Obituary of Thomas Robert Hirsch
Thomas Hirsch was a well-humored, caring, and insightful man. He was most proud of being born in the United States of America and serving his country in the US Maritime Service as a cook and baker. His early beginnings were humble as him and his three younger sisters were raised singly by their mother. Thomas’s most cherished childhood memory was receiving his first bicycle from his uncle Jimmy, who served as a father figure to him when he was young. To help his mother raise his siblings, Thomas went out and got a job right away. After embarking on the adventure of boot camp and the service, Thomas dedicated thirty years in quality control to the Ford Motor Company. He appreciated this job for the steady employment, decent wage, and excellent benefits. Thomas describes the events that shaped him the most as when he got married, became a homeowner and a father of his own four wonderful children. The happiest moment of his life was when his doctors told him his lung cancer had mostly disappeared. Later in life Thomas would meet his wife Dolores while dancing at The Cove. The two won “The Twist” contest and he walked her to her car to end the night. The two had a strong love for each other and saw their meeting as the best thing to happen in their lives. The other loves of his life were his many furry companions, mostly cockapoos and toy poodles. He loved dogs and animals so much, that if he had the funds, he would have purchased property to build a haven for wildlife, including pups. In his free-time, Thomas enjoyed relaxing at home, going fishing, or eating his favorite meal, pot roast with mash potatoes and gravy. What brought Thomas the most joy at the end of his life was sitting on the porch with his dog, chatting with the many passersby on a sunny day. July 18 2020 of West Seneca, NY, beloved husband of Dolores C. (nee Schaefer); father of Karen M. Stanley of Eagle Mountain, UT, Nancy M. Sutter of Mathews, NC, David T., Andrew A (Holly) of Bernhards Bay, NY; dear grandfather of Jennifer P. Harris, Shane A. & Adam A. Hirsch, great grandfather of Noelle M. and Mathew S. Harris; Close friend to Dolores’s family, Laura Jalbert (Stephen), The Late Frank Lautner (Teri); and her grandchildren, Max, Sam, Courtney and Mackenzie. Mr. Hirsch was a retiree of the Ford Motor Company UAW Local 897 and served with the U.S. Maritime Service in WWII. Funeral services private. Internment in White Chapel Memorial Park. Arrangements by Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. Flowers gratefully declined. In memory of the many pets that Mr. Hirsch has loved during his lifetime, contributions may be given to the SPCA of Erie County, 300 Harlem Rd, West Seneca, NY 14224.