Obituaries

Thomas John Legath, 68

February 26, 2016

Thomas John Legath, 68, of Lancaster passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Hospice and Community Care, surrounded by his loving family following a long, courageous journey battling neuroendocrine cancer. He is now in the presence of God.

Tom was married to Vicki (Miller) Legath, his college sweetheart at Kutztown University. They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on October 25th, 2015. Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Thomas Meade Legath of Sinking Spring, PA, married to Jennifer E. (Berta), and a daughter, Tara Elizabeth (Legath) George of Lancaster, married to William R. George. Three beautiful grandchildren were the light of his life, Ava Rose Legath, Colin Thomas Legath, and Taylor Rose George. His brother, Eugene Legath of Allentown, his mother-in-law, Shirley Parker of Mount Joy and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly, also survive him. Tom’s family will always cherish summer vacations in Avalon, NJ. He loved spending time at the beach with his family and friends, dancing with his grandchildren, and driving in his convertible with the top down.

Tom was born in Allentown, Lehigh County to the late Rose (Isaacson) Legath and Ulrich John Legath. He was predeceased by an infant brother.

He graduated from Dieruff High School in Allentown and was drafted into the United States Army in 1967. Tom completed Basic Training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was then assigned to Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He completed Riot Control Training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. On April 4, 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN, Tom was a member of the unit assigned to riot control in Memphis. For 13 months from 1968-1969, Tom proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the 199th light infantry brigade.

After serving in Vietnam, Tom earned an Associates Degree in Business from Lehigh Co. Community College. He graduated from Kutztown University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and later earned a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Lehigh University. Tom began his teaching career at Moser El. in the Allentown School District where he taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. From 1985-1988, Tom was Assistant Principal at Washington El. School in School District of Lancaster. He served as Principal of Akron El. School in the Ephrata Area School District (EASD) from 1988-1998, becoming Director of Elementary Education in EASD for 3 of these years. In 1998, He was named Principal of Clay El. School in EASD until his retirement in 2008. He was particularly proud of the school expansion and renovation project, which took place at Clay in 2003 – 2004.

Tom had a deep passion and pride in the school, students, and staff at Akron and Clay schools. Throughout his career, he was loved by staff and students. Everyone welcomed his wonderful hugs and smiles. After retirement, Tom worked as an adjunct instructor at Harrisburg Area Community College in Lancaster.

Tom was a past president and member of the Kutztown Optimist Club. He coached youth soccer, basketball, and baseball in the Kutztown and Manheim Township communities. Through the 1970s, Tom was a PIAA basketball referee in Lancaster and Berks counties. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where he served on Church Council from 1994-1996.

The family would like to especially thank the following people for their care of Tom throughout his illness: Dr. Roger Cohen and Dr. John Kucharczuk (Abramson Cancer Center, Hospital of University of Penn); Dr. Larry Kaiser (Temple University Medicine); Dr. Randall Oyer (Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Center); nurses and staff on 6 East (LGH); the entire staff of Hospice and Community Care.

A visitation will be held at Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543 on Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 5 – 8 PM. Friends may call again on Monday, March 7, 2016 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10 Delp Rd. Lancaster, PA 17601 from 9:30 – 11 AM, with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 AM with Pastor Craig Ross officiating. Interment with full military honors in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, 62 Valley Rd. Neffsville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Tom’s memory to Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster County – 685 Good Dr. Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or the Veteran’s Honor Park of Lancaster County/ Warwick Twp. 315 Clay Rd. Lititz, PA 17543.

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Condolences to the Family

June 12, 2016

Please receive my deepest condolences for the loss of Mr. Legath. He was my 6th grade social studies teacher at Moser Elementary in Allentown. He was a wonderful human being. The love that he shared as a teacher is still felt all these years later. I, too, am now a teacher. I want to let you knew that I drew inspiration from Mr. Legath and his energy in involving students in the love of learning and basketball. He taught us how to play. What a wonderful soul, we were truly blessed to have him as a teacher. God bless him and his family.
Irma

March 16, 2016

Our sympathies to the family.  Tom was my boys principal at Akron Elem & they all loved him. He was a special person & will be missed.  Barry & Mary Saylor, Kevin Martin, Barry Saylor Jr, and Billy Saylor.  

March 15, 2016

Dear Legath Family,
I was very saddened to read of Tom’s passing, but thankful that he is now free from any suffering and very grateful for having known him. He was a great, caring man, a terrific sports enthusiast with an upbeat attitude. I came to know, like and respect him when my son Prentice and young Tom first began travel soccer together. Years later, big Tom and I embraced at a Relay for Life, where he shared the rest of his life story. He was a brave veteran fighting the good fight with a tough determination I’ll always remember. We had a good, long talk. He was an inspiration.
Our heartfelt condolences to the family of a very good man.
Malcolm MacDougall

March 10, 2016

Dear Vicki and Family,
Though I only met Tom a few times it is obvious by the tributes that he was beloved and left an indelible mark on the lives of many, many in this world. What a fantastic legacy; a true “good and faithful servant”. You are blessed to have shared 40 years of marriage and a loving family together. May God hold you and all of your family in the Palm of His hand as you negotiate life moving forward. Our sincere condolences on the passing of a wonderful individual too soon. Blessings and peace. Warmly, Carol Centini McDonald (and Jere) Pottstown, PA.

March 07, 2016

Dear Vicki,
We were so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing.  Our memories are from Avalon where we met you and Tom and spent time on the beach and some dinners out on the town with the Pappas’s.  Even though we only saw you a few times we really valued your friendship.  My husband, Tom, enjoyed their talks about sporting events.  Please give our condolences also to Tara and Tom. 
Thought and prayers,
Pat and Tom Gagliardi

March 07, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss.  My family has many wonderful memories from the years of soccer.  Tom was a driving force in forming values and life lessons for the boys he coached.  His legacy will live on in all of you, and in all the the children and adults he touched throughout his life.
Sincerely,
Marilyn Titter

March 06, 2016

To the Legath Family,
We were sadden to hear about your loss & it’s with a heavy heart that we send our condolences. We are very grateful to Mr. Legath for excepting our son & grandson into his famity with open arms, he was a very great man with a beautiful heart. May you guys find comfort in your fond memories, our prayers are with you.
Thank You,
Herbert & Elsie Handy

March 06, 2016

Dear Legath’s,
My memories of Mr. Legath revolve mostly around middle school basketball and playing with the neighborhood kids in Belair.  He was a great man and a great father. He will be missed. I send my love. 
Joe Garfinkel and Family

March 06, 2016

So sorry to hear about Tom, he was a wonderful role model, father and friend.  
Deepest sympathies, 
Phil and Roz Garfinkel

March 06, 2016

Dear Vicki and family.  We are so saddened to learn of Tom’s death – he was a wonderful neighbor and friend, always upbeat and with a good word to say.  Truly he is in God’s presence and may he rest in eternal peace.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Love, Ray and Betty Gerhart

March 06, 2016

Dear Vicki and family,
Cathy and I have always appreciated Tom’s unique ability to connect with kids.  He was so greatly admired and loved by the students with whom he worked.   Cathy worked with him at Fulton Elementary where she got to observe his interactions with kids and was always impressed with his ability to be kind but firm.  I got to know him as a fellow administrator and appreciated his total commitment to let’s do what is best for kids.  He has touched the lives of many people, kids and adults alike.  His positive outlook was refreshing in  aworld that seems to emphasize the negative.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
 
Merv and Cathy Witmer
 

March 06, 2016

Dear Vicki and Family, I want to extend my deepest sympathy to your whole family on Tom’s passing. I am a playground aide at Clay Elementary and worked with Tom the whole time he was there. It was a joy to work with him. I never met anyone who loved kids like Tom.  And the kids loved him right back!  { The hugging principal.} He talked about each of you all the time and how much he loved you. He was a great principal, friend, and inspiration to us all. Unfortunately, he was also a teacher to me about Vietnam.  I think of his memories quite often. My heart is breaking for your loss. May you find some peace knowing he is not in pain and can rest in peace.    Janice Fitch

March 06, 2016

To the family, 
Tom was one of those individuals you meet once in a life time. Through his love of students, education and serving his country, he shared he experience with my students of Garden Spot High School. When I asked my classes this week who remember the Vietnam vet who came to talk to them their freshman year, several rose their hands. I told them of his passing and the room went silent. They were all toughed by his candor, love and honesty.
This message is not from me but form MY students, those not in his buildings that he taught or administored, but those he chose to give his retirement time to share his stories. Thank you. 
My Tom’s generous heart live in his children and gradnchildren. He will always be apart of my heart and the minds of my students.
Gretchen Ripple
Garden Spot High School, Social Studies Teacher

March 06, 2016

Legath Family: Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Our sincere sympathy, Sherri and Lee

March 05, 2016

Dear Vicki and Family,
Tom and I connected at his first principal’s meeting in the SDoL and remained best friends ever since.  He was a great principal, father, brother, and husband and was respected by his students, colleagues, and many friends.  For 30 years we spoke regularly, played many rounds of golf with mutual friends, met for coffee monthly after he retired, and shared in his strength as he battled cancer.  My first tee shot this spring will be in your memory…Our love to the family…Dave and Rochelle

March 05, 2016

Dear Vicki, Thomas, Tara and Genie,
I am so sorry for your loss. Reading the condolences brings tears to my eyes, he’s touched so many lives. Such blessing to have here on earth. Now he’s at peace and in good company.
JoAnn and Chris Blevins

March 04, 2016

Friend,neighbor,teacher,coach,father, grandfather,counselor,problem solver,cheerleader of children of all ages and sports and talents,jokester,soldier,leader for GOOD,and always looked for the  bright light at the end of the tunnel. 
The sun is shining for you today Tom. Every life you have ever touched will smile and always remember. 
Maureen and Steve Bacher

March 03, 2016

Dear Vicki, Tom, and Tara,
We are so disheartened to hear of Tom’s passing.  Although we know he is with our Lord, we also understand the loss and sadness you now bear.  May you feel our Lord’s arms around you to hold you up at this time.
Please know that you are in our prayers.  
Love,  the Pat Klugh family

March 03, 2016

Dear Vicki,
We cannot  comprehend what you are feeling at the loss of your dear Tom. I know that you and Tom were best friends, husband and wife and soulmates.  May Jesus’ love and warmth surround and comfort you and your family at this sad time.
Tom and Janet Purcell

March 03, 2016

To Tom (son), I’m sadden to hear of your Dad’s passing. I always had good conversations with him when he was at KU to watch you play. My prayers are with you and your family. Rennie 

March 03, 2016

I first met Tom at Lehigh Unversity when he was a student in my class forcusing on Elementary Educational Administration. Tom was friendly, an active participant and an excellent Student. After Lehigh I followed his career and occasionally I would see him. Tom was an excellent educator and he had a successful career. I extend my sincere condolences to his family. James E. Morrell, Ed.D.

March 03, 2016

We send our deepest sympathy in the loss of Tom.  Joe remembers Tom from Downtown Youth Center and Boys Club many years ago.
I have fond memories of working with Tom as beginning teachers at Mosser School.   Our family sends our heartfelt sympathy.
                                                        In loving memory,      Chris and Joe Spang and family

March 03, 2016

Vicki and Family,
My dear old friends, it has been a very long time since we have seen each other.  I was your babysitter in Kutztown when you lived across the street from Fern Master, Lorna Honicker-Stein.  I was no very, very sad to see this news in the Reading paper.  My heart also aches to see what a horrible medical journey your family has been on with his horrible disease.  I had thought of you guys often and remembered that larger than life, fun guy with the adorable family.  When I was a teenager watching “little” Tommy and Tara, I wanted to model my life after your loving marriage and sweet family.  God bless you and keep all of those beautiful memories in your heart.  They will sustain you. 
Lorna Honicker-Stein 

March 03, 2016

When Tom arrived at Akron Elementary School a whole new era began. Teaching and learning became a joyful experience. Caring for each other and respecting one another became the way of each day. It was such a privilege working with Tom and an even greater privilege that I could call him friend. I have so many wonderful memories…one of which is that we shared birthday months. In fact Tom never let me forget that he was younger than me by 10 days. One year he invited the whole student body and teachers to convene in the lobby so that they could sing Happy Birthday to OLD Mrs. Chalfant. Needless to say that began a “war” to see which of us could outdo the other regarding our age. What fun! I will miss your big smile and warm hugs. 
Love to you Vicki, Tom, and Tara. May God’s peace surround you. 

March 03, 2016

Dear Vickie and Family,     I’m so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing.  He was a terrific person and he touched so many hearts in his lifetime.  So glad that we got to see you both at the  50th reunion.  He will be missed by all his Dieruff classmates and friends. He has suffered a long time and can now rest in peace.  Keep the faith during this sad time and cherish the great memories, as we all will.       Richardynne Vandergrift Walter    
 
                              

March 03, 2016

To the family of Tom, I was truly blessed to interact with Tom for years in various schools as I photographed kids for the newspaper.I can unequivically tell you that no man has left a greater lasting impression on me for the way he treated not only the children,but the staff he lead, and folks like myself who were always greeted with true respect and kindness. He undoubtedly touched more people than you can imagine and his compassion and kindness live on in those who were lucky enough to have known him. He was a man who aspired to do great things and expected those around him to aim high as well,and countless young lives were made richer for having known him and seeing that he sincerely believed in them and their value as an individual. May you find comfort in knowing he will truly live on in the hearts of all those he inspired through his example of what it means to be a leader, a friend, and a true gentleman.  Donald Reese

March 03, 2016

What a great guy!  We will always cherish the opportunity we had of knowing Tom Legath.  Such a wonderful man, devoted husband & father, and terrific educator.  Vicki, our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family at this time.  May God be with you all and give you peace during this time of sorrow.
Charlie & Joni Morris
 

March 02, 2016

My name is Lourdes Ortiz he was my teacher when Christmas we did Secret Santa he got me and I got him so I got him a handkerchief with an L on it because I called the Mr L he was so happy all day long I became a teacher because of him I’m 48 years old now retired but thought about you many times in my life always telling me never give up now I have another angel condolences go out to the family

March 02, 2016

Vicki, Thomas, and Tara. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.  Tom was a truly great man that Sue and I were priviledged to know, be around, and talk to when we were able to see him when we were in town.   He was always willing to drop everything and greet us with that big smile, warm embrace, and always asked about our family.  Tom will not be forgotten and will truly be missed.
With deepest sympathy,
Kevin and Sue Lefever
 

March 02, 2016

We are all so sad! We do not know a better man than Tom, our world needs more like him.  He was respected & loved by his teachers, his students, parents, and friends.  I had the privilege of teaching under Tom’s leadership at Akron Elem. School.  Larry & I counted Tom as a dear friend as well, and we will miss him more than we can say.  He was so proud of your family, Vicki, and he leaves a wonderful legacy for you all.  Our heartfelt sympathy & prayers are with you.

March 02, 2016

Dear Vicki & Family:
I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you, your children, and grandchildren throughout this sad and difficult time! Lyndsi & her family are also in my thoughts and prayers throughout this sad and difficult time! I have many great memories of Tom, and will always remember how wonderful of man he was–he was a truly remarkable husband to you, a fabulous father to his children, a wonderful grandfather to his grandchildren! He was a truly amazing family man, uncle, brother, grandfather, husband, brother-in-law, son-in-law, father, and awesome friend to everyone in his life. His personality was truly one-of-a-kind, a man with a pure heart-of-gold, had a smile that would always light up a room, truly enjoyed life, had a contagious laugh, and had so so so much unconditional love for his family, relatives, and friends! I send my sincere condolences, deepest sympathy, and love to you all! Please let me know if you, your family, and relatives need anything.
Love: Amelia Rogers — Lyndsi’s friend from VISTA in CT

March 02, 2016

       Gene Legath and family
              Our hearts go out to you at this very sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
                                                                                                                         Sue and Jack Wenner

March 02, 2016

Thom was principal at Clay Elementary when I worked as a Playground Aide.  He had such a welcoming smile, contagious laugh, and loving spirit.  He had a way of making staff, parents, and students alike feel as if you were the most important person to him at that very moment.  He had a true gift, and generously shared that gift with all of us.  How truly blessed we all were to have him in our lives, even for a little while.  

March 02, 2016

Legath Family:  My deepest sympathies to your family during this most difficult time.  Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Coach Al Moyer, Conrad Weiser Football

March 02, 2016

 
Mr. Legath was the principal of Akron Elementary when I attended. Two stories I remember about him:
I remember him coming to my first grade class with Mrs. Chalfant to discuss Martin Luther King’s assination. She provided a brief overview of the topic as it was our first time learning about it. I remember Mr. Legath tearing up while sharing some information about the topic. Reading his obituary, I know understand why that was so emotional to him.
My third grade teacher (Mrs. Haun) had to leave for a brief meeting and he came in during that time to “watch” us. Instead of having us read individually, he decided he was going to teach us the first 11 presidents of the United States in the correct order. I remember my class not believing him we could do this in such a short time. Despite our dismissive attitudes he said he believed in us.  
I will never forget how he used a certain space in the room to represent each president and then an action to help us remember. Sure enough, by the time Mrs. Haun came back we were up to James Polk. I remember as a student feeling excited that we were able to learn something so quickly and something, quite frankly, most 3rd graders did not know.
I have Mr. Legath to thank for that as he truly cared for each student. It was always evident in his willingness to talk with each student daily and his big smiles. Perhaps this is why I really only remember him as a principal when I have forgotten all the others. I am sorry for the next generation of students that will not have the blessed opportunity of knowing him.
 
 
During this time of sorrow, please take comfort in knowing that he was able to reach out to many students and teach them things about themselves they didn’t even know. Many thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time.
Blessings, Christina Rouvre-Haeusler
 

March 02, 2016

From Jack Slusser
To Son Tom. I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I am sure that he was as personable as you are. God bless you and your family. Wih deepest Sympathy, Jack Slusser

March 02, 2016

I’m forever grateful to Tom for recommending me for a long-term teaching position many years ago which lead to a contracted position. During that time Tom always gave me the professional support and guidance I needed in a manner that was respectful and empowering.
He was present in every area of the school, accessible to all, no matter their age, position or concern. And he expected us to display that same respect to all, at all times. It was a joy for me to have that kind of leader.
He was not only my principal but my friend as well. He’ll be terribly missed by all who had the honor to know him.
Our hearts and prayers are with you Vicki, and the whole Legath family.
Terry and Chuck Few

March 02, 2016

Dear Vicki,
I am so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing.  I remember you talking at tennis about his journey fighting this terrible disease.   
With deepest sympathy and hug,
Arlene Wilhelm

March 02, 2016

Vicki, Thomas and Tara, my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time.
 
Michele Dorwart Wickenheiser 

March 01, 2016

Our deepest condolences to the Legath family. Among Tom’s many notable achievements was his admirable service as president of the KU Vet’s group. Another job well done. Rest in peace.
Jeff and Barbara Ebert

March 01, 2016

I had Mr. Legath as my teacher in 4th grade at Mosser Elementary School in Allentown, PA. in 1976. Although I haven’t seen him since, I never forgot him. I remember walking across the Hamilton Street Bridge to visit the Liberty Bell Shrine at 6th & Hamilton. I don’t know why that has stuck with me all these years but I remember him because he was just a great teacher who cared about his students. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

March 01, 2016

My heartfelt condolences to Vicki, their children, and the entire family on the loss of beloved Tommy. His presence always brought with it an honest and warm feeling…because his true and caring ways were genuine.
May God rest his soul and may his memory be eternal
Joe Hanna

March 01, 2016

Vickie and children,  my thoughts are with you… I thank Tom for hiring me and working with me… He was such a great person with a wonderful smile….he was one of a kind.  Proud to have known him… He will be missed.  Fran Cohen

March 01, 2016

Tom and I had some quality conversation and coffee over the past few years.  I’ll miss him but I’ll have good memories, too. 
A Starbucks friend, Ed Mummert

March 01, 2016

I was fortunate enough to have Mr. Legath as my fifth and sixth grade teacher at Mosser Elementary many years ago.  I have many fond memories of those two years.  I can remember distinctly the location of my desk and Mr. Legath’s desk.  I am currently a teacher and have been teaching for 22 years.  I can only hope some of my students remember me as fondly as I remember this incredible teacher.  My condolences to his family.  May you be comforted by your many memories and in knowing the positive impact Mr. Legath had on so many lives.  Lisa Panarelli

March 01, 2016

Mr. Legath was one ofmy favorite teachers at Mosser… heck, he was one of my favorite teachers ever. What a good man. My condolences to the family. Kristin (Kranzley) Parks, Allentown PA

March 01, 2016

My condolences and prayers are wi4th the family.  Mr. Legath was always a fun teacher and role model for students like me who grew up in the acres.  God Bless.  

March 01, 2016

We are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing.  While we can’t be there for the service we want your to know that we are thinking of you. Tom was a wonderful person to work for and a truly great and courageous man. We will miss him. Our prayers are with his family. 
Dan and Jeanette Cook

March 01, 2016

Mr Legath was my 6th grade teacher at Mosser. I have so many great memories of this wonderful man, too numerous to write. He was not only an amazing teacher but an impactful and inspiring human being. Mr Legath was the teacher that made you look forward to going to school (maybe some of that was because I had a crush on him). As I’m sure you know he’s the kind of person that stays with you…unforgettable. I’m privileged to have crossed paths with him. With deep and sincere sympathy, Lisa Kloiber Stout.

March 01, 2016

I was so saddened to see the passing of Mr. Legath.  I was in his first class of fourth graders at Mosser Elementary.  He  soon became one of my favorite teacher, and assisted in molding many children into adults he can be proud of.  RIP and GodSpeed, Mr Legath

March 01, 2016

Tom was a great guy with heart for children. The McKim family will remember him fondly.  His death is a loss to humanity.  Chris McKim

March 01, 2016

Saddened to hear of Tommy’s passing.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Legath family.  Great friends as we grew up in Allentown!  The Rizzotto Family

March 01, 2016

Years ago my wife and I operated a small gym called Cuts on the Fruitville Pike and Tom was one of our first members. What a fun, nice and always pleasant man. When I told my wife about the obituary she remembered him right away. We both looked forward to seeing him when he stopped by to work out. Our sympathies go out to all of the family who we know will miss him very much.
Steve and Teddi Book

March 01, 2016

Vicki, Thomas, and Tara. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as you mourn the loss of Tom. Tom’s bigger than life smile and welcoming arms will be missed by so many. I thank you for sharing him with us as he saw all of us as family. Tom was more than a principal he was a friend. He is gone from this earth yet he will live on through so many hearts that he has touched and loved! I will always remember Tom as a welcoming smile followed by a big warm hug! Cindy Hess

March 01, 2016

Mr. Legath was an amazing principal at Akron, and as students, we always looked forward to his hugs! I was delighted to not only have the pleasure of being a student in his building, but later interviewing him for one of my education classes in college, and eventually working as a substitute teacher in his building. He was a fabulous role model, and such a positive influence for many. He will be missed greatly.
 
Rebecca (Hornberger) Brewster

March 01, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with Vicki, Tom, Tara and the entire family. It was an honor and pleasure to have known Tom. He was a great man and will be missed by all those who knew him.
Quigs

March 01, 2016

Mr. Legath was a great prinicpal. However, he was an even greater person. I remember numerous occasions in his office, and honestly most of the time not for the most positive of reasons. Mr. Legath always knew a way with his words and how to make the student feel better, while at the same time getting across a message of discipline and structure. He always taught “tough” love. My parents throughly appreciated everything he did for myself, and for always keeping the line of communication open for them. Mr. Legath always had a smile on his face, and loved to give hugs. I remember he would put his hand on your shoulder, no matter if it was to stop you from running in the hallway, or to say hello and ask how your day was. He was hands down the best principal I have ever had. I owe my elementary school learning to Mr. Legath, both via education and emotionally. In the years after moving on to Middle School and High School, and even into the working world, every time I bumped into Mr. Legath it was always a positive and life lifting experience. He still cared about his former students, even after they left his school. He cared about the person, and not just as a number or for his job. My condolences to your family during this tough time. God Bless! Mr. Legath is in a better place now.  

March 01, 2016

Dear Vicki and family.  I was so happy to meet you and see Tom at our 50th Dieruff class reunion this past October.  As neighbors,Tom,  my brother and I spent not only school time but many after school hours together. Tom was a quiet leader who helped all of us achieve our goals without us even realizing it. I was blessed to see Tom in Oct.  May God bless his family now and the Angels guide you all as you continue to live the legacy set by Tom.  Anita Kotoris 

March 01, 2016

Mr. Legath was my principal for My last 3 years at Akron Elementary. I can honestly say, he is the only principal in all of my schooling, that I remember. He truly influenced my life and I cannot imagine the loss you must feel without him. He was a Man among men; An example of character to be emulated. He knew how to build relationships and make each child feel cared for and loved.  That is no small feat!! Rest assured, the impact he had on so many lives will probably never be known this side of heaven. I pray Gods peace to the family as you grieve and adjust to life without him; but know this…Mr. Legath lives on in the legacy of love he left with each student and staff member who was positively impacted by knowing him. Erica Detweiler

March 01, 2016

My heart felt condolences.  Tom was a great friend and I .  will always cherish the great times we had together.  He was the BEST !!!

March 01, 2016

Mr. Legath as he was known to the parents and students at Akron Elementary was loved by all.  It was wonderful watching home greet the students as they arrived and as they departed.  He made all the students feel special.  He will be sorely missed but what a wonderful example to all of courage, perseverance, dedication and love.  May God wrap his arms around you his family during this difficult time giving you His comfort and peace.
George, Joanna, Daniel, Hanna & Weston Rudisill

March 01, 2016

Our sincere condolences to the Legath Family in this sad time. 
 
 
The Reed Family, Andre, Tyrone, Dion, Teshia and Joyce

March 01, 2016

What an awesome man to have as a principal and role model for how administrators can connect with staff, students, and families. Many great memories starting my teaching career with him as my first administrator.
David Trout
Ephrata Area School District

March 01, 2016

Asking God to continue to hold you in the palm of his hands during this most difficult time. Love, The Carmichaels

March 01, 2016

My condolences to the Legath family. -Jimmie Cataldi 

March 01, 2016

I am sad that he is gone, but so THANKFUL for the joy he brought to my life and the lives of my fellow students.  I will always remember his bright smiles and his warm hugs.  He truly was a PrinciPAL.  Glenn Sauber Akron Elementary 87-90

February 29, 2016

My deepest condolences to Vicki and the family. May you all be at peace knowing he is resting with our Lord. 
Charlene (walton) Suter

February 29, 2016

I do not know Tom and I just stumbled upon this link but after reading his obituary he is  a man I wish I knew. I am very sorry for your loss.

February 29, 2016

I always enjoyed conversations with Tom when he came into the Dry Cleaners, he was such a nice person 🙂 You’ll be missed!! Sending lots of thoughts & prayers to the family. 
Brooke

February 29, 2016

Mr. Legath holds a very special place in my heart. I remember every birthday I had at Clay Elementary I would bring an extra birthday treat just for him. As miniscule as this gesture is now, it just goes to show how much he impacted myself and his students. He will be missed by so many. I am incredibly sorry for your loss. 

February 29, 2016

Vicki, Tom, and Tara, I extend to you my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss.  I have such fond memories of Tom and alway found him to be such a blessing as all of you have been.  His smile, joy, kindness, and acceptance blessed many who knew him.  He will indeed be missed.  May God’s peace be with all of you.  Pastor John Smaligo

February 29, 2016

Tom was my children’s principal at Akron during his tenure, a very compassionate man!! He was loved by them and I’m sure he will be missed by his family! A life take way too soon! Deep sympathy to the entire and extended family! RIP Tom Legath! 

February 29, 2016

Tom was a wonderful man….our thoughts and prayers are with you Vicki, Thomas and Tara..We’re thinking of you all….Love, Torrie Charlie Leibold.
 

February 29, 2016

Vicki, Thomas and Tara, I am deeply saddened to learn of Tom’s passing. In my working career, I’ve known 100’s, probably 1000’s of families. Only a few became unforgettable. Yours is one of those. Tom was a big reason for that. You have my deepest sympathy. Neal Vital 

February 29, 2016

Tom was a truly inspirational man. I was blessed to know him even for a little while.  I will always remember his great courage and strength. May he rest in God’s peace. May you be comforted in the knowledge that he is there.  
Pr Jacki Roderick

February 29, 2016

my daughter and i  were sadden of the passing of mr legath. my daughter went to clay elementary school.  one good memory is when i went to pick  my daughter up. after getting her  my car would not start  so he gave us a ride home. he was such a insperation to us he will greatly be missed.
                                                            tammi and brittnay ashworth

February 29, 2016

my daughter and i am so sadden of the passing of mr leagth . my daughter went to clay elementry and one good memory was when i went to pick her up  after i got her my car would not start so he gave us a ride. he was such a insperation to us. he will be greatly missed. 

February 29, 2016

What a wonderful man! What wonderful memories he gave us at Clay Elementary! When our son, Dustin was in first grade he won a prize which was a ride in Mr. Legath’s convertible and a pizza party with him.  Because he was the only boy that won, Dustin got to ride up front! Such a special memory for a little boy who is now a junior in high school ?  Mr. Legath knew how to lay down the law and yet temper it with love. So many many times I saw students run to hug him, my own included! He was always ready to listen and not just listen but act. I was so grateful for his wonderful way of dealing with any and all issues when I called him because our older son, then in 5th grade was being bullied. “Give me names” he said, I don’t know what he said or did but he took care of the problem and today that 5th grader is a confident young man in his first year of college. ?  If you happen to see a coffee mug with a picture of two little guys in Eagles gear on it, that would be Wyatt and Dustin. We gave that to Mr. Legath one year for Christmas. ?  Thank you Mr. Legath for all the love and the lessons! We love you! Thoughts and prayers to all the  Legath Family, Shannen Fisher

February 29, 2016

Vicki and Family:
Sincerest sympathies on your great loss.  We, along with many others, had a great admiration for Tom.  He was such a nice person and contributed to many in his career.  We are happy we had the pleasure of knowing him.  Ed greatly enjoyed the friendship and conversations he shared with Tom on their morning meetings over coffee.  I am sure you know he will be greatly missed by many.  May he finally rest in peace after a very long and couragous fight.  We will keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.  
Ed and Sharon Quinn

February 29, 2016

When I first transferred to Akron Elementary Tom was also starting his tenure. He made that apparent to me in my 4th grade year which I will never forget. Tom implemented a system where if we earned Norka, Akron backwards, awards we could cash them in for a prize. As an adult I know this was just a way for him to praise the students he cared so much about. My condolences to Tom’s loved ones and happy to add to his legacy through my memories.

February 29, 2016

Thoughts and prayers are with Vicki and the family.  We will miss Tom’s smile and generous spirit.  Love you.  Judi and Felice

February 29, 2016

My family feels blessed to have known Mr. Legath! My daughter is currently a junior at Ephrata high school, and she still comments that Mr. Legath was the best principal ever!!! 

February 29, 2016

Aunt Vicki, Thomas and Tara: Our hearts ache for the loss of such an extraordinary man who meant so much to our family. Our lives are infinitely better because we knew him. His smile brightened any room and one instantly felt loved when in his presence. We love you so much and are always here for you. Love, Monica and Andrew.

February 29, 2016

Legath Family,
Im sorry for your loss.  Mr TL was a great man, coach, and family man.  He raised 2 great kids and Im glad his grand kids got to spend the time with him that they did.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time!
 
Ritchie and Katie Keister

February 29, 2016

Vicki, Thomas, Tara, and families please know that Tom had a special place in the heart of many.  His larger than life presence was woven through each community that he served in many different capacities.  He was a role model for many children and a mentor for many adults-and he made a huge difference for everyone that he touched.  His passing will be a great loss for us all, but his legacy will live on for always.  Thank you for sharing him with us and know that he will always be smiling at each of you because it was your family that was his greatest accomplishment and the thing that made him the most proud.  With great sympathy and love,
Kim and Jim Schlemmer 

February 29, 2016

Sorry for your loss.  He was a great man.  He was principal during my school years.  Everytime I would run into him even after my schooling, he always seemed to remember me!  He will be missed!

February 29, 2016

Vicki and family, Tom was a wonderful person who touched my life and made me a better educator and person by his influence. He will be dearly missed on this earth by many but especially by you all. My love surrounds you as you walk this path. Jude Gemmell

February 29, 2016

Our deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Legath. My children had the pleasure of attending Clay Elementary during his time there as Clay’s prinicpal.  He was a wonderful man who had a tremendously tender manner with both his students and their parents. He was always approachable and willing to discuss any concerns we had regarding our children’s education.
Ken and Andrea Yingst – parents of Grace and Josiah Asso

February 29, 2016

On Friday night, the world lost a really, really good man. Our love goes out to you during this incredibly painful time. We continue to pray for you – Love Jessie and Steve
 

February 29, 2016

My deepest sympathy to your family.  I graduated from Dieruff with Tom and have many fond memories of him.  May he rest in peace.  Kathy Shiner Reyher

February 29, 2016

My name is Grace Asso. Mr Legath was my principal at Clay Elementary and a friend of my mother. I am so sorry to the friends and family affected by the loss of Mr. Legath. He truely cared about all of the students and faculty. He was an amazing, funny, and generous man whom I will never forget. God bless you all through this difficult time.

February 29, 2016

My deepest sympathy to your family. Mr. Legath was an amazing man who i had the honor of getting to know when my son attended his school. His smiling face was always a welce sight!! He touched so many lives at ESD! 

February 29, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this sad time. We loved Tom and will always keep him in our hearts. Love, Erika, Paul, Morgan, Derek and Kevin Bodell

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