ROBSTOWN – It’s with heavy hearts that the Board and management of Nueces Electric Cooperative share the death of Thomas Raymond “Tommy” Ermis, NEC’s District 6 director. Tommy passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in a San Antonio, TX hospital. He leaves behind a legacy of both great leadership and a life-long commitment to serving his community and electric cooperatives.


Born and raised in Agua Dulce, Ermis was the owner and operator of Ermis Farms since 1968. Ermis was truly committed to serving the members of rural South Texas. A NEC Board Director since 1977, Ermis dedicated 42-years to serving the members of NEC.


Ermis recalled his grandparents speaking of the time NEC was founded, before electricity. This gave him a perspective on what it meant to serve a strong cooperative that focuses on its members. After serving NEC as a Board Director for 28 years, Ermis proudly stepped into the role of NEC Board President from 2005, a position he held for six years until 2011. In his final years, Tommy served as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer on NEC’s Executive Committee, was a member of NEC’s Government Affairs Committee and Annual Meeting and Building Study.


Ermis’ dedication to serving his community extended beyond his commitments to NEC. Ermis served as NEC Director on the South Texas Electric Cooperative (STEC) Board from 2002 until the time of his death. He also served on the Board of Directors of Smith Gin from 1993 until Feb. 2019 and was active with the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show for 15 years.


“Tommy dedicated much of his life to serving the members of Nueces Electric Cooperative and his community,” stated Varzavand Irani, NEC Chief Executive Officer. “He believed in the value each member had in the co-op and worked to support their interests. His fellow directors, NEC family and his community will all miss him very much.”


Ermis was a valued member and friend of Nueces Electric Cooperative. He was instrumental in moving NEC and STEC forward and played an important role in the progress the electric cooperative movement has made over the last 40 years. He leaves behind a legacy of dedication to the members of NEC and great service to the electric cooperative mission.