Boonma, Tommy “Thinh”

May 15, 1967- January 26, 2021

Tommy Boonma, age 53, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his father Sri Boonma and his stepfather Charles Riggin. Tommy is survived by his mother, Noi Riggin; sister, Malee Riggin; brothers, Roy Riggin, Dennis Riggin, and Louis Riggin; stepbrother, Keith Riggin; stepsister, Vicki Riggin; their spouses; aunts and uncles; niece and nephews; cousins and friends.

Tommy enjoyed exploring and traveling, lived in many cities from coast to coast of the U.S., and finally settled in Middletown, Delaware. He was a passionate artist. He enjoyed drawing, sketching, painting, and was very proud of his artistic work, making Christmas cards and painting T-shirts. He loved cooking and enjoyed different cuisines. He was carefree, friendly and kind, never shying away from engaging with people and making new friends. He was very generous to everyone, especially his niece and nephews.

Tommy faced some health challenges as a child, leading to several more in his final years, including liver and kidney diseases. He faced them all with much brevity and equanimity. He fought his hardest and in positive spirit. His last expressions were of gratitude and love, especially to his mother, and to all who had helped him, treated him, and walked beside him in this life. He will be missed and his memory will live on in our hearts.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, February 3, at 11 am, at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. Dupont Hwy, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flower, a gift of donation can be made in Tommy’s memory to the American Cancer Society via this link:

Or, a check donation may be mailed to: American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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