Thomas C. McMaster, 82, formerly of Girard and Warren, passed away peacefully
early Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Antonine Village, just five days after his wife
Suzanne passed away.
Thomas was born November 5, 1938 in Youngstown, the son of Charles and
Mildred Carroll McMaster. He attended Girard schools, graduating in 1957 from Girard
High School, where he was a member of its football team.
Tom spent his early adult years in banking, working initially for the First
National/Union National Bank of Girard, then at the Dollar Bank of Niles Girard branch,
his banking career spanning over 20 years before he decided to switch gears.
Always a hard worker, Tom secured employment at Republic Steel in its security
division, before moving on to similar duty first at Packard Electric and then to the GM
Lordstown Fab Plant, where combined he spent another 20 years. During this time, Tom
also loyally served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves, was
employed as a part-time auxiliary Trumbull County Sheriff's Deputy, and for over 30
years served as a part-time Girard firefighter.
In retirement, Tom enjoyed golfing, fervently followed the Cleveland Indians and
Browns, but most especially loved to fish, including memorable fishing trips to Canada
and Alaska. Also in retirement he assisted his son for 10 years in operating the Mac's
Tobacco Pouch cigar store in Chagrin Falls.
Tom was one the founding members of the Girard Little Indians Football
Organization in the early 1970's, and was a strong supporter of Girard High School
athletics. He also was a past member of the Girard-Liberty Rotary, the Girard Eagles,
and the Girard IFH Club.
Tom was most happy in the presence of his children and grandchildren and close
friends, enjoying regular family vacations many years to Geneva-on-the- Lake and to
Sparrow Lake in Canada.
Tom was a loyal and loving husband, as evidenced by his 59-year marriage to
Suzanne. Both as a father and grandfather, he was devoted and supportive, an honest
kind-hearted gentleman who adhered to Christian values and was always willing to help
those in need. Talkative and engaging, Tom made friends quickly, and his outgoing
nature carried over to pets who were welcomed and thus always present in his home.
Tom leaves to cherish his memory his four children, Thomas II (Barbara) of
Chagrin Falls, Holly Rees of Niles, Heather (Kevin) Gump of Girard, and Beth (Bob)
Kolat of Farmdale. He also leaves nine grandchildren, Katie, Shane, Alexis, James,
Gillian, Trevor, McKenna, Haeden, and Delaney.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Suzanne McGowan McMaster,
who passed away November 10, 2020, and his brother John “Jack” McMaster.
Due to current health conditions, a memorial service will be held at a later date to
honor both Tom and Sue. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any memorial contributions can be made to the Girard Fire Department and/or the Antonine Village. Family and friends may visit
www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to leave any expressions of
sympathy to the family.
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