Obituary of Thomas Holmgaard
Thomas Holmgaard, 66, went home to be with The Lord on January 16, 2023.
He was born April 12, 1956 to Marion and the late Horace (Denny) Holmgaard in
Rockville Centre, NY. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from
1977-1981, moved to Virginia where he met and married the love of his life, Laura
Tom was a fun-loving husband, father, son, brother, and uncle who loved God with
his whole heart. He was kind and giving and always there to help anyone in need.
He loved using his talents to help family and friends. He also found joy in
woodworking by crafting items for others to enjoy. Always on the move, he was an
avid exercise enthusiast, and enjoyed running, hiking with his family, and long walks
with his trusted canine companion.
Tom worked with his hands and there was very little he couldn’t fix. He worked in
the electrical and HVAC fields for many years and as a result had the opportunity to
meet many people whom he called dear friends.
He fought a long battle with cancer, but he never allowed it to change his spirit. Tom
thanked God for each additional day he was given and prayed continuously for
others fighting the same battle. He knew that cancer couldn’t take away his
relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Tom won.
Tom loved and cared deeply for his family. He was proud of every single one of them
and made it a priority to stay connected. Preceded in death by his father Denny
Holmgaard and his brother John Holmgaard, Tom is survived by his wife, Laura, sons
Emory and Isaac and daughter Kelsey, his mother Marion Holmgaard, sisters Karen
Holmgaard, Jeannie (Michael) Horn, Lisa (Andrew) Burggraf, and Alison (Matthew)
Jaworowski, as well as cherished nieces and nephews, Gregory Holmgaard, Kirsten
(Chris) Pavlich; Alison (Matt) Flaherty, Robert (Meg) Horn, Michael (Jen) Horn; Sara
and Luke Burggraf; David (Amanda) Jaworowski, Jacob Jaworowski, Andrew Hall
and Melissa Holmgaard. He was also the proud great uncle to Cecilia, Lucille, and
William Pavlich; Teagan Holmgaard; Brendan, Annie and George Horn; Isla and
Frances Flaherty; Emilie, Leila and Tatum Horn; Rome Jaworowski, Seth Hall and
In lieu of flowers, you may donate in his memory to the furthering of cancer
A celebration of Tom's life will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 23, 2023 at
Simpson Funeral Home 5160 Peters Creek Road. A graveside service will
follow at 2:00 p.m. in the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery 5500 Bagging Plant
Road Dublin, Va. The family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Simpson
Funeral Home. 540-366-0707
Celebration of Life
In Loving Memory
1956 - 2023
5160 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
3912 Electric Road
Roanoke, VA 24018
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