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Thomas Spratt

July 3, 1926 March 26, 2019
Thomas Spratt
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Thomas Spratt, age 92, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2019.

Thomas was born on July 3, 1926 to John and Elizabeth Spratt in Glasgow, Scotland. Thomas and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois a year later, but moved back to Scotland in 1930 during the Great Depression. As a young man, Thomas worked as a milk delivery boy and later worked delivering meat for the local butcher. He went on to work with his father in the R.O.F.'s ship yard toolroom where he became an apprentice toolmaker. In 1945, Thomas proudly joined the Royal Air Force. He stayed with the British Air Force, traveling around the world, until 1948. That same year Thomas and his parents migrated to the United States once again. In the States, he worked as a tool and die maker at Best Tool and Die. He went on to meet the love of his life, Adele Welsh, at a Scottish dance social. They quickly fell in love, and married on April 12, 1952. Together they had four children; Diane, Elizabeth, Sharon,
and Jacqueline. He attended Lawrence Technical school at night in pursuit of a career change and received a bachelor degree in 1954. After completing his college studies he worked as a designer for Ford designing European cars and then for the defense resource division of General Motors.

Thomas had many interests and talents. He learned the game of football (soccer) at a young age and played on many teams. He was a loyal supporter of the Glasgow Rangers football team. As a lover of music, Thomas played the piano and accordion. He often partook in many sing a longs and was very active in the White Heather and Commonwealth Clubs. At one point he hosted the Flying Scots radio show out of Leamington, Ontario, playing Scottish music and reciting poetry. He was an avid reader, enjoyed trivia and doing crosswords. He was extremely proud of his strong Scottish roots, and he would take his family to visit the country he held so dear to his heart. Thomas also enjoyed dancing, golfing, and tennis. Thomas was a life long member of the Masons lodge 152 (becoming a member in 1957), as well as a member of the Shriners.

Thomas was a Scottish treasure and he will be forever missed.

Beloved father of Diane (Mark) Clark, Elizabeth (Kenneth) Kolp, Sharon (David) Rymsza, and Jacqueline (Michael) Basone; cherished grandfather of Kristie (Robert), Melissa, Lauren (Ruis), Michael, Ian, Megan, Jamie (Blake), and Amber; dearest great-grandfather of Austin, Kyle, Cora, Isla, and Gabriel. Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his loving wife Adele Spratt; and dear parents John and Elizabeth Spratt.

Visitation will be on Monday, April 1st from 2-9PM at Lee-Ellena Funeral Home. Mason Memorial Service at 7PM.

Funeral Service on Tuesday, April 2nd at the funeral home. Instate, or gathering time, 10:00 AM. Service at 11:00 AM. Procession to Cadillac Memorial Gardens East to follow.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

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2:00 PM 4/1/2019 2:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 4/1/2019 9:00:00 PM
Lee-Ellena Funeral Home

46530 Romeo Plank Rd
Macomb, MI 48044

Masons Memorial Service 7PM

Lee-Ellena Funeral Home
46530 Romeo Plank Rd Macomb 48044 MI
United States

Funeral Service




11:00 AM 4/2/2019 11:00:00 AM
Lee-Ellena Funeral Home

46530 Romeo Plank Rd
Macomb, MI 48044

Instate, or gathering time, 10:00 AM.

Lee-Ellena Funeral Home
46530 Romeo Plank Rd Macomb 48044 MI
United States

Cemetery Details


Cadillac Memorial Gardens - East Final Resting Place

38425 Garfield Rd.
Clinton Township, MI 48038

38425 Garfield Rd. Clinton Township 48038 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer's Association

225 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

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