Thomas Lee Cobb, 64 years young of Hanover, passed peacefully in his home Thursday, June 25, 2020 surrounded by family members.
Thomas was born in Ludington, Michigan to the late Gilbert Cobb and Betty (Rake) on January 7, 1956.
Tom moved from Michigan to Wisconsin after high school, where he found his companion of over 40 years, and wife of nearly 34 years, Cheryl (Boettcher). Together they worked at Bay Ship Building in Sturgeon Bay until ultimately moving to California with their two young children, in 1987.
Tom continued with welding, working at Continental Maritime, in San Diego, where he excelled in his field. While living in California, he enjoyed the sun and heat, when not working.
In 2002, a work opportunity brought them and their young son out to Hanover, Pennsylvania. After moving, Tom found employment and enjoyment working in maintenance at a retirement center in Shrewsbury, PA for over 10 years. He loved the stories he would hear from the numerous residents, as well as helping them out with their needs. Tom remained until his health started to decline, missing the residents as well as the ability to work.
In the latter years of his life, he loved travelling to Michigan to spend with his mom, sisters and brother - as well as his numerous nieces and nephews; along with his wife, children and grandchildren.
He enjoyed riding motorcycles, including a surprise trip with his wife to Niagara Falls as a present to her.
In addition to his wife, Cheryl, Tom is survived in death by his daughter, Rachel Lee (Cobb) Signor and husband Tom of Oxford, New Jersey and his son, Adam Michael Cobb Sr. and his wife, Scarlett of Millerville, Pennsyvania; 5 grandchildren: Tristin Lee Ashaunte Wood, Evelyn Ruth Signor, Adam Michael Cobb Jr.; Sawyer Kennedy Cobb, and Kamryn Skylar Cobb; his mother Betty Greiner; 4 sisters: Christine Anderson; Vicki Maher; Linda Roberts; Sue Frisbie; 1 brother: Michael Cobb; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Cobb.
A celebration of life will be planned for later this year (end of summer/beginning fall) in Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org.
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July 23, 2020 from Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
I met Tom on the bank's of Emory Middle School watching our boys football practice.We started a conversation right away.We had common interest like sports,riding motorcycles,and watching our boys play football.Well it so happened that Tom was looking for a job,I am sure he was ready to step back from the welding field he was in .Do I offered him a job at Shrewsbury Lutheran home where he became a major part of our work family.The staff and residents took to him pretty quickly.With his wife Cheryl and muy wife Fran we started riding motorcycles together.We became close friends.Even with his bad health he continued to work and push through the tough times.When he retired,we stayed in contact some,but life just got busy.We visited him at home a few times.He was always there when needed,work and on a personal note.The last few years we spoke but never were able to get together.I will miss him.He was very proud of his family
Rest in piece my friend
June 29, 2020 from Hanover, Pennsylvania
In January 1984 I was a bartender at the local establishment know as Yeti's or the RAILROAD Tavern. Best burgers abs coldest beer you can get anywhere near the shipyard for their 30 minute lunch break!!! On a certain night a swagger male for Michigan on a broken leg came in with $5 and wanting to party and drink. He did both. I was able to quickly make friends with Thomas Lee and we became closer and closer. @ years into a realation he wanted to out of the bars and into the new welding school to fill the demand for workers. And I loved it and stayed for over 10 years and had both of our children through there.
Every day I remind myself houw lucky I was to meet Thomas Lee, He is the the diamond in my like. I will miss him everyday. No one can take his place - it hurts so bad not to have you here everyday. Just know I will never love anyone the way I love you. We will be together again soon- forever.
June 28, 2020 from Oxford, New Jersey
Dad - I know that in the last few weeks, you had a fear of those doubting your strength, and being viewed as a quitter. It still baffles me how you could think such a thing. We were given 15 years more than your doctors first thought, just over 20 years ago.
All the things you were a part of, or saw or experienced in that time. Adam graduating High School and College, watching him play football and other sports, cheering (loudly) from the stands. He and I both getting married. The birth of your youngest 4 grandkids. And while you were there for Tristin's birth, you would have never seen him swim in school or graduate high school.
You fought through pain, and misery. You weren't dealt a great hand of cards, but you played the hell out of it!
Celebrations, trips to Michigan, late night ice cream sundaes, motorcycle rides...
You were our strength! And while I am sorry you had to go, I am overwhelmed with joy knowing you are no longer in any pain.
I will forever love you.
Rachel "Brat" Lee
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