Tom was was the patriarch and head of the Fletcher family, and the first husband of Pippa Ross. He was a major character in the first two years of the show and one of the first to be created by the show's creator Alan Bateman. In 1990 (Episode 525), he died at the wheel of his car, from either a heart attack or stroke. His foster children Bobby Simpson, Sophie Simpson and Steven Matheson were passengers in the car. Tom was played by New Zealand-Australian actor Roger Oakley.
|Thomas Edward Fletcher|
|Birthday:||17 January 1948 - 26 April 1990|
|Birthplace:||Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|Father:||Unknown, not mentioned|
|Mother:||unknown, not mentioned|
|Siblings:||Unknown, not specified|
|Spouse:||Pippa Ross then Fletcher, originally King (1969-1990)|
|Children:||Christopher Fletcher (1988)|
|Occupation:||Foster Parent, Road gang council worker, Macklin Group Manager (real estate development firm)|
|Played By:|| Roger Oakley
Thomas Robert Fletcher was born on 17th January 1948 (or 6th March 1947 if his headstone is to be believed) in Sydney, Australia. He was the patriarch of the Fletcher family and first husband of Pippa King. His father left his mother when he was a baby and his mother placed him in foster care in 1949 when Tom was 2 years old. Tom once fancied film actress Marilyn Monroe. He joined the army aged about 19 and served in the Vietnam War. While there he met fellow soldier Danny King and they became good friends. Tom started dating Danny's sister Pippa once he returned to Australia and they married in 1969.
Tom lived in Sydney but was made redundant from his job in 1987. He, Pippa and their foster children decided to swap the city for a more rural location. They chose the sunny seaside town of Summer Bay. Tom worked for the Macklin Development Firm. He was a respected man in the community, although the could be handy with his fists at times, even besting hard-man Sam Barlow in a fight.
Tom and Pippa Fletcher took in several more foster children including Steven Matheson, Carly Morris and Lynn Davenport. Tom clashed with neighbour Donald Fisher who was the vice principal of the local high school. Donald said he could make their lives hell if he wanted to. He also tried to stitch up Bobby Simpson. Tom told Don to leave before he got thrown out. Tom and Don continued their rivalry. Tom worked on the road gang and his foreman was the belligerent Sam Barlow. Sam began to harass some of Tom's foster children. Tom even bested Sam in a fight. Sam killed his wife Kerry and was jailed. Tom bettered himself when he left the road gang and later went to work for The Macklin Corporation. One time Don Fisher even mocked Tom's army days, calling him a pen pusher.
Tom became a first-time father in September 1988 to baby Christopher. Under pressure, he later became overloaded with work and was hospitalised for weeks. Sadly Tom died suddenly in April 1990 aged just 43 when he had a heart attack at the wheel of the car he was driving. Pippa was devastated but later met and married Michael Ross.
Tom's legacy lived on in Summer Bay. 18 years later, Sally saw a vision of him when she was stabbed and was lingering between life and death in hospital. In a special one-off episode, he appeared to her in a dreamlike, unfurnished Summer Bay house and offered her a choice. She could either walk upstairs in the house and reunite with the people she'd loved and lost: Michael, Ailsa, Bobby and Flynn. Or she could choose life and return to her old life. After deliberating upon it, Sally decided to choose life. Before disappearing, Tom asked her to tell Pippa that he loved her more than ever.
Birthdate: 17 January, 1948
Died: 26th April 1990 (aged 42)
Full name: Thomas Edward Fletcher
First Line "How difficult?" (to Mr Jarvis)
Tom's grave marker mistakenly records his birth name as "Thomas Robert Fletcher" and his date of birth as 6 March 1947.
Siblings at least 1 brother
Spouse Pippa King (1969-1990)
Children Christopher Fletcher (1988)