Thomas Charles House I, 83, from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, June 17, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Margaret (Sheridan) House, his mother-in-law, Mary (Monturo) Lint, his brother-in-law, Kenneth Stanko, loving cousin, Maureen (Sheridan) Zibelman, and best friend, Thomas “Shagg” Aikman.
Born on November 26, 1939 in Beaver Falls, Tom graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1958 where he excelled as a three-sport athlete particularly baseball. After serving four years in the United States Army, “T. House” as he was known to his countless friends and partners returned to Beaver Falls and began developing his skills in carpentry and home building that allowed him to establish T. House & Sons Construction Contractors, a business that he owned and operated for over four decades.
Perhaps his greatest contribution to society and especially the Beaver Falls community was his selfless commitment as a coach and mentor to innumerable young men over more than thirty years, first as a coach at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School and Beaver Falls Youth Basketball Programs and Pop Warner Football until his retirement as the Varsity Baseball Coach at Big Beaver Falls High School in 2004. He was always passionate about team sports and their inherent benefits for leadership development, but T. House’s love of the game of baseball drove him to dedicate twenty years of service as manager of the Beaver Falls American Legion Post 261 Baseball Team beginning in 1985. He was honored as a living “coaching legend” with induction into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
House is survived by his wife, Anna, of 58 years, and his sister, Carole Stanko. His most obvious joy in life was supporting and loving his entire family. He and Anna raised two sons proudly, Thomas II “Tommy” (Robin) of Beaver Falls and Michael (Lori) of Zionsville, Indiana, with the mantra of “there is no substitute for hard work.” He loved being a part of his sons’ and grandsons’ (Nicholas (Ceriani), Jeffrey, Matthew, Thomas III “Trae”, and William) lives and always lent a skilled hand in any of their home improvement projects, school volunteer efforts, hobbies, and sports endeavors.
The House Family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the medical providers and staff at Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospice Unit, and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley for their care and support over the past few months of Tom’s life. In honor due his memory, a private celebration of Tom House’s life will take place with family and friends.
The GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., Chippewa Township, was honored to provide care and guidance to Tom’s family.