Thomas P. Emery, 88, of Mission Hills, KS passed away February 25, 2024 after a battle with dementia.

Tom, was born to George and Mary Ellen (Mitchell) Emery on February 22, 1936 in the town of Taum, County Galway, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States of America on March 31, 1957 at the age of 21. Tom joined the Air Force and served his “new” country in the U.S. as well as in Japan. He also became an American Citizen.

Tom studied, as well as taught, the art of hairdressing in the Kansas City Area. His “Beauty Parlor”, known as Mr. Emery’s Hairdressing with five locations around the Kansas City area. He was an active member of many industry organizations including the Kansas City and Missouri Cosmetologist Associations, Hair America and the KCCA Guild. His work was in high demand by many members of Kansas City society.

Tom was married to Marion Keleghan, with whom he had a son Kevin. Kevin was Tom’s pride and joy. Kevin graduated from Pembroke High School and began his scholastic and athletic career at Notre Dame University. After making the football team as a punter and kicker, Kevin was tragically killed in an automobile accident. This loss caused a hole in Tom’s heart that never healed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son Kevin, beloved sister Sheila Fitzgerald and uncle Stephen. He is survived by and had a close relationship with his oldest sister Lilly and nieces Ann, Eve and Jackie.

Tom was a devoted Catholic man. He belonged to many organizations of the Catholic Church. These included, but were not limited to the Knights of Columbus, Forth Degree and the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher. He was a donor to not only these organizations but the Little Sisters of the Poor, Immaculata Manor, Project Breakthrough, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Harvesters, Salvation Army and the MS Society.

Tom spent every Thanksgiving and Christmas, serving the hungry at the Salvation Army food kitchen. Feeding the hungry was a passion of his as he also delivered “Meals on Wheels” for many years and after he was unable to perform those duties, he could be seen taking food out to the homeless, anywhere they lived.

Services will be held on Monday, March 4th at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 1001 E. 52nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64110. Visitation will begin at 11:30, Rosary will be prayed at 12:00 noon, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 pm. Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Sister Servants of Mary.

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