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50, of Cresson died unexpectedly on November 4, 2017 at UPMC Altoona hospital after a brief aggressive illness. Tom was born July 16, 1967, in Jeannette PA to Thomas Allen and Judith Ann (Adams) Urbain. He lived in both Patton and Ebensburg growing up. On September 13, 1997 he was married to Maria Lynn (Myers) Urbain at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Gallitzin PA by Msgr. Bernard Przybocki. They celebrated their 20th anniversary this year on a cruise to Bermuda (with special guest, Hurricane Jose!). Tom is survived by his wife, his "Myria", his children Thomas Christopher (almost 13) and Samuel Joseph (6), parents, of Ebensburg, his Mother and Father-in-Law Eugene and Marilyn (Yartin) Myers, Sr. of Gallitzin, sister Jacqueline (Michael) Hajjar, Brother in law Eugene (Jennifer) Myers, Jr, of Lilly, Sister in law Lisa (Jae) Smith of Gallitzin. Niece and goddaughter, Ashley Hajjar, nieces Reagan Hajjar, Autumn Smith and Maren Myers, Nephew Noah Smith and a great nephew, Beckett Balasco. He is also survived by Aunts and Uncles: Patricia (Regis) Walters, Clarion, Pa, Joseph Adams, Hastings, Paul (Elizabeth Ann) Urbain, Somerset, Jim Urbain, Ebensburg, and Patsy Urbain, Hanover. Cousins: Adam (LuAnn) Walters, Andrew Walters, and Maria Stitt, and numerous great Aunts and Uncles and cousins, special Grandma-in-Law, Ann Yartin., plus too many friends to even begin to name. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Paul and Madeline (Peel) Urbain and Ralph and Ethel (Thomas) Adams, special grandfather in law Pete Yartin, cousins Joyce Urbain and Christopher Ream. His uncle, John Urbain, passed away on November 5, 2017. Tom led a life that was more about others than himself. He was a constant presence at All Saints Catholic School in Cresson where he helped with the Bingo, ran the Knightly Cash fundraiser and helped with Race for Education. Tommy and Sammy were his priority from the first day they were born, and you could find Tom on the sidelines cheering their baseball and soccer games, at Yin Yang Karate Club admiring their skills, and helping with the boy scout troop 2059....when he wasn't driving one of them somewhere! Tom traveled many times to Walt Disney World (and once to Disneyland) with Maria and the boys, and never tired of planning "the next trip". . He enjoyed metal detecting and photography and was always lugging his Nikon along to take another picture of his sons. On warm evenings he could be found playing cards on the picnic table of his deck with Maria. He also thoroughly treasured having a big group of family and friends over each 4th of July for fun, food and fireworks. He was a lifetime member of A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania and the founding president of the Cambria Summit Chapter located in Cresson. He was the recipient of their Distinguished Service Award for over 20 years of dedication to motorcycling causes and awareness. He was an ardent supporter of BikePac.Tom graduated from Bishop Carroll High School Ebensburg in 1985 and he enjoyed getting together with "the Committee to plan the reunions with Fr. John Byrnes every 5 years at PJ's. He was a member of the award-winning Band in his years there, playing percussion. Tom enjoyed many jobs though the years, including Laurel Extended Care Pharmacy where he met Maria while she was a Pharmacy Intern, and he was a Pharmacy Technician. For the past 15 years, Tom was employed as a Trainer/Instructional Designer at NPC in Claysburg, PA. In addition to NPC, he began a new adventure for his love of all things Disney as a Magic Maker agent for Off to Neverland Travel, celebrating his 1-year anniversary in October.
Tom was a talented musician and was in numerous bands over the last 30 years. His two favorite bands were Beyond Reason (guitarist) in the early 2000's and most recently the Rattlers Oldies Band as their drummer, both of them "family bands". He and Tommy enjoyed a special weekend together playing music at Rattler Camp in Cross Forks in September. Tom was a member of the Gallitzin American Legion Post 174 S.A.L, Ebensburg American Legion Post 363, Gallitzin Moose Lodge 185, and Gallitzin Sportsman's. He played pool with his dad and brothers-in-law for many years at the Ebensburg Legion and in the mainline pool league. The family suggest donations may be made to All Saints Catholic School in Tom's memory, 220 Powell Ave, Cresson, PA 16630. Do not cry for Tom, instead have a "Happy Hour" and raise a toast to him. He would want you to have a Magical Day. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am Wednesday at St. Demetrius Catholic Church, Gallitzin the Rev. Albert Ledoux celebrant. Committal Resurrection Mausoleum, Gallitzin. Friends will be received from 3 to 8pm Tuesday at Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church Street, Gallitzin ,PA 16641
Published on November 5, 2017
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