Tom Max Fiskus

March 30, 1935 - August 8, 2014
Tom Max Fiskus

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Tom Max Fiskus, 79, went to be with his Lord on August 8, 2014. Born March 30, 1935 in Cairo, GA of the late Charles and Nellie Fiskus, where he was proudly raised before leaving in 1953 to embark on his career as an engineer at the Newport News Shipyard. He graduated from the Newport News Apprentice School in 1957 and East Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Engineering in 1963. He had a 45 year career at the Newport News Shipyard working as an engineer primarily on submarines, including the Seawolf project. He lived with passion and by the Mae West quote,î you only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.î He loved all things southern, SEC football where the ìbig boysî play, Florida State football, where he enjoyed a seeing a game nearly annually, Cairo HS football, NASCAR, Atlanta Braves, Georgia peaches, boiled peanuts, fried catfish and okra. But most of all he had passion for all the loved ones in his life, his family and friends, particularly his grandchildren who were his pride and joy. Following his retirement in 1997 he took up golf and was quickly enamored. He particularly enjoyed his Tuesday morning golf group and playing with his children and grandchildren. He was a long time member of Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church in Yorktown, VA before moving to Toano, VA and joining Stonehouse Presbyterian.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife Selwa of 55 years, two sons Chuck and Tom along with their wives Vicky and Betsy, daughter Lisa, sister Ruth, and his grandchildren Bradley, Brett, Lauren and her husband Kevin, Rachel, Nicole, Meredith, and many loving friends. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by brother Bobby and Ray and sister Rebecca.

The family will receive friends at Bucktrout of Williamsburg on Monday August 11, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Stonehouse Presbyterian on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at noon.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014
12:00 AM

Stone House Presbytarian Church - Directions
901 Fieldstone Parkway
Toano, VA 23168


Tuesday, August 12, 2014
12:00 AM

Peninsula Memorial Park - Directions
12750 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, VA 23606


Monday, August 11, 2014
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • August 10, 2014
    Roger and Patricia Glover says:
    It is a sad time when an old friend passes on, I have known Max since our days in Cairo and we traveled together to Newport News, took us over 20 hrs. to make the trip, and we were graduated from the Apprentice School together, Max, smartly went on to college at ECTC and I served a commitment with the Army. We both returned to work for the same company and retired from there. Max has always been a true friend, and I will miss being able to see him, however we will be there again by and by and will be able to discuss what he has learned from our LORD. When I talked with him last week, I could not understand what he was trying to tell me, but when I see him again we will be able to talk about those things. We and our class of 53' will miss you old friend, and we pass our condolences on to Selwa and the family and our prayers for their comfort in your passing from this world to the next. Roger and Patricia

  • August 10, 2014
    Faye Stephens Miller says:
    Max and I were good friends during our high school years and It was always a pleasure to see him when he came home. Now he has truly gone home. Skeet and I send our prayers to Selwa and family. This includes Ruth who was a very devoted sister to Max.

  • August 10, 2014
    Bill Doyle says:
    Max was a good friend on whom we could always depend to be there when needed in our volunteer tax work. We will truly miss him. God Bless him.

  • August 11, 2014
    William H. Felton,Jr. says:
    Max was one of my very best friends at the shipyard. His great sense of humor got us through a number of stressful times. I will miss him. Bill Felton

  • August 11, 2014
    Marilyn Warren says:
    Max will always be remembered as a servant of God. I was in a small group with Max and Selwa and thoroughly enjoyed his insights and, yes, his challenges. He will be truly missed. Blessings to Selwa and the family.