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Thomas Firouz Motamed

December 5, 1948 — April 19, 2023

Kiawah Island

Thomas Firouz Motamed

Thomas Firouz Motamed, 74, of Kiawah Island, SC, passed away at home with his family on April 19, 2023, following a valiant and courageous battle with brain cancer.

“Tommy” was born on December 5, 1948, and grew up in Garden City, NY. As a graduate of Adelphi University in 1971, he was the proud captain of the lacrosse team. He attended Widener University School of Law, graduating in 1975. His successful 31-year career at The Chubb Corporation began in 1977 as a claims trainee in NJ. With an unwavering work ethic, he was promoted through the company and ultimately elected vice chairman and Chief Operating Officer. In 2009 he served as Chief Executive Officer of CNA Financial Corporation, retiring from the insurance industry in 2016.

His impact on countless lives will be long-lasting as a leader, mentor, and philanthropist. Tom was a member of the AIG Board of Directors, the Insurance Institute Board of Directors, the Adelphi University Board of Trustees, the World Business Chicago Board of Directors, the Gibbes Museum Board of Directors, and the MUSC Board of Trustees.

Usually up before the sun, Tom loved people and was greeted by name at the local bagel shop or dry cleaner. He enjoyed rounds of golf with friends, buying and selling real estate, traveling to places near and far, or simply frying up bacon in the morning for his grandsons.

Tom lived each day as a man of humble character who worked tirelessly to provide for his family. He routinely planned gatherings to keep his family connected and made joyful memories with those he loved while keeping everyone laughing. He was a devoted husband, a supportive father, and a loving grandfather; he will be forever missed.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Christine; his daughter, Meredith Rymer, and her husband Tim, and their sons Ben, Evan, and Nate; his daughter, Kate Miles, and her husband Quinton, and their son Jackson; his cousin, Lawrence Thomas; 6 half-brothers and sisters; and his beloved labrador retriever, Deacon. He is predeceased by his parents, Dr. Michael Motamed and Joan Mooney, and his aunt, Dr. Fahimeh Thomas.

Services will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth Street, Charleston, South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Duke University, The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., West Ashley Chapel 3360 Glenn McConnell Pkwy Charleston, SC 29414.


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