After an extended illness, Thomas Benjamin (Tom) Weaver, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend passed from this life on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Tom was born on November 25, 1932 to Brady H. and Ruth C. (Schettler) Weaver in Marble, Pennsylvania, his lifelong home.
Tom attended St. Michael Elementary School and graduated from Shippenville High School in 1950.
On January 28, 1956, Tom married Margaret C. (Peg) Smerker at St. Michael’s Church in Fryburg, PA, his home parish for all of his 86 years. Monsignor Francis V. Theobald officiated. Married 63 years, Peg took good care of Tom at home until his last day.
Tom was proud of his service in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951-1953. After Basic Training and Leadership School in Fort Knox, Kentucky, he spent 14 months in Korea. Upon his Honorable Discharge, he worked several jobs including driving milk truck for the family farm and factory jobs at Joy Manufacturing in Franklin and Owens-Illinois in Clarion. In November of 1963, Tom began his career as a successful insurance agent with the Knights of Columbus Insurance Company, which later become American General Life and Accident. He retired after 30 years of distinguished service. In retirement, Tom enjoyed golfing several days a week and was a former member of the Men’s Tuesday Night Golf League at Hunter’s Station.
A respected businessman and leader, Tom served his community as a member of the North Clarion School Board and St. Michael Church Council. He was a member of the Monsignor Theobald Knights of Columbus Council #11387, of which he was a founding member and served as Grand Knight. Tom also was a lifetime member of the Fryburg Stock Club, as well as the Fryburg Sportsman’s Club. He was an avid fan of Pittsburgh sports teams and enjoyed watching the Black and Gold whenever possible!
Tom appreciated travel, and he and Peg were blessed to visit many states across the country, including California, Montana, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Alaska, Hawaii and countries abroad including Mexico, Greece, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Germany, where he visited the land sold by his great, great, grandfather Anthony Weaver, who immigrated to the US.
Having loved to hunt and fish, Tom bagged his last deer in October 2018 in Marble, PA and netted his last fish in Lake Nippissing, Verner, Ontario, Canada in July of 2018! He enjoyed yearly family vacations to Camp La Plage, his family’s “piece of heaven” for 50+ years. Most of his grandchildren have memories of PaPa Tom fishing, playing cards, and feeding “chippies.” He loved playing cards, especially euchre, and was always looking for a game to set up.
Along with his wife, Tom is survived by all five of their children: Richard T. (Rick) of Clymer, PA; Theodore J. (Ted) and wife Pamela (Pam) of Marble; Douglas A. (Doug) and wife Jacqueline (Jackie) of Tionesta; Jana M. and husband Kenneth Aaron of Canal Fulton, OH; and Jennifer L. and husband Jerry Pitz of Cuyahoga Falls, OH.
Tom was the proud grandfather of 14, all surviving: Stephanie Weaver Siegel, Jessica and husband Justin (J) Ochs, Benjamin (Ben) Weaver, Adriane Weaver and companion Michael Milner; Ashely and husband Ryan Clark, Ryan Weaver and companion Kelsi Zacherl, Sean Weaver; Eugene (Sandy) Sandrock and wife Jennifer, Janise Sandrock and fiance’ Justin Lower, Evelyn Aaron, Jay Aaron; Emily Pitz and companion Dylan Gabel, Rachael Adams, and Aiden Pitz. He found joy in all of their successes and made a point of attending every possible sporting event he could.
PaPa Tom’s legacy will live on for many years as he also is survived by seventeen great-grandchildren: Gwen, Bryn, Rowan, and Elin Siegel; Leroy, Samuel, Gracie, Ellsie, and Stella Ochs; Amelia and Charlotte, Violet and Carter Clark; Mason Millin; Nicholas and Trip Sandrock; and Abel Thomas. He loved each of them and delighted in spending time with them, attending birthday parties and school events. He was extremely proud to be their PaPa Tom.
Tom is also survived by his siblings: Marie (Norb) Bauer, Brady (Kathy) Weaver, Dave (Gerry) Weaver, Charlie (Janet) Weaver, and Gary (Karen) Weaver. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Daniel Weaver.
Tom is three-time cancer survivor. When asked how he got through his illnesses, he would say, “A positive attitude and prayer.” Words we can all live by for all of life’s trials and triumphs.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Faller Funeral Home in Fryburg. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Thursday, March 21, 2019 at St. Michael Church, Fryburg with Rev. Joseph Czkarowski pastor presiding. Interment will be in the St. Michael Cemetery following the mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to some of Tom’s favorite causes such as: St. Michael Church Restoration, The Clarion-Forest Visiting Nurses Association, The American Cancer Society, or a charity of one’s choice.
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