February 18th, 2003

Thomas Emory Heather Jr. — January 7th, 1915 - February 17th, 2003

There's me with my brother, Tom IV, my Grandad, Tom Jr., and my Dad, Tom III — also known as Big Tom, Little Tom and Old Tom. That's a whole lotta Toms.

My Grandad lived in a house directly behind my dad's house in Marydel, Maryland. Yesterday morning my dad went to check on him and found that he had passed away in his sleep. Tom called and gave me the bad news.

Grandad turned 88 last month. His first great grandchildren are expected in a matter of weeks. It's such a shame that he'll miss that. Assuming one of Denise's babies is a boy, we'll still have a Big Tom, Little Tom and Old Tom, we'll just have to shuffle the titles around.

Now I've got no grandparents left. We lost all four of them in the past five years.

So, it looks like I'll be taking a trip back to the homestead soon. I haven't been informed about what arrangements are being made, but I wouldn't be too surprised if I'm on a plane tomorrow or the next day.

Grandad's Obit:

Thomas E. Heather, Jr. of Marydel, Maryland died Monday, February 17, 2003 at his home. He was 88.

Mr. Heather was born and raised in Marydel, Maryland to the late Thomas E. Heather, Sr. and Lydia A. Milbourn. He graduated from Caeser Rodney High School and attended The University of Maryland before transferring to Wesley College.

He worked for the American Can Company in New Jersey, where he became a Master Mechanic. In 1945 he moved back to Marydel and worked as a Plant Manager for the Covell Canning Company until 1975. The canning company in the later years was known as San-Del Packing Company.

Mr. Heather was a life member and past Chief of the Marydel Volunteer Fire Company. He was a one-time member of the Marydel Town Council. He enjoyed reading, sailing and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia Whitmarsh Heather in 2000, and his sister Elizabeth Heather Covell in 1990.

Mr. Heather is survived by one son, Thomas E. Heather III and his wife Dorenda of Marydel, MD; one sister, Marietta Hienle of Deerfield Beach, FL; four grandchildren, Thomas E. Heather IV & Denise L. Heather, both of McKinney, TX, Jarrett M. Heather of Sacramento, CA, and Beth Spiering of Marydel, MD.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday February 22, 2003 at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 South Bradford Street, Dover, DE. Friends may call at the viewing, from 7 - 9 PM Friday, February 21, 2003 at the Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Marydel Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 400, Marydel, Delaware 19964.

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