Thom Michael Petty died of cancer in Chennai India on December 12, 2011. He was 50 years old. Thom came to Chennai in 1996 to start the ministry of Sparky’s American Restaurant which was a ministry under YWAM Chennai. Thom was a master Italian chef who previously owned several restaurants and cruise ships and gave his life to world missions. His gift of hospitality and food brought thousands of people into his restaurant in Chennai where he entertained people with food, laughter, friendship and pointed many towards the Kingdom of God. He is greatly missed.