Thomas M. McHale Jr., 73, telephone repairman

August 22, 2004

Thomas M. McHale Jr., a Korean War veteran and retired repairman for the AT&T and C&P telephone companies, died Tuesday of lung cancer at his home in Gamber. He was 73.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. McHale grew up in Waverly and attended the Cathedral School. After graduation from Mount St. Joseph High School, he joined the Coast Guard.

He served from 1949 to 1953 during the Korean War. After leaving active duty, he joined the Coast Guard Reserve, where he served until 1980.

Mr. McHale was married in 1956 to the former Mary Catherine Furlong. The couple lived in Randallstown and Marriottsville before moving to Gamber in Carroll County in 1996.

Mr. McHale worked for the telephone companies for 33 years as a lineman and PBX repairman.

He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, and a commander of the Catholic War Veterans Monsignor Hugh Monaghan Post. No. 736. He also belonged to the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and the Mount St. Joseph Fathers Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, 10800 Old Court Road, Woodstock.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Maureen Johnson of Finksburg, Karen Sullivan of Baltimore, Mary Patricia Vielandi of Marriottsville, and Shannon McHale of Owings Mills; two sons, Michael McHale and Thomas McHale III, both of Marriottsville; eight grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

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