Thomas Eise of St. Ann, MO died of COVID-19 on November 12, 2020 at the age of 67. He went in for a knee replacement, developed cellulitis, and then coronavirus. He supported the shutdowns to flatten the curve, socially distanced, wore a mask… and despite taking every precaution, he still caught COVID-19.
Tom was a hard working man who was fiercely loyal to his family and friends. He was empathetic, a listening ear when you needed one, and raised his step daughters as his own.
in April, 2020 Tom wrote the following poem which one of his daughters shared with the message:
“We lost my dad to COVID this last week. He was careful, he supported the lockdowns and mandates, but too many around him didn’t. He went in for a knee replacement and developed cellulitis. They sent him home on a Wednesday (I picked him up) and he barely made it inside. We assumed that it was pain and such. 36 hours later he was taken back to the ER by ambulance. He was hallucinating and a mess. His oxygen was in the 60s. They then decided to test for Covid. Next day ventilator, next day chemical paralysis- and he was not able to recover. He was 67He (Tom Eise) wrote this poem back in April.””Facebook
You Know Me – a poem by Thomas Eise
I don't want to get ill or die Cant you just please comply I'm a person and have a name. To you this is an inconvenience, a game I'm an artist, a singer. I'm your postman or pick up your trash. I'm a doctor, intern or nurse. I'm young and quiet. I'm old and brash I'm your neighbor, the grandmother up the street. I'm the towtruck driver, I pour concrete You Know me I don't want to get ill or die Can't you just please comply
Thomas Eise is missed deeply by his partner in life, Mary Jo Purcell, a son and daughter, two step-daughters, grandchildren, six siblings, and a host of friends.