Richard "Dick" Tome
1929 - 2021
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Richard "Dick" Tome, 92, of Erie, Pa., passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021.

He was born in Erie on January 7, 1929, son of the late, Leon and Anna (Scheffner) Tome.

Dick graduated from Academy High School and married his high school sweetheart, Dolores, in 1950. Dick worked at Erie Window Glass, PPG, and Hedlund Glass. He retired from the L. U. #486 in 1986, after serving as the Finance Secretary and the President for over fifteen years. Dick was the commissioner of Boys Baseball and coached Football at Blessed Sacrament School for over 30 years. He was also the youngest person in Pennsylvania to be issued a pilots license. Dick served his country overseas for 16 months during the Korean War as a N.C.O. in the Division Headquarters, ARTY. He was a lifetime member of the Sunflower Club, Blessed Sacrament Ushers, VFW 470, the Building Committee at Blessed Sacrament, and past Chairman of the State Apprentice Committee. Dick enjoyed sports, flying, traveling in South and Southwestern states, and visiting many civil war battlefields.

The Tome family came from Germany in the early 1700s and moved to Western Pennsylvania in the early 1800s. Dick's great-great-grandfather was the spokesperson for the Seneca Indian Nation. Members of the Tome family served in the Civil War and the Revolutionary War and are buried in the Revolutionary War Cemetery in Dallastown, Pa.

In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his sisters, Louise Grumblatt and Agnes DeHart, and brother-in-law, Joe Grumblatt.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores (Sitter) Tome, sons, Rick (Jeanine), Dave (Judy), and Kevin (Gretchen) Tome, grandchildren, Brian Tome, Michelle (Mike) Kappler, Adam (Nikki) Tome, Carolyn Tome, and Steve Tome, and three great-grandchild, Addison, Aiden, and Aubrey Kappler. Dick is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Friday at Blessed Sacrament Church from 9 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Private burial with Military Honors will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. The Kloecker Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., in Dick's name at www.stjude.org.

The family wishes to thank the caring staff at the PA Soldiers' & Sailors' Home.

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Published in Erie Times-News on Mar. 3, 2021.
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March 7, 2021
To Dave and the whole family:

I had just found out if your Dads passing.

I had met your Mom and Dad thru work, your daughters wedding and at your Dads latest residence when we could visit our Dad too.

I am so extremely sorry for all of you and hope that fond memories help you threw this time.

Sincerely with sympathy,
Lynn S. Legenzoff and family
Lynn S. Legenzoff
Friend
March 5, 2021
Dolores, Rick, Dave and Kevin:

My sincere sympathy to all of you with the passing of Coach Tome. When we moved into the neighborhood in 1964 our Dads became immediate best friends. That friendship lasted a lifetime and it was special. I remember Rich as the most wonderful story teller. He always made us laugh. His walks down the block to visit for Sunday morning "brunch" with my father were always enjoyable. I will miss him.

God Bless all of you.
Gary Firch
March 4, 2021
Dear Dave and Judy,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Dave always had such kind words to express the relationship he had with his dad and it was wonderful to hear how close they were. From all the notes from family and friends, he sounds like an amazing man and how wonderful for you to have had him in your life for such a long time. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Your friends,
Bob and Kathy Rindosh
Bob and Kathy Rindosh
Friend
March 4, 2021
Jeanine & Rick...so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. May you find comfort in all your special memories. Sending you love, thoughts & prayers.
Mary Hanes
Friend
March 4, 2021
Dave, Kevin and the Tome family:

My sincere condolences on the passing of your father. Best wishes to your family.
Kevin M Monahan
Friend
March 4, 2021
Rick and Dave and your family:

Please know that you all in our thoughts and prayers.

As a young coach at St. Peter's, I often coached against your Dad.

Coach Tome always treated me with great respect, which was a little disconcerting for a young kid. I won a few and lost a bunch to your Dad and I always felt good after because he was so kind to me no matter the score.
One of Erie's greatest coaches and a classy guy.

Peace my friends.
Douglas White
March 4, 2021
Coach Dave Tome,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Larry Higgins
East High Class of 86
Larry Higgins
Friend
March 4, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
john & giovina scheffner
Family
March 4, 2021
Jeanine--I'm sorry to hear about Rick's dad. Please accept my condolences and give my sympathy to your family. I know this is a tough time and I wish you all the best. Skiboo
Susan L Houser
March 4, 2021
To The Tome Family,
My family’s thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.
I remember your dad well as a kind man who was always positive and worked hard to make Boys Baseball a fun experience.
John Reinhold
Friend
March 4, 2021
To the Tome Family,
I am so sorry to read about your dad. He was always so nice when we were little kids! Thoughts and prayers and good memories for you at this time.
Sincerely,
Colleen Heher Kerr
Colleen Heher Kerr
Friend
March 3, 2021
I loved this man. He was a special person to my family and my godfather. Wonderful sense of humor and wonderful uncle. He always called me Katie or the kid with the shinny hair. Will miss him a lot.
Cathy Lawless
Family
March 3, 2021
Our sincere sympathies to all of the family. May he Rest In Peace. Your family will be in our prayers
Ron and Karen Rudler
Friend
March 3, 2021
Rick, Dave, Kevin, and Mrs. Tome,
My sincerest condolences on your loss. Mr. Tome was the finest example of a gentleman and leader of young kids that I have experienced. He lead by example, and preached sportsmanship, fair play, having fun. He will always be a pillar of Blessed Sacrament sports, as far as I'm concerned. I have nothing but fond memories of my first football coach. May memories of his wonderful life bring you comfort during this difficult time. Rest in Peace, Coach! And thank you!
Jon Cacchione
March 3, 2021
Tome Family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Kelly Kramer
Friend
March 3, 2021
Tome Family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Kelly Kramer
Friend
March 3, 2021
Dear Rick, Dave, and Kevin,
This is your cousin (twice removed? Julius Sitter, your mother's brother, was my grandfather), Wendy (Sitter) Wurz. I would like to extend my deepest condolences for the loss of your stellar Dad! As I remember, from clubbing days in the 80's, your father raised you very well to be "good people", with warm hearts and keen social intelligence. I do pray that you are at peace with him leaving behind a very honorable legacy. Love to you and your mother,
Wendy
Wendy (Sitter) Wurz
Family
March 3, 2021
My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies go out to the entire Tome family.
Janet Larson
Acquaintance
March 3, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Carol Welch & Family
Neighbor
March 3, 2021
Dave and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and peace being sent to you.
Denise Comi and the Comi Family
Friend
March 3, 2021
Condolences to the Tome Family!
I thought the world of Mr Tome. What a gentle soul who knew how to connect with kids.
Loved the roots he established for me as a lover of football.
Many fond memories. Play hard but play fair. Extend you hand to the guy you knock down.
What excitement he could create for 5/6th graders with the offer of a free milkshake.
Never forgotten in my mind and heart. God bless till we meet again!
Shawn Dombrowski
Friend
March 3, 2021
Rest In Peace Coach Tome!!! Thanks for being a great coach and mentor for all your football players over the years at Blessed Sacrament...We learned a lot from you and appreciated you...
Len Cyterski
Student
March 3, 2021
Rick and Janine, sorry to hear of your loss.
Peace. Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher
Acquaintance
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