Gunn, Thomas A.

February 22, 1931 - February 26, 2013

Thomas A. Gunn Jr., age 82, went to be with his heavenly Father on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.  Tom’s life was a chronicle of doing for others, enjoying life and loving his friends and family.  Tom is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Beverly, daughter of Lt. General and Mrs. E. T. Williams.  Tom was also devoted to his son, Tom, III, and wife Annick, granddaughter Caitlin and grandson Garrett, and his daughter Cheryl Kaiser, husband Mark and grandson Collin.  Tom was born February 22, 1931 in San Antonio and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where he met his wife Beverly. Tom served as Chairman and CEO of the S. H. Lynch Co., a pioneer Dallas beverage distributor in Dallas and its subsidiary company, Hughesco, Inc., distributor of Adidas products for seven states.  He was a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, President of the Dallas All Sports Association and the Dallas Athletic Club.  The Gunn’s moved to Scottsdale, AZ in 1984 where Tom served as Executive Director of the Arizona Small Business Association.  Tom served as Vice-Chairman of Scottsdale Leadership and was named Small Business Advocate of the Year by both the Arizona Governor and the Mayor of Scottsdale, and Association Executive of the Year by the Arizona Society of Association Executives.  Tom and Beverly returned to Texas in 2005. A memorial service will be held at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at 11122 Midway Rd., Dallas, TX 75229 (214) 351-6468 on Monday, March 4th, at 11:00 am.  The family has requested that memorials be made to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.

6 replies on “Gunn, Thomas A.”

Cheri Gunn says:

Missing you dad. If you can read your emails in heaven, I hope you will see this and know how much I love you. You will be missed by so many people. Mom is doing well, and we are taking good care of her. Save me a spot at the “Pearly Bar”for when it is my time… Cheri

Lewis Woodyard says:

Tom Gunn, father, friend, and businessman. A gentleman whos laugh made you love him more. Serious when it was time for business. You enriched my life.

Patti Herington, CAE Retired says:

So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I was president of AzSAE when Tom was honored with Executive Director of the Year in 1999. He was a cherished colleague. My sincere condolences to his family.

Ted Rogers says:

Tom was a gentleman who was always front and center when there were reasons to help others. Mentor, advisor… friend to many. Tom will be missed for all he did for so many. Our condolences to his family.

Penny Allphin says:

Tom was a pleasure to work beside on association committees over the years in Phoenix always a gentleman. Peace be with your family.Cw

Art Brooks says:

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tom. He was one of the first association executives I met when I began nearly 24 years ago with ABA. He always had the respect of business and political leaders.

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