Thomas (Tom) Gordon Bennett III finished his race and went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 11, 2020. He was at home with his family including his loving wife of over 40 years, Pam, four children Leia (John), Matthew (Bethany), David (Ashley), & Mark (Alicia), and nine grandchildren.
Tom left a legacy of faithfulness in his love for Jesus Christ, his family, and his work as a physical therapist. Tom’s faith was the bedrock of his life ever since his eyes were open to the gospel on a fishing boat near the coast of Alaska in 1972. It was unusual to spend any time with him and not hear, “How can I pray for you?.” He was faithful to his family, spending hours playing with and cheering on his boys in basketball, supporting his daughter in her musical pursuits, planning family fun at the beach or cabin, and lovingly supporting his wife in all of their adventures including home schooling. His legacy lives on with his nine grandchildren to whom he was lovingly known as “Tom-Tom” and to whom he read hundreds of books and shared countless stories. Tom also loved working as a physical therapist in home health for over 30 years, faithfully serving his elderly patients. Finally, he was faithful to the body of Christ, mentoring and serving in churches they attended, including his son-in-law’s new church plant,Cheverly Baptist.
In January 2018, when Tom was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, he faced the diagnosis with his faith rooted in the sovereignty and goodness of God. Spending six months in Arizona participating in a clinical trial led by TGen, he became a friend to fellow cancer patients and staff alike, praying for them and encouraging them even in his own suffering. He continued to live everyday as an opportunity to serve others, share the hope that he had in Christ, and spend time with the family that he loved.
Tom’s family hopes to honor his legacy through the support of Dr. Von Hoff’s and TGen’s continued research to find a cure for pancreatic cancer so that others can benefit from the research that gave him more time with his family and helped him live in hope of an eventual cure.