More detail on this person: Thomas Edward Albright died May 16, 2016 after a brief illness. Tom was born March 8, 1944 in Greenville, South Carolina and was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Following graduation from Villanova University, Tom was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and rose to the rank of Captain where he flew the helicopter known as the Jolly Green Giant on many missions during the war in Vietnam. Following his tour of duty, he was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida where he served as a helicopter and fixed wing flight instructor. Upon the completion of his military career, Tom became an executive with the Prudential Insurance Company working in Philadelphia, Nashville and Minneapolis. In 1987, Tom was recruited by Blue Cross/Blue Shield and relocated to Jacksonville. At Blue Cross, he rose to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and remained there until his retirement in 2002. Always civically minded, Tom served on many community boards including the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Cathedral Arts Project. After the death of his first wife Andi, Tom met and married Sharon Joel. Tom and Sharon were delighted to spend their time at home and traveling and took great joy in caring for their 33 rescued cats. Throughout his life, Tom epitomized what it means to be an officer and a gentleman. Tom is predeceased by his parents Margaret Donohue Albright and Lorenz E. Albright; and his first wife Andrea Carr Albright. He is survived by his wife Sharon Joel Albright; children Scott Albright (Wendy) and Tracy Burns (Bob); stepchildren Wendy Joel-Stines, William L. Joel (Kim) and Robert W. Joel (Tina); five siblings and 12 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kitty Korner, P.O. Box 24006 Jacksonville, Florida 32241.
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