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Richard Bishop

Died: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018

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 VICTOR - Tom (Tommy) Bishop, 69, of Victor, Montana, died on Monday, November 19 at home, following a short but intense battle with lung cancer.  He was born July 28, 1949, in Russellville, Alabama, to Guy and Dolly Bishop. He was the brother of Janet, Jim, Vicky, Bill, Frank and Angie. He steadfastly adored his family and their spouses, as well as nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. 

     Tom graduated from Auburn University in 1972. A true “jack-of-all-trades”, Tom taught school, built homes, and finally found his passion in solar design. He worked for and later owned Sunelco Solar Company. Upon retirement he continued designing solar systems for Axmen in Missoula.

     In 1974 Tom married Nilda Soto. They moved to Montana in 1976. He transitioned into her family as a beloved son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle and cousin, becoming a treasured member of his married as well as birth family. He was the proud father of Andrea Anderson of Corvallis and Amber Bishop-Kainu of Finland, and adoring grandfather of Cyrus and Kalie Anderson and Sade, Maya and Louis Kainu. He was a faithful member of Stevensville United Methodist Church.

     Above all else Tom excelled at relationships. He was loving, caring and compassionate. All who shared with him in love are forever blessed. There will be a memorial service for Tom on December 29, 2018 at the Stevensville United Methodist Church, 216 College Street, Stevensville, at 11:00 am. The family suggests any memorials gifts be made to the church for a new roof.  Just write Tom Bishop on the memo line.   Condolences may be left for the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com


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Julie Collett
   Posted Wed November 28, 2018
I am so sadden to hear of Tommy's passing. I worked with him for 6 years at Sunelco and he was always happy and fun to be around. He will be greatly missed. RIP my friend.

Joanne Rogers
   Posted Wed November 28, 2018
Tommy was a very special person. I also worked with him at Sunelco for several years. I can honestly say I never heard him utter an unkind word. His attitude was always friendly and helpful, and his stories were hilarious! He was on occasion busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest, and there were so many happy times there, largely because of Tommy's wonderful sense of humor. I am so very sorry for his loss, to Nilda and the girls, please know that Tommy will not be forgotten. God bless you and keep you. With all my love for a wonderful friend and his loving family.

Connie Cleere Cole
   Posted Wed November 28, 2018
I went to school with Tommy at Russellville and missed his attendance at our 50th Reunion in October, 2017.

Please know that Tommy was always a very special friend and a wonderful member of our Class. I was able to see him several times when he was able to attend our reunions.

He will be greatly missed, but heaven has gained a special man.

RIP Tommy😘🙏😘🙏

DR Gerald Murray
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
My graduating classmate at RHS and friend.We traveled to the music shows in Birmingham,AL as young guys and had memorable times. We talked in the last few years about old times. Very sorry for your loss and mine.

Wayne Madden
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
As a classmate from Russellville, Tommy was a fun and great guy whom I truly respected and am saddened by his loss. RIP wayne

William Jackson
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
As a friend and member of Tommy's high school graduating class, I will regret not remaining in contact with him. He was a child hood friend, a school friend and a man I will never forget. To his family, my deepest condolences.

Janice Page
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
Tommy was the first person I remember playing with as a little child. We were neighbors. We started first grade together and remained friends , classmates and he was my first grade sweetheart. Tommy was a sweetheart. I hadn’t seen him until he came to our 45 th class reunion. I loved meeting his wife and the stories about his treasured children. Tommy’s family hold a special place in my heart. My heart is hurting for y’all. Janice Seal Page

George Harper
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
Tommy was a classmate and valued friend. I am so sorry to hear of his death. My condolences to the family.

Evelyn Hester Scott
   Posted Fri November 30, 2018
As a classmate of Tommy's I am sorry to hearing of his passing. The last time I saw Tommy was at a reunion and I enjoyed catching up with him. May God give his family peace during this difficult time.

Sosa Family
   Posted Tue December 04, 2018
Our family was saddened to read about your loss of Tommy. Precious people leave a special place in our hearts. May Comforting words and thoughts sustain you in the months and years to come. To reassure our hope of seeing him again as a young healthy man, read about ‘loss of a loved one’ at jw dot org. May the peace of God be with you as you endure such a difficult time in your life.

Claire L Kelly
   Posted Sat December 08, 2018
Nilda, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

   Posted Mon December 10, 2018

Tom Bishop
   Posted Mon December 17, 2018
Yes our names are the same! Always had fun calling Sunelco or Axmen and saying "Hi this is Tom Bishop, is Tom Bishop there'. We met at an Agricultural trade fair in Great Falls, MT. He searched me out seeing that there was another Tom Bishop and we became friends instantly. My Bishop family had roots in SW Virginia and we often wondered if we could be related.

After leaving Montana to follow a career we reconnected at the John Day Solar Fair in John Day, Oregon where we discussed my return to Montana and building a place off-grid. Tom was most helpful. Didn't know people called him Tommy, I was called that in grade school.

What a lovely man, he invited me to come and visit his home and meet his wife, Nilda, who he always talked about. Sorry, I didn't make it Tommy, we would have had a great visit over a nice cold beer! Have fun in the Spirit World, I'm sure it is peaceful.

Gary L. Gillett
   Posted Thu December 20, 2018
Dear Nilda and fam;

I share your grief in Tommy's passing. He was such and kind and quiet soul. Bless you all...

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