Thomas Taylor Doerfler, 71, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, August 22. He courageously fought cancer for 2 months with his trademark stubbornness and sense of humor.
Tom was born December 29th, 1943 in Ravenna Ohio. He graduated from Atwater High School in 1961. After serving in the US Army during the Vietnam era, he returned to Kent, Ohio and began his 31-year career with IBM. It was his career with IBM that brought him to Cary, North Carolina in 1980. He retired in 1998. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, John Doerfler and Louise Weeks. He is survived by his three sons, Michael and wife Jennifer, David and Joseph and his three grandchildren, Thomas, Owen and Grace Ellen, all of Raleigh. His is also survived by his former wife Francia of Raleigh, brother John and wife Pat of Mesa, Arizona, brother Jim and wife Jeannette of Streetsboro, Ohio and sister Kathy and husband Thomas Gault of Mt. Vernon, Ohio along with 8 nieces and nephews.
Many folks in Cary will remember Tom from his years of coaching little league baseball and basketball. It was his great joy and passion to pass along his love of sports to his sons and their teammates. Although Tom enjoyed great success as a coach, he was most proud of his adherence to the principal of “teaching the game.”
The family will receive friends and well-wishers on Wednesday, August 26 from 5 – 7 pm in the home of his son Michael in Raleigh.
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The Doerfler family would like to thank Tom’s medical team at WakeMed Cary Hospital, especially Dr. Michael Malik, Dr. Sharad Vora, Dr. Mark Graham, and Jessica Johnson. They would also like to thank Dr. Billy Dunlap and the nursing staff of the Oaks at Mayview who cared for him with such patience and kindness during rehabilitation and hospice care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County), 250 Hospice Cir. Raleigh, NC 27607.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh.