Thomas C. Simpson
October 2, 1942 – - February 15, 2015
It is with deep regret that the Officers and Members of the Hereford Volunteer Fire Company announce the passing of Life Member Thomas C. Simpson, Tom to his many friends. Tom passed away today February 15, 2015 around 4:30 am after a long bout with Parkinson and Cancer.
Tom joined the Hereford Volunteer Fire Company on December 26, 1960 and completed 54 years of Service this past December.
Tom was a lifelong resident of White Hall and lived on Wiseburg Road. He retired from Black & Decker and then drove a school bus for Whitcraft Bus Service.
After joining the Fire Company he was a driver as well as holding several offices such as Captain, Financial Secretary, and served on the Board of Directors for 30 years. Tom had been responsible for keeping the membership list up to date and if you forgot to pay your dues you would get a post card from him. Tom had been called upon many times to represent the Fire Company at both the County and State level at meetings and conventions. Over the years the fire company has hosted the Baltimore County Firemen’s Association Convention as well as monthly meetings here and Tom was in charge of the festivities. Tom was always there when something special needed to be done for the Fire Company. One special occasion was the celebration of the company’s 75th Anniversary in 1999. Under his leadership and hard work the day was a great success and was well received by the community with 700 to 1000 people attending. Tom also chaired the committee for the dedication of our new building which was February 3, 2002. We were overwhelmed with the turnout of the public, State and County Officials and even Congressman Erlich.
January of 2009 Tom was awarded the Hereford Fire Company’s President Award for his distinguished service to the fire company. In September 2010 Tom was inducted into the Baltimore County Volunteer Fireman’s Association Hall of Fame at its annual banquet.
Who will ever forget Tom’s golden tones calling the numbers over the PA system at the Oyster & Turkey Supper to get the people in to be seated? Can I have numbers 25 to 35, 25 to 35 please?
Because of his firsthand experience in both Fire line and Administrative offices he brought both knowledge and experience to the Board of Directors, which is needed when making decisions.
Tom held the following Offices with HVFC during his life:
Asst. Secretary – 1966
Asst. Financial Secretary – 1977, 78, and 79
Financial Secretary – 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, and 2000
Treasure – 92
Captain – 1967, 68, 69, 70, and 71
Asst. Engineer – 1973 and 74
BELIEVE IT OR NOT
Things have sure changed over the years since Tom joined the company. One is the way we put on events such as an Oyster / Turkey Supper. When Tom Joined the company members would take the 1954 Jeep Brush Unit and go door to door to get donations of can goods, chickens, vegetable, etc. to put on the supper. One evening while soliciting Tom ran into a pig farmer with a gun. Ask Tom h…o…o…w big the gun was.
Tom is not the luckiest person to be around, things happen that don’t happen to regular people. One evening I think in the late 1960 Tom pulled his new green Ford up on the front apron and got out to talk to the guys. One of the members was painting the wooden bay doors with white paint. The member’s son was running around and you guessed it he knocked the paint off the ladder and it hit the apron and then all over the front of Tom’s car. With mineral spirits and a little help from others he was able to remove the paint off before it dried. Tom will be greatly missed.
Rest in Peace Brother
We will take it from here
1127 Wiseburg Road
White Hall, MD 21161
February 22, 2015
2008 - 811
2009 – 671
2010 – 562
2011 – 515
2012 – 561
2013 - 498
2014 - 604
Funeral Arrangements for Tom Simpson are as follows:
J. J. Hartenstein’s Mortuary Inc., 24 North 2nd Street, New Freedom, PA 17349.
Viewings will be Thursday, February 19th from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm.
Funeral Service will be held at J. J. Hartenstein’s on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 10 am, followed by Interment at Wiseburg Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
Wiseburg United Methodist Church, 810 Wiseburg Road, White Hall, Maryland 21161 or
Hereford Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., 510 Monkton Road, Monkton Maryland 21111.
The Hereford Volunteer Fire Company was organized in June of 1924 and is located in Northern Baltimore County, Maryland just minutes from Exit 27 off Interstate 83. We provide fire protection over a very diverse area of the county from single family dwellings to apartments, farm land to light industry, and from Interstate highways to dense wooded areas around the watershed. Our fleet of emergency equipment consists of two (2) Engines/Tankers, a 3000 gallon Tanker Truck, Tanker Support Unit, Brush Unit, Special Unit and an ATV Unit. We are a fully volunteer company and stand ready to respond at any time. We are members of the
Baltimore County Volunteer Fireman's Association
as well as the
Maryland State Volunteer Fireman's Association.
If you are in the area please feel free to stop by and say Hello.
Hereford Volunteer Fire Company
Drawing by William Gardner