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Thomas Charles (Buddy) Ford

June 19, 1944 ~ November 14, 2022 (age 78)
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On Monday, November 14, 2022, the Lord extended his comforting hand and led His faithful son, Thomas Charles Ford home to be with Him. Thomas, affectionately call Buddy or T.C. by his family and friends peacefully transitioned at the Veteran’s Community Center in Aspinwall, PA with his loving wife by his side.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas William Ford, and his mother, Mildred (Murray) Ford. Buddy was born the second of three children to Thomas and Mildred Ford on June 19, 1944, in McKeesport, PA.

He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Bethlehem Baptist Church where he worshipped. He attended McKeesport High School until he enlisted in the Air Force in 1963. He was honorably discharged in 1965. Buddy met the love of his life, Priscila, on a beach on San Andreas Island, Columbia, South America. They married in March 1981, and they remained devoted to each other for 43 years until his passing. From this union, they had one daughter. He also has four other children from previous relationships.

Buddy had several jobs over the years including a storage company manager in Miami, FL, a computer technician in Columbia, South America, and a Research Technician in the Neurological Department at the University of Miami, which focused on Alzheimer’s disease. Buddy loved the ocean, fishing, and boats. Whenever he and his wife would visit the Island, they would love to charter a boat and go deep-sea fishing. He always yearned to purchase a charter boat himself and start a business. They would fish down at the river in McKeesport whenever they had the chance.

Buddy is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 43 years, Priscila; five children: Emmerick Ford of Lanham, MD, Stacey Delaney of Norfolk, VA, Thomas Delaney (T.C.) of Norfolk VA, Lawrence Ford (Larry) of Clearwater FL, and Tiana Ford; brother Lawrence W. Ford (Butch) of Reno, NV; Elizabeth Ford Rankin of Lanham, MD; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

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November 18, 2022

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Bethlehem Baptist Church
716 Walnut Street
McKeesport, PA 15132

Funeral Service
November 18, 2022

11:00 AM
Bethlehem Baptist Church
716 Walnut Street
McKeesport, PA 15132

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In Loving Memory Of

Thomas Ford

June 19, 1944-November 14, 2022

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