Author, Artist, Activist, Aquanaut. Tom, born in Charleston, SC but grew up as a Charlotte native, a Central High School graduate, served in the US Navy Reserve as a cryptographer, has left the building. Son of Thomas N. Burgess, Sr. and Halean Proctor Burgess; survived by his brother, John C. Burgess and his wife, Mikki Burgess, 3 nephews: John Jr., Stephen, and Jeremy.
Tom's vocation was advertising, as a creative director for several of the industry's top agencies. an avid scuba diver and certified hard hat diver, he combined his creative talent with his love for the sea to advocate for protections of our oceans and its inhabitants. He authored, in addition to his other writings, Take Me Under the Sea, a definitive work encompassing the history of undersea art, photography, and early motion picture production. He was a frequent contributor to Historical Diver Societies worldwide publication.
The family wish to thank the staff of Brookdale-SouthPark and Hospice of Charlotte for their loving care of Tom. We also thank Mr. Lee Hiney with Seniors Helping Seniors and Dr. Charles Edwards and staff at Memory and Movement of Charlotte for their love and guidance during Tom's last few years and days.
As he wished, Tom's ashes will be scattered at sea.
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