Loss of A Good Friend

| November/December 1999

On April 6, 1999, THOMAS ROBERT GINGELL, 80, of West Main Street, Emmitsburg, Maryland, passed away at Frederick Memorial Hospital. The husband of Jane Bollinger Gingell, he was a member of numerous antique automobile and steam engine organizations. A past commissioner of the Town of Emmitsburg, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6658, and American Legion, Francis X. Elder Post 121, both of Emmitsburg. Gingell served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He owned and operated Gingell's Quarry, Fairfield, Pa., for many years. He was retired from the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three children, Pinny Davis, Robert T. Gingell and Francie Thomas. From Mark Corson of 9374 Roosevelt Street, Crown Point, Indiana 46307, we received a copy of the following eulogy, written and presented by Jeff Thomas, Mr. Gingell's son-in-law, at the funeral. Photos are provided by the Gingell family.

It is difficult to capture 80 years of living, especially Tom Gingell's living, in a short eulogy. I am going to let Tom tell you about the first 18 years in his own words nobody could have done it better. . . In the spring of 1936, Tom and Jane, his wife of 57 years, completed a high school assignment to write an account of themselves. I am amazed at how seriously they took these assignments, and how well, and honestly, they spoke of themselves. Here are excerpts from Tom's account:

An Account of Myself by Thomas Robert Gingell

'I was born in Zora, Pennsylvania, on October 15, 1918. My parents were of German and Irish decent, mostly German. I lived with my grandmother until I was 12 years old, the moved to Emmitsburg with my mother and about three years later moved back with my grandmother.

'The person that influenced me most was my uncle [Herb] and I always wanted to be like him because I thought he was the top of perfection.

'In my grammar grades I made fairly good marks but when I got to high school, oh! I never made over a C until my senior year and that was aB.