Thomas E. Beveridge
COPPER HARBOR -Thomas Eugene Beveridge, 81, died at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas, on March 19, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.
Born April 20, 1934, in Smithfield, Ohio, Tom was the seventh child and second son of Margaret E. and John R. Beveridge.
Tom is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Jo (Latoski); four children, Thomas Jeffrey, of Paris, Texas, Robert Eugene (Nancy), of Ft. Worth, Texas, Regina Margaret (Rodney) Matejowsky, of Bells, Texas, Michelle Lynn (Scott) Kelley, of Denison, Texas; four sisters, Dorothy Simmons, of Bloomingdale, Ohio, Patricia Barbai, of Smithfield, Ohio, Barbara Beveridge, of Bloomingdale, Ohio, and Sandra (Robert) Mayerchak, of Vermillion, Ohio; a brother, James R. (Pauline) Beveridge, of Mead, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret (Whitten) Beveridge in January, 1954; his father John R. Beveridge in August, 1968; a sister, Margaret E. (Richard) Fleming in November, 1964, a sister, Mary Alice (Conrad) Heaston in October, 2000; and a brother, John W. (Alberta) Beveridge in November, 2012.
Tom graduated from Smithfield High School in June of 1952, then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he met and married his wife of 59 years, Mary Jo (Latoski).
After leaving the Air Force, Tom went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller, spending ten years at the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center before transferring to Fort Worth ARTCC in Texas in 1967, where he spent the remainder of his career and retired in May of 1984.
Tom studied business administration at Elyria Business College in Ohio and aviation management at Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth, Texas.
Tom served as the supervisor of Grant Township from 1988 to 2000. As a township supervisor, he implemented a computer system for the office and had a fire hall built for the village of Lac Le Belle and Copper Harbor. He arranged for both villages to receive garbage pick-up, which resulted in the closing of two dump sites. He also had a sweet system installed for the village of Copper Harbor, as well as over-saw the addition of new docks and walk ways leading to the water-front.
Tom was a very talented wood worker. He made beautiful items in his wood shop for his wife and children over the years, including wooden jewelry boxes, various furniture items, vases and a beautiful doll house that he donated to a charity auction. When he arrived in Texas, he built a cab over camper he dubbed “Blood, sweat and tears,” in which his family travelled in on vacations to his beloved Copper Harbor.
His love for Copper Harbor was so great, that he spent two years trying to convince his wife to make her childhood home their retirement destination.
The couple opened and operated the Country Lane Bakery & Gift Shop in Copper Harbor. Medical issues dictated selling the business.
Graveside services will be August 15, 2016 at the Copper Harbor cemetery.