Thomas J. Plunkett, 87, of 107 Pine Hill Road, Carolina RI, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2020. He was the husband of the late Nancy A. (Munkittrick) Plunkett.
Born in Providence, September 28, 1933, the son of the late Thomas J. and Margaret A. (Dolan) Plunkett, Tom was raised in Johnston and later moved to Richmond where he lived for 60 years.
Tom served in the United States Army from 1953-1956 & was stationed in Germany. He retired from the US Postal Service in 1993 where he was a local postal carrier in North Kingstown. He also had successful business ventures as the President of Chariho Disposal and South County Roll-Off’s. Tom had previously been employed many years at Electric Boat in Groton, CT. Over the years, Tom was active in local Richmond politics, a member of the Jaycees and the American Legion. He volunteered for many years at Meals on Wheels. Tom loved dogs, he and his late wife operated Misty Hill Kennels where they raised & successfully showed St Bernards, Scottish & West Highland Terriers. In his later years, he rescued older dogs. He leaves behind his beloved, Moe- a lovable mixed breed who was devoted to him.
Tom was known for his quick wit and the “gift of the Blarney.” He was a voracious reader, lover of poetry and a wonderful storyteller. There were no strangers in Tom’s world, only friends yet to be discovered…
He is survived by his children, Thomas J. Plunkett & his wife Katherine of Wakefield, RI; Margaret E. Plunkett & her partner, Earl Taylor of Coventry, RI; Nancy E. Evans & her husband, David Evans of Brownsburg, IN; Kathleen M. Plunkett-Adams & her husband Tim Adams of Richmond and Michael P. Plunkett of Woonsocket; His two siblings, Eileen E. Plunkett of Johnston & Michael O. Plunkett of Clearwater, FL.
Tom was a loving grandfather and great grandfather, he is survived by (12) grandchildren and (8) great grandchildren.
Tom was preceded in death by his son, Daniel P. Plunkett; sisters, Marie C. (Plunkett) Daigle; Marjorie S. Plunkett & Anne L. Plunkett.
Tom will be laid to rest on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 in White Brook Cemetery, Richmond. It will be a private, family service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tom’s name may be given to St Jude’s Hospital for Children, The RI Special Olympics or The Smile Train.
Tom’s family would like to thank the staff of The Elms & The Carriage House in Westerly, RI for their loving care over the last 2 years. Thank you for easing his journey…