Newman Tomes

February 16, 1938 ‒ November 10, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Newman Tomes, age 80, of Mount Vernon passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at his home.

Upon walking into the Mount Vernon home of Newman and Ann Tomes, one of the first things you notice are the photos – lots of photos. They showcase some of the countless memories and highlights throughout Newman and Ann’s joyous 59 years of marriage, a beautiful and one-of-a-kind partnership that many have considered the gold standard for marriage.

It is in the comfort of this home that Newman died after battling cancer, surrounded by many of the people in these photos, and with Ann never once leaving his side.

Newman himself was the gold standard for husbands, dads, sons, brothers, uncles, cousins, coworkers, and friends. He was a man you could rely and depend on while also incredibly kind, loving, thoughtful and the most patient man many ever met – which lent well for many things including teaching multiple generations how to fish.

If it was broke, Newman – a master craftsman who retired after 35 years from Cooper Energy Services – could fix it. If someone needed aid, loved one or stranger, Newman’s hand was outstretched to help. If you needed a great big bear hug, Newman would give you the greatest you could find.

His life started in Kentucky on Feb. 16, 1938 with his parents, who precede him in death, Edgar and Daphne Tomes, and his surviving brothers Truman, Harold (Roberta) and Sherman (Shirley) Tomes. The Air Force took him to Vermont where he met the love of his life – on a blind date that Ann’s friend was originally supposed to attend.  When asked what the best day of his life was, Newman would respond with a tear in his eye, “the day I married Ann.”

In addition to his parents, Newman was preceded in death by sister-in-law Kay Tomes.

Newman and Ann were simply made for each other, with their happy life together bringing them two daughters, Pam (Doug) Jones and Lisa Tomes; grandchildren, Krystal and Cale (Kristen) Jones, Christopher Farrell and Patrick Tomes; and great grandchildren, Cora and Camden Jones.

No matter where they were, whether riding cross-country on motorcycles, living in Ohio or their snowbird state of Florida, taking their grandkids to Myrtle Beach or the mall, Newman and Ann knew that they were home as long as they were together. The only thing that came close to their love for each other was their love of ice cream, which of course, they always shared together.

Newman will be remembered with a book in his hand, reading hundreds if not thousands of them throughout his life. He will also be remembered by his many loved ones (including many sister/brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc.) and friends by his unprecedented kindness, strength and compassion for others regardless of any differences. He will be missed beyond words and will be forever loved.

The family would like to thank the Hospice of Central Ohio for the unending support. Donations in Newman’s honor can be made at: Hospice of Central Ohio 2269 Cherry Valley Rd. Newark, Ohio 43055.

In keeping with Newman’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. The family will observe a private service.

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  • Dear Ann and Family, and to the Entire Tomes Family, Our hearts are so sad to read about Newman’s passing. Definitely one of the “good guys,” he will always be remembered. As we read through his obituary, our heads were nodding in agreement about his wonderful qualities. Whether it was moving a wall at Cooper’s, an office, a desk or a whole department that he might have moved yesterday, Newman did it with such a willing attitude and pleasant outlook. He was always there to help anyone. He truly will be sorely missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to have known him. Rest In Peace Dear Friend. Thanks for everything!!! Sincerely, Susie, and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • He was a wonderful man…I feel fortunate for having the opportunity to spend time with him. My thoughts go out to his wife and family.

  • Pam and family,
    So very sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you comfort at this time. Thoughts and prayers for the whole family. ❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️
    Jan (Carpenter) Barber

  • Dear Ann, Pam,Lisa and family,
    I am so sad , heartbroke to hear about Newman. Ann, you and Newman meant so much to me as a kid growing up with Pam and Lisa. I have so many happy memories. I always remember Newman with a smile and lots of hugs. I am praying for all of you during this sad time. Love you all.
    Shanon (Ellison) Hashman

  • Ann and family;
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.So sorry for your lost.

  • Ann and family;
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.So sorry for your loss.

  • We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Newman. As a young couple new to Ohio you and Newman did so much to make our transition to life here so much easier than if we had to go it on our own. One of my favorite places to work on printers was at Coopers, Newman just made you feel welcome and part of the family. We shall always cherish the memories of those days. God bless you.

  • Ann and Children and Grandchildren

    Newman was one of the nicest and was so good at anything he did at Cooper!

    I enjoyed working with you too Ann. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

    God Bless You and your family,

    Marilyn and Ray Bell

  • Newman was the kind of person you meet and automatically know he’s good. Gentle, kind, friendly and patient. His love for his family was worn proudly. I feel honored to have crossed paths with him. I hold him and his family in my prayers. Heaven scored another Angel.

  • Ann,
    We are so sorry to hear of Newman’s passing. I enjoyed him, and you also.


    Kathy and Ray Stover

  • My heart is very sad to see Newman’s obituary. I worked with him at Cooper Energy Services, and he was always so kind and helpful—even when situations were tense and time limits were short. He was a dedicated family man and spoke of his family members often. My thoughts will be with the Tomes family, and I will remember all of you in my prayers.

  • Pam, Doug, Ann and all the family you are in my heart and prayers as you join together as family. May God bless you and keep you in His care.. Love and hugs.

  • Dear Pam,

    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your father. From the obituary, it sounds like we missed knowing a wonderful man. Books and ice cream, huh? Our prayers go out to you and your family.

    In HIS Love,
    Zane and Carole Wachtel

  • Pam& Doug & Family.

    So sorry to hear the loss of your father.May God Give You the strength and comfort and healing you will need in this loss.

    Love & Prayers

    Jim& Bev Fleming.

  • My heart breaks because of the loss Auntie, pam lisa and family have suffered…..Uncle Tommy was one of a kind and a rock for many. I along with many will deeply miss him and his awesome smile. Love to all….

  • Lisa and family, thinking of you all, especially your mom, during this sad time. Please call me if I can be helpful.
    Judith Allee

  • Dear Ann & Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Newman was a wonderful husband, father and just a nice person. So sorry to hear of his passing.

    Tom & Mary Stream

  • GOD Bless to one of the best man I have ever known. He was truly one of a kind.And thanks for the gun stocks too. May you RIP, I was proud to call you a brother in law because that’s how much you ment to me.

  • Newman ,
    You are loved by so many and will be missed each and every day…as my uncle I always knew you would and were there for me no matter what came up in my life, you were always there with words of love and advice and support, always had faith in me and helped make me the person I am…I will never forget the Sunday after church dinners at grandma and grandpa’s the smile on your face…Our may trips to Forest hills, Pleasant Hills, and Dillion dam.. staying overnight in your camper , roasting marshmallows. Helping me get a job at Coopers and launching my career. And supporting me and encouraging me all the way! I wouldn’t have done it with out you.
    So many good memoires I will cherish for the rest of my life…

    Newman you are a Blessing … I love you so very much.

  • Ann
    Your husband was always working with someone or something at work, never complaining regardless what he had to do. He was a gentleman in every way. And a dear friend to all of us. Even tho I didn’t see him often I will miss knowing he has gone before us. He was and is a dear friend.

  • I am so sorry Auntie, Pam and family, Lisa and family for the passing of Uncle Tom he will be greatley missed he sure was a Great man.Auntie you are one lucky women to have one his hartI am proud to call him my uncle. I loveand miss you all.
    Neice Sonya.