March 23, 1944 — Jan. 14, 2008
NORWALK — Thomas A. Cawrse, 63, of New London, died Monday at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk after a sudden illness.
He was born March 23, 1944 in New London, son of Wallace and Alice (Shipman) Cawrse. He was a life-long area resident and a 1962 graduate of New London High.
He had farmed all of his life and was a Fitchville Township trustee for 19 years.
He served 19 years on the Northern Ohio Rural Water Authority, serving as president the past 10 years.
He was a member of the Fitchville United Methodist Church and active with the Emmaus Community. He was a former 4-H leader, Boy Scout leader and New London High School Music and Athletic Booster.
He was a 26-year member and past master of the New London Masonic Floral Lodge 260. He was a member of the Fitchville Grange, where he served as an officer and a member of the New London Eagles 2869.
He was an avid sports enthusiast who loved spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren grow.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patricia (Fenner) Cawrse; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Bret Cooke of New Philadelphia; sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Amy Cawrse of New London, Keith and Kari Cawrse of Mansfield and Mark and Rebecca Cawrse of Loudonville; nine grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Shirley Cawrse of New London; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Jim Miller of New London and Ann and Rick Malone of Davie, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Rilynn Grace Cooke.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 W. Main St., New London, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Tom Matus officiating.
Burial will follow in the Fitchville Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Fitchville United Methodist Church’s general fund, 1593 U.S. 250 S., New London, Ohio 44851.
Online condolences may be made at www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.