Thomas Akers

Thomas R. "Tom" Akers

Thursday, August 29th, 1946 - Friday, January 11th, 2019
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Thomas “Tom” Russell Akers, 72, of Hartford, CT, passed away early Friday morning, January 11, 2019, after a very long battle of kidney disease.
Born in Knoxville, TN, to Anna (Hyland) and Paul Akers, Tom grew up in Hartford where he enjoyed baseball, and attended both Immaculate Conception School, and Holy Trinity High School. It was at both school and on the baseball field that Tom made some of his closest, life-long friends. His love of baseball and friendship eventually lead him to playing softball for various local teams, and earning him the nickname “Tricky Tom” and “Doc”. Tom was an exceptional guitar player, and understandably, he was quite proud of his finger picking skills. He had a fantastic sense of humor; quite the bibliophile, he had an extensive collection of books and movies, and vast interest and knowledge in a variety of topics, ranging from sports, history, science fiction and astronomy, to name a few. He chose the best greeting cards for any and all occasions, which he loved to send to his family and friends.
Most important to Tom was his family. Tom was a good guy and he loved his family beyond words. He is survived by his two children, his son, Steven Akers of West Hartford; and his daughter, Wendi Vance, and her husband, Rich, of West Hartford; and his three grandchildren, his greatest treasures, Annalisa, Arik, and Aaron Vance of West Hartford. He just absolutely loved being Papa. He also leaves his brother, Paul Akers, and his wife, Colette, of Hebron, along with his niece, Shelby, and his nephew, Brendan. Tom also leaves his close friend and former wife, Annette Akers, as well as so many others. Tom is greatly missed. He was truly one of a kind. Please consider being an organ donor. It’s the gift of life for so many.
Calling hours will be Saturday, (January 26), from 1 to 3 pm at the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at
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    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
    1084 New Britain Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06110
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Brent Jr

Posted at 11:54am
My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of mourning. I will laways remember the times i spent with Tom playing guitar. He will be missed.
Brent Jr

Nancy & Brent

Posted at 11:33am
Steven, Wendi , Annette. and family,
Brent and I are so sorry to hear about Tom's passing, We have so many good, loving, memories of times we all spent together.
He was a good man and had a great sense of humor, I know my son remembers playing guitar together with him. The sadness of his being gone will linger with us all but the good memories will get us through in time. Our love to all of you and May this wonderful man RIP~
Nancy & Brent McDougal

Tyrone, Troy and Chase Stewart

Posted at 09:41pm
From the bottom of our hearts we give our condolences. God bless you all!
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Tracy Lanciotto

Posted at 02:55pm
Tom and his wonderful family ... I hold some wonderful memories and laughter , irreplaceable times spent with friends who we consider family ... Tom will be sorely missed but his memory will live on with the beautiful family he left behind ... our deepest sympathy... Tracy and Frank Lanciotto

Posted at 10:14am
Annette, Steven, Wendi and Buck my sincere sympathy to all of you, Tom was a great guy and someone everyone liked to be around. If just seems like yesterday he was on the mound at Colt's Park pitching for the Cones against Brother Bones, classic battles and memories that have lasted us a life time. We will miss him but will never forget him he was a big part of our lives.


John "Cal" Calcagni Jr.

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