Thomas M. McGraw

Born: Mon., Sep. 14, 1942
Died: Thu., May 2, 2019

Family to do services at later date

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Thomas M. McGraw, 76, of Tidioute, passed away Thursday May 2, 2019 peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born September 14, 1942 in Tidioute, a son to the late Hugh and Ellen (Peterson) McGraw. Tom graduated from Tidioute High School in 1960 and entered the US Marine Corps until 1964, serving as an MP and participating in the Bay of Pigs. He had worked as a Tidioute police officer and as a borough maintenance employee for a time and also at the National Forge. His main employment for 27 years was as a rural mail carrier for the Tidioute area, beginning with working alongside his father as the only father son team in Pennsylvania.  After his retirement from the postal service in 1994, Tom worked in the pro shop at Jackson Valley Country Club, a job he loved.  Tom never met a stranger and will always be remembered for his kindness.

Tom was a member of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Tidioute, serving as an altar boy as a child, the Knights of Columbus, the Rural Letter Carriers Assoc, the Tidioute VFW Post 8803, was an officer with the Tidioute American Legion Post 334 and a former member of the Tidioute Vol. Fire Dept. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, camping, reading, spending time at Camp Sasquatch and spending time with his family. Tom loved the years spent wintering in Florida where he worked at St. Leo’s Golf Course Pro Shop making even more friends.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Diane Hale McGraw, whom he married April 24, 1965 in Tidioute, 2 daughters; Amy McGraw and Mindy McGraw, both of Tidioute, a son; Scott (Kristen) McGraw of Clarendon Heights, 3 sisters; Karen (Paul) Craft, Sandra Jameson, and Sharon (Ken) Williams, all of Tidioute, his grandchildren Caleb and Zack McGraw, Patrick and Lukas Sheckler and Paige Beck, his cat “Monroe” and several cousins, nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his brothers in law, Steven (Beverly) Hale, Sam (Terrie) Hale, and Gene Hale.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Emma McGraw and his in-laws Forrest and Mary Lou Hale.

Graveside Military Services and a memorial will be held at a later date to be announced.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Tidioute Public Library or the Tidioute Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Fund.

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Sam and Terrie Hale
   Posted Mon May 06, 2019
Tom will be missed greatly by all who knew him, especially you, Diane, and your children and grandchildren. God bless you all as you go through this journey. Know we are here for you. Love you much. Sam and Terrie

James and Lisa Mechling
   Posted Tue May 07, 2019
Our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies. Your family is in our prayers.

Terri Stec
   Posted Tue May 07, 2019
My sincere condolences for your loss, and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. If Heaven has a golf course, I'd like to think Tom and my dad Leo are enjoying a round or two right now.

   Posted Wed May 08, 2019
Scott, my deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your father.

Keith and Jeannie DabVis
   Posted Wed May 08, 2019
Diane, we are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. May he Rest In Peace. Prayers to you and your family. He was a great guy.

Jackie R
   Posted Mon May 20, 2019
My condolences to the family. To lose a loved one in death is most distressing. Our loving heavenly Father provides comfort in his word the Bible to help soothe the pain of grief and sadness. Psalm 34:18 says; "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." Also the promise at Revelation 21:4 is very comforting. It states; "And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away". To learn more about this promise please visit our website: and view the video; Is There Hope for the Dead? Click publications then videos.

Schwab Family
   Posted Fri May 31, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss, as Tom will be dearly missed throughout our Tidioute valley and hills. He will be remember as a good man and community servant that served him country honorably. Plus, his time as a mail carrier made him an icon around town and our surrounding townships, as his smile and laugh will not be forgotten anytime soon. Respectfully,
Nancy, Robert, and the boy w/their families

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