Tom R. Fife

Minneapolis, Minnesota

accidently drowned at his cabin at Bay Lake

July 9th, 2010

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A man is not dead until he is forgotten. Go in peace and remember you are not forgotten while I am still on patrol.



Tom R. Fife

July 7th, 2020
Thank you for your service to our country. Rest In Peace Tom.

Thomas Robert Fife


It is with deep sadness that we report the news of the death of Tom R. Fife Age 59 of NE Mpls, accidently drowned at his cabin at Bay Lake, his favorite place in the world. Preceded in death by parents, Bill and Jeanne; brother Marty and sister, Cheryl Yursi. Survived by loving wife of 17 years, Patty; son, Marty; twin sister, Bonnie Dickson (Tim); brother-in-law, Nick Yursi. Tom passed away on July 9th 2010 in Bay Lake, Minnesota. He will be greatly missed by his family & friends. We give thanks for Tom's life. Would like to thank Tom Boland for the email today July 7th, 2020 Tom Boland Email is:

Tom R. Fife

My prayers are with you. The world is harder without Tom's good cheer and smile, constant across decades.
Jay Knutson

July 24, 2010 | Kensington, MD

Patty & Marty - We were so saddened by the sudden loss of Tom. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers and hearts. Know that we are here for you if you need anything. Godspeed to all.
Dennis & Val Lee & Cuddihy-Lee

July 23, 2010 | Maplewood, MN

I met Tom when the Honolulu base for NWA first opened. I remember the many fun times that he, Dave Janey and I had at Sandy Beach on Oahu. I was shocked to hear of his death and wanted to let you know that you are all in my prayers. I am sorry for your loss.
Steve Cox

July 20, 2010 | Grimes, IA

Patty and Marty...I am so sorry to hear of Tom's death. Tom and I were in Flight Attendant training together 20 years ago and I ran into another classmate this morning who told me of his death. I enjoyed working with Tom and have you and your family in my prayers.
Karin Steine

July 20, 2010 | Victoria, MN

Patty and family,

My sincerec condolences on the loss of your beloved husband, father, brother and friend.

May the good Lord guide and give you strength during this difficult time and the days ahead.

Your love for him will also give you comfort. Keep all the memories close to your heart forever.
Cindy Cuddihy Novak

July 20, 2010 | St. Paul, MN

To his wife Patty and son Marty,
I am deeply saddened by your loss. Tom was a great person. His contagious smile brought sunshine to gloomy days. He will be greatly missed. May your memories bring you peace and comfort you in times of sorrow. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

July 19, 2010 | Minneapolis, MN

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Ken Girard

July 19, 2010 | Mpls., MN

Patti & Marty,
I am saddened to hear of the loss of Tom.
We had so many fun conversations in In Flight and will always remember his laughter and smile! Your families are in my prayers.
Rest in Peace, Tom. We will miss you!
Ursula Ostrowski

July 19, 2010 | Apple Valley, MN

Deepest sympathy, you are in my prayers
Lorinda Sefchek

July 18, 2010 | Culver, IN

To Tom's family. Please know that if it had been possible we would have been there this evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. You have special memories of Tom and that will not leave you.
All our love, Sue and Vern McClanahan (Krause cousin).
July 18, 2010

To the family of Tom,

We are so very sorry for your tragic loss. My family, has known the Fife clan for over 40 years at Bay Lake. Tom will be remembered by the Owens family for his love of Bay Lake, his love of fishing and his generous spirit in helping neighbors and friends. We will miss Tom and hope he finds peace (and a good fishing spot) in heaven.
Kathleen Owens White

July 18, 2010 | Richfield, MN

Gone from your sight, but not from your heart. Remembering is another way to love. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Deb Worts-Huberty

July 18, 2010 | New Brighton, MN


1st Recon Battalion Association

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Michael O'Brien

July 16, 2010 | Florissant, CO

Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
~Author Unknown
Cynthia Helmer-Davis

July 16, 2010 | Coral Springs, FL


July 16, 2010 | EAGAN, MN

Dear Patty and Marty,
We were so sorry to hear about the loss of Tom. The St. Charles community will miss his smiling face. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Julie Kohner and KeAnna Kimbllin
July 17, 2010

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Cindy McGraw

July 18, 2010 | White Bear Lake, MN

Patty... I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Chris Sprouls

July 18, 2010 | Farmington, MN

Class Reunion 2009

Dear Patty,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Shelley Guardado

Benjamin Franklin

Death is a fisherman, the world we see
His fish-pond is, and we the fishes be;
His net some general sickness; howe'er he
Is not so kind as other fishers be;
For if they take one of the smaller fry,
They throw him in again, he shall not die:
But death is sure to kill all he can get,
And all is fish with him that comes to net.
Shelley Guardado

July 17, 2010 | Bloomington, MN

Our sincere condolences to Patty, Marty, and Patty and Tom's families in your time of loss. This candle is lit as a way of showing that although Tom is gone from your sight, his love for you will continue to burn in your hearts. You'll know it everytime a thought of him pops into your head. We're sorry we can not be there tomorrow night but Mike is currently in Spokane, WA and his flight back is due during the same time as the memorial service. You have been in our thoughts and prayers and we will continue to pray for you.
Mike and Julie Morse

July 17, 2010 | West Salem, WI

Patty and Marty,
I am so sorry for your loss.
Kathy Berthiaume

July 17, 2010 | St, Louis Park, MN

Dear Patti and Marty,
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Let us know if there is anything we can do.
Peace and love,
Tom, Mary K., Katy, Molly Rose and Thomas Gorrilla
Mary Gorrilla

July 17, 2010 | Minneapolis, MN

Dear Patty and Marty, Bay Lake has lost a good man, and he will be missed. We send you our sincere sympathy.
Michael and Laurie Busyn

July 16, 2010 | Bay Lake, MN

Patty so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with you and your family
Toni Koepke/Leach

July 16, 2010 | St. Paul

Patty and Marty, it's so hard to put into words my heart felt condolences to you both at this time. I would like you to know that I've always held you in high regard Patty, I admire you, and appreciate your kindness, and generous spirit. So many of us love you and want to be there for you now, and in the times to come. Sincerely Sue (Hesse) Lyman

July 16, 2010

To Tom's family, we are so sorry for your loss, and for Tom's tragic accident. We remember what a fun-loving person Tom was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. From the family of Nancy Fife.
July 16, 2010

Body of missing boater found in central Minnesota
Brainerd, Minn. (AP)
July 13, 2010 10:53 p.m.
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The body of a boater missing since Friday afternoon has been recovered by the Crow Wing County sheriff's dive team in about 50 feet of water on Bay Lake.

The Brainerd Dispatch reports the body of 59-year-old Thomas Robert Fife of Minneapolis was recovered about 10 a.m. Tuesday with the help of cadaver dogs.

Fife owns a seasonal home the lake. Authorities say when his pontoon boat washed ashore the swimming ladder was down and the gate was open on the railing.

The body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

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