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Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Location: Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Newport News

Thomas “Tom” Gaston Gainer, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at his home in Newport News, VA on July 4, 2022 at the age of 87.

Tom was born in St. Louis, MO as the son of Patrick Ward Gainer and Antoinette Kizinski.  He was a graduate of West Virginia University.

Loving, kind-hearted, witty, and intelligent, Tom was a retired NASA engineer who worked at NASA Langley in Hampton, Virginia from 1955 to 2004. There he modeled complex algorithms to address critical problems in aircraft flight efficiency, stability, and spacecraft re-entry.  Tom loved his family and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with them. He was an avid fan of West Virginia University sports and the St. Louis Cardinals. Tom was also passionate about politics, loved to read, watch movies (especially classics), and listened to music. Including, folk songs his father, a renowned folklorist, sang and recorded.  Tom studied Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and Quantum Physics and always tried to solve complex mathematical theories.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Sheila Gainer; his three children, Jenny (Jim) Wood, Edie (Bruce) Fischer, and Tommy (Lindsay) Gainer; 5 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren, C.J. (Holly), Amanda (Hunter), Elaina, Mary Francis, Anderson, Jason, Brandon, Ben, and Leslie.

 A Memorial Service will be held in his honor at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Newport News, VA. His ashes will be interred in the columbarium located at the parish.

Donations in his honor may be made by check to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in destination to Social Ministry/Outreach, 100 Harpersville Rd., Newport News, VA 23601 (online: www.olmc.org/post/online-giving). Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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#1 Jenny Wood 2022-07-08 14:51
My daddy was always there for me whether it was taking me to gymnastics, listening to me practice piano or helping me with homework. His quiet strength, patience and caring exemplified his walk with Jesus and I hope I can follow in his footsteps and make him proud. You’re in my heart forever, Daddy, but I miss you terribly!
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