Thomas A. Sparta Sr., 83, formerly of Easton, Pa., Midland, Zurich, Switzerland; Athens, Greece; Milan, Italy; Las Vegas, Nev., and Stone Harbor, N.J., passed away on April 4, 2013, at his home in Stone Harbor, N.J. The son of the late Dr. Anthony J. Sparta and Sara (Reed) Sparta, he was born Nov. 11, 1929, in Phillipsburg, N.J. He attended the Easton, Pa. public schools and graduated from Easton High School in 1947. After graduation from Lafayette College in 1951, he was employed by the Naugatuck Chemical Division of the (then) U.S. Rubber Company prior to joining the National Printing Ink Research Institute at Lehigh University where he earned his master's degree in 1956. After further graduate work at Indiana University
, he joined The Dow Chemical Co.'s Chemicals Technical Service and Development Department. In 1961, he transferred to Dow Chemical Europe in Zurich, Switzerland, where he was instrumental in establishing Dow in the European Polyurethane business. In 1964, he established Dow's first Middle East sales office in Athens, Greece as the regional manager for Dow's Middle East operations. In 1966, he was named General Manager of Dow's Italian operations in Milan, Italy. In 1968, he returned to Dow headquarters in Midland, where for the next 13 years he held various positions in chemicals and plastics as business managers, marketing director, department general manager and as the Corporate Product Director for Chemicals. While in Midland, he also coached and managed Little League baseball for eight years and served a term as president of the local Little League. In 1980, he returned to Dow Europe in Zurich, Switzerland as executive vice president for all commercial operations, marketing, sales and purchasing. He retired from Dow Chemical in 1988 and divided his time between his homes in Las Vegas, Nev. and Stone Harbor N.J. and traveled considerably.
Thomas is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Irene (nee Foster) Sparta of Stone Harbor, N.J.; and seven children, daughters, Nancy of Fox Island, Wash., Patricia and Julia both of Stone Harbor, N.J.; sons, Thomas Jr. of Pittsburgh, Pa., Michael of Nashville, Tenn., Daniel of Las Vegas, Nev. and Joseph of Stone Harbor, N.J. In addition, he is survived by 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; his sister, Joan (nee Sparta) Evans of Huntington Valley, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews, all he considered family. He will be missed by so many.
Arrangements by Radzieta Funeral Home in Cape May, N.J. Condolences may be made at www.radzieta.com
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