Thomas Patrick West, 70, of Fort Wayne, Ind., succumbed to cancer surrounded by his family and friends on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Tom lived the Corvette life. He was an active member of the Fort Wayne Corvette Club, National Council of Corvette Clubs, and National Corvette Museum. Tom was the primary Midwest buyer for ProTeam Corvettes purchasing thousands of Corvettes over the decades and earned Buyer of the Year Award many times over the years, it’s an award given to applaud the effort of the least visible but one of the most integral parts of our company. Tom’s bird dog instincts helped track down great cars and coupled with his gentleman's approach to people made him an invaluable asset to ProTeam. Tom's hard work helped place ProTeam into a league of its own among classic car dealers. He became a fixture within the classic car community because of his knowledge and will be remembered because of his friendship.
Tom also loved the water. He took that passion and founded Jolly Craft Boats, Inc. where his appreciation for detail and craftsmanship was on full display. Those unique well-crafted boats can still be seen sailing straight and true. A Celebration of Life Open House will be held from Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Sowles Bay Yacht Club (Angola, IN) from 1 to 4pm with a tribute to Tom at 2pm.
Tom is survived by his partner in life Joyce Lothamer, his son Tom (Barbi) West II, his grandchildren Kayla and Tommy III, and “those darn cats;-)”. Share your memories and condolences at www.neptunesociety/obituaries. Make memorials in Tom’s name to the American Cancer Society.
Thomas was a great friend to this company and to the people who worked here. We’ll miss him.