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Thomas B. “Tom” Tillis, Jr.

Thomas B. “Tom” Tillis, Jr.

January 16, 1926 - December 6, 2018     Age: 92

Mr. Thomas B. “Tom” Tillis, Jr. , 92, of Amelia Island passed away Thursday, December 06, 2018.

Born in Jacksonville, he was a son of the late Thomas B. and Blanche Chittendon Tillis. In Jacksonville, he attended Andrew Jackson High School and as many of America’s greatest generation did, he left high school early and joined the U. S. Navy serving during the remainder of World War II in the Pacific Theater.

After the war, Tom returned to Jacksonville and married Ann Simmons. Their marriage would cover the next 69 years. Mr. Tillis retired from the City of Jacksonville where he served in a number of capacities. He was a firefighter for many years. He continued with the City, as a Fire Department Dispatcher, he maintained the emergency pumping station downtown on the river, and finished his 33 years of service as Mayor Hans Tanzler’s aid and official photographer.

Since 1988 Tom and Ann made their home on Amelia Island. They enjoyed their lives on the island and made many special friends.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his two brothers, Curtis and Emory Tillis and a beloved daughter, Susan.

He leaves behind his wife, Ann Simmons Tillis; his son, Steve Tillis and his wife,  Julie of Ponte Vedra Beach his daughter, Nancy Fridell and her husband, Ron of Ocala; a granddaughter, Hailey Ann Tillis of Fleming Island as well as several extended family members.

In keeping with Tom’s wishes there will be private family service at a later time.

The family asks Tom be remembered with donations to Southeast Community Hospice and Palliative Care, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257.

4 Condolences

  • Jo Anne Posted December 7, 2018 11:34 am

    To the family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss of your loved one , Tom. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to put an end to all the things that have plagued mankind for centuries including pain, suffering and death. (Revelation 21;3,4) May these promises from the Bible give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

  • Debbie White Posted December 10, 2018 8:14 pm

    Much love and deepest sympathy to Ann and family..Tom will always be remembered as one of the nicest , and a wonderful friend. Love from Debbie and Bob White, Big Canoe, GA

  • Hans Tanzler III Posted December 13, 2018 1:17 pm

    To Ann and family. Ann, Debbie and I have the fondest memories of you and Tom being part of the Tanzler family for his 30+ years of service to my dad and friendship to Debbie and me. This relation was not just professional but was personal in all respects. You and Tom were the relatives that provided counseling and personal comfort to “the Mayor” in good times and bad. You were always there for him and for us all. Tom, is the greatest guy and thought me as a 16 years old to drive my car like a firetruck, with on foot on the gas and one on the break at all times. For me that was appropriate at the time. He was the best.
    To say that I will sorely miss Tom is a gross understatement. But his dear memory lives on with Debbie and me,…in the boxes of black & white photographs I was looking at last evening that he took at our wedding and of our many Tanzler family life experiences.

  • Michael Smith Posted December 17, 2018 8:01 am

    Thinking of you Ann in the loss of Tom! Loss of Tom is the loss of a true southern gentleman.

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