Erwin “Tom”  Rosenbury - Passed away on August 01, 2023

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Erwin Tompkins “Tom” Rosenbury, 85, of N. Ft. Myers, FL died August 1st, 2023. Tom was born to Charles Erwin Rosenbury and Frances Mary Tompkins Rosenbury on July 9th,1938 in Bay City, MI. He grew up with his parents and 1 sister, Laura Rosenbury Wilson (her children are Marcus Lyon (Sherrie), Challis Lyon and H. Wilson) on Rocking Horse Ranch in Bay City, MI.

When he lived on the ranch he enjoyed running in the woods, with his moccasins on,he and his cousin, Dick. Tom swam competitively in high school and loved being in the water the remainder of his life. Only a year out of Bay City Central high school, Tom, won the Bay City Country Club Golf Championship. He was offered the opportunity to go pro but declined to attend Michigan State University, where he got a bachelor’s degree. He worked for Hudson’s Department store in Ohio after graduating college then returned to Bay City in the early 1960’s to join the family furniture business, C.E. Rosenbury & Sons. He married Jessie Disbrow when he was 21. They had 4 children, Erwin Tompkins Rosenbury, Jr., Charles Christopher Rosenbury (Marjory), Jefferson Wesley Rosenbury, and Merry Plocki (Peter). After this marriage ended, he married Vivian Lisk Shudark. He helped to raise her boys Donald Walter Shudark (Michele) and Richard Shudark (deceased). Together they also raised daughter Carolyn Rosenbury Bellor Paiva (Kevin). After Tom retired to FL he was manager of Northern Tool. He won sales awards and enjoyed every job that he ever had.

After 42 years of marriage, Vivian passed. Tom’s good friend of many years, Cecelia Higginbotham, a widow herself, helped him deal with his grief. They grew closer and became life partners, being together over 11 years. After a surfing accident at age 75, Tom was told he would never walk again, but after 3 months in rehab, he walked out with a walker. He worked extremely hard and walked unassisted for years. He bought a recumbent trike and rode 5 miles a day and also rode the Silver Comet Trail, which goes from Georgia to Alabama.He & Ceil would do water aerobics and enjoyed traveling. In his later years, Tom fought cancer. Ceil, being a nurse, took great care of him. They enjoyed living in Six Lakes Country Club where they had many friends. They enjoyed parties, dancing and get-togethers. The last few years Tom lived at Bayside Assisted Living where he was an ambassador in charge of greeting all the new residents and showing them the ropes. He loved this job!

Tom had been a vegan for years and believed he could cure anything with supplements! He loved getting to know people and “interviewed” everyone so he could share their stories.

Tom is survived by his partner Ceil, his children and grandchildren: Christopher Allen (Sarah) Rosenbury, Justin & Allie Plocki. Great Grandchildren: Gabriel & Victoria Rosenbury. Step Grandchildren: Christian Thomas (Courtney Humphries) & James Matthew Bellor (Shabaana), Danielle Shaw, Brittany Shudark, Joseph & Timothy Shudark and their children, David Merritt (Brandy), Jon Davis (Krysten) & Jonathan Paiva. He was close to his nieces and nephew and wanted everyone to know he loved them all VERY much!

Tom loved to tell stories and enjoyed music. He was a very energetic dancer his whole life! He had perfected the Twist! A sensitive man, who listened to Fox news and loved his westerns. He hoped the world would soon get back to the “good ole days”! His favorite charity was St Jude Children’s Research Hospital if anyone would like to make a donation in his name. Plans for a Celebration of Life will be determined at a future date.


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  1. Kathleen Nelson lit a candle:
    23 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 23, 2023 at 8:07:27 PM

  2. Kathleen Nelson says:
    23 Aug 2023
    RIP Tom❤️You were quite the brave warrior for many years. Thank you for bringing much happiness to Mom. You will be missed.~Kathy

  3. Kevin says:
    18 Aug 2023
    Thank you for always. Being like a father to me and loving me. You will always be missed, love you.❤️

  4. Jefferson W Rosenbury says:
    18 Aug 2023
    I remember Dad taking me to Huron County near the tip of the thumb one August. The winds were blowing hard onshore. It was too much for most swimmers, but Dad and I were out in the waves body surfing the "Third Coast" in Lake Huron.

    I miss you, Dad. Happy times. I can't wait to see you again in the Church Triumphant.

  5. Chris Bellor posted an image:
    18 Aug 2023
    With Chris and James at Blind Pass, Sanibel/Captiva Island. Grandpa sure loved the beach!
    With Chris and James at Blind Pass, Sanibel/Captiva Island. Grandpa sure loved the beach!

  6. Chris Bellor says:
    18 Aug 2023
    Grandpa you will be missed greatly here on earth! You were a great man with a very kind and loving soul. Taught me many life lessons and how to be a man. I will always remember all the great memories shared with you and Gramma. Can't wait until our souls meet again, I love you!

  7. Cecelia “Ceil” Higginbotham says:
    10 Aug 2023
    I will miss you and love you till we meet again. You are my hero. Your strength, loyalty, and love sustained me for eleven years. Oh, and we had so much fun!

  8. Cecelia Higginbotham posted an image:
    09 Aug 2023
    Tom having fun with family & friends
    Tom having fun with family & friends

  9. Toni mclennan says:
    05 Aug 2023
    I first meet Tom when visit Carolyn. Christian was a baby. He was my awesome tour guide and spent a good portion diving to find me a conch shell. He may not have found one, but never gave up during my visit. My second visit was just as fabulous. Rest in peace. Until we meet again.

  10. Carolyn Paiva posted an image:
    05 Aug 2023
    Collage of Toms Pictures
    Collage of Toms Pictures

  11. Carolyn Paiva posted an image:
    05 Aug 2023
    Tom and Ceil Portrait
    Tom and Ceil Portrait

  12. Carolyn Paiva posted an image:
    05 Aug 2023
    Dad and Ceil Close Up
    Dad and Ceil Close Up

  13. Carolyn Paiva posted an image:
    05 Aug 2023
    Tom and Ceil
    Tom and Ceil

  14. James bellor says:
    05 Aug 2023
    He was a caring, loving, and knowledgeable man that will be dearly missed. You fought like hell all the way to the end. Rest easy grandpa. ❤️

  15. Carolyn Rosenbury Paiva says:
    05 Aug 2023
    Dad,
    The thing I want you to know most is that I am SOOOO thankful that you were my Dad! Thank you for loving me, for singing me songs my whole life, for all of the cool things that you taught me! For all of the things that I learned from you and all of the great memories...THANK YOU!!! You truly were the best Dad in the entire Universe! I will be watching for signs of you all around me. I plan on doing our t-shirt thing... I think its gonna do great...with your help! Life is already hard without you here! I'll keep asking mself, "What would, Dad do?" I love you SOOO very much! Till I see you again.....

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