In memory of
Thomas J. Suddes
Thomas J. Suddes 2016 March 19, 1949 - September 26, 2016 Tom Suddes made a name for himself as a thought leader, motivator, master facilitator and trainer, engaging speaker, and prolific writer. He was most proud of being "O.G." and "Dad" to his children and grandchildren, and "Coach" to the thousands of Notre Dame boxers and social entrepreneurs he mentored. Tom is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Trudy (Kohlrus); children: Tom, Shannon, Kerry, Meghan, and Taggart; sons- and daughters-in-law: Elizabeth Parisian, Jason Heinlen, Chris Daly, Jon Cox, and Loren Suddes; grandchildren: Savannah, Keegan and Tatum Heinlen, Calvin and Thomas Parisian Suddes, and Roscoe and Ella Jean Cox; siblings: Mike and Adele Suddes, Mary Ann and Kevin McCormick, John Suddes, Jim and Denise Suddes; aunt, Marilyn Bunn; countless cousins, nieces, and nephews; and hundreds of friends and colleagues who are family. He is the son of the late Jean Walsh Suddes and Thomas Edward Suddes of Springfield, Ill. Tom graduated from Griffin High School in 1967 and the University of Notre Dame in 1971. He served in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer, Airborne and Pathfinder, from '71-'73, and shortly after began his career in the Development Office at Notre Dame. He went on to found The Suddes Group. He was a two-time welterweight boxing champion at Notre Dame and was the boxing coach there for over 40 years. He brought this fighting spirit to the bout of his life after being diagnosed with ALS in May 2014. He remained positive and used his mental toughness against this most challenging opponent. In lieu of flowers, please #GiveLikeOG to the cause of your choice. Tom's life will be celebrated on Oct. 22, 2016, in Ostrander, Ohio. Please check www.forimpact.org/livelikeog for details and full obituary.
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