In Memory

Thomas Elder

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03/25/09 02:59 PM #1    

John Strauss

I believe Thomas died in an industrial accident at Dow or one of the plants. He was a really gentle guy, I always thought it strange he got into that line of work.

06/28/09 06:48 PM #2    

Mark Vitek

John, you are right. Thomas died in early January of 1982 (if I recall correctly) due to a head injury he sustained during an industrial accident. Early on in high school, Thomas hired me to assist him in keeping the grounds of St. Michael's Church. We had to tend to nine acres, and we each drained three to four Cokes at every break. I remember we had conversations about everything from A-Z, and Thomas was, quite simply, "a guy who had nothing bad to say about anyone." I often think of him.

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