James S. Tomalski, fuel oil truck driver, veteran

November 19, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

James S. Tomalski, a retired fuel oil company truck driver and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Fallston resident was 81.

Mr. Tomalski was born in Baltimore and raised on South Decker Avenue in Canton. He attended Mount St. Joseph High School.

He enlisted in the Army Air Forces during the waning days of World War II and served as an airplane mechanic in occupied Japan until being discharged.

Mr. Tomalski drove a fuel truck delivering home heating oil and gasoline for Cities Service and later Citgo for 44 years before retiring in the late 1980s.

He was the recipient of numerous safe driving awards for his accident-free record, family members said.

After 1990, Mr. Tomalski was an active volunteer in the pipe shop aboard the Liberty ship S.S. John W. Brown.

Mr. Tomalski was a communicant of St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church in Fallston, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Josephine DeMarco; a son, Michael D. Tomalski of Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter, Dolores Mazan of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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