It was a somber end to Gahanna’s Planning Commission meeting Sept. 25, when members shed tears in remembrance of colleague David Thom, who died the day before.
Thom, 67, had just submitted a letter of resignation two weeks ago.
“My recent health conditions have forced me to make this deeply saddening decision,” he wrote in a Sept. 11 resignation letter. “I hold many fond memories watching the growth of the city of Gahanna. I will mostly remember the development of the Stoneridge area, Creekside, Central Park and the Industrial Park, just to name a few. I am sincerely proud to have served with a superior group of people over the years. It truly has been a remarkable, gratifying, and rewarding experience to have been a part of the development of a city in which I love; the city of Gahanna.”
He served on the Planning Commission for 17 years, three years on Gahanna City Council, four years on the Board of Zoning Appeals and three years on the parks board.
Zoning administrator Bonnie Gard was so choked up that she barely could speak, but she said Thom was a good friend who volunteered a great deal of time to make Gahanna a better place.
Commission member David Andrews said Thom had worked with his father and late brother for many years.
“I think he talked my mom and dad into moving to Gahanna,” Andrews said. “We’ll miss him.”
Thom’s family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Schoedinger Northeast Chapel, 1051 E. Johnstown Road. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Stonybrook United Methodist Church, 485 Cherrybottom Road.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Patty Thom, in 2011. He is survived by son Brian (Amy Brentlinger) Thom, daughter Jennifer Thom, grandchildren Laykin and Avarie, Tyler and Madison, sister Teresa “Teri” Campbell, sisters-in-law Mary Kay (Tom Sullivan) Peckham and Marlene (Richard) Pawlik, and nieces and nephew Jamie (John) Petree, Laura (Jason) Martin and Scott Campbell.