Born June 20, 1961, Tommy
was the son of Herman and Norm West of Thurmont. He was the youngest
of six children – Joe Fraley, Nancy Fisher, Linda Brown, Louann
Delphey, Butch West, & Tony West. Tommy was raised in Thurmont
and spent his entire life there – Thurmont was his home and
he loved the community.
On September 6, 1979 he married Donna Kerns, also from Thurmont.
They had two children – Johnny and Kayla. Tommy was a wonderful
husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. If anyone needed anything,
you could depend on him, he was there for you. At the age of 19,
Tommy went to work for the F.O. Day Company and remained dedicated
to that company throughout his working career. He started his career
as a laborer and worked his way up to becoming one of the most talented
equipment operators at F.O. Day. There was not one piece of equipment
on a construction site that Tommy could not operate. He was known
by many of his fellow co-workers as “Stone Cold” due
to his striking resemblance to professional wrestler Stone Cold
Steve Austin. Tommy was a very hard worker a great provider for
his family. He was a friend to many people and often greeted them
with a smile or laugh, and had a fantastic sense of humor. He was
fun to be around and he left a lasting impression on many who met
In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his family,
watching his children, nieces and nephews play sports, riding his
Harley Davison V-Rod, riding his Cobra “Scooter Daddy”
scooter, riding his Yamaha Grizzly four wheeler, going fishing,
and watching Nascar. He was an avid fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr., the
Baltimore Orioles, and the Dallas Cowboys. He also enjoyed stopping
by Direct-To-You gas station to get the town news, and Mountain
Gate Plaza for breakfast almost every morning before work.
Tommy was a good, strong, and fun loving man and will be missed
by so many – our lives will never be the same without him.
He truly was one of a kind and left us way too early. He is survived
by his wife Donna, son Johnny and his wife Jaime and their daughter
Bralyn, and daughter Kayla and her son Bryont. He is joined in heaven
with two special grandsons – Brady and Ashton West, and two
special brother-in-laws, Bobby and Wayne Kerns. He is also deeply
missed by his close friends Wayne Ott, Wayne Jordan, Ed Smith, Bruce
Boyd, and Rick Plunkard.
Tommy is looking down on his family and friends and smiling
at what they are doing in honor of him to help those less fortunate
and people in need.