Thomas G. Gaspar of Kennett Square

Thomas G. Gaspar, 82, of Kennett Square, died Friday, Nov. 18. He was the husband of Katherine Lukats Gaspar, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage.

Thomas G. Gaspar
Thomas G. Gaspar

Born in Budapest, Hungary he was the son of the late Joseph and the late Juliana (Springer) Gaspar. As a young man, he was a proud Scout Master and was one of the Freedom Fighters who sought to resist the Soviet occupation of Hungary. Like many others, he was captured and jailed. He spent four years in a political prison. Upon his release he was able to escape to the West. He came to California where he attended the University of California, Berkeley. He received his master’s degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He was a supporter and past vice president of the American-Hungarian Foundation.

Thomas then began a long career with Merck Sharp and Dohme where he became the executive director for the International Division. Upon his retirement in 1989, he started his own consulting company, Product Line Management International in New Jersey. Most recently he was president of Morning Star Coffee Inc. in West Chester.

In addition to his wife Katherine, survivors include one daughter, Leslie Streitwieser and her husband Charles of Kennett Square, and three grandchildren, Sophie, Charles, and Henry.

 You are invited to visit with Thomas’ family and friends from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 233 West Gay Street, West Chester, PA 19380.  His Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10. Interment will be in Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Cemetery in Wilmington.  Contributions in his memory may be made to Boy Scout Troop 22 c/o Unionville Presbyterian Church, 812 Wollaston Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.   Arrangements are by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square.  To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please

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