Thomas Miles Reardon
Thomas (Tom) Miles Reardon, 76, of Fairbanks, Alaska passed away on February 19, 2018 to join his grandson Jamison Miles Lee Thrun in Heaven.
Born in International Falls, Minnesota on November 2, 1941 he graduated from International Falls High School in 1960. He then went on to play football at Bemidji State and North Dakota State before a football injury ended his college career.
Seeking work and adventure Tom moved to Alaska in 1964, becoming a fisherman in Seldovia, Alaska. He then moved to Nome on February 19, 1967, which he came to consider his true home, to run the Standard Oil distributorship. During his early years in Nome he also helped manage Lomen’s, working with the Alaska Steamship Company loading and unloading ships, and selling coal to the King Island families.
In 1973 he bought the Breakers Bar in Nome, and would call this home for the next 30 years. To everyone who knew him he radiated charm and charisma. He was able to draw in a crowd and captivate an audience, and was always dressed to the nines, with his Stetson hat, gold chains and cowboy boots.
Actively involved in Nome community affairs, he served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1976 and was twice elected president of Alaska’s Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association (CHARR).
Tom was the apple of his granddaughter Karley’s eye, and they often shared in special movie dates and endless card games of Gin together. He was an active supporter of her budding acting and singing career and was always there for her latest play or community contest, and was her official Number 1 fan. Tom was also an avid supporter of his grandson Kayden and could be found watching him follow in his footsteps on the West Valley Football field.
Tom is proceeded in death by his mother Jenevieve Reardon and his father, Harry Thomas Reardon. He is survived by his daughter Kelly Thrun and her husband Shannon, his grandchildren Kayden and Karley Thrun of Fairbanks, Alaska and his sister Marie Williams and her husband Tom and nephew Kyle Williams of Newport Beach, California.
Tom requested that there be no formal service, and that his ashes be scattered in his true home, “Nome”, the community that he loved and wanted to be returned to.