Obituaries – 11-28-2018

Tom DeMott
Tom DeMott, of Anna Maria Island and also New York City, died Oct. 23 in New York. He was 67.

Mr. DeMott’s parents resided in Anna Maria for several decades and he shared their love of the island.

He grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, attended Columbia University and made his life in West Harlem.

He worked for 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service.

He became an organizer and leader in the movement for tenants’ rights in New York City, helping people hold on to their homes and neighborhoods.

He lived a life in struggle but had an extraordinary instinct for happiness.

His days were filled with compassion, fun and music.

In retirement, he took up piano, guitar and harmonica.

He began composing songs, poetry and literary hybrids with a Spanish tinge.

He also began painting — abstractions and landscapes — and playing tennis after a long layoff.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Mary’s Church in Harlem in New York City.

Mr. DeMott is survived by his wife, Maria; daughter Billie, son James; grandchildren Arlo and Shailaya, siblings Joel, Megan DeMott-Quigley and brother Benji.

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  1. Rob and Anne Wood

    I got to know Tom DeMott while vacationing in a rental house on Willow Street, Anna Maria, for several seasons. We passed each other to and from the beach at the end of the street almost daily while my wife and I were there. We both enjoyed him and had good conversations of mutual interests. Tom was a sole beach chair sitter and reader, but I went up to him to converse anyway. He loaned me his acoustic guitar, so I could play while on vacation. . We watched his long distance off shore swimming, which amazed us . He looked in top physical condition. We will miss him and the good time conversations and meet ups on Willow Street’s Anna Maria beach,. A truly free spirited and intellectual guy, as well as a preppy dresser, we could have come to know and called a good friend ….if only we had a few more meet ups this year. We just became homeowners just off the island in Perico Isle.

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