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Thomas "Tom" Harry Berman

February 22, 1956 ~ September 25, 2020 (age 64)

Obituary

Tom’s Life

 

Hello everyone:  I am sending this information about Tom, so that you might use it to chat with him. 

 

Thomas Harry Berman DOB 2-22-1956, was born in Sacramento, CA, where our dad was stationed in the Air Force.

 

Our Parents were Seymour Berman (died 2010 at 93, Cancer) and Betty Jean Berman (died 2014 at 90, COPD).  Both are buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC.  Our dad, a WWII B-17 navigator, flew over 55 missions over Germany and Italy, received a funeral with full honors, horse drawn carriage, marching band and 21-gun salute.  Seymour was a golden gloves champion boxer and wanted to be a professional boxer but his parents did not allow him to do that.  He was also the youngest Eagle Scout in Delaware at 14 years of age.

 

Tom’s siblings include: Pat, Patricia Jo Berman Ligon DOB 8_6_1945, living in North Carolina.  Mike, Michael Jay Berman DOB 10_31_1948, living in Guam and Dan, Daniel James Berman DOB 9_24_1960 and also living in Guam.

 

Tom moved to Moses Lake, Washington at 8 months old, then to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1961 when he was 5 years old.  Tom moved to Cocoa Beach In 1966 when he was 10 years old.  He attended Freedom Seven Elementary School, Roosevelt  Junior High School and Cocoa Beach High School where he was the captain of the Baseball and Basketball teams that won both Florida state championships his senior year. Tom also was a National Merit Scholar.  After high school graduation, Tom received a Presidential Appointment to the Air Force Academy.  Tom Attended Florida State University in Tallahassee for a short time after he dropped out of the academy.

Tom tried multiple times to work at different jobs but could not really perform them correctly.

During his late teens and early 20s, Tom began to exhibit behaviors of Paranoid Schizophrenia. He was diagnosed sometime in his twenties.

Tom has been under the care of the FACT (Florida Assertive Community Treatment) team for many years. He has lived in assisted living facilities during most of his life.

 

Tom has never married or had children.  He is very sweet and kind natured.  He is very compliant and tries to do whatever anyone asks him to do.  However, he cannot follow long term instructions without supervision.  Someone has to give him his medications (assisted living required). He currently lives at Anchor Care Rehabilitation Center in Palm Bay where the nurses all speak kindly and caringly about him.

 

Tom loves plain Chocolate Hershey bars, potato chips (Pringles)and Coca Cola.

 

My husband Bob and I try to visit Tom every year and take him to:

1.  Rusty’s at Port Canaveral for oysters and shrimp.

2.  Pizza somewhere

3. Steak somewhere.

 We usually try to take him to Target or Wal Mart for Snacks, Shoes and a few clothes. 

Our last visit we took him to the Space Center, he enjoyed most of it.

 

Last time, we took him for a haircut and a scalp massage and a pedicure.  He loved both and the women who took care of him.  It was a real treat.

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