Malcolm John Tomlinson

October 29, 1937 ~ March 18, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old


Malcolm John Tomlinson, 86, passed away in his sleep on March 18, 2024 in Miami, Florida. His daughter was by his side.

Son of Malcolm Edgar and Verna Wong Tomlinson, he was born on October 29, 1937, in Shanghai, China. He was predeceased by his older sister Verna by a week.

In 1951, as a consequence of political unrest in China, the family moved to Leeds, England. After finishing high school in Leeds, John joined the British Merchant Navy and traveled the world from 1954 to 1958. In 1959, he immigrated to the United States with only a few dollars in his pocket. Like many, he came to America hoping to build a better life with his hard work and wits.

A few weeks after arriving in America, he met Hope Shepnick, whom he married in January of 1960 in Miami, Florida. In 1968, they had their first and only child, Stacey Marlowe Tomlinson.

John was charming, quick with numbers, a sharp negotiator, and an astute businessman. He used the skills wisely, and shortly after arriving in the US, he began working in a car dealership in the Finance and Insurance department. Through hard work, grit, and a gift of the gab, he rose through the ranks and eventually ended up as the sole owner of Dadeland Dodge. He sold the business in 1998 and retired for part of the year to Linville, North Carolina.

In his younger days, he was an avid golfer and tennis player. He was very fond of dogs, having as many as five at a time and regularly adopting homeless stray Labrador Retrievers. He is survived by his daughter, her husband, and his three grandchildren, Malcolm, Elizabeth, and Nicholas Essaid. His life story, work ethic, and resilience have greatly impacted them and others lucky enough to have known him.

His friends and family are invited to share happy memories and celebrate John’s life as he would want it to be remembered—as a man who enjoyed life.

A service will be held at Plymouth Congregational Church in Miami on April 7 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Miami Dade Animal Shelter at


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