman

January 09, 2015 10:02AM

My condolences to Tom's family and friends. I lived across the street from Tom and his family in Brooklyn in the 60s and we went to the School of Visual Arts which is how he found me a few years ago on Facebook. Rest in peace Tommy.

paul suther

January 09, 2015 9:57AM

Rest in peace my brother.. You were a true blue guy.. A rare thing.. I will forever miss you..

Dave Bearss

January 09, 2015 6:32AM

Hugs and prayers for the family! I enjoyed my chats with him.