COAL TOWNSHIP — Thomas H. Tidey, of 1668 W. Lynn St., Coal Township, formerly of Sunbury Street, Shamokin, and a son of the late William and Elizabeth Tidey, of Shamokin, entered into heaven on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He was 84.
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Tom was a loving husband, father and grandfather, affectionately known as Pap-Pap by his grandkids. He was kind, gentle and had a dry sense of humor. Tom loved doing crossword puzzles daily, doing arts and crafts, his pet dogs, playing golf and watching sports, especially football, and was always committed to the people around him.
Mr. Tidey graduated from Shamokin High School in 1948.
In 1950, Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army in support of the Korean War. He was a member of "The First Team," the 1st Calvary Division, 8th Engineering Combat Battalion, Company D. Mr. Tidey's service in the Korean conflict included three treks across the 38th parallel.
Upon his return to Korea, Tom joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union, Local 607, Shamokin, and would remain a proud member for the next 63 years. He and his IBEW brothers helped establish many area businesses, including the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station near Berwick and Merck's manufacturing facility in Riverside.
Tom was also a proud member of the Purple and White Sportsmen's Club, a group from the community who volunteered its time to help raise funds and support for Shamokin Area High School athletics.
Tom's favorite team was his loving family. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, and wife of 56 years, the former Paula Pasco, and sister Eliza Jean Swett.
Tom will be lovingly missed and survived by his daughter, Annmarie Henninger, of Coal Township, with whom he resided; daughter Barbara Lore and husband, Christopher, of Cooksville, Md.; daughter Paula Jean Tidey, of Valencia, Calif.; son Thomas J. Tidey and wife, Lisa, of Dallas, Pa.; grandchildren Casey Henninger, of Susquehanna University, Thomas P. Tidey, of Temple University, Nora Tidey, of Dallas, Pa. and James Lore, of Cooksville, Md.; a brother, William Tidey, and wife Meryl, of Telford, and numerous nieces and nephews.
TIDEY — Thomas H. Tidey, 84, of 1668 W. Lynn St., Coal Township, formerly of Sunbury Street, Shamokin. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mother Cabrini Church, 200 N. Shamokin St. at Webster St., Shamokin. Interment of his cremains will follow Mass in St. Mary's Cemetery, Coal Township, with full military honors provided by the Black Diamond Military Honor Guard. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the visitation from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple St., Coal Township. As an expression of sympathy, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), 21 W. Independence St., Shamokin, Pa. 17872 or online at www.vnaa.org, or to the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library, 210 E. Independence St., Shamokin, PA 17872.
James Kelley Funeral Home
1001 W. Arch St. Coal Township, PA 17866
Published in The News Item from Feb. 2 to Feb. 7, 2013