Thomas R. Fletcher

May 1, 1948 - Jun 15, 2013

Thomas R. Fletcher, 65, Strongsville, Ohio and formerly of Sandusky, died Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2013, in his residence, following a one-year illness.

He was born May 1, 1948, in Sandusky. Tom was a 1966 graduate of Sandusky High School and a 1970 graduate of Ohio University.

After college, Tom returned to Sandusky and worked at Sandusky International until 1988. From 1988 to 1993 he lived in Florida. He then came back to Sandusky and worked as a ferry boat captain for Rescue Marine until the Cedar Line ferry line closed. Tom then moved to Strongsville. He was a member of Sandusky Power Squadron.

He is survived by his best friend of more than 36 years, his wife, Gayle J. Lamb-Fletcher; two brothers, James L. (Amy) Fletcher of Rittman, Ohio, and Dennis C. (Janet) Fletcher of Sandusky; niece, Hannah C. Fletcher; and nephew, Isaac T. Fletcher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James R. and Dolores (Osgood) Fletcher; and close family friend, George "Jim” Hehl.

The family will receive friends 10-11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Grace Episcopal Church, 315 Wayne St., Sandusky. A Memorial Service will follow at 11 a.m., at the church, Rev. Jan Smith Wood will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Grace Episcopal Columbarium.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Erie County, 1911 Superior St., Sandusky, OH 44870, Holy Family Hospice, 6707 State Road, Parma, OH 44129, or to Back to the Wild, P.O. Box 423, Castalia, OH 44824.

Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, 617 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family at pfeilfuneralhome.com.