Thomas I. “Tom” Bridges, 68, of Shelbyville, IL, passed away at 10:17 AM Sunday Sept. 22, 2013 in the Shelbyville Manor in Shelbyville, IL.

Tom was born July 15, 1945 in Chicago, IL the son of Shelby M. and Virginia Alexander Bridges.

He married Beulah Eck on December 6, 1996 in Shelbyville.

Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree in social justice from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.

He began his police career as a Chicago patrolman during the Chicago riots of 1968.He became a detective in the Chicago Police Department in 1980. From 1980 to 1995 he worked as a detective in the narcotics division of the Chicago Police Department, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) and, the last five years of his career, in the Violent Crimes Division.

Tom served his country in the United States Air Force from 1963 - 1967 achieving the rank of E-4 Senior Airman.

He was a member of the Roy Vanderpool American Legion Post #81 of Shelbyville and the Fraternal Order of the Police

Tom was a great cook.He loved playing golf with his buddies, manicuring his yard, traveling, fishing and hunting.

He enjoyed his friends, his career and retirement, but above all else, he loved, and was totally devoted, to his family.

Surviving are his wife Beulah and step-son Dustyn of Terre Haute, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday September 28, 2013 in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville.Gary Crowder will officiate.Friends, Bob Herdes and Tom Scorza will share memories of Tom.Visitation will be from 11:30 AM until the time of the service on Saturday in the funeral home.Memorials may be made to: Lincolnland Hospice, City of Shelbyville Saving Orphaned Animals or the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

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