Thomas Carol Kring
  • 77 years old
  • Date of birth: May 2, 1939
  • Place of birth:
    Kokomo, Indiana, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 20, 2017
Tom will be dearly missed and the difference he made in this world will be felt for many years.

A memorial/celebration of Tom's life will be held

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Casa Bella
11984 Main Street
Sunol, CA, 94586
(925) 200-6900 | www.sunolscasabella.com

Parking: There are about 15 spots right in front and additional parking on the street and at the elementary school nearby.

Casual attire.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, or your favorite charity.

Here is a list of a couple of nearby hotel options for out of town guests.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Dublin - Pleasanton
6275 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568
www.laquintadublinpleasanton.com | 800-753-3757

Hyatt House Pleasanton
4545 Chabot Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94588
pleasanton.house.hyatt.com | 925-730-0070


Please help us organize dad's event by letting us know if you are coming. You can call Cathy at 310-365-9758 or email bryankring (at) gmail (dot) com


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Winston Wong on 9th June 2017

"Tom, you were one of a kind, and most importantly, you left this world a better place.   Its' good that you don't have to experience the Trumping of our country.   RIP brother; and have fun.
Please see my story that I just submitted."

This tribute was added by Paul Kring on 2nd May 2017

"Happy Birthday in Heaven Uncle Tom! SHINE DOWN ON US."

This tribute was added by Simone Jimenez on 2nd May 2017

"Happy Birthday, Dearest Tom!  You are truly missed by so many, but we will all be reunited again someday."

This tribute was added by Toshie Narita on 2nd May 2017

"Happy birthday, Tom. Without you, our "Three-Amigos birthday celebration" will be never same for us. (Tom, me and Bryan have birthdays in a row) It was such a great way to start our May birthdays with yours... You meant to me more than just a father-in-law, you were my friend. You never doubted my abilities and possibilities. I have more things to say, but I will meet you in a spiritual cosmic world and have talk with you there... Miss you and miss learning from you, my coupon buddy!"

This tribute was added by Sharon Rardon on 2nd May 2017

"Tom was a very special cousin of mine.  Our families spent many holidays & other fun times together.  His brother, Jon, & my brother, Steve had a lot of good times & adventures together.  He & I also enjoyed remembering things & people from our past.  He was like a big brother to me and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.  Happy Birthday,Tom.  Love, Sharon Deiwert Rardon"

This tribute was added by Jon Carol Kring on 2nd May 2017

"HAPPY 78TH BROTHER.  Enjoy the Eternal Celebration!!  Jon"

This tribute was added by Angel Martinez on 9th April 2017

"So sad to hear of Tom's departure from our neighborhood (earth). He was a passionate and compassionate man who lived his beliefs and shared love and kindness seasoned with his unforgettable smile . He was one of the pioneers in the reproductive health movement who taught many of us by example."

This tribute was added by Jon Carol Kring on 9th April 2017

"Our thoughts are with you all on this day!!"

This tribute was added by Diana Bonta on 9th April 2017

"Every time I sit down to write this tribute I become overwhelmed with tears at the loss of my friend, boss, mentor and pal.  I wish that everyone has the experience at least once in their careers as I did to have a boss who you admired, who taught you and made you a better person and a leader by his example. I remember how Tom would foster patience in a world that was changing and frustrating.  He was ahead of his time in seeing health as a global right of people and that their reproductive health was an integral part of their lives and potential happiness.  He had a deep faith in the goodness of people and through humor he had us understand our similarities rather then our differences. He loved his family, his friends and good times.  I will always cherish the Christmas letters, even the ones where he tried to fool you into believing some gossip that was part of a joke and was only in your version of the letter!!!!
May your journey home to God be filled with laughter as we celebrate our time with you."

This tribute was added by Christine Montana on 8th April 2017

"Tom was a great neighbor and became a wonderful friend. He was always there to lend a helping hand or share wisdom over a glass of wine. My grandkids knew they were always welcome at Mr. Tom's house to go pick strawberries or lemons - as many as they wanted.
The last time we chatted was on my Birthday in February and I promised we would get together before his birthday in May. I'm so sad I didn't make that happen sooner.
You will be missed my dear friend!"

This tribute was added by Carolyn Gilchrist on 3rd April 2017

"I have alot of good memories of my Uncle Tom, but one really comes to mind when I think of him.We would sit and wait in anticipation for his car to drive up with his family and I remember being so excited knowing that this was going to be a wonderful Christmas as Christmas always started as soon as he got there. I will forever remember him as a kind, loving person."

This tribute was added by Sylvia Bosybory on 3rd April 2017

"My heart breaks every time I hear your name, I still cant believe that you are gone, I always looked up to you and it's such a great loss that you are no longer with us.I thank you for the time we spent together,you always being there for me,teaching me,mentoring me and loving me unconditionally. Not only will I miss you, I will also cherish every moment we had when you came to Kenya. Dad Tom you are loved and deeply missed by many."

This tribute was added by John Troon on 1st April 2017

"I had a chance to talk to Tom for about 3 hours, when he visited Brightstar (Nairobi, Kenya). I was in high school, very young and ambitious. Over so many things we talked about, I will never forget what he shared with me about making our lives count here on earth... He told me no one cares where l come from but the lives I touch and the change I bring about, in my society.

Tom Kring is still living in the minds and hearts he touched and to those he challenged to be better in what they do or believe. In one email exchange,  he told me he believes we all have a special duty, bestowed upon us, to leave a positive mark in this world.  I have never been the same person I was before understanding what he meant.

To the close family and friends of Tom,  I would also like to remind you of the memories you all share and as you mourn, please don't forget to celebrate his life here on earth.  May God rest his soul in eternal peace."

This tribute was added by Anne Aoki on 1st April 2017

"We lived across the street from Patrick Sheeran and that how we met Tom.  I used to do his income tax returns and Tom and my husband Jim and I became friends.  We made an impromptu trip to Pleasanton to the Stone Ridge Mall a couple of weeks ago and tried to do an impromptu lunch with Tom.  But Tom was busy working on his roof with Bryan.  We were to meet for that lunch later in the month...I'm still in shock as I guess we all are."

This tribute was added by Ana Falldorf on 31st March 2017

"I worked for Tom for many years.  He was a great boss, an incredible leader and a man whose compassion touched many lives.  He will be deeply missed."

This tribute was added by Cathy Hamilton on 29th March 2017

"I miss you Dad! Thanks for being my rock! You were always there for me. I could not have asked for a better Dad. I will love you forever!  My heart is breaking!  Thank you for always loving me and accepting me no matter what. Thank you for not only being my wonderful Dad but for also being my friend."

This tribute was added by Lonnie Bristow on 29th March 2017

"I will long remember Tom for his quiet strength and durability. Always the supporter as well as the leader. He marched with M. L. King Jr., unafraid in a time when such an action brought personal risk with it. That's the kind of man Tom was, and continued to be throughout his life. The world needs more like him and he will be missed by me and many others."

This tribute was added by Bill Kring on 28th March 2017

"As Tom’s big brother, I will share one story.  When Tom was 3 or 4, he was spending the night with our great aunt Nan.  He had declared to her that he was going to be preacher.  When we got there to bring him home, he got up on a stool and preached his first sermon.  He held his arms up and out and facing all of us stated “From This World to That World,” several times.  That was his first sermon and he lived his life working toward that, always helping others in need.  Nine years ago Tom traveled to the slums of Kenya with me.  He made enough of an impression that everyone there still asks about him, even though they only knew him for a few days.  While there, he counseled a recently orphaned young slum girl at our school, and through his sponsorship and encouragement, Sylvia completed her Bachelor’s Degree at St. Paul’s University this past December, graduating with honors.  Now, Tom has earned entry into that “Other, Better, World with God,” that he preached about many years ago.  Good job, little brother."

This tribute was added by Simone Jimenez on 28th March 2017

"As a Realtor, I was blessed to have Tom referred to me as a client, and we closed escrow on his lovely home back in 2004.  I believe it was destiny that allowed us to be close friends ever since.  We've shared several bottles of wine together over the years, over which we chatted for hours.  We certainly had our bad backs and subsequent surgeries in common!  He was such a caring and generous soul, and always so proud of his family.  I treasure our friendship and will miss him very much."

This tribute was added by Steve Deiwert on 27th March 2017

"While growing up cousin Tom was like a brother to me.  His other cousin, Wayne, and I had a special reationship with Tom  Tom was my childhood soul mate and confidant from a young age and throughout my high school years.  I will miss Tom but will always have fond memories of our many time together, especially during our school years."

This tribute was added by Laura Sanchez on 26th March 2017

"Oh, Tom.  We will have an empty place in our MLK Peace and Justice Committee at SRVUMC.  You blessed us with your rich spirit and your deep convictions for social justice and meaningful interfaith friendships.
Your personal warmth and passion flowed so generously among us.  We'll remember you and miss you always.  You'll live in our hearts forever.  May your family who were so dear and such joy to you be comforted and find peace in their many memories of your love for them."

This tribute was added by Jan & Jim Ramsey on 26th March 2017

"Always a kind, thoughtful person...will miss your smile"

This tribute was added by Margie Sweeny on 26th March 2017

"Smart and caring, Tom stood out as the most considerate and courageous member of our Lakemont Board. And he was the heart of the landscape committee that he led. I will miss you dearly."

This tribute was added by Jane Malcuit on 25th March 2017

"Our neighborhood won't be the same.   He was a special guy.  He contributed a great deal to our community and we will miss seeing him on his daily walks and tending his garden.  Love you, Tom.
Jane and Mike Malcuit"

This tribute was added by Kevin L on 25th March 2017

"You were a role model, a friend, a mentor and someone who I always knew loved me.  I have looked up to you my whole life and now when I look up, I know you are there above me.  I can not even express the loss and sadness.  I truly love you uncle Tom....."

This tribute was added by Lisa Briones on 25th March 2017

"My fondest memory of Tom is in the courtyard at San Damiano where he would share a favorite place with others. Peace and all good my friend."

This tribute was added by Peggy Crawford on 25th March 2017

"Tom was a warm and giving man.  We will miss his passion, especially in his concern for those less fortunate, and for human rights.
He shared his many gifts with us at San Ramon Valley United Methodist."

This tribute was added by Sherry Martin on 25th March 2017

"Cathy you look just like your Daddy I know your hurting and am so sorry wish I could make it all go away. Love to you and your family Sherry Denham Martin"

This tribute was added by Jeannette Tramm on 24th March 2017

"GODS SPEED sweet man. You are such an amazing person, daddy and grandpa!  In you I saw a loving, kind hearted and generous man.  No wonder He wanted you back too soon. Your legacy is an amazingly loving family. On that you can not improve!!! XOXO
Please visit us too!!!  Until we meet again!"

This tribute was added by Jon Carol Kring on 24th March 2017

"R.I.P. Brother.   Didn't see enough of you before you left.  Little Brother
(But Taller)  Jon   (See you again one of these days)"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Arnold DeMeglio on 24th March 2017

"I'm still so sad to hear the news of Tom's death.  I spent such a great week with him after Patrick died and he was truly a second dad to all of us.  We kept in touch, hoping to plan a trip to CA this summer with my kids, and I looked forward to his emails.  Loved him and will miss him lots."

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