Rev. Thomas Jerome Kak

July 22, 1934 ~ June 25, 2021 (age 86)

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Reverend Mr. Thomas J. Kak passed June 25, 2021, at Hospice of Piedmont following a brief illness. Tom, a Chicago native, made High Point, NC his home 50 years ago. He graduated from the University of Tampa with an undergraduate degree, and the University of Notre Dame, with a Master’s degree in English. 

Tom lived his life in service to others. He was employed as a teacher for several local schools including Westchester Academy and Guilford Technical Community College. In addition, Tom retired from the N.C. Employment Security Commission where he worked as a career counselor. He and his wife spent many hours in the community volunteering time and talent with High Point Regional Hospital, the Community Clinic of High Point, Open Door Ministries, the High Point Museum, and the High Point Theatre. Tom also performed in many plays for the High Point Theater.

For 19 years, Tom was a Deacon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and was a member of Knights of Columbus. Many in High Point knew Tom as a frequent contributor to the Letters to the Editor section of the High Point Enterprise. He was an avid reader and was often seen around town with his favorite companion, his dog.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emily Ann Kak. He is survived by his daughters; Emily “Phil” Gomez (Rocky) of High Point, Debra Lynn Welborn (Robert) of High Point, and Kali Griggs of Greensboro. Grandchildren, Racheal Newman, Mackenzie Welborn, Taylor, and Tyler Griggs, and a great-grandson, David Byerly. 

Tom will be interred at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in a private ceremony. The family requests memorial contributions to be sent to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.

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