Thomas A. Link, 80, of Smock, passed away suddenly Friday, November 29, 2019, while he was at home doing what he loved, chopping wood in the yard.
He was born November 22, 1939, a son of the late Andrew and Anna (Kukan) Link.
Tom was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from September 1957 to August 1960. He was also a member of the Grindstone Lion's Club, the Smock Community Center, where he served as president, and the Smock Volunteer Fire Department, where he held office as chaplain and secretary. After retiring from the U.S. Dept. of Energy as a research physicist, he drove a school bus van for Rittenhouse Bus Lines for many years.
Tom thoroughly loved and enjoyed driving the children in the van every day. He loved the community of Smock and the community loved Tom. He gave back with his time by helping others. Tom had been a lifelong member of St. Hedwig Roman Catholic Church in Smock until its closure, and was currently a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Perryopolis.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Valeria Kukan and John and Mary Lenk; and also by his brother, Frank Link. Tom was devoted to God and family. He loved his family dearly and especially his four grandsons.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bernadine (Sankovich) Link; his son, David (Mary Jane) and their sons, Daniel, Matthew and Andrew; and his daughter, Shelley (Gerry) Saliba and their son, Jeremy.
Family and friends will be received at STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME, 603 N. Gallatin Avenue Ext., Uniontown, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 5, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 6, and until 9:45 a.m. Saturday, December 7, when Prayers of Transfer will be said followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perryopolis, with Fr. Efren Ambre as celebrant. Interment to follow at St. Hedwig's Cemetery, Smock, with full military honors to be accorded. The Parish Rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Tributes welcome at www. Hakyfuneralhome.com