THOMAS FAIRHURST

Thomas Johnston Fairhurst, 89, of Toledo, and previously Perrysburg, passed away in his sleep on Sunday, August 13, 2017. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey, on May 10, 1928, to William and Josephine M. Fairhurst. His parents, along with his older brother William M., preceded him in death. Tom attended Ottawa Hills High School and graduated from the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College. He was a member of the football and swimming teams during prep school and college, and was affiliated with Chi Phi fraternity. Tom initially worked at Owens Corning and joined Dana Corporation in 1958. He was employed there until his retirement in 1990, at which time he was a senior vice president. Tom was active in the community as well as serving on six company boards in Cleveland, Detroit and Washington, D.C. He also was a 35 year member of SAE International. Locally, Tom enjoyed several stage appearances in the 1950s with the Village Players. Tom served on several boards, many as president, including: Junior Achievement, Family Service of NW Ohio, WGTE, the James Caldwell Center, Toledo Hearing and Speech, St Luke’s Hospital and Foundation boards, St. Vincent’s Foundation Board, the Bowling Green State University Foundation Board, and was the current chairman of the Swan Creek Retirement Village Association. He was active in the vestry at the Congregational Church and over the past 40 years served on the vestry three times at First Presbyterian Church of Maumee. He also was a long time member and past president of Carranor Hunt and Polo Club. Tom and his wife Nancy, who preceded him in death, were married for almost 65 years and his devotion to her prior to her passing in May 2016 was admired by all who knew them. After his retirement, the two of them traveled internationally several times. Tom also enjoyed golf; skeet shooting; field hunting and collecting historical artifacts. He spent substantial time researching the history of revolutionary and civil war battles and delighted in sharing his knowledge. All the activities he enjoyed were important to him because he engaged family and friends. That special attentiveness to others, his warm smile and his sunny disposition will be sorely missed. Tom was a loving dad to four children: Katherine Fairhurst, who preceded him in death, Tom (Jan) of Skaneateles, New York, William (Patricia) of Houston, Texas, and Virginia Keller (Steve) of Perrysburg. He has 10 grandchildren, one of whom, Robert Gschwend, preceded him in death, three great-grandchildren, and two nieces, Betsy (Dale) Nelson and Ann Fairhurst (Mark Cipra). Friends were received on Sunday, August 20, at Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 East South Boundary Street, Perrysburg, OH (419-874-3133). A Memorial Service was held Monday, August 21, at Carranor Hunt and Polo Club, Perrysburg. A private family service was held at the First Presbyterian Church, Maumee, with burial in Fort Meigs Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to the family’s charitable fund at the Toledo Community Foundation, 300 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300, Toledo, OH 43604. Condolences to the family may be made by visiting www.witzlershank.com.

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