Thomas W. Rathbun

Born: 11/23/1942 Passed:

Thomas W. Rathbun, 77, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away peacefully on his birthday November 23, 2019.

Tom was a dedicated worker, employed at Shaw Body Shop for 57 years. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, and volunteering at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 918 in Cuyahoga Falls, where he achieved the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest degree of merit available, an achievement he was most proud of. He was also a past president of the FOPA. Friend to many, Tom never met a stranger.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Marian Rathbun. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Pamela; daughters, Amy (Tony) Demasi of Cuyahoga Falls, and Tracy (Chad) Thiery of Concord, NC; grandchildren, Sarah and Ashley Demasi, and Parker Thiery; brothers, Philip (Cheryl) Rathbun, and William (Patricia) Rathbun; and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Summa Hospice, and all the family and friends who offered their prayers and support these past few weeks.

In keeping with Tom’s wishes a Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday November 30th at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge, 4444 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Summa Hospice, 141 N. Forge St., Akron, Ohio 44304, or your favorite charity. Condolences can be shared with the family online at

Heritage Cremation Society


22 Tributes to Thomas W. Rathbun

  1. The Daniel Zampelli Family says:

    Pam, Tracy, Tony, Amy, Sarah and Ashley, we are so sorry for your loss. May the memories you hold dear of him help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  2. Janet Harris says:


    Sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  3. Michael Jones Charlotte NC says:

    My prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Men and Women of Cuyahoga Falls Moose says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

  5. Vicki Graham (Buck) says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have many wonderful memories of your father. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Ray Para says:

    Our most deepest sympathies to a great man. Tommy always made me feel welcome and had a kind word. May he rest in eternal peace.

  7. Jenny Reed says:

    Tracy/Chad and your entire family, so very sorry to hear about the passing us your beloved Father Thomas. Keeping your family in my thoughts & prayers.

  8. John, Lucia and family says:

    Pam, Tony, Amy, Tracy, Ashley and Sarah, Keeping you in thought and prayer in this difficult time. May the memories of Tom, your dad and grandpa and the love of family and friends bring you comfort.

    • David Pelligra says:

      Pam, and Family,
      My prayers are with you all at this very sad time.
      35 years ago I had the good fortune to work with Tom at the Body shop.
      Tom loved his family, I will never forget when Tracy was born he would jokingly call her EK with a glimmer in his eye.
      He would often refer to the shop as Shaw Baptist, whenever we were working on the weekend. Tom became one of my mentors, he was always patient and doing this while wearing a smile. He would relentlessly offer his talents, when I was over my head doing car repairs. For several Christmas’s Tom would chauffeur my father and I in his black pickup truck to a local tree farm to get our family tree.
      Tom was a very proud, loving and giving man that will be dearly missed by all of us. I am certain Tom has rejoined his heavenly family and is sharing his smiles with all he meets.

  9. Janet McDade says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. Glenn and Margie Pask says:

    Pam and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Lynda White says:

    Pam, I’m so very sorry to hear about Tom. I’m brought back to fond memories of our teen years together, and when you met Tom. You were so in love! Being in your wedding was an honor I cherish to this day. As Les and I got to know Tom better, we knew he was a loving and caring man. He would do anything for you. We knew you two would be in it for the long haul. And you did. Knowing my late husband Les, he will greet Tom with a hug and a hand shake and welcome him into Heaven.

    Tom;s love will stay with you forever. Your memories will get you through the rough times. And the children you share will carry on his legacy.

    Healing hugs Pam.

  12. Scott Hart, Mooseheart, IL, says:

    Pam and family, we send our heartfelt sympathies on your loss of Tom.
    Thank you for sharing his life with the Moose fraternity. It was truly an honor to serve alongside of him in making a difference in the lives of our children at Mooseheart and seniors at Moosehaven. His leadership, generosity and compassion on the less fortunate blessed so many. We pray for peace and strength for you in this time of mourning as well as celebration of a life well lived.

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