Age 91, of Tallahassee, died March 12, 2014, at St. Augustine Plantation. Thomas was born August 16, 1922, in Donora, PA to Timothy and Anna (Gould) Garde and moved to Tallahassee in 1979, coming from Cleveland, OH. He was an accountant for US Steel as well as past president of the US Steelworkers Union, past president of the City Council of Donora, PA, on the church council of St. Charles Catholic Church Donora, PA and was a devout member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. He was also a 9th WWII Army veteran and a recipient of the distinguished Purple Heart. He was united in marriage in 1970 to his wife, Elizabeth, who resides in Tallahassee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Timothy and Anna (Gould) Garde; his three sisters, Mary Timothy Garde, Mariana Garde and Kathleen Garde, all Sisters of St. Joseph; nephew, Damon Garde. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Garde, Tallahassee, FL; his daughter, Terrie (Bobby) Brooks of Tallahassee, FL; his brother, Al Garde (Rita) of Monessen, PA; and his two grandchildren, Wyatt (Amy) Brooks of Tallahassee and Hilary Brooks of Mountain View, CA; nephews and nieces, Timothy (Jill) Garde, Houston, TX, Kennedy Garde, Houston, TX, Mary Beth (John) Garde-Simpson, Monessen, PA, Kathleen Garde-Masten, Anacortes, WA, Patrick Garde, Houston, TX, James (Toni) Garde, Houston, TX. Special thanks to all the staff at St. Augustine Plantation and Michael Lyons and all the other nurses from Big Bend Hospice. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Interment immediately following the Mass on the church grounds. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice or Blessed Sacrament Church.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2014