Thomas Lee Brinegar of Westernport passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, celebrating 91 years of a wonderful life.
After months of failing heath, he died peacefully at UPMC Western Maryland Hospital surrounded by the love and prayers of his wife, daughter and son-in-law.
Tom was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend, respected and loved by his family and throughout the community.
Tom was born May 4, 1932 in Midland to the late Thomas and Catherine “Kit” (Hammersmith) Brinegar. He was also preceded in death by one son Richard Thomas Brinegar; and a special brother-in-law Francis “Sket” Gardine.
Tom proudly served his country and was a Korean War United States Army Veteran. He was a regular blood donor with the Red Cross for many years. He was a lifetime member of the Potomac Fire Department for 65 years, the “Senior Man”. He also was a lifetime member for 66 years of the American Legion Post #155, Westernport and Post #189, Barton. Tom worked at the Luke Paper Mill (Westvaco) for 40 years.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margaret (Gardine) Brinegar; one daughter, Melinda Youngblood and husband Kevin, who was like a son to him, of Westernport; and daughter-in-law, Kim Brinegar of Keyser, WV. He is also survived by two sisters, Annette Pushcar of Pittsburgh, PA and Edith Thompson and husband Roger of Georgia; and special sister-in-law Sara (Gardine) Fazzalore and husband Sam. Tom was a proud Pap to two grandsons that were a huge part of his life, Kevin Youngblood, Jr and wife Andrea of Shippensburg, PA and Brandon Youngblood and wife Tiffany of McKinney, TX. He was blessed with five great grandsons that he loved dearly, Karter, Jaxon, Benson, Porter and Jay.
Those who knew Tom described him as a man who never met a stranger, was a great storyteller and was always selling raffle tickets to support his fire company. He cherished his family and was so proud of his grandsons and great grandsons, they were his life.
Tom had a big heart and great personality. Everyone who ever met him, loved him. He will be deeply missed.
He had many friends, including special ones who checked on him often, Mark Alexander and wife Barb, Butch Moomau and wife Evelyn and longtime neighbors Danny Laffey and wife Janice. Tom is also survived by his estranged daughter Janine Hutson, address unknown.
Friends and family will be received at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport on Tuesday, August 8th from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
A funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Wednesday August 9th at 11:00 a.m. with Deacon Harold Bradley officiating.
Interment will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Westernport. Members of the Potomac Fire Company will honor Tom with a last call and military honors will be accorded by the Fort George G. Meade United States Army Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Potomac Fire Company, Westernport.