Former Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Thomas Peter Tanis, 74, husband of Sue Hopkins Tanis died Monday, May 2, 2016.
Friend and colleague Tom O’Rourke wrote in a social media post, “Many times in life we only see what is right in front of our face. A great recreation facility, a person, an amazing community, and a wonderful family. What we seldom realize is that all of these things usually have been molded and formed by great leaders and mentors.” He called Tanis his mentor.
“When Mount Pleasant was building recreation facilities all over town at a rapid pace, and funding its growth, we had great leaders, Cheryll Novak Woods-Flowers, Mugsy Margaret Kerr, even Gordy Darby and Mac Burdette, but it was Tom, in the background, where he wanted to be, being the reasonable glue that kept our recreation committee together,” said O’Rourke.
“If you are involved in any Mount Pleasant Recreation Department program at all, you need to remember, thank, and say a prayer for Tom. What I will never forget though was the time he spent with me as a 21 - 25 year old coach of his son, cementing the philosophy in me that is still alive within me today. ‘It’s only a game, and they are simply kids.’ I will never forget you Tom Tanis.”
His Funeral Service will be held Friday, May 6 in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road at 3 p.m. Interment will follow in Christ Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, May 6 at the Chapel from 1:30 p.m to time of the service. Tom was born April 5, 1942 in Paterson, New Jersey, son of the late Thomas Tanis and the late Harriet Titus Tanis. He graduated from Florida State University and served in the United States Marine Corps. He also owned “The Scratch Pad” stationery shop in Mount Pleasant. He served on Mt. Pleasant Town Council, Mt. Pleasant Planning Committee, Mt. Pleasant Recreation Committee, and Mt. Pleasant Waterworks Commission. Tom also served on the Board of Directors for the Hospice Center, Charleston Speech and Hearing Clinic, and The Charleston County Mental Health Board. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Sertoma Club and he especially enjoyed the friendships within his ROMEO lunch club. Tom will be remembered for his genuine dedication to improving our quality of life in the Mt. Pleasant community. He is survived by his wife, Sue Tanis, son, Kirk Tanis; daughter, Sara Giannelli and her husband, Andy, two granddaughters, Caroline Tanis and Bailey Tanis all of Mt. Pleasant, SC; sister, Carol Blankenhorn and her husband, Bud, of Jupiter, FL., and lastly his granddog, Jasper. Memorials may be made to East Cooper Community Outreach, 1145 Six Mile Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466 or Meals on Wheels East Cooper, P.O. Box 583, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/charleston/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-peter-tanis&pid=179878771&fhid=6307#sthash.lEQGylHw.dpuf