Obituaries: Thomas James Petit

Thomas James Petit, 58, of Austin, TX, formerly of Plainville, passed away unexpectedly, while fulfilling his love for travel, on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Born in New Britain on December 21, 1959, he was the oldest of four sons to Marilyn (Grey) Petit of Plainville and the late Charles J. Petit.  Tom followed his passion for education, attending Boston College and Hofstra University, from where he earned his Law Degree.  He shared his knowledge and keen sense for education with others while working for Macmillan Publishers, promoting education software throughout the world.  Most recently he was an integral part of the MIND Research Institute, leading their Austin team from the ground up out of his own home, to the successful group that it is today. He travelled extensively throughout his brief life, settling in Texas where he helped “keep Austin weird” for the past three years.  Tommy was a well-rounded man who enjoyed all that life had to offer, including the arts and music, and the simple pleasures of a two liter of diet Pepsi while sitting by his favorite lake in New Hampshire. While he was the most frugal of straight shooters, he was best known for his kindness and generosity, being the first to step up and help a friend in need and spreading his quick wit and unwavering sense of humor to everyone he met, who would inevitably became lifelong friends.  He will be greatly missed, leaving behind many cherished memories.

In addition to his mother, Marilyn, he leaves his sons, Benjamin and his wife, Jessica and Nathaniel Petit; his grandchildren, Sawyer and Ariyah; his brothers, Tim and his wife, Rolande, Rit and his wife, June, and Dan and his wife, Cheryl; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may gather on Sunday, from 1-4 p.m. at Plainville Funeral Home, 81 Broad St, Plainville.  Words of remembrance will be shared at 4 p.m. by Jesse Gnazzo, Life Celebrant.  In lieu of flowers, Tommy may be remembered with contributions to the Petit Family Foundation, PO Box 310, Plainville, CT 06062 or at

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