Thomas Mann Colwell IV

September 1, 1949 - September 27, 2020

Thomas Mann Colwell IV, 71 of Port Arthur, died after battling brain cancer for eight years, on September 27, 2020, at his residence surrounded by loved ones.

Tom was born on September 1, 1949, in Glens Falls, New York, to his father, Thomas Mann Colwell III and his mother, Joyce Elaine Swart Colwell. He graduated from Texas A & M in 1971 with a degree in Biomedical Science. He started his career with Penzoil in Vienna, West Virginia and later retired from Huntsman Corporation, in Port Neches.

Tom was an Eagle Scout, a member of the fire and rescue team, enjoyed traveling around the world, sailboats, training Labrador Retrievers, and scuba diving. He used his diving skills when he was a reserve deputy with the Houston Sheriff’s Department.

Tom is survived by his son, Thomas Colwell V (Angela Erway); daughter, Sarah Colwell Larson (Brian); sister, Janice (Colwell) Whitehead; brother, Stephen Colwell (Carolyn); Joyce Castro (and family); four nephews; one niece; and multiple great nieces and great nephews.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents and cousin, Doug Swart, of Hadley, New York.

A gathering of Tom’s family and friends will begin at 2:00 p.m., with his funeral service at 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2020, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His committal will be held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scouts Troop 51, 1826 Nall Street, Port Neches, Texas 77651; or to Heart of Texas Hospice, 2688 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

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Funeral Service

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  • 505 n 12th street nederland tx 77627
  • 10/02/2020
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Mark Wile

I worked with Tom for many years at Amoco and Solvay in Marietta, OH. He was someone you could always talk to and disagree with but still remain friends. As a safety engineer he didn't always give you the answer you wanted but was always professional and easy to talk to. He was missed by our Marietta facility when he left for Huntsman and I'm sure will be missed by many in Texas. A friend, a mentor, and a great person. RIP

Jessett Castro

You will always be remembered and loved. Your wit your kindness and sarcasm will forever be engraved in our souls. I pray you finally got your sea legs. Forever in my heart Thomas Colwell

Gary O’Brien

Tom was a good person with outstanding morals. He was an outstanding safety professional but most of all a very good friend. I will always remember him calling me every morning at 0730 sharp to make sure I was up and keeping a positive while looking for a job. Those calls were a God send at the time. I will miss Tom, and my prayers go to his friends and family.

S. G. Colwell

Big brother I'm gonna miss you immensely. We had a lot of good conversations. Although I'm not sure if you're a man of character or just a character. Like I read at dad's funeral: 2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my race. I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day ...


My condolences to the Colwell Family for your loss.