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In Memory of

Thomas Carlisle

December 10, 1951 - October 6, 2016

Obituary


Thomas "Tommy" Edward Carlisle of Hyannis, Ma, 64, died suddenly October 06, 2016 at Cape Cod Hospital from a heart attack. Thomas was born on December 10th, 1951 in Wareham Ma. He was son of the late Pvt. Earl David Carlisle of the United States Army New York and Elta May (Thrasher) Carlisle of Falmouth, Ma. Thomas never married, although there were a few woman who forever had his heart. Thomas earned a living off and on many years for the Falmouth Taxi Company and enjoyed working on cars as a backyard mechanic.

Thomas "Tommy" Edward Carlisle of Hyannis, Ma, 64, died suddenly October 06, 2016 at Cape Cod Hospital from a heart attack. Thomas was born on December 10th, 1951 in Wareham Ma. He was son of the late Pvt. Earl David Carlisle of the United States Army New York and Elta May (Thrasher) Carlisle of Falmouth, Ma. Thomas never married, although there were a few woman who forever had his heart. Thomas earned a living off and on many years for the Falmouth Taxi Company and enjoyed working on cars as a backyard mechanic.

Thomas is predeceased by his brother David Carlisle of the US Navy and is survived by his two beloved sisters, Donna Carlisle of Orlando, Florida and Marcia Carlisle of New Bedford, Ma; his son Joshua Ecker Sr. and wife Rachel Ecker of Sandwich, Ma; his grandchildren Joshua Thomas Carlisle Ecker Jr. and Julie Anna Ecker of Sandwich, Ma; his other family members Karen Gavell of Falmouth, Ma, Alisha Ecker and Theodore Eldredge and their children of Mashpee, Ma, Amanda Ecker of Waltham, Ma, Angela Groman (Ecker) of Sandwich, Ma. and close friend Sally Epoch of Hyannis, Ma. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends.

Thomas was a down to earth, quiet, low maintenance, stubborn man and often said exactly how he felt. He had a gentle soul and heart of gold. He was a long time lottery player and loved collecting odds and ends including die cast model cars. He loved fixing broken items and "tinkering" with cars and bicycles. Thomas was a kind and hardworking man and always found a way to help someone in need. When his grandchildren were younger, he spent a lot of time with them going for car rides, going to the annual Father's Day car show on Main street Hyannis, and going to the junk yard looking for parts for the next project. Thomas and his grandson Joshua Jr. collected "wheatie" pennies for many years and this is a fond memory of Joshua's. He played catch just last month with his granddaughter Julie and then he bragged to many friends and neighbors of his recent visit with his grandkids. His most prized possession was a 1982 Chevy Camaro many years ago; and his dream car was a 1957 Chevy, preferably blue. Thomas always made sure that all the children he knew had plenty of toys to play with. Thomas frequently said "each day is a blessing", you "can't take money to the grave" and "live one day at a time", hoping to inspire others. Thomas was proud of his 20 year sobriety in AA and helped others stay sober when the opportunity arose. He helped with the Salvation Army bell ringing around the holidays. He was very grateful of all the help he received from the Salvation Army as well as the Noah Shelter. Many thanks to all the visiting nurses, Elder Services, Meals on Wheels and Barnstable Housing Authority for the years of service to Thomas

A Celebration of Life will take place at Doane, Beal & Ames 160 West Main Street Hyannis in November, and date & time to be announced on Legacy.com at a later date.

In lieu of flower, please make a donation to the Salvation Army Church or Noah Shelter of Hyannis on Thomas's behalf.