Donald M. Thomey, Building Supply Head

April 23, 2009|By Jacques Kelly

Donald M. Thomey, a retired construction materials supply firm executive, died of heart failure Tuesday at his Oak Crest Village home. The former Forest Hill resident was 82.

Born in Oella, he attended St. Mark's Parochial School and was a 1942 graduate of Catonsville High School. He studied engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. He enlisted in the Navy and attended the Naval Communications School and Naval Cryptology School. He served in Hawaii and monitored Japanese code.

After his service, Mr. Thomey became a land surveyor for the Baltimore County Metropolitan District and held a similar position, as well as serving as resident engineer, for Whitman Requardt & Associates.

From 1962 to 1992, Mr. Thomey was executive vice president and an owner of Maryland Materials Inc., a North East stone quarry that supplied the materials for construction of Interstate 95.

Mr. Thomey served as a lay corporator, a type of trustee, of St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church in Bel Air. He was chairman of the building committee for its school structures and the St. Mary Magdalen Mission Center. He was a past board chairman of John Carroll High School and the Monsignor Clare O'Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks.

Active in the aggregates industry, he was a past board chairman of the Maryland Aggregates Association and traveled the world visiting quarries and attending conferences.

Mr. Thomey was also board chairman of Cecil Community College Foundation Inc., Cecil County Business-Education Advisory Council and Susquehanna Region Private Industry Council. He was also a founding member of the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Margaret Church, Hickory Avenue, Bel Air.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Dorothy B. Smith; two sons, David R. Thomey of Bel Air and Dwight E. Thomey of North East; two daughters, Deborah Leaf of Bel Air and Donna M. Vierheller of Forest Hill; 12 grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.

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