Thomas M. Link
77, Patton passed away peacefully at home on March 23, 2020. Born November 19, 1942 in Spangler, son of Daniel J. and Ruth (Whitehead) Link. Preceded in death by parents, brother-in-law Joseph Mozina, sister-in-law Rita (Drotar) Switzler and nephews Christian Switzler, Scott Campbell and Devin Maurer. Survived by wife Linda of nearly 50 years whom he married April 11, 1970, daughter Jill, son Dirk and wife Bridget Borelli, two granddaughters, Ainsley and Avery Link, sister Jeanne (Link) Mozina, mother-in-law Betty Lou Switzler, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A graduate of Patton High School in 1960 and Indiana State College in 1964, he began his teaching career at Bethel Park High School 1964. He continued his teaching and coaching career at Ferndale Area High in Johnstown (1967-1973), and later at Cambria Heights in Patton where he taught for 22 years. Tom was a noted educator and athletic administrator, serving as athletic director at Cambria Heights from 1977 until his retirement in 1997. He coached football and track for over 15 years, both at Ferndale and Cambria Heights, and also coached little league baseball for several years. Tom was an accomplished and well-respected sports official, both locally and throughout the northeast, for over 40 years. He officiated football and basketball at the high school and collegiate level, both in the PIAA and NCAA, and umpired softball at the high school level. He had the honor of officiating college football games in Beaver Stadium, Mountaineer Field, and Pitt Stadium. He also had the distinction of working state championships in basketball, football, and softball (2) and was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern Cambria Softball Umpires Chapter. He later served the officiating community as an observer and mentor for many additional years. In addition to officiating sports, he enjoyed talking sports with family and friends, golfing, fishing and crossword puzzles. He adored spending time with his granddaughters, watching them dance and perform and telling them jokes and riddles, and coloring with them as they sat on Pappy's lap. He also deeply loved his two kitties, Squeeks and Cloey. Due to the recent COVID-19 recommendation and restrictions, a private viewing and service will be held for the family. A larger celebration will be held at a later date, where additional family, friends and loved ones will be able to remember Tom and his life. Interment Fairview Cemetery, Patton. Arrangements are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, Inc., Patton. You may leave the family online condolences at www.stevensfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Ruth Stoy Fogle & Leroy Fogle
Mar 28, 2020
Rest in peace in sports in the every after
Carolyn Sherwin
Mar 27, 2020
Larry and I send our condolences for the loss of Tom to your entire family We had the pleasure of seeing him a few months ago after so many years. He was still the great guy we remembered
Jayne Rabick Sheehan
Mar 25, 2020
Linda, Jill, Dirk, and Jeannie
Your family has been on my mind and now I know why. I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many good memories of your families. I was so thankful for the trips back to New Wilmington when Dirk was at Westminster. Keeping you all in my prayers
MICHAEL CARUSO
Mar 25, 2020
CONDOLENCE TO THE LINK FAMILY. I WAS ASSOCIATED WITH A GREAT NCCA FOOTBALL OFFICIAL. GOD BLESS
Barbara
Mar 25, 2020
He was a kind man and a first class teacher...he will be missed. My condolences to all his family and friends.
Dale Shaw
Mar 25, 2020
My condolences to the family. I will greatly miss seeing Tom at the clubs - he always had a smile for me and often some great conversations. RIP Tom.
Ken and Pat Bollinger
Mar 25, 2020
so very sorry for your loss may he rest in peace
Gene Miller
Mar 25, 2020
Always enjoyed talking to Tom when I would see him. Be it on the street or in a Social Club, Tom always had a memory to share of a softball or football game past. Prayers to the family.
Norm price
Mar 25, 2020
Went to ferndale 1971 grad later coached at meadville, Tom was a first class gentleman rip
Donita and Mark Kelly
Mar 24, 2020
A memorial tree was planted in memory of Thomas M. Link.  Plant a tree
Anita Hanifan
Mar 24, 2020
Jill, Linda, Dirk & family and Jeanie, my deepest sympathies in the passing of your loved one. Though I only had the pleasure of a few visits with Tom, they were interesting & entertaining. I know from all Jill had shared he was a great man. Praying God wraps his arms around all and carries you through this sad time. Love and hugs.