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Robert Thomas “Tommy” Combs Rusden

March 19, 1985 - September 29, 2020

Robert Thomas “Tommy” Combs Rusden, age 35, of Elkton, MD, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Born in Newark, DE on March 19, 1985, he was the son of Robin Williamson Rusden. Tommy was affectionately known as “Big Tom” and often compared to a teddy bear and a gentle giant. He loved fiercely, enjoyed the outdoors, and mechanics. Tommy’s favorite past times include fishing trips to North Carolina, being with his friends and family, and filling the house with laughter. He will be remembered fondly by his sly grin, huge beard, and big personality.

Tommy was preceded in death by his father, Tom Combs; and maternal grandfather, Robert Williamson. He is survived by his mother, Robin Williamson Rusden; stepfather, Robert Ames; sister, Amanda Cullen and her husband Jack; nephew and nieces, Jackson Cullen, Henley Cullen and Quinn Cullen; maternal grandmother, Nellie Williamson; and several aunts and many cousins.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, followed by a memorial service at 11 am. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tommy’s memory to Firm Foundation Recovery, 2242 St. James Drive, Wilmington, DE 19808.

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16 Condolences for Robert Thomas “Tommy” Combs Rusden

  • We so very sorry for your loss! Your in our prayers. God bless you and Bob during this most difficult time! We love you both! 🙏❤

  • Robin and Bob,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Tommy was such a kind and gentle soul. We will truly miss him.
    We love you….Gwen and Eric

  • Robin I am so sorry for the loss of your
    Son Tommy!

  • I speak for my family and want you to know how saddened we are to hear of Tommy’s passing. We will all remember him and that sly grin of his and how much we enjoyed being your neighbors . I remember him coming over to visit and how gentle he was with the little children I watched. Amanda was such a great big sister too. We are so sorry for your loss and may he fly high with the angels.

  • Robin and Bob
    So sorry that you have to go through this again I am praying for you

  • So Sorry Robin For Your Loss , We Will Keep You in Our Prayers 🙏 💔🙏💔

  • I will always love u big tom.. we go back since I was 16. And I remember going to homecoming with you . When we’re in Penn. And we had the same classes together. You where like a teddy bear with amazing smile and always saying ” you got jokes”..lol.. or saying something silly and funny. And always looking out for me . R.i.p tom.. I will always love you and miss u💕

  • Love and miss you Tom I’ll see you soon brother keep me safe

  • Robin I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew Tom since I was about 15 we had our ups and downs but we always ended up fixing whatever issues we had. He was very comical I remember when we were kids and I lit a deodorant stick on fire in my room and he stomped it out with his leg and singed the hair off his legs that was just one of the funny things he did. He also had a one of a kind laugh and he was one heck of a detailer. We had good times and we had bad times. I also remember him doing the Kiki dance. I’ll forever miss you Tom. I love you brother be easy

  • Love u big homie we will miss u fallen but never forgotten Tom

  • Love u bro will always be with me bro

  • My condolences to the family… Tom was such a nice young man…so respectful, kind,helpful all around one hell of a young man…I meet him though my nephew Kevin Hubbard and he passed last year and Tom was there for the family… Now the are together again flying high…

  • I’m so sorry for ur loss robin. My thoughts and prayer with u and family. If u ever need talk or anything I’m here for u .

  • Love you tommy. Im still in shock. May you rest in peace brother

  • I love you & miss you so much my angel.

  • Tommy,

    You were great a friend to me. We both went to Penn together and had the same classes together. I met you when I was about 16 years old. I will never forget when we went to home coming together. When we went to William Penn. I will always love and you miss you … Nichole .