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Victim of work-related accident 'had a lot of friends and was well-liked'

Mechanic Thomas Creamer liked the outdoors, motor sports and hunting

Mechanic Thomas Creamer liked the outdoors, motor sports and hunting

December 29, 2009|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

RANSON, W.VA. -- Thomas Creamer, a mechanic for a Frederick, Md., heavy equipment company who died Monday in a work-related accident, was a friendly bachelor who liked the outdoors, motor sports and hunting, his brother said Tuesday.

Robert Creamer, one of four surviving brothers, said Thomas, 46, of Ranson, was employed by Gladhill Tractor at 5509 Mount Zion Road for nearly eight years. His home was at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Mildred Street.

Thomas also is survived by a sister and numerous nieces and nephews in a family that Robert Creamer described as "close-knit."

Thomas enjoyed outdoor sports, participated in tractor pulls and liked drag and car racing, his brother said.

"He had a lot of friends and was well-liked," Robert Creamer said of his brother.

Thomas was a Jefferson High School graduate.

A viewing will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home at 7606 Old National Pike in Boonsboro.

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A memorial service will be scheduled after the first of the year, Robert Creamer said

According to Maryland State Police in Frederick, Thomas Creamer was repairing a large John Deere 332 skid steer when the machine fell on him.

His death is being investigated as a work-related accident. There were no signs of foul play, police said.

A representative from Maryland Occupational Safety and Health also responded to the accident, which occurred at 1:08 p.m.

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