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Thomas W. Small

1941 ~ 2019 (age 77)

Thomas W. Small, 77, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at his residence, as a result of mesothelioma.

Born on February 17, 1941, in Peoria, IL, he was the son of the late John Howard and Martha Ruth (Smith) Small.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, James and Ronald Small and sister-in-law Patricia Small.

Thomas retired from Frostburg State University where he was a professor in the Geography Department. He studied and was an avid collector of early kerosene lighting and published a book on the subject.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Frances (Sommerville) Small; son Stephan Small and wife Sandra, Martinsburg, WV; one very special grandson; brother Jack Small, Peoria, IL; and brother-in-law Paul Sommerville, Austin, TX.

Mr. Small was cremated in accordance with his wishes and private services will be held at a later date. 

The family requests that memorial donations, in Mr. Small's name, be made to the Somerset County Humane Society, 204 Whitetail Road, Somerset, PA 15501.


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