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Brother Thomas P. Tucker, C.S.C.

Brother Thomas P. Tucker, C.S.C.
  • February 1, 1935 - November 20, 2016
  • Notre Dame, Indiana

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Br. Thomas Peter Tucker, C.S.C., 81, died at Holy Cross House, Notre Dame, Ind. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.

Br. Thomas was born Feb. 1, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan to Joseph and Esther (Cook) Tucker. He graduated from St. Alphonsus School in Dearborn, Michigan in 1950 and attended his first two years of high school at St. Alphonsus High School. He completed his last two years of high school at Central Catholic High School in Detroit, graduating in June, 1954. On October 18, 1954, he was admitted to André House, the Brother's Postulancy Program at Notre Dame. On August 15, 1955, he entered the Novitiate at Jordan, Minnesota, he professed First Vows on Aug. 16, 1956, and Final Vows on Aug. 16, 1959.

Br. Tom's first assignment was to reside at Moreau Seminary, where he studied accounting at Notre Dame and assisted in the Moreau Business Office for two years. In 1958 he moved to campus where for the next four years he served as a prefect in Lyons, Morrissey, Farley and Keenan Halls. In 1962 he became the Assistant Sacristan in Sacred Heart Church with the added duty of making all the altar breads for the campus. In 1968, Br. Thomas became plant manager at Holy Cross Parish in South Bend, and for the next 12 years he took care of the grounds and five buildings. In his spare time, he was in charge of purchasing, banking, church collections, school tuition, and served as the local bookkeeper. He also trained the altar boys and taught CCD classes and assisted with parish social events. Beginning in 1988, he moved to Zahm Hall where he lived for the next 20 years. After moving to Corby Hall in 2008, he continued to assist in the care of the Community Cemetery at Notre Dame, maintained the Sacred Heart Parish Center, and served as Corby Hall manager for a year. He moved to Holy Cross House in 2013.

During his novitiate year, he learned to make rosaries, for which the proceeds have benefitted the Holy Cross Missions for many years.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Joseph and Esther Tucker. He is survived by two brothers, Joseph (Terry) Tucker and Leo (Paula) Tucker; and sister, Ann Marie Burger.

Visitation will be from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2016, at Moreau Seminary, Notre Dame, IN, where there will be a Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the Notre Dame campus on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Community Cemetery at Notre Dame. Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend, is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions in support of the mission and ministries of the Congregation of Holy Cross can be made to: United States Province of Priests and Brothers, Office of Development, P.O. Box 765, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0765 or online at