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Thomas Hicks, of Grand Marais, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.  He was 66 years old.

In keeping with Thomas’s wishes, no services will be held.

Thomas Martin Hicks, of Grand Marais, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth after a brief but fierce battle with heart disease. He was 66 years old.

Tom was born on April 11, 1954 in Tracy, Minnesota to Donald and Janet (Strebel) Hicks. He graduated from Tracy High School in 1972. He then attended Worthington Community College and Southwest Minnesota State University.

Tom lived most of his adult life in Grand Marais, Minnesota. He was a cook at Lutsen Resort for 43 years. He also cooked part-time at the American Legion Post 413 in Grand Marais. Tom was a quiet, humble man who loved his North Shore life. He was an active member in the Grand Marais Sons of the American Legion for the past 17 years. He volunteered for numerous community events and fundraisers including the Bingo tent. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. Over the years, he also enjoyed square dancing, fishing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, putting together jigsaw puzzles, watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, and playing trivia at the American Legion.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, infant niece Janet Schultz, and step-sister-in-law Kimby Daniels.

He is survived by his step-mother Olga Mae Hicks; sisters Sarah (James) Hicks, Mary (John) Trawick, and Naomi (Michael) Schultz; step-brother Steve Daniels and step-sister Laurel (Bob) Kindler; his nieces and nephews Trevor (Kayla) Hicks, Douglas Trawick, Erin Trawick, Laura Schultz and Karl Schultz; great-nieces Rylan and Parker Hicks; step-nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed by all.

Tom would appreciate donations in his memory to the Grand Marais Food Shelf AEOA, PO Box 95, Grand Marais, MN. 55604.


15 thoughts on “THOMAS M. HICKS”

  1. Thank you for sharing Tom in Cook County for all these years! He was like a staple at Lutsen Resort and the American Legion. Whether he was working or relaxing, he always had time for a kind smile and a quick hello.

    With Deepest Sympathy,

    Gina Nelson

  2. So sad to have finally made our move to Grand Marais and for this to happen. – Thankful though to have stayed connected on our annual trips up and these past few months of seeing each other more often. I have many fond memories with Tom from our childhood visits to Tracy also. Too young. :-(

  3. Tom was my next door neighbor a short while in Grand Marais, 35 years ago.He was a very sweet and kind soul. To his family and good friends, I am very sorry for your loss. Liz Sivertson

  4. My condolences to family. I worked a few winters with Tom in the Lutsen resort kitchen, back in the day. Always enjoyed running into him at the grocery store or Legion. Great guy!

  5. Naomi, Sarah, Mary and Familiy, you have our heartfelt sympathy during this time of grief and loss. May your memories of Tom bring you comfort. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Tom and I worked together for a little over 12 years at Lutsen Resort. My wife and I were just talking about how most of the people we worked with in that time have moved on, but during those 12 years, we had a large core of people in the kitchen who worked there for many years together. This is pretty unusual in kitchens which are usually pretty chaotic places with high turnover. I think Tom was a big part of why so many people stayed. He had a air of quiet compassion, respect, and appreciation for everyone around him. I was always amazed at the number of old employees that would poke their heads into the kitchen just to say a quick hello to Tom when they were up on vacation. I hope he realized just how many people loved him.

    He was a very good friend to me, and stayed a good friend at times when I really needed one.

  7. So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Tom was a classmate of Dan’s and we always so enjoyed any opportunity we had to visit with him when he was back in Tracy. Our sympathy to all of the family. May he rest in piece.

  8. Tom was a great friend. I worked with him 40 years ago at Lutsen Resort. Always good to see him and visit, laugh, share memories. He will be missed.

  9. Our sincere condolences for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you all during this time of great sadness. God’s peace, grace and healing be with you all now and in difficult times ahead.

  10. I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was such a nice guy & will be very missed. Long ago. Way back in the 80’s. Tom & I worked together at the Common Ground in Grand Marais.
    We remained friends all these years. He was a hard worker & never complain.

  11. I first met Tom while working at Lutsen when he was first hired. Tom and I shared many fishing and camping trips in and around the BWCA. Although at times we lost contact we always managed to catch up periodically. I have many fond memories and many stories of the times I shared with Tom. There never was a finer, more honest, hardworking and caring soul. Thank you Tom for being part of my life.

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sunshine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  12. I worked with Tom these last 15+ years at Lutsen Resort and he was simply beloved by all. Kind hearted, hard working and loyal, he is deeply missed by all of us still at Lutsen and so many other past staff members who have reached out to share a story, memory or just talk about Tom. We lost him much too soon. He is deeply missed.

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