Thomas Oswald, 71, postal worker

July 10, 2006

Thomas Oswald, a retired postal manager who enjoyed woodworking, died of complications from cancer Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson. He was 71 and was a longtime Timonium resident.

He was a sports enthusiast and a handyman, earning the nickname of "Mr. Fixit" for all the help and advice he doled out to family and friends.

Born in Baltimore, he graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1952. He then enlisted in the Marine Corps and was stationed at Cherry Point, N.C., where he received schooling to become a jet-engine mechanic.

He served as an assistant flight line chief, coordinating several departments and supervising preflight inspections.

After his four-year enlistment ended, he began working for the U.S. Postal Service, where he held a number of jobs in Maryland and Delaware, including general manager of the Gaithersburg facility. He retired in 1989.

Mr. Oswald played basketball and softball, later coaching his sons in both sports.

He was also a Colts and Orioles fan and followed the basketball and football teams at the University of Maryland and Wake Forest University, schools his sons attended.

As a craftsman, he worked with wood, creating furniture, golf ball racks, trophy shelves for his sons and grandsons, and doll furniture for his granddaughters.

He enjoyed creating home interiors and doing landscaping work, installing a fish pond and waterfall in his yard.

A funeral service was held Friday.

Survivors include his wife, the former Joan Benjamin; two sons, Ted Oswald of Timonium and Chris Oswald of Homeland; and five grandchildren.

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