Thomas J. Creed

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Thomas J. Creed
Thomas J. Creed

STRUTHERS – Thomas J. Creed, 76, died early Thursday morning at Hospice of the Valley, Hospice House.

Tom was born in Struthers, a son of Joe and Mabel Lyon Creed and lived in Struthers all of his life.

A 1952 graduate of Struthers High School, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army and served four years active duty and eight years in the Army Reserves.

Tom was secretary for the Lyon Creed-Lyon Efficiency Corporations, a family owned business that was established by his grandfather 75 years ago. He was also employed by Mutual of Omaha, Litton Industries- Monroe Division and Eastgate Development and Transportation Agency.

Tom’s passion was politics and he served as Struthers Councilman At Large for the City of Struthers from 1963 to 1968 and from 1985 to 1987. He was president of Council from 1968 to 1970 and then served as Mayor from 1970 to 1975.

He was Vice Chairman of Eastgate Development, Third Chairman of the Democratic Party, Chairman of Northeast Ohio Mayor Association and U.S. Mayor Association and Ohio Municipal League. Tom served on the committee for the Veterans Memorial at Struthers High School.

Tom was a member of the ROMEOS and the Struthers Presbyterian Church, where he serves as Deacon.

Tom defined the term “people person.” He always enjoyed talking to others, lending a sympathetic ear or providing a much needed laugh to anyone who required one. He took great pleasure in helping other people and underscored his lifelong commitment for providing service to others. His strength of faith and optimistic outlook on life allowed him to tackle all of life’s problems with a smile.

Tom was a Struthers man through and through. He took great pride in the role that his family had in the history of Struthers and was especially proud of his time spent serving in various city administrative positions. Additionally, he spent much of his time after his retirement contributing his time and energy to various civic causes.

Tom enjoyed golfing and fishing and was an avid Ohio State football fan. He and his wife, Marion also traveled to various casinos. Tom and Marion also were able to fulfill a lifelong dream by traveling to Hawaii for their 50th wedding anniversary. He especially looked forward to his Wednesday morning golf outings with his son, TJ, brother Richard, and his lifelong best friend, Ian McNabb, and his weekly breakfast get together with Steve Vidman, Dan Becker and Don Seely.

Tom also took great pride in the accomplishments of his two grandchildren, Amanda and Adam, and always enjoyed bragging about them to one and all.

Tom leaves his wife, the former Marion Basic, whom he married Nov. 19, 1958; his daughters, Sheryl (Michael) Maxfield of Columbus; his son, Thomas (Leslie) Creed of Struthers; two grandchildren, Amanda and Adam Maxfield; and his brother, Richard (Joann) Creed and sister-in-law, Nancy Creed, all of Struthers.

Besides his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his son, Mark Allen Creed and brother, William Creed.

Services will be held Saturday, at 4 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland with the Rev. Dick Ferris officiating.

Friends will be received Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the warm and caring people of Hospice House and the entire fifth floor staff of St Elizabeth's Boardman Health Center, whose exceptional quality of care helped Tom and his family in his last days.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Family and friends may visit to send condolences.

Guestbook Entries

Secretary/City Hall

“Mr.Creed was a really good man; sure going to miss his visits to city hall; he was always so upbeat and positive. He will be missed.”

 » Janet Gentile on March 26, 2010

“Sherry my heart goes out to your family at thsi time of loss. Your dad was a great man and ill be sorely missed by every life he touched.”

 » Christal Murray-Ells on March 26, 2010

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