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Tom Dawson January 27, 1947 - October 11, 2022

Tom David Dawson

75, of Brentwood, Missouri, passed at John Cochran VA Hospital, St. Louis, Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

Mr. Dawson was a native of Boston, MA, a 1966 graduate of Boston High School, 1975 from Boston College with a BA in psychology and completed Worcester State ROTC 1975. He pursued graduate studies in theology at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston.

After high school, Mr. Dawson enlisted in the U.S. Army, 1966-69, private to E5. He served two years active duty to 1977, stationed in Germany and commissioned as a second lieutenant. He returned to active duty 1981 to 1988, attaining the rank of captain. During this latter service he had a three-year tour with combat support Danvers, MA (81-84) and with the 102nd U.S. Army Reserve Command, schools officer, St. Louis, MO.

After leaving the military, Mr. Dawson created several small businesses until retiring in 2005, residing in Troy, IL to 2005 and to his death in Brentwood, Mo., with his friend, Johnny Miller.

He is survived by two sisters, Delores Covey, Daytona Beach, FL, and Bertie (Robert) DeLorey, Lakeville, MA; three brothers, Richard (Ishilde) Dawson Jr., Williamsburg, VA, Harry Dawson, Mesa AZ, and Blake (Carol) Bean Jr, Weymouth, MA

Mr. Dawson held to a deep bible based Christian faith, studying his bible daily and in his later years attended study groups at Maplewood Baptist Church. He loved learning and amassed a large library on Christianity, world history and literature.

Foremost, Mr. Dawson was a friend to many. He loved to talk, and he listened, providing counsel and prayer support to all who engaged with him. He will be missed.

Services:  A graveside service will be held Friday, October 21 at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.


A graveside service will be held Friday, October 21 at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.


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    Lili Bruer says

    I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was such a thoughtful and kind man. He lovingly tended my garden for years and we shared a love of plants and nature. We exchanged seedlings and bulbs. He once brought me a young peach tree that he planted in my front courtyard. It is a beautiful full grown tree now with lovely pink blossoms that appear each spring. And he brought lovely cannas that attract hummingbirds every year. He was able to root a fragrant rose from my garden which he happily added to his. We shared the knowledge and love of wild flowers and garden plants. I’m sure all who knew him will miss his quest for knowledge and his wonderful personality.

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    Diane Kohl says

    I first met Tom by a referral to me from a dear friend in the St. Louis Herb Society at Missouri Botanical Garden. I was at her house and lamenting about all of the work to do in the yard. She immediately praised Tom and his love for gardening and said “You must call him. He is wonderful”. I called him and I knew he was a real keeper. His enthusiasm in the gardens, knowledge and sharing of the plants and his interesting and caring conversations were a delight. I am sure he and his wonderful knowledge and personality will be missed by all who knew and loved him. God Bless.

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