Tommy Lee Cady was born on February 27, 1945 in Long Beach, California to Lynn & Betty Cady. He “flew home” on December 12, 2017. Tom was preceded in death by both parents & his son-in-law Eric Misner. He leaves behind his wife Sylvia, his daughter, Jenifer Weskalnies & husband Brian, his daughter Janet Misner, his son Don Burkhardt & wife Jessica all in Phoenix and his daughter Trish Cripps & husband Terry in Illinois. He also leaves behind two sisters and a brother: Cassie Blake and her husband Chad, Paula Staeven and her husband Larry, and Brian Cady. Tom was Grandpa to 9 grandchildren: Jonathan & Benjamin Weskalnies, Alex Misner, Brit Burkhardt-Clary, Brec Burkhardt-Clary, Jacob Burkhardt, Thomas Burkhardt, Christopher Burkhardt and Stuart Burkhardt.
Tom spent his early years with his family at several Naval bases throughout the United States. The family then settled in Placerville, CA where he graduated high school in 1963. Tom attended American River Jr. College and received his AA degree. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force during Viet Nam and spent 4 years with their Audio-Visual Services making training films.
After leaving the Air Force, he attended California State Polytechnic University in San Louis Obispo, CA where he received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1974. While there, he produced a 30-minute training film on Architectural Model Building Techniques. We visited there a few years ago and talked to students who had seen the film. They were impressed to meet him.
Tom spent his 40-year career as a Commercial Architect in California & Arizona. He spent 9 years with Bechtel Power Corp. in CA & AZ and helped design & build Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station outside Phoenix. He then transferred his skills to Arizona Public Service to continue work on Palo Verde for another 14 years. After leaving APS, he worked 18 years on office, retail & residential architecture for Cornoyer-Hedrick, Davis Design Solutions & CCBG Architects. He retired in 2017.
Tom enjoyed going to as many of his grandchildren’s soccer, football, basketball & volleyball games as possible. One of his ambitions was to learn to fly small airplanes. He also enjoyed helping grandchildren with Science projects.
A Memorial Service for Tom will be held January 5, 2018, 11:00 am at Happy Valley Baptist Church, 24220 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, AZ 85310. Following the service, a Celebration of Life will be held at Dillon’s BBQ 20585 N. 59th Ave, Glendale Arizona.
For our out of town guests, following is a list of close-by hotels.
-Drury Inn and Suites, 2335 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85027, 623/879-8800
-If we book 5 or more rooms cost is $119.99/night (travel rate) or less than 5 rooms cost is $135.99/night (esaver rate) for 2 Queen or 1 King. Need head count for the lesser rate.
-Hampton Inn, 2550 W. Charlotte Drive, Phoenix, Arizona 85085, 623/293-5247
-$179.00/night for 2 Queen or 1 King, King with pull-out sofa is $189.00/night
-Homewood Suites, 2470 W. Charlotte, Phoenix, Arizona 85085, 623/293-5247
-All kitchenettes: K Studio $149.00/night; K-1 bdrm. $159.00/night; K-2 bdrm. $219.00/night. All rooms have pull-out couches.
All prices do not include tax. They all have pretty much the same amenities (hot breakfast, pool, etc.). The last two hotels you can use your Hilton Honors if you have it. You MUST get reservations made ASAP since it is “high season” in Arizona. Books up fast.