Thomas Lawrence Dove

Thomas Lawrence Dove

August 16, 1932 - April 07, 2006

Thomas Lawrence Dove

August 16, 1932 - April 07, 2006


Thomas Lawrence Dove 73 born August 16, 1932 in Washington, DC He died on Friday, April 7, 2006 in Lake Forest, California of Lung Cancer. He is survived by his devoted wife Dolores M. Dove; loving daughter Joy Chaney and son-in-law Doug Chaney; beloved son Thomas C. Dove and daughter-in-law Patty Dove; step-son Joseph Romanoski; beloved sisters Marilynn Sams and Cathy Krenzler; beloved brothers Robert and Daniel. He is also survived by his five adoring grandchildren: Kalem, Garrett, Dustin, Ryan, and Andrea. He was dearly loved by many and will be deeply missed by all. Also, he will forever be with us in our hearts and spirit.

A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 ~ 7:00 P.M. at O’Connor Laguna HiIls Mortuary, Laguna Hills, California.

A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2006 ~ 10:00 A.M. at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California. Stage #5

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Tom’s memory to the Hospice Care at 12200 Bellflower Blvd., Downey, CA 90242

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30 responses to Thomas Lawrence Dove

  1. I’m sitting here this evening and wondering where to begin? How do I put into words the significance
    of my Father. We have all been so blessed to be able to experience Tom’s presence in our lifetime. Our world, weather it’s aware of it or not, has lost it’s shining example of the best of God’s humanity, dignity, love and understanding. His humor, his encouragement, his deep and total love of my Mother. The camping trips, football games, the stories and jokes. His deep love for his family and all things grandchildren.
    His incredible knowledge of trivia! His sharp mind never faltered right up to the end. Those blue eyes, when he looked at you they flashed so brightly. Truly captivating. He was always willing to listen, advise, help and be involved. He was always giving of himself. Even when sick or tired, he was still out doing things for everybody. I know the last year or so was rough for him, but I never saw him lose the grace and dignity that was so much of his character. Right up to the end he was the ultimate gentleman! So many men today would better themselves by adopting his graces!

    In watching my parents during this trying ordeal, I was reminded of incredible love that they had for one another. And I know that right up to the end he so loved my mother that might not have known how to express his feelings for what was to inevitably come. But there was never any doubt in anybody’s mind or mine. This man loved my mother so deeply! They were truly each others rock, and what a magnificent rock it was.

    God gave us the best gift of all when he brought Tom to my mother and I all those years ago. I’m so proud to be his son, and I hope to someday pass along his many lessons. We should all be thankful that God gave to us this wonderful, caring Husband, Father, Grand Father, Uncle and good friend. It’s knowing he’s no longer there that hurts so badly. A part of me disappeared the day he left us. I will forever try to fill it using the vast amount of incredible memories I have of this wonderful man.

    Just reading all the thoughts about him from all of you,God,he was just an incredible soul.

    Wherever you are Tom, we all miss you so much!

    Find all the good fishing spots up there, O.K?


  2. Kalem says:


    You created a family. I never realized just how great a man you were until I spent the last days of your life with the people that loved you most,your family. Thank you for your love and support. Thank you for always being there. Thank you for being such a generous and giving soul. Thank you for being everything I ever needed,and more. To me you will always remain a symbol of what is good and right in this world. You always gave everything of yourself and never asked anything in return. Thank you for the wonderful family you created. I am very proud and very grateful that you were my “papa”. I love you.


  3. Kathy Blair says:


    My condolences to you.

    We meet so many years ago at Diasonics. Patty has told me so many wonderful stories of Tom. I wish I could of met him.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, and I know you will find strength in them.


    Kathy Blair Texas

  4. Tom,

    You and Delores have been and will always be part of our family.We had a lot of fun times together and you will be missed. I’ve been blessed to have met you. I’m sure you are one of God’s shinning “Doves” in heaven.

    Kenny Roberto

  5. Tom, You were a very special brothetr-in-law to me. I thank yu so much for taking care of my sister Dolores all these years. I also thank you for all you have done to make this family so complete and happy, for your love and caring heart to see that my brother Peter had all the things such as batteries for his radio and ear phones that you continued to repair or replace, and to let him know that he is so loved by his family. I also thank you for driving a long distance to see that mom was taken care of. Come rain or shine you made it possible for family to be there for mom. You have always been there for all of us, no matter what.
    You have raised a wonderful family that brought you your great grandchildren who love you dearly.
    I feel very happy that I had a chance to come visit you in your final days on this earth.
    I pray we will all meet in heaven someday.
    With all my love, you will dearly be missed.
    Your Sister-in-law

    Pauline McSwain

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