Thomas M. Link

Thomas M. Link, 77, Patton, passed away peacefully Monday, at his home.

He was born in Spangler, son of the late Daniel J. and Ruth (Whitehead) Link. On April 11, 1970, he married Linda Switzler.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 50 years; a daughter, Jill; a son, Dirk and wife, Bridget Borelli; two granddaughters: Ainsley and Avery Link; a sister, Jeanne (Link) Mozina; his mother-in-law, Betty Lou Switzler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Joseph Mozina; a sister-in-law, Rita (Drotar) Switzler; and three nephews: Christian Switzler, Scott Campbell and Devin Maurer.

Tom was a 1960 graduate of Patton High School and he graduated from Indiana State College in 1964. He began his teaching career at Bethel Park High School in 1964. He continued his teaching and coaching career at Ferndale Area High School in Johnstown from 1967-73 and later, at Cambria Heights in Patton, where he taught for 22 years. Tom was a noted educator and athletic administrator, serving as athletic director at Cambria Heights from 1977 until his retirement in 1997. He coached football and track for over 15 years, both at Ferndale and Cambria Heights. Tom also coached Little League baseball for several years.

Tom was an accomplished and well-respected sports official, both locally and throughout the northeast for over 40 years. He was an official for both football and basketball at the high school and collegiate levels, both in the PIAA and NCAA, and he umpired softball at the high school level. Tom had the distinction of working state championships in basketball, football and softball and was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern Cambria Softball Umpires Chapter.

He later served the officiating community as an observer and mentor for many additional years. In addition to officiating sports, he enjoyed talking sports with family and friends, golfing, fishing and crossword puzzles. Tom adored spending time with his granddaughters, watching them dance and perform and telling them jokes and riddles, and coloring with them as they sat on Pappy’s lap. He also deeply loved his two kitties, Squeeks and Cloey.

Due to the recent COVID-19 recommendation and restrictions, a private viewing and service will be held for the family. A larger celebration will be held at a later date, where additional family, friends and loved ones will be able to remember Tom and his life. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Patton. Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home Inc., Patton.