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Sean Patric Tomlinson

Birth Date: August 21, 1967
Death Date: November 25, 2018

DECATUR – Sean Patric Tomlinson, 51, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2017, at 10:19 pm at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Sean was born to Rick and Jo Lynn (Hensley) Tomlinson on August 21, 1967 in Portsmouth, Va.

Sean graduated from Julian High School in Julian, California in 1985. In 1992, Sean chose to move to Decatur to be with his father and younger brother, Jeff, when his father returned to Decatur after receiving his doctorate from St. Catherine’s College in the University of Oxford. Sean married Caroline Kracht in 1999.

Sean worked in various positions throughout his life, including StarTek and Heritage Behavioral Health Care in Decatur. Sean’s passion was for computers and anything electronic. If anyone had a problem with a computer, Sean was the “go-to” person. If Sean did not readily know the answer, he would spend hours researching until he found the solution.

Sean spent many hours volunteering including Christmas bell-ringing for the Salvation Army, and, also, serving meals for the homeless, monthly, at First United Methodist Church of Decatur.

Sean was a very gentle man who never had a bad word to say about any person. His sense of humor was quite quirky and was enjoyed by all who knew him. Like his father, Sean loved to talk and debate, and his vast knowledge on a myriad of topics was fascinating. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Sean is survived by his step-mother, Pat Tomlinson and brother, Jeff, both of Decatur; sister, LeAnne (Dan) Terneus, nephews Mason and Owen, and niece, Addyson, all of Latham, Il, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his mother and 2 half-sisters of California.

Sean was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Rick Tomlinson, and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

There will be no formal services at this time; however, the family will have a private service in January. Please honor Sean’s memory by making an effort to be kind to all those individuals who are different; try to see the goodness and value in everyone.

Arrangements by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2091 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL, 62526.

All services are private.
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  1. Old friend from Julian ca.

    Written by: Richard Rivera

    Shawn was great young man when I met him in his teens
    Rest In Peace buddy

  2. Friend

    Written by: Joyce Daubert

    You always had a creative approach to make make your way through life and had patience with us as we plodded along with you. There’s never enough kindness in this world, but you certainly spread more kindness than your share. You made the world a much better place. Your passing is a loss to us all.

  3. Johnny Wallflower

    Written by: John Manning

    Farewell, Sean. You were a good companion on our journey. I wish I’d had time to know you even better.


  4. Sean was my best friend, and one of the longest running friendships I’ve had. We met in 1994 on IRC chat, where he eventually helped introduce me to my wife of now 20 years. Such a good heart, and a kind soul. He will be missed greatly by myself and the entire family. I love you, my brother from another mother, always will.

    Rest in peace, my friend.

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