Memorial dedicated to: Thomas W. Allen
Thomas W. Allen, 89 of Westminster, died Wednesday Feb. 4, 2009 at the Carroll Hospice Dove House.
Born Sept. 2, 1919 in Lutherville, Maryland. He was the son of the late Thomas Walter Allen, Sr. and Margaret Robinson Allen. He was the husband of Ruth L. Allen his wife of 65 years.
Before retiring he worked at Black & Decker for 41 years and was an assistant foreman.
He was an Army Veteran of World War II, member of American Legion Carroll Post # 31 Westminster Moose Lodge # 1381 and was on The Ritual Team. He enjoyed fishing and bowling.
Surviving besides his wife are grandsons; John T. Allen and wife Laura and Jeffrey Thomas Allen all of Westminster, sister Margaret A. Schwanebeck of Baltimore, brother; John K. Allen of Hanover, PA.
He was predeceased by son; James A. Allen.
Funeral services will be held on Friday 7:30 PM at the Fletcher Funeral Home, 254 E. Main St., Westminster with Rev. Richard Shamer officating. Interment private.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM and Westminster Moose Lodge # 1381 will conduct a memorial service at 7 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of your choice.I felt that the photo and obituary, as officially published, was a bit spare. It told nothing of my good friend as to his being a good and special human being. To that end, I have enlarged his photo which seems to portray him more as I knew him. It shows Tom, I think, more truly himself.
Brevity in his funeral proceedings was Tom's wish, I know. But, I think I would prefer that his memorial would display the man I think was good as he was a good friend to me. So, I will, over time, relate some anecdotes. I hope you will return to this page often as I continue Tom's saga.
The One Thousand Year Old Cheese
When I was employed by the Marines near Washington, D.C., I used to spend some lunch hours prowling the National Air And Space Museum. One thing led to another and I soon became an associate member of the Smithsonian ASM. This in turn led to some nice invitations to the Museum events, such as, a preview of an IMAX documentary of the space shuttle program. After the great experience in viewing it there was a reception in the hall with refreshments.
Tom and I attended and enjoyed ourselves immensely. We wandered around the tables and sampled the wines and cheeses. However, the great treat was this enormous wheel of crusty old cheese, weeping and trying to run off the table. Naturally, we tried to prevent that by slathering it on crusty bread and munching away. It was the best cheese we ever ate and we could not get enough before it was time to go.
Years later we enjoyed lots of cheese together but, although I search high and low, I could not find that old cheese in any of the import markets I surveyed. Tom loved it and gave it its name. Who knows if any still exists in this world. Perhaps where Tom is, it does. I hope he is saving a bit for me.
God bless him, Bob....
Just a word of remembrance with
a meaning deep and true,
sent to show that someone's thoughts
are there today - with you!
God rest your soul in Paradise, Ruth.
Ruth Louise Allen, 93, of Westminster, died Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Marlea Manor. Born July 8, 1922 in White Hall, she was the daughter of the late Ruth Henry and Angelo Pisani. She was the wife of the late Thomas Allen.
She is survived by grandson John Allen and wife Stephanie of Westminster and daughter-in-law Rae Roth.
She was predeceased by a son James Allen.
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