Thomas Edward Friend, Sr.

April 1, 1935 - February 11, 2024

04/01/1935 - 02/11/2024

Past Services

Visitation
Friday February 16, 2024
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Shadyside Chapel
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, Ohio 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions
Visitation
Saturday February 17, 2024
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Shadyside Chapel
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, Ohio 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions
Funeral Service
Saturday February 17, 2024
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
St. Mary Catholic Church - Shadyside, Ohio
350 E 40th Street
Shadyside, Ohio 43947
Directions
Cemetery
Saturday February 17, 2024
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Holly Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel
Pleasant Grove, OH
Directions

Thomas Edward Friend, Sr., 88, passed away on February 11, 2024, at Reynolds Memorial Hospital-WVU in Glen Dale, West Virginia. He was born on April 1, 1935, in York Run, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Daniel French Friend and Recca (Hawkins) Friend.

Throughout his career, Thomas made a profound impact in the coal mining industry. He worked as a longwall Foreman for Consolidation Coal Company, putting in countless hours at the McElroy & Ireland Coal Mines. His commitment to safety and welfare led him to join the Miner’s Rescue Team and become a proud member of the UMWA 1638, where he served as Financial Secretary for the Mine and Safety Committee. Thomas’ hard work and expertise eventually led him to become a longwall boss, earning his retirement from Ireland Mine in 1990.

In addition to his professional achievements, Thomas was also a dedicated serviceman. He proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and later continued his service in the USMC Reserves and Naval Reserves. His time in the military instilled in him a sense of duty, discipline, and honor that remained with him throughout his life.

Thomas’ presence was felt not only in his professional and military endeavors but also within the community. He was a lifetime member of the Marshall County Hunting and Fishing Club, where he shared his passion for the outdoors with fellow enthusiasts.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Daniel James Friend, Thelma (James) Rinehart, Shirley (Nolan) Sutton.

He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly Friend, of Shadyside, Ohio; sons Thomas (Melissa) Friend of Bethesda, Ohio, Mark (Beth) Friend of Arlington, Texas, William (Crystal) Garamella of Moundsville, West Virginia; seven grandchildren, Rachel Hannahs, Jennifer Starkey, Kristin Fulton, Mark Friend, Danielle Friend, Ashley Garamella, Tyler Garamella; and five great grandchildren.

Family and friends can be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home 3900 Central Avenue, Shadyside, Ohio 43947 on Friday, February 16, 2024 from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Additional visitation will be on Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 12:00pm-12:45pm at the Funeral Home with Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Shadyside, Ohio at 1:00pm with Father Daniel Heusel as celebrant. Burial to follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, Colerain, Ohio, with full military honors by Belmont County Veterans.

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Katherine Ball
2 months ago

Tom was a delightful man with a good sense of humor who could make a delicious bowl of chili. It was a pleasure to know him when visiting with his wife Beverly. Thank you for your military service, Tom! Prayers for Tom and the entire Friend family <3

Joni Fox
2 months ago

Beverly I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. I didn’t realize until today. May God comfort and bless you

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
2 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Thomas Edward Friend Sr., give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy/ Marine Corp Reserve Veteran, Thomas Edward Friend Sr., is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †