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|TOM WHITMAN PALM BAY Tom Whitman, 64, born in Saginaw, Michigan, died Wednesday, February 15, 2006. He was a COPD patient for many years and turned his disease into an opportunity to help others. Tom traveled to Washington to lobby congressmen and senators to get more money devoted to research and preventative programs, and gave his time to speak to school children and others about the dangers of smoking. His family includes his wife of 45 years, Patti Whitman; daughter, Sherri Noland and her hus band, Scott and their son, Josh; daughter, Vicki Murphy and her husband, Ken and their children, Trevor and Ashley; and his extended family in Michigan. A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 2 p.m., at the Captains House, Palm Bay. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to William Childs Hospice House, 381 Medplex Parkway, Palm Bay FL 32907. Arrangements entrusted to South Brevard Funeral Home, Melbourne, 724-2222.|
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on 2/18/2006.