Thomas J. Engelmann of West Chester

Thomas J. Engelmann

Thomas J. Engelmann

Thomas J. Engelmann, 90, of West Chester, formerly of North Arlington, N.J., died Sunday, Feb. 28.

Born in 1925 in Paterson, N.J., he was the son of the late Oscar E. and Rose (nee Healey) Engelmann.

Thomas was the former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus in Arlington, N.J., Council #3428. He was a lover of music, mostly big bands and the standards. He was also a great singer, spending many years singing barbershop with the local glee club. Most notably though is that he could whistle so beautifully that even strangers would stop and listen. There was always a song in his heart. He also loved his Phillies and watched every game, no matter what their record was, and could always be found near a cup of hot (Starbucks) coffee and a box of chocolates. Tom was a devoted and loving husband, an amazingly supportive father, and the best friend you could ever have.

He was the beloved husband of Anne D. (nee Bonelli) with whom he shared 66 years of marriage; the loving father of Thomas R. (Beverly), Gale A. Burt (David Lynch), and Maribeth E. Volpe (Anthony); he is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews; he is predeceased by his sisters, Claire Sweeney and Rose Hanna.

Relatives are friends are invited to his Visitation 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2016 at The Donohue Funeral Home, 1627 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382, 610-431-9000 and to his Funeral Mass 11 a.m. at SS Simon & Jude Church, 8 Cavanaugh Court, West Chester, PA 19380.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to The Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation, ednf.org.

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