Thomas Joseph Hays – Firefighter and active Lower Merion resident
Thomas Joseph Hays, a life long resident of Lower Merion and Narberth, PA., died Friday December 8, 2006 at his home in Narberth, of an epileptic seizure in his sleep. He was 25. Tom was an active volunteer fireman for the Merion Fire Company of Ardmore and Narberth Fire Company. He was an accomplished driver on all fire trucks, qualified for hazardous materials and helped maintain the radio networks. He was Treasurer of the Active Members Club for the Merion Fire Company of Ardmore. Tom was one of the first junior members of the Men’s Garden Club of Philadelphia. He was also active in civic affairs, receiving the first Gloria Wolek Citizenship Award in 1999 and becoming the youngest member of the Wynnewood Civic Association. He also received the Fireman of the Year Commendation in 2003 as well as the Rotary Club of Ardmore award for Outstanding Contribution as a Firefighter. He was born February 17, 1981 at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Upper Darby. He lived at his parents’ home in Wynnewood before leaving for Narberth several years ago. He attended St. Margaret’s school in Narberth through sixth grade, where he made many life long friends. He attended seventh and eighth grades at Delaware Valley Friends School in Bryn Mawr. He flourished at Lower Merion High School, graduating 1999, where he was active in Players and President of Stage Crew/AV Club for two years. He recently graduated from Temple University in Civil Engineering and was beginning a promising career in property management. Throughout his time at Temple, he worked for several years at the engineering department at Lower Merion School District. At just 25, Tom touched more lives than most people do in a lifetime. He will be missed by more than just his family and friends, but by every single person he touched. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 15, 10:30 AM at St. Margaret Church, N. Narberth Ave., Narberth, PA. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken, PA. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Thursday from 7 to 9 PM at McConaghy Funeral Home, 328 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Merion Fire Company of Ardmore, P.O. Box 102, Ardmore PA 19003.