Thomas Bradly Renard, 57, passed away in Lewisville, Texas on September 27, 2017, from a sudden illness. Tom was born in New Albany, Indiana on August 16, 1960. He graduated from New Albany High School in 1978 and Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana, in 1982, with a B.A. in broadcasting. He also earned an associate’s degree in electrical engineering from RETS Electronic Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. in 1988. He then went to work for Texas Instruments (TI) as a manufacturing specialist, near Dallas, Texas. In 2013 he was honored by TI for 25 years of service.
Tom had a lifelong Christian faith. In New Albany, he was a member of Main Street Methodist Church and, later, the First Church of God. In Texas, he attended Lakeland Baptist Church. He sang in choirs, played on church softball teams, and was active in many other church groups.
Tom had a unique mathematical mind and an impressive memory for facts, especially sports statistics, politics, and history. He will be remembered for his sharp wit; his love of long conversations with friends and relatives; and his generous, open personality.
He is survived by his mother, Clara Rose Renard; sister, Janet Renard and her husband, Steve Petrie; brothers Steve Renard and Alex Renard; niece Simone Renard Olivieri; and uncle and aunt Bill and Donna Haeseley. Other survivors include numerous cousins and extended family members. He was predeceased by his sister Dana Renard; father, Jerry Renard; grandparents Simon and Edith Haeseley and Fred and Lucille Renard; and his brother Steve’s wife, Shannon McDowell.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s honor may be made to the Shannon M. McDowell Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit teachers of children with special needs. The fund is in the process of being established at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. In the meantime, donations can be sent to Steve Renard, P.O. Box 6, Hopatcong, New Jersey 07843 (checks made payable to Steve Renard).
A funeral service celebrating Tom’s life will be held at 11 AM Wednesday October 4, 2017, at the Market Street Chapel of Seabrook Dieckmann & Naville (1119 E. Market St.) with burial in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home will be from 3 – 8 PM Tuesday and from 10 – 11 AM Wednesday before the service.