Tommy Gene Selph

  • Born: May 25, 1935
  • Died: March 28, 2019
  • Location: Foster City, California

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San Mateo, CA 94402
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Tommy Selph, a longtime resident of Foster City, passed away at the Menlo Park VA Medical Center on March 28, 2019.

He was born on May 25, 1935 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Benjamin and Hattie Selph. Tommy was the last surviving child of nine children.

He came to the Bay Area at age 14 where he met the love of his life and wife of 64 years, Sally, at Mission High in San Francisco. They married in 1953 and Tommy went on to serve in the Navy on the USS Orleck during the Korean War.

Tommy and Sally moved their family to Foster City in 1964; they were the sixth family to move into this new development. Tommy was a teamster and worked for the San Francisco Examiner/Chronicle Newspaper Union. Tommy was always in search of new adventures. He was the first person to bring the ICEE franchise to the West Coast, and he owned and trained racehorses.

He loved all things sports and played softball into his seventies. He played on a Senior Citizen softball league, which afforded him and Sally the opportunity to attend the Senior Olympics in Europe. His love for sports was shared with every member of his family. He was a constant presence on the sidelines, cheering on every grandchild and great-grandchild at their sporting events.

Tommy will be remembered for his kind heart, his generous spirit, his sharp mind and his quick wit. He had a deep love of family. All those who knew Tommy understood how important his family was to him. He is survived by his daughter, Diana Linse (Bill); his son, Tommy Gene Selph (Elisabeth); his five grandchildren, Regina, Sara (Justin), Eric, Samuel and Jacob; and his great-grandchildren, Elijah, and Piper.

The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the staff and nurses at The Menlo Park Veterans Home for their exceptional love and care for our dad.


Condolence & Memory Journal

It is bittersweet to lose him, he was the last direct link to my father. They were so much alike at times, the tone of his voice and the unique Selph laughter. On the other hand I'm glad he is reunited with his true love Aunt Sally. " Tom and Sally" even their names sounded wonderful together. He was a man I admired and respected. I counld not have asked for a more loving uncle. I owe him many thanks for helping me in my youth. The world seems a little smaller today knowing he's gone.

Posted by Linda Blair - Phoenix, AZ - Family   March 31, 2019

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