Thomas Edward Workman, Jr, 70, of Taunton, Massachusetts passed away on September 10, 2019 in Providence, Rhode Island. We mourn his untimely death but we celebrate the passion he had for life and his dedication to aid in the defense of the wrongly accused. He profoundly loved his family and friends, had a wry sense of humor, a kind and gentle spirit, and relished his life. He was loved, respected, and admired by his family and all who knew him. He fought a good fight both in life and in death.
The son of Thomas Edward and Ethel Mae Workman was born on November 21, 1948 in Houston, TX. He was known by family as Ted, or as Tom in his professional life.
Preceding him in death are his parents: Thomas Edward (Dick) Workman of Houston, TX and Ethel Mae (Timmons Keith) of the Woodlands, TX and his grandparents: Frederick Edgar and Maude Madalyn Meek Workman of Houston and his nephew, Ryan David Scalora of San Marcus, TX.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Sheppard Workman, and by his two children; Christopher Thomas Workman (Mhairi) of Lyngby, Denmark and Jennifer Jean Alexander (Scott) of Whitefish, MT. He loved his grandchildren Gregor and James Workman and Madelyn and Reid Alexander. Also surviving are his three siblings, Michael Keith Workman (Christene) of Tulsa, OK, Cheryl Workman Scalora (Michael) of Nacogdoches, TX and Christopher Reid Workman (Ruby) of York, PA. and his nieces and nephews: Nicole Scalora Tarpley, Rachel Workman, Elizabeth Workman Bodigan and Philip Workman.
Ted graduated from Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA, and received his Bachelors and Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. While in Texas he served six years in the Army National Guard. He worked in management as a professional engineer in the US and the UK, then went to Suffolk University in Boston and earned his Juris Doctor in 1997.
In 1997 he opened his Law Practice in Taunton, MA, specializing in intellectual property law and criminal defense. He has testified as an expert witness in computer forensics and the validity of breathalyzer evidence in the US and Canada.
He was a member of the American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2006 and 2007 he received the Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Stars Award and was named an Up and Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. He was named 2017 Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers Weekly and in 2018 The National College for DUI Defense honored him with a Trial Advocacy Award in recognition of his tireless and outstanding Trial Advocacy for the Defense.
Ted was an adjunct Professor Law at The University of Massachusetts School of Law and had numerous publications and speaking engagements.
He enjoyed tinkering and renovation of his Victorian home, raising tomatoes, singing in choirs and acting in community theater.
A Memorial service will be held at on October 18, 2019 at 11 AM at Memorial United Methodist Church at 176 Somerset Ave, Taunton, MA, 02780, (508) 823-2374.
Memorial donations may be made to:
Myelodysplastic Syndrome Foundation at www.mds-foundation.org
or Innocence Project at www.innocenceproject.org
We would like to offer our appreciation to the Doctors and staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, Morton Hospital in Taunton, MA and Hope Health Hospice and Palliative Care in Providence, RI for their gracious, kind and healing care.