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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Thomas John Carroll Jr.
October 26, 1953 - February 3, 2023

Public Events and Locations

Viewing - Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Wetzel and Son, Willow Grove
Viewing - Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 9:00 to 10:00 AM at St. David Church, Willow Grove
Funeral Mass - Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 10:00 AM at St. David Church, Willow Grove
Graveside Service - Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 11:30 AM at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - St. David Church - 316 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-657-0252 - Map
Cemetery - Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - 3301 West Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19038 - 215-247-0691 - Map
Family Florist - Kremp Florist - 220 Davisville Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-657-6700 - Map
Donation - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital - 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 - 800-822-6344 - Map

The following obituary was composed by Tom’s family:

Thomas John Carroll Jr., 69, of Elkins Park, PA, passed away suddenly on Friday, February 3rd, 2023.

Tom was born on October 26, 1953 in the Mount Airy Section of Philadelphia, PA to parents Thomas & Dorothy (Owens) Carroll. He graduated from LaSalle High School and LaSalle University, where a lifelong love for learning and reading began. In fact, Tom kept a notebook meticulously detailing every book he had read for the past several decades and would often choose reading over any other activity.

Tom followed in his father’s footsteps and held a 40 year long career with Leeds & Northrup before spending 15 years working for Whole Foods until his retirement.

Tom was a music aficionado, from classical symphonies to Bob Dylan, sported a perfectly waxed handlebar mustache, and had a special appreciation for books on Irish heritage and history. A proud Irishman, Tom voraciously read about Ireland’s past, and traveled to the Emerald Isle with his brother, Chum, to enjoy bourbon in their homeland.

Above all else, Tom’s family was most important to him. The fourth of seven children, Tom was introduced to his wife of 44 years, Barbara, by one of his sisters in high school. Tom is survived by Barbara (née McHugh), his daughter Shannon (Philip) Kearney, and his granddaughter Charlotte who was the light of his life.

Tom is also survived by his sisters Dorothy (John) Christie, Christine (John) McGoldrick, Teresa (Kevin) Supka, Debbie (Stephen) Murphy, and his brother James “Chumley” (Denise). He is pre-deceased by his parents and his sister, Suzanne (James) Stabilito. Tom made it a point to call each of his nieces and nephews in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to catch up and invite them to the annual parade. They will miss him and his influence in their lives.

Relatives and friends were invited to his viewing on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. Relatives and friends are also invited to his viewing on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. and Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M. at St. David Church, 316 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. His graveside service followed at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 3301 West Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19038.

In lieu of flowers, we ask you to make a donation in Tom’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The hospital’s mission was important to Tom. Donations can be made at or to ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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