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“Bryan and family: I am so sorry to learn of your father's death. What a testimony his life was. Praying for comfort.Barbara ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Barbara Costa - Ambridge, PA

2 of 8 | Posted by: Lyn Miller - WEST HARTFORD, CT

“Uncle Tom so many great memories shared that will never be forgotten. Every time I picture you I see your smile and your distinct laugh.You have...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Ken Johnson - Myrtle beach, SC

“I had the pleasure of working with Tom in the 70's. Tom was a true professional with a generous nature who supported his co workers. My condolences...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Rod Curtiss - Wethersfield, CT

“My condolences to the entire Bywater family. I shall always remember Tom's gentle voice as he read the scriptures. I am so very sorry for your loss. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Martha Weis - Granby, CT

“What a beautiful life, here on earth and into eternity. With Love, Sympathy and Hope, Dave, Barbara and Jonathan Brown ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry to read of Toms passing. Wonderful man of great character.Peter WallackFormer president, West Hartford Youth Lacrosse League ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Peter Wallack - Delray Beach, FL

“I am so sorry for your family's loss. Thomas was quite an accomplished man that you can tell had a real love of family. I hope you can be comforted...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Carly Baker - Canton

Thomas Edwin Bywater, aka "Pop-pop," of West Hartford, entered his Eternal Glory October 14, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. Thomas was a faithful man of quite persistence. He was married for 58 years to his wife Cherrill and worked at the Hartford Insurance Company for over 40 years, having started his career with punch-cards. He was one of a small handful of men who began the West Hartford Youth Lacrosse League way back in the day and coached for many years not because he was fan of glory, but of kids. Thomas was a faithful churchman who loved to stand and read the Word of God as a lay reader and practiced diligently to deliver it well. He also served many hours alongside the marginalized with Church Army, USA on the streets of downtown Hartford. He fiercely loved his grandchildren and adored snacking with his granddaughters, who will be quick to say he had a love for crackers, cheese, and grapes. Let it be known, they say, that he was the "best hot-dog cooker in all the world." He survived by his wife Cherill; his sister Elizabeth "Betty" Martiner and her husband Rev. John; and two sons and their families, Jeffery Thomas and his two sons, Nathaniel and Joshua; and the Rev. Bryan Scott Bywater, his wife Lisa and their daughters, Olivia and Hannah. He was predeceased by his grandson, Samuel Dunbar Bywater. He finished well, loving God and neighbor unto death. Until we meet again, our beloved Pop-pop.

Family and friends will be received from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, October 20th at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 136 South Main Street, West Hartford. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 21st at Trinity Church, 11 Church Street, Tariffville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bywater Ministry c/o For directions and online condolences, please visit