In Memory

Tom Sanders

Tom Sanders

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06/11/16 01:21 PM #1    

B Adams

Thomas Shepard Sanders

I didn’t know him well as I was only at Coronado High for 5 months. But I do have some recollections and perhaps others will be induced to sharing theirs if I get something up for him. He was a good looking guy and I can picture him at his house near north beach with a group of car enthusiasts standing around his dark green 55 Chevy. That was the car to have back in those days.  I can remember the infamous Lou Villar hanging around there before he decided to get into the cannabis distribution business ( Lou not Tommy).  Tom had a sister Suzy (CHS 67) who I believe was a swimmer at CHS. His father was a retired Admiral.

Tom went out with my sister, Rennie, after high school for about a year I think. I was off in the Marines  at the time. They remained friends. The last time I saw him, he and his wife Pam were at a party at Rennie’s  house in the 1990’s. He was moving to Mexico. Later they moved back to be close to her mother in North Carolina. What I didn’t know at the time, He was an Army medic assigned to the Green Berets and did several tours in Vietnam.  Unfortunately for whatever reason he decided to end his own life in 2011.  He left his wife and a two adult stepchildren. I’ve tried to find out more about his Army days but  I haven't been able to make contact with a specific unit.




Obit posted in the Coronado Journal at the time.


Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:57 pm

Thomas Shepherd Sanders: October 9, 1948 - June 27, 2011

Thomas Shepherd Sanders, currently of Wade, NC passed away on June 27, 2011. He was born on October 9, 1948 in Providence, RI and

shortly after birth moved to Coronado, California where he was raised. He was a Special Forces Medic for the United States Army from 1968-

1976 and served several tours in Vietnam. He served his country proudly and honorably. He was a General Building Contractor and

responsible for the quality construction of many beautiful homes in California, and North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents,

Admiral Eddie R Sanders, and Margaret R Sanders. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Pamela Cheshire Sanders, of Wade, NC, two stepchildren,

Amanda McPhail, and William Randall McPhail, both residing in Coronado, CA, and Taco, his beloved Chihuahua. Tom was loved by

many dear friends and family members. He will be greatly missed.

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