Friday, January 7th, Thomas Clune passed away in his sleep, just two months shy of his 90th birthday. Tom was the dearly beloved father of Michelle Zauss (husband Robert Browne); beloved brother of John and Noreen (husband Ted); dear uncle of Sharon and Lucinda (and daughter Hannah); and loving cousin of Rosemary, Bridgette, and James. Tom came from the lovely village of Crusheen in County Clare. He also lived in Dublin, London, and Toronto, before landing in his beloved city of San Francisco in 1962. In 1976 Tom began work at the newly built United Irish Cultural Center and spent 35 years greeting everyone with his sly smile and that twinkle in his eye. He was many things during his long life, but at his core, he was a husband, a father, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a friend, a mentor, a demanding boss, an open ear to talk to, and a joker who always knew how to bring a smile to anyone's face. He lived his life as we all should - with love, laughter, and being of service to those around him. Tommy will be dearly missed by the many lucky people who knew him.
We will come together to bid our final farewell and celebrate Tommy's life on Friday, January 28th. Friends may visit between 9:30 am, and 10:00 am at St. Anne of the Sunset church, 850 Judah St., San Francisco. The Rosary will be recited at 10:00 am, and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Immediately following the mass, we will celebrate Tom's life at the United Irish Cultural Center at 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116 (12:30 pm - 4:30 pm). All friends and family are welcome to join. Proof of COVID vaccination (both shots of Pfizer/Modern and one shot of J&J) is required for entry. Committal at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma will happen on Saturday the 29th at 1 pm with close family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, Michelle prefers donations in Tommy's memory to the "Irish Center 2025 Project."
Tommy dedicated the majority of his working life to the Irish Center and would love to see it continue to flourish for many generations to come.