Thomas M. "Tom" Heard, 73, of Waynesboro, Pa., and formerly of Hagerstown and Baltimore, Md., passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012, at Waynesboro Hospital.
Born Dec. 10, 1938, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Edwin L. and Mildred E. (Thomas) Heard.
Tom was a 1956 graduate of Hagerstown High School. Upon graduation from high school, Tom attended Towson University, where he received a bachelor's degree in education. Upon completion of his bachelor's degree, Tom was accepted to Johns Hopkins University, where he received his master's degree in education.
Tom was employed by the Baltimore City School System as a school teacher. After his retirement, he moved back to the Hagerstown area, where he devoted the rest of his life to taking care of his parents until their passing. In 2004, Tom bought a home in Waynesboro, and resided there until his passing.
He is survived by family members, Gerald Saum and his wife, Lisa, of Hagerstown, Judi S.P. McCarter of San Diego, Calif., Peggie Roscoe of Hagerstown, David Wachter of Harrisonburg, Va., and Dennis Wachter of Rhode Island. Tom also is survived by lifetime friends, Bernard and Linda Nolte of Baltimore; and his beloved dog, Ziggy.
A graveside ceremony will be held at the convenience of the family at Boonsboro Cemetery, where Tom will be laid to rest next to his parents.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Tom to The Salvation Army National Headquarters, 615 Slaters Lane, P.O. Box 1269, Alexandria, VA 22313 or Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at www.baststaufferfuneralhome.com.