Thomas Joseph Huggett
Thomas J. Huggett, Sr. passed away on February 12, 2023, in Kingwood, Texas. He was born on April 9, 1940, in New Orleans, Louisiana to parents William A. Huggett, Sr. and Gladys R. Borne Huggett. He was the middle son of three boys. He grew up in the Carrollton neighborhood and attended Incarnate Word Elementary school. Tom then attended De La Salle High School in New Orleans. While still in school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and following graduation, received orders to report to Parris Island, South Carolina for recruit training (boot camp). That became a special highlight in his life as he genuinely loved being a Marine! Two flags flew throughout his life on the front lawn of his home, the American flag and the Marine Corp flag. He served eight years in the USMC reserve, five years active and three years inactive. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in November of 1965. Tom began working for Lykes Brothers Steamship Company in New Orleans in 1959, in the Operations Division. He married his first wife, Betty F. Corvers in May of 1960. They had four sons. The boys were raised in Metairie, Louisiana. He left Lykes as an Operations Manager after a wonderful thirty-five year career as the company was about to move to Tampa, Florida. He began working for the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission (Lake Ponchartrain Causeway) in 1994 as a Radar Operator/Bridgetender. After living together for over a decade, Tom married his inseparable companion and partner, Anita Garofalo Johnson in February of 2000. They resided in Chalmette, Louisiana until 2005 when he and Anita lost their home due to floodwaters from hurricane Katrina. He retired from Causeway in November of 2005 and moved to Kingwood, Texas in April of 2006. He briefly worked as the Tool Department manager of Sears Appliance and Hardware store in Kingwood until retiring for good in 2007. Tom is predeceased by his parents, his older brother William A, (Bill) Huggett, Jr., and his son, Mark A. Huggett. He is survived by his loving wife Anita; three sons, Thomas J. (Tom) Huggett, Jr., (Eric) of Orlando, Florida, Michael P. (Mike) Huggett (Brenda) of New Orleans, Louisiana and Kevin C. Huggett of St. Rose, Louisiana. His surviving grandchildren are Brandon Huggett of Metairie, Louisiana, Ashley M. Huggett, Jenna C. Huggett and Logan C. Huggett all of St. Rose, Louisiana. Tom is also survived by his younger brother Robert A. (Bob) Huggett of Bedford, Texas. Surviving extended family are stepson, Rene E. Johnson (Martha) and step-grandchildren, Christy Johnson Woodworth (Kyle), Kaitlin Johnson, Rene W. Johnson; step-greatgrandchildren, Tate V. and Cora J. Woodworth of all of Kingwood, Texas. Tom requested no funeral. Instead, his remains will be placed in his crypt in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens in Chalmette, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, donations to his favorite charity, St. Jude Hospital for Children are preferred, in order to help save the life of a child.
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4 thoughts on “Thomas Joseph Huggett”
So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing, my sincere condolences to my sister Anita and her family.
Anita, truly sorry to hear about Tom. No doubt I admired him and grateful for the things he taught me
while we worked together at Lykes, both professionally and personally. He is a part of who I am today.
Sincere condolences, Tom Russell
Tom and grew up in the 1940s, seeing each often at either Aunt Teesies (Gladys) house or my house on Vincenese Pl, or at numerous outings at Audubon Park or City Park with his brothers Billi and Bob and my brother Donald, He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. RIP Cousin Tom.
Tom will be missed by so many. I’ll remember him as a good brother-in-law, kindhearted and always willing to help others when he could. He had a wonderful sense of humor that brought smiles and laughs to many. Rest in peace Tom